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Shorter Winter ~ Time Blues

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Yes I suffer from the winter time blues, don't know if anyone has heard of this but in my family we go through this each year and gain massive amounts of weight. This year mine started toward the end of October, although I do NOT like any gains I only gained 15 lbs this winter ! That for me is a huge record ! Normally I gain upwards of 50 lbs each winter ! So I'm very proud of myself ! emoticon

I also committed myself to keep track of my wi's every Monday morning between 5:30 & 6:30 am preferably. I do not wi more than once a week due to the emotional pain it causes me and how much it ruins my goals and my tracking. Plus there's no reason for me to wi more than once a week. emoticon

My goal was to try not to gain more than 12 pounds but hey I only gained 3 more than my goal. Now true I didn't want to gain anything but I'm good with just a 15 lb gain this Winter. Now, my goal for next Winter is to gain nothing ! If I can take it down from a gain of over 50 lbs during the Winters to just 15 lb gain then I am sure I can set and make my small goal of 0 gain for this coming Winter ! Now trust me if I do have a small gain I'm going to deal with it just fine, how could I not with all of you here ! emoticon

Also, my Winter Blues were minimal this time around. So I am extremely happy about that !

Just recently I ordered Gold's Gym Dance workout dvd and I have to say I'm loving it and I'm doing very well ! It has so much to choose from. Also I have, of course, a lot of Spark videos from here in my email folder so I use them as well and on tv I have on demand fitness workouts as well ! So I have no problem changing up my workouts to keep me interested. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Well it's late and I need my 7 ~ 8 hrs of sleep for the night. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and keep Sparking !

Hugs,
Alison

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/6/2014 3:08PM

    Are things better?

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/31/2014 10:23AM

    How is it going?

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DISPATCHER04 1/21/2014 5:36PM

    I love any kind of dance workout! 😃

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NO MORE CRAVINGS NO MORE DEPRIVING !

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This year I learned something about myself, I learned that when I deprive myself of anything I really enjoy eating I end up craving it so much I give in every single time. Now, while this may be common sense to others it never was to me because I never looked at it quite that way.

For me a lot of the recipes that call for substitute ingredients also do not work for me, the food tastes awful. Of course I'm a chef's and a baker's daughter so I have a very good palate and so I need to have real food made with real ingredients, besides those substitutes always costs so much and we are on such a tight budget I can't afford those, plus I wouldn't eat them any more any way. So I'm saving money and I'm sparking so much more.

I made some cookies, Melting Moments, they are awesome. Well this year, just this month I made the wise decision to STOP torturing myself and stop bouncing up and down on my scale ! In the end I'm going to have to "live" daily with my food and drink choices and I don't want to be a yo yo on the scale of life anymore.

Now, I'm using every tool available for me on here, and I've joined a gym that I'm actually going to and working out in the pool, that works out the entire body, twice a week for right now. Three days a week I workout at home doing dance workouts that work the entire body.

I'm actually starting to enjoy myself too ! Now I just started this new lifestyle, which I call a common sense lifestyle for me, today, Dec 30. Yes I gained back a lot of my weight but now that I've found what works for me I'm sure going to do it every single day of my life.

I found that I need to move for 30 min consecutively every day of my life to obtain my goals, better health, better body, better attitude. So, I made those melting moments and instead of eating 12, they have cream cheese frosting on top of them, I only ate 3 ! I couldn't believe it !

But by not having to think, OMG ! I can't have these, I shouldn't have these !

I can now relax and remember I can have two or three cookies once in a while, when I really would just "like" to have a few or them or less and I'm not craving them.

Also I do take Vita Craves Adult Multivitamin Gummies and I have to say, this sugar addict "isn't craving sugar ! " I can't believe it myself ! But I've been taking them now for over 2 weeks and I am not having any type of cravings for anything ! Even during my period when I'm always craving chocolates etc I just had my period this month and by taking these I never gained any weight and I never over indulged ! I'm very proud of myself !

So, for me I will not be depriving myself of any foods that I want to have for any meal or any snack. My portions are normal now, I always use my salad size plates for my meals and I never have any foods touching each other or piled high either.

I'm finally taking my health and my very life very seriously now, I sure do wish I had started earlier but things happen as they are supposed to and when we are ready to accept the things that will make us better, healthier and happier then that's when we strike and we use every tool available to do so.

Here's to each and every one of us and our short and long term goals finally being realized.

Big Hugs,
Your Spark Friend,
Alison emoticon emoticon

  
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DISPATCHER04 1/1/2014 12:04PM

    You go, girl! 😊

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DORIS39 12/31/2013 9:15PM

   

ALISON...SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN THERE GIRL. I WILL TRY THAT TOO. MY MEALS ARE OK, BUT MY HUBBY LOVES HIS DESSERTS, AND MY RESISTANCE IS LOW. I DO BAKE A LOT AT CHRISTMAS, BUT DO GIVE MOST OF IT AWAY AS GIFTS. HOWEVER, THE TEMPTATION IS THERE TO TRY EVERYTHING...AFTER ALL, I WOULDN'T WANT TO POISON ANY OF OUR FRIENDS. LOL.

YOUR EXERCISE PROGRAM SOUNDS VERY GOOD. KEEP UP THE GREAT EFFORT. emoticon

GOOD LUCK

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/31/2013 6:17PM

    Good girl!! hey send me an email willya? we need to catch up!!

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3 Things I've Done Well

Monday, October 21, 2013

1. I've never given up, no matter what;

2. I've kept myself motivated even during stressful times; and

3. I've made pretty good choices even through very tough times.

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/3/2013 10:43PM

    Those are all important!! Good job!!
Tomorrow is weigh in (lol gotta remind when I get the chance!!)

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/3/2013 10:43PM

    Those are all important!! Good job!!
Tomorrow is weigh in (lol gotta remind when I get the chance!!)

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CJBAGGINS 10/21/2013 6:59PM

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It's always good to focus on things we do well, along with our challenges.

cj

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ROX525 10/21/2013 9:50AM

    Good for you...so proud of you!!

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WALLINMW 10/21/2013 9:00AM

  Stay motivated!

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My Relationship With Food

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Looking back I can see, acknowledge and take responsibility for my very negative relationship with food.

Food to me was very powerful it wasn't used as fuel it was used as my weapon of choice. It was a way to keep people away from me, from my world.

And living that way nearly cost me my very life ! I got to 545 lbs ! That was the beginning of many changes to come.

At the beginning of my journey my relationship with food was on a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being thee most unhealthy choice and 10 being very healthy, it was a negative 10. Now I'm a 7.5 and striving for the 10 !

Let's all reach that 10 !!

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/18/2013 11:04AM

    That's my girl!! So proud of you!!!

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NICKLESPICKLES 10/7/2013 4:08PM

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RAVEN2FEATHERS 10/5/2013 1:16PM

    My humble thanks to each and everyone of you who voted this blog for being inspirational. It never ceases to amaze me at the support we give each other here on Spark !

Keep Sparking !
Hugs,
Ali

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/5/2013 7:08AM

    Awesome!

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JRRING 10/4/2013 4:56PM

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IAMSHE-RA 10/4/2013 9:20AM

    Food has always been my drug of choice. Good for you for recognizing it and for working towards a healthier relationship with food. emoticon

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ROS3MARY 10/3/2013 6:20AM

  Nice!

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OFFICECHIK 10/2/2013 10:47AM

    I think you have a lot of people that could say they were right there with you as far as food choices and how they use food other than for nourishment for the body. Keep up the good work and know that you have a lot of folks working out their unhealthy habits and making lifestyle changes.
Keep charging. Keep moving forward. You're doing an awesome job.

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CAPT_BUTTERFLY 10/2/2013 10:12AM

    I hear you.

I eat when i'm angry, sad or Frustrated. And i also eat to celebrate. Have to start eating for hunger, not to satisfy a lack or overabundance of some emotion.

When i saw 290 on my scale i realised that i never ever wanted to see 300. I'm just starting out, it's nice to get some motivation from people who have been there too.


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IMAGINE46 10/2/2013 9:36AM

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 10/2/2013 7:51AM

    Very inspiring post

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OTTAWABOUND 10/1/2013 12:43PM

    I still turn to food at times for the things it can't give me - emotional comfort, company, self-esteem...but less and less!

You are such an inspiration and encouragement.

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Short Term WI Goal Date

Monday, September 30, 2013

My goal date to be at my first short term goal weight is the last Monday in December 2013 is approximately 260 lbs

  
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OTTAWABOUND 9/30/2013 3:55PM

    That's great. I'm aiming for 285 for the same date. A very doable 8 pounds per month.

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