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A Day in the Life of My Belly- Day 3

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Hi Everyone!!!

Here's what I ate today!!!


-1 cup Spooners Cinnamon Cereal
-1 cup of Soymilk
-1 cup of black Coffee with 1/2 cup of 2% milk


-Chicken Noodle soup with 1/2 cup of white rice in it and 1/2 cup of mixed Vegetables
- 7 Saltines Unsalted


-Lean Cuisine Chicken Alfredo

For desert I'm having a yogurt and 20 mini pretzels.

That's it for me!!! Hope your day was as delicious as mine.

emoticon Cristina

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CIRANDELLA 5/6/2013 8:39AM

    emoticon emoticon Cristina! emoticon I always look forward to taking a vicarious peek at your meals, because they're always so tasty looking and appealing to me! You're probably giving so many of us some good ideas for what to eat, and one of the key pluses to your choices is that you eat measured quantities of food - you are always accountable. I think there's nothing - not exercise, not anything - that will ensure weight loss like that level of accountability. For physical reasons, I'm not able to do a whole lot of exercise, and while losing weight, I didn't do any at all. I lost 70 pounds despite not exercising, although I exercise now.

Exercise is very, very good for us - important, health-wise - but it's tracking what I ate that enabled me to lose weight. That's the absolute, most important element, and let's face it: YOU are a SUCCESS STORY! It takes a lot of hard work and good accountability to lose 33 lbs. in so little time - my hat is off to you! emoticon Susan emoticon

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Weekly Update Blog- Week 3

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Hello Everyone,

Okay so this week, I felt like I didn't do so great. emoticon

I only worked out once!!!
I didn't meet my 5 miles a week goal
I didn't do my wall pushups


I did stay in my calorie range all week.
I did 1 minute of crunches everyday
I took my multivitamin everyday
I lost 3 pounds

So all, in all not a bad week. I just think I could have tried harder. I know logically that I'm going to have good weeks and bad weeks but it still kinda bums me out. Oh well I'm not going to sweat it! Oh Well! Next week I'll do better. lol

For my BLC18 Challenge I was suppose to try something new that I've never tried before. I was thinking and thinking about this one because I'm generally not shy about doing things I want to do. But then I realize that I had already tried something different. The Multivitamin!!!

I have never EVER taken vitamins, not even as a child. When I saw it was a bonus on the BLC18 challenge I promised myself I keep an open mind next time I was at the drug store.

Turns out, there's a sea of vitamins to pick from. Since it was my first time, I was a little intimidated. After looking through bottles for about 15 minutes, I decided on One A Day Women's For Active Mind & Body. I mostly picked it because I was feeling a bit sluggish last week, and because I didn't want to take more then one a day.

To tell you the truth, I didn't think it would make much difference. I was wrong! I feel way more energized and alert then last week. I'm definitely going to keep taking them.

Just one more quick note- Today is my 2 month anniversary from my comeback. In two months I've lost a total of 33 pounds! emoticon I'm sooo happy and excited!!!! I can't wait to see what next month brings.

emoticon Cristina

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CIRANDELLA 5/5/2013 8:02PM

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Cristina...and you didn't think you did so great?!? When you "only" lost 33 lbs. in two months?? That's "ONLY" a pound EVERY...OTHER...DAY!!! I think you might've transcended just "great" and gone into the realm of SPECTACULAR!! You kept up the pattern this past week, too, with yet *another* three pounds gone!

Giving it all a 150% effort - and you clearly did that - you have been nothing but a resounding success story! You don't deserve to be congratulated - you deserve a PARADE!!

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All the best, Susan

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ATHOMAS0925 5/5/2013 5:43PM

    Way to go girl! I'm super proud of you, and you totally kicked ass and took names! A few bad days don't outweigh the good days! Keep it up!

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CATHWREN 5/5/2013 4:57PM

    Wow! 33 pounds in 2 months. That's great! Congratulations!

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A Day in the Life of My Belly- Day 2

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Hello All!!!

Okay here's my day 2.


-2 eggs
-2 slices of Saralee 45 cal bread
-1 tbsp of Hellmann's Light Mayo
-1 medium apple
- One a day multivitamin
-1 1/2 cups of coffee with 1/2 a cup of 2% milk and 1 tbsp of sugar


-Lean Cuisine Asian Style Pot Stickers


-Whole Grain Pasta
-8 oz of Ground Turkey
-1 cup of tomato sauce
-1 tbsp of grated parmesan
-5 pieces of carrot
-1 cup of 10 cal RC

That's it!!!

Hope your day was as yummy as mine emoticon

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ATHOMAS0925 5/4/2013 7:35PM

    Dang girl, I just ate and now I'm thinking about what I could have tomorrow for breakfast! lol

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ALPHAEVE 5/2/2013 1:37PM

    Looks great!

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    Seeing your breakfast makes me hungry! I think I will have scrambled eggs for dinner.

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CIRANDELLA 5/1/2013 10:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow! Cristina, all three meals look as appealing as they are healthy! You've definitely mastered the knack of making really good food for yourself, and for me, that's half the battle (foodie that I am, hee-hee...and always WILL be!) You have lots of variety here and loads of vitamins from good, natural sources - you're a natural at this! Well done, m'dear - please do keep 'em comin'! I'm hungry now and it's past 10 PM here - LOL!! emoticon - Susan (who LOVES your new page background, BTW - yours are among the coolest I see on Spark!)

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BECOMING_HOLLY 5/1/2013 9:50PM

    looks delish!

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A Day in the Life of My Belly- Day 1

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hi Everyone!!! Take a look at what I ate today! It was all very yummy!!!


-A cup of Corn Flakes
-A cup of Soymilk
-1 slice of Saralee 45 Cal Multigrain Bread with 1 tbsp of Lotus Spread
-1 medium apple
- Coffee with 1/2 cup of 2% of milk
- My One a Day Multivitamin. I just got it yesterday!!!


-Lean Cuisine Chicken Parmesan
-1 tbsp of grated Parmesan


-3 chicken strips(1/2 a chicken breast)
-1 cup of brown rice with corn
-2 cups of California Vegetable Blend

For desert I'm planing on having a Yoplait Yogurt Light. I'm sure you don't need a picture of that lol

That's it for now peeps. Until tomorrow!!!!

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FENWAYGIRL18 5/1/2013 12:45AM

    great job! you know not sure if you know about skinny cow ice cream but an ice cream sandwich is 150 calories and fudge bar is 100 calories and it tastes like a 1,000!!!!! they are so yummy and quite large for that little amount of calories, just thought you'd like to know with summer coming up....

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ADVENTURE_KALE 4/30/2013 10:00PM

    sweet!!! looks yummy!

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Weekly Update Blog- Embrace Your Number

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hello SparkFamily,

I hope everyone had a great week!

Today I weighted in and I'm down 4.2 pounds!! WooHoo!!! I'm super excited.

Okay so, if you'll indulge me for a minute, I'd like to tell you of some of the ups and downs I had this week.

Let's start with the positive-

I made my visual motivator. It was a lot of fun and I'm really proud of how it came out. I think it's really going to help motivate me.
***I actually got my first reward today. A pastry of my choosing. I choose a French Crawler from Dunkin' Donuts. It was awesome.****
If you haven't seen it, check out my previous blog entry.

I actually got out there and walked 6 miles this week. Let's see I walked 3 miles on Monday, 2 miles on Wednesday and 1 mile yesterday. I'm really proud because I set a goal for myself to walk 5 miles a week and this week I actually did it!!!

I also keep in my calorie range all week. Something new that I'm doing is Lean Cuisine meals. I am in no way, shape or form a cook. I'm slowly teaching myself the essentials but I'm strictly an amateur. Something as simple as buying 10-15 dollars worth of Lean Cuisine has taken the pressure off of cooking, and helped me stay within my calorie range.

I did try something new this week that I might not keep up. lol I got this great idea from a fellow Sparkteammate. It's actually a very good idea. She said that she made a pact with her sister that every time either one of them enters the kitchen they would do a series of exercises. So I thought I start slow. Just 10 knee raises and 10 wall pushups. OMG! I'm telling you I was DYING by the end of the day. I didn't know I went into the kitchen so often!!!! lol I think this idea was a little too much for me.

Okay so now comes the bad part of the week.

Yesterday my aunts came over for dinner. I was telling them about my weight loss of everything I was doing. When I told her that I weigh over 300 pounds. The way she looked at me... it was like I was a side show at the circus. Her jaw dropped, her eyes bugged out, and she kept saying "Wow, I didn't know you weighted so much, wow". It was at this very moment that I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that by this time next week everyone (I mean EVERYONE) in my family would know exactly how much I weigh.

I wanted to throw something. I felt exposed, embarrassed, ashamed. It was like I had just revealed some dirty little secret about myself.

I felt like the walls of my house were closing in. So I put a sweater and my gym shoes on and headed outside. I might had had to sit there and fake a smile during dinner, but nothing short of a million dollars was going to keep me in the house for a moment longer. On the way out, my sister who always knows when there is something wrong with me, tagged along. She questioned me for about 15 minutes but honestly I didn't want to talk about it. I wanted to forget it happened. So we walked and talked and went to the park to swing on the swings. lol By the time we got back I felt better.

It wasn't until that night when I was reflecting on all that happened that I realized something. I have NOTHING to be ashamed of. This weight and my journey to lose it, is part of who I am.

Yes, I'm obese.
Yes, I'm over 300 pounds.
Yes, I have a food problem.
Yes, I have to lose weight.

This is all true, and instead of being ashamed, I'm going to embrace it!!!

My name is Cristina and I weigh 308.8 pounds!

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SHINING_ON 4/28/2013 12:50AM

    What a powerful realization, isn't it? Hello Cristina who weighs 308.8 pounds (and falling). I'm Katie, I used to weigh 312 pounds and now weigh just under 270. At the pace you're going, I suspect you'll catch up before I can blink an eye.


CIRANDELLA said some really beautiful things already, so rather than echo them (even though I agree with them all) let me just add an additional perspective: by telling your aunts what you weigh, you have inadvertently committed yourself to this journey. And that's not a bad thing at all. Now, you know that if you don't make progress, your family members know what you weigh. Maybe you even subconsciously decided to tell them for this reason. I remember when this happened to me. Last July, I just blurted out to my whole lab group (my co-workers, if you will, but more than - we're colleagues & friends too) what I weighed, how much weight I had to lose, and how long I thought it would take me. Whoa!!!!! I hadn't even told my family that stuff, so why did I share all that personal stuff with them? I later realized it was for commitment. I wanted them to know I was serious. I wanted to be forced into being even more serious by my telling them. I wanted to share that I was aware of my size, and that I was learning to love myself enough to decrease my size. Maybe I was hoping for some support (which I have gotten, btw). Whatever all of my motives were, I did it. And now I'm really glad I did.

So, once you get under 300... call your aunts. Tell them you're under 300. And tell them you're never going back.

I believe you'll always be Cristina. I don't believe you'll always be 308.8 pounds.


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CIRANDELLA 4/26/2013 10:45PM

    Cristina, you are such a nice, healthy, honest person - I just love that! What wonderful, positive qualities to have embraced in life :) emoticon First and foremost...

emoticon emoticon emoticonCONGRATULATIONS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

on having lost -- 4.2 lbs.! -- in such a little bit of time!! WOW! That is some very serious, determined effort that went into that kind of major success! A BIG pat on the back for a job very well done!!

And good for you, for embracing your number! Self-love and self-acceptance are, I've heard, the first serious steps toward effecting any sort of meaningful change in life. Anything less than that is a failure to embrace reality exactly as it is, no matter how uncomfortable it feels. Now that you've done that, though, remember that it is ONLY a number. It's how your joints feel; it's what your blood tests reflect; it's your energy level throughout the day. Those primary gauges of success can - and often ARE - independent of any number the scale spits back at us.

When I weighed 220, and although I am 5'4", I looked much heavier than you'd think 220 might. All of my weight was in my hips, belly, and breasts - my arms and legs were quite thin, and my rear end was as flat as a board (ha! It runs on my dad's side of the family - both of his sisters, too, got it :). But my hips, knees, ankles, and feet were so painful, I was using crutches to walk...and walking very little. And my blood tests were pointing in the direction of a heart attack, stroke, and/or diabetes - whichever came first :(

I'm 116 now. You think that's thin? Not if you saw me. I take a small size, but I still have the same (crappy!) build :) My waist is still a "waste," so to speak - it doesn't really exist! But my blood tests are, in the words of my internist, "amazing!" And statistically now, my chance of developing those diseases I mentioned above is very, very low now...which is fortunate, 'cause I'm 61.

It may well have been that the reason your aunt looked so surprised when you told her your weight is that she never thought you weighed what you do. You may be one of those people who look much lighter than their scale weight...whereas folks like me look probably heavier. That's why I say (as I shrug)...it's just a number. It's the healthy behaviors we develop that REALLY matter, and you're doing a terrific job! Don't worry about cooking. I didn't. My husband and I eat different food - he hates vegetables and I adore them. I *need* huge amounts of raw and cooked produce to stay full, especially in that I've got a medical problem that sharply limits how much fluid I can have every day. So my veggies tend to be bunches of lightly steamed or raw veggies, and my favorite fruits are berries. I do a lot of baking for his office, but we don't eat those goodies emoticon emoticon (yep, that's us! :)

You are doing FANTASTIC!!!! We are all so proud of you!!! emoticon - Susan

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CATHWREN 4/26/2013 7:58PM

    You absolutely have nothing to be ashamed of. You are what and who you are; if you want to change, you will but you'll do it for yourself. Who knows, sharing with your relative may bring extra support.

On the cooking front, I'm with you! I think cook is a 4-letter word. I too use the lean cuisine diet foods. No, it may not be ideal but I know what I will do and what I won't and I can't be counted on to cook regularly. So I've found an alternative that works for me. It'll work for you too. emoticon

Good luck in your journey.

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BOSSONBABE 4/26/2013 7:06PM

    Sounds to me like you're doing some great things for yourself! Also sounds like you have the best built-in support system in your sister. Christina, I think you sound like a pretty fantastic person. Good luck on your journey.

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