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Letter to myself!

Monday, October 17, 2011

For our Biggest Loser Challenge #12 we have to write a letter to ourselves to read at the end of the 8 weeks...

Hey you,

Great job with your 8 week challenge! You ate healthy, tried hard, and worked out almost every day! You are working on becoming a fit, healthy, SKINNY you! Some of the goals you wanted to strive towards on this journey were to lose 15 pounds by the end of the challenge. GREAT JOB at exceeding that goal! When you first started your weight loss back in August, you thought you'd maybe be at 300, if that, by Christmas. Now, you've blown past that with all the determination you've got!! Another goal you had that you wanted to beat by the end of this 8 weeks was to loose at least an inch on your waist/hips and an inch on your thighs. I am very, very proud of you!!

Great job at sticking to your goals to work out almost every day, missing only 3 days in eight weeks. I know it was hard to stick to a plan with Thanksgiving and family time, but you still got in some cardio and that's great!

I'm so glad you're feeling more confident in yourself. You got under that 300 lb mark and are gonna start couch to 5k soon. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Great Job, Amanda!


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LILMANN 10/21/2011 2:11PM

    Great letter. I like how you are clear on each of your goals. Plan to celebrate in 8 weeks when you blow them out of the water!! emoticon

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NICKELDAWN 10/17/2011 1:11PM

    emoticon Great letter!!!! You're going to do wonderful!!!! Cant wait to see your results! emoticon

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COLORFUEL 10/17/2011 12:09PM

I like your letter! Have to do my own sometimes the next couple of days ;)

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Another 7!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

I think I found my sweet spot!!! Working out 65 minutes a day and eating around 1300 calories seems to give me good results. I think I'll be sticking with this routine and see what happens!

I also think I'm gonna need to amend my goals. I had a goal of 300 by Christmas, but at this rate, I'll be there by Nov 1st!! I'll look into maybe doing 290 by Christmas. Something attainable but not too our of reach. Gives me something to strive for.

Well my friend is here and we're getting ready to go shopping at the outlet mall! Can't wait!

Have a good weekend all!

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KOOKYKEL 10/10/2011 5:32PM

    Well done fellow sassy smith appler!!

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COLORFUEL 10/8/2011 8:12PM

What a great week for you!
Hope you found something beautiful during the shopping spree ;)

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    Congrats on your progress...Hope you enjoyed your shopping trip!

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SHAPESHIFTER09 10/8/2011 1:13PM


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So it's been a little while...

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I'm still here. I still Spark every day. I just don't know what to blog about... not a big blogger, not too witty or anything. So I just watch my calories, do my work outs, stalk other peoples pages and be on my merry way.

Last week wasn't as good as the week before. I didn't lose anything, but didn't gain anything either. Just a break even week. I kind of figured I wouldn't lose anything with plans to go to BW3 one day with a friend I haven't seen in a while (though, I did watch what I ate... It was the liquid calories that got me!). I also went to the Melting Pot for mine and my boyfriends 3 year anniversary and I didn't watch myself at all that day. It was delish!! However, this week, I'm right back on track. I've been at about 1300 calories every day, done the elliptical 65 minutes every day and even have been up and moving a lot more than normal.

I am a bit nervous about this weekend though. I have a friend coming to stay with me from out of town for the whole weekend and she likes to have fun! I'm just nervous that my week of hard work will be completely ruined by liquid calories again. Watching what I eat isn't hard... its the alcohol that gets me. And yes, I know, I could not drink and that would be the smart thing to do, but maybe I'll just watch it and take it in moderation a bit more.

Is it cheating to weigh in a day or two early?!

In other news, this week I won a Digital SLR camera for upselling at work. I don't know if I talked about this before or not but I AM WAAAAAAAAAAAAY EXCITED! I've wanted one for over a year now and had the chance to win it and did! I get it this weekend!! I also went and bought a fancy new scanner/printer/copier to use with it too. It's my first really fancy printer and it's AMAZING! A bit on the pricey side but the photos are coming out amazing so far! Can't wait to use it with the SLR!

Other than that... I joined the BLC #12 and am on the Sassy Smith Apples team! GO TEAM!! Can't wait to kick some butt in that too!

That's about all I know so I better get back to work! Have a good day!

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    For me, its not only the liquor calories but what liquor does to my will power..... Stay stong and enjoy the visit!

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SPUTNIK512 10/6/2011 10:32AM

    I'm doing the BLC too, I'm on the Yellow team :) Good luck!

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AGIGGLES80 10/6/2011 10:20AM

    I am glad you are doing well. Don't worry about not losing weight for one week looking at the bright side you didn't gain. So that's always positive. I am glad you are getting in your workouts and eating what your suppose. Also I completely agree with the alcohol everyone drinks once in a while or every weekend (hehe) for some in my town. So in moderation I think is the key there. Have a great time with your friend this weekend. Your Spark Friend April

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Oh, Happy Day!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Where did that come from?! I definitely worked harder than usual this week, but seven pounds hard?! I guess so! I am soooo stoked!

I love that what I'm doing is working. I have been eating around 1400 calories a day and working out every day. I haven't taken a day off in over two weeks and the next day I know that I'll be taking off is Thursday. I have to go out of town for work and have to leave really early and won't get home till really late. I'm ok with taking one day off. It's not gonna ruin me.

I can tell though that I'm not to the point to not relapse. If I stopped for any reason, I still feel like I would go back to my old habits. But with this seven pound loss and being down to 314, knowing that 299 is so close I can taste it, I don't want to do anything to harm that.

I can do it. 314 proves it :-D

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DOGSTARDADDY 9/26/2011 12:17PM

    Nice job!!

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EMTHEGODDESS 9/25/2011 10:09PM

    Whoo! Way to go!

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LAUREN486 9/25/2011 9:53PM

    Congrats on the 7lbs!! When you think of "relapsing" just remember how awesome it feels to see the -7 on the scale! You're doing awesome! emoticon

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    Good for you! Glad all your hard work is showing in the scale! Awesome!

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SHAPESHIFTER09 9/25/2011 6:14PM


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TEXASFILLY 9/25/2011 5:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonAll the best, BonnieBlue~

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VALKYRIA- 9/25/2011 4:54PM

    emoticonThis is your moment! Great job!
I knew the hard work would pay off for you eventually. You'll be 299 in no time.

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MYLADY4 9/25/2011 4:46PM


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MICHELLESMILES_ 9/25/2011 4:42PM

    Awesome!! So proud of you! Congrats!

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Shoulda, woulda, coulda

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I tend to dwell on the things I can't do because I'm fat... Lucky for me, exercise is not one of them. Did an awesome 65 minutes on the elliptical today and felt amazing afterwards. Low calorie intake today too makes me hope for the best on weigh in day. However, watching the biggest loser and reading blogs makes me think about all the things I wish I could do...

This past Sunday my work sponsored a day at Great America. They rent out the whole park for just our work and let you have your day of fun for really cheap. However, I didn't go. I see no point in wasting the money if I can only go on half to a third of the rides. Its embarrassing enough trying to go through a turnstile or sit on a bus seat with someone, much less fit on a ride with them. This is something I would LOVE to do when I lose weight.

Another thing I would love to do is go see a concert or a show. When we were in Las Vegas I was so afraid of going to see a show because I was scared I wouldn't fit in the seats. Its happened before (luckily we were on an end and the end seat was a little wider than the middle ones) and I do not want it to happen again. I want to go and enjoy a concert/show and not be worried that I can't even fit.

Something I should have done is joined a SP biggest loser challenge. I looked at the rules and whatnot and thought "I don't know if I can do this." WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!?! Now I'm regretting not doing it and have to do it on my own. Hmph.

Grr. If this isn't motivation, I don't know what is!

Watched a lot of weight loss shows tonight to get me motivated as well. First I watched Heavy on Netflix while I organized my file cabinet. That show, like the Biggest Loser, is motivational, but leaves you feeling like you should be losing more. 100+ pounds in six months is NOT normal. These are circumstances where they work out 5+ hours a day... and have food made for them...who has the time for that?! Not me. Not anybody I know. So I'll stick with what I'm doing and I'll see results... just may take a while! Can't wait to watch next weeks BL though! Ramon is already a favorite :-)

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BEINGGUIDED 9/21/2011 9:05AM

    Weightloss is not your only job like it is for contestants on these shows. Yes it is nice to see their before and afters but it is not realistic. I find my greatest motivation is just to look at before and after pictures of people right here on Spark. You can go back and look at their blogs and see them struggling and see where they started. You can read about how they gorged all weekend or how they finally ran a 5k even though I didn't think they ever could. You get to see them work through the heartache and triumphs and get to the place where they never thought they could be. These Sparkers are real people, with real life problems, that somehow fight through and make it. SP is a real REALITY SHOW.
Sometimes I find motivation just by looking at my own page and seeing that although I have "failed" the last three months, I sure as hell ain't (yes I said AIN'T) where I was last year this time. Could I lose faster? Hellsyea. Did I? No, but I am still trying every week. It is not failure until you just quit and sit down on the couch from here on out.
You can do this and you will make it. God never fails us. Just keep on trying, keep on working, and you will see the results you want eventually.

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