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 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 12/21/09 10:55 A Wow! Great website with 12 of free workouts. www.fatx101.com/2008/07/fat-x-weight-loss-training-day-2.html
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 12/4/09 10:18 A . Edited by: -ICANDOIT- at: 11/2/2011 (16:14)
 JEMPOWER Posts: 2,680 11/30/09 3:31 P I have been using self-hypnotism and self visualization for about 3 months and I feel that it has really helped me. I keep telling myself that my body wants to be thing. I think I'm right!!!!! Also, I picture myself as a cute person who is curvy and short. That's me inside my body right now. I think it is working. Jem
 -GOT2FINISH- Posts: 2,120 11/30/09 3:28 P 35 miles a week--I will do this! Does it say anything about adding anything for being old(I mean older)?
 CHOCMOM Posts: 5,234 11/30/09 2:49 P I just read that on a blog. So to lose an additional pound per week, I need to walk 35 miles per week, which is 5 miles per day. Ohh, if I could just find the time (and energy)! P.S. I love reading your "motivational tool box". It is great. Thanks for sharing.
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 11/30/09 1:57 P The amount of calories you burn per mile is equal to double your weight in pounds divided by 3.5. For example, if you weigh 175 pounds, you burn 2 x 175 = 350 / 3.5 = 100 calories per mile. Since there are 3500 calories in 1 lb. of body fat, a 175-pound person needs to walk 35 miles.
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 11/16/09 1:36 P Goals for this week: Simple and doable..... 1. Exercise 30 minutes per day (4 per day 20 max) 2. Drink 6 water bottles full of water each day(2 per day, 10 max) 3. Multi vitamin each day (1 per day, 5 max) 4. Check in with team once per day (2 per day, 10 max) 5. no pop, no dessert (4 per day 20 max) 6. no eating after 7 ( 1 per day, 5 max) MON- 1-4 Treadmill 2-2 3-1 4-2 5-2 ate cookies :0( 6-1 Total points=12 TUES- 1-4 2-2 3-1 4-2 5-4 6-1 Total points=14 Cum=26 WED- 1-4 2-2 3-1 4-2 5-4 6-1 Total points=14 cum=40 THURS- 1-0 2-0 3-1 4-2 5-4 6-0 Total points=7 cum 47 FRI- 1-0 2-0 3-1 4-2 5-0 6-0 Total points=3 cum=50 Edited by: -ICANDOIT- at: 11/2/2011 (16:16)
 PEDAL-PUSHER Posts: 6,501 11/13/09 11:49 A I was hypnotized for weight loss 3 years ago, and I wrote a blog about it some about a year later. I get it out periodically and update it, re-reading it as it reminds me how far I have come. NOTHING motivates me like success.
 BLABBERMOUTH2 SparkPoints: (0) Fitness Minutes: (29,318) Posts: 7,545 11/13/09 11:13 A Thanks for sharing this. I love Dr. Ian. Hope you have been doing ok, you've been very quiet for this battle and I've missed you.
 BLABBERMOUTH2 SparkPoints: (0) Fitness Minutes: (29,318) Posts: 7,545 10/14/09 4:11 P Hey, my little buddy. So glad that you are doing this. I'm very impressed. I have all my stuff in a binder or in my scrapbook journey. One thing I did from our last battle is that I went back and copied those comments that motivated me whether hey were mine or someone elses. I was so happy to see the "You're Unstoppable" song here. It's pretty special to me, too. You've come a long way, and what you're saying and doing here will help so many people as they find out about it. Keep moving forward. Keep your head up. Be proud of yourself. Love you my friend and sister warrior. Pam
 CHOCMOM Posts: 5,234 10/14/09 9:55 A I concur - I am sick of the drama. Initially, I was shocked at all the crying and whining about the chance that they would be split up - I thought come on guys, you knew this would eventually happen - stop it. But then I realized that that is how the show was edited, to emphasize all the drama. When Liz started crying before she even knew whether or not her and Dan would be split up, I was thinking, come on Liz, you are grown woman, you should understand that things change, that you grow attached to people in your life and lose them more than the younger contestants. I couldn't believe she was standing there crying, providing Tracey with more ammo. Tracey is going to use all this drama to her advantage and especially if her team doesn't vote her off when they have the opportunity. Ever since the BL has been on, I watched pieces of it from time to time until last January. Last January, I watched from the beginning until the end. I was amazed at Tara and the way she won challenge after challenge. When she pulled that car ahead of all the men, or ran the bleachers beating everyone else, I was shocked. I am not enjoying this season as much as I did last season. It seems like there is more crying and whining. I did sympathize initially with Dina about her fear of jumping on the step - however, I am surprised that someone as young as her would have that strong of a fear. I want to do a cart wheel but I am scared to death to try it - but it has more to do with my age than anything else. Did she ever do it? I didn't know if I had missed it. I wasn't aware of "community journals" - I knew about the private journals. I hope you don't mind me posting this. No one I know in the non-virtual world watches this show - so there is no "water cooler discussion". Hope you have a good 3rd day - one day at a time, sweetie. Bridget
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 10/14/09 12:38 A BLOSER RECAP Tonight, I was so frustrated with the contestants on the show. Tracey, as usual, won a challenge and was given the complete authority to create the two teams and pick the trainers. I knew she'd win the challenge! Too funny. Was it rigged...who knows! I was completely shocked at how everyone acted this show. Rather than being flattered at being chosen as her trainer, I thought Bob was kind of rude. I know she made him mad the second week, but he is still a professional and should have appreciated her vote of confidence. I wanted to scream "STOP THE DRAMA and get on with it!!" to all of the other contestants for all their crying and complaining when they got split up! I mean really...they got there as individuals, ready to play a game- and now they were acting like life would end because they weren't with a friend! And seriously, either trainer would kick my butt- I'd be glad to have either one training me! (As long as they didn't swear at me!!) But, as I got frustrated and chatted with my husband, I realized that they are all doing what a lot of fat people do-yup, my blog- I said FAT PEOPLE- we let our fears and insecurities bring us to tears, we see obstacles that could really be looked at as opportunities, and we channel our frustration into other things- anger and revenge on the show...food and a funk in my case! I was also very surprised that nobody clapped for Tracey's success at the scale. I don't like poor sports and mean people- and many of these people are both! BL is a show about losing weight, and a competition. I have joined a few friendly team competitions here on Spark. I have been flying under the radar- just getting by. I have fallen below the yellow line almost every week! I am gaining rather than losing weight...UGH! I have not worked as hard as I could have, and I have done my share of moping and crying! Like the people on BL...I need to stop my crying and complaining and take my own advice- stop the drama and get on with it already!!! I am the only one keeping myself from my goals! Edited by: -ICANDOIT- at: 10/14/2009 (00:39)
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 10/1/09 2:38 P salt water flush: themastercleanse.org/salt-water-flush/ Goal: to do 2 x per week at night during October
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 10/1/09 12:07 A
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 9/30/09 12:12 A Some helpful formulas to determine calories, etc: http://www.healthrecipes.com/calories.htm
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 9/14/09 3:01 P I am not a quitter. I am a positive person. I am capable of doing so much, and overcoming so much. I have high expectations. I try to look on the bright side of things. I believe my struggles are important to me, but pale in comparison to what many people are struggling with everyday. I believe it is so important to count my blessings and be thankful. I don't believe in laying blame or making excuses.... So I won't. I am having a hard time getting things going in the right direction. I mean- a really hard time. I feel like the mouse on the wheel- running and running and getting nowhere. I bet the mouse eventually figures out he can slow down and he'll still get nowhere, without working so hard. That's how I feel right now. I feel like it doesn't matter how many good days I have- I still get nowhere. I hate that feeling. It makes me angry, sad, frustrated...confused! I don't like spending my energy on negative things, and this part of my journey is negative. I know things will change, this is just how I feel right now...today. BUT....I am not quitting!! In fact, I am gearing up to try even harder and really journal, study and track my activities. I am discouraged, but I am not out! Like the mouse in the wheel...I just can't keep running in the same direction and not going anywhere. I need to focus, change up my plan, and see what happens. I need to keep tweaking things until I find what works for me. I appreciate the challenges I've joined and teammates I have met- participating in those will keep me going. That's it. I know what I need to do. I have been on this journey all my life- so I know it is full of curves, ups and downs, and potholes! I think just blogging about my frustration makes me feel ...unloaded! I don't feel better- I just feel like it is a burden I need to unload. I am acknowledging the fact that I am in a funk and I can't pretend it isn't bothering me. So, it's out there. I need to be aware of it and not let it get the best of me, so I can deal with it and then leave it behind. I fear that my lack of progress and my wanting it so badly is a recipe for getting pretty depressed- and that is not what I want to do. I am fighting hard to keep my mind in this battle- to remember that it is winnable! So, I will focus ahead. I'll do what I can and know that at some point, things will start clicking and my body will cooperate. I believe in myself...and that's why I know I'll get through this. It just kind of sucks right now! Better days are ahead!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 9/11/09 9:20 A
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 9/11/09 4:52 A Weigh In: MAY 5/18= 171 5/25 =168.2 (-2.8) Total for May: Lost 3.8 for the month- WOOHOO! I am on my way!! (171 start 167.2 end) JUNE 6/1 =167.2 (-1) 6/8=168.4 (+1.2) I deserve this gain :0( 6/15=166.2 (-2.2) 6/22=165.6 (-.6) TOM but still a loss! 6/29=165.2 (-.4) Total for June :Lost 2 pounds OVERALL TOTAL 5.8 pounds lost JULY 7/5 164.8 (-.4) 7/13 vacation 7/20 167.0 vacation!!!!! :0( (+2.2) 7/27 167.0 Total for July: 1.8 pounds gained OVERALL TOTAL:4.0 pounds lost AUGUST 8/3 166.4 (-.6) 8/10 Passed on weigh in! 8/17 167.2 (+.8) 8/24 171.2 (+4.0) (@##\$\$ UGH!) 8/31 168.8 (-2.4) Total for August: 1.8 pounds gained OVERALL TOTAL: 2.2 pounds lost SEPTEMBER 9/7 168.0 (-.8) 9/14 9/21 9/28 Edited by: -ICANDOIT- at: 9/12/2009 (17:25)
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/28/09 12:38 P This was a note I left on Geralyn's page today: 50 pounds= 200- T-W-O HUNDRED....sticks of butter. Can you imagine that you melted all that off your body? Go pick up a 50 pound weight....can you believe THAT sat in your skin? So happy for you! (Can you tell I am anxious to get there someday, too? ) 200 sticks of butter- WOWZER!!!!!! ~~~~~ I soooooo can't wait to be on the same happy cloud she is on today!!! I WANT IT WANT IT WANT IT!!! And, I am starting to really believe I'll get there!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/27/09 11:56 P I'm feeling kind of proud...tired...but proud. I have been there each morning to see the boys off to school. I think they appreciate the extra help and hugs I can give. Getting up that early is pretty tough though! Each day, I have been waiting for them with a snack. They have sat down to eat and chat for a while each day. It has been nice. So far, so good. I have tried not to say "no" to everything. I have tried to be interested in what they share with me, and I have been sure to compliment them and make tem feel good. There have been more smiles around here this week- and I am so happy about that!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/24/09 8:51 A Time is getting away from me! I am so sad that I look at this summer as a complete failure. ( A bit dramatic, but it's overall how I feel) Instead of having fun days at the pool with friends, there was a lot of time spent at home- doing nothing. Some of it was due to the house remodel- most of it was due to my "depression" over the summer- I just felt like hiding, and the kids didn't really fight me on it- so I did. They were content just hanging out....and I didn't really want to be out in a bathing suit, so I hid in my sweats. But I forgot....this was my oldest son's last summer before high school..and my daughter's before Kindergarten. I forgot that this summer was important- who knows how many summers we all have left together? Our family together time is becoming fragmented because of homework, sports, schedules- LIFE! It is my job- what I devoted my life to- to give these kids a warm, loving happy home. I need to boost them when I can, guide them with kindness when they need it, and always be supportive and loving. I gave up my career in order to make motherhood my calling, my priority. It was that important to me and S. We have often struggled- but it is so important that we raise the children given to us by God, and I feel it is the "work" I was really meant for. My career was very successful- and fun- but it didn't have a real purpose like this does. I feel that I haven't done very well at any of that. I have resented being tied down with 4 kids all day- not able to do what I want- or go where I want- or use the bathroom with the door shut! I miss having my own money, great clothes, meetings, prestige... I have focused on the inconveniences in my life rather than the abundant blessings. Not always....but this summer. It is a new school year- and a new day. I pray for strength as I try to grow back into the person I have been meant to be. I am not the mom and wife that God knows I can be- and I will happily go about improving that. I know my family loves me as I am...I just need my outer actions to really show my inner feelings. The greatest joy in life is knowing that we are loved, and being given a new day to love those around us. I want my family to really feel that joy! Edited by: -ICANDOIT- at: 8/24/2009 (08:52)
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/24/09 8:37 A Some personal goals I have for this BTS year: 1. Be present for the boys each morning so that I can help them start their day in a more positive way. 2. This will require EARLIER bedtime! 3. Set one goal to accomplish each day- don't let anything get in the way of that. 4. Have healthy snacks and a real "welcome home" feeling for when they arrive from school. 5. Be more positive and loving. They have a lots of stress- they need to feel safer with me- BE A BETTER MOM! 6. No being on the phone or busy when they come home- listen when they talk. Enjoy this time...college is not too far off ( and preschool for lil man!) and I will miss these days!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/21/09 9:44 A I liked this! Lots of great lines in it! Honor yourself by refusing to quit! Be unstoppable in who you are! It's all within you for you to find! www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GRtq3proKk
 OCEAN7 Posts: 178 8/20/09 11:47 A Wow-- I just read this tread, and am so encouraged by it. Your goals, the reminder provided regarding the attitude of the successful -- that's why we are all here. Together we can achieve so much more. Thank you for your msgs. and keep it up !!!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/20/09 12:31 A I am so glad you liked that letter. I reread it often, and was surprised how easy the words flowed off my fingers- I think I have been feeling them for so long- it felt good to finally really "say" them out loud! Even as I struggle, I reread it to remind myself how much I want this to happen- and it gives me motivation to go ahead!
 LINCHRA Posts: 201 8/14/09 12:57 P Wow - I just read that letter to your bulges. It was very powerful. It captures exactly how I feel about my weight. I found that to be sooooo motivational. Thank you!
 LIZ-GS SparkPoints: (32,221) Fitness Minutes: (11,645) Posts: 556 8/14/09 5:57 A Most interesting idea: writing a letter to the 'bumps & bulges' of current body shape - I'll try it! I'm to the point where I've reshaped my head (i.e., my thinking) now it's time to see the body reshape. Not sure who said it (I may be paraphrasing): What the mind can conceive The heart will believe The body will achieve. Spark on!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/13/09 11:19 P Tools for South Beach Diet: www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/how.html
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/10/09 11:32 P I am so glad that my writing can help you be motivated! It sounds like you are off to a strong start! Keep going! No matter what! It will be worth it! Today was tough for me. I am realizing that this weight situation is really starting to make me feel very depressed. It has been bothering me, but I could always turn my focus to something else and take my mind off it. But, as the end of summer draws near and I realize I made NO progress towards my goals, I am completely frustrated. I am starting to think I need some really rigid structure for a while so that I don't have room to "think" or mess myself up. I do well with structure- with rules. I am thinking about really jumping into the South Beach diet. My doctor recommended it a while back. I am thinking it would be a good idea to put more rules on my eating since I have no willpower or control when left on my own. I will pull out the book and look it over tonight.
 DATARN Posts: 296 8/6/09 4:11 P I loved your statements about how you have felt - and I could relate to all the feelings of wanting to hide and actually hiding behind the shape - a shape I so dislike!! You have many good points and I will reread this as I try to stay motivated. I have only been back on track since Saturday - but already feel better about myself. Thanks for sharing.
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/6/09 3:52 P I went to two pages of Sparkers who I just think are great. They have both lost about 50 pounds. I know how they feel NOW...but I went back and read some of their first blogs from when they started here. They sounded a lot like me except for one thing- they never DID NOT belive they would make it to their goal. No matter the slip ups or frustrations, they always siad- that's OK...I'll just pick myself up and keep moving...and they have! It was very motivating to read- because the stories are true...and I know they will be similar to mine some day. Some day soon!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/5/09 3:08 P I saw Marci at the parade today. I am so tired of feeling badly about myself. NEXT YEAR_ I will be at the parade- in a cute outfit....feeling great about myself. Won't it feel good to run into an old friend...rather than wishing I could hide when I am spotted! It is no way to live!!! I have so much to be proud of and thankful for. I have a great life. I just need my outside to reflect the joy I have on the inside. I want to be secure again! Next year....I will be so glad I started this journey now! you have to take the first step! Edited by: -ICANDOIT- at: 8/5/2009 (15:08)
 MISSLADY09 SparkPoints: (0) Fitness Minutes: (11,785) Posts: 1,714 8/4/09 7:56 A 100% committment sounds great for August. Work hard and imagine how accomplished victory will feel on September 1st!!!!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 8/2/09 7:56 P Glad the sundress is a motivator for you, too! It sure feels good to just slip something on and run out the door- feeling great! OK...HOLY CRAP!!! I thought August 1st was on Monday....but it was yesterday!!! This month I am 100% fully committed to trying hard every day...except yesterday, which I messed up because I didn't realize it was August yet! I know- mind games!!! But, here I am...ready to face this month!
 DENIZALI Posts: 48 7/29/09 2:13 A Great post! very motivational! You know, I know that you will get into that sundress and be fabulous. You have the brain for it! And maybe because of that post, I will finally have the motivation I needed, and wear that sundress myself, across the world!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 7/29/09 12:47 A I joined the 8 week battle number 5. Maybe if I really get excited about this challenge, I will do better. I will need to be on Sparks more and be more active on my teams. It isn't always easy to get on here....but I need the support and motivation. Battle starts August 3...I am trying to get my head ready to make it a great 8 weeks!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 7/28/09 5:41 P Thanks....some days I know it to my core that I have what it takes....and then other days, I feel like I might as well give up! The problem is I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE UP!!!! I want to feel better! I want this in such a big way that it seems like the sacrifices and changes I need to make should be easy to stick with....right? OK...so today's motivation is going to be an easy one. I am going to drink my water. I didn't start strong today- but I can end strong. WATER WATER WATER! It's not a huge step...but it is a step nonetheless!! We really can do what we set our minds to doing...I think I need to start reprogramming my mind. I have been lounging at my pity party for too long. Everyone has stress- mine is no different. So, I need to GET OVER IT! Start doing and achieving rather than sitting back and feeling sorry for myself! I got myself into this mess...one cookie at a time! It is mine to fix!!
 MISSLADY09 SparkPoints: (0) Fitness Minutes: (11,785) Posts: 1,714 7/28/09 8:06 A You can do this!!!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 7/28/09 12:10 A UGH! I have been in so much turmoil latley! We got back from vacation. It had rained a lot- so not as active as I had hoped for. I started to gain...and then I let all the stress of the house project take over- and I am really far off track again! I am so angry! I set so many goals- and here I am, about to completely disappoint myself again! I need to dig deep- really deep and make something happen!!! This is important. I need to gain control. I need to believe. I need to take a first step.... I am recommitting myself to salvage what I can of my summer goals.
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 6/22/09 10:09 A I was down .6 today- not so great, but at least not up. I am only down 2.6 for the 8 week battle, and my 8 week goal is 12 pounds. We are at the halfway point. I fear I am not going to make my goal and will let myself down. Today I need to rethink those goals and come up with a startegy- I need to remember that I do have control over how things turn out!!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 6/22/09 10:07 A Think about the dance recital you saw- all those girls were so strong and confident, graceful and poised... I want the graceful arms of a dancer- with my pretty shoulders back! I want legs that are solid, strong and toned. They all looked so healthy and vibrant. I used to look that way too. I want to get back to looking like that! My mom wasn't healthy, and I accepted that as "normal"...I don't want my daughter to look at me in the same way. I want her to see that taking care of yourself is something you must do- health is important!
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 6/18/09 12:33 A Things I look forward to when I achieve my goals: Slipping on a cute sundress and sandals and heading out to dinner- knowing that I look great and feeling so comfortable in my body. Wearing sexy lingerie and knowing it looks great! Knowing people mean it when they say "oh, you look great!" Being a healthy strong mom for my littlest guy- I will be one of the older moms in his class. I want them to be surprised that I am older because they would never have guessed it! Knowing that my older sons are proud of the way I look and act. Feeling confident about myself again- holding my head high. Not making jokes about how fat I am anymore...because it has never really been funny anyway! Working out with my kids- and being able to keep up with them. Wearing a belly shirt again- after my 4th baby, I had a scar on my belly and everyone told me not to worry about it because I would never be baring my tummy anymore...well lookout cuz wearing something that shows off my belly is on the list of "to do's" once goals are met! I look forward to being ready for any occassion- at any time. Not needing "lead time" to get in better shape, or to pull myself together! Feeling secure that my hubby desires me- not just loves me- but really desires being with me and is still captivated in every way. I want him to look at me and think "I am lucky she is all mine!" That's how I feel when I think about and look at him...even after all these years! Edited by: -ICANDOIT- at: 6/18/2009 (00:42)
 -ICANDOIT- Posts: 4,757 6/18/09 12:29 A Tom Venuto: Just remember, you can't hit a target you can't see, so don't play "blind archery" with your life. And if you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time! (Copied from Patria's blog:)There’s immense power in mental images. The formula is simple: Decide what you want to look like, project your new image on the screen of your mind (visualize), think about the “new you” constantly, create a written description of your new image and read it at least twice per day, (write it out daily for even more impact), then follow through with actions that are consistent with your goal. Your marvelous and powerful mind will do the rest.