Friday, November 30, 2012
Happy Friday Sparkers!! I posted some Old 250 Pics vs Recent Pics at the bottom!
Unfortunately, I did not reach my 5% goal - but I think I did a spectacular job regardless of what the scale says! I lost 7.8lbs (4.5%) in 8 weeks! I don't think I would have lost that month without this challenge. I didn't have any french fries for 10 weeks - Not even one bite! I completed a 5K in 38:22 after being sick & having no training those weeks! My Thanksgiving was great & I was able to share a low-fat dessert with my family. Even though I gained two pounds over this past weekend - I worked really hard this week and they are gone already. I am actually back to 163.2 on the scale!!
Fall 5% Challenge Commitment Updates:
Complete - I will post my weigh-ins every week. (probably on Fridays)
Complete - I will track my exercise to help out myself and my team!
Complete- I will stay on track with my calories/fat/etc the best I can.
Mostly Complete - I will post more frequently on the forum to help my team!
Complete - I will NOT eat any french fries - for EIGHT WEEKS
Complete - I will exercise at least 10 minutes five days a week.
Mostly Complete - I will exercise at least 30 minutes three days a week.
Mostly Complete- I will go to bed on nights when I feel tired/ready. I won't stay up late just because.
Complete - I will do the best I can with the changing weekly challenges!
Complete - I will not get discouraged if I do not meet the 5% loss in 8 weeks
In some ways, I am glad I didn't make the 5%. I can't always get what I want in life. I need to keep pushing forward to get what I want! Once I do reach my healthy goal weight, that doesn't mean I can just stop Sparking and start eating junk food again. I need to continue making different goals every month so I don't get bored or too content and give up. I can't give up on myself!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me & believed I would reach the 5% goal. Hopefully I didn't let anyone down. Even though the scale doesn't show it, I still feel so proud of myself. I have my goals ready for December, March 1st as my "deadline" for my healthy weight, and also a whole bunch of other tasks I want to accomplish. The best part is - I KNOW I will get there! Every single day is important to reach harder & higher! Weigh-in days aren't the end of the world for me! I can always look forward to tomorrow as long as I give it my all. Sometimes I know I could do better - but I still try to be smart with most of my choices!
Should I stuff my face with french fries tomorrow as a reward? Some of you would say - No, don't do it, it will ruin the rest of your day! Others would say - Go ahead, you deserve it! We all have our own choices & decisions to make. This website gives us a lot of wonderful advice, but we all need to decide what is best. Creating my own, personalized program seems to be the best for me. I honestly don't know what I will do until I am there tomorrow with them in front of me! I probably will have a handful, eat them soooo slowly, and my tummy will get upset while still eating them hahaha. But hey, it will be worth it to me =)
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Here are a few pictures of some things I did randomly that made me happy. I saw "my cats" for the first time in months. They grew up with me. When I moved, I gave them to a friend of mine! I also put some pictures of me at 250lbs and also from the start of the challenge and also from last week!
250 Pounds... I feel a little sick to my stomach just seeing myself being so big. I was so unhealthy =(
Start of the Challenge -171 lbs
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Happy Wednesday! I am in a pretty good mood today (although I have another dumb headache!)
I got a great idea from reading Snevil's blog - she has a chart showing how much weight she lost each month over the last year. I used this awesome idea to give myself my new Big Goal Weight Deadline! I lost about 42 pounds since January. I slacked off a lot from March to July. After I broke up with my ex in June, I focused on me a lot more in July! It seems to get harder and harder to lose.. but I am not giving up!
****Month vs Pounds Lost****
I am at 164lbs right now. November is not over yet, but I am going to guess I will be at 3-4 pounds lost for this month. If I continue to lose 3 pounds each month... I should be at 155 by the end of Feb!!! I may have to push really hard, but I might be able to do it!
I used the measuring tape in October & also a few days ago. I could be doing it wrong - but it seems to be ok for now at least!!
****Oct vs Nov****
****Accomplished November Goals****
- Did every weighin & team challenge the best I could!
- Used the measuring tape
- Bumped up my protein every day & in range most days this month!
- Did a 5K turkey trot on my own in 38:22
- Did not eat any french fries! Dec 1st will be 10 weeks with no fries!
- Lost 3 Pounds
- Became a Spark Motivator!!
- Went to a craft fair
- Spent time relaxing every day by myself
- Saved some money
- Stood up for myself & continued to stay positive
****My December Goals****
- Weigh 161 by December 31st
- Get at least two 5K training sessions in a week outside or on treadmill
- Watch Spark Videos or Zumba Videos or go to Zumba at least twice a week
- Continue using the measuring tape at least twice a month
- Don't eat tortilla chips for 4 weeks
- 5K on December 8th. Hopefully I get under 36 minutes
- Try 4 new Spark Recipes
- Create 3 Healthy Side Dishes/Desserts for Christmas dinner
- Stay committed to the Jingle Challenge once it starts
- Aim for 1,000 fitness minute trophy for December!
- Continue to do non-workout activities I enjoy even if I go alone(craft & pet fairs)
- Try to stay patient with my parents even when they are on the fritz!
- Don't get discouraged if I don't reach all of my goals!
- Be at healthy weight (155) by March 1, 2013!
- Be at 100 pounds lost & weigh 150pounds - no deadline
- Complete any 5K in 30 minutes - no deadline
I have a lot planned for the holidays - On Christmas day, I help my Mom cook everything. I also help clean the house before & after! I don't have much shopping left, but I will have a lot to do the weekend before Christmas. I am making home-made Hot Chocolate mix & dipped chocolate spoons to give to my family members. I usually bake cookies or muffins or give them Something instead of just a card. I like being creative =) I also have two Christmas Parties. I need to figure out something to bring to the one. The other is my work party. I am a little nervous about it, because I don't know a lot of political things. My work gets the Wall Street Journal every day, but I don't read any of it. I am not an accountant, and I don't follow the news too much. Hopefully it won't be too bad, but I am still nervous about it. Everyone is so nice, but there will be clients there who I don't know! I always get worked up over silly things sometimes!
Even though I have a lot to give, I can't forget about myself! I have changed so much for the better. I have lost 86 pounds so far, and I feel amazing! Thank you again to everyone who has supported me!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I have been on this one SparkTeam for a long time now: 20 Somethings with 50-99 Pounds to Lose. I saw they sent out some Mail saying there is a Jingle Challenge starting 12/10. I said I would sign up! This would be my 2nd Spark challenge & first challenge with them. I am excited about it. I am waiting to hear back about what team I am on. They have two part challenges every week - one fitness & one non-fitness. I like the sound of that!
I need to really sit down and figure out my December goals - and also my goals for the upcoming year. As of right now, I have my BIG goal of being at 155 with a deadline of May 2013. I randomly picked that month. I would like to actually figure out a better "deadline". It seems to be harder & harder to lose weight as I get closer to this goal! When I get to 155, I will be at 95 lbs lost. It would be nice to be at 150 and say I lost 100 pounds.. but if I am healthy, more fit, and NOT at 150, I will still be happy with myself! I have come so far, and I just want to keep moving forward in my life!
I lost one of the two pounds I gained already. I wonder if I just had a random off day on the scale. I don't know, and I am not really worried about it too much! The only reason it "bugs" me a little bit is because of the challenge end being so soon. Even if I don't reach my 5% goal, I am still so proud of myself. I tried on pants the other day while shopping with my Mom. Unfortunately, I don't really fit in a size right now. The 12s are slightly big & the 10s are slightly small. I had my Mom buy me two pairs of size 10 jeans. Hopefully by Christmas time they will fit better! =) I am excited to be in the smaller size, but I just wish the clothes fit me better no matter what the # is!
Work has been pretty slow this week. The manager and I set up the Christmas tree in the front of the office. 2 more hours of work left & then I am not sure what I am doing tonight. I would like to either use the treadmill or watch the Zumba dvds!
I have been pretty happy the past few weeks even though I have stress still with money, my ex, etc. Every day I get headaches in my forehead area. Sometimes they are triggered by smells or bright lights... but lately I have been getting them at least once a day. When I was younger, I went to many Drs to try & find out why. Apparently no one can tell me what they are from! For a while, they weren't gone. They have been around too much lately! I have been drinking a lot of water to try and wash them away, but I haven't had any luck with that either. boooo!
Anyways, I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. It is almost December!!! Good luck to everyone with the 5% goals and November personal goals!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Happy Monday! I have a full work-week this week! I was off from work on Friday. I wanted to do some 5K training since it was so nice. I went to the store with my Dad in my workout clothes just to remind me to go jogging! Once I got home, I mapped out a 5K & decided I would attempt to do it. I didn't want to push myself TOO hard because it has been a while since I went that far. I brought my phone & headphones and listened to random songs. I did the 5K portion in 38 min 22 seconds and walked the rest of the way home. My legs were really sore on Sunday, but they aren't too bad now. I am surprised how well I did considering it has been forever since I trained! My next actual 5K race is 12/8! I am getting pumped about it. I need to make sure I get more training in before the 8th. I am GOING to start using my Mom's treadmill this week! It is getting very chilly outside now! I saw some flurries on Saturday afternoon!
I bought running shoes a while ago, but they are a size too big =( I am returning those too. I returned the zumba & running shoes! booo! I need to restart my search for the perfect pair for both haha. Oh well, it needs to be done!
So I didn't weigh- in over the weekend. This morning I checked & I was up 2 pounds back at 165!? I wasn't upset even though this is the last week of the 5% challenge. My eating was off the whole weekend. I didn't get enough water, fruits, or veggies in my days. I was in the range of everything, but it wasn't the right amount of healthy food in there. Hopefully that was just a random weight... I still have until Saturday to hopefully get to my challenge weight of 162.5!! Hmm I think I should start keeping protein bars in my bag just in case!
I am going to make sure I eat my meals at the correct time for the rest of the week! I packed my lunch today & I am eating at home for dinners so hopefully that helps out too. Plus, I want to add more exercise. I am going to use the treadmill & also check out those Zumba dvds that have been sitting on my desk for 2 weeks now! My Ex also bought me one of those workout balls. It is still in the box- I should probably either return it soon or open it up & try it out! It will probably scare the dogs haha =)
Have a wonderful rest of the day, Sparkers!
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