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Finding the Willpower & Determination Again...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Haven't posted in a while and have a lil' time so here we go. Oh my, as I approach my first year milestone since going vegan, I think I'm ready now to fine tune the diet and slim down for good. I allowed myself to experiment with a lot of different foods over the past year and didn't really eat within my calorie ranges most days...just too much daily intake to lose weight. TG I continued to exercise regularly as I haven't gained too much back since my lowest weight as a SP member. Today is day 1 and it's been a great day. I have been tempted to overeat but water is my friend tonight. :) I've been feeling very strong and motivated again lately, hoping these feelings stay around for a while so that I will finally be successful with my self goals. I could be where I want to be in three months from now...correction...I will be there in three months from now. emoticon

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TENNISJIM 4/5/2014 6:21AM

    Yes, you will be there in three months.

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Where I'm At...Where I Want To Be...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Hey Y'all,

Today I decided it's time to take stock and think about where I am at and where I want to be so that's what I'm doing now. Well, I very quietly became a vegan about three months ago and honestly, I LOVE IT! I'm starting to feel like making this change was the missing link in terms of the body I have and the body I desire...for now I truly believe that I WILL have a flat stomach by next summer...that is my primary goal. It will be so awesome to go to the beach then, take my shirt off and feel comfortable about it...not feeling inclined to shy away from water activities like swimming, etc...I can't wait for that day!

However, since going vegan, I haven't lost any weight! But truth, I know why...I've been pigging out! lol but it's not really funny! Seriously, I've been eating so much food since becoming vegan. Thankfully I haven't gained...just maintained so that is good...probably because I have never stopped with regular exercise. Yet even though the # on the scale hasn't really changed for a while, my stomach is getting smaller. And I feel this because my whole unsightly gut is the result of years and years of dairy abuse (also, now that I'm vegan, I'm pretty sure that I am lactose intolerant...sure do wish I realized this sooner but better late than never right?).

So now that I have a handle on eating as a vegan, I am ready to focus on being more strict about the number of calories I consume in order to actually get to the place I want to be in terms of my body image. Even as a vegan, sugar is still my major weakness. You might be surprised at how GOOD vegan desserts can taste even though there is no dairy or eggs. Well, I've partaken a bit too much in all of that deliciousness so from now on, I'm only allowing myself a sweet treat once a week. If I can do that, I know I will succeed at toning up and being as sexy as I can at 34.

I'm really embarrassed/depressed that I'm 34 and still overweight after years of trying *half-assed* to change my appearance into something more desirable. Whatever, I should not focus on the past. Instead I must live in the present and look to the future.

I've said it before so guess I'm saying it again but in order for me to be successful, I HAVE TO log all the food I'm consuming each day and be sure to stay within the appropriate ranges. Even if I worked all day and it took two hours to make dinner afterwards...I still need to figure out what each serving amounted to and log it! It's not really hard...just time consuming but it must be done from here on out.

Alright, that's enough reflection for now so to close this entry, I just want to say, THANK YOU fellow sparkers. You are so inspirational and it helps so much to know that I am not the only person going through this. Keep up the great work everyone!

emoticon Frank Paul :-)


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TENNISJIM 8/12/2013 6:03AM

    You can do it. You will succeed.

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FEMISLIM 8/11/2013 9:20PM

    Great going!!!

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SHAWNMIKE1 8/11/2013 7:30PM

    Way to go buddy...much stronger than I! You are doing amazing and remembere life isnt a race but a journey where we continually improve something body or mind as if not as humans we adapt! You may not be exactly where you want at 34 but you are closer than 32 da man!

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81MSMITH1 8/11/2013 6:17PM

    Congratulations on going vegan. I don't think I could ever manage that.

Keep up the great work. You will have a flat stomach before you know it.

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 8/11/2013 6:13PM

    Congratulations on making the giant leap to become a Vegan. Not an easy feat. From this blog it sounds like you're right on target and you'll reach your goals in no time. Trial and error is just part of this process.

I'm extremely proud of you!!!


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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I've gained like 10 lbs since making a new years resolution at the beginning of this year to lose weight. So, I came back to SP on April 1st and listed some goals in my previous blog post, all of which I have not really succeeded at since recommitting to said goals. However, since yesterday, I've been doing really good health wise and am trying really hard to stay disciplined with my eating so I can start losing weight again.

I'm focusing on my yearnings for fashion instead of eating. I want to wear stylish clothing and while I realize I could do that now, I feel that I need to be a smaller size in order to be fashionable. I also don't want to buy clothes that I'm not going to fit in 3 weeks later. Thinking about all of the numerous wardrobe possibilities and browsing through clothing retailer offerings online is really helping me to stay on track and resist the cravings. Also, my salary requires me to be a budget shopper which requires more time. In this case, it's a good thing!


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TUDAFD 4/13/2013 12:19PM

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-AD-ASTRA- 4/12/2013 10:24AM

    Yeah, I think I've put on some weight since the new year too--despite the best intentions of my New Year's resolutions.

Spring is on the way though. So that means more outdoor activities and cheaper produce at the store!

Clothing is a motivatation for me too. I know I can't grow any taller, but I can lose some weight. :)

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 4/11/2013 5:38AM

    Great for motivation!

You can do it my friend

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ADZY86 4/10/2013 10:40AM

    Ah I'm SOOO with you on the fashion front! I feel like I am a fashionista waiting to emerge haha I always look through beautiful outfits that I would love to put together, but unfortunately they only look good on slim people. I think it is important to dress to impress even whilst we are losing weight, but just like you I don't want to spend money on the clothes I REALLY want if I'm not going to be able to fit them in a month or two.

We can do it. I have even bought an inspiration dress which I WILL fit into this summer. It's about 2 sizes too small at the moment, but it's my motivation to get to goal so I can fit into it and not have wasted money! Good luck emoticon

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TENNISJIM 4/10/2013 6:26AM

    You can do it. You know you want to succeed.

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Back to Start...

Monday, April 01, 2013

I'm very disappointed to report that I have gained back every single pound I lost since joining SparkPeople. I guess the good news is, I haven't gained more than when I joined but geez, I feel like such a loser and am so depressed all! Ultimately, I am to blame...was on top of my game until about September of last year when I injured myself jogging (stress fracture). That's when I went from working out pretty much every day to hardly at all. Then, in November, I started the process of moving into a new was stressful and challenging to eat well. Lack of time & energy led to poor choices. But rather than dwell on the past, I am dusting myself off and trying again. Starting today. I have the following specific goals...

1. Track every single piece of food that goes in my mouth, no exceptions. Stop eating when I hit the max for the day no matter what!
2. Get up at 5AM Monday-Friday to get my workout in before work.
3. Aim to lose at least 3 pounds per week. If I succeed at this, I'll be 165 pounds by 4th of July.

I think that's good enough for now, I don't want to set my expectations too high because I'll fail. Anyway, SparkPeople will certainly help me to reach these goals. It's not that I can do it, it's that I will do it. I will be where I want to be by 4th of July. I will.

emoticon Frank Paul :-)

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-AD-ASTRA- 4/10/2013 10:32AM

    You did it once so you can do it again!

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MRS_ASCOTT 4/9/2013 4:04PM

    So glad you are back. That's the most important thing. We all have setbacks and with a stress fracture and all of the other obstacles you've had, anyone of us would have had the same outcome. Good luck and I know you will be able to reach your goals!!!

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    Just reading your words I can feel your pain. But hang in there and do what you know you have to do and you will succeed....again!


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TENNISJIM 4/2/2013 6:29AM

    You can do it. You did it once and you will do it again. Welcome back!

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TUDAFD 4/1/2013 7:23PM

    That's why I'm back, too, because I managed to gain back most of the weight I lost, too. I was doing pretty well but started too gain, again, the last few weeks due to a busy life, back injury, and Easter goodies that I couldn't resist. emoticon Good luck with your goals.

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CCBULLDOG 4/1/2013 6:42PM

    It's good to set your goals...I have recently gained 40 lbs back after straying from Sparkpeople and plantar fascitis kept me from running emoticon Best of luck to you this month emoticon You can do this!!!! emoticon

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Lost & Hopefully Never Found Again!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I'm happy to report that I've lost 10 pounds since joining SparkPeople! I'm sure that this is thanks in part to the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp which I am almost halfway through. When I reached this milestone, I noticed some text on the website stating that SparkPeople does not change the calorie goals when you lose weight and they need to be adjusted manually...something like that. Does anyone know how to adjust the calories in line with what SparkPeople recommends such as when you join and enter your stats? I don't know what my max calories should be now that I am smaller...if anyone can provide some tips for adjusting the goals when you lose weight, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm happy that I lost the weight but I need to stay focused and keep up the good work. This transformation cannot come soon enough...I am impatient and wish it would happen overnight but the truth is, I have a lot more work to do. Last night, I ate my dinner and was still hungry...but rather than over-eating, I grabbed a piece of sugar free gum and chewed it literally until I went to bed! I was so proud of myself for doing would have been so easy to eat more food but I didn't. emoticon Anyway, have a great weekend!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/14/2012 7:44PM

    emoticon on 10 pounds down!

I tend to "trick" my calorie recommendation into updating by regularly changing my fitness tracker with respect to how many minutes or calories I plan to burn. I change it, then go back and change it back. Whenever those numbers get changed, it updates the nutrition tracker as well.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/14/2012 12:33AM

    Awesome achievement and although you were still hungry, you had a plan B, and it worked.

To change the calorie settings, follow these steps:

1. From your Start Page, click on the icon to the left that reads "Track My Food."
2. Underneath the date, you will see an icon that reads "Tracker Options." Hover your mouse over this icon and drop-down box will appear and click on the "Change diet Settings" option.
3. Click on the "Edit" icon next to the "Consume between ___ to ___ calories per day and make any changes you need.

I think this is what you were asking for.

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TENNISJIM 5/13/2012 8:48AM

    Congratulations on losing the weight!

I think you go to the amount/preferences setting page to change your current weight and your goal weight.

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