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#129 - Rough Time.

Friday, April 26, 2013

I'm having a tough time picking up the pieces. I'm on the verge of quitting.

Last weekend, I went out of town for my birthday. On the Friday before, I was excited because I had a plan to be as healthy as I could be. However, when you are out of town with loved ones who don't necessarily strive to be healthy, it's tough especially when it comes to food. What seemed like one bad food choice led to another bad food choice. This happened all weekend long; it also happened Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

By Wednesday, I had had enough of the processed junk that I was feeding my body. I was tired, bloated, and every bite I took, I felt sick afterwards. You'd think that those symptoms would motivate me to be better, but in reality, I'm struggling. I don't want healthy food; I really don't want food at all. I'm sick of food. I'm too tired, lethargic, and bloated to get my workouts done. By the time I get home from work, all I want to do is curl up on the couch and read.

In addition to how I feel physically, mentally, I'm not doing so well either. I'm having a hard time forgiving myself. Yesterday morning, I was stupid enough to step on the scale; I'm back at 149.6 lbs which means goodbye to my 30 pound weight loss. I stepped off the scale with so much anger toward myself. I can't believe I allowed myself those 6 horrible days. Now, I'm even further from my weight goal. All of my dreams of being healthy, running, and weight etc seem unreachable. I feel like bingeing now.

I've tried forgiving myself, and it's not working. All I can think about is how terrible I look and feel. I messed up. Bad.

Once again, it's Friday, and the weekend is here. The weekend never goes well for me. My depression and anger will probably win out leading to another bad weekend. By Monday, I'm sure I will be in the 150s and singing the same old song.

  
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LAURENXX19 4/29/2013 5:46PM

    You can do this! I feel like I'm kind of in the same boat as you right now. Just losing 30 lbs is a great job. Even if you gained some of it back, you can do it again and still have accomplished so much even being at the higher weight.

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SBRAN833 4/29/2013 3:12PM

    Oh how so many people can relate to your post ... starting back from the beginning AGAIN here ... and you're right - getting back to what worked in the first place is a great start.

but you are strong enough to get through this ... it's a rollercoaster. it's okay to enjoy life, as long as you don't give up.. you got this :)

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HELENKATHLEEN5 4/29/2013 10:07AM

    Just take one small step in the right direction, and that will start the ball rolling! Today is a new day, try not to think about what happened yesterday or last week, and start fresh! You are worth it, and you have so much support on here!! emoticon

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MARVEEME 4/28/2013 9:36PM

    DON'T STOP....DON'T LEAVE.....YOU DESERVE BETTER.

I'm back after gaining all of my weight back and now I have to start again. Don't delay, just get back on the horse and start riding again. Anything less will make it even worse.

I'll make some peanut butter and graham crackers for you, it tends to get me comforted but ready for a challenge
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LOVEISBRUIN 4/26/2013 7:23PM

    Hey Girl! First of all, thanks so much for the comment on my wall. It meant a lot to me.

I'm sorry to hear you're feeling down. I've been having a rough time lately too - I feel like I've lost the motiviation.

I think small steps are the key. We all have bad days, and weeks, and longer. But you've recognized where you went wrong, so now just make some small changes to correct it. Forget about the past and start looking head.

I'm spending time with Family this weekend which will entail many meals out. I'm committing now to making healthy choices - there are salads and veggies and other lean options on every menu. And if I can do that, I know I'll feel better going into Monday, and I'll be ready to start working out again!

What small step will you make today?

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WALKING_WONDER 4/26/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon Don't focus on the negatives, and don't kick yourself while you're down. You've lost weight in the recent past, and you can do it again. Think about bathing suit season, and see if that helps to motivate you. So you messed up. I did too for my birthday week I ate horribly. Then I did a horrible test and could only eat Cream of Wheat and ice cream. I gained a lot of weight. But I forgave myself. I knew it was a yearly thing, and I felt like I deserved it, so I did it, knowing what the consequences would be, and knowing that I could get it all back off. I'm still working on it. But so far, so good. I will not quit, and neither will you!

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CHODGES83 4/26/2013 4:11PM

    SLAP OUT OF IT!

There's no easy way to get what you want. You have to do this for yourself. You don't want to go back. You don't want to undo all the hardwork. There's nothing anyone on here can tell you to do that will make you do what you need to do. Plus what works for one doesn't always work for the next.

Pick yourself up. Take responsibility. Make a plan.

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ROBYNROSE26 4/26/2013 2:28PM

    You would tell us to forgive ourselves and move on, and that we are beautiful!

Please do not quit, forgive yourself and take positive steps forward!

You are BEAUTIFUL and you deserve the best!

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DJSQUISHIE 4/26/2013 2:06PM

    I'm sorry to hear you're feeling so bad Sam, but don't give up! I've had many of these moments, and a few of them have happened this month as well. You just need to take some small steps to get back on track. Drinking your 8 glasses of water a day is always helpful, plus it will help flush all that sodium out of your system.

Then another step can be just going for a 20 minute walk. I know it was be hard, especially after a long day at work...so you can always skip the walk and just do some crunches/push ups 40 minutes before bed.

It's not the end of the world, even though I know it feels that way. You always have another chance to get it right.

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GIANTMICROBE 4/26/2013 11:50AM

    It does not matter how far down the wrong road you go- you can ALWAYS turn around.

Why don't you challenge yourself to track and eat right for ONE day? Anybody can do it for ONE day. That is what I do when I fall off the wagon. And it only takes ONE day to start feeling much better!!!!!!

Do it and let me know how it goes!

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PAPER_WINGS18 4/26/2013 11:10AM

    Sorry you are struggling Sam. Just forgive yourself and drink a bunch of water. That is probably from the sodium of being on the go, ya know? And eating things you don't typically eat. Look at the big picture: 6 days of doing the best that you can given the circumstances off plan is way better than 6 weeks or months. We aren't always in control, and that's what life is about. We just gotta do what we do. There is always going to be a party or a vacation on the horizon. YOu got this!

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GOOBERIFIC1 4/26/2013 11:03AM

  hugs to you!!! i know you can get back at it!!

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DEBB1313 4/26/2013 10:56AM

    In the past I would always do exactly what you described in your blog but something has changed for me recently.

I remind myself every single thing I choose not to put in my mouth, or healthy food substitution I make, exercise I do or other healthy habit, it all matters. Each thing is small but lots of small things together can achieve something great over time.

Same goes when I "mess up". Those were just little bumps in the road. They may seem like huge disappointments right now but they really are only small things in the grand scheme.

Start back by trying to string together two "good choices", then three, then four.........

You can do it. Don't give up!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/26/2013 10:52AM

    Living in the past where you repeat the things you did last weekend over and over in your head only leads to staying in the past and suffering with those feelings. Thinking about the weekend to come only leads to suffering with anxiety over what "might" happen.

Some people would love to in your shoes at 149 lbs. There are many people here on Spark who think that goal is unattainable to them, yet here you are at 149.

I've been at a stable weight for over 19 months now, watching the scale go up and then down only to stall at 165 lbs on the down but never going over 172 on the up. 19 months!! I'm still here. I'll never give up.

The trick to eating what you want is to be prepared. I do NOT leave home without a plan to eat well even if it means I'll bring all of my own food. For some people this is their life. What about a person with celiac disease for example, who can not eat any wheat at all and even just a SPECK of wheat sets off a horrible attack? Do you think they would trust the cooking of other people? Fast food wouldn't be an option. It's a lot of work to bring your own food along, but it IS do-able.

I don't have celiac disease, but I have plenty of other food issues and I go to courageous lengths to make sure that there is food that I can eat whenever I'm away from home.

Tonight I have a choir concert. I have to leave the house at 5 pm and travel an hour to get to the venue. We have rehearsal and blocking (where we are to be on the stage during our songs) at 6 pm. Our concert is at 7:30 pm with the first group going on then and then we are up second, maybe around 8 or 8:15. I know I'm going to get hungry because I'll have eaten at around 4 or 4:30, and I have a plan to bring food with me because there is no way in hell that I'm going to nip out and grab a burger or a sandwich of whatever fresh hell is out there in the fast food world. I'm sooooo done with eating crap and I'll bet you are too.

Good Luck!!

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DORENC 4/26/2013 10:02AM

    If you start the weekend off thinking it is going to beat you, IT WILL! Chin up, be strong, You can do this! If you give up you are just going to be farther away from your goal than you really are and if you are that mad at yourself right now think of how you will be if you give up and have to start over. This post of you wanting to give up bothers me. You are such a motivator. I would give anything to have the spark that started you on this journey. I am getting there BECAUSE OF YOU! You are always motivating everyone else so it is sad that you can't motivate yourself. Think of how terrible you feel when you make these bad decisions. Weekends are always my killer also. So this weekend I am going to make good decisions. Every time I go to eat something bad I am going to think of you and your motivation. I am going to make it a successful weekend because of you. You can do this. Don't let a couple of days ruin what you have worked for for so long. You've got this! Have a good weekend! Stay strong! emoticon

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ICANTODAY 4/26/2013 9:56AM

    Every day is a new chance to make good choices. Just take care of today.

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SPICEMWE 4/26/2013 9:52AM

    Like I said on your status today, think about what you would tell a fellow sparker who is struggling. You have been a bastion of support for me when I've been down. You come up with what you would say? Turn that right back around at yourself! Think of how far you've come. You can't let a bump in the road like this get you down. You, my dear, are a fighter! I'm willing to bet that the weight you put on will melt off with good eating and exercise because it's likely all bloat.

Weekends are my weak point too. I really wish I had some good advice for you on how to manage them. The only thing I can say is to not beat yourself up when you haven't figured it out yet. It's a long, never ending journey to a healthy lifestyle. It doesn't end when you hit the finish line; we have to keep going.

I'm sure that by Monday you'll have lost some of that bloat because I know that instead of beating yourself up, you're going to turn this energy into kicking butt and taking names! You're going to use it as motivation to get serious and focus on making the right choices. I KNOW you can do it! Somewhere in there, you know you can too. Let that Sam shine!

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SPARKCHANTAL 4/26/2013 9:47AM

    smile, it's business as usual...
then, pick up the pieces, dust yourself off,
and get right back to it!
what are the alternatives?

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#128 - Weekends/Vacations.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hi Spark Friends.

I hope all of you enjoyed your weekend.

For the weekend, I went out of town to see the South Carolina Gamecocks play the Kentucky Wildcats (baseball). This was my first time at an SC baseball game, and I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. I usually only go to the football games, but over the last couple of years, Iíve somehow become a baseball fan. I guess I love watching people be active since becoming more active myself.

As for being healthy myself, it was a couple of hits and a lot of misses this weekend. Here are the positives:

1. I drank *some* water.
2. I completed both workouts that I had planned for this weekend.

Here are the cons:

1. I got back on the soda train this weekend.
2. I did not choose to eat any healthy foods at all.
3. I had gluten, dairy, and sugar (and lots of it!).
4. #3 actions caused me to feel crummy, moody, and sleepy.
5. My legs are *so* sunburnt. Ouch!

By Sunday afternoon, my body was not a happy camper. I was feeling terrible. I felt so sleepy and crummy that I wanted to miss the last baseball game of the series which wasnít like me at all. After doing that cleanse, I am well aware that my body doesnít do well with sugar, gluten, and dairy. Iíve been *trying* to limited it as much as I can. Unfortunately, these three things are what I crave the most, and I donít have much self-control in the food department.

Vacations and weekends have always been trouble areas when it came to being healthy. For some reason, I allow myself to do whatever. Iím not really sure how to deal with weekends and vacations when it comes to being healthy. Itís tough because I have a boyfriend who likes to eat out a lot, and when I say ďget what you want, I am going to eat at homeĒ, he kind of gets irritated. Plus, when we are going out of town, it seems just easier to throw out the healthy eating and grab fast food.

Even though I know I should not be, I am beating myself up over this weekendís food choices. Iíve been doing much better than in the past, but this weekend revealed that bad habits can come back. I donít want that in my life anymore. I want to feel good about the choices I make. I want to have self-control, and if I want to indulge a little, then I want it to be a decision I made instead of an impulse.


Iíd love to hear how you treat weekends and vacations when it comes to being healthy. Any suggestions?

  
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DJSQUISHIE 4/26/2013 1:59PM

    I have the same problems, although vacations are worst for me. I used to feel really bad about it, but then I realized it's not worth making myself so upset. I don't go on vacation a whole lot, so when I do and if I slip it's ok. I'm meant to enjoy myself on my time off, and if eating junky stuff makes me happy then so be it.

I just try to make more of an effort to be better once that time is over. I don't ever weigh myself, or hold it against myself. If working out for an extra 30 minutes is going to put my mind to rest, then so be it. Or if eating low carb, etc for a week will make me feel better afterwards that's what I'll do.

Don't worry too much Sam, you're not alone and you shouldn't feel so guilty!

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C8TSON 4/23/2013 2:11PM

    It is so hard to handle cravings/temptations while on vacations. emoticon I think it is excellent that you know your body well enough to recognize the signals of what is good or bad for you personally. That is truly an amazing accomplishment! emoticon

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IMARUNR 4/23/2013 11:59AM

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend, sans the food challenges. I have similar issues, and cave in when I shouldn't. Sorry the choices made you feel so bad. Maybe you could identify one item you'll eliminate for the weekend and figure out your options ahead of time?
Good luck!

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GOOBERIFIC1 4/23/2013 11:09AM

  it's a big struggle for me too. for me, i have to avoid "bad" foods completely (at least for now). i have zero self control after the first sugary bite. i hope that eventually, i'll be able to do treats in moderation.

i guess my only advice (and boy, should i follow it myself) is to eat before you go, pack healthy snacks with you, and have a chat with your boyfriend about being more supportive. maybe he feels that your healthier choices are making him feel guilty, and so you're tempted to give in? maybe he just wants you to loosen up every now and then? who knows, but once you figure out what's triggering his reaction, maybe you guys can come to a solution together. maybe plan a treat into your weekend, if you feel like you can get back on track later. but if the gluten/dairy is bothering you so much, you need to seek out some snacks that are safe for you.

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FITNAPTURAL 4/22/2013 9:49PM

    Last week and this week were horrible for me too food wise. I went to a conference with free, unhealthy food and then came home this weekend still in that mentality. You are not alone lol.atleast you know your weaknesses and can use the memories for the future...I hope :)

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POOKASLUAGH 4/22/2013 3:01PM

    I wish there was some way to balance it all out. It seems that the more we remove foods completely, the worse we feel when we add them back, and it makes me wonder if we just didn't notice the crumminess before, or if our bodies were more used to it and didn't react as much, or what...irritating!

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CHODGES83 4/22/2013 2:24PM

    I seriously struggle with weekends/vacations. I usually just eat like poo. Sometimes I keep it together for breakfast/lunch, but dinner can sometimes be a free for all + I really enjoy alcohol. I've gotten much better at sticking with exercise on the weekends. I have time for a nice long workout and then I don't feel as guilty about my food choices.

Hmm...that is not really helpful. When I'm doing well, I stick to my guns and have a grilled chicken salad or lean steak w/grilled veggies or whatever other somewhat healthy option may be available when eating out. If anyone gives me a hard time I tell them how delicious it is and that it's what I like. No fries for me. No one really gives me a hard time about it, but I also think it's cause I order with such conviction.

Haha, I dont' even know how one would order with conviction, but it sounded convincing.

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DORENC 4/22/2013 1:49PM

    I hate weekends and I hate vacations when it comes to this. I tend to eat ridiculously on the weekends and am a lot lazier than I would like to be. This is one of those things that I really need to work on. I would probably be that way during the week also if I wasn't so busy. Anyway, I'm sorry that you had a bad weekend this way but learn from it, overcome it. Don't let it beat you up, let it motivate you. You can do this.

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#127 - Gluten.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I think I spoke too soon.

Day 1 (Tuesday) of gluten back in my diet produced no reactions. However, on Wednesday morning, I woke up with a sore throat. It wasn't more than I could handle, and really, it went away fairly quickly. Throughout the day, though, I had a lite headache. When dinner rolled around, I decided to try gluten again. I did have a smaller reaction after supper - feeling out of it and a little more tired than usual. This morning has confirmed that I most likely have a gluten intolerance. My sore throat is worse, and I'm stuffy like I have a sinus infection. I still have the lite headache and all I want to do is sleep.

Even though this cleanse was tough at times, I'm really glad I did it. I would have never known that I was gluten intolerant which explains a lot of the symptoms I had been experiencing. I'm thinking about skipping gluten for tonight's dinner (this would be my 3rd day). For the next 4 days, I will come off of it to see if these symptoms go away. If they do, it's an intolerance. Next Tuesday is dairy!

Are you gluten intolerant? If so, how do you live with it?

  
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GOOBERIFIC1 4/21/2013 1:56PM

  my hubby and my son are both Celiac. being gluten free is hard at first.. learning how to cook for yourself all over again, but in the end, it's worth it! because of the boys being Celiac, my daughters and myself eat alot less gluten than we used to (i cook gluten and dairy free for everyone, the girls do have gluten bread/crackers/cereal). i think i feel better when i eat less gluten too, but i'm happy that i don't have an intolerance or allergy.

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BREW99 4/16/2013 4:45PM

    I'm not intolerant but do love to try different types of flours instead of gluten filled ones. I wish you the best of luck though. I've read a lot about it and thankfully there's a lot of information out there.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/16/2013 1:32PM

    Thank you for your incredibly sweet comment on my page! My husband thought he was gluten intolerant right around the time we met - when he had just finished college. Turns out that he'd just been drinking too much beer and eating too much pizza. Once he took a little break from that stuff, he was fine. I hope you don't have a gluten intolerance!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/4/2013 5:24PM

    I don't think I'm gluten intolerant, but I have read "Wheat Belly" and am officially off wheat for good. Have you read it? Pretty interesting!

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PAPER_WINGS18 4/4/2013 2:33PM

    i read an article on NPR recently that basically said most people don't have gluten intolerances and that it's mostly just small reactions in most cases. I hope that you don't have a gluten intolerance.. that would stinK! emoticon

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FEDGIRL4 4/4/2013 1:58PM

    I think I am either wheat or gluten intolerant. Each time I eat flour products, I seem to suffer. That is one reason why I gave up "most" flour (and sugar) products.

I currently know two people with celiac.

I am lactose intolerant so I take the chewable pills when I consume dairy. The milk I drink is almond milk.

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CHODGES83 4/4/2013 12:17PM

    I have a friend with gluten intolerance (and I suspect I may be as well). She buys gluten free breads, cereals, flours, beers, etc. If she's being strict about it she doesn't have much of a reaction when she does have gluten. Maybe just an upset stomach. If she isn't being strict and pigs out on gluten filled foods she vomits. Just a matter moderation it seems. Good Luck!

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POOKASLUAGH 4/4/2013 11:29AM

    Ugh, sorry to hear about the potential intolerance! :(

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C8TSON 4/4/2013 10:59AM

    I have known of people to be gluten intolerant. I actually knew someone with Celiac Disease and she could barely even go out to eat anywhere for the fear of the unknown where gluten was concerned. We have taken gluten out of our diet before and felt better--more energetic. I'm glad you did the elimination diet. They are not fun, but so helpful! Keep us posted on how it goes with dairy next week! emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 4/4/2013 10:22AM

    I am not gluten intolerant but my cousin is. She buys specialty products or she used too. She was diagnosed with it about 20 years ago, before they really knew about gluten intolerance. Now she buys gluten free stuff at the grocery store. She doesn't eat out much. Her and her husband tend to eat at home a lot so she can make sure she doesn't eat anything with gluten.

My brother had celiac disease before he passed away. That is also a gluten intolerance but it is much more severe. And he found it easier to go to restaurants that did gluten free meals. He was single and didn't enjoy cooking. Outback was were he eat mainly. They have a gluten free menu.

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#126 - 30.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was in for a big surprise. I've finally reached 30 pounds lost! What a feeling! I still can't believe it's true.

I've said this in other blogs, but I'll say it again because it's the truth. I never thought I'd ever see this day. I never thought I'd lose even 10 pounds. It's almost like a virtual slap in the face - "Girl, what were you thinkin' when you were doubting yourself?!"



**I'm not sure I like the above picture as I don't really see much of the loss. Is it just me? (Be honest.)**

I will have to say that this cleanse has pushed me over the 30 marker. While I am so so grateful for that, I'm even more thankful that I'm finally craving healthier foods. It's easier to turn down food too. For example, this morning, one of the clients came in with a box of doughnuts that were hot and fresh. The aroma was enticing, but I stuck to my guns and politely declined. Instead, I opted for two cuties, a green apple, and a handful of almonds. The old me would have eaten two of those bad boys (doughnuts).

As for the gluten experiment last night, it went well. I had a whole wheat kaiser with baked chicken, lettuce, tomato, a little honey mustard, and 1.5 servings of organic potato chips. I had no reaction at all. Woo hoo! Hopefully, the next two days will produce the same results as gluten-free things are a pain!

  
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JORDANA84 4/18/2013 11:12AM

    That's crazy how we see ourself ... that picture shows a difference, a big one! You look thinner and happier in the second pic. Way to go !!

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JADAKNOWLES 4/18/2013 1:21AM

    Such a difference- you have really inspired me!

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MSHEL7 4/3/2013 11:26PM

    IT is just you, you may not see it, but you look great, way to go. emoticon

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DJSQUISHIE 4/3/2013 10:18PM

    You look fantastic, and the difference is very obvious. Great job on the weight loss, and on making better food choices!
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COMMUNITY10 4/3/2013 8:42PM

    You can ABSOLUTELY see a difference!! Amazing job!!

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WINNIE1978 4/3/2013 8:05PM

    Girl, it is totally just you with not seeing the loss! It's always so hard to see the changes in yourself though... but there are definite changes! You look great! All that hard work is paying off!

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/3/2013 3:47PM

  Congrats!!! And yes, I see a big difference in your middle. You look fantastic!

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ROBYNROSE26 4/3/2013 2:59PM

    Great! I can definately see a difference in your stomach area and your face too. Way to go and keep up the great work!

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CHODGES83 4/3/2013 2:52PM

    You look wonderful! Definitely a difference! Be proud of yourself!

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POOKASLUAGH 4/3/2013 2:07PM

    First off, congrats! You can definitely see it in the picture, especially around the waist. I think the trouble you're having seeing it has to do with having a jacket on in the second picture. The jacket hides your arms and your body shape, so it's harder to tell what size you are, but you can definitely see the change especially in your stomach! :)

Second, can you send me information about the cleanse you're doing? I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out what food/ingredient is bothering me. I'm not sure I can do a cleanse, but I'd like to at least read about the process to see if I can adapt it to help me find what is bothering me!

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CAROLYN_ROSE 4/3/2013 1:29PM

    there is a HUGE difference!!! You look wonderful! Congrats!

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FITNAPTURAL 4/3/2013 1:23PM

    Congrats girl! You look absolutely amazing. The proof is in the picture! It's in your face and stomach. Keep it up! emoticon

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MUFFIY831 4/3/2013 1:12PM

    **I'm not sure I like the above picture as I don't really see much of the loss. Is it just me? (Be honest.)**

What?!!?! :) Are you serious? There's a huge (well, 30 pound!) difference. You look amazing.

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 4/3/2013 12:52PM

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TAURUSGIRL3 4/3/2013 12:43PM

  I can definitely see a difference! Look at your belly area. You have really tightened it up. You look awesome! Way to go!

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SHINERTXMOM 4/3/2013 12:32PM

    Congratulations! You look fabulous! Keep it up.

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#125 - Only One More.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Hi Sparkfriends!

It's been a couple weeks since I last posted. I'll catch you up!

1. Weight - Since beginning the cleanse, I've lost 6 pounds! I only have ONE MORE pound to lose until I hit the big 30 pounds lost goal! Wow. I just reread that sentence; it's so weird to read. Back in June 2012 (when I began), I never thought I'd ever get this close to my goal. Shoot, I never thought I'd keep 10 pounds off. It's a wonderful feeling! I still have about 7 pounds that I would like to lose though, but I am working on it. However, I am learning to love my body just how it is, and it's a great feeling!

**I just have to share - my boyfriend, BJ, lost 20 pounds while doing the cleanse! Ahh, I'm just so happy for him! Plus, he's even said that he's ready to begin eating better. Ahh, happy girl right here!**

2. The cleanse - I've been doing an alkaline cleanse as well as an elimination diet to see if I have a food intolerance. After 10 days of no meat, I ate chicken last week, and I immediately had a reaction - exhausted, foggy brain, etc. I concluded that it's probably the antibiotics/steroids or the chicken feed, so I'm working on doing more organic meat. I'm a little worried about tonight as I will be introducing wheat/gluten back into my diet. I'm pretty sure I have an intolerance to it, but it'll be confirmed over the next three days.

3. Race to the Inlet 5K - Last Saturday, I had a 5K race. I was pretty disappointed with myself because I basically walk/ran in 38 minutes. The reason I took so long was because I have not been able to run while on the cleanse. The cleanse is a time for rest (which I got!). So, I tried to remember that it would have been better if I had been training. It was still tough though. My next 5K is in July; my boyfriend and I begin training today. Here are some photos from the race:



Pre-race picture.



I'm waiting for the race to start.



Almost there!



4. 12K Update - I signed up for the race in October to participate in the 5K, not the 12K. I was going to, but my boyfriend wanted to run the 5K too. I felt bad, so I decided to do the 5K instead. However, I am hoping to do a 10K in November or December. I'm not giving up!

Well, that's about it. I'll post tomorrow about April goals and about the wheat encounter. Hope you all have a wonderful afternoon!

  
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DJSQUISHIE 4/3/2013 10:14PM

    Congrats on your weight loss, and to your boyfriends as well! That's so wonderful!

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/3/2013 3:49PM

  emoticon on your weight loss, your races, everything!! Happy for you!

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GET IT!

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SAPPHIREBLUEKYU 4/3/2013 1:00AM

    Congratulations!! Your success is so inspiring!!
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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/2/2013 9:28PM

    you look FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! Great job on all your hard work!

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GIANTMICROBE 4/2/2013 7:51PM

    Wow, you must feeling AHmazing and you should! 30 pounds is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 4/2/2013 6:09PM

    You look absolutely fantastic, Sam! So proud of you! And awesome on your BF!!

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WINNIE1978 4/2/2013 6:07PM

    I'm glad to hear you are doing so well and that your healthy habits are rubbing off on your boyfriend! It's so much easier to do the healthy lifestyle when you are doing it with someone else.

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KANDOLAKER 4/2/2013 4:36PM

    You are doing marvelously!! Congrats on all your successes!!

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LRB444 4/2/2013 4:34PM

    You are doing a great job!

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ALLIEALLIE2 4/2/2013 4:32PM

    emoticon You are looking fantastic!! and emoticon to your boyfriend!!!

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CAGMUAHFO2 4/2/2013 4:27PM

    emoticon on the weight loss for you and your boyfriend!! That is emoticon Don't get discouraged about the 5k. Like you said you were not able to train b/c of the cleanse. I'm sure you and your boyfriend will ROCK the next one!! Good luck with the gluten tonight.

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POOKASLUAGH 4/2/2013 4:22PM

    You are looking so good in those photos!! And yay for getting your boyfriend on board too! Good luck with the reintroduction of new foods. I'm trying to figure out what I'm reacting to too, and no luck so far. :/

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LAURENXX19 4/2/2013 3:59PM

    Congrats on the weight loss since beginning the cleanse! You look amazing in your pictures.

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