SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard We want to recognize your accomplishments, however big or small. Let us celebrate with you! SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard weight/ inches lost 2 more pounds and another inch. feeling really good Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:25:57 EST From tortoise to hare! The past four runs I've done, I have FINALLY gotten under the 10min a mile mark. Todays run I completed at a 9:36min per mile pace. SO pleased with myself. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:54:28 EST Using My Silver Sneaker Card!!! I have had my Silver Sneaker card for over a year now and I finally used it to join the YMCA. I've already taken 5 classes since joining. I can't believe I waited so long to take advantage of a free membership. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:14:51 EST weight/ measurements weight, losing about a pound a week, nice and slow but also lost 10 inches in the mid sections of the body. <em>244</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:49:01 EST Accepted my scholarship! So excited! I won the top amount in a scholarship!!! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:11:00 EST 50 mins of mat pilates and a 1 hour walk! whoohoo! I didn't really feel like exercising but I turned on my PC and went to youtube. I started with working my thighs for 10 minutes, then my butt for another 10 minutes, then my obliques, then my lower abs, then my abs and lo and behold, I had done a 50 minute mat pilates workout! <BR> <BR> Then I took a break and read some mags. About one hour later, I laced up my sneakers and headed outside for a walk. Before I knew it, I had walked briskly for one hour! I was sweating both times! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:27:58 EST Back On Track DOWN 2 POUNDS! 2.5 FOR WEEK SO FAR! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:34:29 EST WOW!!! I Have Lost 3 Inches off of my Waist, Hips and Thighs in a Months time. I knew my clothes were getting bigger although the scales are not doing much. I Am So Excited!! <em>9</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:51:50 EST something was too sweet! I've been working on a diet change since the beginning of march. Yesterday evening was an "anything I want to eat meal" (but not everything I want to eat meal!) And so I chose sushi and a cupcake. The frosting was too sweet for me! I have NEVER eaten anything that was too sweet for me! It means that my taste buds are changing! Woohoo!!!!!! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:19:02 EST Not where I want to be but small steps I haven't gone "full blown" lifestyle change (I don't like the d word), but I am slowly getting better. I lost 40 pounds in 2013 and at the end of the year had some health issues that made many things difficult. Through it, I was able to maintain my weight loss but I am trying to get back on track to lose the rest. Here is where I am now... <BR> <BR> I am logging my food and getting closer to my goal ranges. <BR> I am drinking more water again. <BR> I am cooking more again (big help to cont... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:46:13 EST 7 Pounds in 10 days!! I cannot believe it. I starting eating healthy green smoothies in the morning 10 days ago and I weighed myself yesterday and I couldn't believe it. I got on another scale today and it confirmed the weight loss! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:09:20 EST Gettin' my guns! 140 lbs down :) woot! Took my first selfie of the hard work I have been putting in at the gym since January... Feeling super proud! I have never been proud of how I looked in pictures... But now, after working so hard, I can't help myself :) <BR> <BR> I don't know how to attach a pic to this post... But I made the picture my profile picture :) <BR> <BR> Also... I'm in my second week of vegan/gluten free living... Also feeling great at my progress with that! Maintaining proper nutrition and working out has been ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:23:29 EST congratulations FOR Congradulations for the glow getters and for the rest of us who are moving more and more : )) <em>386</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:41:18 EST back down today I weighed in after gaining 4 pounds back on apr. 3, I lost 4 pounds so I am back at 220. 12 pounds down since jan 1. woohoo Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:38:37 EST Today's 5K I ran a 5K this morning, two weeks after hurting my back and less than a week after an awful stomach flu, which is cause enough to celebrate. <BR> <BR> BUT. <BR> <BR> I also got my fastest 5K time ever, my first average mile under 17 minutes, AND it's the first time none of my splits have been over 18 minutes. <BR> <BR> Woooooo! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:48:04 EST Streak is alive I have worked out for at least 20 minutes every day since January 1st. My goal is to make it through the entire year. <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:51:39 EST My A1c levels are down! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A year ago, I was quite a few pounds heavier and my A1c was through the roof. I finally took the right medication and I'm proud to say that my appetite, weight, and A1c is DOWN! <BR> <BR> Right now I'm actually more excited about my A1c than anything. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 20 and it has been downhill since this year. <BR> <BR> My A1c: <BR> <BR> March 2013: 8.6% <BR> August 2013: 8.8% (i know..horrible!) <BR> March 2014: 7.1% <BR> <BR> This... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:25:42 EST 20 pounds lighter Whoo hoo! I have stuck to the program and tracked and here I am celebrating! I have 5 more pounds until my goal is reached. I love how easy the journey has been using Spark People. I know I will be able to maintain once I reach my goal. I have a new life and it is Sparking Awesome! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:30:39 EST Snow is Gone! The snow is finally gone and I got to walk in my favorite park today!!! Very motivating to be able to get outside again!! <em>244</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:47:59 EST 50lbs Today marks the day that I am 50 lbs lighter! I am currently at 150lbs now my next goal is 135 and then down to 120. <BR> <BR> This is a huge moment I've been in happy tears all morning. This journey has been so fricken hard with so many ups and downs and stupid choices. But I'm finally here and I feel like I can do anything! <BR> <BR> I would like to thank Spark People for the free tracking .. it has made me realize just how many and how bad my some of my choices were. When I stood for mo... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:27:40 EST Holy Freaking Crap! I was just going through my exercise diaries and realized that on my birthday this year, I weighed less than I did on my birthday last year. Do you know the last time this happened to me? Exactly NEVER! WOOHOO! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:29:01 EST Lost 70 pounds in 6 months! I am so happy......I just hit 70 pounds lost today and my 6 month anniversary with Spark People is April 15th! Just wanted to on to the next mini-goal as I make my way to goal over the next few months. Going to get a nice pedicure this weekend to celebrate!! <em>381</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:52:23 EST Did Zumba for the first time I did it! I finally tried Zumba - and I liked it! I wasn't able to follow along the best but I tried and I figure that will come with experience. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:20:19 EST Down 8 lbs Im down 8 lbs and im so excited I am getting married in 2 weeks and I tried on my dress today and it looks so good!!!! I still have a lot of work to do to get to my goal weight but im just so thrilled i lost 8 lbs :) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:18:52 EST weight loss I have lost 21 pounds in three months and 41 pounds since October!! my a1c level has dropped and all my cholesterol levels has dropped!!! wooooohhooooo!!! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:34:10 EST Walking My Golf Course I'm an avid golfer. Today, while I played 18 holes, I used a push cart to carry my golf clubs. I'd say I walked about 5 miles. pushing that cart around the course. Anyone else out there also walking their golf course? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:50:34 EST 30 seconds I actually jogged 30 seconds. I hadn't jogged in a decade. Today, I jogged. <BR> And I walked 30 minutes so there was some real actual exercise in my day. <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:51:31 EST feeling good I have lost 11 pounds now which is and isn't good. I am feeling good though and so excited to have a little loss. The last couple of days people were noticing that didn't even know I was dieting. This weekend I bought a new pair of jeans and had to take them back too big. I bought the smaller size but have not tried on yet. Thanks Spark people for all the support now on to my next ten. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:23:03 EST Today's celebration: actively rejoining SparkPeopl Had surgery last summer that basically involved all weightbearing for 12 weeks. You'd think going up and down 28 steps using crutches would keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> No, I had to make myself feel better with some junk food. <BR> <BR> So here I am, ready to start to get rid of that extra weight. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:45:54 EST 8 lbs down! I'm down 8 lbs in 3 weeks! I know at least 2 lbs of that has to be water weight because the numbers don't add up, but it doesn't stop me from being incredibly happy about it. I'm doing what they told me couldn't be done. And I'm really friggan happy I did. <BR> <BR> I'm actually changing my whole lifestyle. I love getting fit, exercising isn't such a pain in the butt anymore, my habits are getting better. I'm making time for me, and I love it. I'm so ridiculously happy. There's nowhere to go... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:59:16 EST making it A loss of 80 lbs today and down to 358. Still a long ways to go but feeling good although the loss seems to be coming off harder and I'm getting weak and light headed. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:28:45 EST Through SP confidence, my 1st novel is on Amazon! Ever since i was five years old, i have always wanted to become a writer. I wrote poems, short stories and even penned a few silly songs. Finally i started writhing a novel. <BR> <BR> I have been writing this novel for a couple of years. I have toiled, changed and rewrote the book a couple of times. <BR> <BR> Finally, i gained the confidence through SparkPeople to not only finish the novel, but I also took the steps to get it posted to Amazon! Now i am writing the next novel in the series ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:30:12 EST not feeling well I am feeling lousy today, just completely drained and all I really wanted to do was go to bed! Instead I did my strength training and I am about to do some cardio. I don't feel any better physically but at the end of the week I know I will be glad I pushed through! <BR> I KNOW a lot of my aches pains and illness are weight related so I have to keep moving forward if I wanna start feeling better! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:46:49 EST Got a book deal! I landed a book deal with a major history publisher last week. Woo-hoo!!! With that foremost in my mind, I plan to use my solo walks to plan the book and figure out where I'm going to go with it. Not sure logistically how to pull this off unless I record ideas into a phone app or something...but I'm open to suggestions! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:07:38 EST SAT I guess I am behind the times since I just began checking in again and using my tracker. I read someone's post about using a SAT..................what is it and if it is something like the trackers you wear I would love to get one. thanks everyone, keep up the good work. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:41:31 EST motivating others motivating me I am motivating others which is in turn motivated me. I've been doing little bits here and there fir years. Recently I have been walking with a friend, encouraging her to drink water, etc. She has in turn encouraged me to sign up for a couple races and now I'm super motivated. <BR> <BR> Motivation is a circle, coming and going. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:44:04 EST Bigger Clothes! Well, life is great! I have lost 28 pounds since the beginning on the year and have gone from a soooooper tight size 16 to a soooooper comfortable size 14, and even a some 12s. No longer do XLs fit me. As I go through my closet pulling out things that no longer fit, I find that I am struggling with what to do with them. I even have a few articles that are brand new that I got right after Christmas as they were putting out Spring things. Conventional wisdom says, "donate, donate, donate",... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:47:18 EST Check me out! Only .6 lbs away from my goal! That's right! I'm a tiny .6 pounds away from my goal of 160lbs. Of course, this doesn't mean I'm going back to my old ways EVER. LOL This is not a diet, this is all about healthy choices. What it does mean is cutting back on my daily cardio and instead focusing more on strength training (which I generally enjoy more). Once I've lost that extra half pound I'm saying bye bye running - I don't enjoy running! ;) But yeah! yay me! Started in January and am down 27.4 pounds all through he... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:35:59 EST Getting There!!! 25 lbs off since October with 42 lbs to go to get to the goal I set by summers end. With the help of the Lord, I will make it!!! I'm so determined <em>521</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:51:01 EST Lost 5 more lbs I lost another 5lbs for a total of 10 lbs lost in a month. I think I am on the right path and really getting things in gear. Now I just need to get more consisten with my exercise and it will be interesting to see how much more that helps. I never knew I could lose weight just by slowly changing my eating habits and getting off my rump. I feel healthier and people are already telling me it is obvious that I have lost weight. I love this feeling!!! <BR> <BR> In peace, <BR> Karin <BR> <... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:46:58 EST Exercise Exercised 5 days in a row! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:24:02 EST First day to exercise today is my 4th or 5th day here and I got some conscious exercise in. Woo! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:21:55 EST A Bigger Success! So I told my accountability buddies, but I feel so awesome about this that I felt the need to share it and see what other people think. Yesterday my hubby and I walked a trail in my local area that had mile markers on it. We set the timer for a half hour so we knew when to turn around so that we would have time to go shopping afterwards but still get an hour of activity in. We were coming up on the mile marker when we noticed it hadn't gone off yet. In fact, it didn't go off till we were half... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:25 EST Back on the wagon So, last summer I was doing Insanity, I was eating well and I was down to 145. Enter my husband coming back from deployment and all the wheels came off the cart. That was Sept. It took me a while but I am back on the wagon. During all of my weight loss ups and downs I have never really done the community connection aspect like this. So, as of today this is day one of my continued journey and I am feeling good. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:54:32 EST My weights feel too light! When I started strength training with 3 and 5 pound weights they were very hard for me to use. Today when I did my strength training dvd's I noticed that they were too light! <BR> I am so happy! one of my goals is to get stronger, and it felt like I was getting nowhere with that goal. YAY! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:13 EST First Goal Hit my fist goal of 33 lbs and a little over a month early. Established my second goal to lose an additional 25 lbs by the end of summer. BRING IT ON!!! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:40:01 EST Hit 150 lbs LOST!!! Not done, but this is a big one! Feeling proud - and challenging myself to keep it going!! Thanks, Sparkers! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:03:31 EST Reached "Overweight BMI" level-Woohoo! First time since 2008 that I am out of the Obese BMI level!!! <BR> It has taken me nearly 6 months to get here but I am so glad and feeling so much better!!! <BR> Onward now to my normal BMI level --- hope to be there in three more months <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>521</em> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:51:10 EST Walking a 5K!!! I'm so happy to report that I am overcoming fear of failure and my own idea that I don't belong in 'fitness events". Tomorrow, I will be joining hundreds of other people in my city to walk 5 kilometers, 3.1 miles, in a fun color dash. I am so excited. I have been training for this for a month or so, and I know that I can walk the distance without dying. It is a huge celebration of my life to be doing this. WOO HOO!!!!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:41:02 EST I got in a good workout!! Finally, I got myself breathing hard today, lol, funny tho, I can't say I sweated but I sure was sucking in some oxygen!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:45:46 EST I got in a good workout!! Finally, I got myself breathing hard today, lol, funny tho, I can't say I sweated but I sure was sucking in some oxygen!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:41:54 EST I had a great week! I decided it was time to get back on track and I had an excellent exercise week!!! I got 25 walking miles in 3 days of weight training and feel AWESOME!! <BR> My goal for next week? Keep up on the exercise and work a little more on the eating correctly!! <BR> It is great to be sparking again!! <BR> <BR> Go Meeee! <em>104</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:16:27 EST I hit 60lbs off today!!! Grand total lost since August 2013: 60lbs!! (23 of those pounds lost since joining SparkPeople in the New Year.) Getting close to my goal now.... <BR> <BR> Happy Dance!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:02:38 EST 18.8 lbs Gone !!! I started this journey on March 10th, I have gone rom 361 to 342.2 ! <BR> I am following the Daniel plan which is pretty simple, no gimmicks ! I eat 5 times a day ! I eat real foods, try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible, lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean meat and fish and of course lots of water!!!! <BR> Very doable. <BR> I am so excited !!!! Yay me :) Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:04:56 EST 67 lbs. Lost! I joined SparkPeople back in April of off to a good start and kept a lot of the initial weight lost off. Started resting on my laurels and lapsed into gaining back 20 lbs.!!! So sad...but I got back on the SparkPeople horse on March 17th and lost 6.5 lbs the first week!!! <BR> Can't wait for my weigh in this coming Monday!!! So excited...67 lbs lost so far...WOO HOO!!! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:17:08 EST The choice I made! Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> I am celebrating a final choice to not only change but to change for life and make the changes not for weight loss, but for health and happiness. It has been a real eye opener and a real turning point for me! <BR> <BR> I would love for you to read about it in my blog: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658650 <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Kat Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:54:13 EST A Small Victory I'm sure at least a few of you have read in the forums here about my ongoing struggle with my medication for migraines and the voracious side effects it puts on me. I've been veg for about a month now, and it was the oddest thing...when I took my meds today for a horrid headache, I ended up craving something shockingly healthy: artichoke! It was delightful to steam it and dip each leaf in the homemade aioli (which I measured out 2 tbsp of and checked my tracker to see if I had room for) and I... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:33:02 EST Almost there! I am so happy to say that I have lost 13 lbs so far! I started using this site again in October but gained 3 lbs right after joining. Oops. But here I am! I set a goal to lose 15 by April 1. I know I wont reach it in time, but I dont even care. Thank you all for being here. I wont be stopping anytime soon. <em>30</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:50:48 EST 30 pounds gone! Joined Weight Watchers 1/9/2014 but track on SparkPeople also and as of today have lost a total of 30 pounds! <BR> <BR> I am SUPER pleased! Yay me! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:38:07 EST Lost inches Woo Hoo have lost 2 inches in my hips!! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:32:44 EST weight lost I lost 2 more pounds bringing me to 20 pounds gone..Im feeling optimistic... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:25:16 EST "Healthy" Again!!!! Okay, so between going to job interviews and losing my gym key card I hadn't been to the gym in over a week and I missed my normal weigh in day. I have been staying in my calories but have gotten very minimal exercise for the past week and a half so I was hoping to have lost a pound or two. Today I finally got in there and got my new key card and stepped on the scale. I was happily surprised to find that the scale has gone down 5 pounds in the nine days since I had last checked! Five pounds! ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:59:47 EST 25 POUNDS DOWN!! I already surpassed my May 8th goal of losing 25 pounds! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy and proud! <BR> <BR> 60 pounds to go! BRING IT ON!! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:12:43 EST Use your bonus spins, people! I racked up 180 points today spinning for my SparkTeams and now I'm at level 20! I joined SP in April, 2008. It took me almost six years to get to this level. <BR> <BR> But it's not about the points. It's about the camaraderie, the support, and the delight I have in how I can meet and exceed my goals. I've kept the weight off, become more fit, beaten breast cancer, earned an MBA, and am an active member of Toastmasters. If you had told me six years ago this is where I would be now, I wo... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:23:33 EST What weight best corresponds to a size 10, 5'4? I am 5'4 and currently 214. I am trying to set a goal of 140 pounds and would like to know from those that are close in height, what clothing size in general are you wearing at 140 pounds? I mostly shop at Loft, Banana Republic and JCP. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:08:23 EST strength training again= weightloss I am back to doing strength training again since last Wednesday after a 6 week break from it because of medical reasons. I have already lost 3.5 pounds! so excited! I know not to expect this every week but it is still nice to see such a big change Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:22:13 EST Awesome week!! Woo hoo... I went to Weight Watchers this morning for my "official" weekly weigh in....and I lost 4.2lbs!!! Im sooo happy! <em>334</em> I celebrated by going for a 2.5 mile walk on the beach after breakfast. :-) We walked 1mile before our meeting too...even though it was raining. A year ago I would have said not walking b/c its raining. Halfway through our walk it stopped raining and got to be fairly nice...over all a pleasant day!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:40:22 EST OMGoodness - Blown Away! I measured 95% of my meals and didn't miss a workout...I lost 9 pounds this week! <BR> <BR> I have learned from the past that weekly loses are not always this big, I see"1 pound lost" most often followed by 2-3 gained. <BR> <BR> Feels magical or something unreal... in. sane. <BR> <BR> Also celebrating 151 workouts since May 20th of last year! <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:49:16 EST A good weigh-in After avoiding the scale like the plague for nearly a month (since I easily get disappointed if the weight isn't coming off quickly enough), I finally weighed myself. I've lost 11 pounds since getting serious about my exercise and healthy eating routine in January. Only 7 pounds away from my goal weight and feeling great! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:38:53 EST NSV - My Blood Sugars are beautiful I changed my diet became vegan on the first day of Lent, meditated, added yoga and my fasting blood sugars have been normal - 60-77. Yesterday, I took half of my medication and it was 67this morning . I am taking the same meds, and have never had these results. I am feeling well and the inflammation in my body is also going down. I won't turn back and I am so grateful for this victory. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 04:39:36 EST Today: Did 17 Minutes of Kettlebell Swings! I love my kettlebells. Today I did 17 minutes of one-arm swings and switch-offs (from hand to hand). This kettlebell is 20 lbs. It's been my heaviest bell for about 2 years. I'm ready to move up, maybe to 30 lbs. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:42:18 EST 40 pounds Gone! YAY! Finally hit 40 pounds gone, almost 18 months later. But I did it, and I have more to go. But it is a start, I can see a real difference and so can people around me. It is wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:25:30 EST Take Back Your Temple My church weight lose group met last night. I am blessed to have an awesome support system. My mom, dad, and brother are what keep me going to lose weight and get healthy. I know with the Lord above I can lose the weight. I am taking back my temple (body) for the service of the Lord. I lost 1 pound last week. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:24:49 EST Great News!!! Went to see my doctor yesterday. My numbers looked really good. She was impressed with the weight loss. I still have a ways to go but it is progress. She also told me that my Blood Pressure is looking excellent and by the next visit which is in 6 mths she may have to take one away. <em>244</em> I am so excited. Thank God for the Victories Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:15:34 EST 1 year ago! 1 year ago March 20th 2013 I weighed in at 203.4 lbs, I now weigh 177.0!! So happy!! thats 26.4lbs lost. But I should say that I did not take my weight loss seriously til last November when I started insanity. Today I start P90X Lean and Im excited to see how I end up in summer!! I hope I see the numbers change, but at the same time gain muscle. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:12:50 EST Jogged 2.2 miles tonight! I know, I know, that's hardly far at all. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> But it's a lifetime record for me; even in the days of my wayward youth, I never managed to run so far. I barely managed to stagger through a mile in PE when I was 12, and that was the furthest I ever ran before the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> Even though it isn't much of an accomplishment, I'm super proud of myself. <em>224</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:11:50 EST Back At It! I started back exercising today after a few months of vegetating. It felt so good. I did 15 min on the treadmill, 10 min on the elliptical and 25 min with weights. <em>30</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:51:04 EST finally moving in the right direction I know to a lot of people out there my number seems like a small amount but I have lost eight pounds. And I feel soo good about it. Now on to the next ten. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:22:09 EST Believe In Yourself! My success isn't on the scale all the time. <BR> First, It is when my clothes are so big on me, and the belt isn't working. <BR> Second, It is when you have so much energy, you don't know what to with all, maybe some spring cleaning or exercise. <BR> Third, It's feeling good about yourself in reaching your goals. <BR> I feel like I can climb a mountain, there's no looking back, move forward! <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <em>375</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:10:49 EST The Agony of Da Feet! Last year, I entered a world previously unbeknownst to me, the world of the 5K. I have a good friend who convinced me to train with him and I balked for a while and then thought, it would def get me off the couch (where I spent way too much time). So we spent I think it was 10 weeks training and the first 5K was the following weekend. It was called the Urban Cow. It took me 1hr and 35 minutes to complete it. I was very ashamed of myself because I was slow and so overweight, but I did it. ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:39:27 EST S excited !!! I lost 9 lbs this week ! I have decided to take the advice given to me by my spark friends do the baby steps when it comes to making changes in my lifestyle habits, learning to accept I don't have to be perfect and it is working :) I truly believe this is going to be a lifestyle I can live with. I am learning all about moderation, not giving in to my all or nothing mentality. <BR> Looking forward to taking more of those baby steps towards a healthier me ! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:37:30 EST Lesson Learned I had a conference to attend this week and worried how it would impact my journey. I decided to stay focused, make good decisions, and remember all things in moderation. It worked! I am down 2.2 pounds this week. I get it, I can do the next step of my journey. Bye bye excess weight. <em>252</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:13:30 EST FINALLY! I know it's not earth-shattering, but I finally saw a change in the scales when I weighed in this morning. 3 # in a week isn't too shabby! Now to keep it up ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:03:26 EST 15 Pounds lost! AS of today, I am 15 pounds smaller than I was February 1, 2014 <BR> One more pound lost and I'll be back in ONEderland!! I can't wait!!! <BR> 50 more pounds to go!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:09:08 EST One step forward Now, I normally don't treat myself to new clothes (I buy from Goodwill) because I'm on a budget. However, every time I put on my too-tight, too-worn workout clothes, I feel ashamed to let people at the gym see me. I'm less likely to even go to the gym, and if I do, I spend the entire time feeling embarrassed. <BR> <BR> This week, though, I went to the store. I bought new workout clothes. They make me so happy! They fit well, and they are so comfy to work out in. I'm not embarrassed a... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:44:01 EST Rephrasing to be more positive. I was just writing my blog and found myself writing (twice) maybe i can get myself to do it again…… then REPHRASED…. I WILL DO IT AGAIN. and rephrased again. I WILL DO IT AGAIN. <BR> <BR> I feel like that's a WOOOOHOOOOO moment. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:05:17 EST Proud of Myself It's been a long time. Yesterday, I stayed within my calorie range, and walked for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today, I exercised to the point of sweat (that's been a long time, too!) for 50 minutes. Eating very well as well. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:40:43 EST I Don't Even Know How This Happened! So, I've been doing good, but I didn't realize I was doing 18 pounds in 5 weeks good! I'm so proud of myself. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:12:43 EST 60 lbs gone!! I am so thrilled to hit this milestone goal......for me, this journey began on October 15, 2013 to change my life style once and for more excuses....I had really hit the bottom. I have had some hiccups along the way and had to work overtime in getting rid of some "not so good" habits that I had acquired over the years - some that I thought helped me deal better with the stresses of being a single parent and working full time. I have worked really hard to overcome these crutches ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:32:40 EST Small woohoo moment! So today I had Subway for lunch and it was a huge victory for me! I got a 6-inch instead of a footlong, Umm yay! <BR> Then I got wheat bread instead of the cheese bread. Double yay! <BR> And third, I got diet soda instead of regular soda. And yes I know, I know soda is not really great either way, but for me this is a huge huge victory! And eventually I will be able to cut out soda completely, I just have to take it one step at a time. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:57:09 EST starting over again I am finishing week 2 and have lost 3 pounds. Very excited about that . Have exercised 3 days both weeks. <BR> <BR> Now for spring break and the motivation to stay on track Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:43:37 EST 20 pounds lost! Woo Hoo!!! This week I finally reached the 20 pound weight loss mark. Woo Hoo!! I am at the HALF-WAY mark!! I am nearing my goal!! YEAH!! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 21:29:53 EST Saying goodbye to Shame in my life!!! Greetings! <BR> I discovered today that issues from my past that I feel ashamed of are Not Who I Am! <BR> I am beautiful on the inside and out, and am only going to focus on success, not failures. A quote by Sheila Walsh - "Shame is like a squatter in your mind, very difficult to remove". <BR> I'm getting rid of my baggage and having faith that god has bigger plans for me. So I am bringing my issues to light, and I just have to keep telling myself that I AM GOOD ENOUGH!!! We all are! Each d... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:47:35 EST Lowered calories and got results! I wasn't seeing results with the calorie range Spark gave me so I lowered it to 1200 per day and I'm losing again! I'm thrilled and ready for success! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:18:50 EST OOOOOHHHH YEAH !! been doing sp for 5 weeks , lost only 3 pound but so excited about loosing inches !!!!!! <BR> 11 in total , 5 inches from my thighs WOO HOO , still a long way to go but i am so happy this is actually working <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:34:32 EST Lost 5 pounds since Jan 2014 This week I notice my jeans fit a little loose and I weight myself and found out I lost some weight. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 21:46:25 EST A different kind of scale victory! I have become obsessed with the scale since starting this journey. So much so, that I would weigh my self multiple times a day. So this week I have set a goal to not step on the scale until weigh-in day rolls around on Monday. I made it the whole day yesterday without touching the scale! Woohoo! I will admit, I came pretty close to pulling it out late last night, and even this morning, but I didn't! This is a BIG deal for me! I look forward to being completely surprised with the number it giv... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:20:29 EST Did my exercise early instead of putting it off! I finally did my exercise early today instead of putting it off until the evening, and felt great all day long! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 00:49:35 EST Did 10 Regular Push-ups in a row!! Ok so I am always afraid that I will get excited over something then will find it was just a fluke and I can't do it again. <BR> I tried to do standard push-ups last year (not on knees) and wanted to work up to 24. I remember getting about 6-8 but every other time I tried I wouldn't be able to do as many as before. I also quit trying... <BR> But I have been trying it again lately and I keep hitting 10. Friday, Sunday and tonight I did sets of 10 so I figure 3 times doing it, it counts!? <BR> ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 19:05:55 EST Running PR! I hit a personal best on my run today - mile in 9:20! That's 36 seconds faster than my previous record. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:21:17 EST Feeling Motivated....YEAH! One week down and I <em>216</em> butt! This is going to be my year! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:34:00 EST You know that scene in Pixar's The Incredibles? When Dash is running away from the bad guys, and realizes he can run on water? <BR> <BR> He looks down, giggles in delight, and takes off. <BR> <BR> That's how I felt last week when I upped my leg weight in Body Pump. <BR> <BR> We don't know what we can do until we try. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:01:02 EST I can sweat and it felt good! I recently started a spinning class that I am doing 2 nights a week but I also last night had a 1 on 1 with a personal trainer and OMG! It kicked my behind but it felt really good to not give up when I wanted to soo badly and even though I am 99% Sure I looked like a beached whale doing some of the moves :) <BR> My trainer said that it is all about muscle memory well my muscles have Alzheimer's. I cant wait until the next session! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:07:09 EST Recognizing Other Benefits I joined because I want to lose weight while pursuing a healthier lifestyle. I've been here for about five weeks now, and the scale has moved an almost disappointing five pounds. Instead of being unhappy about my slow progress, I am making a point of being pleased that the scale is finally moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> The true happiness with the system here is when I step away from the scale and look at the other things that have changed in the past five weeks. I ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:55:58 EST 100 lbs. lost After 21/2 years I finally broke the 100 pound mark. When I weighed in on Thursday I was down 104 pounds after losing 6 pounds last week and 9 the week before. <em>244</em> I am only half way to goal but I did it once, I can do it again, <em>386</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 00:54:22 EST I can exercise again! Went to my PT and I am cleared to do stationary bike and treadmill. WOO HOO! No more stagnating for me! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:07:00 EST In 7 Weeks, amazing changes... I can not believe it, in 7 weeks I have lost 36.5 lbs and 7 inches. I am so happy and surprised at how easy it has been. Every time I step on the scale and it is less than the last time I just feel overwhelmed. It is amazing. Spark tracking is the best solution to weight loss it really keeps you accountable. Thanks to all for the help and support. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:06:21 EST Since January 1, 2014... Since January 1, 2014 I have: <BR> <BR> Lost 10.6 lbs <BR> Finished my first 5K in 2 years in under an hour <BR> Finished my certification course <BR> Started 2 new businesses on Etsy <BR> Logged into SP EVERY day <BR> Purchased smaller jeans cause the others were too big! <BR> Kept myself on track overall even after falling several times <BR> <BR> :-) Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:19:08 EST I made it to 30 days!!! Today is my 30 day mark!!! SO excited I was able to stick with something this long.. Now onto my next goal.. 60 days!! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:00:04 EST 10 Pounds Gone! Let's Do 10 More! Finally got those first 10 pounds off! It was harder than I remember it being 10 years ago. Oh well, I'd rather lose 10 pounds in 20 weeks than lose nothing at all! Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:28:54 EST getting my brain on straight After yesterday's disappointing scale weigh in, I took one day off to regroup. I went back into the gym today and feel great for it! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:27:44 EST 17 lbs down since Jan 2!!!! <em>244</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:18:19 EST Squatting my own body weight! One of the goals I set for myself was to be able to squat my own body weight and with a combination of lifting heavy and losing weight, today I did it! 150# on the bar, current weight is 150!! <em>344</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:59:45 EST Not weight related, but... I got a new job today! So excited, have not been happy in my current job for a long time, so this is just what I needed! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:25:23 EST True Transformation Hey ya'll :) So a couple weeks ago I finally hit 43 pounds down! Well after that happened I decided to start letting myself enjoy certain foods again and it went completely down the drain.. I've gained basically 15 pounds but I am not going to get upset about it anymore. It was my choice to do that to myself. The fact that really counts is that since I have fallen down I am getting back up! And I am getting back up now instead of getting back up after gaining back everything plus more. That i... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:42:18 EST Bought new jeans I had to buy some new jeans because my old pair kept falling off of me. For some reason I still kept trying to wear them despite the fact they were falling off because no matter how much weight I had lost and was continuing to lose, I didn't think I had lost enough to warrant a smaller size. Well, I was wrong! <BR> <BR> I'm down a pants size!! Woohoo! Goodbye size 12 and hello size 10! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:04:08 EST Big Bend National Park, I'll be back! The latest WooHoo for me was realizing an underlying purpose for losing weight: I want to hike through Big Bend again. I really had no idea that this was buried underneath all the stuff I piled on top of this goal. <BR> Yay! I turn 70 in November--what a great birthday present to me and my family this will be! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:19:51 EST Exercise! Yesterday I skipped my normal walking or aerobics because I had helped unload boxes and sort fruit/veggies at our local produce co-op...lots of exercise there let me tell ya! <BR> So today my back and legs hurt because of it... And I tweaked my back carrying a heavy box. I debate on sitting out today and forgoing the exercise, because of the pain, but I couldn't stop that little voice in my head saying, "get up, get moving...get up, Get Moving!" <BR> So I did! I did a little less aerobics m... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:36:39 EST Ran with the wind! I'm getting back on the wagon by training for a half-marathon and 6 weeks before the competition I've hit the 10k mark! I felt wild and alive while running and I smiled my face off at every passer-by! It has been so long since I've felt so good! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:25:21 EST Lost I've been lost for a Long time, gave up really after almost five years of trying. Now I'm on thyroid medication and am trying to get midi aged again. Struggling really to figure out how to get going on my journey again... And I just got it; I quit reading posts!!! You all are so motivating and I thank you for helping me back! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:20:25 EST Anti-Nibbling Accomplishment One of my favorite/old/bad habits is eating on the way home from the grocery store. Today it didn't help that my DD requested the two things I most habitually eat on the drive. I was sliding toward a "poor me" funk while putting the heavy beverages into the trunk when the "ah-ha" hit me--there's room for the rest! I had never thought of putting the groceries in the trunk so I couldn't eat them! I'm sure this tip is out there somewhere, but it's new to me, and I just feel so successful abo... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:02:56 EST Down Another Pound! Super exciting this morning to step on the scale and have lost another pound.. The weight has been slow to come off, but each pound is worth it! Plus, I know I'm losing inches and gaining strength and energy so I'm trying to focus on the positive changes even when the numbers don't budge. :) Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:07:18 EST Good mom moment My preteen has been grumbling lately about eating healthy when her friends all get soda and junk. But yesterday I was packing her lunch and she asked for hummus and carrot sticks because "they're so yummy." It felt great to know she really is picking up some good habits. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:55:43 EST Reached a Goal! At weigh in today, I found I'd met my goal for the Winter 5%Challenge! 3 weeks early! Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:31:29 EST Losing Inches I have lost 3 inches off my waist. Greater is Coming!!!! Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:09:24 EST Lost more than 10% AND 20+ POUNDS! Truly motivated to get healthy this time with the hubby and to stay that way! <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:06:02 EST Blood Sugars I have kept my blood sugars down to a normal range for one whole week. I was able to decrease my basal rate on my insulin pump and I am taking no bolus. YEAH!!!! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:33:58 EST Celebrate the little things! Can you button a button now? Lost 1 pound? Celebrate here, please share! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:02:54 EST Learning to Count Calories! I am excited about using the Food Tracker. I can't believe I just said that. <BR> I didn't know squat about calories in food. <BR> When I tracked my lunch food today, I looked at the calories listed by my peaches and strawberries. It didn't seem right. I looked again at the containers; they were half cup, not quarter cup, and I edited the tracker to reflect that. <BR> This experience tells me I'm starting to get some number sense about these important things called calories! Woo hoo! Yay... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:47:32 EST I havent lost but I feel so good Not any movement on the weight side but I feel great because I have worked out every day and have been in control of my food for the past two days. Yea. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:35:47 EST Small Success....but I did it! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> So I am on my 5th day of movement (20-30 min a day) Some days I've walked 1-2.5 miles and some I've done body weight work outs. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I'm on my second day of food tracking! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I know this all sounds so little but I haven't had a true food tracking day in 5 years ish. And have walked on and off but nothing steady. The last 6 months or so I had just given up while finishing my degree. Its taken me over a month to ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:50:42 EST Down 5 and getting muscles!! I was super excited today when I started being able to see my arm muscles... Such a relief to know that results are slow and steady! :) Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:40:41 EST Lowered my A1C numbers! Down to 6.4. Hopefully in the next 3 months i can make it even lower. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:05:03 EST Steadily losing! 14 pounds gone so far! Yeah! Woohoo! <BR> Since I respark my life, I've lost 14 lb. <BR> Back in 2012-first half 2013, I lost 60 pounds, then gain 40 back between june and january 2014. <BR> I joined BLC 24 that started january 15 and since that, I'm down 14 pounds. <BR> <BR> I changed a lot my eatings habits, getting rid of sugar and grains, eating mostly veggies, meat, eggs and, wait for it: FAT! Fat doesn't make you fat. I eat a lot less food and I'm not hungry! YEAH! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:06:46 EST Lost 5 so far! 3.4 in week 1 and 1.6 in week 2. I wish it was more in week 2 but I'll take it! <em>30</em> <BR> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:04:01 EST lost 7 lost 7 pounds!!!! <em>521</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:26:12 EST I'm a Glow Getter! Today was my first day using my shiny new Spark Activity Tracker (SPAT) and I surprised myself! I had a goal of 6,000 steps a day and I thought that was an awfully huge number of steps to take in one day! Imagine my shock when I saw that I not only took 6,000 steps today, but I took more than that! I took 8,568 steps today!! I underestimated my abilities just a little, lol! The SPAT is a huge motivator. I kept tapping it all day to see where I was at in meeting my goal. I just kept mov... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:06:29 EST Six pounds in two weeks :) So I decided to really give this my all. I've only really been doing this for two weeks, and I'm just so amazed that I've already lost six pounds. I just felt like I needed to share that with someone, because I'm really excited. :D Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:38:05 EST all my numbers are coming down I am type 2 diabetic who has ignored this for 5 years. did not take meds, did not exercise did not go to Dr or eat way i knew i should. well i did all of them but was hit and miss ...when i thought of it..when i felt like it...for a little while. But now i went in and was told my average fasting sugar was 276....when should be under 100. I am feeling it in my feet ...with the tingling...the blurred vision...lethargic and moody. The Dr has put me on ANOTHER med ...That's 3 now ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 02:10:58 EST Reached my goal wieght today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, I reached my goal weight today! Started October 14th, 2013 218.2 lbs <BR> <BR> Today I was 149.8 lbs 68.4 lbs lost in exactly 18 weeks!!!!!!!!! And counting my bites, NOT calories! It works!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:31:11 EST Eating breakthrough Finally made a breakthrough with my eating - at age 62, I have become aware that I, and only I, am in charge of what I eat. It's been a week now that I've stuck to my plan - so far so good! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:16:27 EST Down 20 lbs! After two or three weeks of the scale barely moving, I stepped on to see a 4.4 lb loss this morning. That brings me to 20 lbs lost since the beginning of the year! Wahoo!!! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:09:09 EST I am on my way! I have been on the program since Jan. 6 and I am thrilled to say that I have been tracking and exercising faithfully. I feel better and more alive! I have lost 11 pounds. I need to lose 40 more but I am changing my lifestyle not dieting, so it will be accomplished. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:30:58 EST You reap what you sow... When I take care of my health half-heartedly, I get half-hearted results. <BR> <BR> Since I've given 100% to my health the past month I've lost 7 lbs! <BR> <BR> You reap what you sow! I'm pumped! No excuses! <em>252</em> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:14:26 EST 30 days straight I have exercised 30 days straight now. That is my longest record ever! Before I'd exercise a day here or there or two days mid a few but never like this. Time to celebrate I think I'll buy me a gift to motivate me to keep on maybe a journal or something. 30 DAYS! <em>244</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:35:31 EST Got me some exercise today !!!! I definitely got some exercise today ! Major snow storm, my husband is working and my dog needed out to pee so ..,, I had to get out and shovel a path through the 2 foot drifts of snow just so my dog could walk out the path, look around, come back and pee by the step lol <BR> At least I got some exercise today :) what a workout ! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:29:52 EST I lost 7 pounds I am so excited! Since I started Spark, I have lost 7 pounds. I haven't seen the number 191 in long time! Can't wait to get into the 180s. :) <BR> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:12:12 EST I lost this week!! I weighed in this morning and lost 2.6 this week!! Yeah!! I will take that. I need to get serious with my veggies this week. Seems like I don't really have trouble eating my fruits but my veggies are a different story. Back on track. My goal for this week is to eat my vegetables everyday. Is it 3 vegetables a day and 2 fruits? Does anyone know??? Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:49:46 EST Body Fat I, unfortunately, gained a little weight this week, BUT my body fat percentage went down. I am out of the "Overweight" category and into the "Moderate" category. I am so happy!!! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:40:39 EST Not Giving Up I refuse to give up even though I'm doing poorly Sat, 15 Feb 2014 06:46:33 EST Tiny accomplishments For 2 days in a row I've eaten perfectly and went for a walk. It's not big but compared to what I've been doing it's got me feeling pretty good. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:51:33 EST Pushing further I usually do the one mile walk (Walk Away the Pounds), today I pushed into the two mile walk about 5-6 minutes. AND I walked for 21 minutes on the treadmill today (will probably do another 10-15 tonight). Feeling really positive right now (my exercise pants are starting to fall down!). SP has been a great motivator, the people have been awesome, and the trackers really work. <em>386</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:31:18 EST BMI Chart WooHoo! I've gone from being "severely obese" on the BMI chart to just "obese"! Next step -- down to "overweight." <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:26:04 EST Level 12! With this post I am now at Level 12! Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:34:20 EST First milestone reached I have lost just over 10 pounds. I have gone from 170 to 159.6! This is so exciting. I am tracking, exercising and losing. Whoo Hoo! Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:50:00 EST Inspiration "In order to learn the most valuable lessons of life one must daily surmount a fear." Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:46:02 EST weight loss <em>30</em> I'm down 60 pounds and sometimes I have an image of jumping in air clicking heels together. Then I remind myself I have about 90 more to lose. This does not take away the joy or the awe of the so-far loss. I'll get there, got this far. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:16:37 EST Down 2 pounds!!! WOOHOO! Just weighed in and I'm officially down 2 more pounds for a grand total of 5 so far. That is SO cool! I knew I could do this, but it just took me a bit to catch on that I really needed to. And now I am starting to look at tracking my food as a tool to help me make better choices not something I just HAVE to do or something that is a chore, which is the way I used to see it in the past. Like if I want to eat something and find its not within my range of calories or carbs or fat fo... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:58:27 EST just did 3 mile walk!!! I just finished the Walk away the pounds 3 mile workout! I am so proud of myself. I haven't walked 3 miles in years!! WOOP WOOOP!!! <BR> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:04:46 EST Hurray officially out of the obese BMI category! 17 lbs. down and finally out of the obese category for my BMI. Happy dance! Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:35:26 EST First week Lost 3 lbs week one! Am starting to stay on track and learn how to use everything this site has to offer!! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:02:57 EST "My First Time" This is probably the silliest post ever, but here it goes: <BR> <BR> <BR> For the first time ever, I bought a rotisserie chicken (store-made) and took off the skin instead of eating it BOTH times so far that I've sat down to eat a meal out of it. I'm pretty damn proud of that. <BR> <BR> Now back to your regularly scheduled sparking... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:16:13 EST Went for veggie pizza! Yes! I'm gonna say this outright: i love meat! Love the texture, love the taste. But I'm trying to give it up on moral grounds and at least turn lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and believe you me, it's hard when you actually love meat. I'm currently on a non-meat streak, going strong and today, BOOM ! Pizza party at the office... But I held my ground, ignored the meat feast and went for the veggie pizza! Ladies and gentlemen, can I have a <em>244</em> ? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:35:33 EST I DID IT!! I lost 3 pounds and I am so happy and proud of myself!! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:15:52 EST running outside first time actually yesterday I ran outside for the first time. I realized a few things. no music because I really have to concentrate on my breathing. <BR> also I need to purchase running sneakers for outside. <BR> I am the hippiest happiest I have ever been in my life. 23 degrees out and I am running. <BR> Quit smoking on Christmas day and starting working out with just walking and now only a short time later I am running...outside!!!! <BR> today has got to be the happiest <em>521</em> day of my l... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 15:17:44 EST Stayed On Track Hi all! Just wanted to do a happy dance for myself this week. I am relatively new here and just started back on the road to being healthy. I have stayed on track this week, despite my husband, who had the best intentions, that brought home lots of diet busting sweet treats the other day. Love him, but goodness they are tempting. Then we went out with friends to a BBQ joint last night, one of my fave places to go and I thought for sure this was gonna be one of those times when you throw u... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 08:02:57 EST A New Little Black Dress!!! For Valentines' Day, my hubby has made reservations at a nice restaurant and I needed something nicer than jeans and a cute top. At the end of the month, my mother has bought tickets to a theatrical performance and jeans are not appropriate. For both events, the traditional little black dress is completely appropriate. Mine is too big, so I went to JCP and bought a new one. They had 1 in a size 10 and several in a size 8. I tried on the 8 thinking that it might be too small and I about cried ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 23:40:49 EST 20 days strong! <em>244</em> down 15 lbs now and have been counting calories and making wiser choices for 20 days strong. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:41:33 EST lost inches This month i lost some inches and weight <em>244</em> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:27:11 EST I finally blasted throught that barrier!! I am so excited as I am typing this!! I was going to post yesterday but I just didn't have time to do it unfortunately! <BR> <BR> So I have HUGE news! I finally broke through my 40 pound barrier! Back in the past whenever I lost weight I would always get to 40 pounds but never over and then I would start eating again and then gain all of it back plus more or almost all of it back. <BR> <BR> Well not anymore! I finally have broken through and I am 43 pounds down!! I am so flipping happy! I... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:45:28 EST Taking the baby steps ! I struggle daily with an all or nothing mentality, after the advice of spark friends I am trying the baby steps.... so far so good ! I have decided this week to substitute water for the usual 3-4 cans of pop I usually drink daily. I have only had one can this week ! Yay me :) <BR> I have also been snacking on fruits vegies when I feel the need to munch. <BR> Next week, start tracking my food and more whole grains, whole wheat less white foods. :) <BR> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 08:43:19 EST thanks to friends like you I would like to thank every one who come to my help with meeting my goal for the day and getting in the right foods to get what I needed and break them down I was finely able to get in the right amount the last two days and putting the sodas down didn't hurt either (haha) thanks everyone Sat, 8 Feb 2014 02:08:20 EST Reached my lowest weight and BMI 18.3 We're leaving on a long-awaited cruise on Sunday, and I am BELOW my majorette weight! I will not, REPEAT, will not - GAIN WEIGHT ON THIS CRUISE! I CAN eat anything - just teeny portions of it. And watch the sodium! (I'm bringing my own jar of cayenne - I HATE bland food.) Cruise ships will cook to order: ie - pan spray (no oil or butter) , no salt added, etc. I will NOT gain weight. I promise ME! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 00:12:20 EST Joined Spark Coach So I joined the SP Coach and am hoping to benefit from their advice and input!!!! <BR> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Allie Fri, 7 Feb 2014 18:12:29 EST Maintaining is also success I´ve been in the same weight for over a month and although I want to lose more weight, this feels really good. Im happy because a year ago all the pressure of the university made me put on 10 pounds for this date. That was terrible, I felt like a complete dissapointment. Now I know that with the help of the tools and lessons I´ve learned in sparkpeople, I will be able to continue my journey without worrying about major setbacks. It feels great! Fri, 7 Feb 2014 15:23:27 EST Almost at goal wt. First time post Hi. This is my first time posting, though I've read the articles and blogs frequently. I have been on my weight loss journey since the middle of June 2012. I went to see my doctor about starting the process for gastric bypass. I am a nurse and have taken care of patients who have had the procedure when it didn't go well so I knew the good AND really really bad outcomes. I was not excited about it. But I have been on the diet cycle for 20+ years (I was 42 yrs old then) and didn't see any... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 10:19:39 EST lost 10 lbs I am so happy! I have counted calories, exercised daily and reminded myself everyday of my reasons for wanting to make such changes and I'm seeing success. I haven't just lost 10 lbs I'm even sleeping at night with no RX. Its been 3 weeks of work so far but I plan on making it a life change. My life is worth it right. <em>521</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 05:23:05 EST 1 pound a week for 7 weeks! I just HAVE to share this somewhere past my blog. SEVEN POUNDS! I'm so excited. :) <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 02:23:17 EST 4 Pounds Lost! I had been avoiding weighing myself because of all the holiday parties and holiday food but I am proud to say I have lost 4 pounds!! I now weight 296 and I will slowly get to my ideal weight! Fri, 7 Feb 2014 01:41:33 EST 27 day streak I've remembered to log in for 27 days. Although I've dipped in and out in terms of my goals, just clicking on the spark points each day helps to remind me about them, and I think does mean if I'm not sticking strictly to goal, does mean I stay within my ww pro points. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:44:10 EST 2 Things: One fitness related, one not 1) I attempted to negotiate a lower price for an apartment that I wanted. The negotiations weren't helpful but the fact that I tried shows that my confidence and assertiveness have really improved! And I get a new apartment with no batsh*t roommates! <BR> <BR> 2) I used weight lifting gloves for the first time and while it wasn't a day for me to PR on anything, I was able to concentrate on my lifts much more because I wasn't worried about tearing off a callus. Why didn't I get these things ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:14:08 EST I weighed myself today... ...and I'm back in the 150s! Woohoo! 159.5 today. I started at 171 so it's definitely nice seeing the scale go down. 10 more pounds and I will be at my first mini goal. :) Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:28:17 EST Current Goal I am 14 lbs away from losing 100 POUNDS!!! I never thought I would make it. I still have a lot more to go. But Wow look at me now. I am going to post true before and after pics once I hit the mark. Just feeling proud and the need to share. <em>9</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:58:05 EST Off statins altogether Made my doctor let me ditch the last 20 mg of statins I was taking for a month and go in for a blood test. <BR> <BR> All readings are in normal ranges. I'm off them now! Sure, we'll retest in 3 months, but that testing won't include holiday eating. They should be even better. <BR> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:09:43 EST woo hoo! I have sparked every day this year and have lost 4 pounds! Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:58:47 EST Still going... I stepped on the scale after one week and lost another pound which makes it 3lbs. to date in one month. I can't believe it is this really happening after one whole year of no weight loss? <BR> Today is my one month anniversary with Spark People. <BR> <BR> Sunday is my husband and my 29th wedding anniversary. Deep down inside I would maybe like to renew our wedding vows maybe next year,I can't imagine how I will feel while I continue the Spark People journey. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:57:03 EST First "Proud of Me" Day Today I stayed within my calorie limit and spent an hour at the gym. It seems so small, but it's my first day really tracking EVERYTHING and my first "proud of me" moment :) I hope there's a few more in the works! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 23:31:27 EST 9 pounds Lost On week One I was so excited I was jumping and dancing around my house when I did my weigh in Yesterday!!! <BR> My 3 dogs thought I lost my mind lol. But hey I was just so darn happy and Wowed. <BR> I have never had such a huge weight loss in one week. It is my first week back on spark and man I tell you it WORKS!!! <BR> For me the first week I was very dedicated in logging ALL the food I ate each and every day <BR> I was working the evening shift to boot so my exercise was not what I had planned except ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:20:24 EST Five Pounds! So I know this isn't a *huge* goal hit or anything like that, but it matters a lot to me. I've always been a big girl (my natural weight tends to be at around 190 or so when I'm not killing myself at the gym or refusing to eat, and I'm cool with that) but in the span of about 6 months last year I gained roughly 35 pounds, finding myself at 225, which is the highest my weight has ever been. That number seemed like it just wouldn't stop climbing, and with it came less energy and more asthma pro... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:47:02 EST A Win Against Emotional Eating I got some really bad news & wanted to eat a leftover super bowl cupcake. Instead of that temporary fix that I would feel bad about later, I went out and swam 0.34mile in the gym pool. <BR> <BR> That was way better than a cupcake. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 19:04:26 EST Made it half way..... I have officially made it to my half way mark in my weight loss journey. I feel amazing!!!!!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Now to kick it in to gear to lose the other half. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:56:56 EST get started new journey after cruise and the cold get started on new journey for weight and excerise, praise god Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:53:33 EST Super Bowl Calories ... Controlled. I'm celebrating right now because I decided to eat smart during the Super Bowl -- despite the temptations. I went out to brunch today, and have tracked those calories. <BR> <BR> Rule: I'm only ate something homemade. I ate about four chips. I had a generous helping of homemade pineapple salsa, some pulled pork, and four wings. I skipped the bread (it's store-bought anyway.) Skipping the alcohol -- I have work tomorrow anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm satisfied. So I'm brushing my teeth, applying my f... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 19:40:01 EST one step back One step back does not have to stop us. It just gives you a chance to look at what happened and move on! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:16:37 EST Small Steps Yesterday and today I did some weight lifting. I've spent months making excuses and thinking I needed a comprehensive program to get started. I finally realized that if I only did 5 exercises, that would be alright. I wouldn't regret having done only 5 exercises; and today I realized that it really was a woo hoo moment. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:47:00 EST I have a coach I hesitated exploring the coach option as I thought it would be too difficult a task for me. I AM SO GLAD I DID IT!! I feel a renewed sense of purpose and am starting to feel that this time might be the one for me Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:46:39 EST Quote for today.... Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:25:36 EST HIT 10% DOWN DOING THE HAPPY DANCE!!! DOWN 27LBS. HITTING MY 10% GOAL!!!! I WAS SO AFRAID TO STEP ON THE SCALES THIS MORNING BUT SURE AM GALD I DID!!! 6.2 THIS WEEK LOST !!!! <BR> <BR> ALLIE <em>248</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 07:59:00 EST Need 1 more fitness point for 2000 January points! Need to get in one more fitness point TONIGHT, before January ends! <BR> <BR> Getting so sleepy! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:38:58 EST lost 4 inches since last measurement! <em>9</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:46:56 EST Made my Jan goal! Lost 2 pounds a week, for 8 pounds lost! Yay! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:08:07 EST I have been soda free for a month I have made a choice to give up soda. It was hard the first week but I survived. All I drink is water and milk. I feel so much better. I have already lost 10 pounds <em>244</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:03:18 EST staying under my carb count I did it!! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:35:57 EST Workout Accomplishment! so if you have followed my past blogs or my facebook page, you know that I've been doing Turbo Fire for exercise . I give it my all and I really enjoy it (most days). So today I made an accomplishment!!! <BR> <BR> Today! YES! The last few days of trying Turbo Fire 55 I had to quit 10 minutes early, 5 minutes early last couple of days, but today! I DID IT! I pushed myself and no back pain this time either, woo! I wonder how many calories I really am burning with the 55 minute workout? I'm mod... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:12:52 EST Still running I live in an area that is facing a very frigid winter right now (unusual, record-breaking cold for the past few weeks). I picked a bad year to take up winter running :p I have missed a few runs, but I guess I wasn't as bad as I thought, because I just went over my log, and I've run 52 miles for January. Woohoo! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:30:03 EST 15 days going strong I just counted up the days and I've gone 15 day exercising at 50minutes or more a day . That's more then I've ever done in the past. So far its paid off I'm down 5 lbs. Even days when my back was hurting I pushed myself to do my exercises and got thru them. I'm proud of myself for this time I'm really putting forth the time and effort to reach my goals. When I reach 30 days of still exercising I'll post again I'll bet on it. <em>521</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:30:45 EST 15 days going strong I just counted up the days and I've gone 15 day exercising at 50minutes or more a day . That's more then I've ever done in the past. So far its paid off I'm down 5 lbs. Even days when my back was hurting I pushed myself to do my exercises and got thru them. I'm proud of myself for this time I'm really putting forth the time and effort to reach my goals. When I reach 30 days of still exercising I'll post again I'll bet on it. <em>521</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:28:52 EST 15 days going strong I just counted up the days and I've gone 15 day exercising at 50minutes or more a day . That's more then I've ever done in the past. So far its paid off I'm down 5 lbs. Even days when my back was hurting I pushed myself to do my exercises and got thru them. I'm proud of myself for this time I'm really putting forth the time and effort to reach my goals. When I reach 30 days of still exercising I'll post again I'll bet on it. <em>521</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:27:08 EST 15 days going strong I just counted up the days and I've gone 15 day exercising at 50minutes or more a day . That's more then I've ever done in the past. So far its paid off I'm down 5 lbs. Even days when my back was hurting I pushed myself to do my exercises and got thru them. I'm proud of myself for this time I'm really putting forth the time and effort to reach my goals. When I reach 30 days of still exercising I'll post again I'll bet on it. <em>521</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:22:07 EST 15 days going strong I just counted up the days and I've gone 15 day exercising at 50minutes or more a day . That's more then I've ever done in the past. So far its paid off I'm down 5 lbs. Even days when my back was hurting I pushed myself to do my exercises and got thru them. I'm proud of myself for this time I'm really putting forth the time and effort to reach my goals. When I reach 30 days of still exercising I'll post again I'll bet on it. <em>521</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:21:20 EST Giddy with happiness tonight! I started working on increasing my ability to jog for a few months and it's been slow progress, but progress nonetheless. When I started it was SO HARD to do a minute of slow jog followed by 4 minutes of walking and repeat those intervals 3 times. <BR> <BR> I wanted a goal to shoot towards so I started thinking about aiming to do a 5K sometime during the next year. Started one couch to 5k training program and then got an app on my phone that I can use with my music. Took every step slo... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:53:33 EST MY LIFE IS NOT ABOUT MY WEIGHT I know many people share their weight loss victories within this forum. I believe that is totally encouraging. I also think that it is important to share non weight loss victories as well. I made a major transition in my life. I moved to the other side of the country and normally I forget to focus on maintaining a healthy diet. So I often gain a lot of weight and then freak out and try to fix my weight problem as quickly as possible. Usually this would start out amazing and then become really... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:02 EST Shedding Getting rid of everything I don' t need. Stuff, weight, thoughts, etc. <em>334</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:20:47 EST woohoo Even though my back was killing me I excersized anyway have to see that goal come true Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:56:06 EST Hit the big"50"! I was just so excited to see my scale this morning and see that I broke through the 50 pound weight loss mark! I have never lost this much weight before....only half way there but know I can do this! <BR> <BR> Also at work this week, several folks commented on my diminishing I guess they hadn't really noticed until this point. Anyway, it was great to hear the encouragement even from some of the younger folks I work with! <em>386</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:08:41 EST I'm down 7 lbs, and thrilled! I can't believe my results! So happy and proud of ME!!! <BR> <BR> I got the Spark tracker the other day and have been wearing it faithfully and YES! It makes me more excited to get healthier. I like seeing the results daily -- I like that I just walk in the house and the tracker keeps track.. love that it updates itself.. so easy!! <BR> <BR> If you dont' have one, it's well worth the price-- esp. if Amazon Prime member... <BR> <BR> I am just so happy and know you are too! <BR> <BR> :) Feb... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:26:11 EST Proof in pics I just posted pic from this time last yeAr, and today! Really can see the difference! <BR> I can't find the stickers or trophies that say lost 40 pounds etc. <BR> I've lost 55 pounds Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:41:10 EST 30 Day Shred--Week one done! I just completed day 7 of level 1. Not only that, but I did 15 minutes of her boost metabolism video today just to get a little more in! The difference in my endurance is pretty amazing given the workout is only 20 minutes. And although I've "gained" a pound, I feel amazing and know that I will be another of Jillian's success stories at the end of 30 days. PLUS, I have been super diligent with measuring and tracking my food. Week one, total success :) Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:46:13 EST finding something I like about myself I have always been very hard on myself but lately I'm learning to appreciate the small things. I may not be a size 6, who is but I have great skin for a 50 year old lady, my grandchildren think I'm truly outrageous, and I think I am a very good person Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:29:44 EST My Four-Year Anniversary on SparkPeople I'm grateful for continuing to maintain the weight that I released back in 2010. What helped me was consistently spinning the log-in wheel. It may not seem like much, but it prevented the "out of sight, out of mind" situation from happening to me. <BR> <BR> The only thing I did on several days was spin that silly wheel. On other days, it brought me to the website when "I didn't feel like it" and I ended up reading an article or simply a quote that sharpened my focus. Small steps can lead... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:32:37 EST Woke up to exercise Was really stressed when I got home from work tonight. Ate dinner had a hot bath and fell asleep on my husbands shoulder while watching tv in bed. Woke up after almost an hour and realized I hadn't "moved" for 20 mins today. Actually got up out of bed and did 20 mins on my bike. The most I had done before was 10 mins at a time 2x a day. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of myself! <em>521</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:06:55 EST Bikini Bod...I can almost see it! Bought myself a bikini as an incentive to eat better, workout and get healthy. I tried it on a few months ago and could not see myself wearing it shamelessly this summer. Tried it on yesterday, however, and I can see a big difference in how it looks. I can almost see myself wearing it this summer now! Amazing results! Woot! <em>521</em> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:23:49 EST I walked down Main St today!! I made it down Main St. today.. didn't think I could, but I did! <BR> <BR> It's not a big walk, as this is the middle of nowhere, but I did it. <BR> A flat walk on the sidewalk, stopping in between <BR> but I did it! <BR> <BR> Yay for me! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:13:54 EST i made time to workout today!!! i had my coffee and made time to workout, i did a youtube video walking with denise!!! becca Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:30:52 EST Turn Around Rebound Looks like my using the grocery list off this site to plan my meals is paying off. I ate bad at the beginning of the week but did pretty good the last half after putting my new healthy plan into place. It's not perfect but I am learning and adjusting as I go along. Lost 4 pounds which I attribute to this change. I am now down about 11 pounds. If I can just get motivated to exercise more I will be on my way. <em>521</em> <em>134</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:40:49 EST Excited & Terrified! I just signed up for a year of personal training...huge step for me and a reason for woohoo...however...IM TERRIFIED!!! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:25:21 EST 7 pounds gone after the first 25 days! I'm so excited! When I really dedicated and committed to eating right, getting in shape and staying healthy a few years ago I achieved my goal. Now after having a baby and not losing the weight (my "baby" is now 4 years old) I've got a total of 50 lbs to lose. So I decided this would be the year and so far so GREAT! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:50:34 EST Congrats to everyone ! Good job guys ! My whoo hoo is I lost 2 inches around my waist this month ! Hip to waist ratio Here I come ! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:39:59 EST Down 2 more pounds down <em>521</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:05:37 EST 20 lbs. gone OMG I am so happy I could scream, <BR> 20.4 lbs gone yes god is great and all my sp family too!! only 6.4 to meet 10% gone!!! I am truly on my way and it feels awesome!!!! <BR> ALLIE <em>335</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:20:11 EST reached my first mini goal of 180 pounds. my next aim is to hit 175 pounds. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:56:10 EST 60 lbs down counting my bites!!!!!!! I have lost 60 lbs as of today by counting bites, not calories!!!! In about 14 1/2 weeks the weight has come off!! <BR> <BR> Please check out my and follow my blog and follow me on youtube! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before: <link> </link> <BR> Current: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:50:42 EST walked three miles with Leslie So excited, I have lots of foot and knee trouble, and with my new orthotics and persistence, i was able to walk 3 fast miles with Leslie Sansone on one of her terrific dvds yesterday and I feel so happy! No pain and my spirits are high! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:31:00 EST Exercised I wasn't going to today. I just felt the need to move so I jumped up off the couch and put a DVD on and I feel energized! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:03:56 EST New Race...NEW WAIST! Hey everyone! I'm just so excited I have to post! I recently joined a local running club and my first ever 5K is in four days! I can't wait! The time feels like it's passing so slowly. <BR> <BR> My other good news is I am 1.8 pounds away from 10 pounds lost! 10 pounds I NEVER want to see again. <BR> <BR> Here's to my new race, new waist, and all the other new things to come!! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:36:32 EST big succes for me Lost 5.3 this week...thats 12.3 for the month of january and my hubbys lost 15 totalthis month ;) Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:20:55 EST I Can't believe it…. Today is week 2 on the program. <BR> I lost 1lb. this week, I haven't seen the scale move in one year. <BR> Reason to celebrate!!!! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:37:00 EST A small success I love Cousin's Subs, but they are so expensive I don't have them real often, so when I go I usually splurge. Today I went and ordered a whole ham (no cheese) but I only ate half, a major accomplishment for me. I know I probably shouldn't have even had that much, but for now I am proud of myself. I always eat the whole sub...always. What did you accomplish today? Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:40:11 EST Reaching a small goal My goal for January was to lose 5 lbs. I am at 4.75 lbs. gone now and two weeks to go. I hope to lose the 1/4 lb. left and more! <em>7</em> I set goals for the year 2014 in hopes of reaching my goal weight by December 31; if not, much closer! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:44:25 EST "Exercised with PINK" In December I went to see "PINK, THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE TOUR!" I purchased the DVD, and this morning I worked out on a mini trampoline to it dancing and moving...just was a great way to exercise today! <em>549</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:23:36 EST sucess button don't you wish they made a button like the 'staple's button? Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:45:59 EST 2 weeks Been doing a Jillian Michaels' workout video for 2 weeks now and just starting week 3. This is the first time I've kept with exercise. 2 weeks complete and about 5lbs lighter! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:47:28 EST Haven't see. This number for a while Can't believe this :) I am Down to 215.6 <BR> Praise The Lord :) :) I can so this :) lets aim to be at 213.6 next Monday :) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:24:10 EST I hit the 25 pound mark! Yes!!!!! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:09:55 EST Losing Lost one pound, and several inches, yippee Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:18:21 EST Lost a Pound Last Week! It was really hard, so I'm happy to see the numbers going in the right direction. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:01:59 EST This is so sad! I lost my Pound! I stepped on the scale this morning, and I lost my pound! I don't know where it went and it is gone! I am now down a pound and I hope it stays gone! It ran away and I hope it never comes back! So sad, NOT! I haven't seen this weight in almost 10 months! I now weight 194!!! Hooray! One day at a time, one pound at a time!!! Kick-butt FAT! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:55:47 EST 20 pounds down! Well, seem to have busted my three-month plateau. :) Woke up to see 134 on the scale today. <BR> <BR> 14 more pounds to go, and 3 until I'm at a 'healthy' BMI! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:39:21 EST Hit my first mini-goal today! Woo-Hoo! I wasn't sure I could do it, especially after a crazy few days, but I'm really thrilled I did it! And it wasn't as hard as I dreaded it would fact it was sort of fun. And now I get my reward and get to go get my eyebrows done. Yea! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:15:47 EST Woohoo! I have been tracking and working my tail off. I started 2 weeks ago today and I am down 9 lbs! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:20:19 EST Scale went down this week!! I am down 2.2 pounds this week. This makes my total 29.8 almost 30 pounds since July 15th. I have a way to go but I am determined to do it!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:29:06 EST Feels like the first real scale movement! I buckled down and started working out and counting calories a few days before the beginning of the year. <BR> I had a little bit coming off which I was happy with but this morning I got on the scale and it said I am down a total of 5.2 lbs! I even re-set the scale and tried again because I wasn't sure it was right. <BR> Yay me! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:28:17 EST Moving Made it to standing cardio from seated cardio. Moving up! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 04:49:46 EST went down a size in my jeans.... oh yah.....doing the happy dance!!!! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:57:41 EST Longest run ever with almost best time 8 miles today in 31 degree weather. I soooo did not want to go but I'm glad I did it! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:52:35 EST Down 20 pounds!! Lost 20 pounds :) wooi Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:35:12 EST Is this too slow?? I lost 3#'s this week for a total of 17 in 8 wks. My measurements the last 4 wks. have barely changed... Wondering if I'm loosing fast enough??? <BR> Allie <em>24</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:58:26 EST T5 Fat Burners I have recently purchased some T5 Fat Burners to hopefully help me achieve my weight loss goals. <BR> Am wondering if anyone has any experience of these, if they work or not. <BR> i'm following the Slimming World extra easy plan and also going on a vibration plate twice a day for 10 minutes a go (each 10 mins supposed to be equivalent of an hour long gym session) <BR> <BR> Any help will be greatly appreciated <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>41</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:57:54 EST Feeling Good Making progress daily!!! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:37:33 EST 2 more pounds gone! After a disappointing result on the scale last week, I decided to start checking in 2 times a week. My first mid-week checkpoint resulted in another 2 pounds lost! Woo hoo!!! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:21:54 EST Down 8 Down 8 since I started this journey. Yes.... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:27:07 EST 30 lb club!!!! I finally LOST 30 lbs!!! As of this morning, I have lost 30.8 lbs!!!! Only 9.2 more pounds until I reach my goal!!! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:40:21 EST Reset my goal January last year I finally decided I didn't want to, as I put it, "Looking like a beached whale." I was 5'2" and 200 lbs. I found Spark People in April after I had lost 18 lbs. and have loved being here. It's been a struggle trying to eat better with my husband who has issues gaining weight and my 13 year old who takes after his father. After a month off here and not exercising because of traveling for the holidays and being very sick. I got on the scales today waiting see how much I ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:33:22 EST Down 6! Down 6 in the first two weeks! Probably a lot of it is water weight but glad I'm on the right track. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:23:01 EST Put down the cake pick up a barbell I lost around 14-ish lbs and traded it for muscle. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:54:31 EST Cake is my only weakness. I am 54 and I have been on a diet for all of my life. Sad but true. I don't want to diet anymore, because I just get bigger. Every January I swear this will be the year. I start good and I lose weight. I become fixated on food. My whole life is controlled by it. I weigh and measure and lose the weight. But then I thwart my good work. I have been known to lose 150lb. However here I am another January, as big as ever, well I have been bigger 73lb bigger. I no longer eat chocolate, sw... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:21:00 EST Trophies and Awards How do I get all my December awards to show on my SparkPage? All mine don't show and soon it wont be show on my SparkPage. But my 500 Monthly Spark Points and Consistency award does show on a list if you look on all my trophies and I also have the emails when it was announced I got them in December. The only thing I see to 'manage' awards or trophies says I can delete the ones I dont want. I didnt want to delete them and get rid of them, but some of them I did anyway, thinking it may be sho... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:59:36 EST Day 90 - Down 46 lbs and going strong!! I love Spark People! I have been logging in every day for 90 days, tracking all my food --- every last bite -- and at the end of 90 days, I am down 46 pounds and loving it. Almost half way to goal, and for the first time in my life, I know I CAN do this!! <em>386</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>517</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:19:43 EST Day 31 Very proud of myself and can't wait to hit day 60. <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:45:41 EST sticking with it Can't believe that I have actually stayed with this program for two weeks! I usually give up after a few days. So far I have lost 3.5lbs and am still exercising. I actually am feeling hopeful Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:24:59 EST Leveling up! Yay just reached level 6 trophy! *Dance to self at my cube at work* <BR> Baby steps to my goal.... I just recently started back on SP after being on and off for a couple years... but this time I am determined to stick to it. I know i'l have slip ups here and there but hey we live and we learn right? <BR> <em>218</em> Me dancing HAHAHA Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:07:33 EST 1st 10 pounds gone! Wednesdays are my "day off" so I'm going to try and keep the house spotless, or get it to that point, so I'm not constantly behind on housework. I know with little ones people understand and don't mind your house being messy, but I am a bit OCD so it HAS to be cleaned. Well, cleaning will be my exercise today. Out of habit, I weighed myself. 215.2 I started out a few months ago at 225 and picked up Turbo Fire about a month ago, and have been doing it on and off, just getting used to the Fire ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:58:58 EST 25-- gone! I've lost 25 pounds now on sparkpeople .......And still going!! <BR> AND I got my husband to start logging his food with SP again! <BR> <BR> Now, how do I get one of those "I lost 25 pounds with Sparkpeople!" things to put up as my photo!? <em>224</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:15:15 EST Eating better and adding veggies I just have to say, I am NOT a veggie person. Or, rather I should say I WASN'T a veggie person. In the last couple of weeks I have found out that I like roasted cauliflower and broccoli, butternut squash, rutabaga, and today I even sneaked a half a cup of spinach into my and my son's pasta and another cup and a half into an afternoon smoothie. My mom would be shocked!!! (I was a pretty picky eater as a kid) <em>244</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:11:38 EST lost 4 lbs <em>244</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:31:11 EST Im Back to Finish the Job.. 17 kg to go.. Hello All. <BR> <BR> Im back to finish the job i started when i was 24stone a little over a year a go. I used SP and lost 60kg ish in total over a 11month time, i then have had a little time away for about 5 monthes where i have really relaxed and enjoyed festivities. <BR> <BR> I am not back weighing in at 106.9kg and aim to get to 89.9 by March the 3rd 2014.. <BR> <BR> I have a previous sparkpage (Phippsi) where for anyone that is interested you can see my journey on shredding masses of w... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:07:15 EST After 2 weeks of recooperating..back on the horse! The start of the year started with everyone except the baby getting sick one at a time. I was last, and I didn't exercise when I took care of my hubby and my toddler, then myself of course. Well, today was the day! I started back on Turbo Fire, wrote down my weight and measurements. Here's to the next 90 days of avoiding the scale. If my jeans start to feel way looser than usual (only wear them 1-2 days aweek) then I might weigh-in but I'm not depending on it anymore. I used to and obviously,... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:04:44 EST New Jeans!!! I had a gift card to Kohl's and went in to look at jeans, since all of mine are so baggy. Tried on a pair in a size 10 and they were too baggy. Yep, I need an 8!!! A single digit!!! Also, picked up 3 work out shirts in a size SMALL!!!!!!! It was all I could not to scream and shout in joy in the dressing room, but maintained my cool and sent a couple of friends and my sister a text. This journey has been anything, but easy and many times b/c of stressful situations I have wanted to give up, bu... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:54:30 EST I kicked my late night cravings in the butt! There's been countless times that I've felt hungry after already having dinner. 2 nights ago I felt super hungry and wanted to go out and buy very bad food like a large pizza, cheesburger and fries, pasta, and everything else bad. I told myself no though over and over and instead had vegetables and kept telling myself I was not going to eat it because I already ate. It felt amazing to overcome that bad craving and not give in to thousands of excess calories. The next day I got intense craving... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:24:55 EST Lost 5! Lost 5 pounds my first week back! Huge for me because I've never done that before! I have thyroid issues and other hormone issues which make weight loss even harder for me. Very motivating for such a long journey I have to go on yet! <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening! <BR> Steph Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:45:56 EST Finally Working I've done this before. I've worked hard and stuck to my nutrition and fitness goals and had really terrible results. <BR> <BR> I had health problems and was living in a bad environment for my health. <BR> <BR> I moved last year to a new environment and slowly but surely got off almost all my meds. I decided to give it another try this year. <BR> <BR> I've lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks. This is blowing my mind. I'm not doing anything different from what I've done in the past but I'm... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:17:54 EST inches lost! I thought I felt smaller today, and so took some measurements. I lost over and inch in my thighs and in my hips! Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:13:41 EST Haven't been this slim since the 1980s!!!! I can't believe it. I lost one dress size last year and one the year before, so I knew I was on the right track, but I have just bought some new jeans and have lost one more dress size. I had to try on several pairs just to make sure - and frankly because it was SO MUCH FUN. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>9</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't been this size for nearly thirty years! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> There aren't many people I can tell because most of them are also trying to lose... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:07:24 EST AFRAID TO BELIEVE THE SCALES I have 2 different scales in my house,one completely coincides with the one at the gym,the other one is exactly 10 lbs. heavier!!! <BR> <BR> I guess I'm going with the 2 that match!!!! <BR> That means I'm down 4lbs. from last week and a total of 14 since Nov.20th!!! <BR> Fingers crossed I'm doing things right!!! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Allie Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:35:10 EST So excited!!! I started my journey on January 1 ,2014 and since then i have lost 6 pounds in 11 days. I am so excited. I know i have a long way to go but if i can lose that in 11 day i cant wait until 10 months. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:08:39 EST JM Body Revolution Week 1 - So proud of me!! So my Christmas present to myself was Jillian's Michaels Body Revolution. I have tons of exercise DVDs and didn't need hers but I bought it for the eating plan thinking, she's a Biggest Loser trainer. After 10 years, surely some of the BL eating plan has rubbed off on her. <BR> <BR> I began week 1 with her kick-start eating plan and workout. I was susposed to do 30minutes for 6 days. I managed 3. I ate exactly how it said to eat for most breakfast, lunch, snack but did managed to mess u... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:49:31 EST Finally fit After 25 years, I was able to get into a pr of size 12 jeans! Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:38:54 EST yay for me! Had to dig deep for the motivation to exercise this morning.....talked myself into 30 minutes on elliptical. Felt so good ended up doing 45 minutes on elliptical and added 45 minutes of core and free weights. <em>104</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 07:08:23 EST Very proud of myself I have been sick since Tues and with bronchitis and then yesterday was diagnosed with pneumonia, had a fever for 36 hours, and i was still counting my calories, even tho Im not trying to not eat anything, its just difficult to eat stuff when you are sick. But I have been drinking lots of water, so I think that is going to help with my recovery. Yesterday I felt like death, my asthma keeps flaring up, i was sent home with a nebulizer for breathing treatments at home. I went to the doctor yeste... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:22:28 EST jan jumpstart completed wk 1 day 7 workout was wow but i did it Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:29:41 EST exercised over 90 minutes on a 'lazy' day yesterday I was feeling lazy. I didn't want to exercise. I couldn't get into the dvd's I was doing, but I did them anyways. After the dvds I had to go to the bank (which is a 35 minute walk each way). I didn't want to but I did! i didn't call anyone for a ride or put it off until the next day. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:52:21 EST Treadmill wins over work Perfect timing to see the weight loss and fitness story when I was weighing doing a work project or the treadmill after kids asleep. This made treadmill a no-brainer:) <BR> <BR><BR>20-lost-125-pounds-running-8221-162400<BR>171.html Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:54:47 EST Reached a goal: BMI is 18.4! WooHoo! Thanks to SparkPeople - and Tony Verdugo, my personal trainer two years ago - I have lost 49 pounds and my BMI is now 18.4. Still track daily, still weigh daily, and still watch sodium intake for everything I eat. I FINALLY like how I look again! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:19:07 EST Ahhh...a good day... Finished a massive project at work, came home and made an awesome dinner, then finished eating halfway through dinner because I just WASN'T HUNGRY! Now lunch for tomorrow is handled, and I can just relax for the first time in weeks! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 01:03:11 EST Christmas candy I have made a streak of not eating any candy, because once I start I wont stop and this is my 2nd day of my new streak, I'm doing great so far. Let's see how far I can go with this. <BR> I need support, does anybody wont to this with me? <em>224</em> <em>493</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:33:13 EST Getting back on target!!!! AM SOOOOO GLAD TO BE BACK ON SPARK!!!! I am now trying the spark coach trial ,have lost 10# and back going to the gym!!!! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Allie Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:05:07 EST Hitting Goals I started my journey on May 8th, 2013. <BR> <BR> So far, the goals I've hit are astronomical. I started at 280lbs total. <BR> <BR> 1. 250lbs. <BR> 2. 50lbs Down. <BR> 3. 225lbs. <BR> 4. 200lbs (Major Milestone.) <BR> <BR> As of today... I am 189lbs. I am 9lbs from a 100 total lb weight loss. <BR> <BR> My total goal is 160lbs right now. I intend to re-evaluate once I finish my total. But I would just like to state - I feel fantastic. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:06:39 EST Milestone Reached! 50 Lbs lost! Reached a mid-term goal I had of losing 50 lbs by 1/23/14 a little early today! Only 35 lbs to go!!! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:37:15 EST Ye olde sweatpants Let me start off by saying that except for after college when I got up to about 175#, I've generally been around 155# since high school. Yesterday, I pulled on a pair of sweatpants that I bought in college that were skin tight (yoga pants style) then (5-6 years ago) and when I put them on last night they were straight up baggy! I haven't worn those pants in at least 2-3 years!! <BR> <BR> Woohoo for body composition change! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:29:03 EST Success Right Away! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just completed my first week of the new year and I am happy to say that when I stepped on the scale this morning I had lost 3.8 pounds! This is a great motivator for me to keep going and show that not only does it matter how many calories you eat in a day but where those calories are coming from. I am sure some of that weight was water weight but it felt so good to see the scale go down that much. Just wanted to share and hope everyone else had a successful week as w... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:42:21 EST