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The Struggle Continues

Monday, December 22, 2014

This morning I was really struggling with the urges to overeat. I had breakfast and it was like I just wasn't satisfied and wanted more even though I wasn't hungry. I was dealing with the same thing on yesterday. The food won that round. This morning, I decided to send out goodies and write messages to my Spark friends. That really helped to get my mind off the food. I'll stay out of the kitchen until it's time for lunch.

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FITSUGAR69 12/26/2014 9:01PM

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    Because of holiday baking I am also struggling. emoticon

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What I wear does matter

Sunday, November 16, 2014

When I started my weight loss journey in the Fall of 2012, I made a promise to myself that I would make the effort to wear clothes that fit me. In the past, I felt so uncomfortable with my size. I would just cover up in loose fitting clothes. I would often appear frumpy, round, and wide. So, as the pounds came off, I would update my wardrobe. I shopped at thrift stores to defray the cost . Every few months, I would go through my clothing. If clothing items were too big for me, I would remove them from my closet and get rid of them. This signified to me that there was no going back. At times it would be hard for me to give up the clothing. Fear would set in and I would wonder if I needed to keep the clothing items "just in case." I would then remember the promise I made to myself to wear clothes that fit properly.

Wearing clothes that actually fit me has really been a positive thing for me.
I feel better about myself and it always gives me a boost when people look at me and say "Are you still losing weight?" I actually have remained about the same weight for the past six months. Some clothing items make me look smaller than others. I've only shed 7 pounds this year, yet I get compliments on a regular basis about my weight loss. I'm humbled and pleased. It gives me the motivation I need to continue to "maintain."


Pounds released:
2012- 18 pounds shed (Oct-Dec.)
2013- 40 pounds shed (Jan-Oct.)
2014- 7 pounds shed (Jan-April)

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LEANJEAN6 12/8/2014 6:49AM

    Wow!! You have done so well!--Thank you so much for the coffee----It sure tasted good!

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LALALOVELY76 11/20/2014 8:45AM

    Yes, this is great! We have so much in common!! I would do the same thing in the past, keeping old clothes "just in case" . But this time, I've given them almost all away, I'm only keeping the few pieces I have for before and after shots for my video that I will make once I reach my goal of 150.

Congrats on your success and good luck on your maintenance journey!! I can't wait to get there with you!!! emoticon

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FUN2READ 11/17/2014 10:52AM

    It's good that you have not saved your "heavy clothes".

Pat your self on the back for your awesome weight loss and reminder you that you are worth it to get new smaller size clothes that make you feel great about yourself!

As always, baby steps - even in accepting that it's okay to not have any big clothes around anymore and allow yourself to buy clothes you really want to wear all the time.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 11/17/2014 5:44AM

    You have done so well in your journey to the new you! I am as proud as punch for you! I agree about the type of clothes that we wear.Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us… They were wonderful! Please keep them coming!
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BODIPOSI 11/16/2014 5:03PM

    Congratulations! I know that is a big struggle for a lot of people. I find if I wear clothes that I like, even if I'm not happy with my weight, I am a lot more confident!

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TEACUPOFCOURAGE 11/16/2014 4:33PM

    Thanks for sharing this post! I haven't dropped any sizes yet, but I was planning to always keep 1 size bigger than I need in case I have slip ups! Maybe that is the wrong way to think, maybe that would encourage me to need bigger sizes again? I'm so scared to pressure myself into having to stay within the size I've reached though! It's such a minefield!

emoticon with your losses and all the best on your maintenance journey. :)

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I stumbled into maintenance.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Greetings, Spark Friends. I'm hoping that you are continuing to push forward on your journey toward improved health, nutrition, and fitness. I'm sparking along. I haven't loss any weight since April. I've been losing and gaining the same two pounds since then. I have 17 more pounds I want to release from my body. There are some adjustments I'm going need to make with my food choices in order to see the scales move down again. I'll get there one day.
I'm not giving up. I decided to be happy and proud of myself for keeping my weight stable for the past six months. emoticon
I'm not going to put myself on any deadlines at this time about losing the weight. I initially wanted to be at goal weight by the end of December. With the holidays approaching, I'll continue to focus on maintenance.

Remember to give yourself credit where credit is due. Keep Sparking!!!

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FITSUGAR69 12/11/2014 7:28AM

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LALALOVELY76 11/19/2014 2:20PM

    Congrats! I had a goal deadline of December of this year, but sadly I will not make it. However, I'm not giving up!! I'm roughly 52ish pounds down from my total goal of 65. I was also a size 18 striving to be an 8. I'm at a size 10 now so I don't have much more to go but these last 18 pounds are a beast to get rid of!

But I know I can do it! I've gone too far to quit now!!!

Thanks for the encouragement!!

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KATESCAPE 10/6/2014 11:14AM

    emoticon emoticon You have inspired me on this journey and I am so happy for your successes thus far. I know there will be more successes for you to come. emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 10/4/2014 4:25PM

    Your doing awesome. Congrats on Maintaining.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 10/3/2014 5:05AM

    LaShonda......this is GRAND and GLORIOUS to hear about you being in maintenance at this point in your journey! I am so proud of you in all that you have accomplished ! You have done so well that you have just encouraged me all along your journey.You can do this and you are in a realm of your life and you would get it now and continue on and reach your final goal when it is time to be reached.You are correct in giving yourself credit where credit is due emoticon … That is a very important step.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/1/2014 10:41PM

    I like that you're approaching this with a more relaxed perspective than I started out with (back then for me it was all-or-nothing). It's taken me years to come to the place that you're at now!

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FUN2READ 10/1/2014 1:06PM

    Keep on pushing through and always remember how far you have gotten in your weight loss journey!!!!! It is always a struggle to lose the remaining pounds but keep at it!!!! You will succeed. emoticon

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RITEEBEE 10/1/2014 8:39AM

    Awesome work and great perspective! Congrats on maintaining!!

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Grateful

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm really grateful to be a part of the Sparkpeople community. I'll be celebrating my 2nd year anniversary on this site next month. My life has really changed for the better. It's very important to have a site like this one to come to for so much encouragement and inspiration. I plan to keep Sparking!! It's my lifeline to improved health and fitness. There are still tons of resources I don't use on this site, so I still have a lot to look forward to. I love keeping my streak going of logging in daily and spinning the wheel. I have logged in over 700 days in a row.
I constantly use the nutrition and fitness trackers. This keeps me accountable to myself. I really enjoy reading blogs and sending and receiving spark goodie gifts.
My life truly has been blessed in many ways. I'm fitter, healthier, happier, and more confident. I owe it to myself to keep doing what's best for my body.

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 9:24PM

    Great blog I love Sparkpeople.

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SETTIMIA 9/4/2014 10:13AM

    Hi just came across you blog and thought it was really inspiring. well done

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SONGBIRDPAULA 9/2/2014 10:01AM

    emoticon You are doing so wonderful and here is a big CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming 2nd anniversary on the Spark and for all of the successes that you have had thus far on your journey! I am so glad that I got to meet you and your husband and to talk with you and that you are my friend! Thank you for all of the support that you have given me in my own personal journey!

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FUN2READ 8/30/2014 1:59PM

    Awesome on the logging in streak! My longest was in the 200's and broke that because of being away & no computer available.

You are a wonderful sparkfriend and I value you deeply!!! Keep on making yourself better in healthy ways! emoticon

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XIAOLINMEI 8/30/2014 11:42AM

    We started SP during the same week emoticon I admire your consistency and how you have achieved your goals and continue to achieve them! A big bravo and a big hug to you! What you have done is something to be proud of! Even the logging in strike is! I deleted my first account and created a second one last year to get a clean slate. But again, I m nowhere near where you are! We had the same tools but you had the spirit all along to make it and you did! I admire you and I m very happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMES_IN_VT 8/29/2014 7:36PM

    That is really wonderful to hear! I don't know you, but I'm so happy to hear that you are doing so well! Being healthy in this world is SOOOO hard to do without support. I'm glad that we both found sparkpeople! Keep up the good work!

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GEORGE815 8/29/2014 7:25PM

    Keep up the good work.

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July Recap

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This month has been more challenging for me. I consistently ate over my daily calorie range and struggled with my food choices. I am up 1.6 pounds for the month. I did do well this month with exercise. I accumulated 1,450 fitness minutes. I am proud of that. I will keep using my tools and strive to get to my goal weight. I have 17 more pounds I want to lose.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 8/29/2014 9:57AM

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JUMPINJULIE 8/4/2014 10:00PM

    You can do it.

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