AIMEE_ELIZABETH's SparkPeople Blog AIMEE_ELIZABETH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Atkins Update :) So far I've been on Atkins for a little over 3 months. My starting weight when I started the lifestyle change was 186.7. I'm currently weighing in at 160.1. I weigh in on Sundays. I find that helps to keep me in check over the weekend. This diet is pretty simple. Sometimes I get bored, but that's when I give in a little bit. I don't feel guilty if I flub one meal. If I used to allow myself any food that wasn't a part of my healthy lifestyle, that would be it for the whole week. Atkins is diff... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:33:23 EST New Lifestyle...Atkins I started doing Atkins. Why did it take me this long to find something that actually works with my body??!!!! So far I've been on it for a little over two months. I'm down almost 25lbs in just that short amount of time. I really need to take present pictures of myself. I have tons of before. I'm finally on my way to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> This is the first "diet" that I've been able to stick to. I don't have huge cravings, and I let myself have a little bit of high carb food once ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:29:50 EST A Year Later...Pics Included!! Okay so it's been a little over a year since my last blog. Life has been busy, and more challenging than ever before! I'm proud and happy to announce that I'm a new mommy!!! Aaron Thomas was born on November 13, 2013. Labor was tough, and I ended up having an emergency C-Section. I was in labor for well over a day, but it was all worth it! Aaron and myself are both healthy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My weight slowly went up, and ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:57:47 EST Hoping this works! Okay so I decided to go to I'm hoping that it will help me to make better choices. Tomorrow I start going to the gym in hopes that it's not packed after work. I tried going before but I can't handle being sweaty and the thought of showering in a public shower grosses me out. Anyways I'm starting a running program with spark people. I've had enough. I'm back at my heaviest weight and it's not going anywhere. Within the next year I want to become pregnant and I want to be ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:47:17 EST Life Is Falling Into To Place! I just became a full time teller at my bank! I start on November 12th. Finally our financial worries will be at ease! I have some other great news too! I got reconnected with my step dad (I just call him Dad. He's taken care of me since I was 1). Anyways he wants to be apart of my life again. He thought that I was angry with him for everything that's happened, but the truth is I've been trying to get in touch with him. I just didn't have a way to. I was angry a while back who wouldn't be? You... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:33:47 EST One Day At A Time Right now I'm just taking it slow. I need to just focus on one goal and once I've accomplished it move to the next one. I look at the big picture instead of breaking it down. That's why I think it's been so difficult for me to try to change. I want to change it all at once, and for that reason I want to see a big change in my body. It's a vicious cycle, and it needs to be broken. So for now one day at a time. One goal at a time. I'm trying to making better choices for food. It's not coming ea... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:50:49 EST Just deleted everything! I'm starting fresh on spark. I deleted all my goals all my tracking everything so I can start over fresh! I'm looking forward to starting this all over again. I think it's just what I needed. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:29:02 EST Hip Hop Abs Day One I exercised today! I'm doing hip hop abs for now. Hopefully I can stick with it because it's not to the point where I'm exhausted or feel it's too long of a workout. I'm way out of shape again. Before when I did hip hop abs I never sweated or got winded. I was winded lol. I'm excited though. I really want to stay on this for awhile. I'll keep you posted! Here's my starting weight and measurements. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 183lbs <BR> <BR> Waist: 42in. <BR> <BR> Hips: 45 in.... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:36:12 EST Pffft Well so much for turbo fire and weight watchers lol. I don't really know how to explain myself so I'm just going to say it. My problem is that I can't focus on exercise and eating well. For some reason I have to do one or the other. If I try to do both I fail at one of them and then eventually fail at both. I'm so lost right now, and I'm thinking about going back to the 1st stage with Spark. Maybe that will help me out. I've been on this site for over a year and have only lost 2lbs. Not that ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:01:51 EST Weight Watchers and Turbo Fire I've decided to go back on weight watchers. It's the only thing that worked in the past. I find looking at those numbers to be easier. I'm doing the old plan by myself. I'm also going to do Turbo Fire with it. I know that if I stick to this plan I bet I will drop lbs like crazy! So here goes everything I got wish me luck :) I'll be updating my weight every week. Have a great week everyone. Happy Labor Day!!!! Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:15:52 EST Trying To Tackle My Mind! Why do I have to think about weight loss? Why can't I just Do It!! I really think my problem is that I'm so stressed out. I'm over thinking everything. What to eat what not to eat. Exercise well I don't want to but I'm going to try. I need to shut my brain off and just do what I need to do. So how do I get there? <BR> <BR> I had a job interview last night at a salon. I haven't worked at a salon since the last fiasco with the walmart chain. I'm hoping this one will be different but it's the ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:54:52 EST Ahh!! So motivation is going. I have been doing turbo fire for 5 weeks now. I've missed a couple of workouts. Also found out that I wasn't eating enough so my body went into starvation mode and I haven't lost any weight I've gained. I have lost inches in one month. Two inches off my waist and 1.5 inches off both of my arms. That gives me a total of 5 inches lost. My fitness level has also gone up. There are positives, but why can't I just keep going?? Why am I kicking myself for not feeling like wo... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 08:08:55 EST Back On Track! Okay So I restarted Turbo Fire. My eating habits have been much better. I'm eating things in moderation. I've gained weight over this week, but I think it's from gaining muscle. I'm not giving up this time. I can't. I owe it to myself to finish this time around! I owe to me and no one else. I think I've finally realized how badly I do want this for myself. This time feels different. I am making videos of my progress as well to try to help keep me motivated. I hope I can one day share them wit... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:33:22 EST Stressed out! Okay so now my first week has come and gone. There is so much I still don't know. I'm allowed to ask for help, but it gets crazy busy in there and so there's no way to ask someone for help. How am I going to get better if all I do is watch someone else? I've been watching since I graduated and it's not helping. I need to do it. I'm more hands on. I don't know. I don't want to mess up anyone's hair. Feeling like I haven't learned enough is so stressful. I really don't know what to do. My frien... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:40:40 EST Good News!! So I had my interview last night at the Walmart salon. It went well. They called me today to let me know that I have the job! That means more money for me and a happier place. I am so excited! So let me tell you about today at the other salon that I was working for haha. <BR> <BR> So I had my boss's client today...she comes in sits down and we start going over what she wants to do with her hair. So my boss comes over and the girl starts freaking out because I'm the one who is doing her hair... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 20:13:35 EST Sigh :( So I have two job interviews. I have one at a walmart hair salon and another at the town hall. Now I hate the fact that I have to find another job then the one I want but working at the salon I'm at isn't picking up. I put things on my facebook page. There's only so much I can do. My poor husband is making himself sick with stress and worry over money. That's fair to me that he's making all the money and paying the bills. I understand that I'm trying to make it over here, but only getting 20... Thu, 31 May 2012 15:22:55 EST Today. So my sister put in a word at her bank for me. I'm hoping this will pay off and they will interview me and hire me! I really need a job. I know I'm being impatient, but I just feel awful for my husband. I don't even care if I end up going full time at the bank simply because I really need money right now. Stinks that I can't do my field but the way I look at it worse comes to worse I will do what I can at my house. If I end up going full time at the bank that means I'll have the weekends to d... Thu, 24 May 2012 10:12:45 EST Anniversary! So today is my two year anniversary. I'm really happy with where our life is right now. Things could be easier, but hey they could be a lot harder on us right now too. I'm glad that I can say I am married to my best friend and even though we've hit rough patches we've worked together to get through them. Isn't that what marriage is all about? I can't wait to see what the rest of our lives together is going to be like! I'm excited and so grateful to be so blessed. <BR> <BR> Moving Tue, 22 May 2012 10:24:42 EST I don't know if I'm doing the right thing... Okay so before there was a haircuttery that wanted to offer me a full time job. Mind you this was before the interview process. They proceeded to tell me that I need to fake it till I make it. Well I don't want to have to fake I want to become better. I need someone to teach me the way to do things. But I'm now starting to think that my hairdressing education was a waste of money and time. I'm getting frustrated. I have no idea what to do. My husband thinks I'm crazy because I didn't take the... Thu, 17 May 2012 09:00:22 EST Nice Weekend. So I'm getting even better at cutting hair and blow drying hooray!!! My sister really annoyed me on mother's day. She didn't get my mom anything. Not a card nothing. Then my mom took us out at a place that was like dunkin donuts to grab some breakfast. I felt bad because I have no money right now. Usually for mother's day I'll take her out for dinner and get her something on top of that, but times aren't easy at the moment. Unfortunately neither one of my sisters offered to pay so my mom did.... Mon, 14 May 2012 11:42:00 EST Finally! Finally things are starting to go so much better at work. My boss really really likes me which makes so much easier for me. Not that I ever thought she didn't like me haha. I'm still looking for a part time job to help with my bills. That search is not getting easier unfortunately. On a plus note I did my mom's hair today I'll have to post some pics of it when I get a chance. It looks really nice. I did a foil with three different colors. Blonde, dark blonde (almost brown) and red. I really l... Wed, 9 May 2012 19:51:32 EST New things!!! Picture included!! Okay so all this weekend I ate junk food because it was my husband's birthday. I know I know not a good excuse. Anwyays I haven't been running this week because it's been rainy. Which stinks. My sister and I are supposed to be starting turbo fire together. I hope this will help me get to where I want to be. Anyways on to the reason I wanted to share this with you!!! Drum roll please :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Holy crap!!!! Not that long a... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:37:21 EST Interview So I'm not sure how it went. We'll just have to wait and see until next week. Things are getting better at work! I did that up do and even though I didn't really know what to do my boss helped me. She also told me not to be so hard on myself because I'm willing to learn. I think she's stressed out just as much as I am because she's going through a lot. My husband's birthday was last night and it was nice. Today we're having a cookout which I'm ready for!!! I'm excited to just relax this week ... Sat, 5 May 2012 08:45:10 EST Hmmm...Just Some Thoughts. Okay let me just say I am so ready for the weekend. I think I'm very stressed out because I'm not making money really. Tomorrow I'm doing an up-do and I'm scared! I don't know really how to do them. I hate being new to all of this. I hope something starts to click because it's hard not to get frustrated with myself. Plus I'm pmsing, and I don't care what anyone says it's most certainly real! I have a party this Saturday going on so I plan on letting loose for sure. I need it!!!! I didn't thin... Thu, 3 May 2012 15:12:53 EST Bad Day :( So today started out bad. I hate those days. It seems no matter how optimistic you seem when it starts bad it just stays that way. I went running with my mom and I had to wait like 15 20 minutes for her to show up. I didn't really want to run. I was tired :( Anyways not too bad. So then I went back to my mom's for a little while. I come back home and check my phone. My husband asked if our new house guest lived...what the heck??? So I texted him. He picked up a bird from outside. Now he wants... Wed, 2 May 2012 20:49:40 EST Am I A Bad Person??? So while I was away from sparkpeople last year, I found my half brother and half sister. I don't have much of a relationship. They didn't seem to interested. I was more of an escape for them to use. Or at least that's how I felt. I was the one who would go to see them, and make plans with them. My half brother wanted me to buy him things and as you all know money hasn't been easy. Anyways let me get to my point. So I got a call from his mom about him being in the hospital. I haven't called he... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:35:02 EST I Got A Job!!! So I'm working for the person I wanted to work for!!! I'm so happy and excited. I started on Friday. I had a walk in men's haircut. I did two blow dry styles and I also did foils :) I'm learning a lot from my boss. Well...really she's not my boss because I make my own hours. I give her half of what I make which isn't that bad. Hopefully I can build up my clientele. I made business cards. I got new clothes which is pretty awesome!! I'm just in a really good mood. I hope that I can find a part ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:45:23 EST Trying Not To Let Bad Luck Get Me Down. As the title says I haven't been having the best luck trying to find a job. I am trying to stay positive in this crappy situation. So let me tell you guys about the horrific experience that I endured yesterday...I called a place up that's new in town and they are looking for people. She wants to rent her chairs. Renting is hard when you don't have a clientele and the rent is 150 a week...what??? Anyways so I go in there with my portfolio and I'm confident in my work. She tells me that they pr... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:07:23 EST Maybe... I went to talk to another salon today that was interested in me before I graduated. She rents her space out, but I got to watch her cut hair, and I feel like I would be happy with her. She tells me what she's doing step by step and why. She's willing to help me. So I told her about how many people I would have coming in. Hopefully it's enough to get me started and maybe I can have a career with her instead. <BR> <BR> I told one of my good friends that I was jealous of her today. I felt stup... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:53:26 EST Just Some Thoughts I was thinking about my interview that went on last week. I am not sure if this is the right place for me. She told me everything I did wrong to my mom's hair in front of my mom. I know I've been trying to stay positive, but I just have this gut feeling that I'm not going to like working there. She keeps telling me how my speed needs to catch up because her clients aren't going to like to wait for me. Which is fine, but how about we worry about the quality first. On top of that the girls secr... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:17:19 EST Shopping Day I went and pick up a whole bunch of stuff to get me going at the salon. Needless to say I've spent lots of money already on everything that I've needed. I'm sure it will pay for itself when I start working so I'm not too worried about it right now. <BR> <BR> I also went and bought myself some clothes. I defiantly needed them. Seven bucks for can you go wrong?? If any of you need pants Rue 21 is the place to go. I'm not sure how long the sale is going on for but I made out pretty... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:16:09 EST Long Day! Today I woke up at 5am, and went running with my mom. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so we changed it up a bit. So I was excited about today because I had three people come in to the salon so I could practice on them. It took me a long time to finish them. Hopefully within the next week I'll be able to get better with my times. I know I still have tons to learn so I'm trying not to let it get me down. Point is I'm learning, and that's what really counts right now! Hope everyone is having a wo... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 19:08:15 EST And If The Door Knocks Do You Answer It? Hell yes you do!!! So my interview didn't go as planned. I pretty much was told that I'm not up to par to take clients. So I am now currently in training. She said she's going to train for me 2-3 weeks and then decide whether or not she wants to hire me. So she's taking me under her wing. Teaching me the ropes which is exactly what I was praying for. I prayed for a salon to teach me the basics and get my confidence to grow. Well folks this is it! I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity and... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:15:46 EST Opportunity is knocking. So tonight is my interview. I got everything done that I needed to today. I have a lot riding on tonight. It would be so nice to have a stable job. I've been praying a lot about finding work. I've been stressed out, and so has my husband. I hope everything pans out, but if not I'll just keep searching. At least I'm trying. I don't expect things to just fall in my lap which is something I love about myself! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote myself an e-mail for the future. I'm not sure if any of y... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:32:02 EST Oops! Last night I over ate. I ate pretty much anything I wanted. I got up today and brushed myself off and now I'm off to a better start. I went out last night after eating all that junk food, and trust me it was junk! I got a whole bunch of healthier options to start me off right. Hopefully I can tackle this! I'm already starting out good :) I didn't get hard on myself for messing up last night. I looked at it as a sign that I need help that's all. So I went and got myself some help with healthie... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:52:52 EST I did it! Got up at 5 today. Ran with my mom took us about 45 minutes as usual. I can't wait to start running for longer. I know I can do it. I have my interview set up for Saturday morning. Hopefully she'll tell me on the spot whether or not she'll hire me. I have the skills I just need a confidence booster. I'll get there eventually. I am starting to feel much better about my situation now. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I'm going to try to blog everyday that's one of my goals. At least... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:49:28 EST Ask & You Shall Receive I've been really praying about what is going on lately. It's stressful and defiantly not fun by any means. My husband is also very stressed about our bills. But like I said in the last blog things are some how always okay. I have another job interview set up for Saturday. Two more haircuts that I need to do. No big deal. This salon is going to offer me more hours. She's starting me out slow between 20-30 hours a week so I don't become overwhelmed. She's willing to teach me the rope. This is t... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:12:27 EST Moving Forward Okay so right now I'm in a very stressful situation. I've been collecting unemployment for almost two years so as of this week it's my last week to collect. That being said I still don't have a job. On top of not having a job my husband is taking over his parents' mortgage on top of our own. I don't know how we're going to do this, but I'm trying to leave it up to God. Somehow everything always works itself out. I've prayed about it, and that's all I can really do. It's not like I haven't bee... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:42:52 EST Deep Breath In! *Update* I looked back on all of my blogs...what a year last year. A crazy high emotional year. I'm glad all of that is behind me. I just thought I would update you guys on some things! I don't know if you all remember when my husband and I were having problems in October or not, but there were more problems in February. I threatened to leave him. He told me he wasn't willing to change. So I said what is the point of me staying then? I waited a day and confronted him about it. I told him it really bot... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:50:46 EST Second Interview Done! So yesterday I brought in my two clients. I cut their hair it took me about two and half hours to do it because I'm not used to the set up and also because I was very nervous. She told me that I did good and that she would be calling me either way this week to let me know the news. So hopefully I'm hired :) This position starts out as 14 hours but I can become full time if I get my clientele up there. Hopefully it will all work out and I'll be doing what I love. Which will make life much easi... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:26:26 EST Interview news So last night I went on my interview. I now have to show my skills and bring in two people so I can cut their hair. I'm so nervous. I'm thinking I'll do it on Monday to get it over with. My mom and husband are the ones that are coming in for me. I just hope that she can see that I can do this and I would be a great hire. If not I'll just keep looking for someone that I'm compatible with. There are tons of salons out there. I'm not giving up! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:06:22 EST Positive notes and thoughts! So I started the Jogging plan that Spark people has to offer. I did the walk 4min jog 1min and finished in 24mins. I felt awesome after running and have missed it. I'm hoping that I can keep doing this. <BR> <BR> Okay that aside I'm back on track counting my calories and everything with the tracker again too. I know it works so why do I fight it? Why can't I just count my calories? Whatever it's in the past. In order to know that my workouts are working (haha no pun intended) I need to know... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 13:46:41 EST I'm doing it again... That's it I've had it. I can't keep doing this back and forth business anymore. I need to do both eating better and working out. I'm back on spark once again. I've been on and off with this site and I'm just so fed up with everything! I need some positive thinking, and it has to start right now. So here I am! I'm ready to get back up and start again. I need to stick with this. I need to make this a habit for myself and my future family!!! No more wanting to be fit. I WILL be fit and that's it... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 09:07:04 EST Ahhh! Okay so I know I just wrote that one yesterday about how last week was bad. I think I'm getting bored with Turbo Fire already. This really sucks. I don't understand why this happens to me! It's so discouraging. Will I ever be able to find something I don't get sick of? The only time that I ever liked working out was when I was in dance. The problem with that is that I'm broke and can't afford a class. I think I'm going to stop doing Turbo fire for like a month or so and start something else f... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:39:54 EST Bad Week. Help! I haven't been feeling like working out this week. I hate when I get into these moods. I try to make myself even though I don't want to and just get even more frustrated with myself. I don't put in the effort if I don't want to do it. I just go through the steps. I did do some workouts. I missed three of them though. I workout 6 days a week so 3 is a lot I guess. I'm just going to try to forget about this week and keep going on to next week. I don't know what else to do, but I don't want to b... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:58:17 EST Turbo Fire Week 4! Okay so I've been doing Turbo fire for almost a month now. Not quite yet I have to finish week 4 first. My weight hasn't changed at all still. I'm not too worried about it right now because my pants are loose. I have more energy! I can workout longer. I can shovel snow faster than I ever could. I feel like I'm finally getting into the best shape of my life. My eating could use some improvement to be honest. But I have to admit I'm pretty proud of myself. Usually I don't even make it a month b... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 22:15:29 EST Turbo Fire week 3 Just started week 3. I have to admit there have been days where I don't feel like working out but I keep telling myself you're worth it. I haven't lost any weight but I peaked at my inches and I've lost some inches in my hips and stomach! I'm super excited. I can't wait to take them when I reach week 5. I'm in this for the long haul. I really need to work on my eating habits. I want to get in good health for a baby. That's my real goal this year. I know I can do it I just need will power :) I... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:00:16 EST Turbo Fire Update 1 So I've done turbo fire 4 times this week already. I've really been pushing myself and trying to stick with it. It's not an easy workout by any means. I don't want to let myself down anymore. Today was very challenging for me to finish. But I told myself I didn't want to quit anymore that I was worth more than this. So I just kept going even though I was tired and didn't feel like doing it. I knew I had to. I feel like I've reached a new break through today. I'm going to try to update while ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:13:37 EST Starting The New Year Out Right! I'm back to sparkpeople! I'm tracking my calories and making sure I put everything in. I just did my first Turbo Fire workout and let me tell you it's not easy, but it's not too difficult to the point where I give up. It's a little frustrating because Chalene goes pretty quickly even with the New To Class option. Anyways I did the first workout regardless. I used my heart rate monitor watch, and I was above my heart rate zone. I wish it counted how many calories you burn, but it seems that yo... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:35:44 EST Turbo Fire!!! My husband bought me turbo fire for Christmas. 2012 looks like a very promising year. I'll be graduating very soon. I'll have a full time job again, and I'll be starting a family! I have so much to look forward too. Time to kiss 2011 goodbye. It's been fun, but there's better things to come. My health is going to get back on track now. I can't wait to start Turbo Fire. This week is crazy for me so I'm starting it next week. On the first. Haha how original. Anyways I'm not going to let myself ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:34:42 EST