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My first IPhone!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hello sparkers! I got my first iPhone today and am using it to type this right now! I've been looking forward to getting it for awhile now cause I have a plan for how I can use it to reach my weight loss and fitness goals. Since I already take phone everywhere I'm going to have no more excuses about not being able to enter my food cause the Internet will now always be at my fingertips. So here goes the start of my new, higher tech weight loss journey!

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MRSDOUGER07 8/29/2010 7:48AM

    LOVE the SP app for my IPhone, it really comes in handy when trying to track your daily calories and fitness. My husband and I call it "ICrack" cause we never can put our IPhones down LOL emoticon

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BLAZINGPHOENIX 8/28/2010 11:33PM

    I have a droid but am able to use the SP app too - love it!!! If it weren't for my carrier, I'd be using an iPhone too lol. With the app, I agree, there are no excuses! And it's a great way to spread the spark (inevitably people will ask me what I am doing while I calculate portions etc.)!

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PAMNANGEL 8/28/2010 9:53PM

    Congratulations! It wasn't until I got the SP app for my iPhone that I finally started getting serious. Made it so much easier to track my food and plan for the day.

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I'm Baaaack!!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Hellooo Sparkers! :) After a very long break from SP I am finally back! I have been really lacking motivation lately and have been eating whatever I want and really slacking on the exercise. I just didn't care anymore and felt like every time I tried to lose the weight, I would give up before ever seeing results so it was just a waste of time. I'm going to California at the end of this summer and would love to look great in a bikini so that should be something to motivate me but nothing worked. A little over a week ago I found a copy of the South Beach diet book and began reading that and I found the motivation I needed. I really loved the diet and how it allowed for mistakes and told you specifically how to get back on track. I'm very much an all-or-nothing person when it comes to weight loss. When I slip up and don't follow my diet I usually never get back on track so having a plan that allows for slip-ups is perfect for me. I officially started the diet last Tuesday and 1 week in things are going great. The first 2 weeks of the diet are brutal: no carbs at all. That includes the obvious bread, pasta, and rice but also fruit and dairy. It's been tough but I've been doing great so far!
The toughest part of this diet has definitely been a lack of support from others. I recently graduated from college and moved back home. It's definitely been a hard adjustment since I have not really lived at home in 4 years. I'm Italian and so my mom cooks lots of pasta, we eat lots of bread, and just tons of anything carb-loaded. I tried to ask my mom if she would be willing to switch to whole grain breads and pastas for the health of the whole family and she blew up at me about how I was accusing her foods of making everyone fat! So that conversation led me to buying my own groceries and I cook my own meals. I can tell it bothers my mom every time I make my own food instead of eating hers but I refuse to let her stubborn ways get in the way of me becoming healthier. My boyfriend is supportive but at the same time he gets upset when we can't go out to eat at certain places where there are very low carb options. Yesterday I made a sacrifice and went to cracker barrel. My usual sides there are corn bread, fried apples, sweet potato casserole, and dumplins - all things I can't have right now. Instead, I gave my boyfriend the corn bread, and ordered a side salad, green beans, and cottage cheese as my sides. Everything still tasted great and I didn't feel like I was going to explode after the meal!

So even with the lack of support I have still been pushing along. I've turned down ice cream, starbucks, donuts, bread, and pasta, and plenty of other desserts and so far am down 5 pounds. I've ordered P90X and have gone to the gym a few times while I wait for it to come in. For right now I'm really focusing on diet since I have to make so many changes but I still fit exercise in a couple times a week. I'm feeling really good about this diet/lifestyle and am excited to see how this journey goes!


Missing: Motivation!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

It's been awhile since I've been on here. This past month I have completely lost motivation. I've worked out I think twice since the beginning of April (YUCK!) and have not been eating the greatest. Somehow I have not gained much weight but I have been feeling like crap. I really want to end this viscious cycle and get back on track. I'm graduating from nursing school next weekend (yay!) and will be moving back home which makes me really excited and happy but also kind of nervous because I tend to get way off track health-wise when I'm home. I am going to have to push really hard to get back on track and stay there once I'm home. It's going to be tough but it's something I need to do. I keep thinking about all the things I need to do to get in shape and reach my goal weight. I know what changes I need to make, now it's time to lose the excuses and do it already!

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LAURA1152 5/8/2010 7:49AM

    I was reading "Body for Life for Women" last night (I'm still quite new to the program and still learning), and the author talks about finding really meaningful motivation to help get back on track. I don't know what that can be for you, although the fact that going back to an old way of eating is causing you to feel yucky! (Why is it so easy to fall back into that when it makes us feel horrible? Mystery of the ages!)

Anyway, whatever your dearest motivation is, even if it's not to feel crummy tomorrow, I hope you're able to focus on that. As the comment above recommends, though, don't beat yourself up ... you're working hard and are under enough stress! I've restarted Spark at stage 1 at times like this, just focusing on a couple of goals for a few weeks to get grounded and in the right mindset again. That's always a less stressful option than trying to jump right back into a program with everything else that's going on.

I wish you and the rest of us a lot of luck!!

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1LUCKY1 5/8/2010 7:38AM

  Don't beat yourself up - nursing school is strenuous. I have a daughter in nursing school and she is working full time too. It is hard for her to eat right.

I have a reverse situation. Another daughter graduates from PA school in June. It will be a few months before she gets all the licenses she needs to work. Every time she comes home she bakes all these delicious goodies and I fall off the wagon and have trouble jumping back on. She works hard at staying thin and has a lot more self control around fattening foods than I do. I am planning on using SparkPeople to help me stay on track after she moves back home

Here's to being mentally strong.. We can both do it.

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I give up!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Ok that's it, I give up on trying to lose weight. Every time I try to stick to eating healthy I just get off track and end up where I started. Why do I even bother? I'm just wasting my time. I guess I should just learn to accept who I am and stop trying to lose the weight. It will save me from a lot of disappointment. So goodbye goal weight, and all the clothes I hoped to one day fit in to. I guess I was just born to be fat.

haha just kidding! I am NOT giving up! It's a new month and springtime with beautiful weather! (Ohio may be seeing the 80s this weekend!!) And graduation is in a month and a half! Even though I have not been staying track as well as I would like, I refuse to call it quits on becoming a healthier me! Just felt like throwing a little curveball to all of you for April Fool's Day! emoticon

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JWENZEL723 4/8/2010 2:25PM

    you got me!!! even though this is a week late, haha.

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HEYJUDEINVA 4/1/2010 8:21AM

    Yup, you got me! I was all set to write an inspiring plea to get you to keep on trying. LOL
Good one...

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I'm Back!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Yes, I am starting over once again, but hey it's better than just giving up completely. This time, though I am changing the way I think about health and fitness. In the past I have thought of exercising as something I just have to do in order to lose weight and to look better. This time my plan is to just focus on doing what my body was meant to do...MOVE!! My body was not created to sit around and be sedentary. I'm supposed to move and be active! So my focus will be just to move more throughout my day and to learn to enjoy exercise.
I'm also going to stop making excuses when it comes to my diet. I am going to start recording every single bite that I take. If I don't want to take the time to record it, then I shouldn't eat it. I'm not restricting anything in my diet, but if I want to eat it, then it's going down on my food log. Simple as that.
And I'm going to try to be more active on my blog. I want to update regularly about how things are going, fitness accomplishments, fitting into a smaller size (I have never experienced that considering once I go up a size I never go back down and I want to know how it feels to put on a smaller size so so bad), etc. PLEASE feel free to hold me accountable. If you notice I've been slacking don't hesitate to give me a kick in the butt and get me back on track. And I am more than willing to give you that push to get one step closer to your goals! So here I go, day one of the rest of my (healthier) life starts today!

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GINA207 3/26/2010 10:04PM

    hey girl! like your blog. for me, and you - this is our time to shine! we can do this...we're young and gotta get moving before it's too late!
hope you had a good week and keep up the positive attitude :) lose weight for YOU and your health! it's going to be easier now that it will be later in life - i keep telling myself this!
take care :)
Gina emoticon

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