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Spark Tracker ?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Does anyone know if the spark tracker automatically logs steps and then let's you know when you sync it? It so strange that I can't see any numbers and when I tap it, nothing happens. I really hope this helps me stay on track. emoticon

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/25/2014 1:58PM

    I don't have one.

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CZESTES 11/25/2014 9:23AM

    Ooooh... Good to know, I am reading reviews on all of the trackers to see what I want. Asking for one for Christmas.

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BEFIT014 11/25/2014 5:33AM

    The only time I have trouble with mine is when the battery needs to be changed. And I usually have to change it when it's still half full. No big deal, tho--my scale and my husband's watch take the same size battery.

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ILOVEMALI 11/25/2014 2:50AM

    My Sparky has been REALLY temperamental lately!!!

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SEATTLE58 11/24/2014 10:17PM

    I know just what you mean. I had mine for awhile and then it wouldn't sync no matter what I did. I contacted the coach on the Spark Activity team and she was so helpful and I got another one in the mail. I had this new one for awhile and it would do just fine and then trouble would come and it wouldn't sync. It just wouldn't log and some of those days, I'd get so frustrated because I knew I had done lots more than what it said. I took the battery out and put it back in just like I did with the first one and still nothing or it would show that it was syncing and wouldn't be. Errrr, so I gave up on the whole program sometime last summer. Go on the one thread on the team message board about having problems and a coach should come and advise you what to do. Maybe she can help you and you'll have no more trouble. She contacted the factory for me. Good luck!! I truly loved it when it worked for me!! Hugs to you best friend, Karen

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I'm a fighter, are you?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The journey to healthy is hard! I joined SP in 2008. I wanted to get thinner, more fit and be healthy! Here I sit, 6 years later, with more knowledge but still not where I want to be!

When you start your journey, you're on fire! You're ready to succeed. Everything you read is new and exciting. Any exercise that you try is new and exciting. After the excitement wears off, things become stagnant and then you lose heart. A lot of times what happens is that whatever weight you've lost, you gain back. Realistically it's because you haven't dug deep enough inside to figure out why you're unhealthy, too heavy and not happy.

This happened to me. In 2011, I was down to 133 pounds from 180 and I felt great! Then life gave a devastating blow to me with my knee (requiring two different surgeries) and any motivation that I had was gone. I started eating anything that I wanted. Unfortunately, I am an emotional eater. The fact that I was not able to exercise, was in a knee brace for a long time and couldn't see the end result, caused me to eat mindlessly. I ate anything I wanted whenever I wanted. Yes, that's what caused me to be 180 pounds in the first place, and I couldn't see that I was falling into the same exact pattern. I internalize my feelings and try to make myself happy by eating. It works but only temporarily. Eating foods like pizza, ice cream, cake, mexican, etc. is only a temporary fix. It has been two years since my last knee surgery. Now, I'm here, 178 pounds and trying to find my motivation again. Over the past two years I've just been fulfilling my sadness and frustration with food.

Despite feeling hopeless at times, I've never stopped trying. I think that is important to point out. I have never given up the desire to be healthy. Recently, I injured my foot and therefore my lower back due to way that I've been walking. Again, I've crawled into a hole and started feeling sad. I've started eating more food (binging at times). After a few weeks here of living in that hole, I've started to realize why I'm at this point. When I feel like I can't do something, I give up. Well, if I'm injured and can't exercise, or if I've had surgery and can't exercise, "why care about anything else" Okay, I realize that this is not good logic. This is precisely why I've been thinking about this journey introspectively. Can I change what's on the inside that got me here? Yes, I can. I am the only one that can.

What have I learned in six years?
- I love fruits and vegetables
- I love to drink water
- I love to run
- I love to dance
- I love to make healthy recipes
- I am an emotional eater and when my feelings aren't in check I overeat
- I tend to focus more on what I can't do, not what I'm able to do
- I let stress get to me more often than not
- I am a workaholic

How am I going to keep on, keeping on in this journey?
- I am going to focus on friendships that I have here and people who encourage me
- I am going to work hard to do what I can and give my best
- I will not stop trying to reach my goal of 124 pounds
- I will keep working on different ways to shake things up when I can
- I am going to remind myself every day that each little thing that I do in order to improve my health is important; even if it is only 5 minutes of exercise

In closing, my journey is not over! It is just getting started! I think I'm finally at a place mentally that I believe that healthy and fit is possible. I know that I can reach my goal weight even if it takes another year. I am capable of exercise even though sometimes that means only chair exercises.

Don't stop believing! Never give up on yourself because the moment that you do is when you lose the fight! I'm a fighter, are you?

  
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WHITNEYLD 11/22/2014 12:24AM

    You can do it, Becky! I needed to see this blog. I feel like I have been kind of aimless for a while now! I have maintained my 166 lbs. but I feel like I am bigger every day. I overeat constantly, as well, emotional eating, I hope we can reconnect! I am glad you're back.

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CZESTES 11/21/2014 2:10PM

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Like you, I become derailed by health issues and surgeries. 3 surgeries least year, one replacing a disk in my neck, set back exercise. I became weak and gained weight. This time around, I am determined to make it permanent. I am trying to gain strength. Some days I have to strictly do chair exercises, some days it is Pilates and stretches, but I find something to do everyday. I diet everyday, except for a planned "fun" day, which I have something I really enjoy, but I only have half of what I would have eaten in the past. I focus on modifications and enjoying life, on strengthening my weaknesses, and just feeling better. For the first time in almost 20 years, I am staying around 124 pounds. My back loves this new me. I am still weaker than I was a couple of years ago, but I am working on it.

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ILOVEMALI 11/20/2014 10:28PM

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/20/2014 10:14PM

    Wonderful blog!!! I am there too...many years but never gave up through the ups and downs. We will get there!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2014 8:22PM

    I started in 2008 too and was doing really well and got derailed but I am not giving up and am wanting to get back to healthy living too. emoticon

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SEATTLE58 11/20/2014 8:08PM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly! I found SP in 2011 and joined a month later in that September and kept losing that 67# and over the last 2 years have struggled and more struggled and ended up gaining 20#, with still trying to focus and exercise and eat right. It still came back on because I wasn't as good at looking at the goal and feeling it, like I used to be. And like you say, we'll never give up because we are a fighter, that's for sure. I have been my whole life and stand up for what I believe in. Do I believe in me? More and more I'm beginning to again and you can too! I know that I'll be doing chair exercises and the P/T after this horrifying surgery. I'm sure that your knee surgery was horrifying painful too, so you can enter into what is said about this kind of knee surgery too.
Hugs, Karen

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ModCloth Inspiration....

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Long time, no talk! lol!

I've been browsing ModCloth this morning and have determined many different pieces of clothing for inspiration! I know that the recommendation is to make a "motivation board" to use for inspiration. I was thinking about that and thought...what inspires me; clothes & shoes! When I'm healthier, thinner and fit, I like to look good. I enjoy wearing cute clothes and shoes.

Since my weight gain, I do not feel good in my clothes anymore. I am still dressing nicely (despite that I've had to get some (L) tops and (14) pants). I am not happy with those numbers. I want to wear adorable clothes that are smaller.

I mentioned to hubs today that I think it would be fun to do something different for New Years Eve this year where we dress up. After that thought came out of my mouth, I thought, "yeah, but what would I wear that I would feel good in" I am not really sure however I've been browsing www.modcloth.com for cute and unique clothes. I've never ordered from there but they have some super cute clothes. Just a FEW things that inspire me!

Outfit #1


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Outfit #4


Outfit #5


Outfit #6


Miscellaneous


Here is my new motivation board! My goal is to lose 50 pounds!

  
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STARINTHENIGHT 11/20/2014 12:27AM

    I want to dress up too! Clothes are great motivation. I got some new gold heels from that wedding I was in and I wanna wear them for New Years also!

I think the best thing you can wear is a confident smile!

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TRENTDREAMER 11/14/2014 7:52AM

    " I was thinking about that and thought...what inspires me; clothes & shoes! When I'm healthier, thinner and fit, I like to look good. I enjoy wearing cute clothes and shoes. "
* w00t!!!11 It is so good to see you getting in touch with why you are on this journey. It's the real "This is why I want this." emoticon

" I am not happy with those numbers. I want to wear adorable clothes that are smaller. "
* u g0 grrrrl!

cute outfits. Best of fortune to you on New Years Eve. Only seven weeks away.



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DETERMINEDJANET 11/9/2014 10:44PM

    #2 is my favorite!

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NATURALLYME126 11/9/2014 9:25PM

    I like outfit 4 and the skirt for outfit 6. Dressing up for New Year's is a great idea. I am glad you are thinking outside of the box. :0)

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ILOVEMALI 11/9/2014 4:36PM

    cute cute cute! My best friends are Ann Taylor and her little sister, Loft. They always have sales and their sizes generally run true-to-me (meaning that once a medium, always a medium) so I can even order on line!

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SEATTLE58 11/9/2014 3:35PM

    Outfit #1 is my favorite and I'll have to look that website up. Wow, that would be such an incentive motivator! I love cute clothes and shoes and that way we choose to our hearts content. Thanks for the super idea and I'm wishing you lots of good luck and me too! emoticon to you, Sweetzie!!

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WIZKEY 11/9/2014 3:08PM

    Outfit 6 is my favorite. What a great motivation!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/9/2014 12:11PM

    Good luck with your goal!

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CZESTES 11/9/2014 11:56AM

    I really LOVE 2 & 4, & the skirt on 6. Yes, I am in love with the A line skirts. They look so cute one every figure. Much better than the maxi, which only looks good on stick figures, and I still don't think it is very attractive.


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Top Reasons That I Want To Be...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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-I want to be healthier because I want to live a long, full life with my hubby.

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- I want to be able to have my husband hold me like this because its romantic.


emoticon STRONGER
- I want to participate in a 5K
- I want to be a runner
- I want to be able to feel good in jeans with sexy legs

emoticon FEARLESS
- I want to once and for all learn to ride a bike

The most important way to get all of these things that I aspire to do is be more mindful.

  
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ILOVEMALI 10/20/2014 1:14AM

    this made me smile!!

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LIMOM2TWINS 10/17/2014 1:53PM

    Great Blog and I have no doubt - that emoticon!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 10/12/2014 11:19AM

    Great Blog Becky! Hope all is going well for you. Have a great week.
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FORZACHANDMATT 10/5/2014 1:11AM

    Great list :)

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KATELJM 10/4/2014 9:34PM

    Those are great visuals to keep your goals in front of you!

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TRENTDREAMER 9/30/2014 9:05PM

    You have no idea how happy it makes me to see you expressing true desires for what you are trying to accomplish.

Much success to you!!

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CZESTES 9/29/2014 9:20AM

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You've got the right reasons! You can do it!

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DETERMINEDJANET 9/29/2014 1:08AM

    Great blog! You can do it!!

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144AUTUMN 9/28/2014 8:07PM

  You can do it!

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Heart Healthy

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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I did the American Heart Association Walk today. I've never done one before but I thought it was a good cause and felt that I should do it. Hubby walked with me so it was a great thing for both of us to do.

I learned a lot about our heart that I didn't know. And I heard a survivor story of a man who's had three major heart surgeries. It was inspiring.

Gotta run for now! Just wanted to check in and say emoticon

  
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STARINTHENIGHT 10/1/2014 12:36PM

    Great job! So cool you went!

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CZESTES 9/28/2014 11:43AM

    The AHA is a great cause. So glad you and your husband did it! emoticon

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BEFIT014 9/28/2014 5:07AM

    emoticon VERY worthy cause! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 9/27/2014 11:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hopefully after my knee replacement surgery and recoveryyyyyyyy emoticon, I'll be able to walk, walk, walk too! I sure am missing it! Hugs to you, girl!! Have a tremendous rest of the weekend! emoticon emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 9/27/2014 10:33PM

    Awesome!

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 9/27/2014 10:30PM

    I'm glad your hubby did the walk with you! It's so much more enjoyable when activity time is tackled as a team. emoticon

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