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 Ran 2 mi w\o stopping 1st time in whole life!!! :) OVER THE MOON SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I RAN 2 FULL MILES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY WHOLE LIFE TODAY, not to add that they were on hills!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> ahhh!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) <BR> I had basically given up on myself b\c I was running on a much harder route. but when I tried on a dif route, 1 mile was a breeze :) :) <BR> SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo happy! WOOHOO! Mon, 30 May 2016 22:00:24 EST 7 down 7lbs down after 3 weeks! I'm ecstatic! Mon, 30 May 2016 20:13:56 EST Lost 29 pounds I had gained much of the weight back after successfully reaching maintenance. I do not weigh often and when I weighted this week, I have 29 of the weight I had regained. <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 07:02:55 EST Weight loss Been using the sparkpeople site and I lost 3.5 lbs in 2 months. A little at a time it will make the fat melt. <em>380</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:22:08 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 Walked 5k for the first time yesterday! I normally stop at 3 to 4k but I decided to push myself yesterday! <BR> <BR> The cold shower afterwards felt soooo good! And I feel good abt the exercise to! And I did it in 1 hour 6 minutes. <BR> <BR> Next goal, try to hit 5k in exactly one hour! Thu, 26 May 2016 19:20:50 EST 20 Down! <em>252</em> 20 pounds down. Moving slowly closer to ONEderland! <em>521</em> Wed, 25 May 2016 12:08:02 EST Finally figured out how add my photo All just part of the journey for me. I always have to laugh at myself. AND down 7 lbs.!! Mon, 23 May 2016 12:12:44 EST Descended to pre binge weight Hi you amazing people <BR> <BR> Since I figured I'v cribbed so much on the panic forum when I was down, thought I was obligated to share the good news you all helped me achieve in the celebration one :) <BR> <BR> After the terrible binge, I'm now tracking back to place and am almost down to my pre-binge weight. <BR> <BR> Thank you all immensely!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 23 May 2016 00:49:04 EST Losing that first bit of weight Lost my first 4 pounds since starting! Yay!!! Sat, 21 May 2016 15:11:37 EST 45 lbs. Gone Just wanna say that today was my weigh in day and I lost 3 lbs. <BR> but my over-all loss is 45 lbs. gone and I am happy with that number, <BR> that's a big "Woohoo" <BR> <BR> 45 lbs. lost <BR> 39.5 inches lost <BR> <BR> But I have a question even though I have lost when I see myself in the, <BR> mirror I still see the same ole me its like I see the same Big Person, <BR> and it seems like I ain't getting No where with this. <BR> <BR> But my clothes are so baggie and that is what I see now... Fri, 20 May 2016 22:28:04 EST 20 Pounds Gone! My woo hoo moment was when I focused on the 20 pounds I lost rather focusing on how many I left to lose or how long it took me to get there. Even better than the weight loss, I have more energy, and I feel better about myself. I can't wait to see what amazing and surprising changes will come on the rest of my journey. Fri, 20 May 2016 13:41:13 EST 5 lbs. After months of bemoaning menopausal weight gain I finally have the scale moving in the other direction. 55 lbs to go, but that first five is outta here! Fri, 20 May 2016 12:39:23 EST 90 Days & Counting Celebrating my 90 Milestone! Whoot Whoot! <BR> <BR> I'm overcoming some big challenges: physical disability, unemployment, limited finances, lack of transportation, isolation from friends scattered around the world. <BR> <BR> But, I'm moving past all that to achieve my goals! Being strong mentally, emotionally & physically is a personal mantra - and I was adrift from my goals. Hallelujah! I'm getting back on track! Thu, 19 May 2016 06:48:38 EST Lost weight! So, I feel so much better after just losing a couple pounds! Yipee! Wed, 18 May 2016 14:39:01 EST lost 8 lbs! WooHOO!! Since i have started SP i have lost 8 lbs. Feeling so much better!! Realizing my journey has only just begun. Excited to see what the future holds. I am going to keep moving forward. WOOHOO!! Tue, 17 May 2016 10:18:02 EST 31# and 21" down I began this journey for the final time on November 10th 2015. I hoped I would have similar success as before, but I didn't. It's taking longer than anticipated and more working out, but I am down 31.4# as of yesterday. I started out at 226.2 in November, yesterday I hit 194.8!!!! Praise Jesus :) I am making progress :) the inches have fallen off quicker than I thought possible, which is motivating :) my clothes have gone down a few sizes, I'm wearing pants I haven't wore in 8 years, my shirt... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:36:37 EST My Who Moment Narrowed in on a new smaller goal to focus on, restarting my forward motion towards a healthier lifestyle. Sat, 14 May 2016 05:52:23 EST Down 3.2 and inches gone! Woo hoo! I am so happy to say I have lost 3.2 pounds and I measured myself I lost 1' on my hips and .75" on my waist too! Actually I should say OFF my waist and hips - ha ha! Anyways - feels so great and I have a binder set up to track my progress so that I can't just slough it off - but actually celebrate each little bit of progress I make I move along. We can do this!!!! <em>381</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:30:28 EST 5% Goals - Hit! 5% inches lost goal - min. 3 inches <BR> [lost 4.5 in one month] <BR> <BR> 5% pounds lost goal - 5lbs. <BR> [lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks] <BR> <BR> that's something! Goal is to hit 50% goals by the end of the year, at least. Fri, 13 May 2016 16:12:07 EST Loving Me I have lost 4.5kg and have more energy and have thrown away my bra extenders!!! Thu, 12 May 2016 18:08:26 EST Hit first goal! 20# gone, 10% bodyweight GONE! Now to do this 9 more! <em>334</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 17:46:16 EST Answers at last! I hit my goal weight weeks ago, but haven't been on sparkpeople. I wasn't happy about it, and didn't care because I was still feeling miserable. Suffering with migraines and exhausted from them. <BR> <BR> Well, today I got some test results back from a visit to the neurologist (and boy was I lucky someone canceled - my *actual* appointment wasn't until June 21!) and it turns out I have a vitamin D deficiency that has been causing the headaches. I was almost in tears of joy that something... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:01:15 EST Up to 6000 and climbing I used to walk 10,000 steps or more a day. Then I got off the routine and got sick. But now I am back up to 6000. My Fitbit goal is set to 7500. When I get there consistently, then I will set it back to 10,000. Mon, 9 May 2016 08:08:44 EST I can still do it! As of today I've lost 20 lbs. At my age, and in only 8 weeks, I feel quite pleased with myself, in addition to just feeling better overall. Sun, 8 May 2016 09:07:13 EST Finally am in health BMI range! used to be 29 for BMI, now I'm 24.8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 7 May 2016 11:35:26 EST I haven't been this weight since 2 years ago! Finally am lower than 150!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 7 May 2016 11:00:36 EST FINALLY ~the LOST 15 POUNDS w Sparkpeople is MINE~ It took EXACTLY the SAME amount of TIME as when I lost the 15 # six years ago,but on the LAST DAY of April, I won the LOST 15 POUNDS with Sparkpeople icon award to put on my page! WOO HOO! <em>9</em> Sat, 7 May 2016 01:48:00 EST It's nice when people notice My daughter told me today, "Your posture has continued to change for the better! You don't stand the way you used to and it makes you look completely different." <BR> <BR> I hadn't been thinking about how I was standing, until she said that. Then I noticed that I was using fantastic posture. At the beginning of the year I could not stand up straight. I was hunched to the front left, limping badly, and looking like I was 25 years older. <BR> <BR> My goal here at Spark is strength, not ... Fri, 6 May 2016 18:16:42 EST April 11th I'm pretty excited. I started this life reset on April 11th. As of today May 6th, I'm down 10 lbs. My goal for the month of May is to be out of the 200's. 7 pounds, so doable. <BR> <BR> 5:30 mornings for the gym have been completely worth it. <BR> <BR> Everyone on this site is so positive and friendly too, that helps and I just want to say thanks!! Fri, 6 May 2016 10:13:34 EST 23 Pounds baby! I am shocked I have lost that much. I have never succeeded on a diet before, ever.. I am very happy. I wish I could say that all of my ache's and pains are gone, but no. Still, I am very proud of myself! Thu, 5 May 2016 20:17:57 EST Lost 4kg WooHoo I've lost 4kg! Thu, 5 May 2016 19:51:42 EST Keeping my weight right where is should be! My weight right now goes between 121 to 123 pounds. I feel fantastic. Today I was busy, but I got out and walked 22 minutes! Thu, 5 May 2016 17:38:42 EST I jogged! I like walking but dislike jogging or running. We live on a caliche road. I went out and counted the electricity post, walked 5 posts and jog 1. Ended up jogging 5 times in 30 min. Woo hoo! Wed, 4 May 2016 23:59:21 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 get up after getting nocked down. Well it has been a one year ago that I have broke my neck and nearly lost my mobility but thank God and my family I am practically good as new. <BR> Now if my neck is a little bet sore or stiff I remember the time that I could not move or walk and a worm happy feeling comes to me and I am so happy the way I am today. <BR> I kept up my walking program soon after my accident and now I do 10000 steps+ each day and started to ride my bicycle again. (It was a bicycle that I had my accident on.) Wh... Mon, 2 May 2016 13:04:34 EST 10K steps 10K steps and all before 9 am. I'm rocking and rolling today!! and I feel great :) Mon, 2 May 2016 09:10:37 EST I am at 300 pounds now! I am at 300 pounds now, 29 less than I was in mid December. I wrote it in my blog entry and really don't feel like writing it again so you can read it here: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154045 Sun, 1 May 2016 13:04:16 EST Couldnt find my old account Hi all, <BR> It has been a long while since I had accessed my account but couldnt access it since I had to change my email address. The last time I was in here, I had started at 385 pounds, but am down to 237 now. I have lost 148 pounds on my own. I have about 87 more to go before I get to my ultimate goal weight of 150 pounds. Since July of 2014, I have lost 104 pounds. I have rewarded myself with smaller size clothes and two trips. I went from a size 30/32 down to a size 18/20 and idk how m... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:45:48 EST Finally back on track! After months of dithering I'm finally doing those things I know work. It has only been a few days, but it's feeling like I'm back to myself. If I can keep it up a few weeks I'll be back to my old habits- the healthy ones! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:53:16 EST Week 3 I've been steadily going to the gym 1 hour a day for the last 3 weeks. Then through the rest of the day make sure that I get over 20k steps. Some days it's 22-24 thousand. <BR> <BR> It's paying off!!!! 2 people at work today asked me if I was losing weight!!!! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:57:54 EST Light at the End of the Tunnel I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have been exercising and trying to stick to my meal plan for 9 weeks now. I have more energy and I am more motivated than before. Challenging days still happen but they don't drain me like before. My "Woo-Hoo" moment was realizing the food I put into my body affects many aspects of me. My energy, my mood, my health, my weight, and dealing with everyday stresses has changed for the better. I am grateful for Sparks being there for me. How has Spa... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:38:00 EST The scales are finally moving again.The right way Hi everyone, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so pleased this is workinig. I've been in a bit of a rut weight-wise for a few weeks now. <BR> <BR> And thanks to joining this site, I'm already seeing results. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today my weight is 133.3 lbs (60.8kgs) <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Monday 25 April : 136 lbs (61.8kgs) <BR> Tuesday 26 April : 134.2 lbs (61gs) <BR> <BR> Thank you anyone who's able to stop by my blog and encourage me. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Good luck to you... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:53:07 EST Woohoo! First week back and lost 2 pounds! yay! <em>224</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:15:40 EST 9 weeks -- 14 pounds! Since coming back to Spark People -- I've lost 14 pounds! <em>9</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:38:39 EST I'm so happy I lost total 50 pounds today and that a big success. Keeping it off too and eating healthier. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:16:12 EST Just knowing that can. Have to not try fads etc. Always did try different diet tricks, most of which did not last. So I tried the starving diets, the add this and that and they don't work. And now I'm just trying to not eat so many carbs, starchy foods, have more protein and salads too. Also fruits, plenty of fiber too. Somehow it just seems to be the right way. Also not to jump on the bandwagon that says "there's shortcuts", fast, try an expensive diet etc. Just say now to this. <em>244</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:43:20 EST MY WHOOHOO 7 weeks after haviing a baby I am now in my pre pregnancy jeans even though I still have about 8 pounds to lose before I am back down my weight. Still have more to lose after that but it is a huge accomplishment. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:10:31 EST Almost there! Only 3 lbs away from goal weight! Yoohoo! Just sayin'. :) Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:07:18 EST 1 month in 17.4 lbs and 26 inches GONE! Woohoo! <em>334</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:18:27 EST First month - lost 10 lbs! <em>244</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 23:06:49 EST Point 4 pounds left!! I am so happy right now! :) I am ALMOST at my goal exactly! I mean technically I am at 215, but that point 4 after it is messin' me up! Should I just update my ticker and set a new goal? That's what I'm thinkin'...Hello and good bye 215 lbs! I'm on my way down to 200. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:28:15 EST I lost 96 pounds in 3 years! 4/20/13 is my unofficial start day of when I started to make changes to regain my health. It felt totally overwhelming to need to lose so much weight but I was scared of ending up in a wheelchair. I needed to start moving so I started out in the pool and would exercise and swim. <BR> One of the best things I started to do was eating breakfast. My goal was to eat more real foods in my diet. I cook more from scratch avoiding all the chemical process crap; Americans call food. Unfortunately I l... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 23:08:41 EST Yay! Finally down to 150-something! I still have a ways to go but I've lost 10% of my weight so far. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:51:51 EST I can:t believe I lost pounds. The first week dropped 5 pounds 2nd week 1 pound third, gained 1, forth week lost 3, fifth week (drum roll please) I lost five pounds. So please celebrate with me. It was not looking so good at first. To all SP members you guys inspire me. Keep up the good work. You can do it and don't 4 get be go-getters. (I gotta feeling. That tonite is gonna be a good good-nite) song Black Eyed Peas. Lets GO! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:05:43 EST Made it to onederland :) After weeks of being 205 I'm finally at my second goal of 199! 26.7# gone since nI've,beer 10th! I still can't believe I'm finally here! 20more pounds and I will weigh less than I did the day I got married :) I can do it! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:55:07 EST 20k a day for 20 days Set a little personal goal for myself. 20,000 steps a day for 20 days. I'm doing great with 6 days out of 7 making it. I plan on fixing that at the end! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:43:05 EST Jenny Craig works Jan 27 depressed at a low point 20 pounds gained over holiday <BR> I need to do something can't do this but myself <BR> Jenny Craig commercial yes I've done this before! <BR> 50 miles to nearest facility! I can do this every two weeks ,keep food cost at 100 every two weeks <BR> 19 pounds gone not lost but gone <em>104</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:28:14 EST In the past couple of weeks I am back on track I had my weight down to within 5 lb of my ultimate target, then went off track with trips away. While visiting friends was great, dining out and less exercise made me put on 12 lb over 3 months. I realized I needed to get back to the program. I am not perfect but have managed to lose 5 lb and feel like I'm going to be successful at sticking with this and achieving my goals. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:01:11 EST garden food eat your own garden food it that time of the year again . Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:58:50 EST a small loss is still a loss! I weighed in at my weight loss meeting this week down 1.8...I will take it! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:00:27 EST 50 pounds!!! As of this morning I am down 50 pounds. It's kind of a mind-boggling number. Having a hard time wrapping my head around it. <BR> <BR> Feels great, though! Onward to the next goal! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:48:26 EST losing I've lost 18 lbs since the beginning of December. And, the bulk of that was over the holidays!!! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:27:21 EST power up Picked up the pace during my evening workout. Usually run at 4.0. Upped it to 5.4. Ran for a couple tenths of a mile to begin with. Couldn't believe I did it. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:28:39 EST Flash Mob America is dancing 4-15-16 in Las Vegas! <em>524</em> I just found out there is a HUGE Flash Mob <em>354</em> next Friday April 15, free registration starts @ 10 am. Freemont Experience. Mary Murphy, from "So You Think You Can Dance" wants to be in the Guinness World records, largest 'Merengue' lesson! If you are in Las Vegas- I plan on being there, too! I also will be promoting Spark People! Please spread the word!!!! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Contact 312-228-6870 or email: (not mine) <BR> <BR> Hop... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:40:15 EST Yippee! Still managed to lose 1 pound ... this week even though I've had a horrible cold and not able to do as much exercise as usual. I've just been walking the dog when I can and not doing any intense exercise at all. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to it next week. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:58:43 EST Faster run Ran my 2 miles in a little over 30 min. Last run of 2 miles was over 33 min. I sweat out all my tension. Calmness took over. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:47:51 EST obese to overweight Calibrated today. BMI down to 29. First recording was over 40. So excited. Need to buy a smaller pair of jeans. Down to size 12. So motivated. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 22:57:48 EST I'm taller than I thought! This is so funny and so silly I'll only share it here. The last time I measured my height was in high school (over 20 years ago). I was measuring some furniture for my house, and while I had the tape measure out, I thought I'd see how tall I was. It turns out, I'm an inch taller than I thought! I must have grown an inch during college and just never noticed. :) Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:09:29 EST A new beginning and a reason to celebrate! I have been battling with weight loss for the past several years. I have been fighting with several heart arrhythmias and I was on heart medication for years. Unfortunately, a side effect of these medications is weight gain and sluggishness because it keeps your heart rate low. So no matter what I tried to do or tried to eat, I could NOT lose weight. I was frustrated and depressed and hated myself. I gave up and quit more times than I could count. I was sick of running on the literal and meta... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:32:13 EST I'm Below 220 for the first time in a long time! It's been over 15 years since I dropped into the 2-teens! <BR> Damn, I feel good!!! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:24:05 EST lowest weight in years Wow, after hitting goals twice, and going into maintain mode for a couple weeks... I decided to make one last push and hit my final revised goal.. get into 170s for first time in 40 years... lost 6 lbs in 3 days... at 184 now... my low point in a long time. I can feel it.. almost there... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:37:18 EST Succeeding! Two weeks ago I had finally had enough and decided to rejoin SparkPeople. After 2 weeks of diligently logging my food, exercising regularly and drinking my water. I am down just over 8lbs. The best part is never once did I feel like I was depriving myself of something. I ate mindfully rather than mindlessly and got my exercise in. I feel so hopeful that this will finally be the time that I succeed! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:11:04 EST 13 pounds in 7 weeks! I am back on track for success and I've lost 13 pounds in 7 weeks! <em>9</em> Mon, 4 Apr 2016 13:26:22 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 Weight loss! 2 lbs down, 47 total!! Sun, 3 Apr 2016 03:29:11 EST weight loss I have lost 27 pounds started out at 230 now I am down to 203 <BR> my goal is 116 lets see if I can do it :) I am confident that I most certainly can and will Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:18:51 EST Weight Lost!!! My first weigh in since I started last Friday and I lost 5 pounds!!! Yayyyy! So happy to see results after having such a good week! Thank you SparkPeople for offering community and support! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:06:56 EST I logged in! ...for the first time in over a year! WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Now to turn it into a streak . . . Fri, 1 Apr 2016 18:39:49 EST Results!! Down 14lbs in 4 weeks!! I couldn't believe the scale this morning. Woooo! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:39:48 EST 63lbs Down and Counting Lost 63lbs in 4 months now back on SP to stay on track and motivated Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:25:28 EST Birthday goal Today is my 48th birthday and my goal for this date in 2018 is to be in a size 18-20. That's how I plan to celebrate my 50th birthday. <BR> Time to really put my feet to the asphalt! <BR> I plan on having an amazing birthday then and now. <em>383</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 07:25:03 EST almost down to normal weight Only have 1 more point to normal BMI . I weighed 141 on the scale Yesteray. But stil have 5 pounds to goal. <em>311</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:22:50 EST Working out I rode my recumbent bike for 10 minutes and lifted weights three times this week. It has been a while since I have been able to do this. Sat, 26 Mar 2016 21:13:16 EST I poured out a Starbucks My young sons got on an airplane very, very early this morning to visit their dad for spring break. Lots of emotion + little sleep = vulnerable. I stopped for a sugar-filled latte on the way into work. <BR> <BR> But 1/3rd of the way through it, I realized it was only "okay" tasting and that I wasn't getting any emotional payout anyway. So I poured it out. Yay me! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:04:31 EST Down 3 lbs/ a week with no soda! I'm super excited that I just started the program on the 16th and I'm already down 3lbs and I haven't had a single soda in a whole week! I can't remember the last time I've not had soda and not even thought about it! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:01:01 EST I'm hanging in there ! <BR> In spite of my medical issues and current physical limitations I am still going strong - eating healthy foods, using portion control and doing the exercises allowed. I am happy just to be alive. <BR> <BR> P.S. I believe in rainbows and butterflies. <em>88</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:27:52 EST Walked with weights I just finished walking 2.79 miles with my 3 lb weights. This is my first time walking with my weights. I have casually walked but not with my weights. <BR> I walked earlier today to the bus stop after my appointment but that was casual walking. So grand total today with casual walking and weight walking was a total of 2.9 miles and 8,118 steps. I'm happily tired! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:55:56 EST 150s...havent seen that number for years I started my journey at almost 200 pounds, I am now officially in the 150s and am beyond excited!!! I still have work to do but that number just proves what I'm doing is working, I am over the moon! :) Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:56:17 EST I'm doing great Hi All <BR> <BR> I'm doing fairly well with spark. I've lost a total of 51 pounds. I'm doing it for my family my lord and for me. It feels really good that at the end of the day when I go to sleep to know I did all I could. Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:29:13 EST I think I've broken the plateau Down another pound this morning. Been doing IF (16 hours, not hard with the time change and sleeping later), and following a LCHF eating style. I have more energy than I have in awhile, and I also have lost the afternoon snacking desire. I'm sure it's the high fat (butter, mostly) that is keeping me from blood sugar spikes and full. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:28:00 EST Weigh in day!! So happy to see the scale go down today!!! <BR> Down 3#`s from last week!! <em>224</em> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:36:10 EST My doc was very happy Went to the doctor's today and he was very happy with my weigh in. The last time I saw him (in early December) I was 329. Today I am 310. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I do feel much better too. A friend who hadn't seen me in a few months actually said I looked like I was losing weight. <em>244</em> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:12:02 EST WOO HOO! Reached level 13 today! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:03:06 EST Weight loss Under 200 lose 10 pounds Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:18:18 EST A streak of 175 days! To meet today's Consistency & Motivation Program challenge, I have to toot my own horn, that's why I'm proud to say that I faithfully track my food and exercises for a streak of 175 days! <BR> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:17:59 EST Small success! Today is day 8 and I am already seeing changes! <BR> <BR> I have never really "tried" to lose weight in the past but my husband motivated me about 2 weeks ago when he said it was time for him to make a change with himself. I have been upset with my body for quite some time but have always been unmotivated to make a change. I like soda! I like my wine! I love fatty foods! BUT! enough is enough! <BR> <BR> Since I never thought I could do it, I am so thrilled this morning after 7 full days of ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:47:15 EST You look like you've lost weight My father looked at me today and said, "you look like you've lost weight". I am just excited that someone noticed. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:58:48 EST First workout Did my first work out in years I'm down 23lbs from changing my eating habits and more sleep I have 29 more lbs to lose and have been doing crunches for past 3 nights and today added Jillian Michaels 30 day shed level 1 and I sweated so much and I know it will get easier each day I can't wait until I'm at my goal weight of 135 and plan to reach it by the first of July ...5 kids late I'm ready to be a New Healthier Sexier version of me !! Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:03:53 EST I fit I know it sounds silly, but I can sit in the kitchen chair. We have a beautiful chair that has arms at the table. Last month I couldn't fit my hips between the arms of that chair . Today, I was able to sit in it. I am thrilled! Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:05:25 EST I lost 3 kilos in 9 days :D Who else has had a big loss in a short amount of time? <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 06:17:38 EST Prevented a Binge I know its no biggie, but this is the FIRST time in 5 years I was able to prevent going on a full blown binge, and managed to go just 1000 calories over my upper limit last 2 days. I feel a wee bit more sorted now :). Wed, 9 Mar 2016 00:46:34 EST New Best Today I fought to even get to the gym but at almost 9pm i drug myself there anyway under the lie of just 30 minutes and out. I kept asking myself do you have 5 more minutes in you? I ended up doing an hour. I did 7 miles, one mile beyond my previous best of 6 mile, even better I got a new best mile time. 7 miles closer to looking my best in my wedding dress. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 22:41:23 EST I've lost 5 pounds! So it's been a month since I started out on whatever you wanna call what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> The only real changes are that I've stopped drinking pop (or soda as some like to call it) and I've started walking, every day, for 10 minutes (or a half a mile). Apparently something is working! <BR> <BR> I've recently been unable to walk because of sickness. I think bronchitis. I had a fever last Thursday and Friday and was down and out for four days. I'm still having trouble breathing and ge... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 19:56:31 EST I'm at my healthy BMI! After a couple of weeks of discouraging weigh-ins, it has all paid off today! In the past I would have gotten frustrated, or binged, but this time I just kept at it and now I've lost over ten pounds and am within my healthy BMI range again, just as I was before I had the kiddo! :-) <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:24:46 EST Lost 3 Pounds! <em>321</em> I lost three pounds! <em>321</em> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 13:08:27 EST Lost 5 I went to the doctor today and I found out that I have lost 5lbs. I'm so proud. <BR> I'm still overweight but I have lost some! I bought a bike and yesterday I rode it for the first time. I was tired when I finished but I did some exercise. I don't know how far I rode because I don't have a way to measure my distance but I rode for about 30-40 minutes. <BR> I'm proud of me! Yay! <em>521</em> Sat, 5 Mar 2016 15:49:46 EST done with week 2 of c25k I am done with week 2 of my couch to 5k program! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:42:15 EST 6 Minutes !!! I did 6 minutes without stopping on the treadmill this morning ! That is a big deal for me :) I was able to do 4 minutes about a week and a half ago, I fell on ice and hurt myself and havn't been doing much until today. Still a little sore from the fall but I did 6 minutes! Yea me!!! And also, I lost 4 pounds !!! <BR> Baby steps, i'm headed in the right direction ! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:56:01 EST I can see my CHEEK BONES!!! Woke up this morning and could see my cheekbones!!! This has been a long time coming... haven't seen them in years!!! It's only 7:30 but I'm putting on some blush... now where did I put it??? Fri, 4 Mar 2016 10:24:32 EST reached a healthy weight So i weighed in this morning and am now for my height at what is considered a healthy weight. I now weigh 139 and am 5 foot 3 inches tall. I have succeeded for the first time in my life at weight loss. I have a few pounds more to lose and know it will get harder from here, My coach in this journey has already warned me Wed, 2 Mar 2016 17:41:13 EST Lost 7 pounds in 3 weeks I usually celebrate every 5 pounds and especially 10 pounds lost, but I'm so happy that the scale is now finally moving in the right direction after creeping up for a long time. I'm most happy that I don't have to buy yet another pair of larger pants. My pants that I could just barely zip up a few weeks ago now zip up just fine. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:33:47 EST Becoming a Body Pump Instructor I posted this on the fitness board but I have to toot my own horn and tell the world that I signed up for a Body Pump instructor initial training today! I've been thinking about it alot because I really enjoy the classes and I finally did it. It's going to be very challenging and def not easy but I never thought I would do this. Body Pump is the first fitness class I went to at my local YMCA in high school. It gave me the confidence to feel strong and finally go into the "scary/intimidating" ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 13:33:04 EST 21 pounds down! Today I am 21 pounds down from my starting weight of 219. I started my weight loss journey in November of 2014. <em>521</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:34:26 EST Down 10 Pounds! Started out Feb 1... Down 10 pounds :) <em>381</em> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:15:43 EST Yippy I made it through week 1 with a 5 pound weight loss. <em>104</em> . In the begining I was expecting 1# so I was very happy with the 4 extra pounds. Shows that <em>521</em> . Congradulations to anyone else that has has a weight loss this week no matter the number. Each number is a pound closer to your goal. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:28:13 EST 5 lbs at a time ! My thought process in losing weight helped me lose 20 lbs so far, since I started my " Live It " program, instead of saying diet.. I am walking 2 miles a day and eating lots of vegetables, salads, and fruits.. Love the chicken stir fry.. I feel so much better and am looking forward to that next 5 lb drop even if it's 1 lb at a time.. When I reach that even number heading down I get so excited.. Especially when the pants size drops.. Yippi !! Thank you SparkPeople for offering this wonderful ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:04:44 EST total miles walked this month I was amazed when I totaled my walks up for the month at 32.85 miles for febuary. an increase of 10 miles in janury. I lost from 152.5 down to 147 doing it. Not as much as I wanted to but I'll take it. the walking doesn't burn as many calories as it once did. I'll be riding my new bike in a few days so the weight loss will pick up next month. My husband loss 5 pounds riding his last week. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:05:21 EST Size 10 Jeans! Just bought my first pair of size 10 jeans in -- EVER! 6 kids and getting smaller than I was before I had them. :) <em>9</em> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 20:04:20 EST Like A Train Have gone backwards for awhile but am starting to go in the opposite direction. Like a train, I'm getting back on track and hoping for a great week. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:52:23 EST Tracked Fitness today ! 1 -15 minute mile ! Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:57:32 EST Almost 50 but back in my 20's body again finally!! <img src=""> <img src="">I have been working at losing weight off and on since before I retired from the Army back in 2010, but I could never stick with anything and the jobs I worked were not really great for getting myself to set aside the time. Well I made many changes, but at the same time didn't change many things. Sounds confusing... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:35:54 EST down 14 lbs.!! I weigh in @ the Dr.'s each month. I joined SP on Jan. 11th...weighed in at Dr.'s 14 pounds less on Feb. 22. I really have enjoyed following SP. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:45:30 EST Survived Double Zumba Made it through back to back zumba classes this morning!!!! :D Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:48:24 EST new pants when I started I was wearing pants size 18. I bought size 12 today. I'm hoping these ones last for awhile. some of the ones I bought while loosing weight only lasted for 2 weeks before they wouldn't stay up. It's not too cool to walk around holding your pants up. I have alway just wore sweat pants and find I'm finally comforable wearing ladies pants. good thing there are 2 thrift stores near here. The one I went to this morning sells their things for $1 each. Good thing since I'm going to n... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:03:19 EST Getting my health back After a few rough years I'm back and starting strong. Posted pictures of the progress since Jan 4th on my blog :D Hope everyone has an awesome week!! Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:33:06 EST first C25K workout done Today I did my first C25K workout. I have never run before in my life so it was a challenge but I did it. I was so dizzy afterwards I had to sit in the locker room for 10 minutes. Now an hour later I have so much energy. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:44:57 EST 4 more pounds! I lost another 4 pounds since last week. <em>334</em> After sitting idle on one weight for a few weeks this was a great thing to see on my scale this morning. My BP was good, too. 116/66. I'm halfway to my first goal. When I reach it I will set another goal for another 25 pounds. <BR> <BR> I should have added this at the beginning. I lost 3" at my waist and 4" in my hips. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:45:57 EST As of this morning . . . I am officially down 40 lb!! Still a long, long way to go, but I am pleased. <BR> <BR> My clothes fit strangely, and I feel a little frumpy most of the time, because I am still in between sizes and it is hard to dress my changing body. But I am not letting that get to me. <BR> <BR> I keep running my hands over my body because it feels strange. In places where there were bulges and lumps, it is starting to feel smooth. I can actually see some muscle definition in my calves for the first... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 06:57:48 EST Many successes! I feel like tomorrow morning's weigh-in is not going to go as well as I would like, so I'm thinking about my other successes I've had this week to help myself sleep tonight (lol!) <BR> <BR> I made my own lunch for work four days this week. I met my fitness goal. I STILL HAVE SOME TRUFFLES LEFT from my box of Valentine's Day chocolate, although I sort of regret that - I feel like the joy of the box of chocolate is sitting and enjoying all the different flavors while relaxing with a book and... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:46:45 EST Emergency Room I managed to follow my diet and exercise a little despite ending up in the emergency room due to side effects of the medications I take. The Dr. said I need these medications and have tried several different kinds of some of them. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:37:51 EST I found that my wedding ring fits! after 10 years Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:13:05 EST Took a walk! So I took a walk today. It was a half a mile and took me about 10 minutes but I'm so proud of myself! I know it's not a big huge deal or all that great of a workout. But for someone that hasn't done crap in the past few years, it's a step out there. <BR> <BR> I've decided to start a couple of 30 day challenges (decided while I was laying in bed last night). Gonna try and take the dog a walk to the end of our road (the above walk I'm proud of) and not gonna drink pop for 30 days. If I me... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:03:34 EST finally under 150 Since I started this I have set goals at 170, 156, 160, under 150, the last few weeks I've been bouncing up and down from 152 1/2 to 151 . finally this morning when I weighed in the scale saie 151 1/2 for a loss of 2 1/2 pounds for the week' <BR> I was going to drop my callories if I didn't loose more this week. Now I am happy to stay where I am. <BR> Next goal is to hit 130. After that I think I'll be very happy at 135. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:32:33 EST I've lost 72lbs!!!! I can't believe I've come this far. It almost gives me tears of joy. This has been a long journey that has had a lot of ups and downs. I'm a slow loser but sometimes maintaining during the journey is an important step. I am now 9lbs from my next goal of hitting onederland!!!! Plus now people are starting to ask me how I've done it so far, which can make a girl feel good. <em>244</em> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:40:24 EST Inches Goal - Met! My goal is to lose 2 inches, anywhere, within each week. 3 inches would be fabulous, but 2 inches is my do-able goal. <BR> <BR> I met it! Week one and down 2.5 inches! Hoping to work on myself more. On facebook a picture is being shown of regions one gains weight. According to it, I'm gaining mostly in my stomach towards my neck, including back, due not to lack of exercise but portion control. My boyfriend has a very tight back and mostly muscle in his thighs and calves. True enough, it show... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:23:21 EST 35 Pound loss! [female] [19] I'm new to this site but just wanted to pop in and say hello, give ya'll a bit of motivation! I lost a total of 35 pounds in one year :) It was hard work but when your dedicated and know the right way to go about it, success is a walk in the park!! I'm not trying to work on building up muscle to get that toned/fit physique. Long way to go yet. <BR> <BR> Apparently im not allowed to post links (tried upload a photo through here but it says its a link..hmm) but if you click on my name you'll ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:33:16 EST Steps I actually got in my 10,000 steps each day, Monday through Thursday! Plus I made sure to get in 12-28 flights of stairs at work, Monday through Friday!! Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:59:13 EST 20 pounds lost! I have lost 20 pounds since January 1st. I have set mini goals and as I meet these goals I set more. Currently I am trying to get moving more, I am a school teacher and I take 3,000-5,000 steps daily just teaching and going about my daily routine. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:53:00 EST WOOT! Poundage loss Well, when i wrote about 1st week of healthier eating and exercise I didn't see a change on the scale but then i remembered, and this will sound so Blonde of me, but it's so cold in my office that I wear 2 to 3 layers of clothing. You know what that means right? Well I just weighed myself and it was 3 notches less than 240 and that means I HAVE LOST SOME POUNDS!!! tho i'm not sure how many. I am just feeling really good about my self right now!!! YAY Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:43:18 EST compliment When I was working out with my trainer today he complimented me on my deadlift technique and said that I wasn't the beginner he thought I was. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:12:11 EST 3 weeks weigh in Okay am on a roll has gone down 11 lbs. in 21 days!!! Woot,Woot!! <BR> Now gotta get with the exercise videos!!! <em>521</em> Allie Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:00:36 EST weight loss buddy isn't eating daily calories I'm talking about a 6" 2' 250 pound grown man so I cann't just tell him what to do Or how to do it. He has lost 16 pounds so thats good. but he is diabetic and 1500 calories doesn't keep him from getting low blood sugar and he is moody all the time. He has to get glasses of juice to stop the shakes. And wakes in the morning very pale and soaked with sweat. he has cut his insulin from 100 to 80, which is tgood. But I am afraid one of these times during one of our 2 mile walks he'll pass out o... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:53:08 EST Day 1: ate healthy & exercised (& feeling FAB!!!) Who else has had a successful day (whether it be your first day or 100th day)? <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:19:13 EST First Month of Success After 1 month of using Sparkpeople, I am happy to report that I have lost 9lbs. My goal is to loose 32 more lbs. I LOVE Sparkpeople, especially the food tracker. It is helping me to make healthy food choices as I track my carbs, fat and protein intake. What a way to start the new year. I am motivated to continue. Fitness and healthy eating is not a diet, its a way of life!!! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:06:49 EST 25 down !!!! I have lost 25 pounds at last. To reach my goal of 110 that means i have 29 left. May bo lower who knows. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:35:06 EST First week weigh-in a success! <em>9</em> Weighed in today after my first week back at Sparkpeople in years, which means it's also my first week tracking and focusing on my health and nutrition in years. I'm down 6.5 pounds! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I know that I can't expect to lose this much every week, and a lot of that (most) is water weight and bloat, but still, it's great motivation to continue. It's also a great reminder of how horribly, and how much, I was eating before I started Spark. I certainly wasn't perf... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:37:39 EST I got back on the horse! Sounds bad but yesterday I ate wayyyy too much. Now this would usual result in my throwing in the towel and resuming bad eating habits long term. <BR> Not this time! So I slipped up. Hey, I'm not a saint. I've dusted myself off and I'm right back at it. <BR> Woohoo! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:22:38 EST 1 Month and 18 Lbs Lighter I began dieting and exercising the 1st of January. Today I weighed my self for the final time this month and I am down a total of 18 pounds. My energy is up, stress is down and I feel great. So glad I stuck with it and can't wait to keep going! Only 32 more pounds to go. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:01:53 EST 20 lbs gone!!! 20 lbs gone since September!!! :) woop woop. Now if only I was just as motivated to have a workout ritual with counting calories and clean eatting, sigh. Will get there soon! Still haven't dropped a pant size yet and the weight loss is not it's not very noticeable yet. But I can feel it happening and it's a great feeling!!!!! Keep up the good work spark friends! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:49:59 EST I can't believe I'm doing this! I'm getting healthy and I'm not hungry all the time. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:43:37 EST Going down down down I have lost 7 pounds since Jan 1st. I was telling this to my niece and how I wish it was more. She reminded me that it was 1 or 2 pounds a week so I guess this is a 'woo-hoo' moment. <BR> <BR> Second, when I got behind the wheel in the car today I noticed the steering wheel was further away from my stomach. My stomach used to be right up at the steering wheel. Today I could put my fingers between my stomach and the steering wheel. So another 'woo-hoo' moment! I wish I could find my measuring... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:28:14 EST 21 Day Challenge Started a 21 day challenge with my nutritionalist. Haven't had any breads, pastasbut did purchase a Spiralizer and hav eused it to make many different veggie noodles, works awesome. At Wal-mart for $24.99. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:37:08 EST first week back weigh in OM goodness down 8 lbs. since last week and feel like shouting it to the world!! I know it's not typical to loose this much first week.But have been retaining lots of water. <BR> Hope everyone feels as great as I do this week!!! WAHOO ,let the happy dance begin!!! <em>224</em> <BR> Allie Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:42:02 EST 50,000 sparkpoints soon. I'm excited that I'm going to reach this milestone!!! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> P.s. I got my 100 sparkpoints goal for the day. I try to do that every day. so far so good. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:46:01 EST Skipped my daily chocolate! My husband bought me a 50 piece box of chocolates for my birthday a week and a half ago. After eating half the box in five days, I decided to limit myself to just one piece per day. I was doing well on that all of last week, and then last night.. I declined my chocolate! Normally I would have eaten it just for the sake of chocolate, but I wasn't really in the mood so I didn't. <BR> <BR> I will always eat chocolate when I truly want it, but it's a new thing for me to NOT eat it when it's rig... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:55:14 EST finally got past level 13!!! Now don't get overjoyed, but keep on. Stay focused. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:27:43 EST Losing Weight! I have lost 5 pounds so far!!!! Not only that, my clothes are fitting much better as well! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:47:06 EST JSV On Week 3 of Jessica Smith's new video series. <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:56:59 EST Weigh In day Yeah, I lost 3 pounds. I got this and so do the rest of you lovely sparkers. <em>381</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:38:06 EST I Beat the Temptation Monster Last Night Yesterday someone really stressed me out. Any time something upset me I always turn to sweets (donuts, pie, pastry, ice cream) and yesterday the temptation was so strong but by the grace of God I was able to remain strong and today I do not hate myself for being derailed. I drank some coconut water instead. <BR> <BR> That was such a hard task and I am really proud of myself for getting through a tough situation without turning to bad food. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:40:18 EST Down a size! I was a tight 3x but when I ordered clothing from the catalog I usually do I measured and it said I was a 2x. So I ordered a 2x and thought, "this is never going to fit". Well the clothing came today and it not only fits but I have to take in the pants a bit. <em>41</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:56:19 EST First week Weighed in this morning at the end of week 1. I am down 6 pounds. I am very pleased with this. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:48:40 EST 8.5 inches gone! So, the scale hasn't budged. Oh sure, a pound down, a pound back up, but no great movement. Today I finally got around to measuring myself. I knew that my jeans felt looser but did not think that I had lost 3.5 inches from my hips! 8.5 inches from all my measurements! This is over about 5 months and my big change was walking, and walking, and walking! I have a pedometer on my smart phone and it really motivates me to get walking! One school that I work at is a quarter of a mile from on... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:39:15 EST Re-discovering a Reason to Celebrate! I started an account on Spark People way back in 2010, when I first decided I needed to make my health a priority. I have had lots of ups and downs since then, and unfortunately at the time, lost track of my page here. <BR> <BR> I've come a long way since! I'm about 60lbs lighter, so much healthier, and a whole lot happier! I am still continuing my journey of working on my health, which is what brought me back here, but when I saw the picture of me from when I started an account here and the... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:58:36 EST Getting Started I am getting started by logging my food and exercise. Speaking of exercise, I have been trying to walk one or two miles a day by walking the hallways. It has been below zero and slippery outside. Although the school I work at is "small" the building is stretched out end-to-end for a quarter mile. Walk from one end to the other, then back, then do it again and you have a mile! So easy. Just need to find the time to do it, which I can do! Getting those steps on my pedometer is great! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:07:22 EST 21 day fix week one complete! I just finished week 1 of the 21 day fix, and I am down 7 pounds! That is huge for me! I find it super easy to follow too which is nice. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:47:07 EST Week Two Ok week one is over and my aches and pains have diminished a little. My legs and back felt like I had been kicked by a horse but today I was actually able to walk without pain. <em>244</em> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:51:02 EST Day 3 Day 3 back with Sparkpeople. Feels great. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:46:08 EST Results for Week 2 I am down another 2lbs, 4lbs total! 14% of the way to my goal. Super excited! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:58:13 EST Lost over 30 pounds!!!! I have been all over the place with my weight over the past couple of years I got up to 198 and totally flipped how close I was to being 200 pounds, I buckled down and got out of the 190's but got right back into them. Long story short I have been bouncing back and forth between the 180s and 190s for far too long. In November I got sick of the teetering and got serious I am now at 170.3 and I'm ecstatic! I don't usually brag on myself but I feel like I deserve to give myself a pat on the b... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:54:10 EST Weekly Weigh In When I weighed myself this morning, I had only lost 0.2 pounds so I was pretty disappointed. But then I stopped and thought that at least it is a loss. It's the right direction even if the number isn't as high as I would have liked. I decided to celebrate the loss instead of focusing on how little of a loss it is. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:44:47 EST weigh in :-) I am down another 2lbs and I am so excited!!!! WINNING!!!! Feeling good!!!! <img src=""> Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:17:34 EST Thinking Positive. The holidays were fun, but so it the thought of all those treats, with that aside it's time to hit the gym again. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 22:46:08 EST 2 year anniversary Tomorrow is my 2 year weight loss anniversary, and i have lost over 155 pounds. here are some before and after pics. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:28:33 EST Non-Scale Victory I didn't let the stress of a break-in send me into overeating. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:46:38 EST Yoyoing in 2015 Ups and downs in weightloss, but 8 pounds stayed gone!! Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:08:00 EST New year, new level! Shortly after midnight, I crossed over from level 17 to level 18! My goal is to get to at least level 19 this year, if not level 20. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 22:45:40 EST My SparkPeople Points I achieved 1,014 points in the pass two days. I just joined SparkPeople Yesterday on New Years Eve 12/31/2015 I'm starting to get the hang of this. <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:39:14 EST Teeth I got two teeth pulled out but I am fitting the soft foods into my eating plan pretty good. <em>224</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:48:13 EST Christmas success This last monday before Christmas I started counting carbs. My range is 50-80g per day for now (90% healthy carbs) and OH MY GOD! This whole week including the holiday was a cinch. I enjoyed bites of a few dessert and was very moderate with alcohol. Had full cream and butter. Had all the protein and veggies I wanted. Keeping track of the carbs (not calories) has done more to change my behavior than anything Ive done before. Im learning what processed carbs actually do in the body and ... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:59:06 EST Down 4kg wOOooT!!!! (^_^) Started a full time job 1.5 weeks and not only has my appetite dropped by 50% but I have also dropped 4kg (8.8lbs) !!! So happy and proud :) <BR> <BR> I have made a conscious effort to eat salads at lunch and its worked a charm I must say. Also noted salads are so filling I have a light dinner! Also, lemon, honey, hot water concussion on an empty stomach in the morning is very helpful too! Finally weight loss seems achievable :D <BR> <BR> Wish you all the best and congrats on your wOoHOoo m... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 18:25:04 EST Tightening My Belt A Little Tighter When I first bought this belt, I was wearing it on the first or second holes...Now, I'm able to get it down all the way to the fifth hole! I'm so close to being out of "The 200 Club," I can hardly stand it. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 19:25:15 EST Finding my motivation again! I haven't walked outside in a few weeks because of the weather. I've been trying to go the gym, but because of horrible blisters I kept getting walking on the treadmill, resulting in incomplete workouts and slowly losing motivation, I haven't done as well with either exercise or diet the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> So I was completely surprised when I went for a walk outside today, and when my app came over my headphones to tell me that I completed a mile, that I shaved almost a full minute of... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:17:47 EST I, also, discovered fun salads!!! Well, sorry to post so much on the woohoo button. However, I haven't had so much food around lately. A neighbor sent over some can goods that she wasn't using. This was a positive thing actually. I have been putting together some unordinary salads the past week. I ran out of croutons and parmesan cheese, so I was looking for some flavor. A couple of days ago I mixed some Romaine and fresh tomatoes with black beans, corn and cooked ground pork. Then I seasoned it with taco seasoning (abo... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 20:41:16 EST Made my 100 points for today!!! Boy it was tough. I have a goal to get at least a 100 SP points a day. I read somewhere on this site that it is a good goal to have to ensure more health and weight loss on this site. Ironically, when I do it regularly my weight does go down. So it works!! <em>252</em> Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:30:26 EST Under 200 lbs for the first time in 15 years I had to do a double take the first time I saw my weight starting with a 1 instead of a 2. Its been a long time since I've been under 200 and although its just a number I feel great to know I've come this far! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:23:51 EST Perfect nutritional day!!! I had a range of perfect nutritional goal on the food tracker!!! I went over a little in calories but each day I am getting less and less as I adjust to the new diet goals. I think I went over because of beans but I am really trying to eat more fruits and vegetables. I even had enough folate which is a rarity for me. So wish me a congratulation!! I'm even doing it during the holidays!!! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 21:06:18 EST Determined to do small starts <em>198</em> like exercise and water intake Fri, 18 Dec 2015 19:55:00 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 Day 6 and lost 6 pounds so far WOOHOO! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:14:44 EST Yes!! My first weight loss after two weeks on the program...two pounds down!! I'm happy because I could never lose an ounce when i'd try so this is great! I'm in control thanks to SparkPeople!! I'd mindlessly eat and i'd have no idea how many calories i I was taking in...thank you SparkPeople from the bottom of my heart for helping me feel better about myself!! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:13:53 EST Conquering this dangerous time of year for us I was so proud of myself today. I received a box of chocolate and butterscotch fudge from a company that specializes in confections. My "friend" sent it to me (and she knows I do low carb, so go figure:) <BR> I looked in the box and saw the beautifully wrapped goodies. Put the bow back on the box and had hubs take it to his office to put on the "share your goodies" table! Bye, bye, as I go eat a hard boiled egg for my mid morning snack! Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:20:35 EST I did it! My elliptical workout is preset for 30 minutes. Up until today i have gradually been workin my way down to 00:00 and today i did it!!! im so proud of myself for pushing through and keeping my mind on my goals! I hope someone else pushes their selves today and accomplishes a personal goal! Its monday!! Lets get motivated for the entire week!! Yay Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:39:37 EST Not even tempted! Went to a group dinner and wasn't even tempted by all the many dessert choices. That was such a feeling of freedom. Usually all I can think about is how much I want some of it all. <em>244</em> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 14:34:01 EST I gained 20 pounds and lost 10 of it!!! In 44 days I gained 20 pounds. Basically I wasn't exercising and eating basically anything I wanted and whatever I could get my hands on. However, after realizing that I do not need to get any bigger I put in determination to take off those 20 pounds. It was a shocking reality that I am not an ordinary person. I need to take into consideration that I am already obese and to give in like that is very dangerous. So, it is coming off and when I went on the scale this morning I was happy that... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 23:08:28 EST I reached a healthy BMI level of 29. BMI Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:53:28 EST BMI I have reached a healthy BMI level of 29. I still want to lose a few more lbs. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 19:02:49 EST Lost my first 5 pounds!! I've been drinking more water. Watching what I eat & exercising a little every day. So excited to see my goal weight in the future! Wed, 9 Dec 2015 12:46:29 EST I completed my first HALF MARATHON!!! This past Saturday, I ran the Christmas half marathon in my city. I was slower than I hoped because I was so not prepared for the hills, but I FINISHED!!! My time was 3:24:25. I will add I had only been running roughly 6 miles a run most of the summer and only had 8 weeks to train. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 00:10:13 EST 1st 100% day Today I had my 1st 100% on tracking my nutrition. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 19:02:12 EST Today's MD visit <em>244</em> My doctor is very pleased with my progress (even though I'm not so much). AND she doesn't want me to lose as much weight as I had planned. Makes the journey much less daunting. <em>521</em> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 01:47:48 EST Lost 5 pounds all together! I lost 2 more pounds! I went from 186 to 184! I started out at 189 on here when I join. So 5 pounds all together!!!!!!!! Wow I can't believe that! <em>244</em> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 11:46:16 EST Lost my first 4 lbs on SP! I've been on Spark People for 1 week and have lost 4 lbs!!! I'm super excited to read 155.8 on the scale this morning, when I've been struggling for the past several months to break free from my 157-160 roller coaster. I feel so good!!! :) <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 11:03:43 EST Went to 3 Thanksgiving Dinners...lost half a pound Lots of turkey, lots of veggies, lots of fun...and a little less of me! <BR> #CelebrateTheSmallStuff <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Now, on to Christmas! Bring it, Santa. We got this. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:31:38 EST My running performance has improved Started running recently. Today was exceptional day where I managed my best pace. 5 k in 44 minutes. Woohooooo I feel so yayla! !!!@ Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:42:42 EST Down 10 lbs. I am down 10 pounds from earlier this year. It has been since Spring when I had really had been struggling. Making gradual tweaks lately has really been helpful. I haven't had fast food in over a week though getting all of the junk and processed food out of the home has been hard and I am still working on that. <BR> <BR> I had really gotten into bad habits over the past two years and had definitely gone backwards and ended up gaining back 20 lbs. I have been seeing a nutritionist and am try... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:37:51 EST First race! I did it! I competed my first race yesterday. 4 mile Turkey Trot! Fri, 27 Nov 2015 09:31:38 EST 21 pounds gone in 11 weeks! I am beyond excited to have reached my half way point and I'm okay if the next 21 pounds don't come off as quickly! I feel so much better about myself already, wearing my pre-pregnancy clothes, not hating what I see in the mirror! My goal is to lose these last 21 pounds by the end of March! Here's to reaching goals and celebrating the moments in between!!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!:) Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:23:32 EST Birthday tomorrow and 58 lbs lost! Since April 2015, I have been losing weight by eliminating as much processed foods as I can. I haven't been perfect, but been much better than I was before I started. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 39 years old. If you told me a year ago that I would be down almost 60 lbs while I was 38, I wouldn't believe you. But I am so glad I did. <BR> <BR> 38 was a great great great year. My 3 year old daughter is great, family life is great, I started back to college and getting all A... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:59:57 EST Had a check-in with my Dr today Had a check in with my doctor today for my weight. She wanted me to lose 5 lbs in two months, and I did her one better and lost nearly 8! This has given me some motivation to keep on the right track, which is great since I've been losing it over the past couple weeks. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:25:06 EST When did you first notice weight loss? When you started working out (again) for the 1st time, 2nd time, 3rd time or however many resets you may have had, how long did it take between committing and seeing significant results? I know we like to see immediate results for our hard work but every body is different. On my first go around back in 2010 it took me 4 months before weight started to actually come off and then it flew off there after, but it was pretty stagnant and discouraging until then. Now on my second go around I keep e... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:13:30 EST Down 10 Down 10 lbs since getting the SPARK! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:18:37 EST Major milestones! As of this week I have reached 50lbs lost! I also got below 200lbs and am officially in Onederland! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:49:34 EST Into new weightloss territory Just finished (re) losing the weight I had gained back from the low point of Aug. 2014. Thrilled to be poised to enter new weightloss territory-- below the 243 pound mark! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:08:08 EST Staying Motivated Hello everyone! I have been up and down on losing weight but on August 6 I decided this is the time. I have went from 386 to 327 lbs. A total of 59 lbs. I have decided to make a facebook page to stay motivated and help others. Feel free to like it and don't be afraid to offer suggestions. This is for nothing but pure motivation. The page is called Getting Tiny. Tiny is my nickname so I thought it was fitting. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:40:51 EST Thanksgiving Luncheon at work! Had a 315 calorie breakfast, and survived with 563 cal lunch without deserts at Thanksgiving potluck lunch at work. I'm proud! and full! Explained on general chat board what I did and also will write a blog with detail. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:12:53 EST Fitness "Never, never, never give up." By Winston Churchill. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:28:33 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 Week 1 vs Now (Month 3) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the lack of quality in my photos, haha! But I'm definitely noticing a difference. I'm wearing jeans I've kept from 8th grade. Rockin' em! Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:23:45 EST I exercised anyway! I felt really lazy to exercise yesterday evening! But I told myself, it's only abt 30 minutes, just do it, it'll b over b4 u know it! <BR> <BR> Then I opened a workout on my computer and just did it! <BR> <BR> 34 minutes later, I was sweating and felt so good! The cold shower afterwards felt even better! Whoo Hoo! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:12:21 EST walking Walked 30 minutes today. Longest time I've walked in several years. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 23:03:07 EST Day 250 Yep, I've logged into Spark for 250 days straight. I've surprised even myself. Losing 28.8 lbs. along the way has helped. If I can do, anyone can do it. Be kind to yourself and find what works for you. I have a ways to go, but I feel like I'm around the first bend in the road. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 16:45:03 EST Susan the Conqueror! :) <BR> I conquered myself last night. I have been treating myself to one soda a day, usually in the evening when I'm relaxing. But YESTERDAY I drank it mid-day so when evening came I really missed that Dr. Pepper! <BR> I fought it for about 3 hours. Then late at night I told my Hubby that boy....I really, REALLY wanted that 2nd pop. He had one set aside as well and had already logged HIS in, though it remained unopened. <BR> I KNEW that all I really had to do was HURRY UP AND GO TO SLEEP!. ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 18:12:56 EST new distance/time run 54 kilometres (33.5 miles) run in 8 hours, 25 minutes, 19 seconds!!! Sat, 7 Nov 2015 22:26:08 EST My abs have some definition now! I don't have washboard abs yet and there is still room for improvement but my upper abs have some definition on the sides, and my lower belly is a little smaller! <BR> <BR> I will keep at it till I get washboard abs! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 21:23:35 EST 10lbs down. Finally in double figures loss wise. <em>208</em> <em>521</em> <em>248</em> <em>9</em> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 19:40:53 EST Reached my first weight goal today! I weighed in at exactly 275 today! Next up 250! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:20:29 EST team recommendation? Does anyone else notice that there is a lot of teams that are inactive, I'm new and looking for a very motivational and encouraging team do you recommend one? Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:32:52 EST When Did I Gain the Extra Stamina I decided I would walk to a further bank the other day, I didn't quite know exactly where it was because it was beyond the area of town I am familiar with. I did it any way cause google maps told me it was just twice as far as going to work is. Well I went a little lost and confused but I had my music to keep me company. I finally found the bank and then decided I would walk back but go to the farmers market first. When I was done at the farmers market i was getting a bit tired but decided I ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 23:12:31 EST 16 lbs lost and I walked 4.5 miles today I've got 90 lbs to lose but I finally feel like I am on my way, after starting over so many times. Now I feel like it is possible. 16 lbs is the most weight I have ever lost. <BR> <BR> And today I took my dog on 2 very long walks: 3 miles this morning and 1.5 this afternoon. This is the longest I have walked in years... and its particularly exciting because I broke my ankle in March of this year and it seemed like the recovery might take a long time. I have no pain at all but I am tired... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:27:51 EST first 6 pounds gone forever I just lost my first initial 6 pounds. I weighed myself and I feel good about myself. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 02:03:36 EST Back at it! After more than a year in the 240s-250s I am down into the 230s. Feels great and so motivating!!! Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:54:09 EST Fit into one size smaller jeans Even though I only weigh myself every two weeks and had been dieting before joining spark this month, I decided to try a smaller pair of jeans, and THEY FIT comfortably! My family noticed! <em>530</em> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:48:01 EST Newbie survived first office pitch-in! I started my journey to healthiness and weight loss (again) this past Saturday. Today a good friend of mine retired and my office hosted a party for her. I was worried all morning about temptation. Before the party started I ate my healthy taco salad, drank some water, and prayed to God to help me over this hump. When others noticed I wasn't eating, that became the topic of conversation. I politely hit em with the " Oh, I'm trying to do better so I ate before I came." I got a few turned up no... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:41:43 EST woohoooo! finally! I finally see weight coming off..a total of 8 pounds so far!! I have a lot more to go but this makes me feel so good! Tue, 27 Oct 2015 12:56:30 EST Wearing Under Armour in public/body confidence! It's about a month late but I bought an under armour shirt for work from the WOMENS section instead of the mens. I bought a Medium (I wanted a large but my fiance told me to go with the medium because he thinks the large would be too big. These clothes are super tight because they're compression shirts and I was feeling insecure because I was in the womens section and womens clothes are made much smaller and a different cut than mens...) <BR> <BR> I put it on and you know what? I think I lo... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 22:08:40 EST Down 62 lbs! I've now lost 62 lbs and I'm 19 lbs away from Onederland!! I've been going through a lot of stress but proud that I'm losing instead of eating my emotions. I've not been as active on Sparkpeople lately but am going to put in the effort on here to reach my next goal.Taking a break from my long term relationship has been very hard but I'm just trying to find my own happiness and love myself again. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:43:48 EST 5 weeks out I am staying strong on my ketogenic meal plan and there's a lot of internal and external pressure. I am training to qualify for US Nationals then Olympics for powerlifting and triathlon team. <BR> <BR> My next powerlifting meet is in about 5 weeks and it's more important now than ever to stick to my ketogenic meal plan. It's been going well! But the only discouraging part is that my ketone production isn't in the shade that I need it to be. What that means for me is, I may or may not make t... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:54:52 EST I made it! After 271 days I have made my goal of losing 53 pounds!!!!!!! Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:57:20 EST 25% to my goal! I'm at 176.7 pounds this morning! It's a big day because 177.75 was 25% of the way to my goal. Just 75% to go! Big milestones, feeling optimistic. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 11:29:01 EST Food pics <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I've found I really have to make the non-healthy food recipes go away on Facebook, otherwise I'd be more tempted. <BR> <BR> I am a foodie. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:44:07 EST Each +every pound=success Has anyone lost weight this week? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so excited to start my Thursday seeing that I've lost 2 pounds over 2.5 weeks. It doesn't seem like very much, but now I only have 6 pounds to go! If you ever feel like your effort is dragging, look up an image of one pound of fat! Every little bit helps, keep going! :) Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:32:21 EST Completed Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Started 30 day shred 9-23-15 completed it today. I didn't take measurements. I was in a size 16 now I can get into a size 13. My weight was 205.6 now it is 195.2. I lost 10.4 pounds. When I first started I couldn't do a lot of what they did so I modified and did what I could to prevent injury. I still can't do all that they do but I am happy with my results. Now I have to decide what to do next.. More pictures on my spark page. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:45:53 EST No Weigh! Week 1 weigh in. After a week of tracking on SparkPeople I decided it was time to step on the scale. I have been avoiding the scale other than trips to the doctor's office, but each trip the scale had gone up until I finally decided to come back to SparkPeople and re-start my journey to loose weight. I was desperately hoping for any weight loss, even just one pound, from the last time I weighed in. <BR> <BR> I lost 5.5 pounds! <BR> <BR> I know that I won't maintain that rate of loss and that a lot of it i... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 22:36:28 EST Sarah Connor I had a tank top yesterday and my partner said I looked like Sarah Connor (Terminator)! <BR> <BR> Still have some weight to go, but reminding someone of Sarah Connor is nice! lol Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:47:35 EST No more BP Meds My doctor told me i do not need to take my BP medication anymore, He still wanted me to monitor it. After a week and a half of no meds, I had my BP checked and it was 116/64 with a pulse of 54. Plus my doctor took obesity off the on going medical condition if my medical chart. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:30:56 EST One less X I spend about 50% of my year working outside at job sites. It's getting cold at work and we're supposed to get a few inches of snow overnight (I'm at 8,000 ft). <BR> <BR> Today, I decided I needed a new work jacket. I did the usual. Work wear store, women's section, Carhartt, XXL. The jacket I wanted had a limited selection, no XXL. I didn't think it would work but I grabbed an XL out of frustration and tried it on anyways. It actually fit!!!!! It's slightly tight in the armpits but I can m... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:21:28 EST Back at it Down 2 lbs this week! I haven't even been trying THAT hard. <BR> <BR> Usually, when I start changing my habits, I make it a few weeks and then stop because I restrict myself too much. This time around, I am giving myself a daily goal that I must obtain, the rest I won't beat myself up about if I fail. I am finding it gives me something to work towards, and is keeping me in check other places as well. My first goal was to drink the 100 ounces of water my body needs. That was easy. Today, I h... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 11:11:52 EST Hello everyone I'm 5'7 and weigh 210 pound. My goal is to be down 50 pounds by April 2016. My plans are to enlist in the military once I achieve this goal. I want to know what everyone is doing to loose weight. Tips and advice would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> I eat healthy, no caffeine, and drink lots of water. I also walk/jog at least 3 ti,was a week. I started my weight loss September 1st and I was weighing in at 222. I am at a plateau and IRRITATED. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:02:30 EST Survived a Major Health Scare! Today marks one week since I had surgery for treatment of a blocked artery after suffering a TIA (mini stroke) two weeks ago After 11 days in the hospital, I am on the road to recovery. A very long road, from the looks of it. I had abandoned my family, here, at SP, somewhere in the back of my mind, probably thinking I could stay 'straight' on my own.... in reality, community and family is what we need to bolster our personal efforts to healthy living! The worst part has been the scare, but ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:54:32 EST over 100lbs lost i had a 15 lbs set back, first one since 2012 that wasn't due to extreme physical injury BUT then I remembered I've lost 115lbs and if I've made it this far and not had more than this to be a set back I am doing pretty well for myself!!!! Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:41:52 EST small steps of success This time around I decided that of all the things I could choose to do right, that being consistent was the most important one for me. I just noticed that I received a Spark motivation award for CONSISTENCY for logging in 200 days. Thank you Spark. As I am pushing through a long plateau, after losing 25 lbs., I appreciate this more than you know. Now being healthier and more fit is looking attainable. And hey, slow, steady weight lose is better for the skin and metabolism, right? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:01:01 EST weighed in at gym I was really excited to weigh myself at the gym (at NIGHT!) and see that I was actually down a pound. Super excited! It sucked to see myself almost up to 200 lbs (at 195 was my highest this time) but tonight I got on and it was down to 194. I bet in the morning I'll be down to 193 or 192. The best thing about being this heavy is that the weight comes off fast when you put your mind to it. I've been increasing the protein, only eating one bagel in the morning and no other carbs (except fo... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:18:20 EST Lost 10lbs!! I lost 10lbs finally! 20 to go and feeling amazing. I track calories and protein, power walk 5days/wk, lift weights for a short time at home 3days/wk. Eat light dinners now. Yaye! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 15:33:36 EST Great way to start a weekend! Yes, today was my weigh in day and I was down again - this time 2 pounds and I have lost 8 since I started my journey. I know I still have tons to go, but I'm thrilled that I am making such great progress. My goal is to be in the 160 by the end of October, and I'm going to shatter that goal and really be on a roll here. It feels so good! So, YAY to me, something I don't do or say all that often! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 15:08:16 EST lost some weight I've been watching my calories and going to the gym and I checked the scale today and I was down 5 pounds! yay! Fri, 9 Oct 2015 13:58:19 EST Starting again Met my healthy weight goal and stopped tracking food. Big mistake. Pleased to report I'm back on track and have lost four pounds this week. Especially please with my fitness. Averaging over 20,000 steps each day. Glad to be pushed to blow my own horn.. Thanks Spark Coach Thu, 8 Oct 2015 23:03:48 EST 5lbs down. <em>192</em> Short term Goal met. New STG is another 5lbs by December. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 20:04:00 EST Ah Ha Moment I am afraid that I'm inching toward Type 2 Diabetes. I'm holding on by my fingernails so there's hope! I've been documenting, doing SparkCoach, and exercising but not seeing much of a weight loss. My ah ha moment came today when I saw that I could disconnect my FitBit from the nutrition tracker so it didn't add all those wonderfully tempting extra calories to my day. Now to tighen up my meal planning. Look forward to less of me soon! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:53:44 EST still at it 28 days Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:32:13 EST Getting some exercise ! I actually went for a little walk last night, only about 12 minutes total but for me this is huge :) Here's hoping I can keep it up !!! Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:13:01 EST Back in the swing of things! More motivated than ever!! Wed, 7 Oct 2015 09:50:15 EST 5 days into it and following it to the letter This is my fifth day into it properly after years of just messing about. I have been drinking required water, taking in correct calorie count and been greatly encouraged by this site. I have also lost a kilo in the five days. Once I get the other two off I will work on maintaining it. Also started doing the 30 challenge of small changes. Good stuff! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:27:58 EST Three Mini Victories! I'm only on day two but today has left me feeling good about myself after caving last night and having two pumpkin spice oreos (they fit into my daily allotment so I'm not beating myself up too badly about them). <BR> <BR> I arrived at school and immediately noticed that, right in front of where the shuttle bus drops off, was a sorority group selling baked goods. I ignored them and hurried to class. Later, as I was heading back to the bus stop, they were still there, and I noticed they were ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:25:01 EST No soda and no fast food! So, before I started SP, I was trying to do it by myself. Well, I have managed to make it to a couple goals. With my schedule (full time student and full time employee), it is really hard to make meals and eat healthy. However, as of this past Thursday, it has been 3 weeks since I have had fast food (thanks in large part to my boyfriend for cooking so much). Now that I'm so far in, I don't want to eat it because I don't want to break that streak. I am also almost two weeks without soda. Such ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 00:37:09 EST Weight loss It seems as I have gotten older it is soooooo much harder to lose weight. <BR> Any one else??!! Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:20:24 EST -11 lbs!! In 2 weeks. Running a 31:23 5k Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:29:26 EST I'm in the 170s! I love it when I get to change the second digit in my weight. I recently dropped out of the 180s and into the 170s! Very excited! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:05:13 EST Day Two without soda! Hi, It is day two without any soda. Had a stressful evening last night and didn't give in to going to get a soda! Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:34:18 EST 5% of my body weight gone! I had a wellness screening in July for work and we are rewarded for a BMI of 30 with $50 each (spouse and employee) off our health insurance premium. Unfortunately neither me nor my husband met that threshold. However, if we are under 30 at next year's screening OR have lost 10% of our body weight, we will qualify for the discount. In about 2.5 months, I am down over 5% of my body weight and well onto being healthier (and earning a little money)! <BR> <BR> Also, I'm not sure how much my h... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:57:33 EST Tiny steps!! This may not seem like a big deal but ever little bit helps my motivation lol I did my weekly weigh in this morning I am officially in the 220's!!! Cant wait to get into the 210's now...I got this!! yaay! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:45:26 EST Its more than just the physical I was supposed to have weighed 153 earlier this week and so was determined to meet my goal this week and made a pact with myself to have only liquids after 5pm last night. So what do you know..of course my best friends who I havent seen in a long time want to go to my favorite place to eat. And the pressure was on big time. This was probably the hardest weightloss decision to make. It was definitely a test of my resolve. After taking time to think about my Whys/Reasons Im doing this, I tol... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:52:03 EST My 2 Week Cheongsam Challenge was a success!! 2 weeks ago, I started watching my portions more carefully and tried my best to eat clean to fit into my cheongsam (chinese traditional dress that is very figure hugging). <BR> <BR> Well, today was the day. I wore it to my church's mooncake festival party. Not only did it fit, I even had abt an inch wiggle room! This is my first success! I will continue trying till I get to my goal weight of 50kgs! <BR> <BR> I will post a pic tmrw. Right now my bed is calling me! Got to go to church tmrw to... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:20:00 EST proud to be starting again I'm celebrating the fact that I've been committed this week to spark people. Racking up points, being intentionally and actively involved in my health care. I really appreciate the short seated w/o routines that Coach Nicole has up. These are key to my sticking to it this week, I have bone spurs on my feet and to get up and active takes a lot of effort. These videos are helping me BECOME active. I'm happy. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:30:28 EST Working it! 110,965 steps since I started SP. Feeling accomplished. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 02:57:52 EST WE ARE FAMILY WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS SITE IS THAT "WE ARE FAMILY" WE CARE , WE SHARE AND MOST OF ALL WE LEARN NEW TECHNIQUES, RECIPES, NEW WAYS OF ACCOMPLISHING OUR GOALS TO MAKE US ALL HEALTHIER... <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:14:04 EST Sparking Since 2008 I have been a Spark member since 2008. This board has given me the tools and motivation that led to some success with dieting. The problem is I do not handle hunger well so I always inevitably failed and gained to small loss back. Since 2008 my weight has crept up to 229 pounds. <BR> <BR> On August 19th of this year I got some lab work back. My blood pressure and cholesterol are being controlled with medication but my triglyceride level was extremely high. I finally came to the reali... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:30:10 EST Work in Progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today after returning home from my doctors appointment, as I sat down on the couch, I said to myself that I needed to go back in time and notice all of the things that I have changed about myself and my personal life since the loss of my family. I enrolled in school about 7 months ago, and now I only have like 5 months before I graduate in the top percent of the graduating class. I have be... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:24:50 EST Pants! I have been keeping pretty consitent with SP and am feeling good with my workouts - trying to avoid the scale since that just isn't moving, but today I put on some pants that I bought a little tight and I'd like to think they are a little less tight today! Makes me feel like my work is paying off and a great motivation to keep it up! Just needed to celebrate and woo hoo a little! :) Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:54:16 EST Back on .. I have lost a total of 58 pounds and have came 10 pounds from my goal.. I feel good and have went from a size 2x to a med in pants and I get a large top or x-large just cause I like a little room and depends on who makes it.. No more order it online.. I can go to a store and buy what I like... So I figured.. I would just <em>244</em> and raise my glass <em>91</em> as a I have done it... Thanks to Sparks and Hubby... In His Love and Grace Just Me Wed, 23 Sep 2015 23:33:11 EST Made my first goal!! New one set!! So... back in May, I set a goal to be down 30 pounds by my birthday (September 12th) well... I weighed September 11th and I am down 36 pounds!!! My new goal is to lose 90 more pounds by December 15th... HERE WE GO!! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:01:46 EST 10 pounds down!! I joined sparkpeople 59 days ago, and today weighed in 10 pounds down from where I started! Yay! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>208</em> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:34:58 EST 7 more pounds 7 more pounds until I reach my half-way mark. Need to celebrate the small successes along the way!!! <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:20:42 EST I DID IT!!! So, I am back on this SparkPeople journey and I found out that I am expected to walk a 5K on Saturday. I decided that I needed to try to do it before Saturday just to see if I could make it. Last night, I walked 4 miles and made it without dying. It wasn't pretty and I was exhausted, but I DID it! I know walking 4 miles may not be a big deal to some, but it has been two years since I put a priority on my health and my exercise. So, this was a HUGE accomplishment for me! The first thing ... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 12:02:44 EST Unmotived to start all over Hello...I am SO UNMOTIVATED to start loosing weight again...I did ok, loosing 20 lbs. over a 6 month period and fell off the wagon. Now that I'm working a FT and PT job, my kids are all almost grown and yet I still can't find the gumption to get with it...any pointers on getting my vibe back? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:49:44 EST 12 My summer fitness goal was to get a mile in the 12 minute range. When I started this summer I was averaging between 15 and 16 minutes.. today it was 12:38!.. the closest I have come was a 13:10 until today. <em>104</em> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:55:04 EST Personal Whoot! Had a rough day, panic attack set in for a bit. Worked through it and positivity is returning. Lost 4 lbs this week which is better than I thought. I'm active and working on the nutrition factor. I eat well, but maybe more than I should?!? LOL. Not a huge personal "whooter" but I guess everyone looks for the cheerleading section right? For anyone else in the slow boat, slow and steady wins the race as I've been told. My husbands favorite saying is that I'm lapping the people on their couches ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:02:01 EST Under 200 pounds Today I weighed in under 200 pounds for the first time in about 2 years! Very excited and ready to keep moving forward. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 07:39:58 EST The Odometer Just Clicked Over Just reached 20,000 Sparkpoints. Wish I could say it resulted in a skinnier me right now but still, a testament to the fact I haven't given up yet. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me share. Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09:32:56 EST Goods new!!! I have great news. I am 2 sizes down (was 4X now I'm in 2X) the clothes are getting big on me and I have to buy smaller sizes. I feel great and I have to make better choices though. I will get weight in on Monday with my Dietitian. I hope to lose more weight. I did clean the 2 bathrooms today and tomorrow will do more cleaning. <em>9</em> <em>30</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:49:43 EST Made a good choice this morning I don't know about everyone else, but I have a weakness for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. However, I discovered that a tall comes with 3 pumps of syrup but if I order it with only one, skim milk and no whip, it's still delicious and MUCH lower in calories! It even tastes better because it's not super sweet. Definitely not a daily thing but it's my Friday treat. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY FRIDAY! Fri, 11 Sep 2015 08:29:40 EST 34,000 postings - woohoo! This message is the 34,000th one I've posted on SparkPeople <em>334</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 20:54:03 EST Holy cow I've been trying to lose weight, get fit and healthy on and off ever since I quit smoking. I'd do well for a week or two and then fall off the bus and put it all back on and then some. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor last week due to an odd sensation in my right leg. Turns out I have some pretty serious issues with my back. Serious enough that I'm going to be on physical therapy for a long time to correct it. (Surprisingly the discomfort isn't bad, but the inflammation is cutting off my ne... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 14:35:17 EST Lost my first 5 Lost 5lbs after 7yrs of just gaining along.,...! Woohoo! Fri, 4 Sep 2015 15:18:59 EST What is happening? :) Have been trying to jog all summer..going non stop a mile ties my high school ability..and I am past that. People have started to notice..but besides the scale saaying 35 lbs down I dont notice much..but I went yo the local dept store yesterday and thought I would try on a pair of jeans and I have lost 2 sizes went from a 16/18 to a stretchy 12. I dont think I have fit in a 12 since junior high. My inner synic was stretchy..winters coming u will gain it back..etc...but I am trying t... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 07:34:06 EST Crazily small success but hey... So, I literally just went to the kitchen and mooched through the cupboards AND... <BR> thought, hmmm, you're bored , step away from this...AND DID! <BR> Massive for me as I eat, lots, out of boredom. <BR> Woohoo! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:43:07 EST Wooohooooooooooo Aside from my lovely glass of wine tonight, I have made some really healthy choices today. I exercised for 1.5 hours today, kept busy on my feet most of the day; I'm keeping within my calorie range and I have added fruits and veggies to most of my meals! Baby steps!!! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:56:45 EST 100 Days I finally got a streak of 100 days! Yay! Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:48:11 EST More than 175 lbs GONE FOREVER! Nearly 180 really, haha. I'm ecstatic! And all but 10 of it in exactly a year! Woohoo! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:10:53 EST