SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=33 We want to recognize your accomplishments, however big or small. Let us celebrate with you! SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=33 make new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34492280 to loose weight I have gained 4 pounds, curves is closing sept 26 I am going back to the Y I started mon with a weight program, please pray as I do god will. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:35:50 EST Under 200!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34478433 I'm back under two hundred pounds this morning!!!! Only 24 to go until I'm in my healthy BMI range and 39 until I hit my goal! I feel like dancing! :) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:09:02 EST new goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34476592 start the YMCA because curves is closing, started walking also sat done 3.5 miles god bless Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:56:02 EST So happy I did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34465569 Hi everyone! <BR> I am so very happy right now and just a bit sore and it feels so good! <BR> To make this shorter, I have extreme social phobia and hardly ever leave my house(so you know why this is big for me).I have always been afraid to even breath or scratch my nose where others could see me. I even shy away from driving far from home. I joined Planet Fitness In July when one opened near me, but sadly I was ready to cancel since I had never went to work out, and was starting to get depr... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:09:31 EST went 30 minutes on the elliptical! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34462437 My happiness was making it 30 minutes on the elliptical today and doing a hour long workout counting other exercises at the gym! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:06:30 EST closing curves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34462404 will miss the closing of curves in gulf shores, but will start YMCA mon with new program , they say the silver sneakers program is costing to much money and something has to be done , please pray something can be work out, god bless carol cline. <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:56:25 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34461999 Last October I was wearing a size 22w pants,I love cords and saw a pair I loved knowing Couldn't wear but was praying for the day I could.Yesterday came across them in my closet,praying I could squeeze into them and to my surprise they fit perfectly no squeezing at all...So happy and they are a size 14w.YIPEE!!! <BR> Allie Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:48:22 EST Call me Alice cause I'm in ONE-DERLAND!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34460245 Sooooooooooooo excited, feel free to read my celebration blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778592 </link> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:37:20 EST Out of the obese range!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34458428 As of this morning, my BMI is 29.9 and I am no longer medically obese!! I'm so excited, just 30 pounds away from being overweight as well. I've lose 111 pounds so far and it's been one tough journey! I'm so excited with my progress!! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:36:25 EST house repaint and new couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34454903 been off spark people couple weeks due to getting house done, doctors with granddaughter, and other things, computer down some due to remolding, but did excerise curves 3 days, now have to work on weight have had sinus allgerys, keep me in your prayers. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:18:22 EST 50+ Pounds Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34454440 I cannot even tell you how excited to finally be able to post this: as of this week, I am officially down 50+ pounds in my WLJ. It's been a long long road, I've been heavy my entire life. In 2008-2009, when I was 18-20, I was at my heaviest. At 193 pounds, I started and ended every single day miserable. I went to bed thinking "I want to be thin" and I would wake up depressed thinking "I'm still fat". <BR> <BR> As of this week, I'm in the 130s range! I'm the thinnest I have ever been in my e... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:08:36 EST 11 day streak and 2 kilos lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34453542 <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have stuck to this for 11 whole days and I have lost 2 kilos!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have not had a binge (usual go to), I have walked every day, even when I didn't want to and I made it to 11 days. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:46:08 EST down to 146! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34452092 lost another pound! I have been drinking green tea, eating rice instead of bread, and eating a lot of steamed cabbage. I'm also eating lentil soup. I'm trying not to crash diet though, I'm still eating the bubble tea I like. I'm going to eat a bigger meal for lunch today, I'll go to the grocery store and get a big piece of salmon and eat a big salad and maybe some bread too so I don't lose weight too quickly. If I make changes too fast I think I will get frustrated. But I have noticed t... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:28:34 EST got less body fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34446410 Yesterday i made it to 25% body fat. My goal is to make it to 22 or 23% body fat by the end of oct. :D im proud of myself Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:49:48 EST Lost 2 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34444556 Down from 149 to 147 :) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:53:40 EST No longer obese! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34443054 I blew past the goal of getting my BMI under 30 this morning. Since I weigh in on the wii, the little voice chastises me every morning, "that's obese". This morning it said, "that's overweight." <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong. I am not happy to be overweight, but I am very glad not to be obese anymore! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:18:47 EST ticker going in the right direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34436856 I started out having to lose 67 lbs. and was feeling overwhelmed. Happy to say I have whittled it down to 58.5 lbs to go! Pretty sure i got this...not stressing about it and just doing it is key!! Thanks for listening. <em>381</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:37:23 EST 1st lb! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34431758 I am down my 1st pound in my first week of Sparkpeople! Loving it <em>244</em> and feeling better already! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:29:00 EST Week+ Vacation, no weight gain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34419842 I took the Alaska cruise and spent 2 extra nights in Seattle -- totally expected to see the scale leap by 5 to 10 pounds but surprisingly, it did not! No weight gain (in spite of buffet breakfasts, gravies, sauces and desserts at dinner and an abundance of free soft-serve available!) -- I was shocked and very pleased. <BR> <BR> Did not take my pedometer along, but I guess the mileage of walking all over the ship paid off by off-setting the added calories that I know I consumed! <BR> <BR> -... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:08:49 EST Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34418217 Yesterday 9/6, my Niece got married and I did real good with my eating habits. I ate small portions, except for the tossed salad, so I was able to have a small piece of cake!!! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 07:26:41 EST You runners are all crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34414791 If any of you have high school students, then you know that parents are deluged with one fundraising opportunity after another. Our band program decided to sponsor a 5k race last year. I had promised my kids that if I successfully lost weight, I would compete (not just send in the $$) in that race. Well, it's funny how those same boys who cannot seem to remember their curfew times have elephant-like memories when it suits them. I lost 81 pounds, they badgered me into signing up, and I ran... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:18:52 EST took the healthy route http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34413275 instead of cramming my face yesterday and binging at the cafeteria, I chose to eat healthy, had a green juice and veggie soup and fruit in small meals throughout the day, and spent my time cleaning the house and spending loving time with my fiance. I had a really nice day. <BR> <BR> I've started drinking green tea and it is making me feel really good. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:37:11 EST Jogged/Walked a Mile in 14 minutes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34409616 I'm stuck at the halfway point in my weight loss journey and I need a change. So, yesterday I decided to try jogging. Well, my time was over 17 minutes and my latest blog entry told more details about the experience. Today my walk/jog workout took right under 14 minutes to do a mile. Yay! <BR> <BR> It is so weird to run/jog now and it feel NOT as bad as it used to be. I haven't run since high school when it was a requirement, but running does feel different now. It is still hard though, but... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:09:34 EST 45 Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34403678 After a week or so stuck at a plateau, all the weight from the last 10 days seems to have come off at once and now I'm down 45 lbs! I have a chain of paperclips hanging on my office door, one clip for each pound. It's going to reach the floor before I've lost 50 lbs and it's really getting some attention. <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:43:01 EST One more pound to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34399848 <BR> Soooo close to my goal! I've been on a roller coaster ride with my weight my whole life, but over the summer I gave myself some goals and I lost 13 lbs! Over the last 3 years it's a total close to 25 lbs lost. <BR> <BR> Hard to believe to have gotten this far, I haven't been this weight since.....Elementary School?! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:43:51 EST Hubby got promotion he deserved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34390439 If you think this post has nothing to do with weight loss....you're so wrong! I've been under so much stress this month....waiting and waiting, and wondering why my Hubby got passed by for his promotion....We just got the news yesterday evening! YES! He got it! Whoo! Hoo! Stress is my leading factor to eating out of control, and causes my fibromyalgia to act up in the worst ways! I'm so happy for him (us!) that I just had to celebrate and tell everyone! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:05:00 EST 36 pounds -- 127 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34385190 I love you, Spark People! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> "If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off... no matter what they say." <BR> ~ Barbara McClintock ~ Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:00:58 EST Four years on Spark People and still going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34382981 If you would have asked me over four years ago if I could lose 60 lbs and keep it off for four years, I would have said I don't think that is possible! I had tried so many other diets and nothing worked! I am so glad I found this site, and continue to use it as motivation and as a way to keep me accountable to this healthy lifestyle I hope to continue each and every day! Thank you Spark People for this healthy life I have now and being able to share the good news with others who are just star... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:19:02 EST I didn't finish my dessert for the first time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34380814 Im really happy! Today I was dying for a rocky road brownie from Starbucks. Since I have binge eating problems, I cannot take this cravings lightly (because they can lead to a non - stop period of unneeded eating). <BR> <BR> Anyway, recently and with the help of a therapist, I've been able to control not only the behavior, but to understand the triggers that I have. <BR> <BR> So, today, I decided to go for that dessert and to my surprise, after some bites, I though it was too sweet and st... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 01:31:36 EST I have lost 22 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34378696 I have lost 22 pounds since I started following the SparkPeople program this past February (2014). Before I had only been eating once a day and had not been working out regularly. <BR> Now I eat more regular meals. I have a more consistent sleep schedule. I am less depressed. I don't hurt as much. Recently I have gotten a little lazy with my workouts because I have a more active job than I did when I first started. I would like to work out more consistently again. <BR> <BR> I still would li... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:17:44 EST Less than my driver's license weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34367378 I just realized I now weight less than my driver's license weight. You know, the weight I thought I could get away with and sounded small in comparison to the scale weight:) <BR> <BR> I need to renew soon and now I have to figure out if I use actual weight, which is about 20 pounds away from goal, and live with it for 8 years, use goal as inspiration and a confidence boost to my efforts, or a halfway point to represent wiggle room over the next 8 years. Hmm. <BR> <BR> Anyway, a not-quite N... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:36:54 EST 40 lbs!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34359853 I'm down 40 lbs! 20 more to goal!! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:24:30 EST I quit drinking soda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34357098 It's been really hard. I have been drinking it for 55 years. I listen to Dr. Oz show and he talk about it saying it is really bad for you so I am trying to get off the stuff. Wish me luck. <em>244</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:44:06 EST I quit drinking coca-cola and stopped eating chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34352365 I have also added loads of vegetables into the dishes I cook. I have lost nearly 11 pounds and every day for the last 42 days have been good ones! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:32:39 EST Recovered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34345301 I had a three day road trip last week picking up furniture in one city (from my son who is moving out) and taking it to another city (to my daughter who is moving in). I drove 1500 miles and moved furniture four times in and out of the van. It was fast food for three days - but I was very contienscious about logging everything I ate and staying in range. When I came back the scale showed a five pound gain! <BR> <BR> I thought that the next day, after the sodium came out of my system, and ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:36:10 EST Reached my 1st goal today!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34345257 Lost 23# with the wonderful help of spartkpeople.com! Next goal is set. Actually, three goals are set - next weight loss target, focus on fitness instead of (addition to?) food, and perhaps most importantly, reaching out to and becoming more a part of the Spark People community. I know I'll need your support to continue down this difficult and very worthwhile road! <em>244</em> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:31:40 EST My WI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34345181 Down 2 more this week!! Total of 35 lost!!! <em>244</em> <BR> Allie Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:18:55 EST hitting the 20# mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34334575 As of Saturday, I've lost 20# with SparkPeople. Feels great! I remember when I started thinking I'd never lose a pound, let alone hit any goals. <BR> <BR> I've got another 15# that I need "to release back to the universe" -- slow & steady will get me there! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:37:33 EST Finally. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34333103 No, I haven't hit goal. But after 1 1/2 years of so of "good intentions", I've finally put in over a week of breaking old eating habits. It's a start for someone who's been unable to get started! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:31:18 EST No Longer Diabetic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34332355 On November 4, 2012, my doctor telephoned me to tell me I was a diabetic. It was devastating news. I went to 2 churches and had the leaders pray over me for healing. We went to a dietician for help with our diet. She told us about Sparkpeople. I had been loosing weight, but while following Sparkpeople, I lost 30 more pounds. In total, I lost 50 pounds. At the same time, I followed a strict exercise program and tracked it on this site. When I returned to my Dr. the next year, my A1C ha... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:13:18 EST finished week two bootcamp :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34318055 woo hoo! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:38:22 EST First weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34315493 Hoorrraaay!!! I'm so pleased... I dropped just over 5lbs in my first week. I know it will slow down dramaticlly after this as the first bit is usually water weight, and in my case the Doritos I haven't had for over a week, but I'm thrilled. So motivated to keep going! I've been stressed because my dog needs foot surgery (She's on the table now I expect), but I've been trying not to do my usual high salt snack fest over it ... I'm having black cherries these days for a snack.. they take time t... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:27 EST 50 day log in streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34315376 Although I have been having a bit less motivation over the last week, it was nice to see that today I have a 50 day log in streak - this will help me get over this hump Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:56:54 EST Going Forward and not Backwards... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34313098 <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Going Forward... and doing my best not to move Backwards... Takes patience to keep doing this... and going going going... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:11:18 EST 9 mos. on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34301414 It's taken me 9 mos. today to get here,but slow and steady .Well should say roller coaster city has been the way but since going gluten-free 14 days ago am down 5 of those pounds..Yahh!! <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> Allie Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:48:51 EST Said Goodbye to 10% during Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34297620 During the Summer 5% Challenge, I thought I would see if I could lose an average of 2 pounds per week to lose 10% of my starting weight. I did, but also learned that I had to exercise like the devil to ensure a 2-pound loss. It was a relief when I completed the challenge, for I changed my goals to a 1-pound loss/week between challenges, and a 1.5 pound/week during the upcoming challenge. Who wants to get on a treadmill at 10 p.m. just to burn those extra calories! <BR> <BR> The upside to ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:17 EST 6 Months Straight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34297572 I struggle with a lot of things when it comes to weight loss, however, exercise is not one of them anymore... as of today I have exercised in some form or fashion (even going for walks or flexibility stretching on my rest days) every single day for six months straight!! I'm halfway to my goal of exercising for an entire year!! <em>334</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:40:38 EST 23 lbs down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34296356 I'm not particularly proud of myself for falling "off the wagon" during a particularly stressful 2 months, but I am proud that I kept off the 10 lbs that I had managed to lose prior to that and have lost 13 since I jumped back. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, 5 months later, 23 lbs down. I still have a long way to go to hit 140, but I'm proud that I've made it this far and I've been really on-point with my new calorie goals. I'm hoping to heck and back that I make it by December of next year!-+ Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:47:16 EST Survived GenCon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34295200 Which is an accomplishment in of itself, but I also stuck to mostly healthy choices in reasonable portions despite the atmosphere and 20 hour days. I even lost a pound! Woohoo! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:55:14 EST 150 LBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34288498 As of this morning I have lost 150 lbs and it feels good. just not as much to feel as before thank goodness. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:53:14 EST 10 Lbs Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34286378 Sure there is a long way to go... but I'm on track to meet my 5% goal at the end of September if I continue to lose less than 1 lb. per week. I don't expect to reach my goal until the start of next summer, but still, when it felt like I started with a plateau, this first ten pound goal feels great! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:02:16 EST Small victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34279096 I haven't lost any more weight, but… My clothes are noticeably bigger on me!!! I am starting to watch my diet again. I kinda fell off the wagon for a bit. Just doing whatever for a while. I started to not like the unraveling of progress I was doing. So, I'm back on my game. I've continued to work out though. It makes me feel amazing. My goal is ultimately 140, but my current goal is 145. I'm sitting at 157. Come on 12lbs!!!! Come off! Any advice for the last 10 or so pounds? It's been a few m... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 03:57:34 EST smaller goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34277382 Decided on smaller goals, two week increments, to focus first on changing my eating habits and learning more about the nutritional side of dieting and making a life style change..figuring out what will work for me. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:28:26 EST First time ever!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34270266 I have been working out almost every day since October 15th. My husband even noticed and has been commenting to people about how I've lost 40 pounds in ten years and according to him, "she looks hotter than the day I met her!" I'm amazed that he is so impressed! <BR> The forty pounds I lost does not include all the pounds I took off and put on, by the way. <BR> Last October, after being diagnosed with osteoporosis, I decided I needed to commit to working out every day. So, since then I've k... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:36:32 EST 600 monthly fitness minutes so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34262274 I've been very faithfully getting to the gym, and half way through the month I'm already at 600 fitness minutes! I'm amazed! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:13:28 EST Yea for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34256969 Back again and celebrating an eight day streak, exercise, and weight loss! Thanks for helping me get my health back on track! I am encouraged daily by all your posts and pictures! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:21:36 EST DOWN BY 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34255127 Today am down by 3 for total of 31!!! yahhhh <BR> Allie Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:23:12 EST 82 points today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34253161 Like reading the material. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:06:29 EST 82 points today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34253157 Woo hoo Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:05:25 EST Outside Jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34249882 I am always a little nervous to run outside... I don't like knowing that people can 'see' me (even though I know that they're not even looking at me) and I associate a huge mental block with running outside - that it's harder, there's inclines, what if I get thirsty, etc. <BR> <BR> But I am going on vacation with my partner in two weeks, and we'll be doing some hikes and jogs together so the past couple months I've been trying to prepare. <BR> <BR> Last night, I figured that running outside... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:39:57 EST 5 inches GONE in 5 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34248332 Now that I've started to record my measurements, I can see a real difference! <BR> <BR> As of July 2nd: <BR> Waist: 38" <BR> Hip: 45" <BR> Thigh: 25" <BR> Arms: 15" <BR> <BR> As of July 17th: <BR> Waist: 37" (-1" from 7/2) <BR> Hip: 45" (no change --have a lot of baby belly fat stored there) <BR> Thigh: 24.5" ( -0.5" change from 7/2) <BR> Arms: 14" (-1" from 7/2) <BR> <BR> My current measurements are: <BR> Waist: 36.5" (-.5" from 7/17) <BR> Hip: 44" (-1" from 7/17) <BR> Thigh: 23.5" ( -1" ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:31:30 EST 100 points for me today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34246343 Woo Hoo <em>244</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:57:22 EST excerise daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34244625 to try and do curves 5 times this week, and wed at 3pm be a blessing healing for my granddaughter. please pray for wed to be a success. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:57:39 EST perfect attendance award today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34244368 Woo Hoo <em>334</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:58:39 EST My first trapeze school class! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34238460 Made it to my first class at the Trapeze School here in Washington. Looking forward to next time. Too sleepy to go on right now... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:24:00 EST let god be in control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34236889 we have had our life changed with the lord and listening and prayer and many people at abiding love praying, and many others for our family to be blessed, thank you . we will yet have bad days but having total faith in the lord will get us through, god bless this service and a peace full nap this afternoon, now dinner with our family. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:00:48 EST Almost posted to Panic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34234135 Today was weight and measurement day..... I almost posted to PANIC blog, but then rethought... I lost 1 lab this week and 1/2 inch from my waist. Even writing this I am having difficulty not writing "I only lost 1 lb and only lost 1/2 inch" BUT I stopped, decided now was the time for that 5 minute pep talk and reevaluated my mindset. I LOST! that is something to be celebrated not something that should bring me down... That silly work "ONLY" some how wiggled it's way into my mind... ( I L... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 07:24:13 EST 2600 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34233741 I have been active on this site for 2600 days today :-) <BR> <BR> Kris Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:40:35 EST 17 lbs down since July 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34229989 I am down 17 lbs since July 8. I still have a ton to go....goal is 100 lbs...but hurray for movement! Sat, 9 Aug 2014 13:29:56 EST Down 8lbs since last week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34224992 WOW!! I was not expecting that but am so glad as I had been getting worried on the rollercoaster I have been on lately!! <BR> But I now have another hurtle to climb!!! Dr. says need to be gluten free now!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> So was concerned yesterday but today "I TOTALLY GOT THIS",not as complicated or hard as I thought!! YAHHHH!!! <BR> Allie <em>521</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 18:09:52 EST answered prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34223990 to be able to be more positive about the future Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:21:51 EST such a touchy subject. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34223469 I want to share my recent weight loss with everyone, but the fear of sounding braggy or obnoxious and making others feel bad about their size keeps me from sharing on Facebook. Im soooo proud of myself which rarely happens. I am usually a quitter, or maybe a runner, from my problems that is. I refuse to start something I can not finish and I will give up when I dont see the results I want. But this time is different, its like when I quit smoking, something in me is different this time I rea... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:35:39 EST BMI dropping http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34222672 I've been tracking my BMI along with my weight loss since I started back in March. When I started I had just bumped up into the "morbidly obese" category. It didn't take long to get back into the "severely obese" category. And as of this morning I am now simply "obese"! I've got 34lbs to make it to "overweight"... keep on truckin. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:09:51 EST 126 points today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34220164 I like reading the material and watch the video's. I also learn from the am to. Keeps me going to know I am not alone in this fight. <em>334</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:06:44 EST weight exercise and eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34207113 Well ive been here for almost a month and i have already went from 165lbs to 150lbs just by eating right logging in my food making sure i stay within the cal intake and exercising 5 times a week alternating between core and leg, arms and chest and high intensity interval training or hiit. I also drink a mixture of ginger and cinnamon tea every morning to cleanse my body of fat and toxins and make sure i eat a high protein breakfast and i eat it at every meal plus veges and a small amount of c... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 03:13:00 EST exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34203711 Received fitness points award <em>334</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:04:23 EST Took the first step http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34201806 I went to the gym yesterday. First time in more then a year. I started the Spark 5K program and completed day 1. Feeling motivated to keep going and reach my dream of running a 5K. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:51:35 EST 3X to 1X in 95 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34197170 <em>529</em> I've gone from a Size 3X to a 1X in 95 days with Spark People! <em>252</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:48:51 EST 66 pounds down since January! Just wanted to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34196866 Just wanted to share my progress! I haven't posted my success here yet because I wanted to make sure this was the real deal, I think it is:D!! <BR> I went from a bmi of 37 to a healthy bmi today!! I'm sooo happy, success button!! <BR> Here are my progress photos and numbers: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751806 </link> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:47:22 EST 15 pounds lost goal hit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34196852 One of my small term goals was to lose 15 pounds by August 1st. I did it!!!!! This weight has been coming off slow, but I finally feel like I'm making some progress. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:35:03 EST Did my scale lie??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34194255 OK, I've been stuck between around a 45 pound weight loss since this winter... I don't know if my scale has suddenly become a liar but I may have just hit my 50 pound loss! I'm shocked and struggling to believe it while at the same time, I'm excited! ;) Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:26:05 EST prayers answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34190174 thank you to all my spark people who have prayed for my family, and the holy spirit for healing. today my son eric who was killed on motorcycle 20 yrs but miss him so much but he is in heaven I am sure thank you lord. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 15:08:33 EST Weight vs. caring for yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34185721 Last week I finally got it. The big lightbulb went on. I used to set goals based on the number on the scale. Rewards for pounds lost. Consequences for pounds gained. It's a horrible roller coaster that does not encourage caring for myself. In fact, it's based on self hate. Last week, I set up a goal board with stars and fun rewards for CARING ACTIONS like meditating, making good food choices, and having positive self thoughts. Well, what a major shift in how that feels! I'm loving myself and ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:23:08 EST weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34185312 I am down between 112 to 113 pounds, and I feel proud of what I have accomplished. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:36:56 EST i lost 7lbs with just watching what i eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34185121 i had my weigh in with my doctor back at the beginning of june. i was 158. Fast foward to today and i am down 7lbs, i was so happy, and to be honest with you all i did was watch what i ate.... <BR> <BR> now my next goal is to get down to 140... and hopefully maintain it there. <BR> <BR> just wanted to share my good news :) Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:32:02 EST full day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34180913 curves today, adjustment at chr, subway, errands, oil changed, talk to my granddaughter at the hospital, thank you friends for prayer, for her, god has her facing the problems we know when we ask god he will heal if we believe. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:02:02 EST My biggest NSV for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34179472 I had signed up for a virtual 5k that was supposed to occur this week and I was following the 5k walking program. Over this past weekend I tore a ligament in my foot and my doctor ordered me to baby it. At first, I thought the 5k was out but then I realized I could do it another way. I wore my fitbit and chair marched or stood making walking motions without moving my feet until I had gone the full 3.1 miles. So I still completed my 5k my way. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:36:29 EST Big NSV for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34178381 TMI but i now have to pull down and use the "rim" lid when going to the bathroom. First time i have had to use one in 14-15 years. Big NSV considering less than a year ago i could not even reach back there to wipe and would actually get cramps in the belly when trying to go around it lol. what a mess. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:19:18 EST Yahoo!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34172821 <BR> After much trying I finally reached 225 pounds! Its only a third of what the doctor wants me to lose but I did it!!!! The doctor wants me at 200 pounds. Yea good luck with that. But I am so happy now. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:48:40 EST Breaking the Chocolate Bar Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34170776 When a chocolate bar craving hits, I create my own chocolatey treat by mixing about 1 tbsp. of pure cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. of peanut butter or other sugar-free nut butter, 1 tbsp. of maple syrup or honey, and whatever crushed nuts or seeds I have on hand. Mix it all together and enjoy. The measurements are approximate and you can adjust them to your own taste. It is surprising satisfying and delicious! You can refrigerate it to firm it up if you have that much patience. Of course, you can... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:23:01 EST glory to god and his blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34168395 my father in heaven is answering prayers by having faith and a wounder full loving church tomorrow will be a test of our families faith in god , we need a special blessing. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:28:37 EST I ran 5k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34163781 I've never been a 'runner', but last year I was turned on to the C25k program. Like a lot of people, I never completed the program. This year I kept pushing myself toward that goal and made it. My new goal is to reach 10k. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:31:59 EST July goals MET http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34162524 1200 minutes exercising: CHECK <BR> minimum 10 pounds lost: CHECK <BR> <BR> and counting the last 4 days of June (started 6/26), total 13 pounds lost! <BR> <BR> Not too shabby considering I was sick for a week in there and was regulated to bed rest Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:38:51 EST I made it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34162154 Hit my goal weight---now for maintenance! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:00:39 EST Goal Met: Lost 100 pounds in 1 Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34161039 Following a visit from a childhood friend with a 20 inch waist and needing to use a cane during her visit to manage weight related arthritic pain----I am thrilled to announce that I have lost 100 pounds in a year; with the help of all my friends and motivational tools on Spark People! I started July 9, 2013 at 283; and now am 183. I started out at size 24 and now am a size 14 pant and Medium Top. <BR> I used the treadmill at my work fitness center to walk 3-4 times a week for an hour. I have... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:05:28 EST As of today I'm down 60 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34155619 I started here (Again) March 1st 2014 weighing 308 lbs, and as of this morning I just hit 248 lbs. 60 lbs!!! <BR> <BR> Crazy! On one hand it's hard to believe and on the other I can't believe I waited so long to do it as it wasn't that hard, really. <BR> <BR> Onward and downward. <em>334</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:14:22 EST Milestone Met !!! Yahoo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34146693 I hit an important milestone just now. I cracked the 200 pound barrier. The scale read 199. I had to check it twice to be sure. I haven't been below 200 pounds since 2003. <em>30</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:36:54 EST I shocked myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34146617 I have been having a hard time doing my workout videos. Between the cardio being hard to do and my son making me nervous by getting to close to me while I'm working out with weights, and my husband being deployed so I can't say "Hey, I'm going to go exercise!" And being ALONE to do so....I've been very frustrated. <BR> <BR> I bought a treadmill. No swinging weights, it works on my cardio, and instead of killing myself without sleep to workout, I can do it anytime and my son only messed arou... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:18:45 EST Met my 2nd goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34141477 Today I met my 2nd 5% goal!! Woohoo! Also, so far my BMI has gone from 44.4 to 40.1...slowly getting healthier! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:39:25 EST Not much to you BUT..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34139884 I know this is the place to 'large it up' (excuse the pun) and I know this wont mean much to anyone but me, so apologies in advance for not really being that interesting BUT today I bought my very first pair of 'dress' trousers that bore the tag of a size 16! I also did not have to do the 'sit down' test (trousers would in the past fit me and then I would get home with them and the first instance I sat down the button would fly off them and the zip would burst) they just glided on. I beamed f... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:45:14 EST 4 months with Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34138049 I am almost at 4 months with Spark People. I love the flexibility and accountability that the program offers. I am losing weight and I am not on a diet. This is a new way of life for me and I am so blessed to have been referred to Spark People! Thank you for your support! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:55:04 EST Some hoorays and some questions. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34136307 I am sitting here typing this in jeans. That's a big hooray. My jeans fit. HOORAY! (ANd my butt looks pretty decent in them, too.) <BR> <BR> So I am losing weight. I am feeling more energetic. My body fat is down. And all of my measurements are down. Hooray. <BR> <BR> Well, all except for one. For some reason, my waist measurement is bigger. THis is totally unexpected, and strange. And from what I've read, the hip:waist ratio is an important indicator of health. Should I be concerned? What ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:14:04 EST I feel great today I am nearly in my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34134509 I did it again. 2lbs out! and it is a big deal for me... yepeeeeyyy! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:50:35 EST 15 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34133495 I have lost 15 pounds, I never want to see again. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:31:14 EST DOWN 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34131572 YAHHHH,down 35 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I also measured myself am down by 37 in. OMG!!! <BR> My starting BMI =50.9 <BR> Now BMI= 44.7 <BR> STILL VERY OBESE BUT GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!! <BR> Allie <em>9</em> <em>521</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:04:33 EST Overcoming an obstacle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34126929 One of my biggest challenges was going to the grocery with my healthy list and trying to stay on track. I would buy what was on the list, but I would also end up with a cart full of junk and fatty foods. Today I went to the grocery and bought only what was on the list. I know this does not sound like much, but I feel like I overcame one of my biggest obstacles. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:49:28 EST Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34120123 Wow, it's been so hot that it has been weeks since I've worn long pants. It was finally raining this morning so I reach for my favorite jeans. As I snapped and zipped them I noticed that they promptly slid down around my hips. My husband said they were looking so loose they looked like clown pants. It's the little WOOHOOs that makes me know that I am making slow and steady progress.Yea!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:53 EST 24 LBS Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34118103 3 months ago I weighed 251. I am now down to 227.2 and feeling great. I started a weight loss journey with my husband on June 20th and we are losing together he started out at 237 he is now down to 222 and I started at 242. we are doing one month at a time and our goal is to get under 200 lbs. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:43:31 EST Back ...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34111879 Yesterday I did it all... <BR> Weighed <BR> Logged all my food <BR> Went to the gym before work <BR> Drank 8 cup of water <BR> Stayed within range <BR> Ate 5 servings of fruits and veggies <BR> <BR> Today I am on the right track <BR> By 10 am I have... <BR> Weighed <BR> Logged my breakfast <BR> Gone to the gym <BR> Drank 4 cups of water <BR> Had a very healthy and filling breakfast with four servings of vegetables for under 300 cal. <BR> <BR> I can do this! <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:57:19 EST Goal achieved- what worked for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34110814 About 2 years after I moved to another country I started to gain weight. I ended up with about 18 kilos more ! In January 2014, I had a New Year resolution: to get back into my old sexy clothes and look good in the next holiday pictures :). <BR> I started tracking calories with sparkpeople but after a while I got lazy doing it. I lost though about 3.5 kilos. <BR> Beginning of May, I went on holiday for a weekend to France and I got from a local farmer apple cider vinegar. When I got back hom... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:51:36 EST I wore a tank top to class!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34109027 I've been on a hell of a rollercoaster when it comes to weight loss and everything that goes with it, for the past couple of years. One of the things I HATED to wear was tank tops. Even when I was 210 pounds! I hated them because I hated my thick flabby arms!!! Well, they are still flabby but they definitely aren't as thick as before. I finally started wearing tank tops outdoors last summer but I felt sooo uncomfortable being around other people. This summer it's all I wear anywhere! They are... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:11:47 EST Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34106284 After a very long plateau and going on anyway, the scale moved not one, not two not even three but 5 pounds! I would tell anyone stay the course because eventually "Payday" is coming!! <em>104</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:14:48 EST Lowest weight in years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34096454 Thanks to Sparkpeople and my Sparkfriends. I am now at my lowest weight in years! At least 6. <BR> <BR> I feel so great! <em>345</em> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Ally Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:13:05 EST Wow,I'm so proud!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34095801 I have not been tracking since Thursday after my spinal tap!! <BR> Been so sick and migraines ever since it was done!!! <BR> But I put in everything from yesterday and today,much to my surprise I have been on track with staying with in my caloric intake..Yahhh,so happy!!! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Allie Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:33:45 EST 15 pounds gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34095400 I began my journey to just eat healthier and walk on April 15, 2014. In just 3 months I have lost 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> Benefits: my skin is clearer thanks to drinking more water and eating clean, (no sugar); sleeping more, (still need to get a sleep pattern down though), and fitting into smaller sized jeans. <BR> <BR> I feel so motivated just using the Spark Activity Tracker. It saves me a lot of time! <BR> <BR> Not only that, but my blood pressure is going down as well. One day, I may no ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:20:32 EST Week one complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34093107 Weigh in day and 6 pounds lost this week! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST I've arrived at my destination: ONEderland!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34088124 Okay..I was sooo excited this morning. The scale said 199.5!!!! <BR> <BR> So, I decided to take a celebratory photo of myself to mark this milestone. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to my photo/blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741497 </link> <BR> <BR> I feel amazing! I haven't been under 200 since my pre-teen days! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:18:38 EST pennies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34078308 It is great being able to bend over and pick them pennies up I used to have to pass by. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:23:09 EST It's not worth it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34076889 It took me a long time to figure out, but watching tv is not worth it. It is not worth how it distracts me from connecting with my family, or attending to work projects, or even from completing the errands and housekeeping of everyday life. <BR> <BR> I grew up on tv. I watched tv while doing homework and I did quite well. In fact, I've done alright all my life in many things. I can't help but wonder how much better I would have done if I had been paying attention. And, I might remember it ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:25:56 EST exercise streak!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34072903 proud of myself for maintaining an exercise streak for almost 7 weeks now!!! woohoo!!! starting to realize the non weight loss successes but other successes along the way!!!thank you SP!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:11:45 EST family & friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34071733 had a day with 9 teenagers and adults, pizza for dinner , god is good Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:57:08 EST Day 229 - 74.5 lbs off (so far) Lessons learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34068919 This is not my first trip down the scales, and I am hopeful it will be my last. I've learned a lot on previous journeys: <BR> <BR> 1998/1999 Lost 92 pounds following exchange program with TOPS, Then, went to Vegas in May 1999 to renew our vows for our 25 anniversary, started a new position with our company the following week, which led to eating out more, or eating more fast foods, stress eating, guilt over modest weight gain, led to eating away the guilt (DOH!) and of course more weight ga... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:46:53 EST MADE IT !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34060727 I can't believe i made it to my goal ....I keep going back to my ticker looking at the scale saying to myself " is this true , did i really make it to my weight lost goal " ? I'm going to try to enjoy and keep the spark going . Now i just have to tone my body and keep fit . <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:21:33 EST 10 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34053999 Woo Hoo! I finally dropped 10lbs! I have 30 more to go but I an a 1/4 of the way there. <BR> It has also been a month since I have had a Pepsi. Which might not sound like a big deal but is for me. <BR> Just wanted to celebrate my little successes. :) Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:02:20 EST Woo Hoo! 5lbs down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34051160 I'm been on the site two weeks and already down 5 pounds. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:07:27 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34047953 My first 5k of the year! Did it in. 53 mins! <em>364</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:49:35 EST off to a good start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34044417 I don't have a home computer and have to make entries from work! I was so excited to log my success today. Im motivating myself, and that's a plus! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:34:02 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34042417 So this morning I tried on jeans I haven't worn in 4 yrs. and to my surprise they were easy to get up no laying down to zip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWEET!!! Finally feeling some success!!! YAHHHHH!!! <em>521</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:47:01 EST 1/2 way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34041409 I am 1/2 way to my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:09:32 EST Woo hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34034545 I was feeling like a Negative Nancy before getting on the scale this morning but I did it anyway and low and behold: my BMI is no longer obese...nor is it any longer overweight...it is now HEALTHY! Woo!!! <BR> <BR> My body fat % dropped from 48% to 27% since January & I'm down 3 sizes! Thanks to eating better, cardio kickboxing, ultimate frisbee & couch25k! Now I crave exercise! I think I'll be adding some yoga into my routine to switch things up a bit. <BR> <BR> 34 down 17 to go!...I have... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:26:32 EST weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34031717 more positive keep going Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:09:45 EST excerise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34030015 have done a positive thing for myself, exercise Mon, Wed, curves and Julian Micheals, video, Tues weights at home, water at grove one day this week. now church this evening, thank you lord for saving my soul. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 18:20:23 EST 40lbs. in 6 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34025223 I started my weight loss journey at the beginning of the year. My boyfriend & I decided on healthier eating after his mother passed away in November. I used techniques that I learned from Nutrisystem a few years ago. With low calories & exercise, I started losing weight. After a few months I found the Venus Factor & started strength training. Now I have found Spark with lots of great recipes & support to help me maintain. <em>104</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:13:39 EST tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34021547 Tracker sync is green like it is about to start working again. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:32:13 EST Thank You SparkPeople and SparkFriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34021409 Since I've reconnected to SparkPeople I've lost 16 pounds, what a difference it makes once you've made up your mind you've had it with being overweight {in my case obese}. I Don't have family or friends in the state where I live so I turned to Spark. <BR> <BR> I'm committed to reaching the finish line <em>185</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:07:47 EST 100 POUNDS GONE FOREVER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34020383 When I started my journey on sparkpeople a little over two years ago, I weighed 283 pounds and it took me an hour and fifteen minutes to "run" (with my best effort) a 5k. This morning I weighed myself and I am 182.8 pounds!! I'm so shocked and happy it hasn't even sunk in yet. I can run a 5k in 33 minutes now. I am strong and eat good foods all the time without a second thought. <BR> <BR> I'm getting myself a pair of gold hoop earrings with diamonds as a gift to myself to commemorate t... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:15:53 EST MAINTAINING GOAL WEIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34015540 Are there any particular topic here on Spark pertaining to Maintaining your goal weight ????? <BR> Almost there 1 pound to go, now to maintain !! <em>9</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:09:15 EST continue growth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34007693 be a strong person, this week by making good choices Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:11:46 EST continue growth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34007691 be a strong person, this week by making good choices Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:11:30 EST Just starting my own journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34002135 I know nothing tastes as good as thin feels. I remember those days although many many years and many children later I am older and fat. I have been reading these blogs and they are helping me get started again. So thank you everyone for you life messages. This is day one for me. More later. Thanks Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:30:15 EST 10% Goal Reached! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=34002021 Today, I have officially LOST 10% of my starting weight of 291 pounds! I now weigh 262 pounds -- a 29 pound loss!!! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> On to my second 10% challenge -- to lose 26 pounds and go down to 236 pounds. Please wish me luck -- I cannot do this without the support of fellow SP members! <em>252</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:43:48 EST Sharing My Story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33999928 Just wanted to share my story <BR> Love, Meg Marie <BR> <BR> http://youtu.be/IZyelMeqS6o Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:12:47 EST Lost 5 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33998530 This is the first time I have gotten through more than 3 days of "dieting" without giving up and bingeing out and planning to "start over" again on Monday. I think I've done that horrible cycle about 1000 times over almost 20 years. I lost 5 pounds this week, I haven't been stressed about food--I've enjoyed my meals, and happy about how I've done. The fact that I haven't been *perfect*, yet kept up with it is nothing short of a miracle. Yay! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:49:46 EST blood work great http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33996850 blood work great now to start getting pounds off Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:32:16 EST Waving goodbye to 10 pounds!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33995788 <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> As of today, I have officially hit the 10 pound loss mark!! I'm hoping next week to wave goodbye to the 280's, and say hello to the 270s!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:09:42 EST answered prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33991652 my husband was blessed with surgery today they got all the basil cancer thank you for all the. prayers, busy week and my blood work yesterday was fantastic thank you lord for having the healing faith, now get back on track wit h exercise and thank you lord for the remodel of the house god is good when we believe., Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:38:45 EST I GOT THIS MOMENT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33984116 So been waiting for years and finally got back into my size 18w jean shorts!!!!!!!!! Albeit they have small amt. of stretch in them I haven't worn them in 6 yrs. <BR> I was sooo tired today up literally from 1am to 5am with 3yr. old grandchild(mommy is sick),she went to bed early which concerned me some as she didn't eat dinner(worried she was coming down with something). I ck'd on her every hour and finally went to bed myself at midnight!!! Only to here her calling out looking through the ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:42:24 EST Who knew a lifestyle change could be so awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33977868 I am 3 weeks into my lifestyle overhaul and as of yesterday was 10 WHOLE POUNDS DOWN and 6.5 inches down!! I have cut out a lot of horribly unhealthy habits and aside from my weight changing, I feel so much better!!! My energy is up, my confidence is up, I just feel overall GREAT!! Until I started using Spark, I had no idea how unhealthy my habits were. I get sick now just thinking about some of the things I used to eat and can see clearly why I've had such a hard time loosing weight. Without... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:40:56 EST success of blood work http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33972395 good results Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:32:35 EST Lost 5 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33971781 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So this is a new account...I made it, left it sit for gods know how long and I decided to come back today because I really want to get back into it. I did a little zumba and then decided to weigh myself and found out I'd lost 5 pounds since I last did so! That was without really trying, too. The only thing I did was cut down on my soda intake. It's amazing what something so small can accomplish! I'm so proud of myself and it feels good to be so. I've been so d... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:09:26 EST I tried a spin class today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33971104 After an hour long yoga class I got encouraged to try a spin class. I could only stay for half of it but I did that! Woohoo! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:12:37 EST A scent changed my mood. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33970640 Just gotta share. Never happened before. Will probably never happen again (hope it does, though). I was in a funky mood and was preparing dinner. I smelled some basil from a spice jar as I was making dinner, and my mood INSTANTLY changed from "funky" to "just fine, thank you. Never felt better"! It was the weirdest yet wonderful, most bizarre yet awesome, instantaneous thing that has ever happened to me. Has any of you had a similar positive experience with a scent? <BR> <BR> Spark On! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:59:52 EST How Long Have You Been On SP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33970359 I can not be more proud of myself for checking in with SP & my Spark Coach for 30 consecutive days! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:16:46 EST "Released" another 2 pounds this week!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33963503 Such a journey it has been. I am so proud of myself for sticking to it this time around. This time it is for life! <BR> <BR> (I like to say "released" because it sounds more positive than "lost" or "dropped") <BR> <BR> Now ... to get to those palm trees!!! I'm on it ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:22:48 EST I just reached 1,000 fitness minutes for June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33960719 I just reached my fitness minutes goal for June! Today I logged my daily minutes and reached 1, 015 AND there is one day left. I can't believe how fun an easy it was. I met up with friends for <BR> <BR> I even had a week where it seemed like I gave up on exercise, but I hopped back on. Really, I didn't know I could do this regularly. <BR> <BR> Next month I am hoping to do 1,125 mintues. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:40:50 EST Going to ditch all the alcohol from this point on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33960512 Have very little wine once a week but Im going to give it up as of today because I want to be more successful. A good way to give up a few more calories a week. I maintained this week while on vacation so Im glad I didn't gain but am still so slow on the weight loss. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:43:06 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33960391 <em>244</em> <em>8</em> One of my biggest problems was going to the grocery store. I would make out my list of healthy foods, but would end up with a cart full of junk foods. Today I went to the grocery determined to get only what was on my list. I left the grocery with my healthy choices; no junk. Now that I've showed myself that I can do it, no more junk is going into my cart. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:50:37 EST Reached my weight goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33959689 I've lost seven pounds over the past three months (through eating healthier and adding strength training to my workouts). Seven pounds doesn't sound like a lot but I had been plateaued for quite awhile before that. I've also gained muscle so I think I've lost more than seven pounds of fat. I am very pleased, and I'm trying not to feel guilty about indulging this weekend. Trying to believe that can have the occasional day where I eat whatever I want, and still maintain my body fat and muscle p... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:36:58 EST 10 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33959532 10 pounds gone. Never want to you again Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:07:02 EST Return http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33944243 I found the courage to return to Spark People program. I have no will power and very little energy. I eat all the wrong things even tho in small quantities. I need help from all my former friends at SP. <BR> I hope this time next week I will have something to celebrate. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:47:17 EST 10lbs lighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33941165 So I know it's not much but after 2 and half months, half of which I wondered if anything was even working, I'm finally showing I'm consistently 10lbs lighter yay Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:06:29 EST Fibro can't stop me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33936411 I'm celebrating the fact that I didn't quit when this time last year I was doing great and going great guns, exercising by walking, stretching, cardio and losing weight, eating right, drinking my water... then some family stuff happened and I hit a flare and it put me down and out. It has taken me this long to come back, almost a full year, but I'm back! I wasn't able to exercise, but I could still eat healthy. I'm not back to where I was, but I can exercise again and I'm very happy and e... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:52:50 EST 9 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33935971 I have lost 9 pounds in the past 5 days. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:55:16 EST Stuck yet I'm still proud... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33934243 I lost 40 pounds in 2013 and have been able to keep it off. For that I am very proud. I've been stuck at that since November of last year. A big reason was health issues (I could barely walk across the room without pain). I've been slowly fighting back since then and can now go for walks without pain. I'm working up to more exercise but I have to be very careful. I haven't controlled my food like I should but I started fresh yesterday (could have sooner, not as proud of a moment). I logged ev... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:02:06 EST Me? RUN?! YES!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33932554 I am SO proud of myself!!! Take notice that I am a very sedentary person, my job is sitting down. I started living healthier mid-may of this year - at that time I could barely run for 30 seconds without gasping for breath with side cramps (wish I was joking). Tonight I RAN - 3 MILES!!! -. I still can't believe it! Granted it was on a treadmill, only 3% incline and at 4.3MPH but I DID IT!!!! <em>334</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:36:32 EST Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33930654 I sooo wanted a Dunkin Donut this mornig,just one and OMG I passed by it 3 times today during errands and decided it is so not worth the sugar and calories for a 3 min. fix!!!!! <BR> <BR> Soooo glad I passed it up!!! <BR> <BR> Allie Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:38:12 EST First Monday of this summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33920553 Enjoying this morning. Hope you do, too. Happy Monday! Have a good week! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:07:41 EST Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33916852 I am almost out of the 200's, just a couple of more pounds to go. I did my weekly weigh-in this morning, I weighed 202 and I lost a total of 3 pounds from being 205 to 202 now. I am very ecstatic with my lifestyle changes I have been making, but I am not quitting now. I still need to get to my goal weight by January of next year. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:06:18 EST Goal achieved http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33914550 Reach my goal this week - a week ahead of schedule. Feeling really good and just a little proud of myself. Thanks to Spark People for all the motivation and good info. I've recommended it to several friends who have asked me how I've lost 35 pounds. Guess I'll know who was paying attention later!! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:34:37 EST two days in a row http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33902122 I quit for 3 weeks and I am back and gained less than 2 pounds of 20 lost this year! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:03:51 EST Thanks Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33890526 I lost 8 pounds since May 29th 2014, my birthday is next month I would like to be under or at 260 pounds. I will continue to excise on my Wii Fit Plus I will work at being on Wii Fit Plus for 45minutes instead of 30 minutes. Walk more than 20 minutes. <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:36:22 EST 12.8 pounds lost since June 1st, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33884504 <em>244</em> I started June 1st, 2014 at 356.6 pounds, today I weigh 343.6 pounds! 1st time I've been under 350 in over a year!! <em>345</em> I have remained faithful to my food and exercise trackers, and while staying in my low calorie range I've also managed to exercise at least 5 days a week for at least 60-120 Mins. the results so far 12.8 pounds gone, sleeping 10X's better than before, more energy during the day, less heartburn, mood and attitude super positive, AND I'M NOT HUNGRY A... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:34:54 EST Indulging a little without losing control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33884204 I am pleased to report that over these past couple of weeks, I've been able to have a day here and there where I indulge a little (eating more than my usual calorie level or having a drink or two) without slipping into an all-or-nothing mentality and just bingeing. This has been a key problem for me for a long time (the all-or-nothing mentality) and has prevented me from making real progress towards the healthy body I want to have. I'm starting to realize that indulging in moderation, while i... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:38:35 EST afraid to weigh myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33883920 I have had so much trouble in the past flooding weight that since I started this diet I have been petrified to get on the scales to see how I am doing. I haven't checked since the 3 day. I have in the past tried so hard to loose weight and it didn't work. So after a couple weeks I would quit. I lost 120 lbs easily 12 years ago, and kept it off for several years until my medication was changed. Since then I have gained back 40 lbs and I don't feel good about it. It's hard on my back, li... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:38:44 EST Lost 8 pounds in the last 2 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33882636 I had my check-in today and lost a total of 8.2 pounds in the last two weeks. I think I feel motivated enough to make it through another....... I hope! (crossing fingers) <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Trying the food tracker out finally. If I can remember to enter my foods in, I'll be doing good. Do most of you use it and/or do you enter it in as you eat or all at the end of the day? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:31:47 EST Spending time with my grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33881287 I have been following the SparkCoach program now for about six weeks and lost 10 pounds so far. On this past Sunday my almost 4yo grandson wanted me to see what he called 'the forest', an area of rather high flowers, foliage and a couple volunteer tree seedlings in our yard. He was sure there must be a dinosaur and penguin in there. As I stood with him talking for about 20 minutes, I realized my back wasn't screaming at me to sit down, and this was right after a 15 minute half-mile walk. Woo-... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:58:03 EST I have been exercising for 2 weeks straight!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33869509 Everyday I manage to get in some exercise even if its for 20 minutes. Perhaps its later in the evening but I still have been doing it. I want the trophy for the exercise challenge so I've been trying really hard. Two more weeks to go. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:49:01 EST I can ride 8 miles and walk 4 without much strain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33867551 walking: 4 miles <BR> biking: 8 miles <BR> DVD kickbox workout: 40 minutes. Flexibility and agility is back like before. <BR> Lost 3 pounds in a two weeks <BR> Am happy and looking good. <BR> Got over a bout of Asthma. <BR> <BR> Feel great!!! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:13:39 EST lost 11 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33865946 <em>224</em> <em>224</em> Seriously started new lifestyle about, 5 wks ago. and have lost 11 lbs. This "SPARK STUFF" REALLY works !!! feeling good about my commitment and so glad to have a site like the Sparkpeople: site to help me along the way I've got about 35 lbs or maybe a bit more to go.. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:52:59 EST fantastic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33863014 I lost 8 pounds Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:23:41 EST My novel is now published http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33855058 <em>345</em> <BR> After many hears of writing, I have a novel on Amazon..It is titled The Violet Shawl and is taken from a true story told to me by an Italian Innkeeper. It seems that on an American couple's honeymoon, <BR> the bride was stolen from her groom in Florence Italy. I asked the hotel manager, what happened next and she did not know...So I had to write 'the rest of the story' <BR> <BR> Look it up on Amazon and if it interests you...buy a copy...I would really like that....Doris Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:06:44 EST my journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33853005 I started this journey on 5/5/14 I weigh n every two weeks. My first weigh in I lost 7lbs. as well as my 2nd weigh in. I am due on Monday for my 3rd weigh in and Im kind of nervous. sometime I think what if I didn't do so well what if I gained a pound. I been exercising and eating the best I can, but sometimes abuse nuts. <em>39</em> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:12:00 EST lost 5 kgs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33851308 hello this is my first time on here it is amazing to see so many people on here it gives me a lot of confidence that there is a lot of support on here..I have only started today and it is an encouraging way for me to keep up with my weight loss ..on April 11 I weighed in at 113 kgs and today I weighed in at 108..Its is great to know I've accomplished something but it is definitly not the end of my journey..I have been here before and stumbled along the way going backwards but I need to find w... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:25:32 EST Down 5.6 pounds :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33849460 I've been trying to lose weight (through diet alone so far) since Jan. In total, I've lost 16.8 pounds, with many ups and downs over the last few months. Since re-starting with SparkPeople again, this last week was the largest amount I've lost in a week so far. SparkPeople works! I am thrilled! I know I still have a long way to go, and I can't expect similar results each week, but it is a wonderful reminder to keep logging my nutrition in order to keep me accountable. <em>224</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:44:44 EST 99 POUNDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33848915 I have been going to the gym for 5 months now and over all since I started losing weight a few years ago I have now lost 99 lbs!! Waiting for the big 100 any day now. I've gone from a size 28 to a 14. I was a red head and now a blonde. So much to be grateful for! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:29:32 EST Fantastic Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33846370 1. I can drink 3 litres of water a day <BR> 2. I can do 1 hour of spin and not feel as though I am gong to die. <BR> 3. I can do over 10,000.00 steps a day. <BR> 4. I can go to the gym twice in a day if I choose to. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:08:37 EST half way to goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33842285 I set a goal to lose 98 pounds by Dec. 30th this year I started on January 12th and have reached the half way point 2 months earlier than expected. I bought new summer clothes this week that were 2 - 3 sizes smaller. . <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:50:20 EST I can run 3 miles without stopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33841352 I want to be able to run a 5K so it's been my goal to get up to running three miles and I can now successfully run that far. I ran 3 miles on hilly road in 41 minutes :D Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:01:31 EST 4lbs in two weeks!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33834278 I know that's more than the recommended average, but I'm not doing anything out of the ordinary. I'm SO EXCITED! I'll take any victory I can get!!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:22:25 EST 4.6 lbs Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33833625 My first week into this I am so thrilled with the 4.6 lbs lost and have been keeping myself accountable for everything I am eating. I know this is not a real big woo hoo moment by far, but maybe by seeing this it will help me to continue my journey and keep me motivated. I do feel a little better than last week and hope to feel a lot better when I meet my 1/4 mark. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:51:34 EST Lost 14 1/2 Inches so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33832415 Can't Believe it!! In just 3 weeks of hard work and new healthy eating!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:37:06 EST Second 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33823854 I did my second 5k this weekend. I still can't run the whole thing but I try my best. I'm very proud of myself, even though I continue to fall off the wagon I am still moving forward at a slow pace and I'm excited to say that I may do another 5k this weekend. YAY Me!! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:58:06 EST No gain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33817223 I started a new job at a hospital and I was fully expecting to go to my old ways. I was upset at first, but I noticed one thing that didn't change -- my portions. They didn't increase! I would pack an apple a small carb and grapes (or something similar). I still lost a few pounds with my new job and I feel great. I do hope to get back into my yoga..that did wonders for me (mentally & physically). <BR> <BR> Great job to anyone else that got a new job and was able to keep losing! Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:59:04 EST My first NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33808218 I started the journey towards a more healthy me a long time ago. However, just recently I have started to eliminate processed foods from my diet - not completely there yet but I am making progress. <BR> <BR> I had my first NSV, though. <BR> <BR> Usually I wear wide shoes... have since I was in high school and only weighed 180 pounds... <BR> <BR> But last week I went shoe shopping. I am now wearing a normal width shoe! I don't really understand HOW considering I am 276 pounds but I will tak... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:26:37 EST Less gut, more guts! :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33807269 18 months ago, I bought a sexy maxi dress for myself for my birthday. It was my inspiration to work hard for the body I want. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wore that dress to my daughter's graduation!!! <BR> <BR> You know that super confident woman in that gorgeous dress....yeah, that was me yesterday! And daaaaaamn it felt good! I've always wanted to be her! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 23:14:20 EST One year maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33799294 Oh yeah .... :D Thu, 5 Jun 2014 19:38:24 EST Starting to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33797601 I was born with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Walking, let alone running, has always been painful for me. I have been walking for quite some time building up my resistance to pain and i just started jogging. <BR> Granted i can only go for four minutes right now with a break in the middle, but I"M jogging! <BR> WOO-HOO! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 13:12:23 EST The gym made my week less awful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33795737 This week has been difficult for a variety of reasons: self-caused laryngitis, sleep deprivation, work, etc. BUT today I dragged my butt to the gym and felt good for the length of my workout and for about 30 minutes afterwards before going back to feeling like I was run over by a semi. Right now the memory of feeling powerful and accomplished and fit is enough to get me through this day. Small victories, amirite? Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:37:56 EST Non scale victory when the scale is the same http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33790912 Compared to last summer, I only weigh 4 or 5 pounds less. But when I was getting my capri jeans and shorts out, I noticed that my comfortable size 16W capris feel too big, while the ones that were too tight last summer, size 12-14, fit comfortably! <BR> <BR> This was a brutal, long cold winter, and we had a snowy cold spring, and the past winters I gain, but this year I stayed pretty much the same! The slight loss started in spring when I started getting out walking again. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:08:04 EST believing in your self http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33783822 may god give me control to love and understand a unloving granddaughter who is very lost in sin, and not knowing she has drugs please help me lord. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:09:27 EST allegeries sinus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33783798 need good night sleep and a good day tomorrow, may our god be in control Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:06:32 EST just bought new pants online . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33783593 I decided to get some killer pants for travel and really splurged and gambled on a size smaller.. They came today and after a small tug to get everything to fit, that Woo Hoo moment happened. I've still got lots to go -- but even after two months am looking really good in these new pants!!!!!! <BR> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:24:53 EST Back on Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33777922 <em>244</em> My dead computers have been replaced and I can now continue to Spark! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 02:36:08 EST lost 15 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33775748 So i went to my dr today. I have to do a 3 month diet before my insurance will approve my surgery. I just finished my first month and found out i lost 15 lbs!! My dr congratulated me and told me that is the most she's had a patient lose in the first month. I'm so proud of myself and just wanted to share this with y'all. (: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:49:38 EST Successful Travel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33772433 The extensive travel that is part of my life has been a constant struggle for me. Lose 3 pounds/ gain 4 while I travel, lose 2 pounds/gain 1 while I travel, etc. It has resulted in a net loss, but a much smaller one than I would hope for after several months. The exciting news is that I have pressed on and I finally found a tool that seems to work for eating while I travel (restaurant food, airport food, other people's homes, etc). 1/2 plate fruit and veggies, 1/4 plate protein, 1/4 plate... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:27:54 EST 90 lbs Gone since July 9, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33768972 I will allow my self a slight pat on the back as I met my June 1 goal of reaching 190, which represents pound 93 gone of a total of 123 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> At this point, every pound is significant and I can feel it when I have lost another one. <BR> <BR> My HGB AIC is also normal after being elevated for 2 years. <BR> What am I doing--Low Carb (I eat Veggies, lean proteins, and some dairy); and severely restrict starchy and sugar carbs. <BR> I also have been doing treadmill walking ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:56:36 EST 111 gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33767482 Another 10 sent on its way and I'm not just saying it feels good but it really does feel GOOD. I have started walking and can finally make it a couple blocks before I think the "end is near", but still a long ways to go. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:04:34 EST Working out for 3 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33764613 I am very excited, because I set a goal and I have stayed with it for three months. My weight hasn't gone down every week, but my confidence and ability to move faster keeps me going. I am looking forward to things to come. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:14:55 EST Going DOWN! 7 consecutive weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33763968 7 consecutive weeks losing weight! Going DOWN! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:40:56 EST Yearly fitness minute goal already met!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33760746 At the beginning of the year I set a fitness goal of 9000 minutes for the year, thinking that 750 mins a month would be realistic, but I have consistently hit 1500- 2000 a month. Since Sept I have gone from a size 14 being almost too tight, to now a size 6 is a perfect fit. The fact that I have been able to do this for 9 months is amazing, b/c in the past, I would go for 3-4 months and then slip right back into old habits. Truly trying to make this a lifestyle change vs a diet. Thanks SP for ... Sat, 31 May 2014 11:24:20 EST Big Victory For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33760390 I found a dress in my closet that I bought two years ago that I could not wear when I bought it Lol!! (was in denial). Tried it on and it fits and looks wonderful on me. I am going to wear it to my nephews wedding today. I also tried on a skirt while shopping yesterday it was an XL and I could also wear it. <em>244</em> Thank God for the Victory!!!! Sat, 31 May 2014 10:43:08 EST It's working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33757711 Have started drinking 4 glasses of water on waking up in the morning before eating any food. I am eating fresh food and around 1200 calories worth. <BR> 1Kilogram down in 1 week. <em>224</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 01:10:58 EST Couch to 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33756769 I started Couch to 5K today and I was actually able to run the 1 minute intervals. This is huge for me since I have never really been able to run for more the 30 seconds at a time and never repeatedly. <BR> <BR> In related news, I am down 3 sizes in pants/shorts to a place I have never been before. I swear I went from a girls 6x to a women's 14 and never hit anything in between <em>9</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:21:40 EST No more plus size department YAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33754459 I can't believe it, I was trying on clothes in the plus size department, like always and I was finding clothes were a little to big, so just for fun I thought I would shoot over to the misses and try some over there and wouldn't you know it, they fit. YAY!!! Can't believe it, I have been shopping in the plus size department for YEARS, I am soooo thrilled. I still have a ways to go, but I am feeling soooo good today. <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:39:28 EST successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33750341 I have had three incredibly good days following my food plan. Actually looking forward to Saturday weigh-in Thu, 29 May 2014 22:11:52 EST weight goals, travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33748621 made a trip to Ohio safely, and home all in one piece, thank the lord and all the prayers that were said. I am so blessed to have friends family to pray for the answered prayer.an my church who is always full of grace and faithful. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:24:09 EST Big Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33747426 I'm excited to say that I am -50lbs down as of today! My husband and I started this journey on February 10, 2010 and we're feeling so fabulous now! Our journey is far from over, but we're making an effort everyday to be healthier! I've got pics of me and my partial transformation on my page! Stoked to lose more weight! <em>381</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:14:59 EST trip to Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33743474 another trip with the lord help, safe and sound, and pick up my husband at airport in Dayton, and full week of cleaning, graduation, and back to Alabama, safe sound, church this evening, now for regular schedule. please remember my granddaughter for her life. god bless Wed, 28 May 2014 22:35:18 EST Day 6 No pop (cola) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33741605 Day 6 almost over -- no diet pop <BR> <BR> I'm addicted so this means a lot to me. <BR> <BR> I've gone 80 days -- and given in .... and it just consumes me! Wed, 28 May 2014 15:30:00 EST Compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33741429 I have been struggling lately and do not like how the scale is treating me. I visited a friend yesterday that I haven't seen in a couple of months or so and she said she could see my loss and that I looked thinner than the last time she saw me. That gives me incentive to keep on doing what I am doing cause I know I am eating healthier and moving more than I ever did. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:54:29 EST My 1st Month review with the program I'm using http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33740140 I'm not trying to promote Turbo Fire. I'm not a coach, just a person who found the right progrma that is working for me! <BR> <BR> So, even though I've had a few "rest days" from feeling pretty sick, that's life! This is my Turbo Fire 30 day review! I wish Turbo Fire had came out when I was in middle school, but I am glad I discovered it. Chalene Johnson made this workout program, 4 years ago I believe, and I'm glad I have found it when I did. <BR> In October, Darin and I both quit drinking ... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:21:03 EST Awards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33735827 It makes me feel like I accomplished something when I get an award. <em>248</em> I feel better Thank You <em>252</em> Linda Tue, 27 May 2014 21:56:30 EST 170.8!!!!! 106's here i come!!!! wooo hooo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33734699 I'm so excited to finally be making this happen. I'm down 38 pounds on my way to my goal! Yeaaaaaaaaaah!!!!! :) Tue, 27 May 2014 17:46:10 EST RUNNING ACCOMPLISHMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33734269 Ran the Wounded Warrior 10K race in 1:00:33 at 9:45 minute pace. Placed 4th in my division. <BR> <BR> Shooting for a sub-two hour half marathon in October Tue, 27 May 2014 16:00:02 EST Dress shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33734001 I went dress shopping this weekend and bought 4 new dresses! The best part was that when I tried on my normal size, XL, it was too big. Got myself some size L dresses for the first time in a long time! Tue, 27 May 2014 15:00:13 EST 1 pound down this week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33733499 Every pound lost is a victory! <em>192</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 12:51:41 EST YAHOOOO! down 100 Pounds !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33732506 I am finally down 100 pounds of weight loss. My goal puts me at another 50 Lb more so over half way to my goal and there is no stopping me from getting there. I feel great I sleep better I have way more energy. Tue, 27 May 2014 09:41:40 EST Goodbye 3X, welcome size 2X! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33726811 Wearing my new size 2X jeans... they fit perfectly and I so happy! <em>9</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 15:36:20 EST I feel so much better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33726689 It has been almost 4 months now since i started exercising and dieting I have lost a total of 32 pounds I am very happy and hope I stay motivated to continue the hard work cause it is paying off Mon, 26 May 2014 14:51:38 EST Reached My 1/2 Way Mark Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33725814 I set a goal for myself to lose 40 pounds by October 2014 and this morning I met the 1/2 way mark losing 20 pounds. I'm feeling Energized!! <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:50:14 EST MY MOTHER WENT FOR A WALK WITH ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33725569 My mother has been struggling with her weight even since she was pregnant with me. I feel slightly guilty, but I know it's not entirely my fault. Today, we went for a walk. Over two and a half miles and we only had to stop once for her to sit down, which is amazing for a 65-yo woman with chronic pain. I'm so proud of my mommy! <BR> <em>26</em> <em>48</em> <em>26</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:18:18 EST Wow Lost 15 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33720105 I've been in and out on all workouts. But now that I'm ready to actually put forth my best effort. I was shocked and thrilled when I found out I lost 15 pounds so far this year! Now I'm ready to take it to the next level. I still need to learn how to do the food thing (eat what cook what so on) and I'm hoping I'll learn a lot here and have a great time doing it! Sun, 25 May 2014 15:20:10 EST I am SO proud of myself....I got this!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33718190 I am so proud of myself...Today I complete week 6 of life changing eating habits...unbelievable... <BR> I am simply taking baby steps...eating and creating recipes that I love...moving more...eating more vegetables and fruit... <BR> <BR> The biggie: I completely gutted my kitchen of all unwanted foods....who knew Sun, 25 May 2014 08:08:30 EST Check mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33716098 Today I am under 230 pounds! Sat, 24 May 2014 22:49:38 EST 1 did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33713814 I lost the 22 pounds I was starting to think I was stuck with for life. Sat, 24 May 2014 12:43:25 EST 25 lbs lost, almost to half way http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33700795 When I stepped on the scale yesterday for weighing in to my surprise I had lost 2 more lbs, and passed a milestone, 25 lbs lost. I have to say I didn't think it would go this fast as I am not a young chick anymore and have some slight physical limitations. I have been motivated to get out and walk and hike more and make sure my steps for the day are over 10K. I can feel the difference when I hike, I don't get so out of breath anymore and it is much easier. I have started strength training... Thu, 22 May 2014 16:07:24 EST Recovering from Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33698501 I was already struggling with Diabetes and underactive Thyroid. My weight has been an issue for a long time. I had to had back surgery last October, then got a hospital born infection a month later that landed me in the hospital for 6 days. I was sent home with a pic line to take antibiotics by IV. That lasted another month then 2 weeks of oral antibiotics. Then had to wait until incision stopped draining to start physical therapy. I finally went back to work in march. It is a very physical j... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:50:37 EST Was NOT expecting this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33694802 Doing a Biggest Loser challenge at work. Weighed in over a month ago at 217...and thought I was well on my way to losing the contest before losing the weight. Weigh in next week....and at the Doctor today I find that I am down to 208! I am one pound away from the 10 pound minimum of getting either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd! Wed, 21 May 2014 19:33:01 EST 3 weeks done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33684456 I started exercising 3 weeks ago religiously * lol. and I already feel great, sleeping better at night, and the baby is too. I feel better, I still weigh the same but some of the workouts are strength training. Tue, 20 May 2014 07:49:42 EST I lost my first 5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33680014 As celebration, I plan on going to PetSmart and getting my cat a new toy and I plan on doing to for every 5lb. mark I hit. <BR> <BR> -does a little dance- <em>521</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 17:22:21 EST Six weeks... 16 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33672340 In six weeks (four back at SP), I've lost 16 pounds!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 14:36:39 EST My First 5K Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33666853 Today I participated in my first official 5K walk and I did it!! I even got a first place ribbon for my age group!! Please take a moment to read about it in my blog. I hope you will find it encouraging. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 17:09:37 EST The Hidden Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33665293 I have come a long way with the help of Spark People and my Spark Friends. I started out at 222 lbs., and now weigh 180 lbs. I am down two sizes in my clothing, and I came off of six medications, so far. I am still a work in progress, but I improve more each week. Even though these are great accomplishments, especially for me, there has been far more changes that can easily go unnoticed. Be sure to stop and see all the other changes occurring within yourself, as these are the "hidden" on... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:20:38 EST First week 8 lbs WoooHoooooooo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33665245 Can't believe I am down 8 lbs , ok I know the first week is always the best. What a great motivator to keep changing and growing -- in a good way <em>521</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 10:08:15 EST No more Soda! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33654214 I have finally went an entire week without one soda! This may not be a huge feat to some but for me it was very difficult. I was an avid Mt. Dew drinker and I do not mean diet Mt Dew either. When I came back to SparkPeople, I was drinking between 2 or 3 Mt. Dews a day (20 Oz. bottles) and I was a sipper not a drinker... <BR> <BR> Now I drink nothing but water and juices after switching to diet Mt. Dew for 3 weeks and gradually increasing my water intake. I never thought I could do it but i a... Thu, 15 May 2014 16:19:06 EST I Did Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33650124 Since being diagnosed with diabetes I've had to make a lot of quick changes and adjustments to my life and diet. I am Happy to report that I did good. <BR> <BR> My diabetic nurse was very pleased and excited about how fast I progressed in getting my numbers down and under control. <BR> <BR> It is so when you know you're doing everything you can to have it pay off by your Dr or nurse singing your praise. <BR> <BR> The reason this is a <em>244</em> moment for me is that I've done all ... Thu, 15 May 2014 05:20:50 EST First weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33648551 So I went to the doctor today for my monthly weigh in and I have lost 6 pounds :) Even after I had a huge celebratory graduation weekend. Pushed me to add extra time on the track today also. Wed, 14 May 2014 20:50:45 EST Hit my first 25 pound weight loss goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33645057 I am starting a long journey to lose a lot (150 pounds). I decided to set 25 pound loss goals to celebrate. I intend to buy myself some flowers. Then Hawaii here I come at the end. Wed, 14 May 2014 09:04:40 EST nice mother day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33639887 had a nice week end, now ready to go to Ohio please pray for safe travel, Tue, 13 May 2014 15:20:11 EST Learning By Doing It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33638201 I'm 15 days in the Turbo Fire workout of the 90 day challenge. I'm excited to say this has become a habit already and most days I look forwrad to working out. Sundays are my day off and I try to save laundry for that day, but by then, I need to do some of it during the week too! Trying to stay more active around the house. <BR> <BR> At first I focused on the food end of losing weight (and the scale). I wasn't seeing results. Well once I decided to focus on the cardio end of it all, I've noti... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:34:11 EST I Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33632867 On Saturday May 10th I participated in my first ever 5K! <BR> Show & Glow on the Bow - glow in the dark 5K supporting cancer research in Calgary Alberta. <BR> I walked it...and I was pretty much last BUT I DID IT ALL BY MYSELF! <BR> Then I went to the after party and danced for another 3-hours! <BR> Feeling sore today but very proud I overcame my social anxiety and did it! Mon, 12 May 2014 14:18:33 EST vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33625070 I was on vacation for two weeks and still lost 2 Lbs.I guess I have learned a little from Spark People.Yea Me.down 28Lbs since March 14 <BR> Sun, 11 May 2014 10:21:57 EST 21 lbs down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33614588 As of this morning I am down 21 lbs. What great feeling. I still have about 26 lbs to go, but I am confident that this can be done. Fri, 9 May 2014 15:35:35 EST 100 gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33613599 Today I hit 100 Lbs lost and it feels good, and with this lost I can reach my back to pat it. <BR> Still a long ways to go but I'm feeling better about it with every pound that vanishes. Fri, 9 May 2014 11:57:50 EST Lost 8 pounds in 8 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33609743 Yay me. <em>104</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 21:45:55 EST Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33605034 First weigh in and I've lost 13 pounds Thu, 8 May 2014 07:03:04 EST Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33593049 <em>243</em> Ive lost over 100lbs. I never thought this would be something i could accomplish but i did. This site and the good people ive met here have helped a lot along the way. <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 10:33:44 EST excerise pool tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33589896 Tues morning first thing curves, and then pool here at the grove, sister in law coming from Ohio, and then I am going to Ohio for graduation for my grandson, and some family time. God Bless <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 22:56:49 EST shopping & lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33589872 a very busy day shopping new bedspread, and towels, and lunch at Applebee's less then 600 calories. 3 water to drink. and salad and thin veg pizza for dinner, a lot of walking today with shopping. time to wine down for tonight. company coming tomorrow. god bless. Mon, 5 May 2014 22:51:35 EST You Guys Are Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33587188 <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 14:16:50 EST My fantastic four! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33586031 1. I've faithfully completed 2 weeks of p90x, something I never dreamed I could do. <BR> <BR> 2. I've lost 8 pounds! <BR> <BR> 3. I can run (my true love) over 3 miles without my legs taking a beating. <BR> <BR> 4. I can fit into my favorite, old jeans again. And they look good! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 10:04:49 EST This is Major for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33585669 Yesterday I spent 4 hours digging my garden to get it ready to plant vegetables. Four hours! Last year I watched my daughter do it for me. Now - with about 20 less pounds and many months of fitness exercises under my belt, I did it!! Mon, 5 May 2014 08:56:09 EST We Can Do It!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33585667 I am very happy. I am still losing slowly but surely. The Lord has given me the strength that I need to do what I need to do. He says that "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" Mon, 5 May 2014 08:54:31 EST mon may 5, 85 degrees, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33582874 tomorrow exercise, curves. and may be the pool again, and then sister in law coming Tuesday , will have some special time with her. and give god the glory. Sun, 4 May 2014 22:44:10 EST sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33582845 a beautiful Sunday, church this morning a lunch at home, laundry done and a 2 hour fun time here at the grove swimming pool, and enjoy the sun, and talk to others about the lord savior, and this evening worship with other believers, praise god, It makes the whole week start right, looking forward to trip to Ohio for graduation, thank you lord for good health and exercise, and being there for me as your child,love you lord and love abiding love fellowship. god bless. <BR> , Sun, 4 May 2014 22:38:52 EST But you CAN do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33575815 Don't let anyone, not even yourself tell you that you cannot do something, anything is possible. <BR> I was born a premature baby- 1 pound, 7 ounces, I was sick ALL the time, I had to have laser eye surgery because I was nearly blind. The doctors told everyone that I would have a lot of issues..blah..blah..When I hit middle school I started gaining a lot of weight, my highest weight was 170 in High school. <BR> <BR> But I CAN do it, and I DID do it! <BR> <BR> I can see <BR> I dont have any... Sat, 3 May 2014 19:20:50 EST Climbed the CN Tower! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33575619 I had so much fun today doing a charity event, climbing the stairs to the top of the CN Tower. I climbed with my dad, who had a heart attack less than 2 years ago. I'm super proud of him! Sat, 3 May 2014 17:51:15 EST Tracker Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33574422 I have spent the last week measuring and tracking every morsel that passed my lips! I even measured my glass of wine instead of the ol' eyeball it trick. I love the new Spark app. <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 May 2014 12:47:55 EST grandaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33570448 still asking prayer for my granddaughter does not want to talk to her family, im not sure where she is living, please pray tonight if you see this I know our father in heaven can give me peace thank you holy spirit. Fri, 2 May 2014 23:19:29 EST to move mountains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33570441 we must pray, have faith, honor the lord with our body excerise and what we eat. thank you all who has prayed for me , god bless Fri, 2 May 2014 23:15:56 EST moving on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33570438 today was a day of praise I got up this morning, and my weight said 178.2 it was 180.6 yesterday, I hope I can keep doing this, do not know exactly why maybe calories yesterday and talking with the lord1 john 5 verses 14 & 15 and sodium intake I will receive what the holy spirit leads me . god bless Fri, 2 May 2014 23:13:15 EST Got past a binge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33569516 Yesterday I reached a point where I was hungry and craving some unhealthy foods. I was so close to a binge, but fortunately I couldn't find anything good to eat! I told myself that I could allow myself to eat more. I tend to stay near the bottom of my calories range, and for some reason I hate being near the middle or top end. So I redid my nutrition plan for the rest of the day, allowing myself to be at the top of my ranges. By the end of the day, I hadn't gone over and I managed to find a w... Fri, 2 May 2014 19:01:35 EST Feelin Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33567882 I was so discouraged, i was ready to give up. I lost 2 more pounds. I am on track. <em>30</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 12:21:39 EST 30 lbs gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33566674 I began on March 5th and this morning I hit the 30lb weight loss mark! What's even better is that I'm starting to experience the changes that I've been making as habits, as my natural, preset way to do things instead of something I have to fight and remind myself to do. I ate 1 (and only one) serving of chocolate yesterday. I ate it and didn't have to fight myself to not eat more. 70lbs to go, but I'm well on my way! Fri, 2 May 2014 09:06:04 EST My first weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33561557 3.75lbs gone and 1 inch from waist! <BR> <BR> Danke! Danke! Danke! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 13:28:49 EST back on track today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33555863 I have been off track for about two weeks and as of Monday I gained 2.5 pounds back. I was feeling really bad about myself because of how much I was eating and I was eating more to numb those feelings. I was kind of in a downward-spiral, but today I said ENOUGH. I am back on track and I feel so much better. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:32:44 EST Just fit into my old jeans using that crazy wrap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33555674 Have you heard of the crazy wrap thing? Made with natural ingredients... I used 2 wraps, lost two inches (some people can lose 4 inches!) <BR> <BR> Has anyone else gained better/different results? <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:37:02 EST Small Steps will end with great success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33555630 I have been on and off track since before I was pregnant with my 4 year old. <BR> <BR> I enjoy high intensity workouts, and in October I discovered Turbo Fire. I quickly got away from it with life events, etc. things just kept getting in the way, and I didn't make exercise part of my day, it was me trying to fit it into my lazy schedule. Now, I'm happy that I have successfully made it 2 days exercising with Turbo Fire. Yeah, don't laugh, every small step is success and I'm not going to let ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:26:55 EST List of successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33548766 I weigh in tomorrow and in preparation I just want to jot down a few of my most recent successes to remind myself. :) <BR> <BR> - since December I have logged over 250km walking and running <BR> - in April alone I logged 62km <BR> - got myself a new pair of funky shoes as a reward <BR> - stayed within calorie range over 90% of the time (as calculated with my on-the-fly math) <BR> - fit into another pair of non-maternity pants <BR> - moved my new belt up another notch <BR> - lost 10 pounds <... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:18:22 EST GREAT doc appointment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33547945 I started my journey with a doctor's appointment three weeks ago. I have not weighed since that first appointment and when I went in for a follow up, I have lost 12 lbs. !!! I also found out my thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides are all in the normal range! It was such a validating appointment that the changes I have made are making a difference. YAY!!!!! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:32:59 EST I'm halfway there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33545835 Got on the scale this morning and it read 215.5...I'm halfway to my goal weight! <BR> <BR> I just recently started cardio and strength training and lost these last couple pounds with that, but so far it has been my diet and portion control that has lead me here to this point. <BR> <BR> We can do this, all! <BR> <BR> Even though I heard losing the last few pounds can take a while, I think it will take me less time to lose this last half because I already made a lifestyle change that works f... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:04:37 EST Celebrating My Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33544404 I have been my illnesses through the years, and not expected to live, so I'm thankful for life. I will donate to Feeding America for my birthday! I will not use this day as an excuse to overeat. And yes, I will exercise, and dance a little longer! I'm celebrating! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:47:40 EST whaaaaat!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33542374 I just finished week one of P90X!!! By the end of the week, I was keeping up with no modifications! Wow!!! 35 year old mother of four & I'm in the best shape I've ever been in! <BR> <BR> I feel amazing! :D Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:12:50 EST be happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33542294 be happy with today Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:45:12 EST Need Life Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33537563 Hi, im finishing my second year of university and im enrolled as an applied mathematics major. So far, i'd say i'm doing pretty well in grades and im having a good time with the program. However, im constantly wondering and asked what kind of career i'd like to pursue after i graduate. Typically, math majors are known to be teachers, finanial and data analysts, statisticians, or programmers. Out of these, statistician is the only job im thinking about and that career even seems a little dull ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:36:11 EST Hit my 5k Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33534952 A week ago I had a very long list of all the reasons I was NOT going to run the 5k I planned several months ago. I didn't have the reservations yet, I didn't do all the training runs I planned, I didn't get a new pair of shoes last month, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't. On Wednesday, I focused on my earlier realization (thanks SP) that I often let my perfect plans get in the way of what I want. I wanted to do a 5k with my nephew and there was nothing I could do about the 100 details I had b... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:08:28 EST -5lbs this week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33532120 Week one and 5lbs are gone! Woohoo! I'm not even exercising due to being home with my very ill young kiddo....just tracking my food and making smarter choices. <BR> <BR> I know progress this dramatic won't happen every week, but it sure is nice to have a great headstart! :) Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:35:40 EST to hear is a blessing with hearing aids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33531015 thank you for a wounderfull doctor here in foley god has blessed me Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:40:28 EST church sunday invite others http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33531013 tomorrow is the lord day, to be with brothers ,sisters in the lord and see healing, and faith, and the true love of god abiding love fellowship foley al. 36535 .pray for all things thank you have a blessed sunday. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:38:13 EST for guidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33530990 to be a strong person with not knowing where my oldest granddaughter is at and if she is safe need every one prayer looking for this vision from the holy spirit . and praying people god bless. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:31:16 EST weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33530980 make a commitment with the lord today not to be negative, and seek him more, and excerise at least 4 days a week,and continue with weight lost. may is coming I have grandson to see graduate and a 13 hour drive need your support and prayers. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:27:06 EST more progress because of new hearing aids. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33530973 to be able to watch calories, grow with curves and julianna from biggest looser , and my faith in the lord and bible scriptures. god bless Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:20:58 EST 168.2 lbs!!!! DOWN 7 lbs from start weight!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33529322 <em>244</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:19:47 EST NEW GOAL REACHED IN OVER 2 YEARS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33528855 It has been well over two years since I have weighed under 180 pounds! and yesterday morning my scale finally read 179 pounds..... I cried. But, I was nervous... so it wasn't until this morning when I anxiously stepped on the scale and it once again read 179 pounds that I jumped up and yelled and shouted and looked in the mirror and said "we did it"!!! So, I immediately went to my PC to post my weight loss on Sparks... I am now really 'motivated'. I have a long way to go, but I am really goin... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:29:39 EST 29 pounds lost to date, 39 more to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33526224 Started this journey February 1st and lost 29 pounds so far. Want to lose 39 more by year's end! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:19:48 EST Happy lost weight but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33523137 I just had my first weigh in since joining, and lost 2.5 lbs!! Whoo Hooo! But, for some reason on my start page it just says "lost 2 lbs"… how come it doesn't say the half pound too? <BR> <BR> I AM happy though, don't get me wrong! :) Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:01:53 EST new to this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33520623 I am new, can someone fill me in on how this all works. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:06:17 EST Colonoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33518945 If any readers have one scheduled, or need to schedule one, please do it. My second one is tomorrow. Had one at 50, no problems. Darn, those 10 years fly by and time for another. I DREADED the prep....how am I gonna go without food? How can I drink all that Gatorade? Well, it's the night before & I'm doing ok. Had tea, juice, broth today and I'm surviving. If you've been putting it off, please schedule one too. Now that we have Health Care Reform, they are covered under Wellness for ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:43:19 EST How many freegies today?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33517184 so far….. 8 for me, and it's only lunch time! <em>551</em> <em>373</em> <em>371</em> <em>291</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:36:20 EST Success in many ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=33&imparent=33515939 My success is that I am tracking my food and my exercise. I always weight myself but this morning I said "It's not about the scale, it's about living a healthy life style". I will continue to weight myself because if I start gaining weight then I have the means now to look at the food I have been eating and if I am exercising. If I am doing all that I am suppose to be doing then I won't worry about what the scale says. If I am not doing what I am suppose to be doing then I will be gaining... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:31:43 EST