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EWILLIAMS1000 Posts: 242
9/28/12 1:50 A

Hi I also am getting my journey underway. I am in week three and down 8 lbs. The first week was torture but I am getting a little more acclimated especially with the snacking habits I needed to change. Finding things to do to distract myself during my intense cravings has been the toughest. Still going though. I am reading Dr Phils The Weight Solution and he talks about having a plan for dealing with external environment. I typically eat anything in sight out of bordom, stress, fatigue. So I am learning to put food away and leave the junk at the store. It's tough though, I'm used to finding chocolate in the cupboard and it' not there anymore. I hope it gets easier down the road.

SSTENFORS Posts: 167
9/27/12 8:49 P

So happy that I am doing well with SparkPeople. This is it. No more going back (up). emoticon

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9/22/12 11:02 A

Happy that I followed my course all week -

Just keep swimmimg! Just keep swimming!!!


VKLINE326 Posts: 961
9/22/12 9:52 A

One day at a time. Just keep going.

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/24/12 7:12 A

It's been exactly a week since I have posted/tracked. What a difference a week makes! I have been eating more and not working out enough. I am here today to turn it back around. It's never too late! I wanna make today a good day!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/17/12 7:37 P

It got better in a big, relieving way! I am down to 158.2. My weightloss has been crazy. Since I started this journal, I am down 16.2 pounds in only 26 days. I am staying in my ranges each day. I know the loss will trail off soon and I have to up my workouts, but at this point I am ready for anything. Bring it on!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/16/12 10:55 P

Today was depressing. I stayed in my ranges but still can't grasp the whole exercise thing. I'm going through some personal problems now and I pray it gets better...

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/15/12 10:56 P

Today was good in terms of nutrition. I'm still on track. However, I really need to get back in the swing of things with my workouts. I had 3 hour long workouts last week but nothing even close to that since Sunday. Tomorrow will be a long workout day. It has to be. I am going to an all you can eat Brazilian Steak House for my brother's birthday so wish me luck! Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/14/12 4:22 P

Forgot to post yesterday. I am still on track in terms of nutrition. I did skip the workout yesterday. I think my body just needed a break. I am planning to workout today and stay within my ranges. Tomorrow I am going to kick it up a notch with the exercise but today, I am going to take it easy with a video or walking outside. Until tomorrow.

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/12/12 3:51 P

Day 21 is a struggle. I am just feeling so lazy today. I dragged myself to the gym where I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 25 minutes of walking. I wanted to do some more but I was not feeling it.

I made some slow cooker pork bbq for lunch and had about 1.5 servings instead of the usual 1 serving like I had planned. I have been jonesing for something sweet all day. I just made a batch of hungry girl vanilla cupcakes. The ingredients are a bunch of processed junk but at least I'm not diving head first into the calorie laden ones. The cupcakes got the job done and I am going to freeze the remainder as soon as they cool. The recipe was supposed to make 9 but I halved it, so I suppose it should make 4 1/2. I used mini muffin pans and it made 17. I ate four of them so it should be just about the right serving. Freezing them will keep me from eating anymore of them. I feel pretty satisfied though.

Many say it gets easier (living a healthy lifestyle) the more you do it. I guess everyone has their days though. I'm on day 21 and still chugging along. I just have to keep remembering that slow and steady wins the race. Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/11/12 10:48 P

Day 20- I still can't believe I have been on track this long. It's definitely a first for me and it continues to feel so good to stay in control. I have my time of the month coming soon and will wait to weigh-in until after.

A big triumph today and yesterday was my workout. I did 4.75 miles on the treadmill each day through a combination of running and walking. I burned about 500 calories too! I plan to do the same tomorrow. I am excited to keep challenging myself until I can eventually run five miles straight and increase speed.

I am so thankful to Sparkpeople for the endless support and resources. Just to think, it was here all along and I didn't use it to it's full potential. Well I am now and that's all that matters. Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/10/12 1:45 P

It sounds like you're doing pretty well yourself! Keep it up. Thank you for the encouragement!

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8/10/12 11:21 A

I have had a very hard time getting to the point I am at now. I have managed to maintain within my SP limits, but weighing in always bothers me. I'm glad to see you're doing well. It's really great to see someone out there working hard and it paying off. My husband keeps telling me about the muscle tone he's seeing form on my arms and legs and abbs, but it doesn't make the scale prettier! LOL You're doing awesome, keep it up!!! emoticon

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/10/12 10:34 A

Today marks day 19 since I started this blog. I have to say it has served it's purpose of keeping me accountable and motivated. Not to mention, I have been vigilant about tracking my food and excercise and drinking plenty of water. So far I am down 13.2 pounds! The weight is coming off quickly and I could not be happier. I feel like I am in the groove. I weighed in today at 161.2 and my first goal is to get to 148. Then my final goal will be to get to 136. I hope to reach my 148 goal by the end of September and the 136 goal by Thanksgiving. I know as my weight drops, it will come off less quickly and I am okay with that. I am aiming for 2 pounds per week.

Today I will workout midday since I have a long break at work. This is new for me but since I haven't worked out the last two days, I am going to do an hour of cardio. I have plans for drinks tonight with a friend. Since I only have about 350 cals left after my food today, I think I will stick with a few vodka sodas. I am aiming for an early morning workout tomorrow too, so I definitely don't want to drink too much.

I am happy that I am finally using all the features on Spark and that I am staying consistent. It's all about keeping it up and picking yourself up when you fall. Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/9/12 10:50 A

Yesterday was ok. I did not get in a workout because of the six hour drive I took for my boyfriend's funeral today. I stayed within my calories range and got plenty of water though. Today will be the same with no excercise but I will be working out for an hour and 15 minutes tomorrow and then at least an hour on Saturday. The extra long workouts will more than make up for my lack of excercise yesterday and today. I started the day off already with a light breakfast and plan to keep it going even though we will be on the road. Until tomorrow :)

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/7/12 7:28 P

Today was great. I was at the midpoint in my calorie range. I had plenty of water and I worked out for an hour. My time of the month is approaching and I have had so many salty and sweet cravings but I have fought them off. I am feeling on track and hope to lose 5 pounds this month. I am down 11 since I began this blog, so I am feeling pretty good. Until tomorrow!

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8/6/12 10:56 P

Good day...ate healthy and with nutrition scale
Didn't exercise, but stayed focused on my work.

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/6/12 10:10 P

Today was better than yesterday. Well within my ranges and worked out for 50 minutes. The crockpot chicken, beans, corn and salsa was pretty good. I made a lightened up version of chicken and dumplings today in the crockpot. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, light cream of chicken soup, sliced celery, carrots and onions with some thyme, garlic and parsely. For the dumplings I used 4 grands jr biscuits cut into quarters. The meal was delicious and came in at 270 calories! I'm glad that today was better. It's all about consistency. Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/5/12 5:22 P

Today was very hard. My boyfriend's grandfather passed away this morning. We had plans to go the the National's game but given the circumstances we didn't go. We had lunch at a vegetarian restaurant instead. Afterwards my boyfriend wanted to go for cupcakes and coffee. I had a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing and black coffee. Breakfast and lunch were decent but not knowing the calorie content of the cupcake is leaving me frustrated. I only have about 150 calories left with my estimation of the calorie content of the cupcake. (Spark says 590 based on what someone posted for a chocolate cupcake, which seems really high considering it wasn't that big). I will take a walk later or do a Leslie Sansone DVD for exercise. Since I had much more food than I am used to, I might not have dinner at all. We'll see. Until tomorrow...

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/4/12 7:56 P

I didn't get to post yesterday but I'm still on track. I drove the 8 hours home from the beach and it's good to be home. I'm getting back into my routine already. I went grocery shopping and stocked up on stuff for healthy meals. I am trying a new recipe that I plan to use for lunches. I got the inspiration from Spark. It's organic boneless skinless chicken thighs, spicy salsa, corn and black beans with a little reduced sodium taco seasoning. It comes in at 226 calories, 23 grams of protein, and a little over 5 grams of fiber! I can't wait to try it. I will share how it turns out.

I ate too much sodium today and will drink extra water. I started the day off with a Starbucks veggie sandwich. I had Chili's for lunch and just got a turkey sandwich with no mayo and broccoli for the side. I ate half of it and ate the other half for dinner. I also had some champagne grapes, which are delicious. I am about to go for a walk for exercise today. After that I will shower up and go out with friends. I plan to just do 3 vodka sodas and leave it at that. Factoring in the drinks, I will have had just about 1300 calories today. Tomorrow I will eat more nutritiously and not have any drinks. Until tomorrow!

Edited by: VKLINE326 at: 8/4/2012 (19:57)
VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/2/12 12:22 P

Well tomorrow afternoon, I am leaving the beach. It's crazy how well I have been doing and I can contribute my consistency to logging into Spark everyday to track and post in the message boards. I have stayed within my range for calories, I've drank plenty of water and I have gotten some form of excercise each day. I know I have lost a few pounds while away. Vacation has been great but I am ready to get back to work and my routines. Today I am going to the batting cages for a while and I did putt putt golf last night. It's nice to keep active while having fun. I am making my famous (and fatty) macaroni and cheese tonight, which everyone requested. I will have a small portion and leave it at that. I am truly beginning to strike a balance with food and it feels phenominal. Last night we went out for ice cream at a place that serves homemade ice cream in a ton of flavors. I got the pralines and cream and didn't finish the small cone. Little triumphs like this are important because they eventually add up and turn into weightloss on the scale. It's nice to be moving forward instead of the constant yo-yo cycle that I was on. Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
8/1/12 11:58 A

I forgot to post yesterday! Day 9 went well. The weather was beautiful so I got in a really long walk. I did go out to a few bars though and drank too much. I tracked every drop and stayed within my ranges. I woke up today paying for it but I had a healthy breakfast, lots of water and a few tylenol so the yuckiness has subsided for now. I plan to go for a walk later today and continue my healthy eating. Until Tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/30/12 10:10 P

Day 8 down and guess who survived an oh-so-tempting seafood buffet? This girl! I ate a usual breakfast, very small lunch and treated myself to a few yummy items but I did not go crazy and I tracked every bite. This marks huge progress for me. I am still well within my range, have drank my water and walked for about an hour on the boardwalk. Feeling in control is a wonderfu thing. Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/29/12 10:38 P

Day 7 is good. I am still on track and in my ranges. I had plenty of water, got my exercise and ate healthily. The only thing is I drank way too much diet tea and I think it caused sweets cravings. I had a small serving of ice cream and was able to stop at just that. With one week down, I can't wait to go home and weigh myself. I just know I've made progress! Until tomorrow.

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/28/12 11:06 P

Today is going great. Thanks to everyone for their support!

I got up early and did my walk. I had a healthy breakfast of egg whites,bacon and muenster on a whole wheat sandwich thin. Lunch was white chili and salad from Ruby Tuesday. Dinner was light turkey,yogurt and cherries with almonds for a snack.

Sadly, I got a speeding ticket on the way to the beach! Everything else is good and on track. Typing on my nook so gotta keep it short and sweet. Until tomorrow!

MARGIEB221 Posts: 1,865
7/28/12 8:01 P


BARBWMS Posts: 1,396
7/28/12 4:42 P

It does look like you're doing great.. one day at a time! Be patient with yourself if you can, and enjoy!

HIGHWAY91 Posts: 72
7/28/12 3:26 P

I hope your trip to the Beach is going well today. Stick with your plan, one day at a time! Great job so far!!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/27/12 6:28 P

Day 5 is going alright. I was a little stressed due to work but have not turned to food! I have eaten well within my ranges today and am gonna finish the day up with some sushi.

Exercise is going great! I did 35 minutes of Jillian Michael's Boost Metabolism yesterday, which is super challenging. I ran/walked three miles today in about 36 minutes. I am proud of both workouts as they exceed my 30 minutes per day goal.

I have the big beach trip coming up tomorrow. I will be leaving with my brother for the 7 hour drive. I plan to stop somewhere healthy to eat along the way and bring some nutritious snacks too. I will be waking up at 5:30 to get in a long walk prior to leaving. That means an early night for me! Until tomorrow!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/26/12 1:59 P

Thanks, Shermor13! I appreciate the encouragement.

Day 4 is underway and going well. I started the day off with my usual breakfast of cottage cheese oatmeal pancakes, bacon, pineapple and coffee. Lunch was some homemade chicken salad on a sandwich thin with a tomato and watermelon. I had a morning snack of raw cashews. Later on, before working out, I will have fage blueberry yogurt and after workout I will have a small zucchini muffin. I have dinner out tonight with a friend at Bonefish. I will have the grilled fish tacos. These tacos have become a bit of a frustration. I found on several sites that their calories count is 250 but one site says calorie count is 510??? It's not making any sense to me. Anyways I figure best case scenario I am in at under 1300 cals and worse case, I am in at just about 1550, which still keeps me in my range, which is my goal anyway.

I am not feeling like the workout today though, so I think I will do my old backup of Leslie Sansone for 30 minutes. Then I can't use any excuses like it's hot outside or I don't have any clean cute clothes to wear to the gym (must do laundry!!!).

I leave for Myrtle Beach on Saturday which is a cause of stress for me. It's a family vacation and my boyfriend will be coming along for most of the trip too. In addition to being bombarded with lots of yummy foods, I will be out of my comfort zone and it will be harder for me to stay on track. My plan? As soon as I get there, head to the grocery store, do my own shopping and stick to visiting each day. Also, since I won't be working I plan to start each early morning with an hour walk. I think my body will thank me for it and it will exceed my 30 minute daily exercise commitment I have made to myself. I still get apprehensive as vacation usually means food-free-for-all for me. There is a first time for everything though, right?

Until tomorrow!

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7/26/12 7:54 A

Sounds like your on a good path!!! Keep up the good work!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/25/12 8:38 P

Day 3 is going well. I had a sweets craving in the afternoon and killed it with some gum- wahoo! I went to Whole Foods for dinner and had about 3 ounces of brisket, 1/4 cup of mashed potatoes and some arctic zero. That could have been a lot worse. Breakfast (same as yesterday) and lunch (organic pork chop, asparagus and sweet potato fries) were healthy. I got my workout in earlier so I am relaxing now. Until tomorrow!

Edited by: VKLINE326 at: 7/25/2012 (20:41)
VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/24/12 5:20 P

Day 2 is going great. I am feeling better than yesterday too (not hungover anymore). I got the great news today of a raise at work and although small, I am happy to get it. At the same time I would normally use this as an excuse to get my boyfriend to take me out to a nice, highly caloric meal. Not today! Those extra calories are not crossing my lips!

I started the day with cottage cheese oatmeal pancakes (a spark recipe), 3 slices of wegmans reduced fat bacon, 1/2 cup of pineapple and coffee. Lunch was the other half of the sandwich that I had yesterday and some sauteed squash, zucchini and peppers that were left from last night's dinner. Afternoon snack was fage blueberry greek yogurt and a instant coffee with lots of cinnamon and a little milk. Dinner will be salmon and asparagus. After my run/walk I'm gonna have a peach. This makes day 2 of staying in my range complete! I have had plenty of water too (bought a Brita water bottle today)!

These small changes are what will eventually lead to a new lifestyle. This is also day 2 without weighing myself- woo hoo! Breaking free is feeling pretty good right now!

VKLINE326 Posts: 961
7/23/12 7:03 P

Over the last year and a half I have managed to gain about 30 pounds. I am not even sure why. A few years ago I lost those same 30 pounds but I am right back up to the biggest I have ever been. Lately, I am in a vicious cycle of eating healthy and then binging like crazy. I keep setting goals like - lose 20 lbs before the beach or lose 10 lbs before a girls night out. Those stupid goals are out the window starting today. I need to plan for the long term and realize that weightloss will take a while. I am setting a goal of staying within my ranges of 1200-1550 calories per day, drinking plenty of water and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. This all or nothing attitude is contributing to nothing but excess pounds for me and I am sick of it. I am starting this journal in hopes of helping to keep me on track and accountable.

Well day 1 is going okay. I went to a concert last night and consequently woke up a little hungover. I headed to Starbucks because I was running late and got a unsweetned iced coffee with skim milk and a veggie sandwich. Lunch was half of a turkey sub on whole wheat with lettuce, tomato, onions and dijon with a cup of chicken noodle soup. My snack was a whole wheat zucchini muffin that I made on Saturday night and dinner was a 4 oz organic pork chop with sauteed zucchini, squash and red pepper. Calories in at under 1300 so far. It's about 7PM here and I'm gonna go for a run/walk. Huge triumph since I woke up hungover and I usually use that as a free pass to pig-out. Gonna go excercise! Until tomorrow!

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