1GODGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1GODGIRL 1GODGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I am Struggling after Gaining Weight, but REFUSE to Get Off Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137396 For the past few weeks, I've been struggling with eating right and working out. At first I would have a craving and eat it only after my weigh-in day was successful. I justified it and said it was my once a week cheat meal. Then the cravings became more and more. I allowed myself to give in to the cravings. At the same time, I didn't feel like working out as much. The more I ate, the less I wanted to work out. I managed to stay afloat for a few weeks, but this week it caught up to me. I gaine... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:46:05 EST I Lost 55 Pounds with Pictures !!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124774 In June of this year, I started eating right and working out. So far I've lost 55 lbs and a lot of inches. Here are my before and after measurements and some pictures to show my progress so far. <BR> <BR> Weight Before: 250 pounds Now: 195 pounds = 55 pounds GONE! <BR> <BR> Pants Size Before: 24 - Now: 20 = 2 sizes GONE! <BR> <BR> Waist Before: 46 inches Now: 40 inches = 6 inches GONE! <BR> <BR> Hips Before: 52 inches - Now: 45 inches = 7 inches GONE! <BR> <BR> Thigh Before: 31 inches ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 11:25:06 EST Non-Scale Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037185 I only lost one pound this week. I could be bummin' but I am not. <BR> <BR> Let me explain. When I first started SP this past June, I wore size 24 shorts, then I went down to size 22 and now I wear a size 20! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784558140.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To celebrate my non-scale victory, I went to Clinique and bought a lipstick in a pretty new shade. When I put it on, I literally said out loud, "I am starting to feel like myself again!" <BR> <B... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:47:50 EST I Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023627 Yesterday my husband was cutting the grass so I volunteered to do the weeding. I actually love to weed. There is something so liberating in weeding, especially when the weeds are difficult. When I finally get them out, I feel like I've accomplished something. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up with pain in my lower back and the back of my legs. Today is my workout day, so even though I was sore, I went to the gym and worked out. Needless to say, I was hurting when I got home. But then I took ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:02:01 EST Something cool happened today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007130 I have a prayer meeting to go to tonight, but first I wanted to rest. I took off my pants (so as not to wrinkle them) laid down for a while and then got up to get dressed. When I started putting my pants on I was getting frustrated because I couldn't figure out which was the front. I kept rolling the pants around trying to find the front . . . funny thing is they've gotten so big I took them off without unbuttoning or unzipping them. They just slid off of me!!!! <BR> <BR> That is so cool! I ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:45:19 EST First Day at the Gym - An Eye Opening Experience! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996836 I recently tore my meniscus in my left knee for a second time. This happened before (a few years ago) and I had surgery. This time, my orthopedic surgeon didn't want to do the surgery. He told me to walk with a cane and double up on my arthritis medicine. <BR> <BR> I was so mad, I wanted a second opinion. But after one month of being on the extra medicine, I didn't need my cane anymore and I felt great. <BR> <BR> When I decided I wanted to start exercising, I couldn't do certain types of ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 18:10:56 EST I am down one pants size !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990898 Yesterday, I was at Wal-Mart (in the Skinny Cow Ice Cream section) and a complete stranger came up to me and asked me if I've lost weight. I said, "Yeah, 20 pounds but how did you know?" <BR> <BR> She said, "Because your shorts are really sagging and look like they are about to fall off!" <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> Woo-Hoo! Those were size 24W shorts, so this morning I put on a pair of 22W and they fit me great. They were even a little bit big in the waist!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am so excited! <BR> ... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:12:14 EST SPARKPEOPLE WORKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977604 I am super excited to share with everyone that SPARKPEOPLE works! I have tried to lose weight so many times, but this time with the help of SP, it is finally working. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food and exercise for 5 weeks now and I am happy to say I've lost 17 pounds! Woo-Hoo! I haven't taken my body measurements yet, but all of my shorts are literally falling off. Soon I am going to pull out my old, smaller shorts to see if they fit me yet. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I saw a friend I ha... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:48:55 EST I Feel So Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941652 I've been eating right and exercising for a little over a week now. Even though I have a long way to go, I can really feel a big difference. Two of my friends told me that I look happier and am even smiling more. <BR> <BR> That tells me exercise is not only good for losing weight, but also for elevating your mood, which is something I desperately need. <BR> <BR> I am taking a new medication for depression. I am a little worried if the medicine will cause me to gain weight, but so far I can... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:02:25 EST YES NO MAYBE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939111 Today me and a friend I met on SP met in person and walked at a local mall for exercise. We walked 2 miles in 42 minutes which translates to a 21 minute mile or 2.85 mph. Exciting as that is, I’ve got some even more exciting news! <BR> <BR> While we were walking along, passing all the stores, I couldn't help but see this pair of itsy bitsy thong underwear in the window of Victoria’s Secret. The panties said “YES NO MAYBE”. The second time I passed the store; I couldn’t help but laugh out lou... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:32:18 EST 10 Reasons Why I Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936768 10) Be able to buy nice clothes in regular (not plus size) stores <BR> <BR> 9) Be able to look good in a bikini and a little black dress <BR> <BR> 8) Look younger <BR> <BR> 7) Live longer <BR> <BR> 6) Have more energy <BR> <BR> 5) Feel and be stronger <BR> <BR> 4) Have a more active lifestyle <BR> <BR> 3) Be able to do more active things with my husband and daughter <BR> <BR> 2) Be more confident in myself, with better self esteem <BR> <BR> 1) Have people ask me if I've lost weight <... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:09:49 EST Even God Rested on the 7th Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935207 Day 7 <BR> <BR> Okay, I had every intention of working out today, but my back is still hurting and I need to rest it. If God rested on the 7th day, it should be okay for me as well. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I am not going to beat myself up about it. Tomorrow is another day. Speaking of tomorrow . . . it's my first weekly weigh-in. I am so excited to see how much weight I lost. <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Goals: <BR> 1) No chocolate <em>248</em> <BR> 2) No soda <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3) Exercis... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:11:44 EST I'm Not Gonna Let Back Pain Slow Me Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933607 Day 6 <BR> <BR> Every day for 6 days now, I've been working out for 20 minutes (light cardio) and eating right. I feel happier / less depressed than I have in a long time. <BR> <BR> The only bad thing about my endeavor to lose weight is I have a lower backache. I NEVER get lower backaches, so I think it is my body getting use to exercising. <BR> <BR> Even though I have a backache, I didn't let it deter me from exercising today. I walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill (on a slight incline... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:33:19 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932078 Day 5 <BR> <BR> I am feeling really good about my weight loss journey. Even though it has only been 5 days, something just feels different this time. There is a SPARK lit inside of me that wasn't there before. <BR> <BR> What is it? I don't know; but I do know that this time I am not focusing on how much weight I have to lose or thinking about how hard it is going to be. Instead I am taking it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> I figure I can be healthy today and that makes the journey seem eas... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:19:35 EST Restaurant Success Woo-Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930313 Day 4 <BR> <BR> Today my husband, daughter and I went out to celebrate Father's Day at Cracker Barrel. The OLD me would have ordered comfort food like biscuits with butter, roast beef with gravy, mash potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese and a brownie with ice cream for dessert. <BR> <BR> But the NEW me ordered the Grilled Chicken Salad and it was delicious! <BR> <BR> Woo-Hoo! I am so proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals: <BR> 1) No chocolate <em>248</em> <BR> 2) No soda <em>248</... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 16:18:39 EST A New Experience at Trader Joe's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929151 Day 3 <BR> <BR> I added 1 more daily goal: NO SODA <BR> <BR> So, here is my updated list of Daily Goals: <BR> <BR> 1) No chocolate <em>248</em> <BR> 2) No soda <em>248</em> <BR> 3) Exercise at least 10 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> 4) Track food <em>248</em> <BR> 5) Track fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now I am going to make it my goal to NOT ADD ANY MORE DAILY GOALS. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I decided not to drink soda anymore because if I drink diet coke (with caffeine), I get ve... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:50:30 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928108 Day 2 <BR> <BR> Yesterday I came up with 2 daily goals and today I came up with 2 more. <BR> <BR> Here is my new list of 4 daily goals: <BR> <BR> 1) No chocolate <em>248</em> <BR> 2) Exericse at least 10 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> 3) Track food <em>248</em> <BR> 4) Track fitness <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am super excited about this. I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l943458266.jpg"> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:39:36 EST Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926810 Day 1 <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with my weight loss journey, so I decided it was time for a fresh start. <BR> <BR> I have 2 new daily goals: <BR> <BR> 1) No chocolate <em>248</em> <BR> 2) Exericse at least 10 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I did not eat chocolate today and I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Slowly, but surely, I am going to do this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l214356740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:02:02 EST