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Peaks & Valleys Of A Weight Loss Journey...

Sunday, June 16, 2013


I don't know about all of you, but my weight loss journey has not been one straight line of successes. I am almost at 15 months into this journey, and there have been many successes such as:

emoticon Losing 65 pounds! emoticon
emoticon Being able to walk 3 miles a day with my dog! emoticon
emoticon Having more energy and getting better sleep! emoticon
emoticon Making tons of awesome Spark Friends! emoticon
emoticon Not giving up in the face of the dreaded plateaus, 3 of them to be exact, and one of those I hit twice! emoticon
emoticon Still being here 15 months later (after coming and going over the years) and never giving up! emoticon


But it hasn't always been emoticon's and emoticon's. Some less-than-successful-moments include:

emoticon: Being on a terrible plateau and not losing ANY weight for almost 4 months. emoticon
emoticon: Getting frustrated and slacking off for 6 weeks which resulted in regaining 10 pounds. emoticon
emoticon: Feeling defeated because the scale wouldn't budge no matter what. emoticon
emoticon: Days where I have eaten everything in sight, upwards of 3000 calories. emoticon
emoticon: Days where I have not gotten off the couch. emoticon

The #1 question I get asked is how do you stay motivated? And the truth of the mater is that I am not ALWAYS motivated. It comes and it goes. It's all about the lifestyle, and forming healthy habits. For example I do the following AUTOMATICALLY without any thought:

emoticon Weigh and track all my food, ALWAYS. emoticon
emoticon Track my water. emoticon
emoticon Get in some form of exercise everyday (mainly walking for me, with Sparky or alone) emoticon
emoticon Log into Spark People every day. emoticon

I don't think about if I SHOULD track my food, or if I SHOULD exercise, I just do it. And if you do something long enough, you will get to the "sweet spot" where you are no longer thinking about what you should do, because you are just doing it. Keep your eye on the emoticon, and just remember it's all about this:



Time flies whether we realize it or not. That quote that "A year from now, you will wish you started today" is SO true and something to keep in mind. My 15 month journey has been about my consistent efforts not to give up. I was probably doing well 10 out of those 15 months, but in the end what you do MOST of the time is what wins. emoticon


  
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MEGYSU 6/26/2013 10:07AM

    Way to go. Keep up the good work!

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NIKKICOLE83 6/22/2013 1:31AM

    This blog could have been written by me. This is so very true. I am now at the point in my journey (13 months in) that my motivation changes throughout the day! I could have the best of intentions and one thing could sway the pendulum the other way. On the flip side, one scary thought of being back in my old body will have me off of my ass faster than if someone yelled "FIRE!!!" I thought my upcoming wedding would be motivation enough for me to kick it into high gear but it isn't. Sometimes you just get tired on this journey. But I will suffer through that and continue to push myself if it means I don't have to be as sad and unfulfilled as I was before.

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THESHELBSTER 6/20/2013 9:15PM

    I loved this blog. I could relate to everything you said. You are amazing.

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SIMONEKP 6/20/2013 5:57PM

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JESSICA_STULTZ 6/20/2013 5:00PM

    One things is for dang sure. You are a fighter! I like thinking about it this way, No matter what, the time will pass.. Do I want to be where I am at now in a year? Or do I want to see progress in that year? If I want to see progress.. I need to put in the work (tracking food, cutting back portions, exercising). If not, well.. I guess I don't need to put in the work? I don't really think about not wanting progress because I want to see that goal weight on the scale someday.. and sooner rather than later! PS.. I think that last picture is my favorite. Most times we try to be PERFECT 100% of the time when it isn't really realistic. It's kinda like we are all on a twisting, winding roller coaster (one that goes upside down and up and down HIGH hills.) Those upside down twists are our obstacles! One of these days our rollercoaster of weight loss will come to an end.. and then it will just be maintaining! I am terrified of the maintenance period!

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ZELDABEE 6/18/2013 8:50PM

    yay love this! This is so great and it's blogs like this that give me hope that i can do it too!

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/18/2013 3:47AM

    Well all I can say is that you have laid it all out very well. Although there have been moments of emoticon & emoticon you keep pushing like a trooper! Oh and you didn't say that there is a pain in your back side (me) that won't let you quit!!!!

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BEANIES_MOM 6/17/2013 4:23AM

    You are such an inspiration! I hope to keep my spark going strong for as long as you have. emoticon emoticon

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WEBEZE 6/17/2013 12:46AM

    Awesome Blog Stephanie. You have just described my last 15 months with the highs and lows. For realsies this time, the life style is going to stick. You are learning this so much younger than I did. emoticon

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TRUNKJUNK 6/16/2013 6:48PM

    Love your blog

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ANY010113 6/16/2013 1:09PM

    awesome

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DEBADEAU 6/16/2013 12:42PM

    emoticon emoticon you are so inspiring Steph!!!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 6/16/2013 10:45AM

    You are my hero. So real, so honest and such an inspiration. Thanks for checking on me...things are still going really well!
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SWEETNEEY 6/16/2013 9:51AM

    this was really great. Losing 65 to me = success. I wish it was me. I lost 15 and gained back 10 and I am faithful to Spark. But I'm still here trying - not given up yet.

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MOTHEPRO 6/16/2013 8:51AM

    Well said!
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AMARILYNH 6/16/2013 7:11AM

    Great blog and great journey!! Its HARD TO BEAT SOMEONE WHO NEVER GIVES UP!!! So congratulations for not throwing in the towel - this journey isn't easy but its SO worth it!! You ROCK!! emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 6/16/2013 6:30AM

    Great enthusiasm and weight loss stats. It is indeed a journey.
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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 6/16/2013 6:28AM

    First, I love the sunflowers in your background.

It is so easy to start something with great desire to see it through and GIVE UP. Your journeling reveals that you may have low points, but you continue to head towards your goal. Good for you skinny face girl!!!!!! (Doesn't it make you feel so good when people say things like that to you? The magic of the power of words, rather for good or bad.)

Have a good week. I started off strong last week, but ended up poorly.
Sharon

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COOKIE_AT_51 6/16/2013 5:08AM

    Love your enthusiasm ... I feel so much of the same but need to get to the exercise point emoticon
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MERRY_XMAS 6/16/2013 5:05AM

    Thanks for the comment on my Sparkpage!
"A year from now, you will wish you started today" I have never heard of that quote and it's very very motivational! Thank you for sharing!

You are doing an amazing job!!!

PS. How is your friend from work? Does she continue the diet?

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MKLEINSC 6/16/2013 5:00AM

    Keep it up Steph! You're doing great and have a very realistic mindset about weight loss...good indications that it will stick! :)

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EOWYN2424 6/16/2013 3:02AM

    Keep on pushing! You can do this!

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GEMINIGEM6 6/16/2013 2:58AM

    Yep Steph! This is for realsies as you would say. Lol.! I mean this is the reality of a lifestyle change journey. It is just that, a journey and it has peaks and valleys. And you're doing it girl! I tell you all the time you're def one of my heroes on here. 65lbs? What? Yeah that's how it's done!

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BLC 22 Goals & Fit Test

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Can I just say how flippin excited I am for BLC? The reason I am so excited about this round specifically, is not only because I have an amazing team, emoticon but for the first time I am hitting my stride in between rounds. I have not been this excited and on point with food AND exercise since the beginning of my journey 14 months ago. This is my 3rd round of BLC, but the first round where I'm not using the round as a reason to get back on track, I'm already on track... and that track is running straight forward to Onederland! emoticon

My goal for this round is to make it my best yet, the first round I lost 14.4 pounds and I am looking to beat that. My goal is 16.6 pounds this round. That is a weird number but it will take me from 211.6 to 195, so let's rock this! emoticon

My Goals For BLC:
emoticon: Get in 300 fitness minutes per week (gotta get my points).
emoticon: Participate in ALL challenges.
emoticon: Get enough points to become a "Dutiful Deputy"!
emoticon: Be able to be PROUD of what I accomplish during these 12 weeks. Last round, well um, not so much LOL. emoticon
emoticon: Do exactly what I did the entire month of May which includes: Exercising daily, tracking/weighing all food and being in range and getting in my water.
emoticon: I also have a goal to WORK on the things that we did in the fitness test (below). I can't come back in 12 weeks and expect to be able to do more when I don't do those things regularly during the 12 weeks. I get that this time and the idea of "beating the record" sounds great!
emoticon Lose 16.6 pound (Goal weight of 195). This one is last because I can't control the exact amount of weight I lose, but I can control all of my habits listed above! emoticon


BLC Challenge:
Our gracious Cappy wanted us to take a photo of our flexibility so we could compare it in the coming weeks. Can we just say there is nothing flattering about this angle?



*BTW, my brother who took the picture refused to take it with me slumped all the way forward, with my gut pressed into my knees and reaching to my toes, he said that wasn't the proper way to stretch, so eff him LOL. So this is as good as HE would tolerate*
And Fitness Test Results:

1 Mile Walk: 19.37
Crunches: 50
Plank: 20 seconds
Wall Sit: 50 seconds
(Modified) Squats: 15
(Wall) Pushups: 25
(For Fun) Hula Hoop: 3 minutes (7 is my highest record but it's yet to be duplicated LOL)

  
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JUDY106 6/12/2013 12:11AM

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THESHELBSTER 6/8/2013 3:31PM

    You are going to do so amazing this round. Your excitement is contagious!!!

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JESSYJAINES 6/8/2013 11:14AM

    It's wonderful how organized and written down your goals are. Thanks for giving a little spark! emoticon

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JADED_CHICK19 6/8/2013 10:25AM

    Good Luck with BLC! I can't stretch very far either but I'm hoping that changes within the next year! :) Your goals are awesome! So happy to hear that you are so excited!

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GEMINIGEM6 6/8/2013 1:44AM

    You can do it girl!

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MAMACHAMBS 6/7/2013 9:32PM

    You ShamROCK!!!

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DEBADEAU 6/7/2013 7:46PM

    That's about how far I can reach too! Good luck with BLC! Took me a minute to figure out what that stood for, haha!

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/7/2013 6:34PM

    Look out T Police! You are going to blow that thing up this round!!!! I love the goals and I am going to write them down and keep you accountable! You are in trouble now Missy! lol

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JDUBLANKO 6/7/2013 4:24PM

    Really looking forward to seeing your progress :) Great goals...now go achieve!!!

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CORTNEY-LEE 6/7/2013 4:16AM

    awesome goals!!

You can do it!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/7/2013 12:57AM

    emoticon Keep on pushing.

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 6/7/2013 12:41AM

    This is emoticon !!!!
Your enthusiasm is infectious! WooHoo.
I am also in the BLC and hope to get to Onderland!
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ZELDABEE 6/6/2013 11:30PM

    Yay! This is so great! I have to do one of these too for my weekend challenge. Can I just say that I really do love that picture, it looks like sparky is checking out his flexibility with you! I know you got this! emoticon

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 6/6/2013 11:06PM

    Awesome goals! There is a great BLC vibe this round, should make for lots of competition. Best of luck to you!!!

Andrea -Silver Spies

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JO88BAKO 6/6/2013 10:49PM

    Good for you!! What team are you on? I'm an Outlaw. I'm very excited about this round also. Good luck and have a great weekend!

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Diet Enthusiasm... Or Lack There Of...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013


I had a status update about this yesterday, and got some good feedback, and just wondering if there are any others of you out there that can relate to this one.

A coworker and I had kind of talked about how much weight I lost a couple weeks ago, and yada yada blah blah. Cut to 2 weeks later, and she is on some wazoo diet. I don't care how anyone decides to go about getting healthier, that's not my place to say anything... but the crazy part is... she is trying to help me... um WTF?! emoticon

Now, I know what you are thinking, help is nice, etc etc. But time out. She weighs more than me and has just started on a self proclaimed "diet". She knows I've lost 60 pounds, and that I've been at it a while. But she proceeds to tell me (in a bragging tone, as I eat my El Pollo Loco I got at work, all tracked and dandy btw), about these smoothies she is making for breakfast. Then later she tells me "Oh, you really must go on this site Skinnytaste.com", and I cut her off right there and said "It's a great site, I had her jalapeno popper chicken, it's great, you should try it." AKA, you can't tell me anything I don't already know. emoticon

I don't share what I know, I don't share my plan, so I understand she has no way of knowing what I know about and what I don't... but just like I am not giving unsolicited advice to her about her "diet", I don't need it in return. I told her that I kind of go through phases where I cook a lot, and then there are times where I rely more on frozen foods because I get lazy but I still plan everything and it helps me. She laughed and she understood I think as she said "I go through phases too, I'm on the upswing right now." To which I just said "I am on the downswing, 14 months in and losing the same 5ish pounds for 5 months can take it's toll on you." emoticon



Her enthusiasm is overwhelming, and I am not hating on her for that, I think it's great. I too was once emoticon's and emoticon's about everything too. You woke up and the emoticon was shining and the birds were chirping and you saw yourself in the mirror emoticon and you said, "You are awesome, you got this"... but that doesn't last forever.

I just was not overly excited about the fact that she felt the need to help me, when she knows I've lost 60 pounds, weigh less than her, and now knows I'm over 14 months into this. Although once I got that zinger in of how long I was doing it, she quickly got quiet. But I had the last laugh as I ate my perfectly portioned and tracked ice cream and she chewed on her celery. emoticon I guess that my friends is the difference between some "diet" and a healthy lifestyle full of things in moderation. emoticon

  
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THESHELBSTER 6/8/2013 3:46PM

    Awesome! Loved this.

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MEGYSU 6/8/2013 12:01AM

    I love this. There is nothing more irritating that someone that feels the need to "enlighten" you because they've had a snippet of success. Like you said - that's great for them, but when you've been at it for as long as you have... you've been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

I particularly love the comment you have about eating your perfectly portioned ice cream while she's eating her celery. That is my philosophy - I still have a candy bar at least once a week. Because I know if I don't, I will want to smack someone. So I eat my planned candy bar, count it, and go about my day. You go, girl! You have made changes that are real and that will stick!

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SIMONEKP 6/6/2013 10:30AM

    Steph, I'm going to take a little different approach so hear me out. I know it's annoying what she's doing but unless you think there's some malice try to humor her. She's just getting started (maybe for the millionth time) but right now she's excited about what she doing and she's sharing it with you because she feels like you understand and that you guys have something in common. We can always learn something new so the fact that she's just starting or is doing something wacky doesn't mean you can't learn something from her, even if it's what not to do.

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 6/6/2013 1:50AM

    Uh Oh...I think I might be like your friend!
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It seems that Spark People and my fitness plan comes up in every conversation lately! I don't tell people what to do, but I do tell them about all the articles and tips I read, the zumba I tried...the hip-hop-abs...the fitdeck flashcards...ya da ya da ya da. It's such a huge part of my life right now...I just can't help but talk about it! Oh Lord, help me to not be obnoxious! LOL! emoticon

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JESSICA_STULTZ 6/6/2013 1:29AM

    There is always someone there to tell you how you can do it better. I think they need to realize that if we are losing the weight, to back off, we are obviously finding a way to do it without help. We all have our own ways of doing things and not one specific thing works for everybody.

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DEBADEAU 6/5/2013 9:30PM

    Oh man! I hear you on that. i have a friend that diets to a fault. She's always on some sort of fad diet that I "need to try." Sweetie, I know what I need to do!! Cheers to knowing how to live healthy and not diet!

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MERRY_XMAS 6/5/2013 1:34PM

    Changing your whole life is really difficult. Most people don't understand that it takes a new lifestyle in order to lose and maintain the weight. I can totally understand that you don't like to talk about how you handle it (I'm exactly the opposite, but I totally get it).

Maybe you can try to explain to her, that this journey is a personal matter to you, and you prefer to handle it your own way. Or you can just pretend to listen to her and nod emoticon .

No matter what, it's always funny to see people's faces when we eat our tracked and measured portions of EVERYTHING and they think that diet=grazing freggies emoticon

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ZELDABEE 6/5/2013 12:27PM

    I am totally on board with you! I'm all for everybody doing what works for them and I guess I expect the same courtesy. There is this girl I know who is attempted to go vegan in an effort to those weight and keeps sending my information on it - I have nothing against people who chose to to be vegan in fact one of my very best friends is vegan but for a completely difference reason - point is I'm happy that it seems to be working for her but that doesn't mean I JUST have to try it. I know my body, I know what I can and can't have and what works for me and if someone wants my advice I'm happy to share what I know works for me but the conversations always ends with but you have to do what works for you because everyone is different and that is totally not a bad thing and I will be your cheerleader whatever it is YOU choose to do.

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BTW I totally think you should tell her about spark people.

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PUNKY100 6/5/2013 8:27AM

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes yes yes. I have a couple of coworkers who keep trying crazy things to lose weight, and keep telling me about them. I just nod my head. I have tried to tell them not to eat under 1200 calories a day, but then they're like 'oh but this 1000 calorie diet is supposed to be awesome!' At that point I'm just saying to myself 'ok, I tried, but it's their body and they'll learn sooner or later that it just won't work.'

I think my favorite line from any blog ever is now "But I had the last laugh as I ate my perfectly portioned and tracked ice cream and she chewed on her celery." God that made me laugh SO hard!!!! I think we can all remember those days when we thought that eating just salad was a good way to lose weight. How foolish we were, huh? :-P

Anywho, just see how long that celery lasts before she ends up putting it away in favor of some crazy dessert. :-P

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ADARKARA 6/5/2013 7:26AM

    Anyone who's been at this as long as you have (I'm going on my 20th month, myself) is going to have rollercoasters. She may be enthusiastic now, but watch how long she sticks with it. That's the key. "Just don't give up" is the best advice I've heard on this site. And you know what? What works for you may not work for her and vice versa. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 6/5/2013 7:10AM

    Part of what I am learning to do is to smile at people and say "you may be right," but for sure my experience being on both ends of that conversation -- evangelizer and evangelizee -- has convinced me that the quiet proof of success speaks loudest of all.

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MARYBETH4884 6/5/2013 6:13AM

    Tell her about SparksPeople and that will give her a real taste of lifestyle versus diet. I think maybe she feels she needs a cheerleader for her diet. Someone to tell her she's doing the right thing. Over enthusiasm is sometimes a sign of lack of confidence. If she starts spouting websites to you again, just give her this one. This journey is for the long haul and you are right it not always fun and thrilling!

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EATVEGAN 6/5/2013 1:35AM

    I'm glad you didn't kick this enthusiastic little puppy. Now when she starts losing momentum, you'll still be able to help her.

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/5/2013 1:17AM

    I guess there is a good thing to not working and staying at home! I don't have those kind of people problems! lol



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CORTNEY-LEE 6/5/2013 12:07AM

    People do the same thing to me too.

My fave is when they try to push something like Body by Vi on me...

good luck!

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DETERMINED_ME 6/4/2013 10:39PM

    What?? You mean after 2 weeks of "dieting" she doesn't know it all?? OMGosh...How can that be? It's like telling someone they have to try this play doh with peanut butter, it's just the right about of salt with the peanut butter emoticon OoooKKKKaaaayyyy, maybe not but you get the picture. emoticon

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TRUNKJUNK 6/4/2013 10:02PM

    We all run into these type of people that think they know everything. But you my friend is living proof of knowing what works for you. I'm so proud of you and what you have accomplished. I love that you don't care what others say but are true to yourself.
You Go Girl!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/4/2013 9:56PM

    Haha I love this. I've had people do it to me too and although I get that no one believes that I've lost weight (and in reality I've gained back all I lost but this isn't about that) it's really annoying when they start spouting off all the things I know, like its supposed to help me. It's like you said, I really just want to say "thanks but I've been at this a hell of a lot longer than you and believe me I definitely know how to succeed" but.. I figure in the end, our success will be our story.

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I Stop Eating When I'm Full... Who Am I?!

Friday, May 31, 2013

My brother and I used to joke I was Monica emoticon

Seriously, who am I? I know putting down the fork when you are full is what most normal people usually do... but between you and me, you don't get up 272 pounds only eating when you are truly hungry, and stopping when you are full.

I also used to eat waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too fast. So by the time my body told me I was full, I was already way beyond the full point. emoticon

My uncle and I went to the Casino yesterday to see his ladies, Celtic Woman lol. We had a blast. My schedule was thrown off as I was only able to get an hours sleep before we left, but we had a blast. We had El Pollo Loco for lunch, I usually get a kids meal pollo bowl but I didn't see it on the menu, so I said eh, I'll get a regular sized one and a loco salad. I ate the loco salad and about half of the bowl before I said I'm full. And I never took another bite. My uncle was amazed, he's used to seeing me put away good amounts of food. He even joked "what's happened to you?!" LOL.

I remember going out with my friend at age 19 and saying "I'm so full" as I was STILL eating she finally said "then why don't you stop eating?" Oh, that makes sense! emoticon I was just a food lover and I loved to eat so that never occurred to me in the past.

Dinner time rolled around and they had this thing called an "Animal Style Potato". Think In N Out animal style sauce on a huge potato with hamburger meat and onions. I was also looking at the chicken salad sandwich and my uncle said well I'll get the sandwich you can have half and I'll have half the potato. Okay good plan. NOT! The result: I ate half the potato and the pickle off his plate, I was full and done. He ate most of his sandwich and some of the potato. It was delicious but I didn't stuff myself.

Ladies and Gentleman, I am a changed person, inside and out! emoticon I have been on this journey just over 14 months, I have lost 60ish pounds, but this entire month of May I have finally felt like I "got this".

In the month of May:
emoticon: I have not eaten any fast food on my own for giggles. I had El Pollo Loco once at work, Chipotle once at work cuz I forgot my food at home, and obviously out with my uncle. But never drove thru on my own for no reason.

emoticon: Have not binged.

emoticon: Have not even eaten 2000 calories when before I would regularly have 3000+ calories 5-7 times a month.

emoticon: I have over 1400 fitness minutes or something crazy, NEVER had that before.

emoticon: I do not feel like this is work. I know I'm working my butt off cuz I'm getting the job done, but this feels like LIFE, not a diet, not a plan, not work, just regular old life, and it feels amazing!

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SIMONEKP 6/6/2013 10:33AM

    awesome

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JUDY106 6/5/2013 6:33PM

    So proud of you. emoticon emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 6/4/2013 4:34AM

    Wow, well done. Very inspiring. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/3/2013 11:48PM

    Oh I am SO proud of you! You are kicking butt and taking names! That is my girl! YOU ROCK!!!!

I can't wait to use this confetti I have been carrying around in my pocket! It won't be long!!! ONEDERLAND here you come!!!



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EATVEGAN 6/3/2013 10:46PM

    This IS amazing. I want to be YOU when I grow up. I don't think I've ever been that way. Well, now I know what I'm shooting for. These are really lifestyle changes. emoticon

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DEBADEAU 6/3/2013 7:02PM

    AMAZING job!! I ate fast food almost every day in May. Done with that!!!!

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HEATHERFREE 6/3/2013 5:30PM

    Good job dude u did amazing in may and yes I need to do amazing in june! Espesh since I have my Ethiopia stuff

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    O.YES.YOU.DID. emoticon

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FORBANDE 6/1/2013 6:00PM

    Awesome! What an amazing change! As someone who also battles the binge and fast eating demons, I can't wait to be where you are. :)

Keep up the amazing work!

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MERRY_XMAS 6/1/2013 5:17PM

    You are doing an amazing job! You must be very very proud!
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    You are the woman of your dreams! emoticon

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EILEEN828 6/1/2013 6:22AM

    Excellent! emoticon

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ADZY86 6/1/2013 3:13AM

    emoticon Such a good feeling, knowing you're in control. Keep it up. And congrats on the amazing weight loss so far; you're flying

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GEMINIGEM6 6/1/2013 12:03AM

    Congrats! You're doing great girl! :) emoticon

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MJPECK7015 5/31/2013 10:54PM

    Way to go!! Congrats on your loss of weight and your gaining of insight!

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PRETTYPITHY 5/31/2013 10:48PM

    Wonderful! Congrats!

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TRUNKJUNK 5/31/2013 10:43PM

    You're doing awesome. I too had to come to the realization that if I slow down eating then my brain has time to send the signal that I'm full. So like you I've started to try and be mindful of my eating, also to eat slower and put my eating utensil down. Thanks so much for sharing.

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EMELEE82 5/31/2013 10:22PM

    You are doing great!! emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 5/31/2013 10:15PM

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ZELDABEE 5/31/2013 9:30PM

    So awesome! I'm still working on not obsessing about what im going to eat next emoticon Sounds like you have an amazing month and your all set to make June your bi- I mean make June even better emoticon Keep up the awesome work!

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MUSCLE-UP 5/31/2013 9:22PM

    Sounds like you got this down and are still having a blast going out with your uncle. Great post!

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LIVERGIVER 5/31/2013 8:41PM

    I'm so happy for you! It's so much easier when you are able to eat just when you're hungry. I wish you the best on your continued journey.

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MARYBETH4884 5/31/2013 8:16PM

    Good for you!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/31/2013 7:55PM

    Wow! this is fantastic! WAY TO GO!!!!!
I look forward to the day where it's 'no big deal' to leave food on my plate, where I stop without even thinking about it. Not there yet...still thinking about every choice and measuring portions...but someday...I will get there.
You're accomplishments are astonishing and I am sooooo happy for you!
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My Scale Got A Makeover!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

In an attempt to get free from this "power" the scale seems to have on me, I gave it a makeover, and this is the result!



How can I get upset over something that says right on there that "This means nothing" and that thinks I'm awesome?! I can't get mad at that! emoticon I will however say, that when the scale finally shows me in Onederland and someday at goal, that number will surely mean a lot! emoticon But in the grand scheme of life it is just a number, and I am more active, more energetic, and happier than I've been in a long time!



Have a great weekend everyone! And I hope everyone that has the privilege of having a long weekend enjoys it lots! emoticon emoticon

  
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HEATHERFREE 5/30/2013 8:49PM

    that is a great idea! and OMG that is the best pic of you yet, that smile is great! seems like you never smile with teeth! and I LOVE IT!!!!

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MONICA_W 5/30/2013 12:54AM

    WOW congratulations on your progress so far!!! You're doing so well!

I like your scale idea. Mine shows me so many different numbers (depending on the day, the weather, its mood, whether I go left-foot-first or right...) I'm pretty sure it means nothing too! emoticon

I had you as a SparkFriend already but I'm subscribing to your blog tonight. You're such a great inspiration! 60 lbs down... wow!

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JESSICA_STULTZ 5/29/2013 5:57PM

    I like that! I thought about using dry erase marker on mine since it is glass but figured it would either come off easily or would get stuck in scratches and end up looking dirty. You look really good!

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SIMONEKP 5/29/2013 9:51AM

    awesome!

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JUDY106 5/28/2013 9:47AM

    You are doing so well. You look wonderful too. Keep up the good work and yes, that scale does not have to rule us.

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EMELEE82 5/27/2013 5:37PM

    This is such an awesome idea! Congrats on 60 pounds down! That is fantastic. Keep pushing you are doing great!

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FORBANDE 5/27/2013 9:54AM

    What a fantastic idea!! LOVE it!!



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GEMINIGEM6 5/26/2013 9:27PM

    Great idea! You look great too! Love that pic of you! So pretty!

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TRUNKJUNK 5/26/2013 9:08PM

    love it

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IMSOOZEEQ 5/26/2013 8:35PM

    I love what you have done to the scale! That is great! What I love most is that beautiful big smile in that pic!!!! You are looking fantastic!!!

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JESSYJAINES 5/26/2013 11:23AM

    Great idea! You're doing great and you are right, the results are in how you feel. Keep up the wonderful work and onerland will find you sooner than you think. emoticon

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ZELDABEE 5/26/2013 9:53AM

    I love this! such a great idea and i think the scale has one thing right, you are totally awesome!!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/26/2013 12:00AM

    What a great idea! Thanks! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 5/25/2013 3:47PM

    Amazing idea! I love it!
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EILEEN828 5/25/2013 2:54PM

    Love it! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 5/25/2013 12:40PM

    emoticon LOVE IT!! And its RIGHT - you ARE awesome!! I'm so glad you are finally realizing it!! Why do we all tend to be so much harder on ourselves than we are on anyone else? You've learned the secret - be your OWN best friend!!

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JACKIE542 5/25/2013 9:18AM

    Love it. emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 5/25/2013 9:08AM

    Awesome! Love it!

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STEVIEBEE569 5/25/2013 8:34AM

    Love the scale makeover! Keep up the good work!

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ROX525 5/25/2013 7:09AM

    Have to admit the first thing I thought was those letters added weight (I even take off my hair tie when I get on the scale...and would never have gum in my mouth). Congratulations on the 60 pounds and I do love the encouragement from the scale.

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CHICAT63 5/25/2013 6:51AM

    Awesome make-over, have a great weekend Steph !!!! emoticon

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CATLOVER110 5/25/2013 6:35AM

    Great scale makeover! emoticon

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