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 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 25% of the way to my ideal weight! I wrote a blog about it, but I have officially lost 25% of the 48lbs I'm trying to lose! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983698 </link> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:33:14 EST Quickie Workouts Paying Off I do a lot of volunteer work and it compromises my exercise schedule and nutritional goals... this summer was the usual train wreck, but my problems caused me to think outside the box and I lost 5 lbs and have pretty much kept it off! (I've seen the scale go up a few times, but it always settles back to my new weight). I love to run, but can't do it consistently, so this summer I decided to buy a basketball and dribble it in my driveway for a few minutes. No jumping, no shooting as that's ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:14:18 EST Just one more minute BAM! 6 minute elliptical session down! To some this might not be a big deal but for others such as myself this is huge. I am very out of shape and have been struggling back from being in a wheelchair with musculoskeletal issues. <BR> <BR> For a week now I have been doing 5 minute elliptical sessions and I was feeling comfortable so it was time to push myself and go a little harder, plus tacking on just one more minute. I was shaking and out of breath but I did it! <BR> <BR> I encourage othe... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:19:50 EST finally weight is shifting again hadn't lost for a year even though I had tried was on slimming world decided to do spark since starting again have lost 12lb since middle of june, really pleased :) Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:41:00 EST vacation I went on vacation and managed to cancel out the good meals with lots of walking. I didn't lose weight but didn't gain either. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:48:42 EST Great trip! I left last Wednesday to visit a friend in Nashville. I weighed the day I left. I got back yesterday and weighed again this morning and I was at the same weight! I usually have a hard time when eating out, but I was determined to do good while I was there. I was also able to get up and walk every morning. What a great feeling it is to know that I am in control of what I do! Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:14:20 EST Maintained on vacation We didn't eat junk and only ate out once. But I wasn't thinking too carefully about portions either. We were pretty active but nothing out of the ordinary. And I maintained my weight! Woohoo! Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:31:17 EST SUCCESS IN IMPROVING ON GOOD HABITS <BR> I've seen much improvement in changing habits and being kinder to myself, but my weight has been going up slightly. I don't understand why that's happening. I do take many medications and started taking a new one. I am thinking that's the cause. I will continue to monitor my weight and make changes. Hopefully that will help. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:13:28 EST Whoo Hooo Took up weight training. Lost 8 inches! Whoo Hooo! <em>104</em> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:11:15 EST Week 2 is officially down!!!! Week 2 is down for me and the scale is also down!! So far I have lost 7 pounds total!!! I am SO excited to be so close to leaving the 290s FOR GOOD!!!! I cannot wait to get to my ultimate goal :D Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:46:54 EST Day three Day one...I did one burpee then another <BR> Day two...I did two burpee a and planked <BR> Day three...I was relaxing in the hot tub at local pool and just jumped into an Aquafit class...60 minutes <BR> <BR> Ta da! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:40:36 EST back on my bike! It's been a long 4 weeks but after surgery I finally got the OK to resume my exercise. <img src=""> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:38:19 EST 30 Day Streak! I finished 30 straight days of tracking my food and having (somewhat) regular exercise. I'm down 11.1 pounds and a pant size!! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:53:32 EST Talk about motivation! 16 months ago I broke my neck in a climbing accident. I went from being incredibly fit, strong and slim to podgy, unfit and incredibly weak. The problem is, I didn't cut down what I normally ate but because I couldn't exercise, my metabolism slowed right down and I had a lot more calories in than calories out. <BR> <BR> I had no motivation, even as I was getting better. I did my first small climb 3 months ago but when you have an extra stone in weight as well as losing normal arm strength, ... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:02:29 EST I ran today! I did the walk/run workout today. I walked for 2 mins. and then ran for 1; I only made it about 15 mins. before I went back to a straight walking working. However if someone had told me 10 months ago that I would be considering adding running, I've said they were crazy. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 02:55:32 EST I'm trying - I haven't given up yet. :) I am back and ready to start in again. I am tired of feeling how I feel inside and I am hoping to make some real changes in my life. <BR> I am proud of all of us here for not giving up - we are all so worth this journey that we are taking. And I am thankful I am not doing it by myself. <BR> <BR> My BIG WHOO HOOO is that I am teaching myself how to cook. I never thought I would but I figured it is the way to broaden my food options. Its quite a sight to see me slicing a tomato, dicing an on... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:50:55 EST YAY week 1 DOWN! After my first week and staying mostly consistent, I am DOWN 4 POUNDS THIS WEEK!!! I am super happy about this! Close to getting out of the 290's! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:44:18 EST 21 days tracked & 10lbs gone small goal, small milestone on a journey to larger goals and larger milestones - today I'm at 21 days tracked on Spark and 10lbs lighter than I was 21 days ago <BR> <BR> Happy weekend everyone! Sat, 8 Aug 2015 08:44:55 EST Exercise How much exercise is too much or too little. I never used to walk at all. I did like the gym classes though. Of late when I have a spare moment all I want to do is go for a walk. Is this too much? thanks Thu, 6 Aug 2015 13:05:33 EST woohoo I have struggled all month to eat as healthy as possible, say no to goodies and be on track. Went for my checkup today and have lost 6lbs in this month! so excited that I am getting somewhere. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 18:18:51 EST I had no idea the results would be this fast!! I weighed 120 pounds on Monday July 28th. I'm 5'2 and it was making me look chubby. I was getting depressed and having anxiety over my weight. So I started with SparkPeople. I thought on the 4th day when I reached 115 pounds that it was all just water weight and the next day I'd be 120 again, but the number has just kept falling! <BR> <BR> As of this moment I weigh 113.6 pounds, my first goal weight made! I've only been at this for a week and a day! It's just too good to be true! I have set ... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 20:19:25 EST Yep I did that! I am so proud of myself and just need to share it! I finished week 1 day 1 of C25K! There are so many things I could say to make it seem like not a big deal...It wasn't a run as much as a step above walking, I cut the second to last run a lil short...but it is a huge deal! I have a lot of body(260lbs on a 5'4" frame) to move around and that's exactly what I did! I MOVED!! lol Mon, 3 Aug 2015 21:41:40 EST I'm in "One"derland! I'm finally (back) under 200 lbs! It feels amazing. I weighed myself three times just to be sure it wasn't a mistake. That makes a total weight loss of 9 lbs. <BR> <BR> I had a sort of break through last Tuesday/Wednesday. Well, not sort of. I had a bona fide breakthrough, thanks to my sister, my mom and my husband. Since then, I've dropped 3 lbs. So it definitely resonated. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm super tired because I haven't been sleeping well (I have really, really vivid and bizarre drea... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:02:36 EST Amazed at my own resourcefulness! My regular stylist is nice enough to trim my bangs for free in between cuts. But catching him when he's not so busy is tough and I often have to go for weeks without trimming my bangs. <BR> <BR> His assistant trimmed my bangs recently but it's like I never trimmed it and it wasn't even trimmed evenly! So, I thought : "how hard can it be?". So, I decided to take the bull by its' horns. I know my Mom has a pair of hairdressing scissors upstairs because she used to trim my Dad's hair. I held... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 03:50:00 EST Made it to Goal Weight One! Made it to 147lbs in 3 weeks! The real challenge is getting under this-usually I end up sabotaging myself at this weight. Not this time though! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 02:40:21 EST My very first race! I took part in a one mile fun run/race tonight -I did that mile in 11 minutes and 5 seconds! I couldn't help but be proud because I have never done that before in my life. I do plan to do 26.2 before my 46th birthday in November-but baby steps and my weekly runs are helping me toward that goal. Thank you God for giving me the drive and strength!! Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:40:18 EST I'm Inspired by all my fellow SP's celebrations Hi, There Fellow Sparkers! Thank you for sharing your victories and struggles. I've had a few days of limited mobility, with extra time to think about how to choose between positive or negative values. So today your postings helped me see how success in small ways is so very important--like eating only part of the plate-size pancake at breakfast and going to the gym whether I felt like it or not. There, I remembered a Navaho chant from the "Code Talker" book about overcoming incredible obstac... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:43:00 EST ONEDERLAND! Very excited to announce my entry into onederland and the loss of 70+ lbs! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also, I got engaged this week! So I am feeling really happy. <BR> <BR> I hope all you guys also have many awesome things happening in your life! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:02:22 EST Thrilled to be getting rid of clothes! Yesterday I was working in my garden with my girlfriend that I garden with and it was the second day that I had two different pairs of Capris were falling off my bottom half! I think it is time to go thru the closet and get a bag together for Goodwill! As of this week I lost 45 lbs. Some day when I run out of clothes, I will have to go out and get some new ones.....I want to work to get all my different sizes out the door the same way they came in &#128522; Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:43:58 EST yaya lost even thought TOM yay!! managed to lose 1lb this week even though it was my TOM so well chuffed with that Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:35:16 EST 9 months and no weight back 9 months ago I decided it was time to diet. I set , what I thought, was an unrealistic goal of 50 pounds. In April, my weigh in was 200 lbs. First time in many years. Now, I'm 192, which brings my weight loss to 52 pounds. I still watch what I eat, but no longer consider myself on a very strict diet. I still exercise, and I feel great. Back in October, my jeans were a tight 38. Now I'm a loose 34, with much more muscle definition. <BR> Never thought I could lose 50, a... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:47:26 EST Shopping in your own closet feels good! I just went through all the clothes I own and discovered I can wear almost all my skirts again! Hurray! It's cheaper and nicer to shop in your own closet than the mall. <em>41</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:23:02 EST Results are in! Officially 22.5 lbs gone since I started in May! Yay Me! Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:25:36 EST Finally... it's dropping off! Eating right, exercising consistently and hard, drinking loads of water.. believing in myself and my commitment. Weight is flying off. 21 pounds so far.... 100 to go, but I am strong and I will do this. <BR> <BR> After eating only healthy foods during my plan... any cravings for crappy foods have fallen by the wayside- now I crave my decaf green iced tea- my obsession! <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:05:17 EST Non scale victory! I bought a new dress while I was at the beach in a brand of clothes that I have never been able to wear because even the XL was too small. But not anymore! And, I got a large! <em>521</em> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:35:42 EST Survived work lunch Soooo.....about once a month my office makes a big lunch for everyone. Today was the day. I managed to eat with everyone and not go over my calories. I stopped at 1 bratwurst and bun and had carrots instead of potato chips. Woo hoo! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:13:59 EST Swam 2000 yards Hey. I swam 2000 yards today. I think that's the most yardage I've done in one workout in 3 or 4 years, especially since I mixed a lot of stroke drills in with the freestyle. I am very thankful to be getting my strength back - slowly but surely! Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:39:13 EST Met My Weight Goal After a year of steady weight loss (.5# a week) I have been stabilizing at my weight I had in my 20-30's and cholesterol came down 43 points! 3-4 pant sizes. Tracked my nutrition and weight in Sparkpeople, worked out at a gym and added weight lifting. Yeah! Praise God! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:03:38 EST Can you toot your own horn? Please share I look at the mirror and see that I am getting smaller. Things I can be thankful for... I have tracked food since early march, drinking water each day, did devotions, prayer, and stayed positive.Not everything went so smooth but today I remember some of the many things I can give thanks for, Amen Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:21:26 EST 6 weeks later... Well, it's been almost 6 weeks since I got the lovely "Congratulations, you're diabetic!" results of my first round of blood work at the doctor. Along with elevated triglycerides and cholesterol. Hooray. <BR> <BR> Got my 6 week check-up blood work results back today. I was so excited to see the results I just had to share it somewhere :) Just noticed this forum section down here, still pretty new to Spark. <BR> <BR> This is so motivating for me, to see some actual results from the work ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:18:02 EST I'm conquering my illness!!! To make a LONG story short (you can read more on my Sparkpage), I went from being super fit to very ill when I developed fibromyalgia. I gained a lot of weight and thought being healthy and active wasn't in the cards for me. I radically changed my lifestyle, I've already lost 10 pounds, and I'm feeling GOOD for the first time in a long time! :) <BR> <BR> I'm new on SP and would love more friends, if you'd like to friend me. Also I have a Facebook page about my journey. If you would like to f... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:37:40 EST lost weight and went out and stayed on plan So chuffed with myself , i went out to a concert the other day and packed a dinner for myself, went out for a meal with a friend and phoned the restaurant and picked the lowest calories and fat meal, and exercised this week and lost 1.5lbs not a huge amount but really good for me :)))) Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:05:20 EST Cycled 3.9 miles further than last week I cycled 3.9 miles further in spinning class than last week. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:45:48 EST freedom to stop at 10 minutes Yesterday I had 90 minutes of difficult fitness. Today I'm exhausted. I am extending my streak to 16 days by doing 10 minutes with complete freedom to stop! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:16:32 EST My WooHoo Moment For the fourth of July we went to celebration. They were giving away free cupcakes. I didn't take one!! I never thought I would do that. Thanks Sparkpeople! <em>244</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:16:38 EST From 305 to 70.3! Fun with numbers. <BR> 3.5 years ago, I weighed 305# <BR> Yesterday, I completed my first half Ironman <BR> 1.2 mIke swim, 56 mile bike rise, 13.1 mile run <BR> Did it in 6 hours, 10 minutes and some change. <BR> <BR> I am full of pride. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:23:18 EST SUCCESS!!!!! In just 4 short months I have successfully dropped 16 pounds and 2.5 inches of my spare tire!! (ha ha ha). My goal is short by 5 pounds and 4.3% body fat but still have 2 months left of my 6 month created plan. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:08:10 EST vacation success I managed to keep up my walking program and continued to make good food choices while on vacation. This is a huge accomplishment for me--in the past I would have let everything go and splurged on a vacation. Gained a pound or two but lost them right away when I got home--no damage done. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 06:14:50 EST WooHoo! I'm here! WooHoo! I'm here! Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:21:56 EST Natural weight training Today, I was able to "hop like a frog" with a 30-pound 4-year old on my back. This was in the pool where the water helped buoy us up, but I wouldn't have been able to do this even a month ago. Kids are natural, fun workout partners. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:48:59 EST 15 pounds gone 40 more to go I started this on June 6th of this year at 204. Today I dropped below 190 to 189. Yeah! Me. I want my body back! I had knee surgery a year and 1/2 ago, menopause also hit , gained 34 pounds. All in my belly and arms! <BR> <BR> I was 170 before the knee surgery and menopause...... A little overweight but I did not look bad. <BR> <BR> Now I have lots of loose skin / rolls all in my abdomen and belly. I hate it! Gonna get this weight off then get a tummy tuck. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:42:10 EST Grocery shopping again! Today marked first time since April 1 surgery to remove large melanoma from sole of right foot that I could handle weekly grocery shopping. My husband and I alternate this (going on 35 years now) and since the surgery he has done it without complaint every week. <BR> <BR> I was glad to be able to relieve him of these extra times at last and to comfortably walk on both feet. The large open wound closed after 3 months (which also involved daily dressings by him and me) and I started putting ... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:02:23 EST Shed 42 pounds <em>9</em> . 3 pounds to my next goal. Then 5 more till I need to reset. Very happy. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:50:55 EST 32 lbs gone in 6 weeks =-) I LOVE low carbs It has been a great go around. I love eating a low carb diet it helps me sleep better at night and I am finding all sorts of energy I didn't even know I had. <BR> YAY Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:57:29 EST First Day Lost 3 lbs and it inspired me to go to the gym. I only did 1.5 miles on treadmill but I'm thinking of going again after work tonight. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:50:01 EST Lowest Weight In 3 Years!! Today Thanks to Sparkpeople I've hit the lowest weight I've been in the last 3 years!!!! <em>244</em> Thank You Sparkpeople!!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I just did the math and I have lost 8.8 pounds this month! Wed, 8 Jul 2015 04:50:13 EST planned ahead went and checked out some spark people recipes before going to the grocery store. Made a grocery list amd stuck to it. My grocery bill was smaller than usal and I only bought healthy foodn for myself <em>383</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 02:40:24 EST Planned ahead I packed a bottle of water, some baby carrots and hummus when I went to cheer on some kids at their sporting event tonight. I did eventually buy one slice of pizza, but I stayed within my calorie count - even if a bit high in the fat category. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:45:53 EST 35 pounds gone I've lost 35 pounds!!!! I'm beginning to believe that I'll reach my goal of 50 pounds lost. I've changed my lifestyle. I'm no longer a couch potato - I'm an athlete! Well, I don't do any sports, but I run, walk and hike and I can keep up with the men in my family. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:50:20 EST yay immune system! This is a bit of an odd success. A few days ago, I got food poisoning from eating some sushi tacos. It sucked, but my body got rid of it really quickly. I was fine within a few hours. I feel like eating healthy foods has enabled my body to be stronger from the inside. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 22:52:15 EST Deeply grateful. This week I made my initial goal of losing from 380 to 180...200 lbs lost. I have set a new goal of 170, but am stopping here to celebrate that milestone! I am almost 61, so it is possible at any age. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 16:10:17 EST feeling proud!! Went to a family BBQ this afternoon turned down the sausages and lamb chops etc had a chicken kebab on a skewer with peppers took my own couscous and had a salad and 1 small burger in a wholemeal roll and diet coke no alcohol, or pudding. i was getting angry and everyone telling me i was being a killjoy but I'm glad i didn't cave in :) Sun, 5 Jul 2015 13:13:01 EST Tracking works! I'm consistently terrible at consistent food tracking! I'm learning, though, and managed a big hurdle this weekend. I planned for some Fourth of July indulgences, putting them in my tracker first thing in the morning, and basically planning my day around it. The result? Finishing in my calories range, decent-if-not-perfect nutrition, and a reinforcement of the belief that I can do this! <BR> <BR> WE can do this!!! Sun, 5 Jul 2015 10:28:55 EST Cleaning success Hey. Today, I moved my couch. I vacuumed both it, the floor and the baseboards. I cleaned the blinds and the windows and washed the curtains. I took off all the cushions and vacuumed them. Then I put it all back. I'm excited because I still have energy left and that area of the room looks so nice! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 17:19:47 EST Switched from running to rebounding! Rather than stop working out for a while, when my knees began hurting after running for a couple of weeks, I switched to rebounding. In the past I might have stopped working out for a few weeks. This time, I merely switched my workout indoors to my rebounder! Sat, 4 Jul 2015 15:28:58 EST back on track And down 7 pounds. 2 days of exercise, and I feel great...normally I am a couch potato, reading to my kids and studying. Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:45:36 EST Second week Down another 3 pounds, for a total of six. Still need to be more active though. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:30:42 EST Had a grape instead of the Hershey kiss Hubby presented me with a Hershey's kiss. I did eat that one--but then, I went to get another and the bag was closed up--so I grabbed a grape instead of opening the bag. THIS IS HUGE--I had a piece of chocolate and did NOT get another!! I am upset that I gained 10 pounds (almost closer to 15--depending on where we measure from) and I AM going to lose it. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 17:53:45 EST Someone noticed! At work today one of my coworkers said, "You've lost weight!" I was elated. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> She didn't ask, she just came right out and said it. She doesn't even know I'm trying to lose weight - and I have more than 150 pounds to lose! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:58:35 EST In my first two weeks! I'm down 5.5#'s and I feel great! I've bragged about Spark on my Facebook page and have a couple friends also wanting to sign up! I feel myself getting healthier every day, and becoming more and more aware of healthy eating habits. Instead of beef, bacon, and sausage - my freezer is full of ground turkey, turkey burgers, and black bean chipotle burgers and they are delicious!!! I'm so excited! Of course I still cheat a little bit - but I'm consuming less of the bad and more of the good! W... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:33:03 EST Pleasant Surprise So, last week was very stressful and chaotic. My younger son had Prom and Graduation, plus a party with lots of food! But a decent amount of that food was healthy, so I tried to stick with those. I did have a small piece of cake as well as 2 drinks. So I was expecting to have gained weight. Well, I weighed myself this morning, and I LOST a little more than 3 pounds!! I was shocked and actually weighed myself 2 more times to make sure the result was the same. Needless to say, I'm very h... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 05:52:28 EST Emotional eating <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone. I'm new to this website so be nice lol I just wanted somewhere to vent and hopefully find some friends along the way. Basically I'm suffering with some problems at the moment and was hoping to gain some understanding or find people with similar experiences to myself. <BR> <BR> I'm 24 and had a baby 9 months ago. Ever since then I've noticed myself going downhill. I put on a stone during my pregnancy and haven't done a thing to lose it. I'm 5'4 and w... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:01:20 EST confirmed the walking route. Hey. It's a small step, but tonight I drove my dog's favorite walking route and confirmed that is actually as long as I've been logging. It's actually a wee bit longer, so I'm satisfied. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:48:51 EST 20lbs in 4 weeks :) 4 weeks ago on june 1st I joined the biggest looser at work I was 163lbs at 5 feet 1 inch tall today exactly 4 weeks later I am 143lbs and in the lead what a difference a month has made in my life I feel wonderful :) Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:52:13 EST First 10 lbs gone 70 more lbs to lose to my goal. I Will do this! Motivated! Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:45:03 EST done 4 hours exercise this week :) well chuffed with myself, done 4 hours exercise this week that is 100% usually what i do in a month (on crutches) so very pleased and loving it 1.5 hours last week Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:25:19 EST WOOHOO! celebrate the little things :) So! I've now completed two weeks on the whole30, which means I am halfway done my journey of whole30ing! Although they say not to weight yourself, I was way too curious and did anyways..... I have lost five pounds! I feel great, working out has been amazing and I'm kickstarting myself into a fitness lifestyle that will LAST! WOO!!! Anyone else got some small victories to share???! Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:38:53 EST 4 days, no pop!! HUGE Diet Mountain Dew drinker! Gave it up on Monday, don't miss it! Have by-passed the other pop choices at work, too! Just water for me! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:50:09 EST Using the Pool <BR> I started to use the pool for swimming exercise and it has helped me to feel stronger. <BR> I am hoping to see more results in the near future, Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:06:42 EST Proud of myself :) I have been tracking calories for only a few days and I can already feel the difference. I have more energy and I haven't skipped any meals this week which has been a big thing for me since I have both a full time job and a part time job. I really am proud of myself. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:23:45 EST Halfway to goal! I had 100 pounds to lose at the beginning of January. I've lost 54 pounds so far. I have been on so many diets that I can't even remember all of them. I typically lose 40 pounds, get sick of the food I'm eating, go off of the diet and gain back 50 pounds. I joined SparkCoach and every morning I check in and go through the program. It's just what I need to get a little boost for the day to start it off in the right direction. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:01:53 EST Streak day 111 for tracking nutrition, weight, and fitness. This is a first for me. I've lost 20.8 lbs. It seems slow, but I give my self pep talks to keep going. Happy tracking everyone! Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:19:57 EST Managed to resist KFC!!! Me and my parents went to the mall. My Dad wanted KFC. But I have made a promise to myself to stay away from junk food. So I bought myself a small tray of sushi and went to meet them in KFC. My parents had 2 pieces of fried chicken and a serving of fries each. <BR> <BR> I was proud of myself for not sneaking a single bite from their plates! I just had my sushi, I even gave 2 small pieces of the cucumber roll to my Mom! But I did have a few sips of Revive isotonic though. I wanted not so much... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:48:35 EST exercise success My hips are out of place and on my crutches i manged to do 1200 steps today, okay im hurting but im so proud of myself :) Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:30:25 EST my unrealistic goal wasn't so unrealistic Back in October, I decided to get back into shape. My start date was to be October 27, after our last camping trip. With all the trackers and websites, I entered a goal of 50 <em>244</em> pounds, thinking I'd be lucky to lose 10. <BR> So, October 3rd I went to the doctor for an eye infection. When I stepped on the scale, it said 244. That week, my wife got a sample of Shaklee to try. I kind of started my diet October 6. By the 27th, I already lost 12 pounds. So lets f... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:27:39 EST Plateau Finally got over a difficult plateau & I am thrilled. On my way to a healthier me ! Sat, 20 Jun 2015 13:31:51 EST 1/3 of the way there Just wanted to pat myself on the back for losing 10 of 30 pounds. A third of the way there! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 19:38:23 EST Baby steps I have not always had difficulty loosing weight. And today, I am far more active than ever, yet, the body seems to hang on to every pound. But today, for first time in 10 days I saw a drop, and am not at 4.4 down in 12 days. HEY I thought something was wrong with my scale!!! Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:16:23 EST Activity! I'm on day 4 of my Activity Streak-ette - well on my way to a full blown STREAK! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Walked park circuit each day increasing my jogging steps 200, 500, 750. <em>363</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:32:24 EST From an XL to a Small :) I've never been to the success part of SP for myself before so this is the first time I'll have shared my own success here :) <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say that today I finnally fit into a size small T-Shirt. I bought it online too (didn't want to see it in the store and psyche myself out of buying it or wearing it!) <BR> <BR> It fits and I'm pretty pumped about it :D Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:10:55 EST gained loads but lost 4lb this week so yay lost my uncle few weeks ago and we were very close I comfort ate for 2 weeks putting on a massive 10lbs!! I am in a wheelchair so it goes on a little quicker for me (no excuses) but I pulled myself back and in the last week have lost 4lb taking me back to losing just under 5 stone in total, so a happy bunny today thanks to the spark!! Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:22:54 EST 7 lbs may seem like a little.... Ive been at the same weight, 162, forever. Years. Until I started journaling, walking more, and sometimes intermittant fasting (which means not eating until lunch or not eating after 4pm). I eat mostly healthy and I eat anything I want but dont binge anymore. I lost 7 lbs (155) and my measurements are showing it too. What a relief...Im so happy!! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:56:56 EST When do you celebrate? I am a little hesitant to celebrate scale victories because of fluctuation. When I got under 200, it was only by a few tenths the first time. I tend to wait until I am solidly under before I celebrate. What about you? Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:03:50 EST NSV- I HAVE PANTS! I decided to rearrange my dresser drawers last night, and try on some clothes. I now have 4 pairs of capri pants to wear this summer. Last summer, I only had one pair because I refused to buy larger pants, and wasn't motivated to get into a smaller size. Go ME! Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:43:48 EST My first weigh in! Today is my 8th day with Spark People, walking a mile each day, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, and tracking my food. I have lost 6 pounds! I am thrilled and inspired to keep going <em>381</em> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:43:56 EST Maintenance success Maintenance scares me. I'll admit it - I have nightmares about waking up and finding out I've gained it all back. <BR> I don't want to track forever - I just want to eat like a normal person but with restraint. <BR> So I made it to my original goal - 64kg. I decided to stop for a month and try maintenance. 3 weeks in and with no tracking I now weigh... 64.5kg. <BR> <BR> I am pretty pleased with myself. I intend to do one more week before getting back on the diet to lose the last 3kg. T... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:19:39 EST Day 100 It DOES feel good to meet a goal! Now I'm off on my next 100 day goal. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:35:40 EST Celebrating 100... days on spark tomorrow!! Long term goal met and 20 lbs lighter. New goal is 100 more days. Can't decide how to celebrate yet! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:46:09 EST My 1st month here - I lost 9 Pounds! WOOHOO! I'm so excited! I love SparkPeople! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I was really worrying about it because 3 years ago I had thyroid surgery to remove half of my thyroid due to a cyst (that turned out to be cancer-free!), so I'm now hypothyroid & 50. I was afraid it would be a lot harder to lose weight. It's a relief to see it's working! I think this calls for dancing. <em>353</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:39:18 EST Achieved my first goal Since my daughter's birth and that's almost 8 years ago I have always weighed 75-76 kilograms and was trying for a long time to get in 60s. Tried a lot of diets exercise program. Since November things changed and today I saw number 69 on my weighing scale. Yes finally I am in sixties. Today is certainly a landmark day for me <BR> <em>244</em> <em>490</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 01:07:40 EST Good morning! Sitting here pondering my day and reviewing yesterday. I did fairly well except that I did not exercise or meet my water goals. However, I think the "funk" lifted and I don't feel vile today lol. I got up this am and did 20 minutes of the motion machine. Slept pretty good for me also. It's a beautiful day and I am planning on making the most of it. So I guess my pondering is done lol. Enjoy your day everyone! Debra <em>212</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:13:04 EST Inches lost Though the scales aren't showing a big change, through exercise I am taking off inches <BR> In 3months, I have gone from size 44 pants to an 18 <BR> My bra size has gone from 44DD to a 38D. <BR> I accredit this accomplishment to going off the gluten wheat and exercise. <BR> 3 months ago I couldn't clime 5 steps in the normal fashion and even then with pain. Now I am climbing 41 steps to the parking lot in our park. <BR> 3 months ago, I was thinking of calling to arrange surgery for my 2nd ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:54:26 EST A big thing knocked off my goal board I'm going to miss it, as it has been on there so long. <BR> There was a time I thought it would be impossible. <BR> But everyday - it would flash at me: <BR> "I'm going to get a job" <BR> For some that might be easy, but I needed to gain confidence and a new understanding of what I could do again after multiple injuries and health set backs. Then there was the weigh - getting low enough that I could fit into "work clothes". I have more to go on my goals, but I now fit into store cl... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 01:57:55 EST Reached 220 pounds lost this week! It took forever, but here it is! YAY! Mon, 8 Jun 2015 14:46:52 EST Passed off the temptation! I spent all weekend with my friends outside at the chalk art festival in downtown. My friends are artistic and had a square, so we all hung out and chilled while a few drew art. It was a lot of fun, but there was lots of beer and temptatious food around. I passed up on drinking, not having a margarita at dinner, or any pizza slices. Didn't have any sugary drinks either. I made a point to eat before showing up to the festival every day and walking further to the market to get something to eat ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 14:05:31 EST I did it right for once! Yesterday's milestone was a successful trip to a restaurant. Usually I make impulse choices and overeat when I'm eating out. Yesterday, I went online and looked at the restaurant's menu and decided what would be a good choice. Once I was at the restaurant, I did not eat the little fried noodle appetizers while waiting for my entree. As usual, the portion was large so I ate half--and brought the rest home. I had them hold the rice so I wouldn't be tempted. That was the most victorious I ... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 05:30:44 EST Don't you love it when... You put on a dress and it feels loose! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It made me want to dance this morning. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:31:11 EST Down 25 lbs! In April, we started to eat real foods, mostly. We may have crackers (4) or a slice of bread every now and then or even pizza once in a while...but 95% of the time, we eat real food. <BR> <BR> I didn't weigh myself the first month and I should have, but estimate that I've lost at least 10 lbs the first month (probably more) and in May, since 5/5/15, I've lost 15. <BR> <BR> So I am going to estimate that its been 25 lbs down! <BR> <BR> Yay! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:55:01 EST First 10 pounds down!!!!! Actually 11.8!!!!! Just had to share this! I find it amazing. It's working, it's working. <em>20</em> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:10:39 EST walking I am doing the #5mile challenge. I am on Day 4 cuz I started early and today I walked 6.4 miles Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:42:45 EST Slapping those goals! I'm doing pretty good! I'm 27 weeks pregnant, 28 weeks by friday june 5th, but from may 5th until may 31st I lost 13.5 inches! Tuesday marks the start of week 5 of my exercising and caring for myself, and I'm only 2 inches as of now, from reaching my 20% inches lost mark! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:55:46 EST New level! Made it ti level 13! WOO HOO! Sun, 31 May 2015 21:31:43 EST Huge Milestone I reached 245 for the first time in about 10 years and about 2 years ago I could barely do more than 5 minutes of activity a day now I'm at about 30 a day! I'm so relieved! Sun, 31 May 2015 00:14:40 EST New level! Made it ti level 13! WOO HOO! Sat, 30 May 2015 23:15:53 EST # 5mile challenge Started Jume 1st there is a #5mile challenge. I joined that challenge and I started early, Yesterday as a matter of fact. Well yesterday I walked 6.5 miles and today I walked 7.9 miles. Sat, 30 May 2015 19:16:25 EST Finally a sigh of relief I decided when I started my new journey I wouldn't live or die by the scale as I have done in the past. I started at approx. 450 or somewhere around there, I don't know for sure because my scale only goes up to 400. Well I decided on memorial day to weigh myself and it registered at 396.6. I was extremely happy but also realized I was still a long way off of my goal. So it was a nice win to finally see it under 400 but I have a long way to go. That's about 50 pounds in less than 7 weeks. Sat, 30 May 2015 16:56:32 EST Many Additional Benefits Regardless of what the scale says, I'm dedicated to staying on the SparkPeople program. I am receiving so many more benefits than losing weight. I feel better physically and emotionally, am more energetic and am thinking more clearly. I feel a sense of hope and excitement about my life and future. WooHoo! Thank you SparkPeople. Sat, 30 May 2015 10:43:02 EST I just said no to an ice cream sundae! Coworker was going out for ice cream this afternoon and I said I didn't want any! I told her I was still full from lunch. <BR> <BR> Okay, Bertha (my food zombie) was yelling she could eat a sundae but I gagged her and held firm. I know I'm saving my calories for a treat after dinner. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:54:47 EST 9.4 lbs. gone!!!! Close to that 10 mark!!! Must keep on track this weekend!! MUST! <em>244</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 08:40:48 EST Graduation! Wow! 13 weeks with just four absences! Exceptional, JUST 4! Early most of the time and on time the other...My Mother's Birthdate.. my first time graduating from anything! my lil grandson. his first time graduating anything! So HAPPY about that! Thank you Heavenly Father! Thu, 28 May 2015 01:20:53 EST Miles I knew I pounded the pavement last week. But when I ever counted up all my miles walked for the week and it was 74.08 it was something for myself to be proud of. Wanted to share! Wed, 27 May 2015 15:47:41 EST 3.5 lbs I'm doing weight watchers and i'm so excited, I lost 3.5 lbs the 1st week!! Wed, 27 May 2015 15:46:54 EST I bought a cake You might wonder why I'm deeming that as success. <BR> <BR> Today is my boss' birthday. He brings in a small bakery cake on my birthday and I usually bake something for everyone else's birthday. <BR> <BR> Last night I got home late and I could either bake a cake or do a 45 minute Lesley Sansone video. I stopped at the market on the way home, bought a cake and went home to sweat it out instead. Two months ago, I would have baked the cake and skipped the workout so I'm proud of myself today (... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:22:28 EST 12 lbs in 21 days! I've lost twelve pounds in 21 days. <BR> <BR> My goal was 10 per month. A modest goal, and I know some months I may not hit it, or whatever, but I am off to a great start. <BR> <BR> I lost more but its unrecorded since I didn't weigh myself the first month I started. So scared to get on a scale. It's still not any easier, when I see the number, but at least its going down! <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:29:36 EST Jumping for joy I actually went out and bought a pair of Skinny Jeans today. I am acyually down 6 pant sizes and it feels so good. Mon, 25 May 2015 19:23:26 EST NEW JOB AND WEIGHT LOSS!!~!~! I found out two days ago when I weighed myself that I have lost 12 pounds! And then today I received notification of a job I interviewed for on Thursday! I’m so excited. Life is getting good! Im feeling better and able to drop the weight after years of struggling. No more truck driving! Woo hoo! Mon, 25 May 2015 15:23:22 EST goal reached Woo Hoo another small goal reached 10000 steps for 2 days straight Mon, 25 May 2015 15:20:11 EST I did a planned workout I got my tush in gear and did 5 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 5 squats, 225 knee to elbows, and 10 mountain climbers. I finally did it. Mon, 25 May 2015 13:33:55 EST Day 12 =Minus 12! (&How to get weight lost icon?) Woohoo, was feeling so great today knowing it is day 12 and I had officially lost 12 pounds so far. What a great start! But then went to a pub tonight and foolishly ordered a favourite - Irish Nachos to share. When tracking them the best I can (breaking down the components), It was jaw dropping. Even though I 'saved' day time calories for the evening ( didn't have snacks, just cereal for breakfast). <BR> My tummy, who hasn't eaten like this in two weeks isn't happy with me. Everything feels ... Sun, 24 May 2015 03:53:54 EST yay Well according to my spark tracker I walked12,640 steps or 7.6 miles. My walking goal is 12,000 steps. Sat, 23 May 2015 19:34:46 EST met my goal rollerblading! So I met my goal for rollerblading today. This is my second time rollerblading in about twenty years so I am thrilled either way! I skate on a trail near a highway. A good distance away is the beginning of a wooded area with trees on each side. I made it to the beginning of that on one side, then the other side. Then I was where trees where on each side of me. I don't think I have been so excited in a long time. I was saying I did it! and getting all excited on the way back! I now have some m... Fri, 22 May 2015 20:11:05 EST Comparison chart <link><BR>lv?key=0AorlyDcOpma3dGJ0U1dDMm05Tkl2dD<BR>ZQR2QyRjJWelE&usp=sharing#gid=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Please have a look at this ingredient comp chart! Msg me about the first one!! I love it! Fri, 22 May 2015 18:50:57 EST 1 month, 8 lbs lost! If you drop one egg.... If you drop one egg, do you give up and throw the whole dozen on the floor? This phrase got me out of my cheating/binge cycle...Usually I give up after week 2 - I get a craving, cave, get guilty and figure since I blew it already I might as well have more! The neverending cycle is to diet a week or two, then binge on cravings and gain back everything I lost. 1 month ago I started an all organic, non-gmo diet. Mostly fresh, unprocessed foods. The few times I caved and had a small candy ba... Fri, 22 May 2015 10:58:51 EST Weigh in day Down another 1.4 lbs for a total of 26.6 <em>244</em> I'm so excited and I feel so much better. Fri, 22 May 2015 07:05:21 EST NONE SCALE VICTORY!!! SO PROUD OF MYSELF!!! Walked/Jogged 2.18Mi this morning in 28:53 mins. Shaving 52 seconds of my fastest mile! Feeling great both physically and mentally!! I CAN DO THIS!!!! Wed, 20 May 2015 09:47:01 EST Cutting back on gym time....yes you read right.... After deciding to up my exercise and improve my lifestyle, I also ended up volunteering at a hospital and walking to meet my ride every Saturday after work. Fortunately, both those days I had originally planned to hit the gym. So by cutting back on my gym time, I effectively tripled my exercise!! How cool is that! <em>30</em> <em>345</em> What do you do to exercise when the gym gets boring? Tue, 19 May 2015 21:41:08 EST WooHoo I walked over 15000 steps today. Tue, 19 May 2015 19:43:36 EST I lost 8 lbs! What a great way to start the program. Although I know that this will be a rare success I know that there are many to be had and all I can say is I can't wait! Tue, 19 May 2015 02:25:24 EST Moving down the Jeans Scale ! Since Christmas, which was NOT my beginning of this weight loss journey, I was a size 28. <BR> I was in 26 around Feb... and I am now a solid 24, with a few 22's thrown in !!!!! Mon, 18 May 2015 09:59:50 EST 1% done Hi! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share that I lost my first 9 lbs which takes me past my 1% goal and more than halfway to my 5% goal! <BR> <BR> Congratulations to you all as well. You are my inspiration! Fri, 15 May 2015 21:43:21 EST Happy, Happy, Happy I reached my first big goal of 25 lbs. Now it's time to schedule a massage! <em>30</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 07:25:28 EST Yay baby A big fat <em>345</em> <em>248</em> Thu, 14 May 2015 19:34:10 EST Wow I used my activity tracker for the first time today cuz I just got it, amd I cant believe it. According to it I took 12,852 steps 0r 6.67 miles. I knew I walked a lot but I didn't think it was that much.Although I do work in a restaurant were I am walking all the time. Thu, 14 May 2015 19:10:07 EST How did you create a new wardrobe? Over the last 7 months I have lost (depending on which high weight I use), about 30-40 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am having fun "shopping" in the back of my closet, but I am curious how others that have dropped sizes went about starting a new wardrobe. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm not at my goal weight yet, but some bigger items I have literally fall off. Definitely not complaining, just curious what others have done to keep enough clothes while they are still in the process of losing. Thu, 14 May 2015 10:42:43 EST WOOHOO I actually went out and bought a smaller pair if jeans today. It feels so good to be able to go to the young ladies section instead of the larger ladies, Tue, 12 May 2015 19:33:08 EST face before and "in progress" <img src=""> This is my face shots, before and "in progress". I definately still have a long way to go but its crazy to see the changes!!! Tue, 12 May 2015 14:35:26 EST exercised on a low motivation day really didn't feel like it but managed to do at least my minimum commitment. feel like I just overcame one of my previous shortfalls ----procrastination. Tue, 12 May 2015 05:34:57 EST Frist 50 lbs gone. OMG I can't believe it 50 lbs if I could jump without hurting myself I would....LOL. <BR> <BR> I knew I could do it, but some days it was just so hard. Still a lot more, but going for smaller goals now. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a good day. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 May 2015 07:40:21 EST Little victories add up Last Tuesday, I went to my first Overeaters Anonymous meeting. I'm still brand-spankin' new to the program, but if nothing else, I love the fact that it puts me with people who struggle with the exact same things I do. I'm five days abstinent from binging/emotional/compulsive eating! <BR> <BR> This morning, my family all ate McDonald's for breakfast and drank Coca-Cola. I had oatmeal and water. I felt incredibly unsatisfied and I looked at the McDonald's food longingly, thinking about how ba... Sun, 10 May 2015 17:23:23 EST Cutting calories Well I am doing a challenge were I have to cut 100 calories a day for a week. I managed to do that.I had 1051 calories instead of 1200 calories. Sat, 9 May 2015 18:48:10 EST Stronger than I thought! I enjoyed running again! Sat, 9 May 2015 13:46:37 EST Reached a milestone in exercise I was able to walk to and from the gas station that is 5 1/2 blocks away without assistance this time. It took me the same amount of time as it did before, but I did not need help walking the distance. Sat, 9 May 2015 13:32:15 EST Getting much closer to my goal I am on a food plan that seems to be working. So far I've lost 6 pounds. What a difference! I hope that I can keep this up in the long-term. <em>9</em> Sat, 9 May 2015 04:37:41 EST ice cream I drove by my favorite ice cream place today and didn't stop!! I love ice cream More than any other food <em>41</em> Fri, 8 May 2015 16:10:20 EST On my way I am finally in control of eating and I even started exercising. Lost 24 pounds in last eight weeks. I pray my motivation continues to be a positive experience and that I can stay accountable for years to come. I never thought that I would have to force myself to eat... enough to meet my target goal for the day. Thu, 7 May 2015 20:57:29 EST YAYME I can wear tank tops again without looking like I have boobs on my back. Wed, 6 May 2015 19:20:48 EST Reached my first major goal!! My first big goal has always been to get to my wedding weight. At my wedding, I was right in the middle of a big weight gain, prompted (I believe) by PCOS and not knowing how to eat to control those symptoms. So after my wedding I gained about 15lbs almost immediately. I haven't been below my wedding weight since. I started working on losing weight about 2 years ago, and I had a few major hiccups. Including a hospitalization to diagnose Bi Polar. I've been back on track since February now, an... Wed, 6 May 2015 12:35:21 EST Met a goal!! Yesterday I walked/ran a 10k race. Not a spectacular performance, but I did it! Mon, 4 May 2015 22:59:49 EST Down a size WooHoo I can now fit into a size 12 pants and a medium shirt. Mon, 4 May 2015 19:31:38 EST Celebrating the small victories! Today I reached 60 days tracking. I'm down 16 lbs. and it must be my day because I got 25 points on the spark wheel bonus spin! It must be my lucky day! Celebrating the small victories. <BR> <BR> Next goal, 120 days tracking and 32 lbs. gone forever. (June 24th, 2015) Sun, 3 May 2015 08:44:57 EST side by side... almost half the woman I used to be I was searching through old photos last month and I came across my 'it' picture... the one I couldn't even look at. It is still painful to look at now... but for different reasons. I am still so hard on myself and have more weight to lose (I am back and have worked off about 5 of the 20 lbs I gained back)... but today, I will celebrate! <BR> <BR> At almost 400lbs in the picture on the left, and just under 200lbs on the right... I am half the woman I used to be, and proud of it! I didn't sta... Sat, 2 May 2015 12:37:12 EST Woo Hoo I have lost another pound. Fri, 1 May 2015 21:06:47 EST GREAT TEST RESULTS! Last week I had my 3 month visit to my doctor for labs. At my last visit, I was informed that I was in a pre-diabetic state, had been for a while, and that my A1C had gradually been increasing. My doc advised me to begin watching my carbs and getting more exercise. Well, the exercise thing has been a challenge. (Intrepretation: no improvement.) However, my two big food addictions are Coca-Cola (the real, high-octain, thing), and potatoes in any form! Well, I didn't want to be a diabetic, so I... Fri, 1 May 2015 15:34:33 EST WooHoo! Out of the 190's!! I had to come share my scale success with you all this morning. I did not lose last week and, instead of freaking out, I told myself it was normal and that I'd lose the next week. Well, I weighed in this morning and have lost 2.7 pounds!! The best part? No starvation and no perfection -- in fact, I had a froyo date with my husband last night. No gaming the scale, these are my real results and I'm very proud! I'm as proud of my refusal to fall into old habits on a "bad" weigh-in last week as I... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:28:33 EST I have stuck with it! I have been tracking my fitness and my weight/measurements for a month! I have also lost 4 lbs and a few inches Woo Hoo me! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:20:30 EST Hit my 3 month Spark People goal! I am so excited!! I hit the goal I set in January for myself, and it feels amazing!! Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:13:50 EST I'm down 50 lbs!!! I'm so excited!! I've lost 50lbs!!! I still have a ways to go, but I'm getting there slowly but surely. I am proud of myself and really love seeing the results of my efforts. <em>104</em> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:41:58 EST Getting There Slowly I have hit a rather hard wall... <BR> I used to be quite active, walking for miles without a thought, just lace up my sneakers and off I would go, quite often pushing a wheelchair because of the lady I look after can't quite walk that far. <BR> We used to love those walks, well about 3 years ago, I noticed it was getting harder for me to walk, more pain, and I just shrugged it off and kept going..BIG mistake.. <BR> Well we moved to a new location about 1 year ago and when we first got here, I... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:19:49 EST Feel great I went for a walk today and I didn't have to wear my coat, I was stopped by so many people to tell me how good I looked. That made my day. I have been smileing ever since. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:50:00 EST New pants and new me!! Well I hadn't really noticed the toning but my soon to be mother-in-law did. Our discussion goes like this, mother-in-law:"Have you lost weight?" Me: " Well not according to the scale but these pants I haven't fit into since 2011."Mother-in-law: " Don't take this the wrong way, but your b**t looks good in those jeans!" I just started laughing cause she is not the one to say anything like that. I even ended up having to get new pants for work because I noticed that my slacks had become a lit... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:22:16 EST Look at me now (: <img src=""> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:41:36 EST weight loss How much weight have you lost and how long has it taken you???? Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:20:51 EST weight loss How much weight have you lost and how long has it taken you???? Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:20:10 EST My friend noticed! I have a good friend who I meet with every couple weeks to have lunch on Saturdays. I haven't seen her since March, right before I started hitting the gym and really focusing on changing my lifestyle. Yesterday I saw her and she said she could notice my face looking slimmer. <BR> Personally I can't see a difference since I look at myself everyday, but man I felt great hearing that! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:43:08 EST Nearly 100 lbs. down! Hi, this is my first time here in the community, and I'm looking to connect with people who have already lost 100 lbs. or more. I am officially 99.2 lbs. down over the last 8 months and, as much as I have heard all of the complements from my amazing friends and family, I'm trying to wrap my head around all that I've been through in that time and the ramifications of those changes. I've lost my weight just by changing my diet and exercising, but have encountered lots of new things since maki... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:06:36 EST Taking flight As a newbie I'm trying to make small changes especially in the exercise arena. Today I parked on a college campus further away than I normally would so I could take some extra steps. I also chose to climb 5 flights of stairs rather than take the elevator...the last few flights had me questioning my decision....I was winded bit I DID IT, Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:49:38 EST First time post of success I am new to actually posting on the message boards. But I am celebrating the fact that as of today I have lost 11 lbs! But my biggest success if figuring out that one of my major triggers is TV! Yes. I shut off my TV service and that is when I started seeing success. Now I am working on getting myself moving again. I had lost all my weight 3 years ago, but had gained half of it back, so this new success is so motivating I had to share it. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:07:17 EST Junk food Today my husband bought a chocolate cake. One of my weaknesses is chocolate. He gave me a piece and I had 2 bites of it and decided I didn't want it so I threw it in the garbage. Boy did he get mad cuz I threw my piece away. I said sorry but I realized that I didn't really want it. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:54:31 EST fitness I was able to do my 15 minutes on the ski machine with alternating 1 minute bursts at high intensity. It felt so wonderful. I havn't been able to be this active in over 5 years! This is huge for me. so excited. :) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:44:04 EST Lost Just wanted to say that today was my weigh in day and I lost 4 lbs. this week, <BR> my over all loss =20 lbs. <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:45:47 EST Gym grind I finally went back to the gym recently after not going for 8 months. I ran/ jogged 2 miles on the treadmill yesterday! (Usually go up to 1 mile and i'm done), I also noticed I was getting more flexible =) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:45:24 EST My first appearance on Congratulations board I went for my weekly weigh in at my nutritionist's clinic and I saw my name on the congratulation board :). I can not believe this as I am the one who is reading the other names and wonder when my name will come there. It just made my day. what a lovely feeling. In last 5 months I have lost 5 kgs and 13 inches. I am loving it <em>521</em> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:23:41 EST No scale through the winter Last week, after a long winter I felt motivated to weigh myself when the capri's I put on were not tight, and they had been tight in the past. I was down 18 pounds from November! I am heavy enough that I honestly didn't know, but noticed the clothing fitting a bit looser. <BR> I had been so frustrated with getting on the scale, and the scale dictating how I felt, and so often it was not good. So I decided I was putting it away and not getting on it again anytime soon. Fast forward to a few da... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:19:36 EST Celebrating 50 days of tracking and losing 15 lbs. As a bonus I found my Spark tracker! I left it on top of my printer and It had blended in. I had only tracked 2 days and have looked and looked. Yay! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:37:54 EST Down 52.6lbs - Began Program in January I am proud of how far I've come! It hasn't been easy and I have slipped up more times than I can count! But I have come a long way since middle of January! I just started working out last week, so I've been hitting it hard at the gym! May is gonna be my month!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:25:52 EST I want to share this with you... I am soo happy I am currently 168 punds, I was 205 at my heaviest!! I havent been this light since 2011, 4 years now!! <BR> 36 pounds lost, 39 pounds to go. <BR> Best wishhes for you all, lets accomplish our goals together!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>213</em> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:43:27 EST FINALLY under 200 lbs!!! For the last 3 years, I've been going through infertility treatments. I have stage 4 endometriosis. Towards the end of that journey, I was put on a steroid to help control my hormone levels called dexamethasone. It is usually only used for cancer patients and causes extreme weight gain. Despite eating sugar free and 150g carbs or less each day, plus running a mile each day - I still gained 40 lbs in 4 months. Putting me at my highest weight ever of 211 lbs. <BR> <BR> Today I weighed i... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:18:39 EST 2 weeks in a row, over 20 miles!!! I walked/ran/sprinted over 20 miles the last 2 Saturdays--getting stronger! WOOHOO!!!!!! <em>244</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:22:09 EST MAJOR GOAL ACCOMPLISHED!! Today, the scales say I have OFFICIALLY LOST 201 lbs from my Heaviest, my day has been made...... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:53:52 EST My clothes I have been working actively on being healthier this past month, and I've noticed my clothes starting to fit a bit better <em>104</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:04:42 EST End of Week One Today is the end of week one, and I've got from 184 lbs to 180.1 lbs, which is more then I could have hoped! I'm feeling even more motivated by this win :) Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:09:35 EST Week 1 Down! I've had a good first week- down 4.5 pounds! It definitely helped tracking food and eating less sugar, which makes me hungry. I really like this site. Plain ol' calorie counting seems to be what is going to work for me! Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:21:06 EST Three years of a new lifestyle Three years ago today I started my weight loss journey. I've lost 40 lbs. Thanks to SP I have counted my calories almost everyday for three years and tracked my exercise. For two years I have been maintaining. my weight. In the past I had lost weight and had gained it back. This time I realized, I couldn't just go back to my old eating habits and not exercising after I reached weight loss goal. At my age, it takes just as much work to maintain my weight as to lose it. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:10:11 EST its been a rough 2 weeks - but I am not giving up and this is a whoo hooo for me because normally I would give up and lose all the hard work I had already put in. It makes me realize that I am in this for the long haul and that bad habits don't change overnight - and life doesn't stop happening - good and bad. There are always going to be triggers and I just need to push through them. <BR> <BR> So today, I am going to get back up, dust myself off and look in the mirror and say "I am not giving up because I am worth it". I am going to sta... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:32:02 EST 10 pounds in a week Hey guys, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share about my success. I have struggled with weight loss my whole life and finally have found something that works!!!! I am on a 30-day nutritional program that has allowed me to decrease my weight for first in 2 years!!! Also, everyone else who has completed the program, seriously glow and look beautiful. I really wanted to share my success, so other people could start feeling as good as I am starting to feel. Please message me on facebook (caroline e... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:31:36 EST NSV yay! Hi everyone just wanted to share! I started a new job this time last year and bought a load of new clothes to go with it... mostly spring/summery shirts that haven't seen the light of day for months due to the weather only just brightening up here in the UK! The shirts were a bit tight on me last summer and I've just gone to put one on today to discover they are VERY baggy! Needless to say they will look ridiculous for work but they should look nice worn oversized with jeggings! I'm so please... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:24:19 EST It has been 90 days! I have tracked my food, given up soda, sweets and bread for 90 days. The only thing I have ever committed to for that long is my husband <em>334</em> Oh and I am a weight I haven't seen in years! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now I just gotta get on track with an exercise program. <BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:10:42 EST Getting stronger saying no. My husband just asked me if I wanted to go get ice cream and I actually said no without hesitating this time. I can feel I am getting stronger saying no to ice cream. He wants it everyday and I don't. Once or twice a week is good enough for me. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:31:32 EST starting again I am celebrating because I have the courage to start again. I have failed before, but not this time. This time it is about health and fitness, NOT meeting someone else's expectations. I am here. I am me. I am free to be all that I wish. I won't fall off this horse, but if I should; I am smart enough to get back on that horse, because I am going to tame it and ride it into the wind. <em>521</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:51:41 EST FINALLY!! Staying on the horse!!!! Slowly but surely I can feel myself getting back into my health rhythm. I did really well the beginning of last year, then I fell off the horse and kept stumbling, this is the first time I can say I actually feel like i'm staying on the horse!! I've been drinking lots of tea and water these past several weeks, no juice/soda/ I have been cutting out coffee. Been taking my vitamins everyday, slowly starting to get more veggies into my diet, and now with my new job I have been walking more since... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:22:06 EST Got on my treadmill for the first time in 6 months I have been doing the 10+ fitness minutes challenge and was walking during my work lunches during the week so it is kind of built into my work day...but then the weekend hit! The weekend is always where i have trouble keeping to my goals and plans but this weekend is different. This weekend I realized at 730pm i was headed to the kitchen to get something to eat - even though i wasn't hungry and that i needed to distract myself. I also hadn't done my fitness minutes yet for the day and so I... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:23:07 EST logged more than 20,000 steps on my pedometer! Whooooo hooooooo! And would you believe it, just by mall walking mostly! <BR> <BR> I am so happy! I feel it in my legs too! A good achy feeling! <BR> <BR> I really feel I've accomplished something today! And I had a blast doing it! Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:51:28 EST Successfully lost 6 kilos Only one more kilo to go, which will hopefully happen by the end of this month! My success is due to fasting. This is initially hard, but gets easier as time goes by. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 04:18:57 EST My daughter is taking to fitness Like most of the kids today, my 7 year old prefers watching TV rather than go out playing. But since the time I have started the weight loss program she sees me going to the gym, eating healthy and making a conscious effort to move more and now she has started thinking about following it. Now she wants to go hill climbing moving, sneaking exercise while watching TV and while I am writing this she has pulled her dad in a game of badminton and I cant be happier. <BR> <BR> I know I have play... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 03:42:38 EST I'm no longer obese on my WII Fit Plus! When I do my body test on my WII Fit Plus I have been obese for quite some time. Tonight before I jogged around the island, I did my body test and it said "That is overweight". <em>334</em> <BR> I am so over the moon! All the hard work is paying off. I am going in the right direction again. Thank you for letting me share. Keep up the good work everyone! <BR> XOXO Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:29:45 EST Please tell me suggestions and help me to loose I am new to Spark and due to two back to back car accidents in 2012 I have been unable to work out other than simple walking for maybe 30 minutes before the pain sets in. This is the most I have weighed in my whole life and I can't stand it. I am tracking what I eat and do, my weakness is Sweet Tea. (I'm from NC) I have to get back to a healthy weight and need any helpful advice. Thanks so much <em>247</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:34:56 EST Fitter Mindset? Took two walks today and felt REALLY good about it! My Fitbit has informed me that 10k steps for me is only a little more than 4 miles and I've been determined to get to 5 every day! And today I did it! Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:30:42 EST My best NSV!! It's been a while since I've been on here. <BR> <BR> I've kind of gotten distracted with the holidays and I've been working for the last month to undo all the damage. <BR> <BR> I'm proud to say that I've come back in full force and I'm back down to my pre-holiday weight. <BR> <BR> I think going right back into this lifestyle after a bump in the road is my best NSV because it shows me that I'm in this for the long haul and my body craves the morning runs and the healthy nutrition. <BR> <BR... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 14:29:49 EST