ALESHIA675's SparkPeople Blog ALESHIA675's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is 2016 My Year? Here I am again at the same place that I have so often found myself.... Eager and motivated to lose my excess weight once and for all. I am really hoping and praying that this is the year I decide enough is enough of going back and forth with feeling horrible about how I look and unhealthy eating and fitness habits. I hope I can keep my eye on the prize even when I am feeling discouraged and all my efforts seem to be getting me nowhere. I have to remember that I will get past It and reach... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:21:44 EST Restarting My Weight Loss Efforts I have been on Spark for over 2 years, only to keep losing and gaining weight...never maintaining it. Recently, my weight went up to 175 lbs... definitely not good. What made matters worse was a month before my best friend's wedding (which was on September 21st) I realized I couldn't fit into my dress. That was exactly what I needed to jump start my weight loss efforts. Fast forward to today.... I have lost 8 lbs. I just need to keep up the great work and lose another 20+ lbs. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:01:42 EST Learning to Take it Day by Day The thought came to me that to even be somewhat satisfied with my body and feel like my weight loss efforts are paying off, I still have to lose another 10 lbs which I know won't be until the end of the year (and that's if I stay on track.) That seems so far away, I want to fit into my old clothes now. And even after I lose those 10 lbs, I still have to lose at least 5 more lbs to fit into some of the clothes I bought but never got to wear bc I got off track. I know I just need to take one d... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:13:02 EST Starting Over I began my journey with SparkPeople in January 2011. I had a fair amount of success- losing close to 20 lbs, but by the end of the year, I had abandoned most of the principles that helped me lose the weight. I was back up to 168 lbs! So, here I am again. This is not my first time losing weight and then gaining it back. It's almost like it's a cycle that's doomed to happen. But I want to break that cycle. <BR> <BR> I started over at the end of August and it's almost like I am learning ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:52:27 EST I Refuse to Give Up- I Am Recommitting I am in the 10th week of my weight loss journey. Some really great things have happened along the way- I have lost 10 pounds; I am now exercising; I look a lot better and I feel a lot better about myself; and my daughter is picking up some of my healthier habits. I still have 20 more pounds to go and these last 2 weeks have been extremely hard for me. It could be because I started birth control or maybe I am simply losing motivation. I didn't even go to the gym today which is something I ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:38:23 EST Can I Really Do This Forever? It has been almost a month (26 days to be exact) since I joined I have lasted longer than I thought I would and have lost a total of 5 pounds so far. So, as I just finished picking up a few items from the grocery store and was on my way home- thinking about my meals for the upcoming week, for whatever reason, a small panic arose in me as I thought "Am I really going to have to do this forever, even after I have lost the weight?" <BR> <BR> I don't know why I am worried a... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 22:29:17 EST Why Can't I Stay Off the Scale This morning when I got on the scale- my weight went up 3 lbs just from yesterday- what the heck! I know I shouldn't weigh myself every morning bc weight fluctuates, but it is so hard to stay off the scale. Any tips? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:58:10 EST I AM DOING WELL I was anxious about being away from home for 5 days after just starting this new healthy lifestyle change. So far, so good. Believe me when I say I have limitless choices of places to eat and it is at my job's expense. Any other time, I would be ordering 3 course meals. I even pass by Coldstones (they have the BEST ice-cream) everyday but I am going to stay on track. <BR> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:11:28 EST I Know I Can Do This I just started on Monday. I had 3 days where I went over my calorie limit but for the first time, I don't feel like I've blown it. I really feel like I am learning and growing. There is so much information on this website- so much inspiration and support. I 'm not sure how I came across this website but I am so glad I did. Sun, 16 Jan 2011 00:28:22 EST