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Confessions of a former sparker

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hi all,

I'm Chrissie.

Once upon a time, I was a sparker. A real sparker. I was on here all.the.time. I tracked. I blogged. I commented on everyone elses blogs and I was really a part of this awesome community. I lost 30+ lbs and was feeling great. But I was in the mid-140's, and I got "comfortable" there. I'd been there most of my life and was, what I like to call, comforatably uncomfortable. I knew my way around the 140's, and let myself ease off of tracking. Then of blogging, and commenting, and of being a part of this community. Soon, I just wasn't on here anymore.

Then I got back up to 155. I saw a nutritionist and she put me on an HCG diet. I lost 20 lbs. I kept it off for a few months, but then I picked up more hours at work, and went from working 45hrs a week to 70. I didn't have time to plan meals or to workout or to even think. So I ate out. All the time. It was easier, or at least more convenient.

But then I got back up to 156. Above my safety net. Not comfortable at all.

So I went back to the nutritionist and she suggested HCG again. So I got ready, even started, but one week in I stopped. I realized I was going about this the wrong way. So I bailed on the program that had worked so well for me the first time. And I decided to come back here, to where I once had such wonderful success while not feeling deprived, while being surrounded by friends, and where I knew I could really create lasting changes to my lifestyle.

Here I am again. At last.

I'm here to say I'm not perfect, and I'm not even prepared, but I am ready to start again. I'm ready to try. I'm ready to work my way back to a truly healthy lifestyle, and I hope that along the way I can help others reach their goals, as well.

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NAGEMRUNS 1/10/2014 12:37PM

    Where'd you gooooooo

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JENB_121 12/27/2013 12:24PM

    Ooooh I so know about coming back in here. I've just returned after almost a year of being MIA from SP. I was looking around at some other pages for inspiration and stumbled upon yours. How are things going? I hope the rest of the year has been kind to you.

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CORKY1303 1/3/2013 5:34PM

    Welcome back hun!! :)
You can do this! You've done it before! It's a brand new year and a brand new beginning! Make it count! :) emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/28/2012 2:17PM

    emoticon and emoticon BACK!

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DANISURF124 11/7/2012 9:24AM

    Good to have you back! We miss you. :)

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MRS.NG.06 11/5/2012 11:22AM

    Welcome back hon...if you need the support, you got it! Good for you for realizing that "diet" isn't the the only thing you need, its all of it. You can do it! Baby steps, baby steps. Start by tracking your food to see what you need to work on, then start by getting in your water and doing a little bit here and there. Then that habit will be a lifestyle and much harder to break..xoxoox

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SOBERSUGARHED 11/4/2012 7:12PM

    Hey girl ! Good to see you others ! I am just now getting back into health as well . Had my baby 5 and a half weeks ago :-) hope to see to a lot more !

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KARAALYNN 11/1/2012 11:37AM

    YAYYYY!!!!!!!!! You're back!!!!!!! Missed you much! So so happy you're back on Spark!!!! You got this, girl! You've done it before and you can do it again and you can maintain and be happy and healthy. That's what Spark & your Sparkfriends are for! So so happy you're here again. emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 11/1/2012 8:25AM

    Welcome back!

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    emoticon Welcome back girl!!!!! I can so relate!

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CAT5599 10/27/2012 11:04AM

    I, too, was on here all the time and have slacked off. I have about 6 lbs that I need to get off so I am back on here again. I have taken a full time job and it is a struggle to find time to work out and eat well, but we know that's what we need to do and I am back at it. Glad to have you back!!

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AMANDAB1327 10/20/2012 3:08PM

    So glad to have you back!!!

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CREATINGCHRIS 10/18/2012 9:05AM

    Welcome BAck

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HAPPY92003 10/17/2012 1:52PM

    Yaay! Welcome back!! We have missed you! emoticon

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PURPLE180 10/16/2012 7:24PM

    emoticon back!

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BELIEVER104 10/16/2012 6:43PM

    Welcome back, friend!

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STSCOTT11 10/16/2012 4:24PM

You have to read one of my blogs I did recently...about all the things I HAVE TRIED. Its not that they don't work...its they ONLY WORK IF YOU KEEP DOING THEM.
For me, I have found...simple healthy foods I LIKE within my calories range WORKS. Being active everyday...simply MOVING...WORKS! THAT is something you don't have to go out of your way to do. No special costs. You can do it... FOR LIFE.
Welcome back fellow sparker.

Comment edited on: 10/16/2012 4:25:58 PM

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VERONICAVW_140 10/16/2012 3:59PM

    Welcome back, friend!!! I'm so glad you are back and ready to take your challenge head on! I know from your previous efforts that you are more than able to achieve your goals. emoticon

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AKA639 10/16/2012 2:46PM

    Great to hear from you and have you back!

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FITMAMA_ 10/16/2012 2:41PM

    Nice! I once was a Sparker too. And I am trying to get back at it myself.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/16/2012 1:40PM

    Welcome back! You were missed!

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FITBECKSRN24 10/16/2012 1:18PM

    welcome back chickie!!! i'm glad your back a little concerned that a nutritionist would put you on the HCG diet....its not healthy or safe AT ALL!!! Messing with your hormones is dangerous! I'm very shocked a nutritionist would recommend such a program.

I'm glad your back! healthy eating and exercise is the safest bet! you can do it girl! we're all here to help you! xoxoxo

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/16/2012 12:30PM

    So glad you're back. I added you as a friend. Hope you'll add me back. Keep sparking!!!

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GIRL*IN*MOTION 10/16/2012 12:00PM

  yeah for finding your way back :) best of luck to you! YOu can do this :):

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/16/2012 8:59AM

    Glad you found your way back! :) That is great. We all lose our SP way sometimes- life just gets so darn busy!

Also.. I'm kind of shocked that a nutritionalist would recommend the HCG diet above diet + exercise?? Yikes. You are doing this the right way, and you can and will do it!


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WE_PA_FIT 10/16/2012 8:38AM

    emoticon welcome back!!!!!! You know how it is. One day at a time; one goal at a time. Planning + persistance + patience= progress
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SANDSTRA 10/16/2012 7:55AM

    I can identify with a lot in your story, welcome back!

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JENNFIT24 10/16/2012 5:31AM

    Hey Chrisssie!

Welcome back!!!!!
I am so happy you decided to go about this using resources you already had a your disposal (Spark). I went off spark too and was unsuccessful maintaining my weight. I am in graduate school now doing my masters in social work and have next to no time, but in all honesty I know that I can make time for my health and self.

Looking forward to reading your blogs and learning about your success:)

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ANAJAK 10/16/2012 1:37AM

    Welcome back!

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RUNNER12COM 10/16/2012 12:25AM

    Hi, Chrissie! *clap, clap, clap*

So nice to see you again.

And since we are neighbors, how about we make a plan to go for a run through Balboa Park?


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SKIRNIR 10/15/2012 10:48PM

    Welcome back to spark and yes, I think you can find a way to reach goal and maintain it here. WE do have a maintenance team that is fairly active and might be helpful to you.

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WOLFKITTY 10/15/2012 10:47PM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! Hi, pretty girl! :)

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SKEEWEE2MEK 10/15/2012 10:40PM

    Glad you're off the hormones! emoticon

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NKOUAMI26 10/15/2012 10:16PM

    emoticon back

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ETTEZEUS 10/15/2012 9:44PM

    Welcome back :)

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LIL-VIXEN 10/15/2012 9:39PM

    Hi Chrissie

What exactly is HCG diet?

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I heart Bikram

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I know I've said it before, but I freakin LOVE Bikram Yoga. Nothing else compares! I've been in AZ all weeek and finally got back into my practice since there was a place a mile away from my in-laws. I feel SO good. Also, it's saving me from gaining a thousand lbs right now bc I've slipped up a bit with my nutrition since being here...vacay mode, you know? I'm definately ready to head home tomorrow and get my nutrition back under control! And even though the Bikram studio I go to at home is a ways away, I'm definately going to aim to go 5 days a week. It does wonders for me!

Hope you are all having a lovely week!

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/22/2012 3:21PM

    Awesome! I love Bikram also! The studio is almost an hour from my house so I transformed my back bathroom into my own studio, using space heaters and humidifiers. It works great!

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DOCLOVER 5/17/2012 1:00PM

    Nice! I've always wondered about Bikram... hearing you say you love it is encouraging! I better give it a try.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/21/2012 6:41PM

    It's so awesome you've found something that you love so much!! Can't wait to see you at some point in the near future! ;)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hi all!

It's been WAY too long, I know. I've had so many adventures of late, and just two weeks ago my hubby finally returned home from deployment!


My parents came to visit in Feb and we had a really great time! My mom and I went to Disneyland - hooray! - and it was sooooo much fun! They were in San Diego for a week and then I drove up with them to San Fransisco for a weekend and it was amazing!!! I haven't been since I was a child. I have to admit, I gained a few lbs and got up to 153 again, but as soon as I came home I started eating right again and am now down to 141.6. :)

The last weekend of Feb, my hubby came home!!! He actually came home a week earlier than I expected and went to great lengths to surprise me :) :) :) Best surprise ever!

Since then, the family I worked for all year last year moved and I have been searching for jobs, with much success! I am working 5 mornings a week as a caregiver for a wonderful quadraplegic man who lives less than a mile away and also Downtown, so I get to walk to and from work, which is great. And I just accepted a position with a blind girl for another two days a week. I'm feeling quite blessed!

This week, hubby and I are driving to AZ to see his family and for me to meet with my old pre-health advisor at ASU to talk about Nursing Schools.

As for fitness, I've not been to Bikram in a month! :( I miss it and am starting again when we are in AZ since there is a place right by my in-laws. It's just hard bc the place I go to out here is 25mins away and it's difficult to get back into the swing of things with hubby home, you know? But I've been walking lots! We've gone to the zoo a few times, too! :)

Nutrition-wise, I'm doing great! I have some slip-ups, like last week when I gained back 3 of the lbs I lost and had to work to re-lose them, but for the most part, I'm on track for once! Super excited about that. I have a bikini picked out for the summer and I am DYING to get fit for it so I can get it and wear it!!! I'll post pics when I manage that ;)

I hope you are all doing fabulous! I'm going to try to get on here once a week for now and hopefully work my way up from there!

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FITBECKSRN24 3/23/2012 10:42AM

    you sound so happy =) congrats on the weight loss! if yoiu have any questions about nursing feel free to ask =)

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CORKY1303 3/15/2012 11:48AM

    Yayyy! So glad your hubby is home. Mine is getting ready to leave in a few months and I'm not looking forward to that!

Sound like you are doing great! Congrats on all of the jobs. That's super exciting!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/14/2012 3:45PM

    Sounds like everything is going great! keep it up!

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MOMASAURUS 3/13/2012 8:47PM

    So glad to hear that everything is going so well!!

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BELLALUCIA 3/13/2012 8:13PM

    I'm glad you are doing great, dear! Be blessed!

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ANNEV2012 3/13/2012 8:06PM

    I'm a military mom, my daughter and son in law are both Air Force officers. He is currently in Afghanistan, and she goes next month. So I KNOW how wonderful it is for you to have your hubby home.

Thanks to HIM for his service, and to you too.

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Diva Dash, Bikram, Nutritionist, and more!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Hi all!

I'm not very good at being on here, am I? :(

So I was sick for the entire month of Jan. How lame is that?! I did do the Shape Diva Dash on the 21st despite being dead sick and it was really fun! 35mins for a 5k obstacle course race in the rain, on the sand, and dead sick...not too bad, considering. I'm defintely glad I did it! That was basically the only exercise other than walking I got the whole month of Jan, though. Yikes!

Good thing there's this thing called redemption. :)

And that's what Feb is all about for me! I've started seeing a nutritionist and discovered my RMR is a whopping 1900cals/day. Who knew? Not me, that's for sure! So we're in the process of setting up a plan specifically for me. Should be interesting! I've also started seeing a therapist for my emotional eating issues. I'm all about learning and growing and doing this the healthy way! And I FINALLY started back up with Birkram. Thank GOD! I needed it. Nothing does it for me the way Bikram does. :)

I'm exhausted though so I'm gonna hit the hay. Hope you are all doing fabulous!

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DOCLOVER 2/24/2012 5:36PM

    Weirdest thing - whenever you post a blog it doesn't tell me in the status updates like when other people do. I was wondering if you hadn't been on Spark in a while! Guess I have to come to your page to see for myself! That's awesome you're doing bikram yoga - I've never tried it but one of my friends swears by it! I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on it if you have time!

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BELLALUCIA 2/17/2012 2:19PM

    Hey sweetie! Good luck to you!

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KATYMARIA 2/3/2012 1:54PM

    I was sick all January too!!! Miserable, I finally am starting to feel better and it is like a huge cloud has lifted. I cant image going on a run with all of that though- I put on a few pounds instead and slept 12 hours a night for 2 weeks! Sounds like you are really working hard to get back on track. Good luck with everything :)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/3/2012 12:55PM

    OOOOhhh, that's exciting you're working with a nutritionist!! I can't wait to hear about it on our hike tomorrow!

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6 Week Challenge!

Friday, January 20, 2012

My hubby should be home in 6 weeks. And I am still up 6 lbs from when he left, thanks to Christmas and eating my feelings. Yikes! And being sick for 3 weeks - which I still am - has left me with no energy and made me very lazy! Bad juju!

So...6 Week Challange!

Today marks day one and my goal is to walk 6 miles today since I'll be working all day.

Tomorrow is the Diva Dash! It's a 3mile obstacle course race and even though I'm waaaay out of shape, I'm super excited!

And starting Sunday, I'll be doing Bikram Yoga again daily! Thank God! I need that more than just about anything else, I swear!

I also have a one-month pass to a gym that I'll use for group classes.

My goal is simple: lose as much fat as possible in the next 6 weeks. I have a weight-loss goal in mind, but more important to me is working on losing belly fat! And staying committed so that when hubby comes home, he and I can continue getting fit and healthy together!

Hope you've all had a great week!

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CATHIMOMMY 1/27/2012 10:49AM

    You can do this! I remember you were gonna take the MCAT and now I see your goal is to a nurse and a nurse practitioner(I'm a nurse midwife==so I totally think that is awesome!)

You got this!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 1/20/2012 1:14PM

    You can do it! 6lbs in 6 weeks is a very attainable goal, and you have the plan laid out to accomplish it! Remember, though, that you won't just lose belly fat; it'll come from all over. So don't be too rough on yourself if you reach your weight loss goal but still feel like you have some pudge there. I feel like I'm skinny *everywhere* except my belly! But I just have to keep doing cardio and hope it disappears. Anyway, have a BLAST at the Diva Dash (I might be there) and really enjoy that Bikram. Good for the soul. :-)

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