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Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm not much of a blogger. Don't normally have anything to say, or nothing that I haven't said before, and this blog isn't much different.

I'm about 1.2 pounds away from being 150 pounds lighter than I was in August of 2011. I still get amazed by that number every time I think about it. Is it for real? Was that actually me that did that when I never thought that I could? It sinks in every once in a while, but most days I don't feel too much different.

I've been having a hard time with sweets lately, which is probably why it took me 10 weeks or so to lose 10 pounds. I went down and back up and down and back up for about 5 weeks and lost a pound or two in between. Finally, 10 weeks later, I am at 188.4 and happy to be here! Luckily, once I saw 199, I never saw 200+ again while yo-yoing. I never wanna see that 2 again!

My first original goal was to end at 187, but now that I'm a pound away, I sorta wanna keep going. I guess I really wanna start to get toned, but working the right muscles and doing the right strength training machines sort of bores the crap outta me. I used to have a workout partner and he was good at keeping me doing the strength training, but he stopped going due to health issues. He wants to start back up again, so I think I'm gonna take two days a week or so where I go hard on the strength training and a little bit less on cardio those days.

I still haven't picked an "off day" yet, either. I was debating on taking Sundays off, but normally I go because I need something to do. Or I start to feel guilty about it. I guess that's not a bad thing, since its good for you anyways.

I'm gonna start a new goal now, since the holidays are coming up, and I did so well with them last year, I would like to do the same this year. I lost weight over both major holidays and was even able to enjoy some sweets doing so. I would like to do the same this year, where I am able to enjoy a piece of pie or a sugar cookie, but still maintain, or even lose. So my goal is to be 180 or less by the end of the year. That's 8 pounds away, about 4 pounds a month. Should definitely be doable, if I stick with my moderation and fewer sweets.

One big change that I have noticed since losing weight is my self esteem. I have so much more now! My best friend said to me the other day "Just so you know, and don't take this the wrong way, but I like this Amanda so much more than the old one". How could I take offense to that?! I do too! I dance, am more care free and care less about what people think of me. She gave me one of the best compliments ever!
Last night we went out for Halloween and even though I didn't dress up in costume, I wore a skirt with nylons and big boots, something I never would have done before. It would have been jeans and a sweatshirt. Its nice to be able to feel pretty and look like everyone else!

So I just have to keep working on maintaining and losing a bit here and there. I don't know what I want my ending weight to be, but anything less than where I was, and how unhappy I was, is fine with me!

Sorry this blog is so rambley and all over the place... I didn't get much sleep last night and its early! Have a good day, everyone!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 10/29/2012 2:51PM


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TANYA602 10/28/2012 8:29PM

    Big hugs and kudos for your tenacity and all the positive changes you've made in the past year and a half. I know what you are saying about being farther away from that 2. One pound a week is a good goal, and you will do this!
I haven't taken many days off, either. hmmmmm I guess I'm more afraid of falling off the wagon, or the elliptical in this case.
I hope you have a great week!

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/28/2012 7:16PM

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/28/2012 6:25PM

    Congratulations for getting so close to your initial goal - you have done absolutely fantastic!!!! It is nice to be ready to move on to the next stage...

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JANDLP 10/28/2012 3:26PM

    I'm with you, my dear! I originally wanted to stop at 150, but I have a feeling that once I hit that.....I will probably keep going......I'm only 21 pounds away from it......should be there by the new year.......that'll make my total loss for the year to be 65 pounds.....

Unreal, right? Certainly an attainable goal, I think!

I'm rooting for you, my friend!


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EMMYLOU010409 10/28/2012 10:51AM

    Yay! Keep up the good work. I'm so excited for your new-found self-esteem! Hooray!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/28/2012 10:47AM

    I join your celebration emoticon bye bye 2 don't come back again. New goals are a good idea, always. I have read many of the Sparkies focus on avoiding the holiday pitfalls by so many creative ways they impress me. I suggest blog reading for good goal ideas. Have a great day, Victoria
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You look awesome and yes, you did it!!!

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MS0669 10/28/2012 9:06AM

    I didn't find your blog anything but fun to read ! It super exciting reaching our goals and awesome that your self esteem is is back !
Reading this actually made me realize that I don't have any "goals" except to try and stay the same, which is not acceptable. Today I will be setting at least one goal for December 31st ! Thanks for getting me excited again !

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MJRVIC2000 10/28/2012 8:40AM

    You can ramble anytime you want. But you need peace of mind so you can get some sleep. Peace of mind comes when Jesus lives in YOU! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Isn't that fattening?

Monday, October 08, 2012

Those are the words that are resonating in my head right now. I hate those three little words with a passion.

I don't post updates on Facebook very often. This weekend, I did, stating that on Saturday I had had a very productive day and among other things was making a lasagna for dinner. My grandma, who always has to comment on EVERYTHING I post, wrote "Isn't that fattening?"

First of all... Yes, it is. You already know the answer to that. Obviously, after losing 146 pounds, *I* know the answer to that also. But yet, you have to be condescending and ask a question we both already know the answer to.

My family, my grandma included, are all very supportive and happy for me, so I know she doesn't mean any harm by it, but it still makes me FURIOUS!! Yes, I know lasagna is fattening, Grams, I didn't lose almost 150 pounds by eating lasagna. In fact, for months I didn't have pasta at all. I have become more lenient now that I'm getting closer to my goal weight and lasagna was what I was hungry for. I don't regret it at all. I had one piece and the boyfriend has been eating the rest as leftovers.

Those words just take me back to when I was 330 pounds and she'd say the same thing when I would pick up a brownie or another piece of pizza. I've worked my a$$ off for that lasagna, I know the effects it has, please stop making it seem like I don't know what I'm doing.

That's all... I haven't been able to stop thinking about it for a couple of days so I decided to try to get it off my chest here! Thanks for listening!!

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HOLLY255255 12/8/2012 7:25AM

    I hear you!! I was eating leftover spaghetti at work yesterday and was so embarassed when a peer said in front of a group.... wow that is a HUGE plate of spaghetti. A friend of mine came to my rescue and said she is carbo loading for a run. The truth was .... I was hungry and I watch my calories and I try to live by: breakfast, eat like a king; lunch eat like a prince and dinner eat like a pauper.

I know my peer didn't mean anything malicious but I was embarassed none the less!

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NEEDHELPLOSING 12/1/2012 10:24AM

  Sounds like you are doing great and have the right mindset. My weight loss does not compare to yours (congrads) but I lost 50 lbs and occasionally ate Lasagna, pizza wings etc. But in moderation and ate healthy 90-95% of the time. Unfortunately I had a really bad year (3 siblings passed) and got off track. Now I am back and I know with spark I can do this by making the right choices and believing in myself. Keep up the good attitude!! You Sparked me !!!

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PANDAS10 10/19/2012 6:21PM

    My grandma was like that... Now she doesn't say much about anything being fattening - and I think it is because she doesn't really eat much anymore. I recall very vividly a time, when I was in my early teens, that I was at Grandma's and she had made homemade pie (she is the best cook and baker ever!). She was a food pusher too - so of course, when she insisted, I had a piece. After I finished and was taking my plate to the sink, she looked at me and said (rather rudely) "You really shouldn't eat things like that!" Implying that I was too fat (which I was). That hurt. I know she didn't mean to hurt me. But to still have that vivid memory nearly 20 years later just shows the impact.

Just remember that she loves you and cherish your time with her. If you can learn to laugh it off, then it will be easier to deal with her comments in the future.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/15/2012 2:04PM

    Oh my! This sounds like some of the women in my family! I know how frustrating it can be! And right now, I'm being compared to my sister, who lost over 50 lbs in the last 9 months. "She's shorter and older than you, so it should be easier for you. Why can't you do that?"

Really?!?! Maybe because I work an office job and am gone 10+ hrs a day, sitting on my a$$ for at least 8 of them. I'm not an at home mom with 3 kids in school, that has more time to plan and prepare meals and snacks, more time to work out, and the time and 3 girls to go on bike rides, play ddr and wii fit, etc. with. (In no way am I saying that SAHMs have it easy; trust me, I know how hard that job can be and I'm not a hater. but all 3 of her girls are in school all day so it's much easier for her to have the time to do the things that need to be done.)

In light of that, glad you're able to recognize that you earned it. And, I have a really good recipe for vegan lasagna that's so tasty, even my picky eater boyfriend likes it. Let me know if I should send it to you. :o)

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REDPEPPERS 10/13/2012 1:33PM

    "I've worked my a$$ off for that lasagna"

And literally, since you've lost 146 lbs! emoticon

We have to live in the real world and eat real foods. And as you said, you obviously know what you're doing, so enjoy your lasagna and vent as needed.

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GRANDMA0627 10/10/2012 6:50AM

    Those closest to us have the greatest impact...good or bad. Sometimes the ones we do know love us seem the least supportive. Obviously, though, you've got it ...what it takes to succeed at anything you set your mind too...nearly 150 pounds!!wooohooo! And the self control and moderation to bake a yummy dish and have a healthful portion. Its certainly not just everybody that has your drive and determination. So...there will be those annoying comments from probably well-intentioned people...isn't it great to be able to come to a forum like this and just vent and get rid of their poison darts. Let nothing cloud your thinking or weigh you down or hold you back :)

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 10/9/2012 10:24PM

    Everything in moderation... those are three words I DO like!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/9/2012 3:55PM

    I try to be a positve thinker & try to live my life that way. So here goes, you did not like her comment I get that. With all of her flaws I am guessing she loves you. Who doesn't stick their foot in their mouth everyonce in a while, right? All of my grandparents have passed, but if they were alive today I would be grateful for any remark they would make because I love them for all they are~ bad & good. That said, loved the blog hope you give her a big kiss next time you see her & tell her you love her just the way she is. emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/9/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon SP is the perfect place to vent about these things.

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DIEGELMAN 10/9/2012 12:42PM

    My Grandma is always good for the, "You're still losing weight, right?" I know she thinks she is supportive, but I just feel like no matter how much I lose it will never be enough for her! Keep up the good work!

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SHINYZALATA 10/9/2012 4:16AM

yah people try to be supportive but sometimes it goes in the other direction , glad u let it out here, ur doing great job :)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/9/2012 12:11AM

    I have to admit, that would get to me too.
Good for you for blogging about it.

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EMMYLOU010409 10/8/2012 8:55PM

    I hear you. A couple of different comments:

- First off, it's my mom who will tell me, often in one breath, to "not eat that" but oh, hey, go out to dinner and eat [whatever] regardless of calorie intake because someone invited me. Or the office brought in food. Or whatever. I have a whole blog post dedicated to this rant.

- Second: grandparents should not be allowed to comment on FB. Ever. At all. Except to each other, and never to grandchildren. My grandma saw a picture of me at a (dancing) bar and commented, "Walk slower, sweetie." Well, Grandma, it's about 80* in here, we're dancing, I'm wearing a long-sleeve shirt and jeans, so yes-- I'm sweating. My BF's grandma says some of the most random things, too. Age limit, people. We need to allow grandparents to look, but not comment.

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WENDIGAYLE 10/8/2012 7:40PM

  Heard it b/4 myself. Now it's nothing is off limits, just moderation. Deprival just leads to failure.

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MRSJOCCO 10/8/2012 7:34PM

    I didn't know my mom is your grandma! emoticon
You did the right thing to vent here--grandma's don't often change.

Now enjoy your lasagna! emoticon Everything can be PART of a healthy diet.

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How do you start maintenance?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lately I've been thinking about how to start my maintenance mode. Right now I'm still in weight loss mode, working out seven days a week and eating 1300 or so calories a day, except Saturdays and some Sundays. In a few weeks though, or, should I say in about 10 more pounds, I'm gonna be sort of starting my maintenance.

I'm lost at even how to start...

Do I work out the same as I am now with one off day a week? I don't take off days right now other than maybe, MAYBE, once a month. So I'm not sure even where to take that day off. Do I base it on being far away from the day I weigh in?

Do I eat the same amount of calories? A few more so I don't keep losing but not enough so I don't gain? This is all so new to me, I have no idea where to start.

I am sooo nervous! Any help would be appreciated it!!

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SPSPSP1 10/5/2012 12:47AM

    Congrats on all your success! In case you haven't seen them already, here are a couple of links regarding maintenance:

Blog Post:

Spark Maintenance Team:

Hope this helps!

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TANYA602 8/25/2012 7:45PM

    Great question! I have about 16 more lbs to go before I start to consider this. I have to think we need to continue to log in and still stick with healthy levels of fitness and calories. No way am I going back to eating the way I used to!

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TRACY31502 8/22/2012 6:10PM

    GREAT questions girl...I need to know what people say about this as well....I'm really not sure what my maintenance weight is going to be...I know I want to get down to 173 and make it a total loss of 200lbs but I'm not sure where from there...I'm thinking around 160ish???? I really dont know...I just figured I would figure it out as I got there! But I'm so happy to see you posted this blog and get some tips so I know what to do when I get there! the whole maintenance thing is kinda scarey to me just because I have no idea how to do thanks again..and congrats on being so close to your goal!!! you are GREAT!

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BOB240 8/22/2012 5:00PM

    The biggest psychological problem is that you have been successful at losing weight. Every two weeks your scales tell you that you are doing brilliantly. The you hit target and your scales lose interest in you :(.. same number week in week out.

A number of us struggle here in different ways. Successful maintainers still track, still exercise and weigh at least monthly. Do less? I'm working on a planned reduced gym time. A marginal increase in calories. Will it work??? I don't know.

My guess is that you must forward plan and your target longer term.

Bad news - do a Google 19/20 p[people regain all their weight. There is virtually no support for maintaining weight :(...

There's a small group of maintainers here stuck in SP... It's always interesting to see how they cope!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/22/2012 4:26PM

    GREAT questions that I ponder on a daily basis too.
What I've come up with thus far is this, continue to eat healthy and in moderation - calories, etc still count so they must be watched.
A workout regimen is still needed, ST and/or cardio just to keep us moving and feeling good. Find a balance that works for your schedule, body and mind. That might not be everyday as it has been but continue some type of regular schedule.

I was told once to determine a low weight and a high weight when I start to enter maintenance. The low weight is your ultimate goal weight - what you strive to stay at and your high weight (generally no more than 3 to 5 lbs) is that bench mark that tells you that you need to take a look at your portions and workouts more closely. If you hit your high weight during maintenance you just cut back and readjust until you are back down to your low/goal weight.

Maintenance is a new journey and something to be explored. How exciting to be asking these questions and knowing that you are almost there! YA!!

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One year later... my journey from 337 to 198 (with pics)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Exactly one year ago today I was fat, miserable and a whoppin' 337 pounds. Being that large for me in the hot summers made it unbearable. I didn't go outside to do any yard work, didn't go out with friends for outdoor activities and didn't have any fun! My air conditioner broke last July for about two weeks and it was the longest two weeks of my life! I sat on the couch, stewing in 100 degree stale air, eating nothing but ice cream and freezer pops constantly. When my boyfriend and I would go out, it was to eat. Chinese buffet at least once a week, filling my plate at least twice and then getting a full plate of dessert too. We would order pizza once a week, cheese sticks and a full family size pizza devoured in a matter of minutes.

June 30th, 2011 (I'm in the middle in the purple and white)

I was fat and lazy and wasn't doing a damn thing about it. I just didn't realize how bad I really looked.

April 15th, 2011

Then, my best friend asked my boyfriend and I if we wanted to go to Vegas with her and her boyfriend and a couple other friends. We had never been so we decided to tag along. While most of the trip was a lot of fun, there are still parts that I will never forget because they are the reason I decided to change my life.

The majority of the people that went with us were all under or around 200 pounds. While they were lookin' great, I was a sweaty, drippy mess. They were dressed to the nines and I was wearing shorts and tank tops because that's all I could handle.
My size 32 shorts were getting too tight and I was so unhappy.

Aug 11th, 2011

We had made a reservation to go out one night at New York, New York. We had all decided to dress up and look fancy for this dinner. I had brought a dress and some spanx but when I went to try it on, I was so warm and so uncomfortable and popping out in all the wrong places. I changed back to my old, ugly capri's and a dressier shirt. That night, I vowed that when I got home, I would start to exercise and eat healthy... I had had enough! I was sick of not fitting in the plane seats and needing extenders. Sick of not wanting to go see shows because my hips were too wide to fit in the seats. Sick of just being the fat friend.

I came back from Vegas a few days later and started to change my life! Little did I know on August 15th last year that I would be 139 pounds lighter a year from then!

This summer is NOTHING like last summer. I've worn swimsuits, gotten an excellent tan, and actually have had a LOT of fun! I'm not that sweaty mess anymore, I'm actually hardly ever too overheated at all! I'm now full of confidence that I've never had before and have even started dancing at bars... in front of people.... eek! I'm feeling beautiful and skinny. These feelings are so foreign to me, but I'm actually enjoying them! I never thought in a million years I would be this person, but I'm truly happy to say that I am!

about 220, May 2012

This wouldn't be a lifestyle change without ups and downs along the way. If I had to do it again (um... why would I want to?!) there is only one thing I would change. When I started working out, for the first five or so months, I did cardio only. While this is when I lost the majority of my weight, I think a lot of it was muscle. I didn't lose very many inches in those first five months because I wasn't strength training. I now believe that strength training is a critical part of losing weight and inches. By incorporating strength training into my routine, the inches started to drop right away!

Now I've always been 'big boned'. I have a large frame and don't expect to see any less than MAYBE 170. I have wide hips and curves, which I like quite a bit! My goal weight is 187. I would like to get a bit less than that and settle somewhere around there. I'm 5'8" and I'm never going to be the "ideal" weight of 147, and I'm A-OK with that!

So I have about 15 pounds to lose and then its maintenance time. I've been afraid of maintenance since I realized I wasn't giving up on this journey! I know its doable, its just it will take some getting used to! Right now I'm used to losing and knowing what I have to do to lose. I'll have to get used to a happy medium. I was never conscious at 337 pounds of what I put in my mouth. Tacos upon tacos and whole frozen pizzas... none of that phased me. I am now super conscious of everything I intake and I realize that if I want to stay this way forever, this is what I'll have to do!

June, 2012. 214ish pounds

There were so many things I learned along the way:
First, this wasn't a diet. That was the number one thing I had to ingrain in my head! This is something I needed to be able to do forever, so a diet was not it! I had to make this work for me, something I could do for the long haul! I learned that I can be bad sometimes. An occasional night out or one meal over calories isn't going to kill me. As long as I stick to working out and eating in moderation the rest of the week, I'll be fine. Its really a day at a time trip... over-thinking it makes it seem so much harder.

Second, I learned that nobody is going to do this for you. This process is one that you do on your own. Its life long and to not gain it back, you have to be strong and motivated! Nobody is going to do it with you either. WAIT for NOBODY!!! Work your @$$ off while you can. If somebody does want to do it with you, so be it, but don't be held back if they stop! This is for you!

Lastly, this does take a LOT of time. It takes motivation and determination, but really, there are no secrets. Eat less and burn more... simple as that. I didn't cut anything out of my diet, I just either don't eat it because I know its not good for me or I eat it in moderation. I mess up too.... last night, for example, I had three chocolate chip cookies. I'm not proud of it, but today is a new day. I start over and get right back on the wagon.

I had to take my weight loss in mini goals. At 337, looking at 150 pounds to lose is daunting! I would have given up way too easy if I wouldn't have thought about it in 10 pound increments. 10 pounds at a time makes it seem attainable and just within reach. I didn't give myself any rewards, especially food rewards. I would go buy new clothes when the old ones didn't fit and being able to fit into those smaller clothes was a reward in itself.

Aug 4th, 2012, 199!

Other than my own personal goals and determination to get to where I am, I have to give credit to Sparkpeople. Some of the people on here are absolutely amazing! The support that everyone gives each other and the feeling of knowing you aren't alone in this helped me so much along the way! Reading about peoples triumphs and struggles, knowing there are people who feel the same way you do, really helps.

198 pounds. WOW. Last time I saw the 100's was 8th grade.... over 13 years ago. I've never been so happy in my entire life! I have a long road ahead of me and I now look forward to every minute of it!

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TWINZMOM7 7/4/2013 9:02PM

  You ARE amazing! Congratulations!

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    I can't believe I missed this! Congratulations!

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SHAPESHIFTER09 1/9/2013 2:44PM

    What an awesome inspiration you are! I remember when you first started this journey, and I'm so excited to see the incredible transformation you've made. I've been on quite a roller coaster with some health issues over the past year, but I'm back and recommitted to getting healthy once again. I've removed all of the legitimate obstacles, so now there are no more excuses. Thanks for sharing your journey and reconfirming that major changes are possible!

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MRSJOCCO 10/8/2012 7:42PM

    You're beautiful at any weight, but when you're "happy and you know it" it shows! emoticon

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    You look amazing. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    LOVE this post! Huge congrats on being so successful!!! (Side note, I have the same shirt you were wearing in that first's one of my favorites. Can't wait until it's too big!)

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MOONSTORMER 9/3/2012 1:14AM

    wow! what a fantastic story - thank you for sharing!!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 9/3/2012 12:31AM

    Hey... just catching up on reading blogs posted while I was "away", and I have to say this was a phenomenal one to read!!!!! You have done an amazing job of changing your entire life! Congrats on that! You are an inspiration to us all, and just prove that hard work, commitment, and determination are what it takes to succeed in this journey. Keep sharing, and inspiring. I wish you the best, and look forward to hearing about your future successes! Yay!

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NIKKANOODLE 8/22/2012 9:50AM

    You are awesome! :)

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GINNJEN1974 8/21/2012 5:29AM

    Wow what a great blog and story to encourage all of us along this journey. You will make that goal soon enough and then it will be on maintance. Keep with the Spark too.

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CLUTTRELL8 8/18/2012 10:36AM

    Congratulations on all your hard work and thank you so much for sharing your success with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEESMUM2003 8/18/2012 9:19AM

    You look absolutely AMAZING..thank you for sharing your story and is very inspiring and motivating!

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AAAACK 8/17/2012 11:23PM

    Fantastic story! Thanks for sharing it. I love your common sense, realistic approach, and that it worked! I love "wait for nobody." Oak was right, you are amazing!

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OAKSHAVEN 8/17/2012 12:32PM

    You lost all that weight in ONE YEAR?? And I'm still messing around having lost only 25 lbs in the last year?? The one I need to stop waiting for is ME!!! Thanks for the boost and the kick in the ...... emoticon

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LOVEANANIMAL 8/17/2012 9:18AM

    You look great! I admire your determination!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/17/2012 8:06AM

    Hooray for you! What a nice blog and very inspiring. Continued success to you. emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 8/17/2012 7:36AM


HOLY COW! What a great story. No, I mean WHAT A GREAT STORY!! YOU are the reason we spark. Okay, You are the reason I spark!

Thank you so much for sharing this, I keep thinking I need to 'take a break' from spark and stop being so overwhelmed by the scale going up not down, and you nailed it on the head for me.

ALL the Best,


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COFFEEBOT 8/16/2012 5:11AM

    Wow, what an amazing journey. You look incredible and your determination is truly an inspiration. Kudos to you and keep kickin' ass!

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BREL0524 8/15/2012 10:36PM

    You look so amazing! And it's easy to see how happy you are because you are just glowing in all your pics! Congratulations! and keep up the great work!

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SHRINK_U 8/15/2012 4:17PM

    CONGRATULATIONS.... You look amazing. You have done such an amazing job! Great blog :)

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CBAILEYC 8/15/2012 1:44PM

    Absolutely fabulous! Well done, lady!
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DOGSTARDADDY 8/15/2012 1:31PM

    Pretty bloody amazing. Good for you :)

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MARILYNPHALL 8/15/2012 11:57AM

    You wrote "WAIT for NOBODY!". Thanks for the advice. I am heading out for a walk, even though my walking buddy bailed on me. I would not have done that without your reminder. THANKS!

Have a great day and enjoy your journey. emoticon

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SUZI219 8/15/2012 10:58AM

    Wow!!! emoticonyou look emoticonand your story is very inspiring!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ECCABAY68 8/15/2012 10:40AM

    You look absolutely beautiful! Such an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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MINNA72 8/15/2012 1:30AM

    What an amazing job you have done! You look fantastic and I can imagine you feel it too! Your story is truly inspirational!

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RECREATING_ME 8/15/2012 12:23AM

    Very inspirational! How cool to see how much you have progressed in one year's time!


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    You look FANTASTIC! Congratulations to you! Your blog has that one element that I have found that is completely necessary to be a success - a concrete DECISION that you are sick of being overweight and unable to do things and the DETERMINATION to be thin and stick with it for YOU - not anyone else. I always tell people that it won't work until you're ready to change your entire way of being. Not just temporarily - but forever. And you've done that. Congrats and great job!

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TARAFROMTX1 8/14/2012 9:21PM

    Awesome Job!! You Look Wonderful! And so happy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMILESHINE81 8/14/2012 9:02PM

    Great blog! You have done an amazing job in only a year! Wow!

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MENEFF 8/14/2012 6:46PM

    so inspirational and motivating!! i am at the point where you started and can't wait to get to the point you are at now! thank you for sharing your amazing journey :)

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FLYINGB16 8/14/2012 5:49PM

    You look amazing! 139 pounds in one year is incredible! You look beautiful and I absolutely relate to where you are right now.

Spark On!

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PANDASUE2 8/14/2012 4:15PM

    Thanks for all of your comments, guys! They mean the world to me!

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LADYJ6942 8/14/2012 1:35PM

    Gratz, maintenance is a lot like losing, you just keep doing what you've been doing and pushing on.

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DAREDEVILME 8/14/2012 9:15AM

    Wow, what an inspiration you are....keep up the great work!!
You've come a long way with determination and lots of effort.
Have a wonderful week, and keep on Sparking.

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DEZZIEJAMES 8/14/2012 8:44AM

    You look so amazing and healthy!!! I am so happy for you!!! Keep up the fantastic work!!!

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KANOE10 8/14/2012 7:48AM

    You look wonderful. Great job.

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SARASMILING 8/14/2012 7:35AM

    So proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLHENDY1 8/14/2012 7:32AM

    You look incredible!! Congrats on your all your successes. You are a real inspiration!

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STEPH-KNEE 8/14/2012 6:11AM

    You look amazing! Congrats on all your success! :D

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/13/2012 10:20PM

    Wow amazing story! Thanks so much for sharing. You have come such a long way, and I am so proud of you & all you have accomplished! Your story gives me hope that I,too, can achieve awesomeness! Keep up the awesome work!!

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JENNCABA 8/13/2012 10:00PM

    emoticon emoticonOn your weight loss and all of the progress you have made over the past year emoticonYou are an inspiration emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AATKIN01 8/13/2012 9:29PM

    Happy Sparkversary. Very inspiring. Congrats! emoticon emoticon

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    Great job! Keep that positive determination; you'll get far! :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/13/2012 7:38PM

    I love this blog!!!! So amazing. Let me just say one thing. I am at goal weight & I ripped my spans thing off because I was too hot & miserable also. Those things are no fun in the heat!! But I am so happy for you Xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 8/13/2012 7:19PM

    Wow. I've been hovering around 201 forever and can't seem to make the commitment to join ONEderland.

I'm hoping my Wed. weigh in will have me joining you!!

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EELS4PEELS 8/13/2012 4:41PM

    Wow! You have done a great job! I'm so proud of you!

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TANYA602 8/13/2012 4:32PM

    Happy Anniversary, and congratulations on your weight loss success! Thank you for sharing your story, in pictures and words. You hit the nail on the head with your final reflection on what has worked for you. If someone had told me six months ago that slow and steady was the way to go, I don't know that I would've come this far. SP has turned out to be a saving grace for me.
You look so happy, and healthy! Has your boyfriend made similar changes? My own DH has lost 18 lbs just in changing along with, and supporting me.
You'll be at maintenance in no time!

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THOMS1 8/13/2012 3:42PM

    You do look Amazing! emoticon

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MISSB8604 8/13/2012 3:41PM

    Very cool! Congrats!

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Meal planning nerdiness

Monday, July 23, 2012

My boyfriend called me a big nerd today. I told him how excited I get meal planning up to two weeks in advance and he called me a nerd... can you believe it?! lol Yea, it really is kinda nerdy, but I like to know what I'm eating, how many calories I'll be consuming and plan for my "cheat" days.

Part of the reason this life change has gone so well for me is because I don't restrict what I eat. If I'm hungry for pizza, I make flat out pizza's. (flat outs are flat bread/tortilla wrap type things in your deli section... it's like a thin crust) If I'm hungry for enchiladas, I eat one... not three or four like I used to. I eat what I want, just in much greater moderation.

However, I am human too. I have days where I want Ice Cream so bad and I eat a 900 calorie sundae from Culver's. Or, I go away on the weekend (like this last weekend) and eat fried fish and burritos and chips and dip and drink lots of alcohol... but one thing I've learned this whole journey is that LIFE HAPPENS. We can't be perfect the rest of our lives or its going to make us not want to do this at all. One day here and there, or, even three whole days here and there will make us gain weight, but if we get right back on the wagon and right back into our healthy routine the next day, we'll be ok.

So, this is why I plan my meals two weeks in advance, I know exactly how many calories I'll be consuming in a day, approximately, and I can plan ahead to avoid those bad days. I do have bad days though too. Nobody is perfect :-)

Being addicted to making lists and food planning is nerdy, but I'm ok with that! There are worse things to be addicted to!

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    I've just recently (in the last 2 weeks) started planning my meals and snacks out--but just 1 week in advance. It's been SO helpful with being so busy with school and work! Although I haven't been planning out my dinners, which is where I end up making bad decisions. Perhaps I'll take a cue from you and plan out a bit more in advance :-)

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READY4CHANGE81 7/28/2012 10:45PM

    that "nerdiness" = success...when I do not plan I fail! SO GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/28/2012 3:56PM

    It's a great habit, even if it makes you a nerd-lol. It's one I need to cultivate and work on. Keep up the great habit!!

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FINDINGJENJEN 7/27/2012 9:54AM

    Thanks for the proof that you CAN mess up and still be successful! Sometimes I mess up and feel like I won't get there, and you and your amazing weight loss are proof that planning and keeping things in moderation WORK! Keep on keepin' on!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/24/2012 7:50PM

    I wish I was so disciplined!

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NIKKANOODLE 7/24/2012 2:02PM

    I feel very anxious if I don't plan out meals a week in advance. I type up my lists and hang them on the fridge. I will join your nerd club I guess :)

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WONDERBUG381 7/23/2012 9:26PM

    emoticon you are doing amazing & i admire your dedication.
I am a list maker and make a monthly meal list and shop monthly too, but i don't have it set to what day we will have what. We just pick the night before.
I try and base my breakfast & lunch on what i know i will be having for dinner.
Keep it up cuz all your hard work is paying off.

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TANYA602 7/23/2012 8:13PM

    You crack me up! I might plan my calendar of what I want to cook - but actually track and think about the calories?!?! We had a last minute flip tonite and had to have the salad I was going to make tomorrow nite because we got hungry and had a tuna sandwich at lunch vs our usual apple and granola with yogurt.

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/23/2012 7:46PM

    I admire your dedication!!


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ANIMAL_L0VER 7/23/2012 4:58PM

    You're attitude is amazing, and I love the idea of planning for 2 weeks. I used to shoot for planning a week in advance, but after many epic fails I have decided to just focus on a day at a time. Anyway, sounds like you're in a great place and doing well, so keep it up!

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JESSICA2140 7/23/2012 4:35PM

    :) I'm a dedicated list maker also...and if it gets you through the day, do it!!

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PICKIE98 7/23/2012 3:57PM

    Nerds gotta eat too!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good for you for staying nerdy!!

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