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40 Day Personal Challenge

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I got this idea from another member, Mizkymee, who actually got the idea from another Spark Person :). That's what I love about this site...the sharing of ideas. Basically, what you do is blog your fitness activity for the day as well as challenges or victories. I am going to start this process tomorrow.

A little background information because I am not sure that some people know this about me..

For Lent, I gave up cigarettes and alcohol. I just graduated college and was drinking and smoking a lot, and did not want to make these habits permanent. On March 9th, I decided I wanted to start working out and eating healthy. So far so good (a few binges, but much more working out..hehe).

If there's anyone who wants to partner up with me, I'd REALLY appreciate it. I don't have that one person that I talk to every day. The one person I did stopped responding to me and I'm not sure if she comes on here anymore. Let me know :)

  
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ZANNACHAN 3/21/2010 11:16PM

    Congratulations on giving up cigarettes and alcohol! That's not easy, but giving up cigarettes especially is a huge bonus for your health.

I'm not familiar with the 40 day challenge but it sounds like a good idea. I'm not entirely sure what you're looking for in a partner, but if I can help, I'd be more than willing. I'm not online every day, but I'm around a lot.

Let's keep the spark alive!

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BRENDAR38 3/20/2010 7:29PM

    I am new at this and looking for someone too!! I am everyday using facebook and decided to spend less time in FB and more here! Add me as a friend ;)

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JESSBOND 3/20/2010 6:35PM

    That is a good idea.
I am also here everyday, so if you want to talk and check in and all that, you can count on me!

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OCFERNAN 3/20/2010 5:00PM

    you can also track your workouts on the trackers here (although we can only see what you accomplished for the current day; but it's good for yourself).

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HMHORSEGAL 3/20/2010 4:42PM

    Congratulations to you for giving up the cigarettes and alcohol! That in itself is a HUGE accomplishment! Kudos! I just signed up for this site on 3/10 and love it! If I find myself wanting to grab that brownie....I jump online! The support here is enormous. Stay in touch! Add me as a friend! I am usually on here everyday. I would love to stay in touch with you and we can keep in other "in check" with this lifestyle change! WE can do this! emoticon

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The Difference Between Success and Failure: Attitude

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I am going to be honest...I have tried controlling what I ate and how much I exercised for years. Sometimes I would go for awhile but then I would mess up...and a downward spiral seemed inevitable. NOT THIS TIME :)...

I have decided to learn from my mistakes. My mom called me yesterday and told me to come over/that she had picked up a bunch of food. Of course, I went over there and couldn't resist. I had been too good all day :(..haha, and I binged. Normally I would spend time beating myself up over it. Instead, I woke up and went to the gym.. :) and worked out extra. YAY..and thanks to Renee Stephen's IOWL podcast..I now know can auto-correct myself and think about how I would want to do the situation differently once the opportunity is presented again.

Hope everyone else is making progress as well! Hugs!!

  
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RUNNINGOLLIE 3/16/2010 4:55PM

    Way to go on not beating yourself up over something that has already happened!!! Keep up the great work and have a nice relaxing evening!!! emoticon

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JESSICAB4E 3/16/2010 4:10PM

    Way to go!!! You should be so proud of yourself!!

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ZANNACHAN 3/16/2010 3:55PM

    Way to go! Yeah, I think one of the most important lessons I've learned--and the hardest to consistently practice--is to not get hung up on the bad stuff, but to stay positive and looking ahead. Okay, so I binged. I can't un-binge now; all I can do is figure out why I really binged, so that I can prevent it from happening next time, and then focus on what I can control--what I'm eating now, whether or not I go to the gym today, etc. And sparks says you don't have to be perfect--you just have to get it right most of the time to be healthier and lose weight.

You're doing great!

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NEWJENN10 3/16/2010 2:38PM

    Good job, it is hard to turn off those negative habits we all seem to have. New day, new opportunities.

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Doing this a bit differently this time...

Monday, March 15, 2010

So, when I began this process on the 9th/10th...I didn't have a clear program in my mind. I didn't know what I wanted to do...I just wanted to lose weight and be healthy! Now that I've been going at it for a couple of days..I want to revamp my plan to make sure I do not include things that were my downfalls in the past.

For example, the scale ALWAYS messes me up. I now it is very motivational for many people..it is so discouraging to me when I get on that scale after busting my butt off just to see that I have GAINED weight. I know that what I am doing is good, and I don't need a scale to tell me that. I would like to keep track of my body fat percentage more so than my actual weight. I have decided that my goals are going to focus on body fat...my goals are going to be set based on the guidelines of healthy body fat percentages. When I'm tracking my weight, I get restless and give up. My other goals are going to focus on getting out to the gym and burning calories.

I am really starting to get into working out again..yaaay! Makes my life so much easier..I LOVE Spark People..I truly believe I wouldn't be where I am without all the goals this site helps me set and all my Spark Friends and Teams! You guys ROCK!! :)

  
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JESSBOND 3/15/2010 1:37PM

    That is great! Focus on what makes you feel more motivated! You can do it!

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DRRAZZ 3/15/2010 1:21PM

    Good for you. You can do it!!!

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ZANNACHAN 3/15/2010 11:42AM

    Whoo hoo! That's awesome!

I'm like you--I find the scale discouraging, so I don't weigh myself more than once every other week or so. Instead, I focus on positive behaviors, like eating within my range and meeting my fitness goals.

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THENEWCINDY 3/15/2010 11:15AM

    Thats great!!!

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Supposed to be writing in here...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

haha I just realized I'm supposed to be writing in here every day for my fast break goals. I just wanted to thank everyone for the support..I jogged over 5k today and I feel GREAT! Right on schedule with calories for the day as well..hopefully the tonight (my hardest time to stay on track food wise because I get bored and eat) doesn't mess that up! THANKS for the encouragement..it means the world to me!!

  
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LETYAK 7/12/2011 12:43PM

    aghh this was my wedding day! lol!

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JESSBOND 3/15/2010 10:22AM

    Great job! Keep it up!

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ZANNACHAN 3/15/2010 1:07AM

    Whoo hoo! That's awesome! Congratulations on both jogging (seriously impressed here--I'm lucky to WALK 5 K) and on hitting your nutritional goals.

In case you weren't aware, you don't have to post in your blog every day for that fast break--it can be a private on line journal, or even a paper journal, which ever works best for you. I keep a private paper journal--it's easier and I don't feel pressured for it to be any good. If how I feel can basically be summed up as "Head hurts and I want ice cream" that's okay--it's just for me. It's so that when I glance back I can see a trend--like, I tend to want ice cream when I don't feel good or my hip hurts when I haven't worked out recently, or something. I do try to post a public blog twice a week, because that's my way of staying in touch with my friends here, and it gives me a chance to write out things I have been mulling over or to ask for advice.

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VALLOUGH 3/14/2010 9:42PM

    Nicely done! Are you doing the c25k program?

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DRRAZZ 3/14/2010 8:21PM

    Keep up the good work!!!!

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MOCNVW23 3/14/2010 7:45PM

    Way to go and keep up the great work.
Missy

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KELLY3305 3/14/2010 6:30PM

    Good Job!!!

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ALMOST saying goodbye to the 190's!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I am semi-surprised to see how much weight I have been losing so quickly. At the same time, prior to watching my caloric intake, I was probably eating near 6,000 calories a day due to emotional eating. Along with this, I gave up drinking and cigarettes. I have been lucky enough not to gain weight since quitting smoking. At the same time, this doesn't surprise me because I was drinking heavily in college (3-4 nights a week) and most of the time it was at least 6 shots and up to 12...haha, kind of embarrassing to admit now...at the time it was a routine. And probably one of the biggest causes (next to emotional eating and overeating)...especially because getting "wasted" inevitably leads to the drunk munchies.

I quit drinking and smoking cigarettes for Lent (I just graduated in December and was really worried I'd permanently become dependent on cigarettes and alcohol if I continued my behavior post-college). I had started smoking when I was about 15 1/2...so I had literally smoked for 6 1/2 years (minus a few times that I quit for short periods of time up to 6 months). I do not even want to think about how much money I wasted on cigarettes only to destroy my lungs. I was more worried about the smoking then drinking because (even though I drank heavily) I never felt like I HAD to drink. I felt whenever I didn't have a cigarette for awhile that I HAD to have a cigarette. Immediately after I graduated, my drinking slowed immensely (down to one time every two weeks or so)..but I knew I could never quit smoking cigarettes if I was drinking due to them impairing my judgement. I figure if I have the will power to quit smoking cigarettes I can have the will power to workout at least semi-regularly. Right?

I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the support everyone has given me..it has been GREAT and has really helped. I can't wait for my future journey. I've never felt like this before and I LOVE it. To good health..cheers!

  
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ZANNACHAN 3/13/2010 1:25AM

    Whoo hoo! That's awesome!

Congratulations on the weight loss and for quitting drinking and smoking--especially smoking, as that's a really, really hard addiction to shake. But I've read that if you are smoker, the single best thing you can do for your health is to quit smoking. So that's fantastic.

Yeah, alcohol is a risky business if you are trying to lose weight, because it is not only high in calories (especially if mixed in a high calorie mixer like Coke or juice) but it also lowers your inhibitions and you'll eat a lot more. I confess I still have the occasional drink, but I watch how much I have. And I never smoked, so I don't have the association of alcohol and cigarettes to resist, either.

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JESSBOND 3/12/2010 9:20PM

    That is great!!! Keep up the great work, girl!
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