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Not looking a gift horse in the mouth!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

You may or may not have noticed my disappearance from Sparkpeople a couple of months ago. When I moved to Colorado in May, I kind of fell off the bandwagon. I continued working out for a while, and continued eating slightly healthier, but then it gradually went to not working out and not eating all that healthy. I had lost a few lbs after I moved here, but then I gained a couple of those back, so I've gradually stopped weighing myself as well. It's been well over a month since I've weighed myself. For whatever reason, I decided to get back on the scale this morning, and I was really expecting a huge disappointment (like, potentially a 10 lbs gain). Instead, what I found was a 10 lbs LOSS...!!!!!! I have absolutely no idea how that happened, except that since school has started I haven't been snacking as much (especially not at work). I haven't been working out, though, or counting calories, etc. I'm completely shocked. And definitely happy. I do wish I could say that I've really worked for this loss, though. But, I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, that's for sure! And I'm extra excited about this, because I feel like it's given me more motivation to actually get back into spark and working out and watching what I'm eating. I'm excited about getting healthy again, I'm excited to make my 36-lbs loss (thus far) a 40-lbs loss, and then eventually a 60-lbs loss! Once again I feel like I can actually do this. That I'm not someone who gets to the 20-30 lbs loss range and then loses momentum completely and ends up gaining it all back, and then some. Earlier in this journey I remember writing a post after I got under 200, saying that I would never again be there. After this summer I was worried that I would be again, and soon. But now I've realized that I'm NOT going back there. I'm not going to stand for that. I am going to take care of this body I've been blessed with. This beautiful, strong, healthier body. emoticon

Praise God!!!!!!

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MRSPHANTOM 9/30/2009 11:05PM

    That is wonderful news!! I'm so happy for you!! I suspect that, while you cut down on the exercise and didn't watch your eating habits, that your body watched it for you. My guess is, without realizing it, you have moved around more than you used to. Think about it. Do you still sit around watchng tv (or anythng sedentary like that) like you did before? You said you aren't snacking as much, but have you noticed what you have been snacking on?

When we treat our bodies well, we grow to crave that good treatment and will often do things automatically just to continue that good feeling. Does that make sense? It's like when a person decides to give up pop to lose weight. They've lost weight and decide to "treat" themselves to a can of pop, but discover it has become too sweet for them. So when they become thirsty in the future, their bodies will instictively steer them away from the pop, without them even realizing what's happening.

Sorry. Didn't mean to sound like a lecture. Just trying to give a suggestion for your weight loss and why you should feel incredibly good about it!! You're doing wonderfully!!


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Coming Back

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hey all! So it's been over a month since I've written a blog post, which is so not okay! Actually, I've been really, really bad about coming on Spark people in general over the last few weeks. I haven't been tracking my food or my exercise, and frankly, that's just not okay.

I moved to Colorado on May 11 (yay!), and so far I love it! I got a job in a day care after being out here for only a week, I finally live in the same state as my parents again (and right now I get to live with them, which is actually really nice!), and it's just pretty fantastic out here. BUT, that being said, I'm pretty big on routine when it comes to some things. I'm a very spontaneous person, but when it comes to weight loss and being healthy, stuff like that, routine is key for me. And moving to Colorado totally messed up my routine, and so I have not been doing very well. I'm not exercising like I ought to be, I haven't been tracking my food, and I've been eating out a lot more often since I've moved out here. And I don't have as much control over what I eat for dinner, because usually one of my parents makes it, and so I end up not paying attention to the calories and serving sizes. Which is really stupid, because it would be easy to find that stuff out. I just haven't been. And I need to, big time.

When I first moved out here, I had lost a couple pounds after the first week or so, but of that weight lost, I've gained back about 1.5-2 lbs, which is not okay with me!! I need to be losing weight, not gaining it! And so now I'm trying to get my mental state back to where it was about 1.5 weeks before I moved. I need to track my calories and exercise. I need to get back on the message boards and in a buddy group of some sort. I need the support, will, and determination. And most of all, I need to always remember why I'm doing this -- to glorify God. And eating and not exercising like I should be is not taking care of my body like I should be, and therefore I'm not glorifying God with it. And so I'm coming back. I'm going to refocus and reestablish my healthy lifestyle. I'm going to make the necessary changes, and I'm going to find ways to make my new environment fit these changes, and vice versa.

But I'm going to need help. From God, and from you! emoticon

Praise God!

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MRSPHANTOM 6/28/2009 7:25PM

    I've been bad too. Blamed it on everything I could, but the fault lies with me. So, lets you andI geta fresh start and have a great summer,okay?


tupid spacebar!)

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Down 4 More!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

PRAISE JESUS!!! I've lost 4 more lbs, which brings my grand total to 24 lbs lost!! Praise God!! I am so, so pumped about this! And surprised! For the last two weeks I've been really slacking on working out; last week I think I only did two days. :-/ And on Saturday I had an off-eating day (Heroes marathon with a friend); we ordered pizza (first time having real pizza since I've started!). But, somehow, by the grace of God, I'm down 4 more! I'm so excited and I definitely needed it, because I was starting to get a little discouraged, but now I'm feeling so rejuvenated and ready to kick butt!

I finally went to the gym by myself this morning! That was one of the biggest reasons why I haven't been working out very much lately; my besty's been super stressed and tired lately so she's been sleeping in and we always went together and took her car (which has a parking permit for campus). So I would use that as an excuse to not go, but last night I decided I'm going no matter what, so I did! And it was AMAZING! I took my iPod and listened to praise and worship songs, and it was just so, so good! I got to use exercise as an act of spiritual worship, and it was so amazing!! Woot woot!! :-D

Have a great day!! :-D Praise Jesus!

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SUNSHINEPOINTE 4/28/2009 10:24AM

    Sounds like you're working hard and it's paying off. Mega congrats to you - you deserve it!

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MARMURRAY 4/28/2009 10:02AM

    Wow 4 pounds! Don't you love weeks like this? I have found that changing up your normal meal plans can do that for you sometimes.

Great job on working out by yourself too. I was SO afraid to go to the gym at all! I finally got a ymca membership w/ my sister and we go together but there are days when she can't go and I've actually made it there myself. It's a great feeling knowing that you are pushing past your comfort zone.

Keep up the good work!

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Back in Action

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm back! Well, not that I've really been gone, I just haven't been very active on Spark over the last week or two. I've stuck with my healthy eating though, and I've been keeping track of my calories, just not on the calorie tracker. Last week I didn't do very well exercise-wise; I missed 3 days. emoticon It was a crazy busy week coming off a crazy-busy weekend (I went on a white water rafting weekend trip in West Virginia; I got a TON of exercise that weekend!). No excuse, though. I started back up this morning by going to the gym, and I feel great now! Much more energized than I felt all last week!

Even though I've been keeping track of my calories, I really want to track them more on here again. It makes it easier, and it's just a great way to hold me accountable even more so. In 28 days I'm moving to Colorado, and big changes (especially moves) can often interrupt (and even stop) healthy life changes, but I'm determined to not let it this time. When I move out there nothing's going to change, except the scale going down and increased exercise. I know it won't be very easy at first, because I'm probably going to want to take it easy for the first couple days, but I know that a couple days can turn into weeks and months and then eventually years, so I'm going to start up right away, the very first morning I'm there. The apartment complex I'm moving into has a workout facility really close to where I'm living, so that's going to be absolutely fantastic!! I'm excited and nervous and of course a bit sad about the move, but I know that it's where God wants me, and I know that great things are going to happen. I'll miss my friends and my church ( emoticon ) but I know the friendships I have are lasting ones. Plus, I'll get to see my bff at her Tennessee wedding in July! I'm maid of honor, and I'm determined to be down another 10-15 lbs. by the time of the wedding! I want to look smokin'! Hehehe! :)

Have a great, blessed day! Man is it good to be back on here posting again! Praise God! And Happy (belated) Easter to you all!


Thank you!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Hey all,
I just wanted to send out a mass thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday! I was completely overwhelmed (in a good way!) by the sheer number of wishes I got from all of you, although I guess I shouldn't be surprised; Spark is full of some of the most supportive and encouraging people!! So thank you, thank you, thank you! I reeeeaaaally wanted to go through and individually thank everyone, but when I saw that I had over 60 posts, I realized that it would take a really long time to do (and as a college student, time is of the essence). So I apologize for not thanking you personally, but please know that I am truly thankful and touched! And I gotta say, the love and support from the DONE girls is amazing -- I know a lot of the wishes came from them, so thanks!!! emoticon

I had an absolutely AMAZING birthday! It was so much fun, and I made sure to eat healthy during the day, but I let myself celebrate at night without thinking about the calories (too much). And I'm very happy to report that I did not drink too much! I'm personally not a fan of getting drunk, and I'm really not used to drinking, so I was a little nervous that I wouldn't know my limits, but I did! Yay! Lol! I did pretty well eating-wise on Saturday, though probably towards the little bit higher end of my range, and Sunday went well too, so all in all I think I did pretty well this weekend! Tomorrow's weigh-in will let me know how well, lol!

Anyway, again, thank you all so, so much for the Happy Birthdays!! They made my day, and though I'm not thanking people individually, I did read them all! emoticon

Have a blessed day!

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FITJEAN 3/30/2009 7:48PM

    Hi, I just happened tostumble across this blog so allow me to be the first to send you a "belated" birthday wish. God Bless. Jeannie

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