Saturday, September 18, 2010
The 15th marked my 3 month Sparkaversary (go me!) and I was thinking about why I decided to become a part of this amazing community... I guess when I decided I needed to really take charge and lose all of this extra tonnage, I was going to need some help. I joined T.O.P.S. and found SP! I'm not much for online communities, I took my profile off of Myspace and Facebook because I wasn't a fan, why would I want to join SP? Then I thought, if I could get some feedback on weight loss and maybe some encouragement, what did I have to lose??? I'll tell you what I lost... 40 lbs, 12.5 inches off my entire body, my third chin, the inability to walk up a flight of stairs, 2 pants sizes, a shoe size (didn't know that was possible), and the belief that I was going to be fat for the rest of my life. I've lost a lot by joining SP but I've gained even more... Unbelievable and unwavering support from my sparkfriends, a better knowledge of health and nutrition, and most importantly, the knowledge that I AM able to lose weight, be healthy and do things I didn't think were possible, including the C25K (thanks AmyJean). Thanks to all of my friends for all of the support and encouragement. That's what SP is all about and that's why this site and the program works!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So, I went to dinner last night for my dad's b-day. I did really well, I looked up all the nutrition info and knew what I was going to order so I wasn't really worried about it. When we got there I found, that because it was a chain, not all the items listed on their "nutrition menu" were actually served at the restaurant. That's ok, I left me with only 2 choices, so we're still good. I ordered steak and asparagus and then I asked what it was cooked in. That sent up a big sigh from the waitress, "I'll have to check." The other issue I had was when I ordered the dressing for my salad, they didn't have the low fat honey mustard I wanted so I asked what other low fat dressing they had. The waitress looked at me like, "you're so big now, why does that matter... do you REALLY want to know about LOW FAT options, come on..." I'm sure it's all in my head, but that look just really unnerved me. I don't care what SHE thinks, who is she anyways? I know by questioning the food, that I'm going to get exactly what I want. I'm just sorry that there may be others out there, not wanting to ask for low fat options or get thing "on the side" because of that look. Don't let anyone make you feel bad for asking 100 question about their food, you're paying for it, you deserve to get what you want. This is why I cook the majority of my meals at HOME!!!
ps - the food was really good...
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Fun Questionnaire to Get To Know Each Other
Copy the questions and post your own answers in your blog!
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS & IF SO HOW MANY?
Jacob is 7 and Kathryn is 5
WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION?
I'm a Case Manager at a Hospital.
ARE YOU MARRIED & IF SO HOW LONG?
It'll be 10 years at the end of October
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
Pizza, oreos, ice cream, the list continues
DO YOU HAVE ANY BROTHERS OR SISTERS?
I have 1 brother who's getting married in October
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT?
We're fortunate to live in a vacation town. We have the theater, an amusement park, the lake and sports teams... We really don't go anywhere exotic
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
I LOVE movies... I really can't pick a favorite. I love horror, comedy, drama I love all of it!
PICK JUST ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF:
HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
While in college, I worked with his brother
WHEN/WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE YOU HAD A COMPLETE BREAKDOWN?
Right before I got my current job, I guess about a year ago. I couldn't take my job anymore, I needed a new one, 3 months later, bingo!
YOUR FRIEND JUST MOONED YOU. ARE YOU GROSSED OUT?
No, I'm always looking for a laugh!
WHERE IS THE LAST PERSON YOU KISSED?
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO?
School starting, the leaves falling, I REALLY love the fall weather
ARE YOU EXPECTING A PHONE CALL?
Mom usually calls after the kids go to bed, so probably
DO YOU HAVE A SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD?
Soul Sister by Train
LYRICS FROM THAT SONG?
Hey soul sister, hey there mister mister on the radio, stereo, the way you move ain't fair you know.
ARE YOU LISTENING TO MUSIC RIGHT NOW?
No, Dirty Jobs is on the TV in the other room
Friday, August 13, 2010
And, NO, I'm not talking about the venomous duck at the end of my road... Some of you may know that I have recently bought a treadmill. As a bonus, it came with a Jillian Michaels iFit card. I was really excited to try it out tonight! She welcomes you to the iFit software and tells you she's here to help you get stronger and into shape... I had no idea what that meant exactly. Apparently it means working you out till your lungs bleed! It started off all nice and sweet, 2.5 miles and 0 incline. I can handle this... immediately it moved to 3.0 at 5% incline. I can go 3.0, not a %5... barely at 0. Then it switches to 7% incline at 3.2 mph. I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE!!! She kept saying, "stay with me, we're almost there and it's all down hill from here." We NEVER got to the downhill part, except at the VERY end. Does she not know I'm terribly overweight? Does she not know I could have set kindling ablaze with my thighs they were rubbing together so fast? Who is this woman and why is she trying to kill me? But I have to say now that's it over and oxygen has returned to my lungs it was FANTASTIC! I can feel it in my thighs and calfs and it felt really good... afterwards! I lived to tell the tale and try another one of her workouts... another day... Jillian ROCKS!!!!
Saturday, August 07, 2010
that I could actually accomplish the goals I'm trying to reach. We all know I'm not talking about getting a job or cleaning the house.... I'm talking about changing my life. When I started this whole thing on May 24, 2010 my goal was to lose weight, plain and simple. I never thought it would get to this level! Maybe it's because I've never stuck with a diet for very long, never exercised, never anything! I never thought I'd care so much about how many calories are in foods never mind the fact that I'd actually be "counting" them. I never wanted to walk down my driveway to get the mail and this morning I walked 3 miles on my treadmill and didn't even think twice about it. I never knew, that by starting with small steps and writing down your goals, I'd be able to accomplish so much! Thanks to Sparkguy, sparkpeople.com and all of the support from my new sparkfriends!!! Everyday, I'm learning more about the things I never knew I could do!
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