Sunday, April 29, 2012
Last night, as motivation to continue my weight loss, as well as in preparation for an upcoming vacation, I bought a two-piece bikini. I haven't worn a two piece bathing suit since I was like 6 lol. Then, today, I weighed in at my lowest in my adult life (163.8). I wore a size 18-20 from about 6th grade until 11th grade. In high school, I was always around 200-210 lbs. At the end of my 11th grade year, I lost about 20 pounds during a summer program and kept it off during senior year (I wore XL's (16-18s) during that time, even though I wore a size 14 dress to the prom). Then I gained like 40 pounds during college. I weighed between 215 and 225 from then on out and was 222 when I started Spark. When I did my first major weight lost change through SparkPeople, my goal was 165...and I fluctuated between 164-165 for a long time. Last year, I let some old habits come back and had gotten all the way up to 174 as recently as January 2012. I've been slowly getting on track...and cut out sodas for Lent in February. Since Easter, I've been working very diligently to track my food and to exercise. I'm soooo pleased with the results.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Back in August, I blogged about how I was going to get back on track, but did it happen? Nahhh....I stayed in my rut, and not only did I stay in my rut, but I let it turn into a ditch. Back in July 2010, I started working on my Master's Degree, in addition to working full time. My free time went out the window and SparkPeople got pushed to the side. Somewhere along the way, my DVD player broke and since I couldn't do my FIRM workouts or my Pilates or yoga....I let exercise slide. Walking was my main exercise anyway, but then my neighbors with the track got baby chicks last April for Easter and I was scared that my dog might try to attack....so another excuse not to exercise. Summer rolled around and all of a sudden, it was too hot to be out walking. Then I started traveling...and spent a week in Atlanta and one in Boston, in addition to continuing to work on my Master's.
August rolled around and I thought I was rededicating myself. Instead, as the new school year started, I found myself full of stress. The school year was soooo different from the past. New principal, new schedule, classes with up to 43 students, and I was just overwhelmed. I was just not prepared for the changes and found myself at odds with my job in a way that I had not in the past. Further my personal life was falling apart. I had been dating a guy for 4 and a half years, but suddenly our relationship was crumbling. I continued to work on my Master's, stress out about my job, my relationship and my family. As a result...I ate...and ate....and ate. At my lowest, I was down to 164 and generally fluctuated between 164 and 168. Good, I thought....just as long as I don't reach 170. And then one day, there it was...170...and then 171....and 172....and 173...and 174... I was just determined I was not going to reach 175. But still, I ate. I would stop by the store and get a bag of Uncle Ray's Hot flavored potato chips...and though I knew it had 6 servings in the bag...at 140 calories a serving, it didn't matter. I would eat half the bag before I stopped. Or I would go to Dollar General and buy a bag of gummy worms...and though I knew that there were 4 gummy worms to a serving and 14 servings in the bag...I would demolish half the bag before I got out of the parking lot good. I would eat dinner and then my mom would cook and I would eat some more......OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!!!! I decided I would get right for the New Year..I had graduated from the Master's program and I had broken up with the bf, so I was headed in a positive direction, right? Right...until my mom brought home a pecan pie. Not only did I eat my way through that one, but I decided to bake two myself...smh . i wanted to lose weight for CIAA tournament...didn't happen. I got sick with bronchitis and a sinus infection...maybe this would cause me to lose weight...didn't happen. It was too cold to walk...my puppies would follow me when I left the yard and I didn't want them to get hit by a car...I didn't want the groceries that I had bought to go to waste....I made excuse after excuse after excuse until finally this week, I decided to do it.....I've tracked my calories every day!!!!! I've walked for 30 minutes each day and as of this morning, I weighed in at 170.....I hope to be at 160 by my birthday at the end of May...i actually would like to be at 155, but I'm going to be realistic. Keep your fingers crossed...I'm lighting it back up
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
So once again, I'm trying to relight my spark! I've taken quite a break from my tracking....don't get me wrong, I still visit SparkPeople every day. However, I missed a day of tracking and then one turned into two and two turned into three, and then it turned into a couple of months. I haven't tracked since about April, but I promised myself that once that new school year returned, I was going to rededicate myself to my healthful journey. I haven't gotten way off track, but I just havent been totally focused, but I'm back on my grind!!! I'm hoping to lose about 25 pounds by the first of the year and no later than my 29th birthday next May!!!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Ok...so I've fallen off the wagon. HARD! So I've reset my goals to lose about 15 pounds during the next 5 months, which is not a lofty goal, but I need it to regain my focus. Additionally, those 15 pounds would get me down to being within 10 pounds of being considered "normal weight" as based on my BMI.
One of the things that I prided myself on during this journey was that I was a faithful user of the Nutrition Tracker and it seems that within the last month, I've become sporadic with my use of it. I log in on a daily basis, but I haven't been going in and tracking, probably because I know that I'm not eating the way I should. I've not been doing a good job of portion control either, so I've been sitting around snacking mindlessly rather than measuring out a set portion and sticking with that only. I also allowed the winter to stop me from exercising, but with the longer days and hopefully, warmer temperatures, I'm going to start back walking. I broke my DVD player, so for the moment, I can't do the DVDs that brought me through in the beginning. Lastly, I've started drinking juice in place of water, which is not good. The filter on the tap broke and rather than replace it, I've been buying bottled water, but not nearly the amount that I need to keep me "afloat".
So, right now, March 27, 2011, I'm pushing myself to regain the Spark. This blog is the first step. Pray my strength in this journey....I've come too far (over 50 lbs down) to let this thing go!!
Monday, January 03, 2011
I promised myself back when I started my journey that when I reached my goal...I was going to get a new scale...the one that I had was raggedy and it was anywhere from 6-10 pounds off. Well....I finally did it...I got a brand new digital scale...so now I can tell what I weigh for certain!!! It didn't disappoint...the time I last weighed in on a "good" scale at the doctor's office in July 2009 before starting Sparkpeople, I was 218. This morning, I was 166!!! Yaaaay...a little bit more and I'm right where I wanna be!!!! My BMI is down from a 36.8 to a 28.1. I'm still overweight, but I'm no longer obese!!
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