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Friday, May 31, 2013

My last post was nearly 2 years ago to the day! I've spent the last 2 years living my life, the result of which is 18 pounds...because that life included quite a few doughnuts.

But that's ok! I'm still more than 50 pounds less than my 2008 Spark starting weight. I should have been a little more mindful of my food intake, and I definitely should have been more active. But I had fun, and I'm not beating my self up for it. I love food (reading about it, making it, sharing it, and eating it), and I treasure the memories of times when I throw my food caution to the wind.

It's important to know when your weight gain is slipping out of control. For me, I judge by clothing size. I may bump up a size (especially around the holidays), but that's it. If my larger size starts to feel tight, it's time to come back to Spark. Tracking works, and the support system that Spark creates is like coming back to an old friend for support.

This time, I've entered a 6 week weight loss competition, and Spark is my secret weapon. There's money on the line, and my goal is to drop that 18 pounds. I'm glad to be motivated, and I'm glad that I'm back on Spark.

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BYEFATNANNY 5/31/2013 11:59AM

    Glad to see you here. It is amazing how fast the lbs come back and how slow they go. Good luck on the 6 week competition!

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Here goes nothin (pics)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I have been trying and failing to rein in my appetite this week. I have been slowly falling down my slippery slope. There are many reasons (....excuses....) for my bad choices: my husband got hurt at work, then got sick, school is getting tough, etc. It boils down to me not planning ahead.

I took some motivational pictures today, to help motivate me to control my eating habits. I'm so close to my goal, and I'm hoping my pics will something to push me towards it.

(Kind of looks like I'm holding my boob here....the camera is a little camouflage.....)

SO CLOSE to feeling comfortable in a two piece. I just need my stomach to flatten out a little more.....and it's not going to happen on it's own! Hopefully, in a month or two, I will have some after pictures with me in a two piece...on a beautiful beach :)

My workouts have not fallen victim to my laziness. I've been exceeding my minutes and burned calorie goals every week. All of the exercise has left me more hungry than usual, and it's been a challenge.

No more excuses! I will be ready for summer!

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BYEFATNANNY 5/26/2011 9:02AM

    It's hard to plan ahead when life gets in the way! Keep making the best choice when possible. Great job on the exercise, really great! I see you out by the pool in that bikini already, you're lookin' good!

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NICOFTHYME 5/26/2011 3:56AM

    emoticon! Looking good and I'll bet you will be where you want to be in no time at all. I have faith in you. You seem very determined and than you for sharing your pictures. This is so inspiring to me. I have taken some before pic's but have not been able to share them with anyone yet. I know that once I start meeting some of my goals and start seeing more results I'll be proud to show them and let everyone see how far I've come. Keep up the emoticon work!

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NYARAMULA 5/26/2011 2:55AM

    Thanks for sharing. I think you look great, and you are doing well. Maybe you are eating more because you are working harder and your body needs fuel.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I just got back from my soccer game, where I scored my first goal!! I'm so happy! It's really the pinnacle of all my hard work. I push myself at the gym all week, just so I can keep up with all of the girls on my team. But now I do more than just keep up, now I help win games :) We're undefeated 4 games into the season, and that's with a team that's two people short. Go blue!!!

In other news, I've decided to go back to the nutrition tracker tomorrow. I haven't been nearly out of control, but I know bad habits are slowly sneaking back in. When I'm not tracking, I don't plan ahead nearly as much, and it leads me to bad choices. To be completely honest, all I want to do is wear a bikini this summer. I've never been in shape enough to wear one, and this is by the far the closest I've ever come. Tracking will help me reach that goal in time for summer weather.

I know there will be a time where I don't need my tracker anymore, but I'm not there yet. I will rock a beach bod for the first time ever this summer!!! Please hold me to that!

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CHRISTINA791 5/25/2011 12:51PM

    Awesome job! Congrats!

I think I have about a 90/10 love/hate relationship with the tracker. I've experimented with going off of it a few times, and I really feel more comfortable with it. At the same time, I've realized that I'm really okay with the idea of using it indefinitely. I'm thinking of it less as a crutch or temporary diet tool, and more as an everyday tool like a measuring cup or a recipe card (not sure if that makes any sense). I've started to give myself a little more freedom, like not freaking out if I miss entering a restaurant meal because I just don't feel like guessing (I usually overestimate a ballpark figure in my head anyway), but most of the time I like to see the numbers in front of me.

I think it's all about experimentation - Hope you find something that works for you!

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/25/2011 1:21AM


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SARAHSUNDAE 5/24/2011 1:02PM

    Congrats on the goal!!

Tracking here has totally helped me. I love it!! emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 5/24/2011 8:20AM

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Way to go! You should be proud.
The tracker is great. Don't forget you can add things, like sodium, calcium etc. It's pretty amazing some days I think I've done just perfect and I've eaten something loaded with salt and didn't even know it. I've tracked for about 1 1/2 years now and I'm still getting surprises. Keep up the great work!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/24/2011 7:58AM

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PEARL8264 5/24/2011 2:51AM


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SANDYMISA 5/24/2011 2:36AM

    Congratulations on the soccer goal! Good luck with the swimsuit goal - you're right that the tracker will help you.

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A New Game Plan

Monday, May 16, 2011

I'm ready for a change. My sparklife has been going very well since February. I've been tracking every single day since then, except when I go out of town. I've also been loyally tracking all of my fitness minutes, spinning my wheel, doing quizzes and trivia, and posting on blogs and message boards.

I only have about 15-20 more pounds to loose, and I'm ok with my weight loss slowing down. When I restarted my spark in Feb, I was at close to 200lbs. Now I'm at 175, and I feel like I could stay at this weight forever, as long as my tummy flattens out :) I'm between a size 10 and 12, and I would be perfectly happy to remain there.

So, I've decided to stop tracking what I eat this week and see how it goes. I know every bit of nutrition information for everything I eat anyway, so I should be able to track in my head as I go along. I want to focus on listening to my body more, instead of what my tracker tells me to do. I've always known that I don't want to track forever, and I think now would be a good time to let it go for a bit.

Here are things I WON"T be doing:

1. Using my not tracking as an excuse to go crazy with food. I'm not changing my eating habits one bit.
2. Relaxing my exercise schedule. I want to wear a bikini this summer.....and my stomach still needs some convincing.
3. Gaining weight. If this experiment goes south, I will start tracking again. I don't want to track forever, but I will if that's what it takes.

I will update you all on my progress next week!

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CHRISTINA791 5/21/2011 1:50AM

    Good luck with it! Those last 10-20 pounds are a pain. I agree that at that point, it becomes more about how you feel and what your body says than the number on the scale.

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AMANDAJAYNEL 5/17/2011 2:38PM

  I really liked this post. I've only been truely tracking for breakfast and lunch and then counting in my head for dinners because by the time I've reached that point in the day...I'm sone feeling like I'm obsessing over entering in my calorie count. I am having a hard time finding a balance between paying attention and being deligent AND being overly obsessed with the site. I'm not going to loose weight by looking at what I've eaten the last few days or reading posts about weightloss. I'm going to loose weight by actually exercising and actually eating the right foods in the right quantity. I feel defeated today because I feel like this is consuming me...and the consumption, again, DOES Nothing!

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ELENA_DIEM 5/16/2011 4:41PM

    I have been thinking along similar lines - I want to let up on tracking and make my eating/exercise more of a natural, intuitive occurrence in my day (as it should be)... and if I start to slide, bring the tracking back in to get me headed in the right direction


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BLOG (a quickie but a goodie)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hello Everyone!

I only have a minute before my next class, but I just wanted to share a success with everyone really quickly!

1. I just got back from the gym, where I ran a track mile in 9:30! Crazy. No side aches or cramps either. I 've been experimenting with doing strength training before cardio, and I think it's better for me. I'm able to run harder and longer when my lower body is nice and warmed up. Plus I'm not thinking about having to save any of my energy for weights afterward. I highly recommend trying it!

2. I went to goodwill and found an awesome dark denim pencil skirt for 3 bucks.....and it's a size 10! Yes, I have to button it at my natural waist, and it could definitely be a little looser (and it will get looser) but it still looks super hot! I'm wearing out to new bar with a girlfriend tomorrow night :)

3. My soccer ability is vastly improving. All of my teammates were impressed this week. I made lots of great stops, and some really good passes. Still no goals yet, but that's because I'm usually a defender. I'm going to try to play offense more next week, and I have a good feeling that there will be a goal in my near future.

Also, I made rainbow chip cake for mothers day, and ate a ton of it. That was pretty awesome too!

Have a great week everyone!

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CECE0330 5/19/2011 3:48PM

    Nice mile time! And hello....LOVE a great bargain find!

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TISHA80 5/11/2011 10:38PM


You are doing great! :) Congrats on the mile! I'm really going to have to try strength training before my cardio. I usually walk with someone right after work, so it's hard to do ST first. I usually go alone when I'm going to jog some, though. I need to make a point to do ST before that.

I'm so glad you found a skirt you like! It sounds really cute! :) I'm not sure I'll ever make it down to a size 10, but it's feeling awesome to have to buy clothes in smaller sizes. I'm excited for that number to keep going down, along with the scale, but mostly excited because I feel amazing! :)

Good job on your soccer skills! I'm sure you will keep getting better, as you get healthier and practice more. I used to love to play sports. I think I should try to find an adult league of some type. I don't really have anyone that will play sports with me.

Thanks for being such a good SparkFriend! You are always so supportive! :)

Have a great Thursday!

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JENIKINZ17 5/10/2011 5:33PM

  yay congrats!
I usually do my strength before cardio too because I hate being all sweaty on the machines and cardio wears me out.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/10/2011 5:30PM

    Great job running and awesome find in the pencil skirt!

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BYEFATNANNY 5/10/2011 4:52PM

    Love the good exercise news, way to go! As I've been losing weight I find I can't afford a new wardrobe all the time so I started looking at a thrift store, and boy you can really find some good deals. I've bought nearly new designer brands for 2.50 and 5.00. I'm kind of enjoying it...who knew? Nice score on the skirt!

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KATYAROSE 5/10/2011 4:15PM

    Congratulations on all of your amazing successes! I'm sure you will have many more!

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JENNSWIMS 5/10/2011 4:04PM

    Way to go on the running and the serious shopping score!


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