SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard Telling people about your goals is one of the surest ways to reach them. We will cheer your successes and support you during your setbacks. SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard Portions and grams I keep a food journal, in which I list what I ate by grams. When looking up calories and nutrition for new foods, I find that the portions listed don't always make sense. Example: This morning I ate 29 grams of an Albertsons Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing. When I looks this up for portion size, I get: 1 serving, 1 roll, 1 small roll, 1 medium roll or 1 large roll. There is nothing that tells me the gram weight for any of the above sizes. This makes keeping my journal very diffic... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:47:54 EST i am still movin today is the 4th day of cleaning room to room. painting what needs painted and organizing things that I have accumulated.. I think I have used every muscle in my body and at the end of the day I am tired. lol. still eating good food too. keeping my goals in line. lose some weight and keep moving. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:17:43 EST Happiness, Health, Healing, Hope – A Journal “10 minutes until cupcakes!” was the call from my boss’ office this morning, as the clocked ticked down to morning tea. My mouth salivated in anticipation while my thoughts rushed to “No no no…you had such a great workout this morning…don’t undo your hard work!” <BR> <BR> Isn’t this just an all-too-familiar situation? My (non-intentional) saboteurs come in the loveliest forms – well-meaning colleagues, smiling students, caring friends and family. They come bearing delicious treats and goodie... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:17:33 EST Help! Hi all, my brother just got engaged and I have to loose 30 lbs by November! Not entirely sure how to do this!? Any support, encouragement, and help is welcome! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:12:11 EST eating myself to death goals yesterday. had a plan and good food. today all i did was eat and even when i wasn't comfortable i ate some more. i want to lose weight and be in a more healthy place. but i seem to fail every day. i cant seem to get my brain to stop telling me to eat. and when i tried the water trick i just ate anyhow. i seem to self sabotage on a regular basis. set up and goal in place. and then zap eat like mad, get sick over it (physically from over eating) not learn any lesson and do it again. food ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:01:17 EST Tellme your exercise that is past the comfort zone I have done plenty of exercises that goes past a normal comfort zone, so I'm opening up this motivation thread for anyone that wants to post an upcoming exercise that is now past their normal comfort zone and then probably will post some thoughts and achievements along the way along with mine. Tell me what motivates you and how far away your exercise achievement is. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:15:12 EST Remember that girl you used to be? I went through some old photos tonight and I can't believe how the time has passed so quickly. When I was younger I was fit and reasonably athletic. As I gained weight, there are fewer and fewer pictures of me. I look (and act) totally different now. I am a lot more shy and I am a little agoraphobic. I hate seeing people I know, because they will know my dirty little secret when they see me. I cannot wait to drop this weight! I miss me! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:44:29 EST feeling extremely positive today I don't know whtbe because I keep having small discouragements but I am extremely positive today. I left this feeling because it seems like forever since I have felt this way. Maybe it's because I am not letting my discouragements get to me. I have found writing in any type of journal helps me through. It does not only help me get things off my chest but it let's me do what I love, which is write. It seem like an eternity since I have written as much as I have this past week. Knowing this no... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:09:56 EST Committed to Reaching a Goal Although I am not on here faithfully, and although I have made several false starts, I am determined and committed to reaching the short-term goal of "Under 250". I have been hovering around 280-290 for sooo long. Today I weighed 273. So close to being under 270. My short term goals are to break my long term final goal into 10 lb increments. I will try to celebrate each 10 lb victory in some way or another. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:09:31 EST SHERRYS233 EXERCISE JOURNAL!!! <em>249</em> Starting weight <em>192</em> is 233 as of today 4-8-14 (Tuesday). <BR> <BR> My exercise minutes <em>128</em> goal for 4-8-14 to 4-14-14 is 250 that's 45 minutes 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> Walking <em>315</em> <em>311</em> <em>313</em> --- 4 to 5 days a week. No less than 30 minutes. 2.50 to 3.00 miles when I do walk. <BR> <BR> Steps <em>311</em> --- 10,000 a day of just normal walking like at work and around the house. <BR> Exercise steps about 6,000 to 8,00... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:59:36 EST Laci's Journal I am feeling so good about myself today! I started my journey 1 month ago and when I stepped on that scale at my gym yesterday I never felt such excitement with my weight...i finally didn't have to move the little weight over to the 250 mark and then add with the tiny weight!! I moved it to the 200 & then the other one went to the 46 slot and I yelled out..."I did it, I don't hate this scale anymore, it does actually work"....i didn't even care who was around because I was so proud of ME!!!! ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:10:13 EST Dang it So I started doing three thirty day challenges that I thought were going to be awesome. Burpee, Ab, and Squat challenges. I started yesterday and didn't do nearly as bad as I thought I would. Today my daughter and I woke up late and were gone all day so I didn't start off with exercising which was fine since I figured I would do it later in the day anyways. Well we got home and ended up hanging out with our neighbors and having dinner over there. I did actually eat pretty healthy today but I ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 01:27:19 EST Trying this AGAIN! HI everyone! <BR> I, like most of you, have been struggling for YEARS with this issue. YoYoing is my worst enemy. I think my biggest problem has been trying to do too much too fast. Now, I am sad to say that at 250lbs I am at my heaviest. But...I will not give up. <BR> <BR> So now I am committed to a better lifestyle...for ME. <BR> <BR> Since I like to lift weights, there isn't so much a weight change as there is a SIZE change. <BR> <BR> <BR> My first goal is to lose two pants... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:04:54 EST Re staring over again Hello, I was doing really well for a long time. I had lost 40 lbs, and was feeling awesome. Then I took a few days off from working day went into 2, then a week, and so on. I got lazy. Shortly after that I started getting back into the game. Was not long after I had an accident and that prevented me from doing much. From not doing anything, I put on almost 20 lbs, and all muscle I had gained, I lost and I am feeling crappy. <BR> So, I am ready to get back into the game once a... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:29:11 EST I have plans <em>334</em> <BR> I have plans for the rest of my life and one of thee main goals is to finally get to my goal weight. It has been a long, long time and the mindset is finally with me to succeed. <BR> <BR> I am 55 yrs. old, in a marriage that should have ended many, many years ago. I am making plans to get this weight off, get this house in order, get my son the help he needs, and get myself out of here with an entirely new outlook in life. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I deserve happines... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:51:12 EST Yay I'm in Onederland!! If thats not motivation I don't know what is! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:59:27 EST on my way! So far I have lost 29.5inches :) <BR> I have realized 2.5 inches go about every 20 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> 7-16 more months and I could have my figure :) <BR> <BR> Randomly, once every so many months, I take a side pic of me at my workplace due to the longer mirror....and I decided one day to compare it. <BR> My thighs have dropped 12inches, so those were one of the first things to go, with my face and neck. Next was an inch off my calves lost about 2.5inches and I have heard majo... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:28:16 EST Market May Have Found a Bottom NEW YORK (Investing Guide at Deep Blue Group Publications LLC) -- On Thursday, the market was searching for a bottom. Friday saw that bottom made. <BR> <BR> All the indexes ripped higher out of the gate. The oversold condition, mentioned Thursday, in the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 paved the way for the move higher. <BR> <BR> The S&P 500 daily trading range is the setup for the algorithm machines and the hedge fund community. The S&P came within 10 points of its sell range on Friday and wi... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:31:50 EST I just made my Easter goal three weeks early! I made it to 175 today - 3 weeks earlier than I'd planned! So my NEW mini-goal will be to lose 3 *more* pounds by Easter 4/20, getting me to 172. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:19:02 EST Making Changes! Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Didn't Einstein or someone like that say that phrase? Well, it's true! <BR> <BR> I've been doing the same thing for the past 3 years: stay at home mom, working a direct sales business, homeschooling my girls...and getting sucked into online games, gaining weight and losing focus, optimism and motivation. <BR> <BR> It's time to make changes. Time to prioritize my life. Time to get things goi... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:17:13 EST Butterfly's Journal ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:22:21 EST KitteryK's Journal First of all, I hate Journal writing. But I also hate being fat again, so I'm ready to try anything. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP off and on several times over the years under different names, but drifted away for one reason or another. And of course each time I gained the weight back plus. I'm now heavier than ever, totally disgusted with myself, and desperate to get this blubber off of me. <BR> <BR> This is my second day on SP (this go-round), and my 3rd day of sane eating. I've even starte... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:35:10 EST Is sugar free candy a good substitute? I love sweets, but I'm doing ok without. I'm eating sugar free jello, and sometimes Russell stover marshmallow treats. Yummy! This curbs the cravings. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:22:32 EST Set bloodwork goals with my doctor I reviewed my annual bloodwork with my doctor last week. We went through each item and set goals for the next year. Depending on my weight and the results, he may reduce or stop my cholesterol medication. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:18:21 EST new to this Hi, I am new to weight loss process. I have been looking through the various groups and I think keeping a journal makes the most sense for me. I write poetry (or used to) so I think this may be a good fit. My life has been turned upside down, and things got away from me such as eating properly, cooking in general, and exercising. Its been five tough year's, but I am now ready to try to turn things around. But it is like taking a tug boat going out in the channel on string currents, and decidi... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:35:42 EST Fitness journal Ok since I haven't found the best way to record my fitness over time, I'll try this one. <BR> <BR> Day 1: 10 min of tabata style training at home Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:52:24 EST Tweaking I have been on Spark People for five months and I have only lost 11 pounds. That's a little too low for me. I'm trying different approaches and I have found that low carb works better for me. <BR> I've been doing low carb for a few weeks, but I just found out that I have not been doing it correctly. So after more reading, I have "tweaked" my nutrition plan to include the right amount of nutrients, and to start burning fat as well, I have formulated the following plan, which because of it's si... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:51:13 EST It's Been A Long Health Issue for Me I disappeared from Sparkpeople for a while due to health issues and feeling like it was not going to help me due to being diagnosed with Congestive Heart disease, Diabetic 2, and that there was no hope for me so I felt alone and just sat down waiting for my last breath to come. This went on for nearly seven months, well my husband had a serious sore on his leg and had to be admitted into the hospital. As a person who loves him beyond words I went to the hospital everyday to see him, this got ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:41:14 EST Beautiful Day It is going to be 70 degrees today and beautiful. I have reached a short-time goal of 10 pounds lost. My good mood is off the charts. I am in a Career Readiness Certification class and believe this may be the ticket to getting back into the workforce. <BR> Every small gain is a winner and I believe I can finally get back to my ideal weight and back to work. <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:11:35 EST Serene's food journal I have been at this for 22 weeks today. Today, I also started a more stringent food plan, and I want to keep a journal of what I eat. <BR> <BR> Goals: at least 3 whole grains (or starchy vegetables) <BR> 9 fruits/veggies, with at least 6 of them veggies <BR> No animal products <BR> No added fat except for when I pop popcorn. <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:01:31 EST Healthy an Spirtually Journal Ive started my journey Jan 2014 ive ask God for wisdom in learning how to eat healthy an to work on the inside as well as outside. ive struggled so many years of meeting others needs instead of my own so this year is about changing me an learning to love myself im doing soo wonderful with friends an family an most of all God I love Sparks people each person I read about is just like me we all have something we need help in im Greatful for Sparks keeping me motivated in my weight loss journey ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 08:49:40 EST Big Setback Today 4:30 am lost electricity due to ice storm. Spent the morning trying to shovel several inches of ice and slush just to get to generator. House is very cold and I am soaked through coat to skin from working outside in sleet. Generator would only run pump and a lamp. It would not run our space heater which it always has before. Hubby and I spent several hours trying to find a motel. Success! Hubby had surgery yesterday and can't help with any work. Found one truck stop open, so did every... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:10:00 EST Say hi if you just lost your first lb/kg! Hi. I just weighed in after 2 weeks and lost my first pound. The scale shows I lost 3, but I won't count them all unless they stay off for 3 to 5 days. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 00:28:24 EST Silly7734: Tracking 5 Daily Goals Days on track: 2 <BR> <BR> There are 5 things I aim to achieve each day: FFFWM <BR> <BR> Food - track my food <BR> Fitness - get 10k steps daily, and exercise most days <BR> French - do a French lesson on DuoLingo <BR> Water - drink 12 cups of water <BR> Meditate - stop, breathe, and meditate for at least 5 minutes <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:23:32 EST which weight? Okay I have a couple questions. <BR> What is the best scale to use? <BR> Which weight do I log? <BR> Today is weigh in day. I decided to pull out my second scale because I thought my Heath-O-Meter was not working right. After weighing myself three times on each I have two different weights. Three same weights on each scale. <BR> One is 175. and one is 176.4 <BR> Of course I want to go with the lower. Just trying to be accurate. <BR> Thanks Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:02:26 EST Getting back <em>39</em> I've been sick this whole winter which is very unusual 4 me. I lost almost 10 lbs when I was sick because I couldn't keep anything down, all I had 2 eat was yogurt & drink lots of water & herbal tea. <BR> Couple of wks ago I started 2 get better than I pulled the muscle in my lower back. <BR> 4 the past wk I've been trying 2 workout & get back in2 the swing of things. I just hope I don't have any more problems. <em>521</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:38:29 EST one week without candy & cookies I have went a whole week without eating candy & cookies,this is a big thing for me hope to make it two weeks Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:27:44 EST Finally Results I am so excited and happy I stuck with it. I finally had my first loss. I lost 5 pounds. Now for my next five I cannot wait. Thanks for all your input it really helps. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:18:10 EST I need some help and advice I have been very motivated and positive. I have done all my tracking and have followed everything perfectly with no slip ups. It has been two weeks and I have not lost anything yet. I really am trying not to get discouraged but it is very hard. Can anyone give me some advice/support? Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:48:35 EST 1 day diet Day 3 of 17 day diet, so far feeling good about it, One issue, where do I find this mysterious fruit flavored yogurt? I see fat free w/ fruit, But I am sure that is not what they mean. <BR> Definitely feel like my stomache is smaller, less bloaty. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:26:59 EST Accountability Journal I don't like to blog much so I think this might be better. I saw a video on here the other day of a girl who worked out for 100 days. I suffer from working out consistently for like 2 weeks and then I end up doing a week or two off. Typically this has been from being sick or other reasons. I want to break this habit. I prefer longer workouts to shorter ones, figuring I get my times worth of getting into workout clothes and stuff. So I would rather do at least 30-45 minutes of a workout than ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:09:55 EST Staying Focus I have been looking forward to journaling every day. I like to see what kind of points I can earn when I stay focus. Today was a little different for me. But I was able to do my exercise and start earlier than usual to journal. I do it a night. But I had time to start earlier today. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:29:07 EST starting working out again Hi everyone I'm on here again hoping to take it more serious this time. I have two kids they will be both a age up in April one will be 7 and the other 2. My youngest keep me on my feet all day. I'm trying to get my self back to my old weight hoping it will make me feel better about myself. Today was a good first day back I just hope I keep up with it. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:54:04 EST Newport CH International Group: UK waste industry A Governmental review of EU powers affecting the UK has revealed general support for waste and environment regulations. <BR> <BR> The cross-department ‘balance of competences’ review looked at how UK industry and other stakeholders viewed the influence of EU legislation. <BR> <BR> It said the waste management profession agreed that EU Landfill Directive and Waste Framework “significantly changed the UK’s approach to waste management, reducing landfill and increasing recycling”. <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:31:01 EST Hard workout 2nd day of a harder workout regime but I'm going to do it! <BR> <em>328</em> <em>231</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:11:26 EST Here I go again...again If you stop by my sparkpage you will find I keep starting this journey. Each time I start from a different place. Yesterday was an emotional day for me and I can't really put my finger on why. My son turned 25 and that seemed to start the downward spiral I had yesterday. The good thing is I choose healthy foods to over eat. This morning as I reflected on yesterday; I found myself thinking "Really a whole bag of carrots over a bag of M&M's" or "Now you get to go back to the store" I have eaten... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:22:57 EST Challenge Tracker Placeholder Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:30:15 EST Seeking Accountability I’ve been on this Spark journey for about a year and a half. I lost 40 pounds the first year, but then gained half of it back over the past few months by overeating. I know what I need to do but also think that I need to find a different way to hold myself accountable. Spark streaks aren’t doing the trick anymore. <BR> <BR> So I will try an accountability log in a place that is more visible to the Spark community, as I think this will help with overall accountability. I plan to report: <... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:20:46 EST Jamie's Journal Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am going to be keeping a log of all the practices that I have found work best for me in this journal. <BR> <BR> I tend not to be able to stick to a prescribed diet and exercise plan, and the best way for me to lose weight is to focus on what my body is trying to tell me, and then using trial and error to find the best way to accommodate it. <BR> <BR> I intend to use this journal to keep a record of the things that I have found to work for me, so that I can review... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:49:33 EST Kat's journey-2014. <em>524</em> <BR> I have been away for a long while...the reason being that I fell in December and broke my arm and dislocated my knee, so was unable to sit, stand, or anything else you might care to imagine...after all, the only way i could get about was walking around like Frankenstein in a knee brace... After removing the brace, due to a bout of dodgy physio, the knee partially dislocated we were back to square one, with a proper dose of physio done the correc... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:58:55 EST Next Challenge: 175 lbs by Easter 2014! Now that I've achieved my 50 lb goal, my next challenge is: lose 10 more lbs by April 20, 2014, which will bring me to 175 lbs. At that point, I will also challenge myself to RUN on my treadmill, not just powerwalk. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:09:05 EST Jae_Camille's road to success started and many times..lost forty pounds this last time only to gain it seems to be a constant thread through out my life..I get on track and then so easily thrown off balance.. I am not sure what it is..I did not use to be like this..I had more fight in me.. I have to get that back..I listen to the voices of the past tell you.."You can't do this..I have to find a way to prove them wrong..and how do I do that.. by not letting them win..and listening to the voice of the... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:16:38 EST 50lbs LOST AS OF TODAY!!! 6 weeks ago I set myself a short term goal to lose 10lbs for Valentine's and I DID IT! That takes me 3/4 of the way to my ultimate personal goal, but as of today I have lost 50lbs!!! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:53:35 EST The journey is my life My pit falls and successes. Gave in and ate m&ms but also had to kick for 5 minutes to clear a path in and for my power chair to take my service dog out to the dog pen where I stand and walk while she does what she has to. <BR> <BR> Hope it's not cheating to use smart ones and add extra vegetables. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:42:32 EST 50 LBS and holding true lost 50 LBS since I started this time and feeling like I will make it, but I lost 100 Lbs a few years ago and quit trying after I did, not realizing I had till it was to late. We will find out. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:34:59 EST First Week Completed! Lost 4.5 lbs my first week! This program is awesome....can't wait for next weeks results. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:20:45 EST Angieleigh13's Journey I have decided I want and need to journal my journey as I start my new lifestyle this, is not my first time of trying to change as many people I have lost track of how many times I have tried. <BR> <BR> I was successful once and lost 66 pounds but my hubby said he didn't like it and I was crazy enough to gain the weight back not knowing at the time how truly unhealthy that was nor knowing he was just scared I would leave which I now know is his issue not mine. <BR> <BR> My biggest challeng... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:34:08 EST Week 1 down I have been on SparkPeople for a week and lost 3.4 lbs! I am very excited. I want to lose 30 lbs in the next 15 weeks. After that I will still have 30 lbs to go. I've lost weight in the past (30 lbs) so 60 lbs seems so daunting. I miss eating whatever I want including cookies, full fat salad dressing and cheese but I am committed to losing weight for my health. Go me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:47:46 EST feeling healthy <em>30</em> I know I have jjust begun but eating healthy is such a great thing for the mind. My whole attitude in general has changed. Making healthy & wise food choices has also helped me in other areas of my life <em>244</em> <em>435</em> <em>81</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:17:04 EST I'm Afraid I never had a weight problem until my late 20's and even then, I was only about 20-30lbs over weight. I didn't like it but I lived with it and the additional weight didn't interfere too much in my life. <BR> <BR> That all changed about 9 years ago when I fell down the stairs in my house and fractured a vertebra. I already had back and neck problems but this seemed to be the one that sent me on a downhill spiral. It had already been a very stressful few years - losing my parents and my mot... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:03:26 EST End of Week 1 Today is the end of week 1 and I weighed myself and I have lost 3.8 lbs - yay, me! So, far it hasn't been too difficult to avoid sweets and other carb-laden foods - except for yesterday (Friday). I just felt hungry the whole day and so desperately wanted something full of sugar and fat! By mid-day, I realized that one reason I was feeling that way is because I had decided that I wouldn't drink any more diet coke and yesterday was the first day I didn't have one in the house. <BR> <BR> A... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:44:17 EST lost 6 pounds so far I'm loving this site Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:53:30 EST Taralynn's Daily Journal I am starting to make new healthy habits. As a mom of a three year old and (almost) two month old it's hard to find much time for anything these days... And in a few short weeks I head back to my full time job. I figure it's best to start with healthy habits now so they will be easier to maintain when life gets crazier :) <BR> <BR> I have not lost all of my "baby weight" yet either... Along the way I will set up some short term and mid term goals ( so that my loooong term goal of 48lbs does... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:21:46 EST I did it! In the month of January I rode my recumbent bike for 27 days and I did it for 10 to 15 minutes a day which at times it was hard since I suffer from osteoarthritis in my left knee. So after the month was over I lost 1 1/2 pounds and 2 1/2 inches around the waist. I am so excited. On to the next month. <em>334</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:47:34 EST I CAN do this and I WILL do this! I have started and stopped this journey so many times I've lost count. But, today, I have a renewed strength and vision. I'm not sure if it is because I ordered and received my new spark activity tracker or not, but I am happy and excited for the newfound motivation. I am hoping I can keep it up this time and hope my family will follow suit when they start seeing my results. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:41:48 EST Patty Klaver's Mom's Story My mom got out of the hospital on January 1, the day that I can down with shingles. My niece Lisa went to pick her up and called me from the hospital so I could look up the meds that she was given. Harry went to the store 3 times to pick it up. He questioned whether it was right and the pharmacist assured that it was. <BR> <BR> Barbara stayed with mom because Harry had to work. She took the pills upstairs with her so mom couldn't be picking and choosing what pills to take. She also w... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 03:36:09 EST Quiero ser flaquita :D <em>20</em> A ver si escribiendo en el "Journal" me ayuda. <BR> <BR> El otro día en Walmart, mi marido me compró el paquete de Nutrisystem de 5 días. <BR> <BR> Están sabrosas las comiditas, quizá un poco saladas, pero lo he compensado agregando unas cucharadas de "wild rice". <BR> <BR> Igual las cosas dulces, un tanto dulces para mi gusto, pero para eso esta el café con leche light sin endulzar. <BR> <BR> Aquí me jalo las orejas a mi misma: debo ir más seguido al gym y tomar más agua. ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:28:09 EST On the road to being a Tough Mudder! I will write more when I get home from the gym tonight, but I wanted to start with this Daily Motivator. It was exactly what I needed this morning and it'll be a good first entry for me to refer back to when I'm losing motivation! :) <BR> <BR> Making the effort <BR> <BR> When you don’t feel like making the effort, the thing that will help you more than anything else is to go ahead and make that effort. Even when you are too tired or too bored, too distracted or too dismayed, the way out is... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:32:10 EST What is your motivation? On a day like today all I want to do is lay down and sleep. But I am getting up and working out and doing house work. What keeps you going when you get in a slump and feel tired? Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:53:55 EST June 2014 Goal and Tracker Hi, I'm Tea. <BR> I'm 5'3", 20, Female, and 200lb. <BR> I plan on being 140lb by Mid June 2014 <BR> <BR> So far on my journey I have lost 47 pounds, but it wasn't easy. I did the HCG diet for 2 months (taking daily injections of the HCG hormone to reduce hunger and burn fat instead of muscle). I was eating around 500 calories every day with vitamins and some nutritional supplements. During those 2 months I lost 42lb. <BR> *NOTE* Do not eat 500 calories without the injections as it is dange... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:31:52 EST I just did it a little bit today! Hung out at the bowling alley. Grandkiddos were participating in a fundraiser, so I didn't bowl. I did move around,,, I have such a hard time motivating myself to exercise. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:53:53 EST FOOD TRACKERS FOR BLC24 It is easier for me to do my tracker for what I eat, here, than on the Food Trackers itself. <BR> <BR> 22 JANUARY 2014 <BR> WEIGHT - 132.55KG <BR> BREAKFAST <BR> 1 X Coffee (2% milk and 1 tsp sugar) <BR> 1 x Spar Bran Flakes (2% milk, 2 tsp sugar and handful of blueberries) <BR> Walk to work – 1288 steps (10.39 minutes) <BR> COFFEE BREAK 1 <BR> 1 X Filter Coffee (3 tsp Cremora and 1 tsp sugar) <BR> COFFEE BREAK 2 <BR> 1 X Filter Coffee (3 tsp Cremora and 1 tsp sugar) <BR> LUNCH <BR> 2 X sl... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:03:40 EST Starting over is my fortay Two years in a row I have started at the same place... 190. I have worked for 4-5 months and gotten down to 175, and then SOMEHOW managed to fall OFF the train and head back to the 190 zone by the following December. It is an insane little cycle. As bad as it is I see ONE win. Each time I get close to getting completely out of control and moving from overweight to obese or morbidly obese I stop myself and get my act in gear. Somewhere in my mental brain and PhD Public Health knowledge I know ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:50:09 EST Encouragement badly needed I have been really screwing up lately. I haven't tracked my food, and when I do, my calories are like 2900 or 3200. eating hi sugar carbs every day, not paying attention to what I eat or why I eat it. I decided to face the music today and tracked my measurements and weight. I have gained 1 pounds since mid November. I now have to lose 95 pounds to get to goal. I went to the gym this morning and did a lot of heavy housework. So I am now back on track. But what a horrible lesson to learn. I kn... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:07:57 EST Just do it! <link> </link> <BR> This motivates me in so many ways! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 01:12:27 EST My Twenty Pound Weight Loss Journey For Summer I've decided I need to focus on getting this weight off for summer. I had it off but we had a family tragedy December 31st 2012 and it's been hard to refocus. I have a family that depends on me and I need to stay healthy and strong not only for myself but for them too. I will get there. It doesn't help that menopause has started I'll be 50 next month but to me all that means is the weight may come off slower and I'll have to exercise more. We have the tools that we need to this to lose w... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:24:58 EST with Gods help I am doing it I really wasn't sure I could do this. But, with Gods help I am losing. I will just keep praying I can stick to it this time. 2.6 pounds lost this week. Thank You, God! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:11:19 EST Punkin's Tired of Being FAT (My 230 lbs Life)!!! I started today trying to do better at this weight loss. I did forget to weight in this morning so I will in the morning. I'm going to try to eat better, watch my portions and exercise. Going to start walking on my treadmill, I also have some videos I'm going to use. <BR> <BR> I hate being this way, get out of breathe easy, can't run, always out of energy, always embarrassed of sitting in a seat afraid I won't fit, not riding rides at an amuzement park cause I'm afraid I can't fit, havi... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:53:09 EST I really want to lose weight I just started the sparks coach program and I am having some doubts that I will be able achieve my weight lose goal. I don't have the drive and the motivation. <em>39</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:30:19 EST your daily journal It's easier to keep on track when you create 'your daily journal' Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:15:03 EST sunshine vs rain It's amazing the difference the 2 makes in one's daily routine. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:13:35 EST community sharing Sharing your ups & downs with 'community' can be hepful to others. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:10:30 EST 19 and ready to feel like my age! i'm 19 5'8 and 310 pounds morbidly obese, I've been overweight for most of my life. I have a history of anxiety and depression. I've always felt older because of my limitations, sluggishness, and depression but now I'm ready to feel like the healthy young adult I know I can be! If anyone can help me stay motivated I'd greatly appreciate it and in return i'll help you as well! Good luck everyone! <em>30</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:36:46 EST 66 & NEVER giving up! Am at my highest weight ever but am SO fortunate to not be dealing with arthritis etc. so am now able to at least move & exercise to help with weight loss. This year I will recover and regain my fitness and health ( blood pressure issues). We are in the midst of a move to a region of 100 lakes, Miles & miles of walking trails, no pollution etc. so am motivated to regain my health and live the greatest lifestyle possible. <BR> <BR> I am 66 years old and have plans for some very physical... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:04:25 EST Miscarriage Fallout I've never really been a 'dieter', I've tried to count calories a few times and have failed miserably (within a couple weeks). About 2 years ago I gave up Pepsi for Lent which turned my life around. That one act snowballed into feeling better, then eating better, then exercising, and ultimately I went from 178 to 148 in about 7 months (no counting calories,) I then suffered a miscarriage that sent me into an emotional tail spin. 18 months later I've slowly inched back to 168. But I'm ready t... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:02:53 EST my journal I really hate to exercise. But I know I need to. The fact that my usual course of exercise is walking outdoors and it is currently pouring rain where I live does not encourage me at all. <BR> So I will dust off one of those walking at home DVDs I have and plan to use it today. <BR> <BR> ~Beth <em>148</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:00:23 EST food and nutrition tracker love the idea it helps me feel more accountable for my food especially to keep from just boredom eating Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:57:46 EST Just the beginning Today is my official day on Spark people. In December at my drs. appointment, I was diagnosed with severe Vit D deficiency, pre-diabetic lab work, and blood pressure not controlled by my medication. I was totally devastated as I felt good but am quite obese. I have been on many diets and a guinea pig for some medical drug testing, nothing helping for any length of time. The doctor changes the times I take some of my meds and so fat got my BP down a lot but not in goal yet. I am taking a Vit ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:15:07 EST Fitting into the great clothes I already have. My goal is to lose a couple of sizes. Over the past couple of years I have tried a few different methods and saw less then stellar results. This year I am following the virgin diet, cutting out the 7 hiFI (High food intolerance) foods. I am on day 5 and I already feel healthier. I am still tracking my food using an app on my ipod. and find that this plan of elimination makes the meals healthy and calories are satisfying in every way. <BR> <BR> my number one short term goal is to fit into t... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:17:53 EST I lost 160 pounds in 6 months 100% Natural & Safe Just like the title says, I lost 160 pounds naturally in just 6 months. I didn't use any pills, surgeries, drinks, nothing but diet and exercise. I know this sounds extreme, but i was under CLOSE supervision of my physician with appointments every two weeks and monitored by a nutritionist to maintain proper eating habits while losing. I made a video, please watch it and if you find it inspiring, please share it with your friends. Thank you! <BR> <BR> I made a video on youtube, search, "Amazi... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:54:19 EST I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I set a goal of losing 10 lbs by February 14, Well i already lost 11 lbs and i feel even more motivated to continue pushing and losing weight. Looking forward to all the great achievements 2014 has to offer me. I am setting another small goal of 10lbs. <em>386</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:35:20 EST My Story by US News and World report and Yahoo Was trying to delete my unsuccessful link after adding the correct one. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:59:01 EST Emmy"s Determined Virtuoso Transformational Desk <em>268</em> I am a Determined Daisy, Violet Virtuoso, and co-leader of Transformations team and this journal was started in response to the Challengers of Hogwart's Ravens Into Writing Desks challenge for the 2014 New Year, hence the topic name of this message board. <BR> <BR> HUGS, <BR> Emmy Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:42:52 EST Butterfly with Broken Wings Today is the first day of the rest of my life! (Cliché, I know!) <BR> <BR> I want to be healthy and strong. This isn't going to be easy, but I WILL do this!. My joints are swelled today. Remicade infusion is Monday. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 25 to 30 lbs. I set that goal because my hips and knees do not like the extra weight. When I do get my knee replacements, recovery will hopefully be easier. I can not and probably never will be able to walk my 5 miles per day again. But, I... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:19:59 EST Sugar Addict? I read the other day about people who have a chemical imbalance in the brain where sugar creates a cocaine like reaction in the brain when some people eat it. I have found this to be true in my life. <BR> <BR> I definitely struggle with a sugar addiction. I have been trying to slowly get off of processed sugar infused foods. But I battle binge eating when I just have a taste of sugar so I have been contemplating going cold turkey. Even getting rid of alternative sugars (stevia, splenda, etc... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 14:25:03 EST 100 Days of Real Food JANUARY 2014 <BR> <BR> 1: No low-fat, lite or nonfat food products. <BR> 2: No Gluten <BR> 3: No Dairy <BR> 4: No Sugar <BR> 5: No refined (or artificial) sweeteners. <BR> 6: No sweeteners at all. <BR> 7: No artificial foods or ingredients. <BR> 8: No packaged foods. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:50:35 EST Baby steps Today I started my training for a 5k. jogged 2 min walked 1 for a total of 15. I am proud that I was able to do this after taking a 60 Les Mills class and then running some laps with my 13 year old daughter. <em>224</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:26:32 EST New short-term goal I want to get to 184 lbs by Valentine's Day 2014; that will mean a loss of 10 lbs from where I am as of 1/4/14 - my start date for this personal challenge. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:40:08 EST MDS Nurses losing weight I would like to say hi to all MDS nurses affiliated with this site. Our jobs are highly stressful and are mostly sedentary. Long working hours and mental fatigue are contributing factors why we tend to overlook daily exercise. In my world, I work 6 days a week, 10+ hours a day. In addition to 4 children, a husband, and enrollment in a Master's program, I am tired most of the time. I would like to get to know other MDS nurses on SparkPeople so we can support each other through our weight loss ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:15:34 EST Changing diet Each week I am trying to make 1 healthy change. I love the food tracker to see exactly what I eat too much of and what I am not eating enough of. Of course I eat too much fat and carbs and not enough protein. Tried food shopping with that in mind. Will see how this week goes! I want a realistic and sustainable diet to feel good. Good luck to me and to all Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:00:19 EST Off to a great start! So far so good, had a plan in place, and I am counting me blessings that hubby, for the first time in our relationship, is on board with me. He is We started January 6th, on Friday, and I planned out our meals, and exercise routine. This morning, he asked me, if we could go and do our exercise now. No wanting to skip it, no wanting to stop at the fast food restaurant that we usually stop at when we do our weekly shopping, no he was willing to go home for a healthy lunch. I am so proud of him.... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:55:16 EST I am lovin this 2014 Spark! Really feeling the. Spark of the new year! had a great start to 2014 with trying out cross country skiing with DS on New Years Day . We did 6k ! It felt great! little sore today still but a good hurt! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:54:52 EST CHANGED MINDSET, GRATITUDE AND NEW ATTITUDE Whoah! I have to check myself, right here at the gate! I have lost and gained and lost and remained a many, many pound in the past. One thing, each time, is that I did it fast and wanted the pounds instantly gone. <BR> <BR> Recovering from another health issue this year, showed be that things take time and I am willing to give it time this time. Not only do I realize that you have to give the process time to work but I also realize that I have to put the time in. I have to track my food and... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:27:13 EST Grateful! Just filled with the power of the Spark! <BR> Thank you all for your inspiration today! <BR> Having the ability to stand on my feet pain free, fluid movement, and the vision to see beyond my own needs, Makes this a great morning!!! <BR> ((((((HUG))))))) Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:31:15 EST I can see the LIGHT <em>9</em> <BR> Today I tried on an old pair of pants 10p and a medium blouse and neither one was tight. You see it is a long sleeve blouse that was really tight on my upper arms and my pants I could not button. bOTH ARE LOOSE....NO PAIN NO GAIN SPARK PEOPLE. <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:02:26 EST 1414 to 4114 in 2014 From 1-4-14 to 4-1-14 will be my initial challenge to myself. To eat clean, to exercise, to be the best I can be - and try to get back to being who I REALLY am. <BR> <BR> 14 habits I will work on in 2014: <BR> 1. eat clean <BR> 2. drink 8-10 glasses water each day <BR> 3. cardio 3x week minimum <BR> 4. strength training 2x week minimum <BR> 5. stretch 5 mins each day <BR> 6. reduce carbs and gluten <BR> 7. get back to Flylady routines/plan to have some control over life <BR> 8. plan... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:33:18 EST Weighty Issue Hello everyone and welcome to the New Year! <BR> Well my summary I had an horrible experiences with so called medical experts in 2013. Let's see what was blamed for my weight --- <BR> 1. Genetics -without asking me or taking any tests. <BR> 2. Age - I'm not 21 any longer but I've had a weight issue all my life. And once I said that to them it was basically a shoulder shrug and giving that stupid paper with the "recommended" daily amount of food to eat. <BR> 3. Slow thyroid --but apparently n... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:07:32 EST Coaches I'm interested in using the coaches but was wondering if after the trial period is there a charge and how much it would be. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Melksmith5874 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:51:08 EST Two pounds is OK <em>104</em> <BR> I found out I lost 2 pounds and I am O.K. with this. Just to see the changes n the scale and to feel the changes in my clothes is what I want. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:07:44 EST I am foolishly motivated to lose weight for a guy Okay so here's my life up to this point. I'm 24. I'm just graduated with a B.A. in Music Education. I'm looking for that first job, I'm single - and at this point, I want to start dating. No, I'm not one of those girls who bounces between guy after guy. I'm actually fairly picky and have spent the last couple of years focused on my own self-improvement. <BR> <BR> Do I have a guy in mind? Hell yeah I do. <BR> <BR> Here's the problem/twist. He's not a crush. He's been my best friend since I... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:20:36 EST Keltik Heart's Journal Just joined SP last week, right before Christmas. Today was my first SP weigh in and I lost 2 lbs. Very pleased, considering it's the first WI post Christmas meal with a rare treat. <BR> <BR> In truth, I joined SP last week to celebrate being to my halfway point in my lifestyle transition. I started out at my all-time high of 235, and I thought it would be a nice motivation to have public accountability and support for this 2nd half as I make it to my goal by June 1, 2014. So, overall ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:19:28 EST Will I stick to it this time? My weight gain over the last few years is not something I am proud of or happy about but its happened. I want to lose the weight but I do not stay committed to it. The thought of going home at night and cooking does nothing for me. I wish that was different. I am getting married in June 2014 and I want to be able to live a healthy long life with my new husband. He is very thin and has no problem losing weigh, I on the other hand do. I can't wait to move out of my parents house and have a kitc... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:44:18 EST My picture from Jan 2013 and now isnt as impress.. impressive as a year ago lol <BR> Jan & Dec 2012 (Where I went from 320 to 165) <BR><BR>ntend.png <BR> <BR> Jan & Dec 2013 (I went from 165 to....165) <BR><BR>ng <BR> <BR> Seriously tho, its great that I maintained the weight I reached over a year ago :) Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:10:14 EST 50 pounds gonzo by September 2014 my journey! I Seriously can't believe I've gain back most of the weight I lost. I'm really disgusted with myself. So Here I go again! This needs to be it, I need to make this my priority. Even when things get stressful I need to continue putting healthy food in my body and I need to exercise . <BR> No more excuses.. <BR> <BR> So here is the deal! I will lose at least 50 pounds by September 2014! I have 8 months to do it,it will be plenty of time so I can do it at a slow rate. If it comes off fa... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:42:27 EST #PRESS into the New Year with no REGRETS! 13.1 miles(run, walk, step,bike it all counts) every day until January 2 nd , thx for the inspiration!! That's 117+ miles in less than 10 days:) <BR> 12/23/13 is day 1 Sun, 22 Dec 2013 23:03:12 EST Should I continue with this diet Just to share with you I have been working on a strict diet of chicken, soup and juices and I am using these tablets to increase my metabolism The soup is really simple it is boiled vegetables and chicken strips, the chicken is boiled in water and I am drinking a lot of grape fruit juice. I am targeting a loss of 30 pounds in 2 months Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:16:35 EST Hello Everyone I just wanted to drop a line and wish everybody Good Luck on their weight loss Journey. I know it can be a struggle sometimes but best believe you all can do it. Stay strong and don't give up. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:15:06 EST New Year's Carol No, this is not a journal about how I am going to lose so-many-pounds by New Year's Day. This is a journal about how I lost 30 pounds since last year! <BR> The first way: bringing my lunch wherever I go. I always include a mid-morning snack --usually yogurt--a salad, premeasured salad dressing of my choice, some sort of measured protein (leftover roast, leftover baked or poached chicken, or luncheon meat), fruit (small apple, tangerine, grapes, etc.), and sometimes a rice cake. I mix things... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:29:57 EST TARGET DAY MARCH 1oth I'm hoping to lose 8-10 pounds per month till the 10th of March. I know it's going to be hard being Christmas is this month. <em>521</em> Walking <BR> <BR> 12/10/13} 165.0 <BR> 12/12/13} 163.8 <BR> 12/18/13} 160.2 <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:13:22 EST My new goals to be successful I am going to start all over again!!!! <BR> I am going to exercise everyday for at least 30 min. <BR> I am going to eat right and the right amounts. <BR> I am going to get in all of my water. <BR> I am going to get in fruits and veggies each day. <BR> <BR> These are the things that I am going to do to be sure that I get to my goal. <BR> I really want this and I am going to succeed. <BR> I have tried and failed so many times that it isn't funny. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:25:07 EST Deby is BLESSed <em>104</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:45:56 EST Cycling into a new me in 2014 Here I go with my latest attempt and honestly the point at which it will probably be my last attempt to start living again instead of hiding. <BR> <BR> I am a wife and a mom of 3 (ranging from 8 to 16) who works with elementary teachers to improve their classroom instruction mainly in the area of mathematics. I love to scrapbook (recently have moved from traditional paper and scissors to digital scrapbooking), travel, read and in the last year have learned to love running with the Gallowa... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 09:10:03 EST PUNKIN103"S WT LOSS AND EXERCISE JOURNAL!!! Going to start this thing called a diet tomorrow. Like always I'm always starting over and over and over. This time I hope is different. I will weight in tomorrow morning and will post it here. <BR> <BR> My plan is simple eat right and make smart choices and exercise, try to move more. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 00:23:30 EST its not traditional? SUE ME! After the birthday of my son 4 years ago, I lost quite a bit of weight and I maintained my weight loss for two years. Then, BAM I gained half back! I simply couldn't keep up with the deprivation diet I had put myself on. I moved to a place where the closest gym is too far to commute everyday and I used this as an excuse to allow myself to stop exercising. My solution- I designed an exercise program that incorporates exercises that I can complete from the comfort of my living room. Its not tr... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 18:44:29 EST No Candy Halloween/ No Cookie Christmas We have ten children, nine of them still living at home. You can imagine the haul of candy we got this past Halloween. A canning pot full! I looked at that pot and thought to myself I could easily just sit and eat small piece after small piece of candy. <BR> <BR> I decided then that I was not going to eat one...not one. For the most part I didn't want any. There was one night that I did really want one, so I sent my husband to do store for some sugar free chocolate pudding. One c... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:31:12 EST Hour by hour, Day by day.... I have quit smoking so many times. I have failed so many times. I am going to use this journal as an hour by hour check in or day by day check in spot. Wish me luck! No more puff. I can't just have a puff. I have always thought, well I'll just have one. That doesn't work for me. Im addicted to cigarettes. I'm going to do it this time with sparkpeople and <BR> I am focusing on cleaning, laundry, drinking fluids, and breathing fresh air today. <BR> Hour by hour today.......I can d... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:31:42 EST Who said I need a break? After a year and 3 months of healthy eating and exercising I decided that my body is over exhausted and I needed a week break from exercising and watching what I eat. I agreed to myself that I can eat whatever I want as long as I'm not binge eating and that I wouldn't exercise for an entire week. It's only been 4 days into the week and I feel like I've gained weight like there's no tomorrow. My tummy actually grew in 4 days and I can see the difference. NO MORE break. Tomorrow I'm gonna ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:50:09 EST Keep going girl's journal Hi! I am a 31 yo SAHM of 5 children ranging in ages from 11 to 9 months. <BR> <BR> so far I have lost 33.6 lbs in 7 weeks 2 days by counting my bites and now intermittent fasting added onto that. I also eat 3x a day and just a bit of peanut butter 3x a day <BR> <BR> For lots of info on bite counting for weight loss, read this <BR> <BR> <link><BR>count-bites-not-calories-doctors-new.html </link> <BR> <BR> New blog post today! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:52:40 EST topohoko journal This is crazy I never thought I would be entering my stuff online. today my anxiety was pretty high, the only time I left the house was to take h to work. this bipolar sucks. one day at a time I guess!! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 02:16:11 EST how to measure? Hey all, <BR> I've been on and off dieting for the past 5 years and joined sparkpeople 2 years ago. When I joined, I also tracked my measurements. I did that in October 2012. I decided to change my lifestyle for serious 5 months ago, and I'm ecstatic to say that even if the scale is often stuck, my waist and hips shrink, so hurray!!! <em>30</em> <BR> BUT, despite my waist and hips, nothing else seems to shrink? I measured my everything again today... My calves and upper arms measure at ex... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:52:56 EST going off depression medication- weight loss? Hi everyone!!! I have been on various depression medication for years, and the last change was about 3 months ago. Looking back, I have gained 15 pounds in 3 months!!!!!! I have a doctor appointment on Wednesday and am going to see if I can try going off my med to see if it helps with weight loss. As I know weight gain and my body image is part of my depression, I would like to see if this would help. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else gone off of depression medication? If so, how have your res... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:12:17 EST #SparkTheSeason DAY 1 <BR> My goals for the month of December are the 3 M's <BR> MOTIVATION <BR> MEDITATION <BR> MOVEMENT <BR> <BR> MOTIVATION - I am only going to surround myself with people that will support and motivate me, my Spark Family. <BR> MEDITATION <BR> I would like to have my quiet time before heading off to my place of stress, namely work. <BR> MOVEMENT <BR> Everyday I would like to try and walk 5 minutes further over and above the 15 minutes I do walk. <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 13:38:21 EST Confession <em>524</em> I have an Honest confession to everyone. Years ago under a different name I did sparks , I started a new one due to not remembering what it was . I succeeded and then I faltered. Yes I Faltered ! THAT is not my main confession though. My main confession is I had to go to a weight Management Doctor a month ago due to wanting to start being a Bulimic again. I was so scared and still am , and probably will always be ! Well no Probably , I will . I am okay right now... He has me... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:54:41 EST Insanity+Healthy Diet= Results So I started insanity on October 21st (of this year) so it's been 5 weeks (today is my first day of the 2nd month) I've lost roughly 7~8 lbs and I am so freaking happy I dont want to stop. BUT I do have a question, Should I keep doing insanity for another round of 2 months? Or should I try out p90x first? (after this round of insanity?) <BR> <BR> My goals are still the same I want to weigh atleast 130 by june and I feel that if I keep up this 7~8lb every month or so I will make my goal but,... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:18:56 EST memetothree's journal I am switching to sparkpeople from myfitness pal. I like the reward system on points when I do things right, lol. I am a stay at home mom to three boys. I have lost 20 pounds so far. I do something called jumpfit (cardio on a trampoloin) and I started spinning this month. <BR> <BR> It has taken me 20+ years to get to the point where I am really seriose about my weight loss. I still have issues with eating mindlessly, as well as not being able to handle my cravings. I have a fitbit, I need t... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:55:01 EST Has anyone seen me lately ? I have been working so many hours I don't know if I am on my way home or headed back to work! These 12 hour shifts wear me out. I can't seem to get any sleep between shifts. I think I will take the day off tomorrow. That would give me 2 days off. I have worked 11 straight days. While talking with a friend I mentioned that I had only seen my husband 17 minutes in the last week. She said she only saw her boyfriend once a month. I reminded her that there was a slight difference. Her boyfriend li... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 03:43:29 EST full of energy today woke up did my hip hop abs workouts. Have laundry going, made my bed, showered, and am ready to get this day moving. Love waking up happy and full of energy. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:59:20 EST Help!!! I am figuring it out!! Last night I posted a message in the panic rooms for help dealing with a stress issue. <BR> Tonight, I am posting to say thanks to all of those who commented. <BR> I am posting tonight to let everyone know I am stronger than I thought, stronger than those who wish to bring me back down. <BR> I may never fully get over a traumatic event in my life, but, it is in the past and that is just where I plan to leave it. <BR> Anyone who would dare to bring it back into my life has their own black deep... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:19:18 EST Might be pregnant and want to be healthy Hi I am trying to get pregnant and might be right now. I want to be healthy exercise and eat well. I am looking for low impact exercises while I am pregnant. After I am pregnant I want to lose some weight and eat right. Thanks Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:31:39 EST My exercise streak <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> DAY ONE Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:15:12 EST Taking it one day at a time Day 2 is coming to an end. Still have bowling tonight, who knew bowling was exercise. <em>224</em> <BR> Counting calories and watching my intake for food seems to be helping. <BR> I am think a schedule to add walking during lunch would be a good idea. Walking helped a lot the last time I lost weight. I cut coffee out today. It felt really good and I had 3, 12oz water, which is more than I had yesterday. <BR> I decided adding steps each day would help not make me hate the change. As for ca... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:23:33 EST weight lost two ponds Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:09:26 EST Plexus pink go to http://plexusslimjettagreek2013.myplexusop<BR> <BR> <BR> can lost weigh with drinking this and its a good business opp <BR> <BR> check the site wont be sorry you did Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:56:13 EST Dawn's Journal Well, I know I was keeping a journal when I was a member her on SP before under a different name but I closed that account down. Swore of dieting actually but I am back. Not really sure what I am going to do but I know I have go to do something.... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:39:08 EST need energy I just do not understand why I can not sleep just one full night... Well hormones I am sure is the reason or should I say lack of. If anyone has any suggestions on how to sleep better during menopause please let me know. I also think it has a lot to do with my lack of energy. Every night I set my alarm to get up and walk with LS WATP and everyday I can not make myself do it. I am lucky to sleep 4 hours at a time then usually I toss and turn for the rest of the night. On the positive note ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:22:33 EST REN'S PEN - lov2bthin Hi SP! <BR> <BR> In Jan of 2010, I joined SP. And really enjoyed it. I meet many friends and was blessed to be here. I enjoyed working our with Coach Nicole's videos daily. <BR> <BR> I had my 5th grandchild born while here on SP. <BR> <BR> In May of 2010, my husband was hospitalized for 6 days after a spider bite. <BR> <BR> Also in May of 2010, I quit smoking after 30 years and boy did I put on some pounds. <BR> <BR> In Sept of 2010, my 6th grandchild was born. <BR> <BR> In Nov 2011... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:55:37 EST On track still doing good with exercising every day and getting enough sleep. Still watching what I eat but falling short on some important nutrient. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:35:27 EST Cryselle, Lexapro, Depression, and Weight I recently was diagnosed with dysthimia (chronic depression). I told my MD I didn't feel depressed, but I was constantly irritable and lashing out. In my mind, people didn't move fast enough, people didn't understand simple tasks, people were a plain old bother to me. As a newlywed, this began to take it's toll on my marriage. <BR> <BR> So, I asked my MD if she thought this might be a side effect of taking the oral contraceptive called Cryselle. She waved that question off with a "no" and p... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:57:06 EST journal every day I'd been away from SP for a while, back now and have been trying to remember where I kept my journal. It's been driving me crazy!! At first I thought maybe it was the blog on my SP. Then thought maybe it was the journal in the planner section. But I just stumbled onto this section, and its looking very familiar. I think at one time I also had a link to my journal on my SP, but thats gone too. Anyone have any suggestions? Sat, 9 Nov 2013 13:34:58 EST making winter productive and happy i just read there are 7 more mondays till christmas. <BR> wow <BR> i plan to use those seven weeks toget healthy and enjoy this upcoming cold season <BR> first on the agenda is to keep blood sugar levels neatly in th 5 to 7 area <BR> do this by loosing weight and improving sleepmpatterns. <BR> as well i want to enjoy and savour everything i out recipes and meal plans that are enticing.....presentation of my meals will also be part of the plan..... make the presentationf food ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 11:20:49 EST making winter productive and happy i just read there are 7 more mondays till christmas. <BR> wow <BR> i plan to use those seven weeks toget healthy and enjoy this upcoming cold season <BR> first on the agenda is to keep blood sugar levels neatly in th 5 to 7 area <BR> do this by loosing weight and improving sleepmpatterns. <BR> as well i want to enjoy and savour everything i out recipes and meal plans that are enticing.....presentation of my meals will also be part of the plan..... make the presentationf food ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 11:20:30 EST making winter productive and happy i just read there are 7 more mondays till christmas. <BR> wow <BR> i plan to use those seven weeks toget healthy and enjoy this upcoming cold season <BR> first on the agenda is to keep blood sugar levels neatly in th 5 to 7 area <BR> do this by loosing weight and improving sleepmpatterns. <BR> as well i want to enjoy and savour everything i out recipes and meal plans that are enticing.....presentation of my meals will also be part of the plan..... make the presentationf food ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 11:20:07 EST making winter productive and happy i just read there are 7 more mondays till christmas. <BR> wow <BR> i plan to use those seven weeks toget healthy and enjoy this upcoming cold season <BR> first on the agenda is to keep blood sugar levels neatly in th 5 to 7 area <BR> do this by loosing weight and improving sleepmpatterns. <BR> as well i want to enjoy and savour everything i out recipes and meal plans that are enticing.....presentation of my meals will also be part of the plan..... make the presentationf food ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 11:18:46 EST how i feel see some changes in my attitude today about my ability to stay on track Tue, 5 Nov 2013 18:56:29 EST Need help figruing this out.... I have always been an emotional eater. Happy, sad, angry, depressed, doesn't matter, I'd eat. I have noticed in the last few months or so, that sometimes I eat emotionally, and other times, like last week, I don't eat at all. I know neither option is good for me. The problem is I don't know how to handle this. If I try to force myself to eat, I get very nauseous. I have always been like that, even in my teen years. So, when I don't eat, should I force myself to eat or just let it go? I drink ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 21:54:39 EST Narrated by Nicole Lately I've just wanted to reach out to people. I've felt like I've been hiding behind my weight for so many years. I've been on here since 2008 and have managed to put on weight instead of lose. Sure, I've lost a few lbs. here and there. But, I have managed to regain it back and some. So sick of struggling with this. I'm 30 now and my entire 20's were wasted being fat. <BR> <BR> But, I will not waste my 30's or any more years being fat and unhealthy. FAT is such an ugly word isn't it? <BR> ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 16:28:01 EST SHERRY'S FAT-PHAT WORLD!!!! I'm calling this Sherry's fat- phat world cause. I'm fat and I want to get to be PHAT!!! <BR> Starting tomorrow I'm going to post my starting weight. Things I will post here will be my mood. my weight ( lose or gain), my exercise I do,and any thing else that has to do with weight loss. <BR> Feel free to post things here too. Every tip idea and support is very much welcome and needed. <BR> <BR> My exercising program is simple to start with... <BR> walking no less that 30 minutes, 4-5 time... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:08:15 EST Is it possible to "reset" the 3- day challenges? Is it possible to reset the 30 day fit food and 30 days to skinny jeans challenges? They gave me points and were motivation. Now the 30 days are gone but they still sit on my list of "trackers". I found where I can reset articles but not challenges. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:21:05 EST November thru December 2013 My goal is to check in here daily and update my progress in food and exercise. I also will deal with any road blocks or frustrations here. <BR> <BR> No exercise today. I was just a lump on the couch. This is not how I had planned the month to start out. Just not motivated today. Did good with my food choices and tracking though. <BR> Tomorrow I will get moving. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 21:58:40 EST Hope4Loss1's Journal I wanted to start this journal - as a way to just update my progress and be honest about what I am doing, what my focus is, and where I am struggling. Currently on a month long struggle of everything. <BR> I have not focused on anything health wise... my food is probably the worst it has been for awhile... eating randomly, nothing healthy... lacking in water and exercise as well. But I must begin again. <BR> My goal is to update daily with what I am eating, exercise, water consumption,... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:44:33 EST Katzeyez's Road... It is late in the year, and I have just returned to SP...I am starting out again and will be sharing my journey here with you all. <BR> It has been a long haul after Breast cancer, bu I am finally finding my feet...I have tarted walking again, even if only for 10 mins a day...I hope to extend that soon...I am back on tack and hope for good results before the New Year. <BR> Wishing you all good luck on your journeys! <BR> Hugs, <BR> <em>390</em> <em>86</em> <em>661</em> 'Kat Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:28:36 EST Never Gonna Give Up <em>292</em> <BR> <BR> Just like the old Barry White matter what my goal is: healthy life style in general being the main goal....I am: never gonna give up! <BR> <BR> sleep well, eat well, exercise, patience, kindness, generosity, encouraging, and many other goals! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:16:01 EST I'm going to keep on trying! I have done this over and over and over again with good intentions, however, I always manage to get myself side tracked with everything and everybody else! I don't know why I put me on the back burner, however, no time like the present to start again! So I am not giving up and I am determined to follow through with this because I have to start taking care of me! It isn't easy but I am going to finally take care of business! Wish me luck! :) Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:36:12 EST Creating a Schedule? Anyone else have one? If you don't follow my blog on here, then here's what's up. I've started to watch my eating habits/drinking habits 11 days ago. Including today, I've been 11 days without pop and little sweets. I''m a stay at home mom to a 3 year old and 7 month old. Crazy, yes. haha. BUt worth it! Anyway, does anyone else make out a schedule like Monday is for doing laudnry, Tuesday sweep, etc? Wondering if this will help me keep the house cleaned up decently. Usually it all gets messed up then the 1 day a w... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:47:43 EST The Carlyle Group Global Alternative Asset We believe that being a good corporate citizen is good business practice and creates long-term value for our investors. Find more details in our Corporate Citizenship Reports. <BR> <BR> RESPONSIBLE INVESTING <BR> Considering the environmental, social and governance (ESG) implications of our investments enables us to be good stewards of the capital committed to us by our investors as well as being good corporate citizens. <BR> <BR> CORPORATE GOVERNANCE <BR> Carlyle has a clear and effectiv... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:54:51 EST Starting over As my personal life deteriorated so did my eating habits. I have gained it all back plus some. The only thing I was doing was tranquilizing myself with food. Personal life still in shambles but I have now realized I have to worry only about myself. I thought I had learned this before..but I fall right back into bad habits when things go to H..... I am important I watch my special needs grandson, I have let my health go to H....right along with my personal life. <BR> <BR> This time... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:16:59 EST Davis Polk Fraud Law Group Careers for Staff Davis Polk has a broad and talented team of non-legal professionals in our 10 offices around the world. When hiring staff, we seek individuals who share the same commitment to excellence and client service as our lawyers. <BR> <BR> TO INQUIRE ABOUT OPEN POSITIONS, PLEASE CONTACT: <BR> Jacqueline Nuñez <BR> Human Resources Manager <BR> P: 212-450-5895 <BR> F: 212-607-7401 <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 07:33:12 EST I DID IT I started with Spark September 4, 2012, that morning I weighed in at 248 pounds, what a shock! I was determined to get down to a normal, healthy weight. I hit many plateau's but would not give up. Today, October 19, 2013 I weigh in at 130 pounds :-). Healthy eating is easy now and will not give up my 2 or 3 (or more) walks a day. THANK YOU SPARKPEOPLE! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:21:01 EST Ginnys life changing moves, I have just been told that I have IBS. That explains why I have been had the pain, bloating and bowl problems. The bad news for me is that I did this to my self, all the Mt Dews, fatty foods and caffeine teas. So I was told that I have to change my life style, NOT DIET. I have to journal everything, and do it all my self with support only, there is no pills, operation or easy way out. <BR> I have started walking around my hilly yard. I am up to 1/2 a mile at 3 mph every morning, I am work... 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The scale, well, it's not the best measurement of health. I had a goal of losing 50 pounds in a year, but I'm beginning to rethink it. What I want isn't really just a number on ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:06:06 EST Journey to January, 2014 Getting #backontrack and #stayingontrack!! <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Tracked food every day since August 1st. Did very well in August losing 7# - however, since then I have only lost 1# - two vacations and losing my motivation. Being on the message board daily seemed to be a good motivator for me so here I am. <BR> <BR> Plan: <BR> 1) Track food & wear my Fitbit EVERY DAY! <BR> 2) 500 calorie deficit/day <BR> 3) Exercise EVERY DAY - alternat... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:44:30 EST Camp shenanigans I don't really understand the difference between the blog and the community journals,but whatever. <BR> So the last few days I did really bad,meaning I did not work out and ate WAY too much sugar. <BR> I noticed I really felt like crap. <BR> I had forgotten how much better I feel when I work out everyday and make better food choices. <BR> So its fine,I messed up and instead of feeling like a loser for the rest of the month,I will just get back on track. <BR> <BR> Not sure if I lost any weigh... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:17:56 EST Sharing my progress I've started a new facebook fan page and would love to have some new fans. It's a weightloss journey and I'm documenting it. With Weight Watchers and regular eating. Stop by and like my page and say hi. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:25:45 EST My personal two week plan So, I have decided to share, for the next two weeks, beginning Oct 16. I am going to go back to the pre-surgical weight loss diet. <BR> No, I am not going to be having surgery, but I followed the diet when I was going to, and changed my mind. <BR> On that diet, I lost about 7 lbs and I hope to accomplish at least that much this time, only then I wasnt walking or working out like now. <BR> And yes, I know diets dont always work, but I do not plan to make it a lifestyle change. <BR> I am going ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:22:58 EST Notaninja's journal My goals are: <BR> 1. Track the food that I eat <BR> 2. Exercise 4-5 times per week <BR> 3. Complete my homework assignments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:28:22 EST So.. I unintentionally ate around 8500 calories As I said in the topic title, that's what's happened, although I consumed them in the last 32 hours, some of them just a few hours ago and the rest all last night.. I wanted to find out, how much weight will I put on because of it? Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:58:14 EST Jenn's Journal Starting a journal here for the purpose of proclaiming successes, lamenting misses, and identifying areas of improvement on a [hopefully] daily basis. <BR> <BR> Lowlights: Slow start to the day... feeling tired and frustrated with the husband <BR> Highlights: Nice evening with the kids: walk to park and healthy dinner out. Met calorie/fitness /tracking goals for the day! <BR> Areas for improvement tomorrow: Keep meeting goals! Try and hold a more positive attitude that things out of my contr... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 02:02:28 EST I found my passion <em>521</em> <BR> At 50+ i finally found my fitness passion and it's changed my life. Step Into Life - Berwick, the best trainers and the most amazing community of people sharing a common goal. To get fit, maintain fitness and to challenge themselves, and one another, to Step right out of their comfort zone. I've just returned to work from having two weeks off, "how were your holidays" colleagues enquire, "did you do anything fun". "Yes", I say, "I trained every day". The looks on people's... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:25:24 EST I found my passion <em>521</em> <BR> At 50+ i finally found my fitness passion and it's changed my life. Step Into Life - Berwick, the best trainers and the most amazing community of people sharing a common goal. To get fit, maintain fitness and to challenge themselves, and one another, to Step right out of their comfort zone. I've just returned to work from having two weeks off, "how were your holidays" colleagues enquire, "did you do anything fun". "Yes", I say, "I trained every day". The looks on people's... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:23:48 EST St. Louis Cardinals or LA Dodgers?!?!? St. Louis Cardinals <em>300</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 03:14:59 EST anxiety <BR> By following SparkPeople i am taking small steps in tackling my anxiety. I am thankful for the SparkPeople community. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:26:31 EST Learning to relax Learning to Chill -- its all good--taking care of me--keeping it right and simple <em>390</em> <em>345</em> Wed, 9 Oct 2013 19:49:34 EST carries fitness journal <em>362</em> im starting this journal to keep me accountable for exerciseing everyday. My goal is to b size awesome by vacation (march 17th) and to burn off 200 calories a day. <em>249</em> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:48:53 EST SHERRY'S WALKING TO LOSE!!! This is my birthday month. On October 3rd was my birthday and I weighed in at 230 lbs. I going to start tomorrow Oct.7 2013 my walking back. I want to start getting in the habit of walking again like I did a long time ago. I know I might have to start out slow and work up. My goal is to get to walking 5 miles a day, then work up to running. <BR> <BR> I will walk starting out no less than 30 minutes. <BR> At least 5 days a week. I will post my: minutes walked miles walked and steps. I wil... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 23:42:15 EST Thought for the day "Feel the fear and do it any way"- Susan Jeffers Sun, 6 Oct 2013 20:43:15 EST carries journal Ever loose weight like your first 7 lbs. And u feel like <em>9</em> than u gain 4 of them back and u feel like <em>46</em> than u feel like <em>198</em> here i go again well thats me sso here i go again Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:45:16 EST 92 Days - 92 Miles I'm a few days late in posting this - 92 days from Oct 1 to Dec 31. I saw a couple other people had posted some similar end of year topics. My challenge to myself should be very easy. <BR> <BR> 92 days - 92 miles. No big accomplishment to most people- but to me, it will be. This year has been a tough one. I must finish it in a positive manner. I have to take back control of my exercise, eating, and most important, attitude. <BR> <BR> How hard can it be to walk 1 mile a day??? I can d... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 18:10:20 EST TIME TO DO IT.. day by day So after many false starts. No follow through, and giving up. I'm here to say it is time. <BR> I have many reasons to lose the weight. My number one reason? My health. I'm beginning to see my extra weight is causing me to have joint pain, and to feel sluggish. This affects every aspect of my life. <BR> <BR> My daughters have been expressing their concern. They see me going down the same road as my mother did. I have always been active, till this past year. So it is very impor... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 19:57:15 EST OCT 1, 2013- DECEMBER 31, 2013 CHALLENGE *This is a personal challenge, but you are welcome to join me! I could use some support as well so feel free to comment!* <BR> <BR> Hello all! As you may or may not know, today is the beginning of my 92 challenge to lose 8 lbs per month- or 2 lbs per week- until December 31, 2013. <BR> <BR> I woke up today and remembered it's October 1, 2013 and was like.. "oh yeah! It's October 1st!" . I felt happy and well-prepared. Yesterday I made an online "weight loss countdown" calendar;counted down ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:58:38 EST Starting Over In October For A Better Life I've decided that journaling will help me to stay accountable to the goals and plans I have made for this month and going forward... <BR> <BR> I have 12 pounds to lose and keep off and other goals I want to work on each and every day. <BR> <BR> SPIRITUAL <BR> To be spirit-filled & walk with God daily. <BR> • Pray in Spirit (at least 1 hour everyday) <BR> • Read/Study/Meditate Bible daily <BR> • Read Christian books daily. (start with Joan Hunter’s books) <BR> • Prayers every morning <BR> •... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:20:58 EST OCTOBER 1, what should I do?? I want October to be a big month for me. I am approaching it with great hopes, but also trepidation because, in the past, whenever I've done a "first of the month" thing or "first day of the week " thing, it ended up leveling out. The momentum of the day goes away and I am left with hopes dashed. (Kind of like New Years resolutions, I guess). I DON'T want that to happen this time, so I a) need a plan and b) choose realistic goals, or changes. <BR> I'm not going to sit here and propose to chan... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:44:06 EST Getting off processed sugars.... Very hard to get my body not to crave the processed sugars. I think it will take about a week to "not" crave is so tempting. I know just by cutting out the processed sugars I can lose weight....but I have to have my creamer in my coffee - that is my treat. I feel if you deprive yourself, you will only crave it more. Quantity is the secret - It's ok to have a little here & there. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 19:05:10 EST Reaccessing My Goals I have reaccessed my goals and I decided it was time to change my goal weight. If I want to lose weight then I should start off small and then continue from there So I have changed my goal weight to 180 lbs so that when I reach that I can change it from that weight to 150 then to 135. This way I am not trying to lose 100 lbs all at once. <BR> <BR> I am also going to reassess my eating habits to cut back on things that I plan to eat each day. I want to lose weight and keep it off instead of l... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:52:20 EST My 90 Day Challenge <BR> Day 1 <BR> <BR> My 90 day challenge is a focus on nutrition. I do great at the gym, but find that by 4pm I am ready to eat just about anything in sight. Thankfully I keep very little processed food in my home but from time to time I will bring in that oatmeal muffin mix or some vegetable chips that I tend to polish off in a matter of days. So no more! <BR> <BR> I was thinking today how great I would look and feel if I could stop such bad habits and really reap the rewards of the 5 hou... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:32:31 EST VI shakes love them but not sure im doing sum righ How is the VI shakes going for you so far I havent lost any weight yet it helps with wanting to go get something out of the snack machine lol but no weight lose yet do you have any tips and how is it going for you? DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ABOUT VI AND HOW IT WORKS FASTER OR SHOWS BETTER RESULTS? <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:06:07 EST Body by Vi I just got my shape kit last Tuesday and I cant even drink my shakes. Everyone says their delicious but I cant stand the taste... I feel sick drinking them no matter what recipe I make... (I've tried a few) but I'm dreading drinking them now because of the taste... <BR> Am I the ONLY one who cant stand the taste?? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:51:18 EST The Avanti Group Tokyo News Reviews: Corporate tax Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top economic chiefs have failed to agree on a contentious corporate tax cut amid lingering skepticism that the move will bolster the deflation-mired economy and amid pressure on business leaders to raise wages. <BR> <BR> Abe, Finance Minister Taro Aso and economic and fiscal policy minister Akira Amari met Friday to put the final touches on an economic stimulus package, including the corporate tax reduction, in an attempt to soften the blow to the economy of the p... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:40:36 EST Just Starting Started excising a week ago with one mile walking video. Did 2 miles tonight. Kicked my butt, however I feel great that I was able to accomplish it. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:11:19 EST Journaling....oh daunting journaling!!! :) I have told myself many times that I need to start a journal of some sort...if for nothing else to get things and feelings off my mind! However the actual starting and keeping at said journal is a whole other matter!!! I get great ideas but then when it comes down to actually writing I have a blank most times. Sooooo I went to Pinterest! That right there is almost as addicting as a drug! You get on there and before you know it you've got 20 different tabs open and it's been 2 hours! Lol!... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:30:07 EST "Eat Fresh" 30-Day Challenge After countless complaints about my preference for frozen foods over fresh foods, I have decided to SHUN Frozen Entrees - a la Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice et al - for 30 days, instead opting for home-cooked meals. :-) <BR> <BR> (Note: Bread and Bars are allowed though - I mean, how can I live without Peanut Butter? *gasp* ha) <BR> <BR> Follow my journey here (if you are interested ) : Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:10:59 EST FOOD TRACKING JOURNAL FOR BLC 23 Tuesday, 24 September 2013 <BR> BREAKFAST: Brown Bread x 4 <BR> LUNCH: 1 x Portion of Beef Lasagne <BR> SNACK: 1 Banana, 2 Strawberries <BR> SUPPER: Potato Salad, Pineapple and Carrot Salad, Garlic Roll, Chicken Sosatie, Mutton Chop <BR> DRINKS: 2 glasses of Gingerbeer <BR> COFFEE: 4 cups of coffee <BR> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:25:22 EST Amanda's 100 Days One of my Spark friends told me yesterday than there were 100 days left in the year. <BR> <BR> 100 days is a GREAT framework for setting and achieving goals. <BR> <BR> Goal 1: Study for the ACE test <BR> Goal 2: Explore dance in a way that is beyond my usual practice <BR> Goal 3: Love my family -- actively <BR> Goal 4: Be active Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:10:31 EST Today is the first day of a change! Well today I started with the Zumba and started the healthy eating on Saturday instead of Sunday. It wasn't so bad aside from the few distractions I had. I plan on doing Zumba 5 days a week and walking 2 miles 2 of those days as well. My mom and I used to go walk 2 miles a day all the time until her Fibromyalgia started giving her problems. I am looking forward to progressing toward my goal weight. I know that it will take a while and lots of hard work and dedication!! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:41:23 EST First week down Hello everyone and I love reading all your stories. Well yesterday I started week 2 and I have lost 6lbs!!!!! I can't believe how wonder this is. I feel in control and I am still going strong. I even had my daughters birthday party Saturday and it didn't even effect me. I have never felt this way on the 8,000 diets I have tried. Good luck to everyone, I am pumped! This week I am going to try and double my exercising and hope my ticker gets to the island and starts swimming again soon! ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:12:05 EST Henry the farting dog. My sister has a new dog Henry. Henry is just adorable except for the farting. <BR> <BR> Henry has been with us for three days and i have walked for three days. My legs are aching but i may have lost some weight. <BR> <BR> So i would suggest anyone who wants more exercise get a dog. <BR> <BR> Just a short happy story. <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:34:43 EST LET`S GO GO Let`s get up and go do what you got to do walk run jog Sat, 21 Sep 2013 16:52:05 EST Weight GAIN on Insulin For those of you who take Insulin for your Diabetes, how do you manage to lose weight? I have been taking Insulin now for a month and have steadily gained at least 1 pound a week, despite 40 min of cardio 5 times a week. Help :) <em>46</em> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:30:56 EST Skinny Expectations September 18, 2013 <BR> <BR> I did W6D3 of C25K...TOUGH...What's funny is when I did last weeks I jogged 20 minutes and felt good...Tonight I changed the time I worked out, could be that had something to do with it. Next week is 25 minutes/3x a week. Since I began this challenge, I have lost 4 lbs., which doesn't seem nearly enough to me. After all, Paula Deen lost 28 lbs. in a month. <BR> <BR> We have a Biggest Loser contest at work but don't think anyone's as serious about it as I am,... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:00:36 EST Does any one suffer from Chronic Epstein-Barr wanted to see if there was a team to join <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Teresa Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:32:32 EST I am looking for over shopping addicted people I am looking to form a group of shopping addicted people. <BR> <BR> since shopping is an addiction. any days when I do not shop is a plus Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:11:48 EST Will I ever STOP seeing the "big" me in the mirror I have lost 77 pounds and 7 dress sizes and while I can see the difference when I look in the mirror, I don't always "see" it. I'm sure that makes no sense. I hear pretty frequently that I look amazing, but when I look in the mirror, I still pretty often see the bigger girl I used to be. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I went to buy new jeans, a size 8- I have NEVER been a size 8, so what should have been a moment filled with excitement and pride, turned out to be a moment filled with anxiety and emb... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:13:25 EST The Corliss Group China’s commitment to growth will drive the global economy <BR> <BR> From outside China, the Bo Xilai trial looks like the Chinese news event of the year, one of the preoccupations of Western media, along with corporate corruption and the clampdown on American and European companies. Yet these issues are no more than sideshows to the most important economic event of recent times, the unveiling and ratification of a major program for reforms for the next decade, which will occur at the Chines... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:01:17 EST The Last 5 Pounds September 17, 2013 <BR> <BR> I began my "weight loss journey" on August 5 with the simple plan to lose 12 pounds for our belated honeymoon to Mexico on October 4. I started out so strong with working out daily, tracking my food, and the pounds started to fall off! Now, with 18 days left, I'm down to exactly 5 pounds to go. I've been here for a couple weeks now! I'll admit I lost some steam for working out (got WAY behind last week) and the past 2 weekends I didn't exactly eat as well as I co... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:33:25 EST Did my first ten minute workout I have a tendency to over exercise which has caused me many injuries. I am presently suffering from Achilles tendonitis. <BR> I will be applying the ice pack to my throbbing ankle and resting tomorrow. Has anyone else had to deal with tendon injuries? <BR> <BR> I have a tendency to rush in things and consider the repercussion later. <BR> I wish I had not got that tattoo and I should not have died my hair blond. <BR> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:34:35 EST The Koyal Group Surge of government-backed investment funds squeezing out private sector <BR> <BR> A number of government-backed funds to invest in private-sector projects such as promoting Japanese pop culture overseas and encouraging the construction of public facilities will begin this fall. <BR> <BR> But some have criticized the ballooning government investments for having an unfair advantage over private sector sources of funding. Others said they may end up being a burden on taxpayers. <BR> <BR> Thr... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:23:23 EST Different perspective I am shooting for the stars here and hope so badly that I am successful. I am going to try my hardest to get out of my own way! I am going to play dumb and put everything I know on the side and go into this blindly. Hopefully this will allow me to get where I want to be. I am looking to create a WOW moment and so much pray that this happens for me. Good luck to everyone Sat, 14 Sep 2013 08:50:25 EST KEEP ON GOING All I got to say is when you think things aren`t going good just think positive and keep on going Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:35:54 EST Building a Better Body Image Now I'm doing incredibly with healthy eating, but when it comes to exercise and self esteem I'm still a bit lacking. I tend to skimp my exercise thinking, "It's not worth it." What I really mean is, "I'm not worth it." It's damnably difficult to get motivated about sculpting your body when you're having the hardest time even looking at yourself in the mirror. I'm getting better. I've begun doing daily affirmations and building a gratitude list and I've taken the step of sharing them sort of publi... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 02:22:28 EST desire and resistance <BR> Desire and resistance are two strong drives for me. I want change but I resist. I Desire things but I am to frightened to try. I have tied my own hands. With these two drives I feel so guilty when I do not make an attempt to change my life. <BR> <BR> so I have to slowly face my fears to bring out the best of me because my fears are not helping me one bit. My fear is protective but it is not helping me grow. <BR> <BR> my Father always took such good care of his children and in a way a... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:57:34 EST Getting started once again! I worked my butt off with a trainer for 8mth lost 9percent body fat and 20lbs! I felt amazing but I could no longer afford to pay the trainer and I was not able to keep up the intensity of the works outs so guess what I gained all but 2 lbs back. So upset! I need a plan that I will be able to follow on my own and keep at it as I age. I am 48 and weigh 215lbs please Help me Help MYSELF! <em>303</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:02:43 EST Getting started once again! I worked my butt off with a trainer for 8mth lost 9percent body fat and 20lbs! I felt amazing but I could no longer afford to pay the trainer and I was not able to keep up the intensity of the works outs so guess what I gained all but 2 lbs back. So upset! I need a plan that I will be able to follow on my own and keep at it as I age. I am 48 and weigh 215lbs please Help me Help MYSELF! <em>303</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:00:28 EST MY BLC FALL CHALLENGE JOURNEY 11 September 2013 <BR> So today was the beginning of the BLC Fall Challenge, and once again I am part of the amazing and awesome Dazzling Diamonds. <BR> Part of my pledge is to show how my journey is going via this journal. <BR> When I weighed myself this morning, I realized that the numbers I was seeing on the scales, needed to be reduced, if I was ever to become healthy. My weight today was 129.8kg...and that is a large amount of weight to be carrying around with me....and I am noticing how... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:05:00 EST Bad day Well I had a REALLY BAD day yesterday. I didn't track at all and ate nothing but junk all day, from a breakfast sandwich at McDoanlds to a chocolate cake at Arbys to Oreos last night and everything in between. It was just horrible. I know what did it, I was terribly stressed out and angry at some things going on with my family and I just didn't care. I was so disapppointed with myself. <BR> <BR> The good thing is I told myself last night that I am not perfect and I need to find a way t... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:48:02 EST Minus 5 (pounds) Current Weight: <BR> 212-5 <BR> 207-5 <BR> 202-5 <BR> 197-5 <BR> 192-5 <BR> 187-5 <BR> 182-5 <BR> 177-5 <BR> <BR> If figure if I meet my goal in small increments that is better than looking at a big number. My current goal now is to get to 207. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:56:34 EST Newport International Group Fraud Watch US Stock US Stock Futures Punkt auf höhere öffnen nachdem starke China-Datenexport <BR> <BR> US-Aktienindex-Futures empfehlen eine höhere Öffnung für Märkte am Montag, nachdem Konjunkturdaten aus China über das Wochenende robustes Wachstum in der weltweit zweitgrößte Volkswirtschaft und einer steigenden Nachfrage in den USA und anderen Märkten vorgeschlagen, während Investoren auf diese Woche Abstimmung im US-Kongress über Militäraktion gegen Syrien gefasst machen. <BR> <BR> Future auf den Dow Jones... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 04:05:27 EST Ran for my life Completed the Run for your life race yesterday. Psyched I finished but also very aware of how out of shape I've gotten over this last year. Time to add some strength training and change up the cardio a bit. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:44:08 EST work hard I work out and I walk but their is time the weight lost stops to I don`t want to give up so cheer me on Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:16:09 EST Help I have stopped losing?? Help!! I'm a 50 yr old woman that ways 231lbs I went on a low carb diet under 20 carbs a day and between 1300 and 1500 calories. I have been on it for approximately 2 weeks lost about 9 lbs and have stopped the scale says I have gained a pound!!! Whats going on?? Any suggestions Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:50:17 EST Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged I have played around on Sparks people a few times in the past years. Now, I think it may my my lifeline. I can't seem to get help or encouragement anywhere today, I am going to TRY to make myself use this as a tool. I am at my heaviest EVER!!! I am really upset and discouraged about my weight gain b/c I don't binge eat, I don't eat abnormal amounts and I haven't really changed how I cook or eat from when I weighed 125 lbs 20 some years ago. I had 4 kids, but never really came c... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:28:24 EST starting fresh I am starting fresh right now 162 to 140 by 11/22 Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:27:53 EST Starting a New Vegetarian Way of Life I've decided to start eating a vegetarian diet. I'm going to find a bunch of recipes that look good to me, go shopping tomorrow, and begin. I'm noticing that alot of the recipes contain cheese or eggs, however I'm just going to go by the recipes and consciously avoid all meats for now and see what happens. <BR> <BR> I decided to do this because my cholesterol and triglycerides are both skyrocketed, I'm pre-diabetic, my weight is out of control the highest it's ever been, and I suffer from ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 01:15:37 EST HAD TO FIND MY OWN !! Hello Everyone!... I have been away for some time Cause when I thought I was ready,I actually wasn't. But I have been now for the last 11 days... And have had some great success in that little bit of time :) When I weighed myself on the 20th I was 308 and now I am 305 :) I have been on a 1500 cal so I eat whatever I want just I don't go over that 1500 mark! and I have been drinking A LOT of water!! Been getting a lot of support from my family and friends but it started with my OWN motivation ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:34:56 EST Anxious I am feeling very anxious for numerous reasons that I don't want to get into. <BR> <BR> However, first and foremost I am going grocery shopping and I am so scared that before I know it I will put junk food in my shopping cart. <BR> <BR> Now after way too long of eating and eating and not caring at all, I am committing to getting back on track. It is crazy to be so anxious of just going into a store. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:23:20 EST Fat to Fit! to Fit <BR> <BR> Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I am a sporty guy but injuries has meant a long time without decent exercise and I have gotten used to the sedentary lifestyle but would love to get back in shape! <BR> <BR> I have created this blog mainly in the hope that will motivate me more- knowing the whole internet can see my progress! <BR> <BR> My measurements are <BR> <BR> Height: 6 ft 1 (Large build) <BR> Weight 19 st Target: 14 st <BR> Waist: 114 cm Target: 90 cm <... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 06:45:23 EST Getting Started On A Better Me Well I guess today is the day I start this journey. I found Spark when googling ACE diet pills. Why diet pills? I guess because if I'm being honest its because I just don't know what to do with myself. The crazy thing is I have anxiety/panic attacks so I could never take that stuff anyways. I do however have a problem with Soda! Dr. Pepper is my love and I really need to quit but it is so hard to do. A couple months ago I tried quitting soda, coffee, and pretty much sugar all together and I p... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:29:26 EST PATTYKLAVER'S Goal Journal August 29, 2013: I have been telling myself all summer (well, at least since July) that I was going to do a few things. Although I feel that I have made some small strides, I really haven't pushed myself as I want to or should do. So, I start this journal to write down my goals. I will consciously think of them. I will come up with short, medium and long term goals. I will only take a few on at a time as to not overwhelm myself and not do them again. <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> 1) I wi... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:18:26 EST Not doing to bad today Doing pretty good on my eating. Frig is full of fruits and veggies. I am feeling good about myself. Did have some problems today but handles them instead of eating. My first step to my new life. Still a long road to go with lots of curves, bumps and hills. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:25:18 EST 8/31/2013 I will be on sparkpeople 2 years On 8/31/2013 i will be celebrating 2 years that i have been on sparkpeople. <em>205</em> <em>504</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:41:12 EST Finally Motivated Hi, I'm Tracy and I'm feeling really good about myself lately. I have wanted to start a healthier lifestyle for so long but lacked the proper motivation. In 2008, I quit smoking for good by going cold turkey. I was very proud of myself for accomplishing this and I loved the way it made me feel about myself. I remember the feeling of determination to reach my goal. I gained tons of weight because I quit smoking paired with other life stressors. I have been struggling ever since. I star... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:37:12 EST Lucyvt's crazy Journal I started using SP back in 2010 because I weighed 210 lbs. <em>198</em> I was told my by orthopedic surgeon that I had to start losing the weight by the time he was going to do the TKR. <BR> I had a very hard time w/just walking on the treadmill because I had no cushioning between the bones in my knee. <em>33</em> Even though I wore my knee brace for stability, it didn't give the support I was looking for. I still pushed on w/walking. <BR> My weight was down to 165 lbs & now it ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:33:16 EST PROGRESS I CAN SEE AT LAST! I have been on the 5k to walking plan from being a couch potato for 6 weeks. I am now tracking week 5 as my walking buddy couldn't walk with me due to family circumstances. One day in my new week 2, she still couldn't join me, but I got my butt out of bed and walked alone anyway! I turned 59 yesterday and, for the first time in my life, I can actually see the difference in my body when I look in the mirror! I haven't done the diet thing yet due to home pressures, but will do once I return ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 03:27:14 EST Fitbit Love my fitbit... it really pushes me. Last night just before getting ready for bed I did a loop around the neighborhood so that I could hit 10K steps. Love it when my fit bit lights up and cheers me on! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:56:19 EST Functional Maintenance This is a Community Journal inspired by a definition of "ideal weight" from the Beck Diet Solution blog. <BR> "I first want to tell you about our concept of ‘ideal weight’ – it’s the weight that you get down to when you’re eating and exercising in a healthy way that you can maintain. Now this weight may not the weight of your thinnest friend, it may not be the weight you were at in college, and it almost definitely isn’t the weight of the celebrities we see on television." <BR> <link>beck... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:10:17 EST Outdoor Loving Ways/ Weight Management I do a pretty good job of staying healthy by continuing outdoor activities. There are times though, that I chow down right after, and the activity becomes not beneficial. My weight goal has been met, but my management skill isn't the best. It may not be that much of a problem, but I can see it has becoming a habit. I'll be hiking all next week with some climbing involved so I'm looking forward to the management challenge. ....... <BR> <BR> Trailtrodder <em>295</em> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:00:02 EST Maggie (Hope4Loss1) Journal I liked the idea of a community journal to keep track of what I am doing. So - here it is. Will update regularly. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:27:10 EST One step forward... ...two steps back. Couple more steps forward again today. I've lost a total 12 lbs. since about May, but that has been an up and down process. I started out with the best of intentions (for about the 100th time), and had committed to the Medifast/Take Shape for Life plan, but I have a difficult time sticking to it. Also fighting my own stubbornness when it comes to a fitness and workout plan. If I could come up with a method for conquering myself, I would package it and sell it. At any ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:17:06 EST Starting over Been gaining instead of losing so I need to restart my plan. <BR> I want to add ST in, love this Tracy Austin Sexy Arms routine, hope to work from beginners to advanced by the end of the month <link> </link> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:39:38 EST What a GREAT Day! I've stuck to my current goal plan for over a week now, so am happy. Staying between my calorie goal and drinking over 84oz of water a day! Now I'm going to walk over to the Fitness center to walk on the treadmill for 15-20 mins. before heading home for the day. <em>244</em> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:22:01 EST Day 2 I did some walking for about a mile around my apartment complex. had to take one break at the picnic table but otherwise a good exercise. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:27:30 EST what to write tonight i have downloaded a hypno app on the tablet - so tonight i will journal the process to see if it works over the coming week - hold thumbs Sat, 17 Aug 2013 10:59:57 EST Diane's Journey I decided to start a journal here. I had started a blog but I don't really understand how that site works so here I am! I will update this weekly with my progress, triumphs and pitfalls. I will also weigh in weekly. I absolutely love this site and all the support I receive from everyone on this site. Here goes the first entry! <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 213.0 <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! I am trying to lose weight (constantly it seems). I have joined Spark People (a free diet-fitness websit... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:49:31 EST Steph's Fit Journal I am starting this journal so that I can hold myself accountable. Below are my goals and starting measurements! <BR> <BR> My long term goals are: <BR> - Reach goal weight of 135 lbs (pre-grad school weight) <BR> - Do at least 20 minutes of physical activity DAILY (including 3 CorePower yoga classes/week) <BR> - Cook at least 3 healthy dinners/week (other days: leftovers, weekend dinners=free choice) <BR> - yoga poses to master: crow, headstand <BR> - Run a sub-7 minutes mile <BR> <BR> My ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:45:14 EST doing well and hope to continue slowly but surely I am getting use to losing weight and doing the menu planning I have finally started to use. I learned a new website about exercise and I am loving it very much. I am participating more in my weight loss support group and also learning more. I hope all goes well with others. remember we have to take it one step at a time, and we also need to be patient. it did not take us one day to gain this weight and it is not going to take one day to lose the necessary weight. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:03:50 EST Just finished Day 2 of Insanity! :) I just started Insanity yesterday, completing my Fit Test and feeling good after. <BR> <BR> I prepared myself for Insanity by doing Shaun T's 15 Minute "Miracle" Workout on Dr. Oz. I did the workout for about 2 weeks. Before that, I was regularly running 3 miles. <BR> <BR> Today I did the Insanity Plyometric Cardio Circut for the first time and it was hard! My body is feeling it (especially in the thighs), but it feels good to know I completed the 40 minute workout. I plan to take a bath ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:58:36 EST How was your day? Don't ask . Did you ever have "one of those days" when your all gun-ho to do something but you really want to have this one thing with you. When you go to get it where you saw it last it is not there. Then you basically tear the place apart to find it. And you still can't find it. So now your all bent out of shape about it. So you go do what you were gonna do but your not happy about it. Then you get back and you continue to search for this missing thing. You find it in the lest likely place. Now you hav... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:04:09 EST PUNKIN103 WEIGHT LOSS CHAOS JOURNAL!!! Since I started my real journey on August 3 2013 I started out at 230 lbs and since then I have lost 4lbs as of August 11 2013. I'm real excited about this, so far I'm doing pretty good. I'm walking more and cutting back on cokes and sweets, I still have them but not as much. <BR> Went for a walk with a friend while we was waiting for our girls to get out of cheerleading practice about a 33 minute walk. I'm keep track of my step, miles and minutes I walk a day. today have been 12937 steps ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:37:31 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race What sounds better: <BR> <BR> Exercising like crazy and eating healthy and showing within two months <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> Exercising like crazy and eating healthy and suddenly dropping a lot of lbs/kg/stones 6months +? <BR> <BR> To me, I pick the second one. For those that exercise like crazy, they can see their results and it further encourages them along their pathway, compared to those that do everything they possibly can and not seeing signs, but continuing with determination. <BR> ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:37:56 EST The good and the bad Yea. I did my two laps around the block yesterday and the second lap I did the goal of jogging 1min and 3. It was good. Today I was suppose to do my curves and my 2 laps minus the jogging which Im suppose to do tomorrow. However tomorrow I find out about what to do with my tumor. So Im a little nervous and distracted. It has drained my energy levels repeatedly and has become painful lately. But I don't want to give up or quit. I lost 10 pounds in the last 3 months and while I know its not a l... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 21:47:35 EST Improving Self-Discipline I've always known that I lacked self-discipline. In fact, I blogged about here about my need to improve my self-discipline: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402006 </link> Since then, I've taken some baby steps, and made a couple of things in my life non-negotiable, meaning that I do them daily, no matter what. However, these baby steps have done nothing to help me in the area of my life in which my lack of self-discipline has a major impact. So n... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 03:41:49 EST one week success I made one week without going off my journey. Lost 6 pounds. I'm on my way. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:51:35 EST Survival Got through our annual church picnic without dipping into any bad foods ! Imagine - a whole day without funnel cake, cotton candy, or fried anything! That is what I call fun! Sat, 3 Aug 2013 18:10:56 EST return of the fruitloop!!! The fruit loop was something that people started calling me because I was changing ways I looked at life. And it stuck. But I didn't. I fell off for 18 months with divorce and everything else. <BR> <BR> But I am back!!! Newest fruit loop adventure..... my first ever 5k race :) kicker is I started training when I was asked to do it, less than 4 weeks before race. But I am doing it!!!! <BR> <BR> Now to get more things under control. In time tho I guess! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:03:32 EST 100 Days To Weightloss <em>249</em> <BR> I have decided to restart the 100 Days To Weightloss Challenge. Will post tomorrow, all the details of Day One. <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:21:05 EST First week in! Well I managed the first week. Weighed myself and found I have lost 2 lb <em>244</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 03:40:07 EST challenging my self I'm back! I sat down today.. and went through all my "groupings" <BR> these little meals will help in me tracking my food. <BR> <BR> My calorie range.. 1200-1400 <BR> I will do some activity every single day for the month of august. <BR> <BR> and to drink at least 8 cups of water daily... this is plenty to work on ... then as the months come by I will pick something new to focus on .. <BR> <BR> I'm starting at 185.. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:19:20 EST Slow and Steady This is a spontaneous first post that will hopefully 'spark' me into action (pun fully intended). <BR> <BR> I am a 28 year old female, 150 pounds, almost 5'8", who likes to run and LOVES to eat. Overall I feel relatively healthy, but I make some poor decisions with mindless snacking and would like to work on ending that. Last night I went on a bit of a bender, which culminated in me heading to bed with a bag of shrimp chips (which are essentially potato chips) and eating every last bite of t... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:23:47 EST My New Life Starts Now Today's the day. It's an ordinary day. Tuesday. I've decided this is the day that my new life starts, and it starts now. No more excuses, no more conclusions, no more knowing this or that. It's a mysterious journey to me, and I intend to live this life the way I want it. I intend to visualise exactly what I want my life to look like and I intend to bring this image of myself and my life to be. That's it. No waiting to win the lottery. No putting it off for another day, as if there is time to ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:42:45 EST HELP!!! Is there any message board for general questions? <BR> <BR> Also, is there a way to find your community journal easier than searching through the pages? I tried typing in the search box it always looks on like google or something. <BR> <BR> And how do we get to the page that lets us redeem our spark point goodies? <BR> <BR> Please someone help! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:45:12 EST Live now, worry about dying later! Originally posted July 20th: <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> Today I started my 13-week walk/run program. The first session of week one that I just completed has you run for 30-seconds then walk for 4 minutes and 30 seconds. You repeat this 7 times. This is supposed to slowly build up your running ability and strength. By week 13 I am supposed to be able to run 60 minutes without stopping. I am kind of worried about that idea, but I hope it is true. It would be great if it was true. I did notice that ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:44:35 EST The balance between calories and exercise I have found that the more I work out the hungrier I feel! It is such a challenge to eat less than what you burn in a day! Still trying to stay above the water. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:34:19 EST Creativity as motivator As creative arts psychotherapist, I am sold out on the magic of making art. This does not mean you need any art skill whatsoever. If you can make a line on paper with a pencil, you qualify for this method. I do art (drawing, painting, sculpting, collage, etc.). This is not about the product or self-judgement, but the process of using art as healing agent. Splash it out on paper. I'd like to know if anyone is interested in trying an art journal, playing with art materials with the intent... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:03:13 EST Journal versus Blog I thought we had our blogs so people could read them like our journals. How do we get people to read them then? Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:57:38 EST Will Power Needs Boosted I started out strong, & I had motivation: my husband. Now we are doing so much better & my motivation is slipping. My wobbly marriage gave me a great excuse for time to obsess over our issues while I sweated away the calories. I could take my frustration out in my exercises, but now we've finally talked out our problems & resolved a lot of them & it's no longer working to get me off the couch. I need to refocus on all of the other reasons I wanted to loose weight: smaller clothes=more clos... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:33:45 EST My journey begins again Here I am once again - where I told myself for at least the third time in my life that I wouldn't let the scale reach again. It seems unfair that it is so easy to gain the weight but so difficult to lose and keep off. I know from my history that I can lose weight by diet and exercise yet I tend to let life get in the way. This time I am really shooting for a lifestyle change where exercise is a part of my everyday life and making better eating decisions will just come naturally. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:18:57 EST One More Time Well here it goes----I have been on this journey lots of times. I want this to be the time I really lose the weight for good. This is the most I have ever weighed in my life. I am a stress-er from way back. But this time I must do it for no one but me. I hate being fat. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:52:45 EST I had a metaphorical heart attack (Brat whinings) I just saw photos of me from 2 months ago, and I look HUGE! I admit, I'm not obese but I have to lose 20 pounds before I can look at myself in the mirror again. I don't actually HAVE a full length mirror in my house so it's easy for me to "imagine" that I'm not as big as I am. I've been doing really well with tracking everything, and I'm working out and enjoying it but see pix of me (wearing SHORTS with THIGHS THIGHS EVERYWHERE!) OMG...someone get me a shock blanket! <BR> <BR> I'm so fr... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:01:10 EST Is it okay to take one day off dieting? I am so SORE from working out that i am physically ill! I'm tired and i want to eat what ever I want today? Will it ruin every thing? Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:39:40 EST Out of the Darkness Today im starting this community journal.... Out of the Darkness <BR> I am working toward a life filled with light and energy... leaving behind all the things that have kept me trapped in the darkness <BR> <BR> *childhood sexual abuse <BR> *emotionally abusive marriage <BR> *physically abusive marriage <BR> *Eating Disorder <BR> *Depressions <BR> *Negative emotions <BR> *Mistrust <BR> *Loneliness <BR> *Sever Social Anxiety <BR> *Negative self talk <BR> <BR> My goals are to become more SOCI... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:32:44 EST My continuing struggle! When did BBW become a bad word and strike fear in the hearts of the huddled masses? <BR> <BR> I know it is my choice to write in my profiles that I am a BBW, but why do I feel that it is an obligation to do so. Nothing like setting myself up for a fall. I have done a great deal of work on myself and my self-esteem in the last couple of years and I am finally becoming the true me. <BR> <BR> Are there people out there that can truly see beneath the surface and recognize a person for who they... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:53:18 EST Journal Day 1 Hopefully I can get my mojo back, I'm the weight loss yoyo queen these days. <BR> <BR> Jan 2008 weight 185 <BR> Jan 2009 weight 155 <BR> July 2009 weight 140 <BR> Jan 2010 weight 155 <BR> July 2011 weight 140 <BR> Jan 2012 weight 160 <BR> July 2012 weight 142 <BR> Dec 2012 weight 155 <BR> May 2013 weight 156 <BR> July 2013 weight 161 <BR> <BR> Time to dust myself off and start again, again <BR> <BR> So Day 1 - July 18th 2013 weight 161 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:44:39 EST What to talk to a personal trainer about I'm hiring a trainor for a few sessions to help me learn how to safely and effectively weight train. Any suggestions for how to get the most from her? Thu, 18 Jul 2013 03:11:00 EST A 50 Something's Journal My first week on SparkPeople. I didn't think I would like doing this online, but by the second day I loved it! I lost 5 lbs this week!!!! Now comes the hard part. Usually, after a week or so of dieting, I give up. Not this time. Today I am still going strong and did a 20 minute aerobic workout. I feel great! <BR> <BR> That may not sound like a lot to some, but for me it is pretty great. I can usually find an excuse for not working out or for eating things I shouldn't. Can't wait ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:03:23 EST Ray's Journal I should have started this a week ago but now that I'm well into my second week and doing well, I feel energized enough to share it. <BR> <BR> Last month after Father's Day I took a look at my photos and could not help but notice how big I have gotten since the birth of my daughter. One of my life's goals was to have a family and raise a daughter to where I can dance with her at her wedding. If I am going to enjoy life and live healthy to that point I know that I have to act now. <BR> ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:54:15 EST Getting free from sugar substitutes I have been living on sugar free soda since my teenage years when Tab was induced. Yes I am that old. My body has been that corrupted! I'm addicted to Coke free, and other diet drinks, I use splenda in my baking and cereal and fruit smoothies. The diet industry LOVES me. <BR> In spite of using these chemicals to satisfy my sweet tooth, I am still obese!!! <BR> Yesterday, I read the SP article regarding the risks of these artificial sweeteners. It struck me when I read that in spite of he... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:33:21 EST Getting free from sugar substitutes I have been living on sugar free soda since my teenage years when Tab was induced. Yes I am that old. My body has been that corrupted! I'm addicted to Coke free, and other diet drinks, I use splenda in my baking and cereal and fruit smoothies. The diet industry LOVES me. <BR> In spite of using these chemicals to satisfy my sweet tooth, I am still obese!!! <BR> Yesterday, I read the SP article regarding the risks of these artificial sweeteners. It struck me when I read that in spite of he... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:31:18 EST SHERRY'S IT'S NOT A DIET JOURNAL!!!! Tomorrow will start my getting fit and healthy. I once lost weight by walking and watching what I eat and that's all that has worked for me in the past. I'm not going to say anything to my family or friends for a while, because I don't want to hear them say "Oh not again, or you can't do this" or the ones that don't say anything but you can see it on their face. For right now i will keep it to myself except for on here where I can get the support and not be judge or at least feel like I'm be... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:13:00 EST Back In The Saddle Again It's been a long time since I felt determined to actually do something --- rather than feel miserable and call myself a fatso on a regular basis. So I decided to weigh myself first and then check into this website I bookmarked last year. <BR> <BR> Coincidentally I initially began to do something about my weight in July 2012. My goal was to have lost 85 lbs by now. I was motivated for a short while and lost about 20 lbs over the next few months ... 245 down to 225 ... hit a plateau (sp?) ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:59:55 EST I'm new here & very overweight Skin issues. For starters can anyone offer suggestions for red, itchy sore skin under tummy's & breasts. I hope I'm not in the complete wrong place for help. I have lost 50+ pounds over the past 18 months. I have a long way to go, and need help. Thank u. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:30:14 EST GOING STRONG IM HAVE DECIDED THAT I NEED TO START A COMMITMENT TO MYSELF FOR ONCE! I AM GONNA LOSE THIS WEIGHT LIKE NOTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED EXISTED. I KNOW IT WILL BE A ROUGH JOURNEY, BUT THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN DO THIS FOR ME IS ME... SO HERE I GO... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:51:01 EST Time to get It done! <BR> Jump this morning consisted of 25 minutes of cardio and a lifting for legs. After a quick shower I was feeling spent and could not wait to refuel at home. Has a great smoothie with frozen strawberries and whey protein. Have to really take a look at my calorie in take and evaluate where the calories are coming from because even losing a lb is getting more difficult everyday. <BR> <BR> It is strange what worked for me 3 years ago is clearly not working for me now and I would be lying if... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:13:47 EST Keep on moving forward I have been on this weight loss journey for 3 years now, and it's not been an easy journey. I'm currently at my highest weight ever. But I'm not giving up. The past 3 years haven't been easy, but I have also had some victories. <BR> The first year (2010), I dealt with at least one migraine a week, and that year focused on just getting healthy enough (by going to a neurologist and working to reduce the migraines with medication) to even start exercising at all. At that point, even exercise wa... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:45:59 EST Summerings Journey .... Time to start a journal again . I have been struggling with this last 30lbs since my daughter was born ...almost 13 years ago . I practice Karate and hope to grade for my black belt in the fall , that being said I would like to get some of this weight off before then ... makes a huge difference on my knees . <BR> My exercise is good .. I try to get to the gym 6 times a week , I do cardio and weights 3 times a week along with karate 3 evenings . I 'm also walking my dig twice a day and still n... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:04:35 EST Trouble with motivation Ive been over weight my whole life. The chubby one in every group. After so many years it has defintely wore on me. Seven months ago I started a life changing journey to finally drop some of the weight that I had been carrying. I droppped 20 pounds in four months!! I was so motivated that nothing could stop me. But now just a few months later that motivation is gone. Those thoughts that I grew up with have been slowly creeping back in my head, derailing my progress. I feel like I am f... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:01:43 EST no more change No more fad diets for me. I have done 3 figure competitions in the last 4 years. Each time I stepped on stage at 105lbs, and then quickly rebounded to 135 higher. My stage prep diets were very restricted and bland, and I was doing cardio by the hour daily. At the end of each prep I hated eating clean, and hated the gym. <BR> <BR> Now I am on a mission to eat all food groups in moderation and to reset my metabolism with minimum cardio, and plenty of weight training. I notice my weight gain ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:37:19 EST dehydration last night I became very dehydrated. because of this I was very sick. the only thing I could do when I started to sweat a lot, was to put myself in a cold bath and sit there for over an hour. I could barely feel the cold. I then emptied the tub and put cool water in there. once I started to feel the water more and more I decided it was time to get out. it had been about an hour and a half since I first got in the tub. I still was feeling dizzy, but I made it to laying down on the couch where ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 22:02:16 EST Reaching goal 7 months in today and have lost 32 lbs, healthy bmi and 3 lbs from my goal. It's been a long time since I've been this weight and have muscle definition. I turn 50 this year, I have a nearly 7 yr old, and my husband has diabetes and high blood pressure. I think I hoped he'd see it was doable - yet he still chooses to let the pills do the work and keep his diseases in check. He did ask me today what my total weight loss was and how I felt... Maybe, there is a spark there. Hoping... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:12:38 EST REFUSE to Fail After a year long plateau, I started a new program this week. I am LOVING how this feels! Even with the holiday today, I stayed on track. I brought my own salmon for a main dish, so I wouldn't be tempted by the barbecue. I had veggies as a side, fruit as a dessert, and was satisfied. I didn't feel deprived! <BR> <BR> After dinner this evening I will rock my workout. I'm looking forward to it! For the first time in a long time, I feel like I'm in control of this journey again. Whoo! ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:56:55 EST 1week done! 1 week into my journey & I lost 1 pound! So proud of myself! <BR> I'm away this weekend so it'll be tough but ill hang in there! Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:09:22 EST Staying Motivated We are going on vacation for a few days and I know we will be eating rich seafoods, fried sea foods, tartar sauce, ice cream. I am going to eat and enjoy my seafood, it's once per year and we always look forward to returning to our favorite restaurants and it is part of the vacation experience for us and I don't believe that 2-3 days of vacation eating will break me; I believe I have the motivation and am in the right state of mind to come home and pick up where I left off. <BR> <BR> One th... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 09:56:15 EST