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To all you maintenance sparkers...help

Monday, February 20, 2012

I lost 62 pounds and kept it off...for a while. Now it's creeping back on. If I am being perfectly honest then NO I have not been as good as I should have been with eating clean. I gradually got a little more slack...for example, with alcohol. I figured a couple of glasses of wine on Fri and Sat night wasnt gonna hurt...right? WRONG. WOW Alcohol really matters with me, so do processed carbs. A little white bread and my stomach seems to bulge. The jeans are tight and the bottom line is THE SCALE DOESNT LIE. Please tell me what you did to kick yourself in the arse and get back on track. I have gained and I am ticked off and I KNOW it's all about choice but it's frustrating to HAVE to be SO clean all the time in order to keep it off. Any tips for me???? THANK YOU SPARKERS

  
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WALLAHALLA 2/25/2012 10:14PM

    Find a substitute for the bread and the wine, but something that is still an enjoyable treat. View it as only 2 things to conquer. You can handle that.

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ALLABOUTLOVE 2/21/2012 8:28AM

    I am in the same boat. I am getting back on track and I have to tell myself " I don't want to be fat, make the right choice!" whenever I feel like eating the wrong thing or skipping exercise.

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COACHKRYSTIE 2/20/2012 2:11PM

    I'm here for you, I have the same issues especially with the breads!

Lets do this together, one day one meal one pound at a time!! We have the tools right here at SP to be successful. I see you are in Georgia too, I'd love to support you more if you'd like my facebook page is http://facebook.com/CoachKrystie>


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Eating clean...how clean is clean for you?

Monday, January 16, 2012

How clean do you have to eat to see changes in your body and on the scale? For me I have to eat SUPER clean. I know it's a big science experiment to find out how much we can "cheat" and still lose, feel good and look good. Well if I start having just one alcoholic drink per day, I bloat up. If I have pasta or bread..same deal. It's very sad. I can see it on the scale and feel it in my jeans even after cheating ever so slightly. I guess the answer is never cheat...but I can't live like that, so I am working to find a happy balance. Choices is what it all boils down to. If I have that glass of wine, I definitely can't eat other carbs. ARRRGGGH

  
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GOINGBACKTO180 1/16/2012 1:28PM

    As long as you continue to take two steps forward, and only one step back, you'll still get to your destination. It'll just take a little longer, but that gives you time to enjoy the journey.

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RADFEN 1/16/2012 10:29AM

    We all have to find what works for US. My idea of clean eating cannot be the same one that I see in Clean Eating magazine and cookbooks, because I can't eat any dairy, for example. I continue to track what I take in, how I feel (if I have a reaction from something) and hopefully I increase my knowledge of what works best for me and makes me feel the best. Good luck in your journey!

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Old me VS new me Top 10 changes.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Every January I reflect back on the previous year and set my goals for the coming year. For MANY MANY years I would set the goal to lose X amount of pounds and then I would never accomplish the goal. Every new year I would set the same old goal and be upset with myself for not accomplishing it. Then at the end of 2009 I decided NO MORE...THIS IS IT. I am going to do this. Guess what..I did it and so can you!! For years January 1 was an upsetting time of year. I felt like a fat failure. But in 2010, 2011 and 2012 that is not the case. So what made a difference? Here are the top 10 things I did.
1. I told myself if all those folks in the success stories and on Biggest Loser can do it, so can I! I read everything I could about what made people a success. And guess what..it was pretty simple. Eat healthy food and move more. So that's what I did.
2. I took it one day at a time. I found each day I was successful made me feel proud and pushed me to do well the next day.
3. I picked myself up when I fell down. I didn't say oh well I did horrible today, I might as well just forget it. If I had a bad day, I got back on track the next day.
4. I didnt make excuses. I GOT REAL with myself. Eating clean does not mean eating brocolli casserole, it means eating brocolli!!!
5. I thought of it as a lifestyle change...not a diet. This had to be something I could live with the rest of my life , not just for a few months.
6. I took it 5 pounds at a time. When I thought of the entire amount of weight I needed to lose, it was overwhelming, but thinking of it in five pound increments made it more manageable. Then one day, it was 20 pounds gone, 30 pounds gone, and so on. WOO HOO
7. I just said NO. In social situations, it is so easy to give in to our surroundings and EAT unhealthy foods. I just said NO thank you.
8. I cut the alcohol. This was the hardest for me. I like to have a glass of wine or two when we go out to dinner. But, boy did it make a difference. On nights I would drink even just 2 glasses of wine, I would feel sluggish for my workout the next day and look dehydrated and bloated inthe morning.
9. I finally came to the realization that it is SO easy to consume 1000 calories and SO hard to burn 1000 calories. This journey is 90% diet. I cannot workout like a pro and then eat everything in sight. It doesn't work that way.
10. I realized it's about trade offs. It's what you do 90%of the time that matters. I have to have some fun and take days off of eating clean and working out. Everything in moderation!

  
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ME_HERE_NOW 12/29/2011 10:22PM

    love your list, love that you are about to start another new year already on track, not vowing to start, that is a powerful thing, keep doing it to it spark sista!

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TRIMOM43 12/29/2011 10:05AM

    Great observations! I could relate to everything you said, especially about taking it one day at a time. That's the hardest part for me. So glad you have been so successful! Enjoy it!

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Smoking cigs at the gym? What?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yesterday at the gym, I was on a treadmill that looks out into the parking lot and a heavyset guy gets out of his car smoking a cigarette!! He quickly takes a few puffs before stomping it out and coming in to workout. I got a little chuckle out of it and found myself thinking "wow, he thinks working out can undue the affects of smoking?" But then I thought I shouldn't judge ...I mean what about me...there have been days where I workout like a pro and then go home and consume two glasses of wine that evening or eat unhealthy crap later in the day. I found myself asking myself what is the difference? It took me years to learn that this journey is afterall 90% diet and you can consume 1000 calories just like that , but boy you have to work your tail off to burn 1000 calories!! So all that hard work in the gym can be UNDONE by one bad choice of food. I guess unhealthy food consumption isn't as bad as smoking cigarettes but still I shouldn't judge!! BTW: He spent 10 minutes on the recumbant bicycle and was exhausted afterwards...then only about 5 mins on the machines...I had to watch...sorry :)

  
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ME_HERE_NOW 12/28/2011 9:20PM

    we all do things to undermine ourselves, it depends what our specific vice is, but i agree smoking is about one of THE worst things. at least he is trying, but he would get much more out of a workout if he didn't start it with a smoke, lol. hope you have a great new and continue to feel motivated and healthy and sparked! :D

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CARLAH528 12/28/2011 7:36PM

    I haven't seen anyone smoking at my gym yet but I know when I go I will spend at least 90 minutes and man the people come and go! They come in and do 15 minutes with the weights and then leave. One guy comes in and is FAT but he lifts the weights. I asked my DH what is the point? He said he didn't really know. Seemed pointless to have the big beefy arms and the big ol' belly.

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23KAIYA 12/28/2011 7:00PM

    I used to do the same...the anxiety of going in to work out in front of lots of people and I'd 'need' that last smoke. Hopefully he'll have the same experience I did, working so hard to get healthier the smokes will become more and more repulsive until he's able to give them up emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/28/2011 10:18AM

    That is so true but I never thought about it that way. I know that is why I haven't been losing the weight is because of my choices of food. Thanks for sharing!

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It's true "what they say"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Well today was an eye opening experience. Warning....venting ahead. I have had an injured knee and have not been working out at quite the intensity that I had been. Also, to be very honest, I have not been doing great food-wise. Have I been doing horrible? NOPE. Have I been eating TONS of crap? NOPE. Have I been drinking tons of alcohol? NOPE. Have I NOT been drinking water? NOPE. I have just slacked off a LITTLE. Well those LITTLE things add up and when I got on the scale this morning I almost cried. HOLY CRAP. Let's just say the scale was up double digits and leave it at that. It is very frustrating to realize that if I am not eating totally clean that I could gain all 60 pounds back very quickly. It was so hard fought to lose the darn weight and it is SO EASY to gain it back. If I had been HORRIBLE that would be one thing...but I haven't and I have still gained a lot. I knew I had because my clothes were fitting tighter. Obviously, I need to get on the scale every couple of days and not be so carefree. WOW. With the holidays approaching it is not the best time to have to really buckle down , but I have GOT to. WOW...still in shock at how quickly it happened. It really is true "what they say" on sparkpeople. You have got to stay diligent EVERY single day and make good choices EVERY single day. And EVERY little bite of something adds up. AAARRRGGGG :(

  
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JAZZID 12/15/2011 1:56PM

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DANE02 11/20/2011 8:26PM

    No doubt...I have had those ups and downs over the last month...lets finish the year strong! We can do it

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ERICA071678 11/20/2011 4:36PM

    Oh I can completely relate!!! You will make it happen!! emoticon

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KHAMELEON1 11/20/2011 1:10PM

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