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December update

Sunday, December 14, 2014

This month has been going well. My eating could be better, but it hasn't been horrible. Just been sort of lazy with my meal prep lately which leads me to pick things I normally wouldn't. I've been keeping my portions in check though and my weight has been good.

Walking has been going well. Walking most days, but did miss a few this week. One day I was working on putting together some furniture and that ended up taking up most of my day. I think I got a good work out though and felt like I had done some serious bum busters LOL. Skipped yesterday to get some shopping done in the morning and spent the rest of the day with my kids. Today I thought about skipping because I put it off until this afternoon, but I made myself walk. I did a shorter walk but it was about 30 minutes so it was definitely better than nothing and I felt better for it.

I have been a little motivated lately and been trying to get somethings done on my to do list. Feels good to get stuff accomplished! Now, if I could just get my butt in gear with my meal planning for myself HAHAHA.

Thanks for reading!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Update!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wow! It has been over two months since I last posted. I've been meaning to post an update and what not for a while now, but I haven't really sat down at the computer much. I use my ipad a lot, but not talented with typing on it LOL.

I wanted to wish everyone a big ole happy Thanksgiving! We are not traveling and plan to eat at home. I'll be fixing all of our favorites and plan to eat a little of everything. Yum, so excited about the food!

If you're reading this I bet you are probably wondering if I am still at my goal weight and how maintenance is going, if I ever set a new goal, etc. Things are going well! My weight does fluctuate and I don't panic unless it goes up about 5 lbs and hangs out there for a while. I seem to do really well maintaining my weight by sticking to my usual calorie range set by spark people, but allow myself to eat what I want when we go out or have a day or two a week when I eat more calories than normal. I know a lot of people fear the maintenance of weight loss, but what has worked for me so far is to continue eating the same, tracking, and weighing.

I haven't really set a new goal. It has been nice to just enjoy the weight I am. Clothes fit and I am comfortable with myself. Yes, there are things I can improve on, but I am not ready to make any changes right now. Thinking about maybe in January try to make some changes so at least my pants will fit for most of the season LOL. Hey, jeans ain't cheap.

Thanks for reading!

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SUE5007 11/26/2014 12:42PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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JADED_CHICK19 11/26/2014 8:01AM

    I am so glad to hear from you!!! I'm so happy to hear that you are still maintaining and doing so well. I think that like STEPH-KNEE long as you continue the healthy lifestyle it shouldn't be as difficult. I look forward to being able to hit goal and maintain!! Thanks for checking in and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 11/26/2014 12:33AM

    I am glad to hear you are comfortable and doing well! I think maintenance doesn't have to be as hard or scary as everyone makes it out to be. I think the problem is when people think they can diet UNTIL they get there then go back to their old habits, that is how they gain it back. But continuing a healthy lifestyle is the way to go and you are AWESOME. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, you are just such an inspiration us all! :D

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KAT321123 11/25/2014 9:43PM

    Ali! Hi! It's fun to see your name pop up =) Glad to read that you're mostly maintaining weight and have such a balanced approach to your lifestyle. Thanks for sharing your success! Proud of you.

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Made it to goal weight!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wow, even though I have been weighing almost every day because I have been so close it is still almost hard to believe that I made it to my goal weight today. It has taken me about one year and three months to lose 72 lbs.

So happy with actually doing this! I still would like to lose a little more, but not much. I am actually still considered over weight by like 2 lbs. I would like to be some where in the middle of the weight healthy weight range for my height.

I have not decided on what to set my next goal at so my weight loss ticker on my spark page will stay the same for now. My plan is to keep on with my current eating and exercise routine for now too. 150 lbs was usually my goal weight even before joining spark people and that is the weight I think that was set for me in the beginning. I may just take it a pound at a time. A small goal of like 5 or 10 lbs might be a good place to start. Decisions.

I should have taken measurements so I could compare with my beginning measurements. I'll do that soon because that would be fun to compare. So many feelings and much excitement. And just when I thought I couldn't lose any more weight, I did! Being consistent and patient worked.

Thanks for reading and being supportive on my blog! I feel like this is still the beginning since I have a new goal, well kinda even though I don't know what it is yet LOL. I do have a mini goal of 2 lbs to get out of the overweight range. Any new goals?

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SHANNONK1222 10/14/2014 9:20AM

    YOU ROCK!!!!! Congrats Girlfriend!

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STEPH-KNEE 9/21/2014 3:18AM

    That is so exciting, congrats!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOOLS7 9/20/2014 11:09PM

    Congratulations!! YOU are an amazing woman!!

New goal, keep that weight off!


I'm so happy for you!!!

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ABBY_G 9/19/2014 7:47PM

    Bravo! Congrats!

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ADARKARA 9/19/2014 5:54PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!


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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/19/2014 4:21PM

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MCJOYFUL 9/19/2014 4:12PM

    emoticon That is awesome!!!!

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SAILOR64 9/19/2014 4:09PM

    Congratulations. I'm so happy to share your success with you.

Great Job!!!!

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SYELLICO 9/19/2014 3:59PM

    You're awesome!! Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon

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September update

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wow, this month is almost half way done! Figured I would pop on and blog about how things are going so far this month. Let's start with there has finally been some movement on the scale. I am down 1 pound, and even though its a small number it has been a long time since there has not been much movement on the scale other than fluctuations from going out to eat, etc. Two pounds until goal weight!

Eating and walking has been going well. Tracking calories has become much improved too! I've been very dedicated to my toning exercises every other day. I decided to focus on doing 1 set of each exercise instead of 2 or 3 for the most part. Things like pushups I break up into two sets because I can't do that many at a time.

I recently tried to add squats and lunges back to my routine, but decided it is in my best interest to keep working on my other exercises because of my knee. Also I have gone back to doing push ups from my knees. I feel like it was getting a little discouraging to keep trying for a regular push up. It totally feels like a negative thing as a type it out, but I actually feel really good about it LOL. It is still challenging doing the modified push ups for me and actually being able to do a proper modified push up feels better emotionally than me barely getting half way with a regular push up.

I am trying out eating smaller meals more often. I have read this many times, but I don't think I have really given it a go before. Yeah, I've done the snacks and what not but I am actually trying out eating two lunches which is really just me splitting my normal portion in half. Right now I am eating 5 times a day. I haven't gotten the timing right yet to split my supper and I don't care for eating too late especially when I know I will go to bed early. I plan to keep working on that so my meals are 6 times a day. My focus is really to keep eating about the same, but spread out. I feel like the food I eat is enough and just seeing if this small change will help my metabolism. Although some days I just feel like eating ice cream and I have to remind myself how good I feel when I stay on track. And also that there isn't any cookies and cream ice cream in the freezer LOL.

Decided to stick to working out at home. Mentioned before that I was thinking about going to the gym. I really do enjoy exercising at home. I think I just need to trust, put in the work and consistency, and give it time.

Thanks for reading and I hope that everyone's month is going well. Been trying anything new?

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SUE5007 9/16/2014 1:51PM

    Keep up with the toning exercises. Keep them very challenging. Even if you have to drop weight and use a lighter dumb bell half way through as you transition to heavier weights. Muscles helps burn fat and helps your metabolism.
Sounds like you are doing emoticon

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SUMMER2203 9/15/2014 8:14AM

    nice work lady!!!! it must feel amazing to be that close to your goal :) keep it up!!!!

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August results

Friday, August 29, 2014

I haven't done a monthly results blog in a while. Since this summer I just was mainly focused on maintaining, I really do not have results to share in the form of numbers. I figured I could still share how this month has been going even though it's not over yet.

Lately my focus has been to get back into a routine of tracking everything. I weighed this morning so I can start back keeping a close eye on how I am doing. I need to do measurements too. I've been measuring some foods and just guessing on others. Now I am back to weighing and measuring just about everything very closely. I am getting serious about losing these last few pounds!

While I really haven't had a big loss in pounds I do have some things that I feel like I am proud of. I started back walking my older, longer walking distance goal. I've added in some other exercises to help with other muscle groups. My legs look more toned to me even though the measurements are about the same. Weird, but I can see a little muscle definition and the cellulite seems to look smoother. When I measured I was shocked because I really felt like there would have been a difference. Not letting that get me down, because they are looking better!

Next month my goals are to continue to work hard to reaching my goal weight. I think it took most of this month to really get back into the mindset of tracking all calories everyday and make a few changes with my eating. So maybe September will be easier.

Thanks for reading! How has your month been going?

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MCJOYFUL 8/29/2014 8:43PM

    Good job on weighing and measuring and on the longer walks and exercises! emoticon

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GEORGE815 8/29/2014 7:24PM

    I hope September is better for you.

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