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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It has been just over 5 months since I blogged last.. which is probably close to when I logged in last as well. Keep in mind that just because I didn't log in does not mean I gave up!

When I originally joined Spark People in I believe 2009, I went full force for about 2 weeks and then gave up. I finally decided to give it a real shot beginning in 2012. I did awesome. For months on end, I ate well and got in exercise, so I ended up losing around 80 pounds. I was proud of my accomplishments and while I knew I was far from the end of my journey, I got lenient with myself. I ate more sweets, drank more drinks that are full of calories, and lost control of keeping track of my food intake. Let me tell you, that was a mistake on my part. I have gained back around 40 of the pounds I lost. I now sit at 218.4 pounds. Above the 200 mark, which I previously told myself I'd never let myself go over that mark again. I am working on it and have not ever actually given up since starting again in 2012. I have just had setbacks.. which makes this time different. In the past, it was always the same issue. I always had the mentality that I would never lose the weight and I'd be fat forever. My mentality now is stuck on becoming healthy!

This time I am working on healthy. Not skinny. I have been walking and keeping track of the foods that I eat as well as making better food choices overall. Yesterday I took all my measurements (which I have not done since 2012) so that I can keep track of my inches lost more so than my pounds lost. I am working on staying away from my trigger foods. The ones that make me eat WAY more than I need. The only issue with that is that it is sugary foods. I know I can not fully restrict myself or I will cave in.. but I am doing much better. I can look at a sugary sweet and decide NOT to eat it rather than just eating it and regretting it later. I am also working on not eating past 9pm at night. I have to be up at 6:30 every morning to get my kids ready for school so it is not too hard for me. I can't eat right before bed or I end up with the food in my throat in the middle of the night. Not appetizing!

I've set up a few appointments for myself so I can work on my wellness. The main one is counseling for my depression. Some people don't realize that I suffer from depression because I hide it well around others.. except my husband. My health really affects the way I feel about myself as well so that is just one more reason I need to get fit! I am sure my husband could also vouch that I am much happier on the days that I get a walk or workout in!

My journey continues..

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SIOL55 8/21/2014 6:33PM


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WENKEL1020 8/21/2014 3:16PM

    Good for you for not giving up and staying on course. I have found working toward a healthy you is less stressful then a skinny you. Best of luck.

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STEPH-KNEE 8/21/2014 7:16AM

    I was so happy to hear from you and see your blog! I really think we all have our backslides, it's just a matter of catching ourselves. I am in the middle of trying to stop a 10 pound gain in it's tracks. I know sitting on the other side of 200 isn't fun, but I also know that you have got what it takes to get back to Onederland! I am glad you are doing what it takes to take care of yourself in ALL aspects of life and not just the weight loss part. I hope we can find our footing and keep moving forward because we deserve to reach our goals! emoticon emoticon

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Ups and downs

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

After my last blog post, I let my life get so crazy that I still wasn't making time for myself to track the foods I was eating and for some reason, I didn't watch my portion sizes either and consumed tons of empty calories in iced coffee drinks. I still plan to enjoy iced coffee drinks but I am taking a little break from them and when I start drinking them again, I will do it every once in awhile as opposed to every day. This is day 3 without them, and while I have a headache (which I am sure is caffeine withdrawals), it is nowhere near what it was on the first day I didn't drink any.

I weighed in recently at 199.8. I rarely weigh myself because I know it is better to measure based on how I feel but I did it because I needed to keep myself accountable and it is a sort of way of seeing my successes in the long run. Today I am at 196.2. I plan on making time each day to track my calories, even if it is not online.

My focus lately has been on eating healthier and drinking mainly water or protein shakes.. which essentially includes 10oz of water. I have been using protein shakes as my breakfast because I have a hard time making time for breakfast and they at least give me some sort of nutrition to start my day. I've been making it a point as well to boost my metabolism by eating smaller meals and snacks spread out over the day rather than 3 big meals. I've found it actually works much better for me that way.

The nutrition of my foods has improved dramatically. For awhile, I didn't really pay attention to the nutritional content of my food, but instead focused on JUST the calories. My body is much happier with 100 calories of apples and yogurt dip than it is with 100 calories of junk food such as chips, candy, etc. I feel much fuller with the healthier foods which means I am not feeling the need to snack on random things throughout the day too. I can definitely say my mindset has changed since I started in April of 2012. It has been little changes all along but all those little steps have led up to some big changes in my body and in my lifestyle!

This is my motivational picture for the day:

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STEPH-KNEE 3/5/2014 6:58AM

    I am so happy to hear from you!:) I'm glad to hear that the weight is coming back down. I know the idea of reentering "twoterville" gets me scared. I wanted to leave it behind for good. I have literally been as high back up as 199.8 and I considered it a blessing and a wake up call. I am proud of you for pulling away from the Twoterville boarder. :)

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LUCKYDUCK2 3/4/2014 9:58PM

    AWESOME ! You have made some wonderful changes and choices. WTG! emoticon

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IMAVISION 3/4/2014 7:01PM


Why not investigate low calorie ways of making the coffee --- they will be better for you & cost a whole lot less.

God bless!

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WDIPIM 3/4/2014 5:26PM

  good luck - you can do it

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Changes for the better

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Considering I haven't posted since October, I realized I am due for an update..

For the past couple months I've let things slide. Tracking my food and exercise got put on the back burner. For some reason, I subconsciously decided that I didn't need to keep up with that. I don't know why I stopped tracking foods but since I have, I have gained 16 pounds back from where I was at. At one point, I was at 178 pounds. The other day I weighed in at 194. Not ideal by any means. I am just glad I have not let myself hit 200 again before getting back on track. This is not my first day getting back to exercise and eating better, but it is my first day back on spark since October. I absolutely love this site and all the options it offers for tracking foods and the articles, videos, and other resources available to help lose weight and get healthy.

Before Christmas, we bought a heavy bag stand and heavy bag (which also came with 3 pairs of boxing gloves) from a swap site online. I have been using that for my exercise and it is amazing! Great stress reliever as well. I found it for $50 as opposed to the over $300 that it normally would cost.. and I originally thought it would be for my son who does taekwondo. I have been the one to use it the most and I absolutely love it!

I am really looking forward to warmer weather. I am much more active when the weather is warmer and I am going insane sitting inside. Of course we live in the part of the country that had wind chill values of near -40 degrees this last week. I am not made for cold. I can tell you, I didn't leave the house.. but using the heavy bag kept me warm.

I've set goals for myself as "New Year's Resolutions" if you will. They weren't necessarily meant for New Years.. but I set them around that time, so there they are. Here is my resolutions exactly what I posted to my facebook page:
1.) Get healthy. Not just lose weight but eat healthier and exercise regularly. Weight loss will come in time. 2.) Get rid of the clutter in my house and get organized. 3.) Spend more time being active with my kids. I also have more goals such as getting a new place, graduating college, etc.. Just gotta work a little harder at obtaining those goals and they are not necessarily goals to obtain within the next year.

Right now my focus is getting healthy and fit and at the same time, setting good examples for my family to be healthy and fit.

OH! I would have to say my favorite gift for Christmas would have to be my roller skates (not the ones I was wearing in the picture.) We bought them from a friend along with elbow, knee, and wrist pads. It will be a great way to stay active this summer with my kids. They each have their own gear as well. I always tell my husband not to buy me anything.. but he knew I've been wanting skates for awhile.

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IGNITEME101 1/15/2014 12:52PM

    Great! I'm so glad you are still in 'onederville' when you woke up to what you were doing!

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LUCKYDUCK2 1/14/2014 11:52PM

    Excellent blog! So good to catch up with you. I think I need one of those punching bags too. It sounds like fun as well as a good workout. The skates? Those I will have to pass on. LOL HUGS

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ASRMOM 1/13/2014 12:23AM

    That is real progress! I am so proud of you for putting in all the hard work!
Now, let the two of us back away from that 200 mark!

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    That's awesome owning skates! Great exercise. Good to see you back with renewed determination to lose that weight and keep it off this time! It does take effort, but it is sooooo worth it as you know from previous experience. Great you are here. emoticon

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144AUTUMN 1/9/2014 1:20AM

  You can do it!!

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ZRIE014 1/9/2014 12:56AM

  keep it up

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Small Successes.. Working on Big Changes.

Monday, October 14, 2013

I am making progress every day.. I still haven't lost a pound in quite a while but I am making healthier choices.

In September.. I hit my 30 mile goal! emoticon My Nike Sportband for some reason actually told me I hit my goal at 28.something miles.. but I did the rest of the miles to make sure I hit my goal for real. It felt amazing. Some point during the month I actually thought I wouldn't hit my goal.. but I pushed and did it! Here is a couple pictures of me with my monsters who helped me get there. My daughter Exandria walked with me one day and we found a trailer with Free Veggies written on it.. and they had jalapeno peppers so we grabbed some. My son Levi wanted me to play soccer with him.. Let me tell you.. it took 3 hours of soccer and MANY more muscles to get in 3 miles on my tracker than if I had just walked. I was sore for 3 days straight. I could barely climb our stairs.. but it was worth it!

Today I did the first day of Shaun T's Focus T25 workouts. It is a 10 week program and it is only 25 minutes a day. Don't let that fool you, they are intense workouts. Not quite as intense as his Insanity ones but still quite intense. I am hoping that once I finish this program, that I will be ready for Insanity.. because seriously, after ONE day of Insanity, I give up. I feel good tonight after 1 day of T25. I feel it in my muscles but I don't feel overdone. I've turned this into a short term goal for myself.. To finish T25.

I feel like I am actually making really good changes with my life. I just need to learn how to control my portions a little better and to eliminate unhealthy foods out of my diet. I haven't been eating the healthiest of foods lately.. but I am making BIG CHANGES to get there. I am trying to eat healthier and I am determined to stay on track that way. Tonight I did have some Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. Yummy. But that doesn't mean it is going to be a daily thing.. or that I am only going to eat junk. I know it isn't realistic for me to eat 100% healthy 100% of the time. I am just going to focus on eating healthy as often as I can. Another change I need to make is adding in water. I don't know why I can't seem to even get 8 glasses in a day!

Another fun goal for me is to buy myself Roller Skates and gear (as in helmet, pads, mouth guard, etc) so I can roller skate with my kids. They are both in Roller Derby and love it. I think it would help if they had mommy to practice roller skating with! Kinda nervous though because in a couple weeks, Levi turns 7 which means he will be upgraded to the group which does actual bouts. Right now he is with the younger group focusing on roller skating basics such as the multiple ways of stopping, skating forward/backwards, walking on toe stops, and falling correctly.

We also took some pictures this last month. My mom took them for us because I couldn't afford to have kids school pictures taken, so I asked her to do some pics. I asked her to just do kids but we took some of our family and some of just me and the husband as well. I LOVE them.. and on a whim I asked her to do the one of us laying down in a circle and it turned out to be one of my favorites. I absolutely love my family!

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ASRMOM 10/22/2013 10:40PM

    Such cute pictures and beautiful attitude! You are kicking it! Way to go!

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KABOOPER 10/15/2013 9:41AM

Love your family photos. I am so jealous of your mileage goal, I physically can't run, and I WISH WISH WISH I could. I am going to start biking again soon as the Doctor clears me.
You look great!

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STEPH-KNEE 10/15/2013 2:04AM

    I love the photos! Congrats on getting in your mileage goal, that is outstanding! I also love the plans to get more active with your kids in addition to starting an exercise program! That is so great to see and you are doing fantastic! :D I love what you said about eating healthier but knowing it's not realistic that you are going to eat healthy 100% of the time. I am getting back to finding that balance too and it feels good to have treats, and not have them be everyday. :) I love not feeling guilty about what we are eating.

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A Few Things I CAN Guarantee.. and a Few I Cannot.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's been a little while since I have posted a blog.. so I figured it was about time for an update on my situation.

I am still stuck around 177. In fact, today I weighed in at 178. Frustrating. I didn't plan on weighing in again for a bit because I had a few days of eating ridiculous things.. in ridiculous portions. I'm calling it accountability. If I just skip weighing in because I may have gained.. it is almost like it didn't happen. Except that it did.. and it is all part of my weight loss journey and my journey to a healthier lifestyle. I have been doing better with my choices and portions.. but it takes time to get back down there after you gain some back.

I can't guarantee you that every day will be perfect. I can't guarantee you that I will never eat another big bowl of ice cream or down another liter of soda. I would be lying if I did. What I can promise is that I will try my best every day to make healthier eating choices. I will try my best to incorporate exercise into every day.. even if it is just a little bit of cleaning my house. I will try my best to use portion control with EVERYTHING I eat. And I will try my best to be the best role model I can so that my children also choose a healthier lifestyle. That is what I CAN guarantee.

Levi joined me on my 1st walk yesterday. He rode his bike while I walked. Got 2 three miles walks in!

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2BFREE2LIVE 9/16/2013 1:09AM

    Great goals and we all need our treats once in a while, nothing wrong with living your life with a few of those along the way.
Best wishes on reaching your goal.

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STEPH-KNEE 9/15/2013 9:05PM

    Love the picture! I am proud of you for weighing in for the accountability. I used to do that with food.. it was like if I didn't track it, it didn't count. But we both know my body was accounting for every calorie eaten. Sometimes it's good to know where we stand and you are always taking the steps in the right direction so that is the good news! :D I love your guarantees, and what you can't guarantee.. it is so true, we are only human and we all have our moments or whatever... and we will have those days we eat everything but it's all about what we do in the long run that counts. :)

Thanks for the comment on my page and for reading my blogs. :) You are an awesome spark friend! Plateaus are the pits but we are always breaking through eventually... we are in this for the long haul and I know we can do it. :)

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EDDYMEESE 9/15/2013 7:01PM

    Who wants life without any ice cream, anyway? If you give it your best, then how can you fail? You can do this!

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