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My Success Story is Featured on the Huffington Post!

Friday, October 18, 2013

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MOVINITMORE 10/24/2013 5:34AM

    WOW emoticon emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 10/18/2013 7:43PM

    Congrats on all your success! You are beautiful.

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WORTHEYMOM 10/18/2013 6:30PM

    VERY AWESOME!!! emoticon

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ELLELARS08 10/18/2013 4:26PM

  Way to go!

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Skinny in 2013! 150 lbs Lost

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

So in December, I reached 150lbs lost and thats just crazy to me. I still have 30 lbs to lose but I am hoping to reach it by my birthday April 24th.

I havent been updating as much as I should be ( Im a lazy person) but since I graduated in May, I've just been working as a before/after school teacher. My degree in psychology isnt really helpful in finding a full time job and i was planning on going to graduate school since it was necessary for me but i wanted to take a year off school so for me my job works to get me by till then...

These are my New Years Resolutions:

1. Reach 135 lbs (30 lbs to go!)

2. Apply to Grad. schools

3. Grow out my hair/No haircuts ( i get bored easily and have random urges to cut my hair)

4. Become closer to God/Pray more

5. Be more outgoing/adventurous with social situations

6. Gain confidence with my new appearance

7. Get my drivers license.

Happy New Years everyone and let's make 2013 count!

  
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TORTISE110 1/3/2013 5:55AM

    You are amazing with all you have accomplished so far. I hear the confidence and determination in your blog. You go girl!! emoticon

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XMAC33 1/1/2013 8:31PM

    emoticon congrats!

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.DUSTY. 1/1/2013 7:57PM

    You've done such an emoticon job! Wishing you all the best in 2013!

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GOPINTOS 1/1/2013 2:05PM

    This is fantastic!! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 1/1/2013 2:02PM

    You're doing so well! Hope you meet all your excellent goals this year!

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MKRETIRED 1/1/2013 1:11PM

  Congratulations on the goals you have achieved and best of luck going forward.

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How Much Have You Lost/How Does It Feel?

Monday, September 17, 2012

So I know I haven’t been active much on SP and haven’t blogged in months but I am still here and still on my weightloss journey. Has my road been perfect? No. But the fact is I'm still motivated and still losing…

What I wanted to blog in this post is the fact that now, my weightloss is starting to feel like something I wish everyone would just stop asking me about. For example, I had a vacation in the summer where I went to Puerto Rico for a family reunion. I had a lot of family that hadn’t seen me in over a year and they kept asking me questions: “how much have you lost, how do you feel now etc.” Now these questions aren’t new to me as every now and then ill see some family friend or acquaintance I hadn’t seen for a while and they’ll ask me the same thing. How do I answer these questions you ask? I simply say “Ive lost a lot but have more to lose” and “I feel healthy.” I never disclose how much ive lost because I don’t feel comfortable stating the fact that yes not only was I more than 100lbs overweight, but I still have more to lose. So instead I circle around the answer and they usually just guestimate on their own without me confirming it. The reason I'm blogging about this is the same thing happened again this weekend. I went to a family birthday party and there were people who hadn’t seen me in a while , and instead of focusing on my uncles birthday all anyone could talk about was how great I looked and how did I do it etc. And the same 2 questions popped up. All I could do was smile and say thanks. Does anyone feel embarrassed when anyone you hadn’t seen in a while has brought up multiple questions about your weight?

p.s. I still have 24lbs to lose till I get to my goal weight of 157. Wish me luck!

  
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MOONBIRD 9/23/2012 11:40PM

    I can understand what you're saying. I tell people the actual number I've lost all the time, and I do feel weird sometimes admitting I have lost 144 pounds. It's just strange. I am glad you're doing so well. My weight loss is very slow since I started the half marathon training. I am hungry all the time! I can barely go over my calories and I gain weight. It doesn't make sense, but I am of course never going to give up.

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MELISSAT123 9/17/2012 7:02PM

    I'm like you, other than my closest friends and my mom (and well, you guys) no one knows how much I lost or how much I have to lose. It's nice that they notice your weight loss, but at a certain point you start to feel like just a number. Instead of being you, you're the girl who lost 100 pounds. They mean well, but unless they've been in your position, they can't understand how annoying those questions can become.

I think you're going about it the right way, because no one needs to know the number that you lost. That's like saying to someone, Hi, you're hot, how many people have you slept with? It's rude and it's no one's business but your own and they should respect that.

By the way, congrats on your success so far, and I know that you'll reach your goal.



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GLC2009 9/17/2012 3:58PM

    it's better than when you haven't seen someone for a long time and they say it looks like you've GAINED alot of weight!! emoticon

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ERIN1957 9/17/2012 3:27PM

    Not me, I am proud what I have done and want people to ask and I will tell them straight out and take the compliment and live happier.
Finally through all my emotional baggage and my eating I am doing something right.
I love the idea that I may also help someone else.
I have 24 pounds to go. When that comes off I will still continue to be proud of all the hard work I have done and health changes I have made.
I also have changed the lives of my husband and daughter who is 14. We believe in what we are doing and want people to know, hopefully they can make changes as well. I LOVE IT!
My very best to you and always remember to enjoy your journey!
~Erin emoticon

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KRISTA4REAL 9/17/2012 12:10PM

    I am starting to know what you mean as well. So far I've lost 40lbs and it's just now getting to the point where everyone is noticing. I am typically a humble person by nature so it's been a little overwhelming at times when I receive a lot of compliments. I really relate to that comment someone made about not being able to hide behind the weight anymore.

It's always going to be a part of you, but the weight loss doesn't define who you are. Just remember that your weight loss can be such an inspiration for other people. I still go on here and love to look at before and after pics and read success stories because that is what gave me the motivation to know I could do this too:) emoticon

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FEB_SHOWERS16 9/17/2012 11:49AM

    I know how you feel!! When I lost my weight I lived in Ohio and I had worked at the same place for 10 years so people knew me as the morbidly obese Marie to the skinny Marie. It became my identity!! And I got really tired of talking about it and having everyone else talk about it. But it started to calm down as the years went on but then I moved to Texas. In Texas, nobody knew me as the morbidly obese Marie. Suddenly that important part of my life and identity (that others knew and saw) was gone. It was then difficult for me because I still feel like people here in Texas don't really know me. But that is a problem I'm trying to work on within myself, because I shouldn't put so much emphasis on my weight as part of my identity. I shouldn't be offended that people don't "know me" just because they didn't know the "fat me." So I'm realizing that it's not only a problem externally, but it's also an internal problem. You should be so much more than your weight loss. You're doing the right thing by realizing this now!
And congratulations on all of your success!! I nominated your for Spark Motivator... you are awesome!

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WAVAIRENE 9/17/2012 11:43AM

    I'm actually looking forward to that day...hasn't happened for me yet. But...I've only lost 12 lbs so far. I'm sure they'll get used to the "new" you in time and will stop asking about it. Good luck on the24!

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GOPINTOS 9/17/2012 10:38AM

    So far, I dont mind. It is a medal of honor, I wear with pride. :)

But I know what you mean. I dont think it has ever overshadowed whatever the main event was, but I am frequently asked. Mostly ppl want to know how... and then wait for me to hand them the magic beans.

Comment edited on: 9/17/2012 10:38:46 AM

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SHRINKING_SARA 9/17/2012 10:24AM

    I know right!? It's like a) you are proud of yourself and don't mind talking about it on here, but b) in public its embarrassing to admit it.

So what I've done is to just say it. Just say it out loud, and everyone will be impressed. I usually get "oh I never realized you had that much to lose." One person asked me this weekend why I started and I apparently was too honest ;-) I made them blush and they didn't ask me any other questions.

Just take it with a grain of salt. People have a picture of you in their head, and when they don't see you that way anymore a part of their brain is going "wait, what?!" Its their unconscious response to ask, because they're probably either jealous or proud of what you have done.

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WOUBBIE 9/17/2012 10:05AM

    Meh. It's a lot like beating cancer. You give people hope by your example, but you just DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE!

You have a "good problem" here. You don't really want to talk about it, but now you're a role model, whether you meant to be or not.

Wait. It gets worse. For the rest of your life people will be watching to see if you gain it back.

!!!!!!!

This is one of the reasons that some people become actually "afraid" to lose all the weight, because they can't hide behind it anymore and people now hold them to a higher standard of wellness and beauty.

"Good problem", but problem nonetheless.

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Graduation

Monday, May 07, 2012

My college graduation was Saturday. Although I was 7 lbs away from my intended goal ( 190) I was still feeling pretty great. I knew that it would have been hell if i was 123 lbs heavier.

We had a celebration at a restaurant and family who hadn't seen me in a while were all asking me how I lost so much weight and saying I looked so good. So that gave me a bit of a confidence boost=) I really did have a good time and even got some money out of it!

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I really liked this pic of my 2 best friends and I at my celebration...



Now that my graduation is over I have a new event I have to lose weight for. In late July I have a family reunion in Puerto Rico. I really really want to weigh 160lbs but I would have to lose an average of 3.4 lbs a week. Because I do low carb it is possible but i really have to be strict and get more exercise in. It's going to be difficult but if i at least try there is hope.

  
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NERDDAVE 7/24/2012 2:10AM

    Dude! I didn't see this 'til now, congrats! I remember when you posted your goal weight for the graduation way back at the beginning, awesome!

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MOONBIRD 5/8/2012 1:51PM

    Congratulations on your graduation and your weight loss! You look beautiful!!!

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SUPERMOUSE35 5/8/2012 8:40AM

    Congratulations! :D

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SHRINKING_SARA 5/7/2012 3:33PM

    Congrats on graduating! You look great!

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NAYPOOIE 5/7/2012 1:07PM

    Looking good.

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WOUBBIE 5/7/2012 12:39PM

    Congratulations on your graduation and your success! You look fierce in that dress!

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WORTHEYMOM 5/7/2012 11:30AM

    WOOT WOOT! Look at you hottie! Congrats on the Graduation! And you will do great for the reunion! Have fun and keep doing what you are doing because it is really working! Great job!

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100 Pounds Lost!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Well this is a little late but... I finally lost 100lbs!! emoticon

It actually happened almost a month a go but I've been a little lazy when it comes to Sparking. Anyways now that I've lost 100 lbs I am out of the danger zone. I look somewhat normal although obviously fat but I'm comfortable with being out in public without worrying that people are looking at me or judging me. Let's face it, at over 300 lbs that's all I ever worried about.

Some stats:
-wear a size 16 pants, XL shirt
-Sleep apnea almost gone. I'm hoping for 10 more lbs before i dont need to use my machine anymore.

Things I can do that I couldn't do 100lbs heavier:
-exercise for more than an hour with no problems.
-Shop in regular clothing stores for shirts and dresses
-fit into class/ride/ booth/airplane seats comfortably.
-comfortable being out in public

I decided I'd like to get down to 150 lbs not 160. That should put me at a size 8. To get there I need to lose 61.8 more lbs. However, once I hit 165 I'll be in the healthy BMI range for my height=)

Some news:
1. My family is having a reunion in Puerto Rico in late July of this year. I already got my plane ticket! By then I hope to reach 160lbs. I cant wait because I"ll have to by new clothes and a new bathing suit=D And its the perfect event to reintroduce my self to all my family members that havent seen me in a really long time. I cant wait for everyone to see the "thin" me=D

2. My college graduation is in literally 2 months from now. My new goal is to be at least 190lbs by then. I have 21.8 more lbs to lose to get to that goal. Here is the dress I plan to buy in a size L:

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Here are some pics I took so you can see my progress. Not very flattering but i was in a rush...


My face is a lot smaller than it used to be. I still want it much smaller tho!





My arms dont look that bad to me...

I'll probably update you guys again when graduation time comes...


  
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PIINKCUPCAKE 4/24/2012 4:39PM

    Amazing Job!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS

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NOMOEXCUSES13 4/9/2012 5:34PM

    Great job!!! YOu are going to rock that dress!!!

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LAWLADY24 4/8/2012 12:08PM

    I'm so proud of you Hun....you stuck to it and look at you now!
Don't go too far, when your done. I'm going to need you to finish what we started together :)

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MOONBIRD 3/15/2012 11:48AM

    You look awesome! Congrats on that 100 pound milestone. It is truly an amazing accomplishment! You are going to knock everyone's socks off when they see you.

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CALIKIKI 3/12/2012 4:07PM

    WOW way to go! What an inspiration. I have about 100 left to loose. I look forward only in 10 pound increments. AMAZING! Enjoy your graduation, your family reunion and your new future!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/12/2012 3:17PM

    Congrats, you look beautiful.

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CHRISTINA006006 3/12/2012 3:04PM

    Congrats!!! Awesome work! emoticon

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/12/2012 1:47PM

    AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/12/2012 1:29PM

    I am so proud of you! Congratulations!

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WORTHEYMOM 3/4/2012 10:45AM

    look at you hottie! Congrats and great job! Love your goals - you will succeed! Very Proud of You!

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CARPER_SARAH 3/4/2012 7:33AM

    Congrats!! You look GREAT!


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SCHENPOSSIBLE 3/3/2012 10:12PM

    Congrats!

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 3/3/2012 9:47PM

    Congrats! I'm so happy for you. Love your blog.

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KIBAISREADY 3/3/2012 9:33PM

    WELL DONE LADY! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 3/3/2012 8:17PM

    Congrats! Such an inspiration!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 3/3/2012 8:08PM

    Way to go!!! :)

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MELISSAT123 3/3/2012 6:39PM

    Congrats on your loss. And your arms look great!!!

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X5X52000 3/3/2012 3:12PM

    emoticon Job!!! You Go Girl!!!

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LOLGURL 3/3/2012 2:58PM

    I happened across your page and am super glad for you!! Congrats on making so much progress!!! emoticon

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TATYPREZ 3/3/2012 12:16PM

    OH MY GOSHHHH! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!

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