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New Year, new glasses, new mojo!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Hello my friends!

I had a few difficult weeks before the holidays, but things got better and I'm hoping to finish that weight journey in 2014!
Of course, I know that I still have 40 kilos to lose and that could be too much for just one year, but we'll see....I'm starting to feel, since I don't gain back the weight when I stop counting my calories, that my food choices got much better since Summer 2012 and that I know better what trigger cravings (chocolate), or what can actually stop it (proteins).

So I'm putting my pink colored glasses on for 2014, I'm looking only at my goal, reading a lot about "light recipes" that my kids will like....and I wish for all of us success, health and happiness!!

Happy 2014 my friends!!

  
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KELAN5 2/8/2014 9:21PM

    Best wishes for a great 2014. Let's make this the best year yet!

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MICKEYH 1/2/2014 9:19PM

    So good to see you. Sounds like you are ready to conquer your journey. I'm defiantly with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MS_SWEETHEART 1/2/2014 9:15PM

    Love that positive attitude!!! emoticon

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Lost 50 pounds but not half way yet...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Every week when I look at the scale go down, I always think "I wish it was a little quicker" but I'm really glad the weight is coming off even if sometimes it's only half a pound at a time!!

This week I reached the 50 pounds "mile stone" and I'm feelling pretty good, no cravings, no temptations.
Last winter I was allowing myself a few treats here and there because I was thinking that going for the long run, I might need to avoid frustration (I lost 30 pounds last year) but I think it's actually easier in my case to just go cold turckey and not eat chocolate any more....well until Christmas, I will have a few pieces that day, and that's it!.

I've been reading several books about food adddiction in the past months, and I'm tryin g to combine all informations useful for my case, and after a few decade of lost battles against chocolate....I'm finally winning one! Even if I gained most of the weight with the pregnancies and several health issues, I didn't lose the weight because my extra calories did feed the extra weight...it came from sweets.

Younger I was a smoker (I know it was stupid, but I was young and in an environment where everybody was smoking) and I stopped the very same day I got my lab results : I was pregnant!
It was more than 17 years ago, and I never smoked again. Yet, I had cravings for ten years!! The powerful chemicals infused my body for a very long time....what a shame...
Whith chocolate, it seems easier. I don't buy it, my kids eat some outside with hubby, I don't smell it in the street ....no cravings!! so far so good...

I bought a few pieces of clothing this month, the size I will wear when the weight loss will be over, next year. I did put it in display in my bedroom, to think about my goal each day.
Looking at those lovely colors and shapes day after day, I don't feel like eating sweets, I just try to focuse on thinking it will look good on me....and that may be for Christmas I will be half way there...

Little by little, the goal comes closer!!

  
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KELAN5 11/2/2013 10:41PM

    Congratulations, Sandra! This is a very significant accomplishment. I hope you are doing something special to celebrate!

Like you, I have trouble with sweets. I also have trouble stopping when I start eating potato chips...sigh...I have found, however, that planning helps a great deal and avoiding hunger, too! I see this as my life, not a diet, so I don't deprive myself of goodies, I just know how many calories they have and I plan accordingly.

I love your idea of buying clothes for your goal weight. I have some dresses and other clothes that I wore when I was much smaller, and I like to try them on periodically to see if they fit.

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WRITINGRUNNER 10/19/2013 3:43AM

    That's incredible!! Well done, what an achievement! Woo hoo! emoticon emoticon

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MJ7DM33 10/16/2013 10:35PM

  emoticon on your weight loss!

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GUTZMOM 10/16/2013 10:33PM

    if you can quit smoking cold turkey you can do this for sure! Congratulations on the 50lbs.

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MICKEYH 10/16/2013 9:26PM

    Woo Hoo Sara!! Congrats on the hitting the big number and it is definitely a memorable mile stone for you for sure. (*^^*) and so happy to know you've treated your milestone with pretty goal clothes. Yes, the visual thing is definitely the way to go.

Understand completely when you said better going cold turkey for your chocolate. "out of site out of mind."(^^) Thank goodness, chocolate doesn't have strong smell like cigarette you wont smell on the street or from the car next to you at the waiting on traffic light. Lol)) I used be a smoker as well so I can understand. Yay!! For the smoke free for both of us!!
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Back in the game!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Hello my friends!

I was not very active on SP for the past six months, the main reason being that I came back from Hawaii with a bad case of dengue (a kind of tropical flu but that stays for weeks...or in my case months...I was a real ghost..). And when in June I finally got better, we had visitors all Summer!

With all those major changes (being sick I lost weight, but then we traveled accross the country for almost two months so eating in restaurants all the time put me back where I was at the end of my " serious dieting".....even if I was careful!)
So no gain, no lost....starting fresh....almost!

This Summer we did renew our vows, even I was still sick a few days before...and with the issue that my dress was too big, I had to order one two weeks before the day...
Great memories, we really had fun for our "funny kitch ceremony with Elvis".

There is always a down side to everything....my besti was with us for that part of the trip, with his family. I know him for 22 years, one of my closest friend since Uni.
To make it short, I discovered his wife, that I know for 15 years, is actually homophobic and racist! unbelivable! I was so shocked!

I never really thought much about her, she is "nice" we talked about kids or cooking, but since I do not leave in France for more than 10 years now, we only saw each other for holidays or week end when we are in France. So I guess that's probably why I never realized before....that or I must be blind/stupid....who knows!

At some point I had a big fight with her, since she actually started to argue for no reasons with me. I think she saw the way I looked at her and she found a way out.
In the back of my head was the fact that I couldn't believe my friend would actually choose someone like her to have kids with!

They left early, I was sad thinking that I probably lost my friend....but he actually doesn't defend her, wants to stay in touch without her involved....and made clear that he doesn't share her ideas, and that he realized what she thinks when it was too late, he was already attached to her.....he thought (or hoped) he could change her....but he didn't...so sad!

Anyway, after all that turmoil, kids are back in school, and I'm ready to go back to a routine with work out and counting calories!

I hope you all had a great Summer!

  
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MICKEYH 9/2/2013 9:59PM

    Welcome back Sara, so good to see you again. Sorry for you've been sick. But glad you are ok and had great renewal of Vow. And you look emoticon emoticon

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WRITINGRUNNER 9/2/2013 8:54AM

    Sorry to hear about dengue, I've had a few friends having it, living in Asia. The dress looks awesome.

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SUSANBEAMON 9/2/2013 12:44AM

  you never know about people, sometimes.

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Back from Oahu

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hello my friends!

I'm back from a long Spring break in Oahu, we had a great weather, had lots of fun....and I gained back 5 pounds! emoticon
Of course, as usual (it was the same for Xmas) we went out a lot and had meals out all the time, and I did my best to have veggies and lean meat or fish I must say, I did have dessert twice....and some macadamia nuts chocolate...every two days emoticon
So I will loose it soon....but that's not the point...

Of course I knew what was going to happen....and now our ceremony is in three months, I do not see myself able to squeeze into that dress size 16!
I'm looking for a new dress....
But it was worth it....we had a nice break...

  
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MICKEYH 3/19/2013 10:08PM

    Welcome back!! emoticon glad you had a great time in Oahu!! I missed Hawaii. Decade ago I used to lived in Oahu and I had a great time. I enjoyed it there.
The food? It's a international food paradise!! You know it !! I don't know how long you were there but compared the time you were there, 5 pound gain is not bad as 10 right?
You can lose it very shortly. I won't worry about past but move forwards to work on it.
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NSPIXIE 3/19/2013 8:12PM

    Ten years from now, you will remember the great time you had in Oahu, it's unlikely you will remember a few pounds up or down.

On a brighter note, I find that if I get right back on clean eating and a workout schedule, that "vacation" weight goes away pretty quickly. Half of it is probably too much salt anyway...

In any case, good luck with dress hunting...

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Perfect Bill of Health!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

I got all my results yesterday for my last big check up. It was covering many aspects (heart, cholesterol, liver, diabetes etc) and I got better results this year than two years ago. Yet it doesn't explain why I still lose my hair like crazy because everything is good...but at least I'm not borderline for diabetes and that's huge!

It's amazing how only six months of diet can change all those numbers, and that's a big push to continue in the right direction.
I'm in a better place now than I was two years ago, and I know that reaching a decent size/weight will make exercising much easier, because today it is still a struggle sometimes. My injuries come and goes, I have good weeks and very bad weeks, so I do not exercise as much as I really want and my weight loss is not as fast as I wished. I lost the weight gained during the holidays, but then plateau again....of course I could try to eat less and see if it makes a difference, but I think that if I start to starve, it will trigger compulsions, so I prefer to wait and try to exercise more when possible.

I was reading a magazine about a French website where you can calculate your "weight goal" with other tools than BMI. The size of you wrist, the number of pregnancies, your highest weight, the weight you stayed the longest in, your age etc....it was interesting to see that from that doctor's chart, my goal weight should be 86 kgs, and not 72...anything under 100 will make me happy anyway, so I will see when I get there....but knowing that somewhere I could be in my highest pre-pregnancy weight and still be in an healthy range was nice, because it seems more reachable now...I could reach that goal before next Christmas....that would be nice..really really nice....

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ANTOF9 2/13/2013 11:16AM

    So amazing! Way to go, friend! I soooo hear you on how difficult it is to exercise "big". But keep going - it really does get better and easier (not easy but easy-ish!). Really. I swear I was so miserable for so long, forcing myself to go outside and walk. But now I'm one of those crazies who needs to do something most every day. I can't believe it myself!

Your health breakthrough and changes should be so encouraging! I know -- I KNOW we are making ourselves healthier. And we will be with our loved ones longer. Yay us!

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NIKKICOLE83 2/11/2013 10:49AM

    Congratulations on beating diabetes! That is a HUGE accomplishment. I refuse to starve myself but sometimes I have my "Go Light" days (today is one of them), where I drink more than I eat and I eat very lightly. I will finish my day about 200 calories under my low range. I only have those days 2-4 times a month just to purge my system after several high sodium/high fat days. For example, this morning I have had 3 servings of water and a large cup of green tea with lemon. In about a half hour I will have yogurt and granola. I am going to have left-overs for lunch (chicken pasta) and a small snack later. Dinner will probably be a brothy soup and grapes. I will have about 12-14 servings of water today. And my butt will be tired from all the restroom breaks!

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