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Motivation, where are you?

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Well, I didnít win Biggest Loser at school and I am okay with that because a friend of mine did who is following right in my footsteps and jumping on this ďhealthy lifestyleĒ bandwagon (GO CARLEE!) did. However since winter vacation, (which has only been 4 days), I canít seem to get my full out motivation back. I mean I am back to working out at least 4 days a week and still love the gym but the munchies I get at night are killing me! I kind of let myself ďcheatĒ over winter break (Dec. 23-Jan. 2) and I didnít track. Although I didnít go nuts, I mean maybe I ate more cookies and carbs than I *normally* would, but itís not like I ate fast food or junk all week. And I also took a break from the gym. MissyStar1980 and I just completed Jamie Easonís Livefit 12 week program so I felt entitled to a break ;) However, I am back at the gym now and back to tracking. I just donít know how to not binge snack at night. It is SOO hard. And I am hungry, I swear. I am not just eating out of boredom. I have been exceeding my calorie range (1200-1550) by like 400-500 a day! Ahhh! Not to mention I gained like 10 lbs back that needs to come off asap! This is really a vicious cycle.

I feel like maybe getting back into the SP website and not just tracking on my phone will help me out a bit. I am going to try to write a blog at least once a week and spend time catching up with Sparkies and new added friends for this month. Hopefully, the motivation will find its way back. I miss the 150s =(

Thanks for reading/letting me vent. I appreciate any tips/support you have to offer. =)

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WENZTHAT 1/10/2012 12:33PM

    we sound so similar! i also gave myself a break over christmas and shot back up to the 160's. depressing! i entered the 150's again this morning, which was super motivation to keep going. we can help each other stay on track!

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JOIE501 1/9/2012 9:30AM

    Thank you guys sooo much! I actually ended up increaing my calorie range bc I was becoming stressed out and I felt my body could use more. I will also try the smaller meals more often. =)

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MISSYSTAR1980 1/8/2012 4:35PM

    I know you can do it! Plan out your meals clean eating style so you are eating 5 to 6 times a day so you are "suppose to" eat a small meal after dinner around 9 or 10 o'clock. That might help.

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SUKOTO 1/6/2012 11:19AM

    You can do it! Night time snacking is everyone's worst habit. How do I do it...mmmm, I try chewing gum, drinking water, keeping busy (on SP) and I go to bed early if possible.
You have motivation all around you. Look to your Sparkfriends who are here to cheer you on no matter what.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2012 6:12PM

    Oh gosh, the night snacking sounds like a toughie! The only thing that stops me from doing it is that's the time of day I'm with my husband, and I wouldn't want him to watch me pigging out! Also staying away from the kitchen, chewing gum, and drinking hot tea seem to help. But if you really are hungry, maybe your calorie range is a bit too low for you?

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/5/2012 3:44PM

    well done for blogging about this. see how much support was raised!
I like to drink flavoured water as a treat, it helps my seet tooth and the bubbles help fill me up.
yes, being accountable will help and you will see the results in scales and clothes
best wishes, Sandra

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LILHOBBIT29 1/5/2012 12:51PM

    I hope you find your motivation sometime soon!! Its somewhere within you, you just gotta yank it out! :)

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STSCOTT11 1/5/2012 12:22PM

    Its hard to admit those things...but KNOW THIS your not alone.
I could make up excuses but THE TRUTH IS I just let SP go to the wayside for the week I was off from work. I no longer have internet at home...and I don't have a cell...don't feel sorry for me I like remaining "unplugged". My time away from Spark COST ME...just about +10 lbs. if I count from my lowest weight. YIKES!
No sense in feeling sorry for myself.
No sense in beating myself up.
Its a matter of picking myself up, dusting myself off and getting back on the path toward my health and fitness goals.
Unfortunately it does happen...but everyday is ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY to DO BETTER.
Keep sparking!

Set yourself up for success. If you know you tend to eat at night...have that WORKED INTO YOUR DAILY MENU PLAN. emoticon

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MGO09190 1/5/2012 12:11PM

    Nighttime eating gets me too :/ I've decided that I'm going to get more involved in the SP site too, like you I've just been tracking on-and-off on my phone and that wasn't doing a lot of good. :)

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VERONICAVW_140 1/5/2012 12:07PM

    I hope you find the spark that you need to get you back to the place you'd like to be. Hope everything else is going well. :)

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SPARKGIRL32 1/5/2012 11:10AM

    Whenever you are ready, we're doing another round of the Vitality Challenge :)

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FLEDWARDS28 1/5/2012 10:23AM

    I struggle with binge snacking at night too!! I have two boys and a husband who normally head to the kitchen around 8:30/9:00 to grab snacks. It kills me b/c I stand there and watch them eat knowing I would love to participate. Well after taking a break in December myself, I vowed not to snack with them anymore. So far I have been successful. I've started brushing my teeth at around 8:00, I never want to eat with clean, minty breath! It's been working but I know if I truly want to snack then I will. I've also started keeping fruit on hand. The other night I was munchy at like 9:30 so I ate an orange.

I wish I had a magic cure for your binge snacking but alas I think it is just sheer determination. Sadly we don't always have as much of that as we need.

Good luck and I'm always here to listen to a rant or vent!

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Fall 2011 Update

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Well, I am 10 months into my healthy lifestyle and I must say that Spark People has changed my life for the better. I'm not sure I would be as successful as I have been if I didn't Spark faithfully for the past 10 months. I have met some WONDERFUL people on SP and they have given me such support and hope.

I started this journey in late January of this year to help me in the Biggest Loser competition I do at my job. I wanted to cry when the school nurse weighed me and I saw that I weighed 209 lbs. I barely fit in my clothes and refused to buy a bigger size (than a 12). This was my breaking point. I needed to lose weight, to feel better about myself, gain the energy I once had, and most importantly get back into my jeans and out of those damn yoga pants!! ;)

Fast forward.

Now in early October, I am currently 157, in a size 7/8 and still tracking and exercising religiously. I promised myself this would be a lifestyle change and that I will not break. I am currently doing Jamie Eason's 12 week Live Fit program with MissyStar1980 and the ST is intense! I love it! And I love that Missy keeps me on my toes too! Although, I am not following the clean eating portion exactly, I am feeling stronger and starting to get the definition I have always wanted. I still try to run and once Cardio is incorporated back into the workouts in Phase II, I will make it a goal to run more often. (Although, I can still run a 10 min mile...HOLLLLA!)

Many people have asked me for advice, and if there is one thing I think is the most important, it's tracking calories and not giving up. Everyone has a bad meal, hell sometimes we have a crappy day altogether. Just know that tomorrow is a new day and get back on track!

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VERONICAVW_140 10/6/2011 11:47AM

    YAY! So glad to hear that you have had such great success! You are amazing! :) emoticon

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FLEDWARDS28 10/5/2011 10:03AM

    Congrats on making it 10 months!!! I have made it a little over a year and man, doesn't it feel great!! There's just such a since of accomplishment when you aim to do something for yourself and you stick with it.

I really enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with your progress. All of my Spark Friends have been a great inspiration to me!!

Keep up the great work and I always look forward to hearing about your adventures!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/5/2011 6:22AM

    great blog, consistency wins the day and you are a WINNER!
so glad you have a buddy too, it helps with accountability.
best wishes, Sandra

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MISSYSTAR1980 10/4/2011 10:19PM

    You have been amazing these 10 months!!! I am so impressed with your steadfastness. I wish I could be the same way. Those vacations killed me. I think what is most important is when you have a bad meal or a bad day, you accept it and move on, instead of letting it be an excuse to binge for 2 weeks all the way out of all the progress you've made. You are very strong! I am really enjoying all the gym time with you, even if it seems obsessive, lol! I checked out an example of Phase 3 on Jamie's facebook page, wholly crap. I can't wait to see how much of this we actually get through, LOL. One thing that is added is "active rests". Instead of sitting there waiting for a minute to go by, or watching each other do the exercise, we have to do HIIT training during the minute! Jump rope, mountain climbers, plie squat jumps and the like. UGH!!! In the gym!!! We will have to see what we can make work. Also, instead of 30 minutes of medium cardio, it's 30 minutes of 30 second sprints! 30 seconds sprinting, 30 seconds walking. And so on. For 30 minutes. Geez! I'd rather do that on a track than on the treadmill. Well, we will make it work for us in some way!

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EPC 3 - Day 29 & 30 (8/30, 8/31)

Thursday, September 01, 2011


Just to reflect on the past month, I have stayed more accountable when I thought I wanted to cheat myself and not track everything, so that is positive! I could have exercised more this month, I think I started to slack a bit. And I FINALLY can say I accomplished my Motivation/Organization goal and cleaned my room! Yahhh!

:::UPDATE:::: Day 29

**Nutrition: 1508. But I can honestly say I did not track everything, and could have made better decisions eating wise. Blahh

**Fitness: Totally lost track/confused myself with the week, I guess it should be 5? Who knows!? But I motivated myself to do JM Week 3 Ripped workout and Week 1 on 6 Week 6Pack..holla for getting back to ST!

**Motivation: Still clean, need to do some last minute putting away before the first day of school!

:::UPDATE::: Day 30

**Nutrition: Stayed within my calories, 1399, did awesome!

**Fitness: Week 5 - Went for a run today///4.25 mi but had to walk some of it!

**Motivation: Finally gave my sister a bag of clothes, only one more to get out of my house!

On a POSITIVE note: Took Bean (my niece)to the park today, she had LOADS of fun =)

I am GRATEFUL for: keeping organized ;) i love it!


EPC 3 - Day 27 & 28 [8/28, 8/29]

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I can't say I was perfect this last few days, in fact I KNOW I wasn't. Sunday I was semi stuck in the house due to the hurricane and Monday I tried to accomplish ALOT of cleaning. I could have made better food choices (like I DIDN NOT need to make cookie dough) and should have pushed for exercise. On a positive note, I can say that I am happy to be starting up school again and will be on a more solid schedule..YESS!

:::UPDATE::: Day 27

**Nutrition: Stayed within my calories, 1617, but could have eaten much healthier!

**Fitness: Week 3 - 2 out of 3 runs complete! Forced myself to run after being in the house all weekend...thanks Hurricane Irene!

**Motivation: Keeping everything clean still...

On a POSITIVE note: I know I still have it in me and have not given up however, I need to get the exercise ball rolling...

I am GRATEFUL for: Keeping our power...soooo many of my friends/family lost theirs!

::::UPDATE:::: Day 28

**Nutrition: Stayed within my calories, 1640, but probably forgot to track a few Life Saver Gummies...ooops!

**Fitness: Week 3 - Last day 2 out of 3 runs complete! No fitness today.

**Motivation: Filled a whole garbage bag of clothes to give away/give to my sister...YESSS! And installed my new LCD TV =) Holllla at watching Jerseylicious on HD!

On a POSITIVE note: I will spend the last day of summer babysitting the boys on Tuesday.

I am GRATEFUL for: Having this job for the summer....definitely got me through!

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/1/2011 7:13AM

    well done, you are getting on with your challenge really well.
best wishes for September

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EPC 3 - Day 26 [8/27/11]

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Soooo in preparing for Hurricane Irene, I stopped at Walmart to get some
'last minute things' and was looking for JM No More Trouble Zones and ended up with cookie dough...hmm how convenient! I automatically thought because I would be stuck inside that I could eat whatever my little heart desires...BLAH! Not good. Plus, I can't exericse since I couldn't run/jog outside. So needless to say not a successful day. (And going to Sliders for drinks just added to my bad decisions...)


**Nutrition: Stayed within my calories, 1675, but didn't make the best choices eating wise!

**Fitness: Week 3 - 1 out of 3 runs complete! No fitness today.

**Motivation: None.

On a POSITIVE note: I have a safe place to stay for this hurricane!

I am GRATEFUL for: Not much damage to my property in this storm.

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LAURALOU882 8/28/2011 7:29PM

  You are doing so well with this challenge! Way better than me, good job!

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