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I feel like I'm drowning...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wow. Life just goes along, all fine and dandy, until one day.... WHACK! You have so much to do you can't keep up...
For the past four weeks now, I've had a friend over on the weekends. Two different friends, rotating weekends, but people here none the less. At least my house has been staying relatively clean. But, it has messed up my diet and focus like you wouldn't believe. Before four weeks ago, I was losing seven pounds a week and sticking to a diet that was 1200 or so calories a day. Now.... UGH! Every weekend its drinking and eating too much and just NO SLEEP!!

Now don't get me wrong; I absolutely LOVE my friends! I love that they're taking the time out of their busy lives to come down and see me... but I need a break!! I have things I need to do on the weekends too! Like eat healthy and exercise!!!

Luckily, today is my last day of work for the week. Two more hours of work and I'm a free woman till Monday. My days off are already jam packed though. :-( Tomorrow I'm getting up, going to the gym and then painting my office. That'll be an all day project but it needs to be done! Right now its baby blue with sailboats and I can't stand it!! Friday is getting up, going to the gym, going to get my hair dyed, going to the optometrist with my boyfriend, going on a date and getting our Halloween costumes ready.
Saturday... Going to the gym, making Halloween cookies and appetizers. (while trying to not eat ANY of them!)Then, Halloween party (with another friend down and staying at my house!)
Sunday... NOTHING. PLEASE GOD, I NEED A BREAK!!!!!!!! But maybe, just MAYBE,getting my boyfriend to go ring shopping with me... The good kind of ring!!! eee!

Sorry for the babblin'... just had to get some stress out!! Hope all is well with everyone!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/26/2011 11:33PM

    Enjoy Halloween and your friend this weekend....then it sounds like things will calm down a bit for you!

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SHOTPUTGIRL738 10/26/2011 3:23PM

    Stay positive. Do what you can while your friends are around and get back on the wagon when you can. Feeling quilty will only make you feel as if you're failing and will eventually give up. Don't give up! Have faith in yourself! You can do this!

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My first compliment

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I got my first semi-compliment yesterday about losing weight. It was more of a "so you're losing weight, huh? Me too." type of thing, but at least it was noticeable enough for him to tell. I haven't thought it was noticeable so much... I can tell that my pants are fitting looser and my face might be a bit thinner, but for someone else to notice (my boyfriend says he can tell when he hugs me, I think he's just being sweet!) is just a good incentive to keep going.

Yesterday I did my first 6 miles on the elliptical, ever. Normally I only do 5, but I was in a good zone and just kept going. It felt good, and I definitely could have pushed myself more if I wanted. I think its time to move my incline/resistance up too. I'm at a steady 5/3 right now. Maybe its time for 6/4.

I'm soooo close to being under 300. Only 6 pounds to see that 2 as the first number. Oh man... I don't even know the last time I was in the 2's. At least 5 years ago... wow! Its time! I neeeeeed it! I don't know what my next big goal will be then. I thought it was gonna be WAY hard to lose those 37 pounds (starting weight before I found spark was 337), and other than eating healthy and exercising it hasn't been that bad. Not to say those things are bad, I rather enjoy them! I have my moments of weakness and for me, it shows on the scale with just the tiniest amount of too much of anything bad! So just gotta stick to the good stuff and I should see it in about two weeks or so. Just can't wait to get there!!

Back to work, yet again!

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LILMANN 10/21/2011 2:05PM

    Congratulations on going the extra mile on the elliptical. I can tell you're really pushing yourself to succeed and it's really inspiring!

I look forward to crossing over into the 200s with you! There are many more compliments in your future! emoticon

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JET150 10/20/2011 11:11PM

    That is great! Keep going.

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NICKELDAWN 10/19/2011 12:26PM

    Congratulations on the compliment, those are always great!!! 6 pounds away from leaving the 300's... thats so exciting.. keep up the great work, you can do it!!

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 10/19/2011 5:06AM

    WooHoo, you are doing great! Keep it up!!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/18/2011 11:13PM

    emoticon You go Girl!!! Awesome job!

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THE_COUNTESS 10/18/2011 2:04PM

    Oh thank you for writing this! It's inspriational to me! emoticon

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MISSB8604 10/18/2011 2:03PM

    Hey a compliment is a compliment, I'll take it! HA!

I have no doubt you'll be victorious and reach all of your goals!

You're amazing!!!!!!!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 10/18/2011 11:36AM

    Woohoo! You are doing fantastic! I know you'll be out of the 3's in no time!

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FAITH__IN__ME 10/18/2011 11:12AM

    1st, I think it is great that you got that compliment, even if it was kind of leading. I run with my sister 3 times a week (training to run a 5k) and on Sunday when she came over, she gave me a hug and she told me that she can tell that I'm losing weight. So, I think you should believe your boyfriend when he tells you he can tell when he hugs you. :) That is a compliment everytime too!! :)

2nd, I think it is great that you are pushing yourself at the gym. The harder you work, the better you'll feel. I know that running is HARD for me, but afterward, I feel good about how far I pushed myself and how far I've come from when I first started. This is an amazing feeling. Keep at it. :)

Oh I I wish to be under that 300 mark too... I am at 328, but I started at 350 so I am doing okay I suppose... 6 pounds.. that can be gone in 2 weeks. Do you journal your food? If you dont, you should try it.. research shows that people who journal tend to lose 50% more weight than people who dont. Plus it keeps you really accountable to yourself and that is always a good thing. :)

Congrats on your compliment.. and here's to many more.

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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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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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