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Moving Forward

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I feel like right now I am at a very pivotal point in my weight loss journey. I am at that point where I know I could very easily slip into going back to my old ways and essentially giving up. I haven't been exercising regularly. I was sick for a few days and then I didn't get a job that I so very much wanted and interviewed for. So I've been in a bit of a funk, not feeling very good about myself. On top of that I find myself wanting to slip back into my old eating habits, such as not eating for a good part of the day and then when I get home I want to eat a lot. This was probably triggered because I was very nauseous when I was sick and I really didn't want to eat. And the things I did want to eat were comfort foods. Furthermore, I haven't been using SparkPeople as much as I have been.

This is the point when, in all of my other attempts to lose weight, I have thrown in the towel. Something happens that really gets me down and I give up. I figure it doesn't matter. And I fool myself into thinking that I can go back to my old ways and keep off the weight that I did lose.

But I am making the decision right now that I will not let that happen. I know that I cannot go back to my bad habits. I do not want to waste all of the efforts that I have made and gain back all of the weight that I have lost. I will start tracking my fitness and calories again and check in on the SparkPeople message boards. I will keep making healthy choices. I will not go back to my old ways and I will keep making progress. I will not let the past few bad days stop me from reaching my goals. I read somewhere- "A few bad days cannot ruin a diet plan. Only giving up can do that."

  
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DRPOOH63 12/20/2012 8:32PM

    This truly is a journey and you are at one of the pivotal points in this journey. The key is to continue to move. Some times that is forward, some times sideways and some times backwards. But the key is that you are moving, making changes and learning. emoticon

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EVEMG12 12/20/2012 1:10PM

    You can do it! I think it's great that you noticed you were at risk for slipping back into old habits and are being proactive about not letting it happen. By staying the course through the hard times, you'll find strength you didn't know you had! emoticon

You're awesome!

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RG_DFW 12/20/2012 12:30AM

    Giving up means you've lost... stay with it, start again, keep going!!

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/19/2012 10:42PM

    emoticon Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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JULESJET 12/19/2012 10:31PM

    You can do it!
Stay with us, because a new and better you is waiting to be discovered!

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MOVES327 12/19/2012 6:32PM

    Way to catch yourself before the big slide started, I am sure you can do it. Stay the course!

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RAPUNZEL53 12/19/2012 6:17PM

  Good Luck!

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Interview Day!

Friday, December 14, 2012

This morning I had an interview for my dream job- a first grade teacher. I live in an area where teachers are getting laid off and it is incredibly difficult to even get an interview as many hundreds of people apply for a single position. I think it went incredibly well, despite the fact that I'm sick and had to take some medicine to get through. The next step in the process is going in to do a demo lesson. Fingers crossed that I get called back to do that!!! I really want this job!

  
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DRPOOH63 12/15/2012 8:45PM

    emoticon emoticon Fingers crossed!

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CAGMUAHFO2 12/14/2012 11:05AM

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I will keep my fingers crossed for you!!

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RG_DFW 12/14/2012 10:58AM

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Sick

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Woke up today feeling off and sure enough I am sick. Headache, stiff neck, sore throat, sore sinuses. What makes this worse is that I have an interview tomorrow morning for my dream job- a 1st grade teacher. So I guess I'm just going to take it easy today and make sure I'm eating plenty of healthy foods. Hopefully I'll be feeling better by tomorrow morning.

  
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LOVESTOWALK49 12/13/2012 3:33PM

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EBIELOU 12/13/2012 1:53PM

    I hope you feel better tomorrow, and goodluck on that interview! From one teacher to another:)

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One month of PROGRESS!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Today marks the one month anniversary of my joining SparkPeople and I am so happy with the results! I weighed in and took my measurements today, and I am seeing progress in all areas. Here are my starting weights and measurements and where I am at today:

Starting Weight: 202 Current Weight: 190.5 (total of 11.5 pounds lost!!!)
Starting Waist: 38 inches Current Waist: 36 inches (Wooohoooo!!!!!)
Starting Hips: 45 inches Current Hips: 44 inches
Starting Thigh: 28.5 inches Current Thigh: 27.5 inches
Starting Upper Arm: 13.5 inches Current Upper Arm: 12.75 inches
Starting Bust: 45 inches Current Bust: 44 inches

I know over the last month I have really noticed my waist slimming down and my mom has even mentioned a few times that she can really see the progress there, but I was very happily surprised to see that I lost 2 inches from there!!!

And I seem to have broken out of the weight loss slump that I was in, which is a big confidence booster. But as great as seeing these numbers is, I am also feeling so much better about myself than I did a month ago. I feel proud of myself that I have made this progress and that I am sticking with it. And I feel healthier, more energized, and ready to keep going!

  
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JULESJET 12/12/2012 7:51PM

    Wow! That's great results so far! Keep it up!

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RG_DFW 12/12/2012 6:55PM

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Stuck

Sunday, December 09, 2012

I've been stuck at pretty much the same weight for 8 days now and it's getting rather frustrating. I have been fitting in exercise every day, going over my fitness minutes for the week goals. I have been trying to keep track of my calories, although I do just make my best estimates when it comes to home made meals from scratch because I really don't have the time (or patience honestly) to use that recipe calculator for all of my dinners. But I look up the calories for the basic ingredients and then I usually add on some more just to be safe. And while I occasionally do go over my calorie limit, I feel like it's ok because I am going well over my calories burned for fitness. I think that maybe I've been starting to slip in the choices of food that I am eating, but it's really not happening that much. I may choose a low calorie carb snack instead of fruit more often now.

Maybe I've just hit a plateau that I really need to push through. I am really going to have to make the effort this week to make fruits and veggies my snack choices and the main portions of my dinners to fill me up. I really want to lose 7 more pounds to reach my mini goal of 185 for Christmas. So maybe I need a new additional mini goal- eat at least 3 servings of fruits and veggies each day. Hopefully this will help get my weight loss back on track.

  
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ANDIBG 12/9/2012 10:47PM

    I agree with the comment that it is all about diet AND exercise.

Also, you don't need to push yourself too hard. If you are killing yourself by exercising, then your body can't recover. It will feel like it's starving and hold onto EVERYTHING!

8 days is nothing. Stop weighing yourself every day. I only weigh myself on Sundays for a reason. I get stressed about the numbers and then I don't lose!!!

Take measurements. Have you lost inches? The scale isn't everything, girl! Don't sweat this. You'll get through it!

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DRPOOH63 12/9/2012 7:34PM

    Don't forget your water intake as well. Watch that because that can help as well.

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HEATHERS_TIME 12/9/2012 5:04PM

    Thank you, I do usually stick to the calorie range provided for me here, and I usually end up at the high end of the range if not maybe a hundred calories over. I suppose I should start restricting the calorie intake a little bit more, especially since I have lost ten pounds since starting, so those number are probably not completely accurate anymore.

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RG_DFW 12/9/2012 10:34AM

    Cardio helps tone the body, strength training keeps muscle tone and 'ups' the metabolism. Both are necessary to keep from losing muscle, tissue, bone density, etc. However, I've found the reason for a stall in weight loss (an extended plateau) is because I was eating too many calories.
The recommended calorie range is only a ballpark number and if you will faithfully manage the total number eaten, you have all the tools you need: If you want to lose, you must drop another 500 calories per day. Even though the literature seems to indicate exercise is enough, I found that it wasn't because the calculator put my needs too high. So I exercised AND restricted calories.

Try it... it works.

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