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A 60lb. Loss and I'm Still Going Strong!

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...."Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated!" You don't understand it until you live it!! --SLAHDIVA (another Spark Motivator)

"Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray." ~Author Unknown


I only work out at home so if you need help with that then I can help!
--This page was last updated on 10/19/2015--

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...."Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated!" You don't understand it until you live it!! --SLAHDIVA (another Spark Motivator)

"Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray." ~Author Unknown


I only work out at home so if you need help with that then I can help!


Life since I lost 60lbs and kept it off has been an amazing journey. I blogged about my 2 Year Journey to Wellness called "2 Years And Still Going Strong" on my blog at
-still-going-strong-repost/ on my two year anniversary in the making of a better me. I talk about how I reached my weight loss goals and what it took to actually get there.

There were many avenues I took on my journey and I think that the best avenue I took was joining up with Spark People when I started my journey and then revisiting the site, loving it and riding with it ever since. I think that if it were not for this site that I would not have became or stayed successful. Motivation is key to keeping one focused on the goal, fighting for the goal, and to reach the goal. I joined a bunch of weight loss sites and forums at the beginning of my journey and I found my motivation here at Spark People and today I still find it a motivational place and now that I think about it, it's why I come back everyday and I stay on on it all day. LOL! I'm literally on here all day.

I just wanted to give a shout out to Spark People for being here, for being FREE to use (although I'd pay to use it if they started charging), for having all of these wonderful tools and resources to help with weight loss, fitness and attaining motivation, to having the best coaches around --

*hugs and thanks to Coach Nicole for creating those exercise demos and those 10 minute workouts where I started getting my feet wet with fitness)

*hugs and thanks to Coach Jen for getting back to me whenever I have a problem with the Spark Community forums and for personally answering any questions I may have when I have them.

*hugs and thanks to Coach Tanya for being there for the High Blood Pressure team and personally guiding us through.

I also want to shout out all of my Spark Friends (you all contribute to the new and future me), to all of the lovely people on my teams and who are also on other teams I participate in (I've learned a lot from you all) and also to those on here who have inspired me in so many ways and who still inspire me to do better. The power of the Spark Pages is incredible. Spark People are an amazing bunch of people.

Lastly, I'd like to give credit to where it is due and say that Spark People helped to change my life. I feel like I am part of something big when I'm here. I feel like I can do anything and be the person I want to be just by being here. I know there are others who feel like me here so what I'm saying is real.

Thank you Spark People!


The only way you're going to start feeling better and looking better is to live well, eat right and get it cracking in the gym or wherever you feel comfortable. That's all to it. Do this every day and you will become fat-free in no time.


I'm South Beach dieting ya'll! My begin date was July 12, 2008 and I have until February 28 to lose 50lbs. I know I can do it because I did it before. Why did I gain my weight back? Well, I had another baby and got greedy. Don't forget to come back and check on me. :)

Also, check out my food log. I update it each day. Don't forget to check out my teams and join. I can also be reached via Yahoo! Messenger...username njsass.
Thanks for stopping by!!!!


bK (keep up with me)



Now it's time to move onto my fitness goals and to get it in total motion. I started, but I want it in full throttle. I'm going to put my fitness goals together and I'll post them very what I want to look like in the next 26 weeks! 26 is my number!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!





~*~I officially became a SPARKPEOPLE MOTIVATOR TODAY (12/31/08) on New Year's Eve!!!! What a great beginning to a new year. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO I'VE INSPIRED AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE INSPIRED ME! I am so glad I could help out! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!~*~




I was alerted (I had no idea), by several lovely Spark People that I was Spark Motivator of the Day on 7/29/09 and guess what...I had no idea. I missed it! I learned about this today. I didn't get anything from SparkPeople about it and if I could have I would have gotten a screenshot of it. Ouchy! But I am so glad that all of you let me know about it. Thank you all for caring enough to. I am so happy...exactly 13 days after my 1 year anni with SP I was chosen as the MOD. Sweet! What an honor!



My Spark Buddy is LoveBeam. Stay focused lady!!!!

***Planning for my first 5k! April 11, 2009 - Essential2Life 5k - Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ


My stats (new goal):

Starting Date: 1/10/09
Starting Weight: 174.4lbs.
Weeks of Turning My Life Around: 42 so far
Weeks working on my TRANSFORMATION: 17 so far
Current Weight: 167.4lbs.
Goal Weight: 163lbs.
Goal Date: 6/4/09 (moved up from 5/2/09)
Height: 5'10
Frame: Medium
Clothing Size: 6
Bust/Waist/Thigh: 34/??/38

**Pounds lost/gained so far (4/30/2009): 5.8

My stats (this goal is completed):

Starting Date: 7/12/08
Starting Weight: 223lbs.
Weeks of Turning My Life Around: 26 completed
Current Weight: 173lbs.
Goal Weight: 173.4lbs.
Goal Date: 5/2/09
Height: 5'10
Clothing Size: 20
Frame: Medium
Bust/Waist/Thigh: don't know!
Goal Achieved on 1/10/09!

**Pounds lost so far: 50 LBS!!!!!!!!! GOAL REACHED!


**55.8lbs DOWN as of 4/30/09!**


January 2009 total loss...5.8lbs!
Febrary 2009 total loss...1.4lbs! Woot!
March 2009 total loss...1.4lbs!
April 2009 total loss...3.8lbs!
Reached my 60lbs loss goal in July 2009 by accident!


July total loss...13.4lbs.!
August total loss...7.2lbs.!
September total loss...6lbs.!
October total loss...11.2lbs.!
November total loss...6.6lbs.!
December total GAIN...0.4lbs! Could have been worse!


"Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reason and results and reasons simply don't count." --Unknown (Thanks for the motivation Saturn2002!)


This is another motivational tool of mine. Since I no longer plan out the workouts I do in advance (I use the basic premise of 3 days strength & 2-3 days cardio, 1 day rest), I will keep track of workouts I did yesterday to help to keep me on track this Fall/Winter - as the weather gets colder, I want to just jump in my bed and not move. Not good! Here I go!

starting 11/15 - Halo of Sweat 12 minute dynamic workout
11/16 - Cathe Friedrich Low Max combos 4-7 & Tracy Effinger
11/17 -

H20 Intake Explained!

1 glass of water = 8 oz.
8 glasses of water = 64 oz. = 2 quarts = 1.9 liters
16 glasses of water (daily recommendation) = 1 gallon
The less water you drink, the more water you retain.
The more you weigh, the more water you should drink.
If you can get down at least 64 oz. then you're doing good!

My Wishlist...updated 11/17/10*

Road Bike
New home gym floor
Home gym mirrors
A fashionable, cute workout outfit


Try Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran and Whole Wheat Flour Lavash - it tastes very good (I'm being truthful) and it comes with ZERO guilt. You can find it for sure at your nearest Whole Foods Market or any whole foods store and probably at your local grocer if they have a healthy section. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1/2 lavash
Calories: 50
Total Fat: 2g
Saturated Fat: ZERO (woot!)
Sodium: 260
Total Carbs: 7g!
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars: ZERO (oh yeah!)
Protein: 5g
Iron: 4%

You can get it from Whole Foods. Now go ahead and compare that to regular slice of bread and a pita. :) Be good to yourself!


Pile on the PROTEIN
Posted Sep 08 08 10:45pm

"According to Collier, the USDA recommends .36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Endurance athletes, however, need .45 to .72 grams per pound, which means that if you weigh 165 pounds, you should be getting 75 to 120 grams of protein. So what should you be eating? Lean meats, eggs, milk, and whey are excellent sources. Veggie-friendly options include beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and soy, though these alternatives aren't as densely packed as animal-based options. Quinoa and oats are protein-rich grains that are good options regardless of your stance on meat. So mix it up and eat a variety of high-protein foods - whether veggie in base or not. Your muscles will thank you."


The best and easy to understand Heart Rate Training / Monitoring info can be found here in a nutshell:


Updated 11/17/10--

The structure of my workout program which never changes...

Mon - Split or Full Body Strength

Tue - Interval run (up to 20 mins) and free run OR step cardio/kickboxing/swim lessons/water aerobics/circuit or aerobic interval training (45-60 mins) and Stretching

Wed - Split or Full Body Strength

Thur - Interval run (up to 20 mins) and free run OR step cardio/kickboxing/swim lessons/water aerobics/circuit or aerobic interval training (45-60 mins) and Stretching

Fri - Split or Full Body Strength

Sat - Off or Yoga/Stretching or Shopping!

Sun - Off or Yoga/Stretching or Shopping!


Re: How many SETS AND REPS should I do when I'm weight lifting? (Answer from FitnessFreak over at Cathe Nation)

"If you are someone who is just starting out, any type of weight training will help you lose body fat. As you get more fit using different rep ranges and rest times help increase your metabolism so your body keeps dropping fat.

5-6 reps = Builds Muscle
8-10 = Builds Muscle as well as helps lean out
12-15 = Leaning out, helps with endurance
15-20 = Is recommended when your body hits a plateau or to just change things up a bit. Helps lean your body out."



**Inspired by a thread started by THINMEANT1205 entitled, "Am I Doing Too Much Too Soon?"

Beginners should start out with a structured program consisting of strength cardio splits...a basic starter program will look like this.

M - strength

Tu - cardio

W - strength

Th - cardio

F - strength

Sa - cardio

Sun - off

As you start to learn what works for you then you can switch things around and do workouts that fit your mood. Sometimes I do cardio and strength on one day, then a circuit drill and cardio on another, another day might be just strength, another day I may take two rest days back to back...depends.

Some good starter programs are The New Rules of Lifting and Body For Life (both are books).


MWF - all full body workouts is ok and most beginners start with this. 2-3 exercises per body part using compound exercises works best when you're doing full body workouts because if you do isolation exercises it could take all day to get your workout done and you'll end up quitting.


M - legs
W - chest & triceps
F - shoulders, back & biceps


This can be a full body or you can split the muscle groups and alternate each week however you like (but do alternate them to cause muscle confusion)...1st week - light, medium, heavy, 2nd week heavy, medium, light, 3rd week medium, light, heavy, etc.

M - light (using light weights in like you would use in a circuit workout ie. 30 Day Shred)
W - medium (using weight load that will take you up to 12-15 reps or up to failure)
F - heavy (using a weight load that will take you to 6-8 reps or to failure)


M - legs (weighted exercises like squats, lunges, calf raises, leg press, etc.)
W - pull (do exercise that uses pulling to move the load like rows, deadlift, curls, tricep extensions, pullovers, chins, etc.)
F - push (do exercises that uses pushing to move the weight load like pushups, overhead press, bench press, flys, dips, etc.)

As you progress you'll start upping your game and doing the type of workouts you know will help you with your gains.


I also wanted to say that if your diet is not on the money then you're going to have to change it to make it better. 80% of weight loss comes from a good diet. 10% is fitness and the other 10% is from genetics.

As far as how much to lift, you should be using a weight that makes your workout feel a little uncomfortable, but not to heavy that you sacrifice good form. The load will increase over time and as you get stronger. The weights you're working with should be easy to use. Don't forget to do your warm up and after workout sets for each muscle you're working for the day.

Questions? Send me a Spark Mail. Good luck!


"Simple After-Workout Protein Shake"
...blender mix 45-50 seconds

1 TBSP ground flaxseed
1 TBSP wheat germ
1/4 cup steel cut or rolled oats (optional)
2 large or medium strawberries
15 blueberries (optional)
1/4 cup of spinach (optional)
1 cup skim, 1% milk, soy milk or almond milk (cold)
1 scoop of protein power (Bev Intl Creatine Select or EAS Powder)


Sorry to burst your bubble, but I have no secrets. To lose the weight and to become fit, you already know what to do. You've heard it ALL before and I'm going to run it down for you again.

1. Time to change. Make your mind up once and for all that you are ready and will focus on becoming a better and healthier you. This starts in your brain. You have to want to change in order to become successful. Keep on doing the same 'ole stuff you're doing and you will keep on getting the same 'ole results you keep on getting!

2. Get serious and come up with a plan. And when I say that I mean you should be at a point where you are sick and tired of being big and out of shape. Making up a plan isn't hard at all. What you should do first is look at the way you're eating. You know what's good and you know what's bad. It's just like knowing right from wrong. You can be good to yourself by doing the right things for yourself.

3. Fitness is GOLD. As a beginner you're most likely not going to know where to start so what can do is buy a beginner cardio workout DVD and do that while researching a program that is right for you. There are loads of teams here on the Spark and when you find the right one for you then get to it. You can do several programs at a time, whatever makes you happy.

4. Push yourself/Motivation. You must stay on track...eating and working out wise. When you don't, you only fail yourself.

5. Make the most out of your workout. Each time you go to work out, make every minute count and push yourself further and further each time you workout. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

6. Educate yourself. Refer to fitness books, websites, teams on Spark, etc. to get information to improve yourself. Learn about the different muscle groups, learn about nutrition amongst other things. It's fun to do and you're learning at the same time.

7. Track your progress. Yes, write down everything you eat and count calories. Some people say not to count calories, but I say do it because in order to lose weight you need to know how many calories are going in and how many you need to burn. So if you know how many calories you are consuming you will know how many to burn off. Also track your fitness and numbers so that you will know what you did last time and how far to push yourself the next time. If you run into a problem, let's say a "plateau", how will you be able to go back to see what you've been doing all this time to remedy the problem? You must know what you're putting into your body, how you're feeling everyday, know what exercises you are doing, how much weight you are lifting, etc. because you will need to make adjustments to your overall program as you become more fit and stronger. It only makes sense.

***ADDED to #7 on 3/24/09--

Someone sent me a Spark Mail telling me that it is hard for her to keep up with her calorie counting because it's time consuming and that it's just too complicated to find the items in their nutrition tracker.

My general response was that by not eating foods that "they" stick into boxes/cans, fast foods and eating out it should not be "complicated" or "time consuming" to get your caloric intake numbers at all. By you eating whole foods and putting your foods together yourself it makes it easier to track. With eating processed foods, fast foods and eating out you don't know for sure how many calories you're consuming and when you do eat that stuff you're eating a lot of it. I can tell you that you are consuming a lot of bad carbs, bad fats and lots of sodium when you do. I'm not saying you can't eat something crazy once in a while, but you cannot do it everyday or every other day and if you're like me, not every week either.

So, what you need to do is make your own meals. Period. "But OH bK it takes up so much time. I just can't do it. OMG Dishes!" Baloney! If you can take the time to jump in your ride, drive over to Applebee's, look over the menu, order your appetizer, wait for your appetizer, eat your appetizer, order your entree, wait a for your entree to make way, eat your food, and order refills (I hope it's not soda), look over the dessert menu, wait for your dessert, eat your dessert (some people even stay longer for coffee eeeek) - after 2 and some odd could have prepared a healthy, delicious, clean meal, have eaten it, washed up your dishes and felt good about yourself all because you treated your body good - and it didn't take as much time as you thought.

If you have to prepare more involved prep foods like salads and soups, do it the night before.

No more excuses. Eat whole and closest to natural foods as possible to make tracking in you nutrition tracker easy so that you don't have to go hunting down nutrition facts. Problem solved!

8. Not a gym person? I'm not either. I have a home gym and it's quite small, most of my equipment is used and it could be better, but it's mine. People say they don't have space for this and that? Well, I think it's time for a little spring cleaning EARLY. Get rid of the junk and clutter out of your house and either put it up for sale on or give it away on or sell it on Ebay to make room for the rest of your life.

What things should you have in your home gym when you don't have a lot of space? A small stationary bike for cardio, a compact (folding incline) work bench, dumbbells (different weights) and small rack, a full size mirror you can hang on the wall (to watch your form), workout gloves, stability ball, workout mat, a stop watch, a radio (an MP3 player is better) and a tv/dvd player near by and workout DVDs, reference books and inspiration pictures/collage. Some optional stuff can be a medicine ball, a heart rate monitor, resistance bands (if you don't want to use weights, but sometimes you will want to alternate), a step, a poster of the muscles groups, in the body, sculpting bar, barbell, a treadmill or elliptical machine.

9. Effective Cardio Exercises: Jumping Jacks, Jump Rope, Running and Swimming because they are all high intensity and it uses your weight in order to get your heart rate up. These exercises are more effective than using a stationary bike or an elliptical machine. You want to move your lower and upper body in order to burn more calories.

10. What do you eat? Well, you need at least three servings of protein, two to three servings of fruit, two the three servings of dairy or veggies at least two to three servings of fiber in your diet per day. Limit your fat and sugar intake. Keep yourself hydrated with water, green tea, zero calorie Gatorade (or any other brand) or sweeten with Splenda if you don't like plain water. You know right from wrong. ;) If you're having a problem figuring out what to eat then find a successful person on the spark and check out their nutrition tracker to get ideas. I do it all the time!

Added 12/16/08 --- Somebody asked me a good question today...

*******NO YOU CANNOT EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT, PORTION IT OUT AND THINK YOU'RE GOING TO DROP WEIGHT? IF YOU THINK SO, TRY IT AND YOU WILL SEE THAT IT WILL TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO DO SO...time we don't have to waste. Eat responsibly and with common sense. Trade that half a cheeseburger in for a turkey and cheese sandwich on 100% whole wheat bread!

Added 12/22/08 --- Pick and choose your demons!

Dieting for the purpose of losing weight and becoming healthy is not as enjoyable as indulging in let's say a massive, very high in calories dinner plate at the OLIVE GARDEN, but who cares! To overall feel and look your best you must eat whole foods and yes, you can jazz your meals up with spices of your choice.


Nobody likes to diet so don't...all you need to do is consume protein, GOOD CARBS and GOOD fats. Sounds like The South Beach Diet Phase 1 right? Well, it's the proper way to eat and if you do a search on healthy eating you WILL come up with this list so here goes...pick one protein from the list and build your meal by picking two sides from the good carbs and a good fat from the lists below and there is your healthy and tasty meal -- EASY. Want to drop pounds naturally and inexpensively and non-scammingly (is that a word???)? Then this is the only way to go.

Start planning your meals out a week in advance. It will help to keep you on track.


chicken (breast meat only)
cottage cheese
beef (lean cuts)
whey protein


beans (also a protein, but it is also considered a carb too)
100% whole wheat pasta (not to be confused with just "whole wheat")
brown rice or wild rice
whole grain breads (rye or 100% whole wheat)
sweet potato (small or medium, baked)

***GOOD FATS (remember to portion)

olive oil (2 TBSP per serving)
avocado (1/3 of a whole)
cheese (low-fat)
peanut butter (natural)


11. Giving up and excuses. This is a big pet peeve of mine. It's simply not an option and I don't feel sorry for those who give up and can help it. If you can't help it then I will feel bad for you, but there are 700lb. people out there who are taking it day by day, doing the exercises they can do and eating the right way to get the weight off. Remember, you control what you put into your mouth and control your own activity. When you cannot cope anymore and want to give up or something isn't working out for you it's one of three things as to why you're having a bad time and it's because:

a. you're either eating stuff you have no business eating

b. not exercising or not exercising to your fullest potential (not burning enough calories)

c. you're eating whatever you want AND not exercising

Lastly, Save the sob stories because not even you want to hear them. There is no room for negativity here. It's easy to gain the weight, but it is hard to get rid of it and that's just the reality of it.

12. It takes time. Yes, if you take it week by week and stay on your grind the pounds will roll right off. I know this is true because so far, I've been doing this for 21 weeks and I'm down 45lbs. It feels good. I look back over my notes and I see the numbers going down and I get so proud of me. When you're happy about yourself then others become happy about you and it gives you motivation to keep up the good work.

13. Success. It only comes to those who work hard for it and make a habit of achieving their go from start to finish even if it "kills" you.

**Side note! PET PEEVE ALERT!!!! (added 3/1/09)

Support systems...are all nice and everything (just look at the Spark), but at the end of the day you have to go to sleep in your body and in the morning you have to wake up in your body and if you're not lucky like me then you have got to get out of bed and go to work all day in your body and (yes, this is a very run-on sentence ha!) so with all of that being said, if you wait around for others to motivate you and to get down with you and lose weight too then you'll be waiting a lifetime Sometimes too much "support systeming" can hold you down and make you feel like you're a victim when in all actuality you're the one in control.

There comes a point in ones life where one has to start taking responsibility for one's own life. Good or bad...fat or skinny...take control. The truth hurts and it's not about what you want to hear. Crying and giving up will not solve your problems. As with anything in life, you have to work hard and put in the time to be successful and again, that's with everything in life IF you want to be successful.

MAKE YOURSELF YOU'RE OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM and then let's see how far that will get you - put in the time and the effort = SUCCESS. Tell yourself that you can do it, tell yourself to stop feeling sorry for yourself and DO more DOING, tell yourself that you are determined to make a better life for yourself, tell yourself that that cheeseburger is the DEVIL, tell yourself to get up and move your behind off the couch because can't nobody else do it for you and the list goes on and on.

Get the tools you need, apply them and make it happen for yourself!
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Member Since: 7/14/2008

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My Goals:
To lose 50lbs. for my upcoming cruise next year (done - Jan. 2009)

To lose an extra 10lbs. (done - July 2009)

To get addicted to the fitness and working out everyday (done).

Get rid of this HBP! (done kinda - heredity gets in the way - but it's controlled)

To get my motorcycle license. (done)

To conquer Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred by Nov. 20, 2008. Started Oct. 20, 2008. (done)

To eventually move onto P90 and P90x. I really want to do these.

To learn how to swim.

To learn how to Row.

To be able to run 30 mins straight w/o walking. (done)

To be able to participate in the NJ State Triathlon (Sprint) 2011. Let the training and conditioning begin!

My Program:
Last updated (11/2/09):

I want a bodybuilders physique w/o the veins!

*Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno.

*STS Strength 3.5 Month Program by Cathe Friedrich started 11/2/09

*60 mins. of non-stop cardio (T-Th-Sa). Running outside, running on tread, step aerobics on DVD, kickboxing on DVD, very low weight circuits on DVD and/or traditional aerobics on DVD.

Personal Information:
I'm a 34 year old wife and Mom of two beautiful princesses who works hard for everything she's got. :)

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I love rock and rap music.

I'm tall - 5'10

I love to read, blog and to help others.

My trainers are Jillian Michaels, Arnold Scharzeneggar, Chalene Johnson, Kelly Coffey-Meyer, Tracie Long, Cathe Friedrich & Amy Bento



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7/13/2014 10:07:48 PM

You are such a great motivator! emoticon

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Came by to say heyyyy!!! Keep on encouraging people with your story! :D

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4/5/2014 2:02:06 PM

You look wonderful! Great progress! I am enjoying the Jillian Michaels workouts. Love it.

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Have a wonderful new year!
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Wow what a great transformation!

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