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Gained 3 Pounds BaaaHummmBUG!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Oh the weather outside was frightful but
the food was so delightful
and since I had no place to go
I had a plate and a bowl and
some MO!! Ugh!
So before Christmas and I mean literally the day before I weighed in at 158 (HALLELUJAH!!) but after sleeping over my mom's I gained 3 pounds ( I broke all the rules (Drank Soda, Ate pizza, meatloaf, eggs with Bacon. I must confess it was good.). I feel so bloated today. I think it maybe all the salt. I haven't been drinking as much water as I use to. So that is goal number one. I am going to get back to drinking at least 8 cups everyday. Also, need to get back on eating better.

One thing new that I love that I'm doing is I been trying out new fresh delicious recipes. For example, this Poblanos Stuffed with Cheddar and Chicken:

It didn't look as pretty as the picture but it taste so good. Next time I will substitute the white rice with brown to cut down on a few calories.

Although I've gained 3 pounds everyone has noticed that I've lost weight which is great. Besides the fact that my clothes are swimming on me I can't see the difference when I look in the mirror. I still feel FAT and that's what I see. Here is my Before and After pictures thus far:

Has anyone used the IRON GYM? I just purchased one and couldn't fit it over my damn door. I was thinking of going to Home Depot to get a piece of wood to nail over door way so it will work but not sure if its worth it.

Till next time keep on losing Sparkies!! See you all in 2013!

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LAURINE3 12/28/2012 11:08AM

    Thank you Johnmartinmiles. Your right!

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    Yesterday is gone and this is a brand new day so

Make Today a Great Day!

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Friends & Diets

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Update: I am currently bouncing between 164-163. This morning I weighed in at 163.6. My ultimate goal is to lose 10lbs by Dec. 7th. If I don't break this plateau I don't think I am going to get there. Sucks.

However, I have been eating a lot healthier. For example this is what I had for lunch today. I made couscous mixed roasted garlic & olive oil and on that jumbo shrimp/veggies sauteed in a little duck sauce:

It was good! I think I will eat couscous again in the future. I heard its healthier than having rice.

Yesterday I went to the movies and ordered sweet potato fries. It was good and felt like the healthiest thing I could eat at the movies. What would you have had at the movies? My friends were there and we talked about dieting and food choices and they ordered a lot of heavy calorie foods and I almost went for the pizza because I felt a little left out but I'm glad I didn't. It was the first time I ever stuck to my guns and had water instead of soda. I had a lot to be emotional about and to "emotionally eat" but I dealt with the feelings and focused on being healthy/happy in my own skin.

So here is a new pick of me as of today:

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LAURINE3 12/28/2012 9:40AM

    Great Advice Kristen_Says! I definitely need to drink more water. Will get on that ASAP.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/17/2012 4:14PM

    You WILL break the plateau. Just hang in there. It took me almost a year and a half to lose the last 10 pounds, and to break the last of too many plateaus I drank 64 ounces of water every day, increased the amount of freggies I ate, decreased the amount of not-so-good snack foods I was in love with (mainly Wheat Thins) and started a new exercise routine - running! There are quite a few articles on here about breaking plateaus that you might find helpful

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No more losses

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Its funny how something tragic reminds you how much you need to keep plowing forward and never give up. My grandmother passed away this morning...(pause).

She was really old and sick so it didn't come as a surprise...but definitely still hardening. I can't help but wonder if she felt fulfilled. Did she die feeling like she accomplished everything she set out for herself. I'm praying she did.

I started this weight loss journey in 2005 and every time I gained some momentum something tragic would occur and I would spiral back down to square one. I started this journey not because I wanted to be skinny or wear a bikini. I started because I need a sense of control over my life. I got to this weight not because I don't know how to work out or eat healthy (prior to 2005 I was part of a dance group, did Tae Kwon Do and etc.) I am an emotional eater and at some point I started believing the nay sayers and stopped believing in myself.

Two weeks ago I realized that I was going to be unemployed in January of 2013 a little over a month from now due to my company dissolving. I been applying for jobs but haven't received any call backs yet. Everyone else I work with has moved on. The anxiety of not knowing what the future holds makes me want to go to Wendy's and order a spicy chicken sandwich have them add guacamole with large fries and a large sprite and when I'm all done with that I'd start on a pint of Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream with whip cream and caramel syrup. If I were to eat all that I would be so full I would be very sleepy and sleep my anxiety off.

Last week I had a biopsy done to see if I might have Ovarian Cancer. The annoyance of having to deal with the "What If" while still trying to find a job made me want to go to Little Ceasars and order a box of pepperoni pizza with bread sticks a bottle of sprite and top it off with a box of Strawberry Shortcake Twinkies to help me go into a coma like sleep.

BUT TODAY...., Today (tears) Today....after hearing my grandma passed away I wanted to run to food soooo bad...but not, I congratulated myself for not running to Wendy's to eat away the unemployment or Little Ceasars to forget about possibly having Cancer. At that moment I realized that when I felt like being layed off was the worse feeling in the world...I got a phone call from my doctor about Cancer and at that moment I felt like that was the worse that could possible happen but TODAY (tear) my grandma died... and the epiphany is: there is/will always be something worse so instead of using food to get "high" from my feelings. I allowed myself to feel them for the first time and it hurt was so uncomfortable. Instead of running to food today I went to the gym and worked out. After I went to church and I cried in the car, in the church and on my way home. I cried about everything...not because I was sad but because my grandma's passing showed me that the only person keeping me from accomplishing my goals is ME. This new realization hurt more than anything else that has happened thus far.

It took me this long (since 2005) to realize that staying at home in bed eating until I fall asleep is not going to get me a new job or get rid of the cancer I may have or bring my grandma back. As eery as this may sound, I believe God was speaking to me today and he was whispering in my ear, "Victory is yours. You will accomplish this and all your other goals." I have been scared to feel. I thought that allowing yourself to feel was equivalent to being weak. I was wrong. Feelings help us appreciate the time we have left on earth to feel. The bad times we go through help us savor the good times we have to look forward to. So grandma if you can hear me thank you for always expressing your feelings. I will always remember the joy on your face when I walked into a room and thank you for the sweet little sock of quarters you would always pull me to the side and secretly had me (Even when I was old enough to get my own... :-). You will be missed but never forgotten. I am losing 2 pounds this week for most importantly me and you.

To the Sparkpeople out there reading this DON'T GIVE UP or GIVE IN. Listen to the Mantras:

1. "Joy comes in the morning"
2. "Seasons come and seasons go"
3. "Don't give Up"....can't say that enough!
4. "the sun will come up tomorrow"
5. "we fall down but we get up"
6. MY FAVORITE: "You got to have FAITH"

Spark -On Everyone! Spark-On!

My last post I weighted 168 and today I weight 165. The pics on the upper right corner is me at 168lbs and the rest are me now minus 3 pounds. The sides of my waist are starting to curve in at the top and I notice my thighs are getting a lot smaller. I think this is because I do a lot more exercises that target my legs more than anything else. Personally I don't really see much change, but I'm not stopping!

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LAURINE3 11/4/2012 9:47PM

    @Reenie131 Thank you. I just really needed an outlet to get this all out. Thank God for this blog. Its just like writing a letter putting it in a bottle and throwing it into the sea. You don't know what shore it will land on or who will read it and you pretty much don't care! Its great. I pray you are blessed and meet your goals. And again Thank you. emoticon

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REENIE131 11/4/2012 9:05PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, and your stresses. You're obviously a very strong person, and you're doing a great job!

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Guess What!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm not in the 170 anymore!!!

So its not a huge weight loss (((BUT))) my scale now reads 168!!!! Since I started going to the gym I've went from 176 to 168 and its only been 2-weeks.

So I woke up this morning at 5:00am to do Pilates (It's SOOOO HARD). I did it and I feel good. Something about working out really just makes you feel good. Don't get me the process of doing it it does suck, but after, you feel like, "MAN, I MADE IT!" The Pilates class at the YMCA was about an hour long. So I am going to do 30 minutes of Cardio at home. I purchased awhile ago the Sparkpeople 28 Day Bootcamp:

I want to keep doing different things so my body doesn't plateau. The last thing I need is to maintain weight at 168lbs.

As far as food is concerned, I am making it a point to have breakfast everyday. Since I work full-time and work can be stressful I never know when I'm going to have lunch or dinner. Therefore, its important I keep my body fueled by having breakfast once I wake up in the morning. I noticed that this also helps me not over indulge on lunch or diner. This is what I had this morning: I read somewhere that if you want to lose belly fat you should make sure your diet is full of "FIBER." So this morning I had ACTIVIA Vanilla Fiber 110 Cal. and I added 2 table spoons of blueberries (which I heard is good for something...but I can't seem to remember what HA!). Moving on...I drank Water with Lemon. I read somewhere that water with lemon does something to your liver which helps to cleanse your bowels...or something down there. All I know is it suppose to help with weight loss. This website said that you should drink lemon and water every morning.

I'll let you know how that goes.

Oh yea! One more thing I been doing more of! DRINKING WATER. I been drinking lots and lots of WATER throughout the day (about 13-15 cups a day). I stop drinking anything else but WATER. I read this article where this guy lost 20 pounds by eating whatever he wanted while drinking lots of water and cutting out all sugar juices, diet sodas and alcohol. Till Next Time Sparkies Happy Healthy Living! emoticon

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SUNSPOT_BABY 10/20/2012 11:44AM

    Wow! Great work and great blog! Very encouraging. It looks like you've got the right formula for success!!

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CALIFSUE 10/20/2012 11:23AM

    What a great job your doing. Looks like you're doing Right things Right! emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/20/2012 11:18AM

    Woo hoo! Your pics look awesome!

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KATGIRL41 10/20/2012 11:06AM

    emoticon emoticon on all your successes and continued weight loss! I'm with you.

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Gym Blues

Sunday, October 07, 2012

I been on an unpredictable weight roller coaster since my last blog. I got down to 164lbs with just eating right. Well today I'm back up to 172.2. Since my last entry, I got so desperate I tried a few weight loss pills. Bad idea! emoticon

While the weight loss pills helped to shed a few pounds, they didn't help to keep it off. Without a new life style, a change in my physical activities and eating habits I was never going reach my goal with pills alone. HELLO!

With this epiphany I've decided to join a gym again (sigh). I haven't been to a gym since 2005. I was never a gym person and I had joined Bally's in 2005...even paid an extra $400 for a personal trainer. I left my Bally's contract still FAT, still oblivious on how to use gym equipment and my self-esteem was worse than when I started at Bally, but today it will be different.

Today, I am starting my first day at the YMCA. I am not only going to take the classes but I've printed out the workout from the SparkPeople page and I'm going to attempt the use the strength training machines. I'm nervous just typing that last sentence (sweat beads). I'm armed with a positive scripture from the Bible Matthew 6: 25, 34 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (AMEN!!!)

So here I go my SparkPeople family...pray for me!

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LAURINE3 10/7/2012 2:01PM

    @MYBLULLDOGS, Thank you! I was at the YMCA today for two (2) hours. I took a Cycling class and did the strength generated work-out on When I got home I weighed myself (need to learn to stop weighing myself everyday!! Geesssh!). I am now 171 (lost 1 pound!! Yes!!).

Wow! You and your sister are SUPER WOMEN!!! I pray I will have similar results to report on in the near future. I must say I feel AMAZING after this work-out. The cycling instructor (Sandy) was so helpful and personal. Love her! Today was so great I can't wait to go back tomorrow!

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MYBULLDOGS 10/7/2012 8:42AM



my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 y
ears old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off. took 16 months.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x. took 7 months.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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