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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wow, I didn't realize how long it's been since I've blogged! I've been around, but life gets hectic and it's hard to post. I've been a member of Spark for over two years now and I haven't been perfect and like most of us I've fallen off the wagon a few times. However, I am proud to say that I've lost 40lbs and kept it off since being here!

I got a new job this past year and it's one of the reasons I haven't been keeping up with my blogging/tracking, but it's also been my excuse for not working out. I had a major wake up call a few weeks ago when I had to be taken to the ER and found out that I have gallstones and potentially need my gallbladder taken out. After meeting with the specialist I've been put on a super low fat diet to try to avoid having surgery. Prior to this I wasn't eating horribly, but I was putting more focus on my calories and carbs. I actually kind of like that I'm forced into this new nutrition plan, because I know if I eat something I shouldn't have I can potentially have a gallbladder attack. It's also been great because it keeps me away from fast food for good. I've been on this new nutrition plan for a few weeks now and I've already lost some weight.

The next major update in my life is.. I'M ENGAGED!! My boyfriend well now fiance proposed on Valentines Day. I was completely unprepared for it and it still feels weird to say that I'm engaged lol. Of course this is MAJOR motivation for me to get on the ball and start shedding more pounds! We haven't set a date yet, but we are thinking at least a year or two. He is still in school and will be graduating in May. A year or two gives me time to work on my weight loss goals and gives us time to save up money.

I also had a small victory yesterday. I have been in the horrible stage of my jeans being either too big and the next size down would be too small. Yesterday I put on the size down and they fit!! I can't tell you how amazing that felt!!

I have my new diet plan, my motivation, and now I'm ready to make that scale start moving again!!

  
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GORIANA 2/18/2013 2:15PM

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BEEJAY49 2/18/2013 4:34AM

    Congratulations! :)

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BARBARASDIET 2/17/2013 1:59PM

    Congratulations!

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/17/2013 1:26PM

    Congratulations! What a lovely Valentines surprise : )

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One Year Ago....

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

One year ago I took the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Last year on August 1st I realized that I had, had enough. My weight was out of control, my eating habits were out of control, and the word exercise wasn't even in my vocabulary. On August 2nd I took one of the scariest steps a overweight person takes, joining a gym. I was going to be in my friends wedding in October and I got my dress and it wouldn't even zip. I knew if I didn't get myself in a gym I would never fit in my dress and I still be gaining more and more weight. I was scared to death to even drive over there, so my boyfriend drove me over for support. Walking in the door I was beyond nervous, but then a friendly face came over to greet me at the door. She was sweet and kind and she didn't make me feel bad for being overweight. She held my hand through the whole process and she then became my trainer. She's been super supportive over this entire process and she's the first person to cheer me on when I make progress towards my goals. I remember the first day she put me on the treadmill just for 20 minutes and I felt like I was going to die! It wasn't even on a high setting I was just so out of shape. Over this past year I've hits bumps here, there, and everywhere. I've made mistakes, I've eaten things here and there that I shouldn't have, and I've missed days exercising here and there. But guess what? I'm still here!!! We all hit bumps, but as long as you pull yourself up and you keep working hard you can do it! I still have a long way to go, but this year has helped me drop about 50lbs and I hope to drop twice as much next year!

  
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ROCHELLE62 8/6/2011 2:13PM

    1st anniversary of your rebirth. You have made wonderful progress.

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CHRISTIGROTTS 8/3/2011 12:41PM

  Congratulations!!
My first goal is to lose 50 lbs by the end of February, and I'm 2.5 down after my first week. It's not a lot, but it's awesome. I also started strength training, just with my 5 lb dumbbells, but I noticed a difference yesterday morning. My little girl is also exercising with me, tho she thinks I'm doing different dance moves. But she can lift both dumbbells over her head, and she's only 3!
I'm hoping to be within reach of my goal weight by this time next year, which is to be down between 90 and 100 lbs, back to my "chubby" high school weight. Sounds bad, but I always thought I was chubby in high school, no confidence whatsoever.
Congrats again! emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_MEGAN 8/3/2011 8:13AM

    You're so right- just being here and being dedicated to your health after a year is an amazing thing! So many people try and can't stick with it. Not only have you gotten over the bumps in the road, you lost 50 pounds!!! I"m going to write a post when I've hit a year... but I've got quite a while to go.

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PEGGYMAS1 8/3/2011 8:03AM

    You did the right thing joining the gym and having a trainer always helps. Never be ashamed you will continue on your journey. emoticon This is something to be proud of and you did it.

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MICHELLESMILES_ 8/3/2011 6:42AM

    Way to go! Congrats on all your achievements!!

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MOONBIRD 8/2/2011 10:51PM

    Congratulations on losing 50 lbs! That is awesome! You've accomplished a lot in this last year. It's amazing the difference one year can make!

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M.I.A.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Well, I haven't exactly been M.I.A. I've only been getting on Spark to log my workouts and foods. However, I have been a horrible blogger lately! I've been so busy with work and everything I just haven't had the time to sit down and write about everything. I have been doing pretty well though, still hitting the gym 4-5 times a week, still tracking everything, still drinking lots of water, and still down to one diet soda or less a week. I even was able to kick my lemonade problem. I switched to the light lemonade and now I've just stopped drinking them completely. I'm still doing the 100 day Challenge and I'm currently on day 45! I can't believe I'm almost halfway through the challenge! It's been such a helpful kick in the butt for me! Alright, I'm off to the gym, hope everyone is having a great week!! :)

  
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LISAWILLBEFIT 7/15/2011 2:31PM

    I am glad to lnow you are doing so well.

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2LBSATATIME 7/15/2011 12:21PM

    Doesn't matter if you blog as long as you are doing all the right things and it sounds like you are keep it up emoticon

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TJHIERS 7/15/2011 11:18AM

    good for you ! keep up the great work ! emoticon

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Day Thirty Two: 100 Day Challenge

Sunday, July 03, 2011

So, yesterday was craaazy! We were planning on a family cookout with my boyfriend's family. When I got up yesterday it was completely dark and rainy out so pretty much everyone decided to bail on the whole cooking out thing. So, his mom called and asked if we were still planning on being there because she needed to get groceries. I figured we may as well go, because it's rare that he ever gets a Saturday off, plus he doesn't get a chance to visit his grandma very often. So, we said we'd go and just cook the same foods inside that we were going to cook outside, lol. So, we get there at like 2pm and I started cooking, because his mom just had knee surgery and she didn't need to be doing anymore than she already had. As soon as we start cooking and getting all the food ready it's pretty much completely cleared up outside and then everyone calls and decides they are coming after all! So, we have to trek back to the grocery store and buy more food for everyone. We ended up being there from like 2pm to like 8 or 9pm. It was like the longggest day ever, but it was nice that everyone ended up coming. We pretty much came home and went straight to bed, lol. And thankfully I didn't over eat, I had steak, corn on the cob, a deviled egg annd watermelon! I love watermelon!! All in all it was a good day, but today I need to get back to work. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!! :)

07/02

1. Go to the gym 5x per week DONE
2. Strength train 3-4x per week DONE
3. Swim 5x per week DONE
4. Use the treadmill 3x per week DONE
5. Drink at least 32 ounces of water per day DONE
6. Do at least 10 minutes of light cleaning per day DONE
7. Only one diet soda or less per day DONE Diet Dr Pepper
8. Cook healthy dinner 6x per week DONE
9. Drink two lemonades or less per week DONE
10. Take one hour a day for yourself to relax each day DONE

  
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PEGGY-BEE 7/3/2011 11:33AM

    Sounds like a great day and so glad you made the choice to see the family in spite of the weather. Love a guy that loves his grandma and makes time for her!

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Day Thirty One: 100 Day Challenge (New Goals)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Wow, I'm on my fourth set of goals I can't believe how quickly this challenge is rolling by! So, here are my new goals for the next ten days.

7/1

1. Go to the gym 5x per week DONE
2. Strength train 3-4x per week DONE
3. Swim 5x per week DONE
4. Use the treadmill 3x per week DONE
5. Drink at least 32 ounces of water per day DONE
6. Do at least 10 minutes of light cleaning per day DONE
7. Only one diet soda or less per day DONE (No Soda Today)
8. Cook healthy dinner 6x per week DONE
9. Drink two lemonades or less per week DONE
10. Take one hour a day for yourself to relax each day DONE

Exercise: 80 Minutes of Swimming and Upper Arm Strength


So, to explain a couple of my goals I'm horribly addicted to lemonade. I have no idea why because I used to hate lemonade soo I'm trying to ween myself off of them and switch to a sugar free lemonade so this is my process. As for the relaxation, I feel like I workout in the mornings and then I work on Etsy orders the rest of the day. I don't really take any time for myself so I want to start spending a hour a day just doing something fun for me. Recently, I've been either getting in the hot tub at the gym to help me relax or sometimes I play Wii with my boyfriend. So, I'm excited for another ten days of goals and I hope I can step it up on my water intake and cutting down on my lemonade addiction, lol!

  
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PWAYLA 7/15/2011 1:27PM

    what do you sell on Etsy?

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