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First "After" Shot

Friday, July 26, 2013

I took my first "after" shot today from my 20-pound weight loss. Oh boy, I almost cried. I needed some motivation to keep going, and I just got it. I'm too shy to post it quite yet, and may not until I reach my goal weight, but it feels good to actually SEE results somewhere other than the scale.

-- feeling skinny
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FITK34 7/26/2013 8:45PM

    Yeah!

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MTN_KITTEN 7/26/2013 7:50PM

    Yeah! I bet you are goooooorgeous.
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TEDDYTEDDY 7/26/2013 7:46PM

    Congratulations! I started hearing lot of comments regarding how well I looked, etc when I reached 50 lbs lost. Altogether I lost 100 lb in 18 months (5 years ago or so) but have gradually regained 50 of it and don't seem to be getting anywhere with my plans to lose weight. I keep sighing at my 280 lb picture and my 180 lb picture and, of course, I looked happier and felt great at the lower weight. I am ready to pray about it as I have been stuck in the middle for way too long.

Thanks for sharing your great news and that 20 lb is a noticeable difference. You probably came down a size in your clothes. Congratulations! Keep up the fantastic work!

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Braiding Niece's Hair

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I love my little niece. She is adorable. Occasionally grandma and I will take turns doing carpool for summer school for the little ones. Today, grandma needed to drop my niece off early. Her hair wasn't done so I got to do it for her. She is a beautiful black girl with beautiful, long, and natural hair. Some of us may call it nappy, but I call it luscious.
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I loved doing her hair. It reminded me of my youth when I braided my little sister's hair. It was like riding a bike. I remembered how to tug on the ends rather than the roots, to brush in reverse so to not hurt her scalp. Then you have to oil the scalp to keep those luscious curls growing. She did so great, and was happy with how it looked in the mirror.

The scary thing is, I enjoyed it so much that I think she's giving me baby fever.
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I don't have any babies myself. I'm known as "Mama-Qui" (pronounced Mama-Key) in this house. My boyfriend has two handsome little boys aged 5 and 6. I love them like my own. However, lately I've been desperate to have another girl in this house. This feeling is so weird because I know 100 percent that now is not the time.

It's interesting how my weight ties to this scenario though. When my niece left for school, all I kept thinking about were the obstacles that prevented me from having a baby right now. Obvious concerns come to mind like our socioeconomic status, and how we're not married yet, but then there was my weight. I don't want to get pregnant while obese. I feel like that would make it so much harder to lose the weight afterwards. I honestly would have no problem with losing all this weight and getting pregnant. I'd be the happiest mommy ever. It sounds weird, but it kind of makes sense. If you think about it, I have 70 pounds to lose total, and that's about how much a woman gains during pregnancy, right? So, I would know that it is possible to lose that weight.

Anyways, I'm rambling. I just wanted to talk about how amazing it felt to have that experience again, but now with my niece. I hope to be a mommy someday, and I think I just found another source of motivation to get this weight off.
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STR458 7/13/2013 11:19AM

    emoticon hey baby-fever is great motivation to put body in tip top shape to make a new home for baby to be. Talk about a reward for succeeding at weight loss and healthy habits?!!!

So if baby fever motivates you .... go for it! bring your body to the level you want it to be in preparation. Then see if the time is right...

you would be stunned how often young women succeed on a healthy body quest Make it happen and within weeks of maintenance weight journey are pregnant!

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I'm Feeling Motivated.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I am really loving Sparkcoach. It's helped me a lot with my lack of motivation. The visualizations are actually working. If I'm feeling down or pessimistic, I start thinking of the daily visualization and it works wonders. :) Today, I get to think about the future self
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hugging my past self.
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The skinny Quierra will look at the Quierra today and say, "Congratulations. You didn't have to do it; you could've given up, but you did it for your health. I feel way more confident about myself. I feel healthy, hot, and unstoppable."
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TATERCAT 7/10/2013 3:44PM

    What a great optimistic attitude! Keep going!

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LIVELYLULU37 7/10/2013 2:32PM

    Congrats!! It's a GREAT feeling, isn't it!! I LOVE sparkcoach too!! It really does help!!

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I Got a Job!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

I honestly still can't believe it.
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I'm still kind of in major shock mode.
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I didn't get just any old job. I got a REAL job. I got a job with BENEFITS! A job that is Monday-Friday 8-5pm.
- Tuition Assistance
- Vacation Pay
- Medical Coverage
- Dental Coverage
- 401K
- Profit Sharing
- 50% phone bill
- Personal Time

This is going to change my life forever! I was bawling, crying, screaming all at the same time. I have worked so incredibly hard to find a job. Oh boy, now I'm about to start crying again. lol Seriously though, I am so proud of my persistence and drive. I never gave up throughout these long, horrible months. I applied for three jobs minimum every single day. I adjusted the resume for each job, which I've never done. I also did a cover letter. That's way new for me. lol

I am so happy--I feel like I'm on cloud nine. No more mooching off dad's health insurance... No more mooching off mom for the phone bill... No more mooching off twin for help with rent money. I AM INDEPENDENT AND I HAVE A JOB!!!!

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 7/10/2013 12:08AM

    How exciting! Congrats!

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MEETSADMAMA 7/10/2013 12:04AM

    WTG!!! You deserve this =]

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TXPATRIOT 7/9/2013 11:24PM

    That is awesome!

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AFERARI 7/9/2013 11:13PM

    emoticon Glad your persistence paid off!

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MARYANNB25 7/9/2013 11:06PM

    emoticon That is wonderful news.

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IDICEM 7/9/2013 11:04PM

  Congratulations!

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JO88BAKO 7/9/2013 10:56PM

    I am so very happy for you!! Sounds like a great job and your benefits are awesome. Good for you for never giving up!!!!

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Back to Weekly Weigh-ins

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I think it's time to go back to weekly weigh-ins. I had a feeling this day would come, but I was just being stubborn. Weighing myself daily has begun to take a toll on me. Now if I have a bad weigh-in, I make it worse throughout the rest of the day and the next. In one week, I've gained 4 pounds because I kept messing up.

I'm going to go back to weekly weigh-ins and see how that works. I haven't done this method in a very long time, so I'll let you all know how it goes. Wish me luck.
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TRYINGTOLOSE64 7/7/2013 8:32PM

    You can do it!! I always have done weekly weigh ins. Last thing anybody needs is to judge themselves based on a number.

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OTRADIOGIRL 7/7/2013 1:21PM

    Weekly weigh ins are always best because your body fluctuates every day in water so the scale will be different daily. Choose a day where you have the time to get to your scale and weigh in and make that day you do it every week. I use the weekends because that is my days off so it works best. emoticon

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