ALILYNNE's SparkPeople Blog ALILYNNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Excuses, excuses. I am the queen of excuses and it needs to stop. <BR> <BR> "I can't work out, I'm too busy with school." <BR> "I don't have time to work out today, I need to work on this paper." <BR> "I'll start over again tomorrow." <BR> "This is the last time I'll order Chinese for a long time." <BR> "I've already ruined today, I might as well have a cake!" <BR> "I'll skip Weight Watchers this week, but work really hard and have a good weigh-in next week." <BR> <BR> I make these excuses ALL.THE.TIME. It ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:22:53 EST Being accountable. I did it...I changed my ticker. It's said 179 for quite some time and I have to be honest with myself. I've been avoiding the scale because I knew from my tight jeans and stress filled months spent binge eating that the number was not going to be something I wanted to see. And I was right. 199 pounds. I vowed to never get to 200 again, and while I'm close, at least I'm not there. I HAVE to get serious. My dress arrives in July and I have to fit in it! <BR> <BR> I totally understand now why ... Fri, 25 May 2012 11:53:24 EST The last few extremely stressful but interesting weeks! (Photo blog!) Hello all! I'm not sure where I really left off here! Even on my busiest days, I normally always find the time to at least log in for my Spark Points, and perhaps update my status, but over the past few weeks I have been MIA. Here's been what's up! <BR> <BR> I finished my last final and the semester on May 2nd. It was a tough one as it was my first full-time semester, and I struggled with managing going to school, working part-time, planning the wedding, and buying the house, on top of tryi... Sat, 12 May 2012 12:26:16 EST Short & Sweet. Hey everyone! I just wanted to talk about something that was too long for a status update, so I decided to write a short and sweet blog. I'm currently hovering around 179, and I decided to change my goal weight (for now, haha). I had it as 145 on here, but 150 in my mind, and realized I was really happy a few years ago at 160. So, for now, I decided to make my goal a bit smaller, and more attainable, by making it 160, focusing on losing inches and getting toned, and seeing how I feel once I g... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:01:44 EST Depressed & Ashamed. I have a lot of amazing things going on in my life right now. I am engaged to my best friend; I have a job that (though I don't love most of the time) works around my school schedule so that I can attend school full-time and still work part-time; I am receiving financial aid (and will be receiving student loans shortly) for the first time in years; and life is generally pretty good. <BR> <BR> The one thing that is causing me anxiety and sadness is my weight. I can't seem to stick to healthy ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:27:46 EST 9 week challenge! From Saturday, December 3rd, through Saturday February 4th, I'd like to challenge myself to lose as much weight as I can in a healthy way. I am going to try on wedding dresses on the 4th, and I want to feel healthy, fit, and a few pounds lighter! :) Here is the challenge I have set for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. First and foremost: NO weighing in more than ONCE a week. My ticker says 180, but I am hovering around 182 right now, so I am going to consider that my starting weight for purposes of the ... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 18:08:26 EST The worst autumn ever. This has been quite the interesting autumn. I had my gall bladder out, then got bronchitis, found out I have periodontal disease, and earlier today I had to be rushed to the emergency room from work. <BR> <BR> Attention any men who may be reading this: some of this involves details involving women's TOM, so beware! Lol. Okay here goes... <BR> <BR> So for the past two months I have had an EXTREMELY heavy cycle. I went to the gynecologist for a pap smear and to ask about that, because after t... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 21:45:48 EST Our venue for our ceremony and reception! :) I meant to attach photos in my last blog of our venue for our ceremony and reception and forget at the end! We are getting married 10-20-12 at The Paramount Theatre in Indiana. It was originally built in 1929 and restored in 1995.The pictures were taken on my iPhone so they are not the greatest, but they give a general idea. <BR> <BR> This first picture is of the ballroom where we will hold our reception. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:52:44 EST Life, lately. After becoming engaged, my fiance and I have dove head first into wedding planning. We're really excited and we have made a lot of progress over the past month since we've become engaged. We're lucky enough that my Mom and her Mom & Dad have offered to help pay for the major expenses of the wedding. We booked our ceremony and reception at a beautiful theatre called the Paramount here in Indiana. It was built in 1929, and restored in 1995. It is a-maz-ing. I can't wait to walk down the aisle a... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:11:45 EST Four months since I logged weight lost on Spark?!?! I started my journey at 218 pounds. I weighed in on June 20th at 182 pounds. I've been maintaining around 182-185 since then! This is UNACCEPTABLE! I can't believe the scale hasn't changed since June! I'm so desperate to get into the 170's. To get one sign that my hard work is paying off. I mean, I know I have slip-ups now and then like everyone else, but I eat well most days, work out 3-5 times a week. Why am I not losing? I feel like I have been on the worlds longest plateau! <BR> <BR> BU... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:50:13 EST Give me your forever: My engagement story! This past weekend, my girlfriend (now fiance!) and I celebrated our three year anniversary. We live about an hour outside of Indianapolis, and decided to head there for the weekend. We don't get the opportunity to get away too often between her job, my job, and me still being in college, so we were really looking forward to getting away. <BR> <BR> We set up a reservation to go to dinner at a really nice restaurant in downtown Indy (Mo's Steakhouse) and stay at a fancy hotel (The Conrad) on... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:58:26 EST Bucket List. 1. Skydive. <BR> <BR> 2. Learn to sew and make myself one hell of a dress. <BR> <BR> 3. Figure out what I want to do with my life. <BR> <BR> 4. Stop letting obnoxious/inconsiderate/annoying people bother me, and just ignore them. <BR> <BR> 5. Stop cleaning every day and be content with my house being a little messy once in a while. (This will take a while...) <BR> <BR> 6. Learn Spanish. <BR> <BR> 7. Learn French. <BR> <BR> 8. Run the mini marathon in Indy in May. <BR> <BR> 9. Visit th... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:57:23 EST The change of the seasons; a fresh start in September. So much has been going on over the past few weeks that I really put weight loss on the back burner. After I got back from vacation in the beginning of July, I never really lost the ten or so vacation/bad diet pounds I had been carrying around! I was back up to 195, but I'm FINALLY back down to 185, so only three pounds higher than my ticker reflects. I REFUSE to let my ticker change with a few extra pounds, because I WILL lose them. <BR> <BR> About a week ago, with everything bothering me a... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:20:23 EST As my 25th year approaches... I turn twenty five in a few short hours, and as my 25th year approaches, I find myself thinking about everything I want to accomplish in the next year. I've met with two friends in the past few weeks who were both around my starting weight give or take and started dieting and exercising after me. They both are so close to their goal weights. I found myself feeling really upset after seeing them. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for them and their success. They both look great! But I'm still so f... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 21:43:57 EST Florida Trip Recap! It's hard to fully express how wonderful a time I had in Florida with Ashleigh and her family, but seeing as how I am an excellent list maker, I will try my best to convey what an amazing time I had in the form of a Top Moments list (in no particular order, with the exception of number one.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 10. The Grub (listed first in order to fulfill Jami Herring, food connoisseur and future food blogger) : Vacation is a time to indulge, enjoy food, and inevitably gain five pounds.... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 16:25:43 EST The difference. It really is amazing what a difference eating well vs. eating poorly makes on your day to day life. I had a pretty indulgent weekend and felt so tired, bloated, and just...not the same. I am back on track today, and at the end of this day, I feel...good. Just good. My body feels comfortable and healthy. It's hard to explain, but I know everyone reading gets it. Just that feeling of healthiness down in your tummy. <BR> <BR> I'm about two weeks out from vacation and I have to keep reminding m... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 01:08:46 EST Advice needed! Sweet, sweet summer is lingering in the air. Unfortunately, thunder, lightning and rain have been plaguing the Midwest for the last two months, leaving us with a few sporadic days of sunshine followed by more and more rain. <BR> <BR> I'm on summer break from school and all I want is to enjoy it and spend the unusual amount of free time I have with family, friends, and working on my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> I only work weekends for various reasons, and so Monday through Thursday... Thu, 26 May 2011 13:50:46 EST VC: Week Two, Day Three This is my food and exercise log for yesterday. I was too tired last night to blog! Yesterday was probably one of the best days I have had since really dedicating myself and starting this challenge. I found a really good balance of lots of water, moderate carb intake, high protein intake, intense cardio, dining out while eating something I enjoy with a healthier spin on it, and having a few snacks in moderation. <BR> <BR> Here it is! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (Took multivitamin and fiber pill) ... Fri, 20 May 2011 12:54:51 EST VC: Week Two, day Two. Today was a wonderful day! :) I got my hair trimmed and colored, and that always makes a girl feel fabulous! I was surprised when my girlfriend told me we were going to go with her brother and a friend of ours to Ivanhoe's, a delicious ice cream shop about forty minutes from where we live. They have over 100 kinds of sundaes and 100 kinds of milkshakes. Sweets are my weakness, so I was worried. But I budgeted my day around the trip and ended up doing well. :) <BR> <BR> I was intending on go... Wed, 18 May 2011 22:20:34 EST Vacation Challenge: Week Two, Day One I've definitely made great progress in my first week! I was weighing in daily before and consistently fluctuating anywhere from 190-194, and I hit my low of 187 since starting my challenge! I'm counting this as a one pound weight loss since 188 is where my ticker was before my challenge. (I never changed it since my weight had been fluctuating just around it for so long.) <BR> <BR> I've decided to start the Couch to 5k program again! I went to the gym yesterday with the intent to jog on the... Wed, 18 May 2011 12:09:07 EST VC: Day seven! Monday's food and exercise <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (Took multivitamin and fiber pill) <BR> <BR> 1 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch <BR> <BR> 1 cup skim milk <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch: (At Gene's Rootbeer stand) <BR> <BR> 1 hot dog with ketchup and relish <BR> <BR> 10 french fries <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons cheese sauce <BR> <BR> 1 cup chocolate/vanilla twist soft serve ice cream <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> 2 soft tacos with lettuce, cheese, tomato, beef, and mild sauce <BR> <BR> <BR> Snack: <... Tue, 17 May 2011 11:34:23 EST VC: Day six! Breakfast: (Took multivitamin and fiber pill) <BR> <BR> 1 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch <BR> <BR> 1 cup skim milk <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch: (Took Phentermine right before) <BR> <BR> 1 container Dannon Fruit on the Bottom strawberry yogurt <BR> <BR> 1/2 banana <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner: (At B Dubbs) <BR> <BR> 6 chicken wings with Caribbean jerk sauce <BR> <BR> 1 order regular buffalo chips <BR> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Brownie Sundae <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Mon, 16 May 2011 01:17:31 EST VC: Day five! Breakfast: (Took multivitamin and fiber pill) <BR> <BR> Omelet made with 2 eggs and 1/4 cup Kraft triple cheddar shredded cheese <BR> <BR> 8 oz. V8 spicy hot <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch: (Took Phentermine 30 minutes prior) <BR> <BR> 6" Sweet onion chicken teriyaki sub on wheat w. 1 slice provolone, <BR> <BR> lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, & 2 tbsp. sweet onion sauce <BR> <BR> 8 oz. Pineapple-Orange protein drink <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner: (Cheat meal for the week) <BR> <BR> A few chips with ... Sun, 15 May 2011 01:25:36 EST VC: Day four! :) Going Strong! There's no way I won't lose another 20 pounds before vacation if I stay this focused! :) Today's food and exercise diary: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (Took multivitamin and fiber pill) <BR> <BR> 2 egg omelet with 1/4 cup feta cheese <BR> <BR> 1/2 banana <BR> <BR> 1 cup skim milk <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch: (Took Phentermine 30 minutes prior) <BR> <BR> 2 packets Quaker oatmeal <BR> <BR> 1 tangerine <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> Weight Watchers Smart On... Fri, 13 May 2011 23:27:08 EST VC: Day three! :) My motivation is still soaring and I'm feeling really proud that I'm going three days strong. I think having my goal set to the day we leave for vacation (which is only about six weeks away) is helping me to stay extremely focused. Breaking my big goals down into smaller goals is something I'm going to continue doing from here on out, both in regards to weight loss and other goals. It seems so much more within reach when I say "I want to lose twenty more pounds in seven weeks" as compared to ... Fri, 13 May 2011 00:08:41 EST VC: Day Two! Today was a pretty average day, but a successful one when it comes to reaching my goals, so I can't complain! :) Shortly after waking up this morning, I got a call asking if I'd come in and work tonight. I don't normally work Monday-Thursdays and I had planned on going to Spin class tonight, but I figured I could just run instead to get in my cardio, and that walking around for six hours at work would be beneficial in reaching my goals. Also, the extra money would be nice to have to put towa... Wed, 11 May 2011 23:55:04 EST Vacation Challenge: Day One Today was a pretty good day. I was super productive! After waking, I completed my usual hour-ish morning routine of letting the dog out, feeding the animals, emptying the dishwasher, making myself breakfast, and lazing about on Facebook for a while. After that, I donated plasma in a record 45 minutes, and then came home and did a load of laundry, picked up the apartment, and ate lunch with Ash (my girlfriend) during which she received the phone call from Meridian Services saying she got the j... Wed, 11 May 2011 00:14:24 EST Vacation Challenge. In six weeks and four days, I leave for Florida! I've had enough of this plateau and knowing I will be in a bathing suit in that time is extra motivation to get reaaallllly serious and lose some more elll beees STAT! So here goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> VACATION CHALLENGE: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. 1,200-1,500 calories MAX six days a week. ONE cheat meal on ONE day of the week, with a max of 2,000 calories on the cheat meal day. <BR> <BR> 2. 100+ ounces of water DAILY. <BR> <BR> 3. Bob ... Tue, 10 May 2011 13:18:03 EST May: The month to get out of the 180's. I will see the 170's on the scale by the end of this month. Even if it's 179.9! I have to! I just haaaave to. May for me is about buckling down. <BR> <BR> I WILL stick to a 1,500 calorie diet 6 days a week, and a 2,000 calorie diet on my cheat day. <BR> I WILL drink 100 ounces of water daily. <BR> I WILL strength train 2-3x a week. <BR> I WILL attend Spinning classes 2-3x a week. <BR> I WILL run 2-3x a week. <BR> I WILL get into the 170's! <BR> <BR> xx ali Mon, 2 May 2011 23:58:35 EST Come on scale, give me a break. Exactly a month ago I weighed in at 188...Today, I'm still 188. I feel like I'm doing things well. I eat well, have the occasional splurge, get in at least 3-4 days of cardio a week, just started a strength training plan, and I'm a waitress, so on weekends I'm walking around for 6-8 hours a day. The only thing I can think to change is to track my calories in and calories out. The diet plan I am on now which was given to me by my Doctor, just asks for me to count my carbs and protein. <BR> <B... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 12:23:47 EST Personal training! :) I've always been a cardio junkie. Getting in enough walking, running, Spinning, etc. has never been an issue for me. I could do cardio for hours. I love it. Now getting in enough strength training...that's another story. <BR> <BR> I'm not too big a fan of workout DVDs. I like the gym and I like to workout there. I feel like I get more accomplished there and I focus more. I put in more effort than when I am at home working out. <BR> <BR> That being said, I'm down 30 pounds all because of c... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:10:27 EST Hold me accountable! Quick babble! <BR> <BR> I've finally hit 30 pounds lost and am hovering around 188. While I am going out for a friend's birthday next weekend and would love to hit 180 and be at my lowest in two years, I don't see that happening, lol. <BR> <BR> But I realllly want to hit 180 by the next time I weigh in with my Doctor (April 25th) That's about two and a half weeks away and I feel like I can really do it. I know hitting four pounds lost two weeks in a row will be tough, but I feel positive. ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:44:14 EST Bipolar motivation. Just a quick entry to get something off my chest. <BR> <BR> I feel like I can go a couple weeks with sky high motivation, where I am eating right, exercising consistently and shedding pounds. And then...I lose it. I go a week or two with zero motivation, eating like crap, and avoiding the gym like the plague. <BR> <BR> I was doing so well, got down to 188, and now I'm hovering in the beginning 190's because I'm back on a zero motivation kick! I hate this. <BR> <BR> So, I'm curious, how ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 12:08:36 EST Babbling about life :) I realized today that I am really happy. My life is so far from perfect, but I'm happy. I woke up in a great mood, despite intentionally missing my appointment with my weight loss Doctor (the appointment was early and I was so exhausted from a long day at work and hours spent doing research for a paper that lead to the information I needed, but not actually starting the paper, that I turned off the alarm and said "Screw it, I'm rescheduling.") <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I weighed myself to see w... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:19:16 EST 54 days left... My countdown calender is hanging upon the wall...with 54 days left as of today! I still have 34 pounds to go to reach my first goal, and to reach it by that time would mean losing about 4.85 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> I'm a little down about this. It's not very realistic to think I will lose that much in seven weeks, especially considering I lost 2 pounds for the entire month of February. HOWEVER, that's not going to stop me from giving it my all! <BR> <BR> My diet has been so-so, as well as... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 13:15:19 EST Goals for March! 1. Go from 194 pounds to 185 pounds.While I'd really like to hit 180 so that I can hit my lowest weight since 2007, I don't want to be unrealistic and set goals that are too high. That works for some, but I want to start setting more realistic and achievable goals so that I don't set myself up for disappointment. I only lost 2 pounds in February, but I was very wishy washy all over the place when it comes to consistency in eating well. <BR> <BR> 2. Bump my cardio up to 5 days per week from 3... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 16:17:27 EST Little updates. I haven't lost or gained any weight ( with the exception of minor daily fluctuations) since getting to 196 on February 1st. It's slightly frustrating, but I've decided not to get mad or stressed about it, because stressing will only make me more likely to hang onto those stubborn pounds! I know the weight will come off in time and so I'm just focusing on improving my efforts and being more conscious of my eating habits and working out consistently. <BR> <BR> I've began tracking my intake i... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:21:01 EST February Goals. I rededicated myself to losing weight and getting healthy with my Doctor's appointment (with a weight-loss specialist) on December 13th. In the just over 7 weeks that I have followed her plan, I am now down 22 pounds! :) I'm extremely psyched about that. I know my weight-loss won't always be so speedy, but I'm glad for the good start. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals for February! <BR> <BR> 1. Go from 196 to 188 pounds. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue to attend Spinning classes 3x per week. <BR> <BR... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:10:24 EST Countdown Calender! (With fun pictures!) Inspired by Ashley, (or Shiver20 as some may know her here on Spark!) I decided to create a countdown calender. <BR> <BR> It's been about one and a half months since I rededicated myself to losing weight and I've lost 20 pounds. I'd like to lose 38 more pounds to reach my goal. I just recently got my gym membership back (on Wednesday) and I have attended two Spin classes since. I'm extremely excited because getting in a workout was the tough part for me lately, as I'm more of a gym girl tha... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:06:41 EST Setting small(er) goals. My start weight on my ticker is 218, and my goal weight used to say 140. I'm at 204 right now and I have changed my goal weight on my ticker to 160. <BR> <BR> Back in 2006, I weighed 160 and I felt pretty confident. I doubt 160 will end up being my ultimate goal, I still would like to be a healthy 140, but I want to set smaller goals for myself to avoid feeling like I have soooo much to lose. <BR> <BR> So, right now, my first goal is to get to 188 by the beginning of February, 160 by the ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:59:27 EST Natural vs. Chemical. I feel motivated, empowered, strong, healthy and focused. <BR> <BR> On Monday, I met with my weight loss Doctor, Dr. Snyder. In the past, I had lost about 30 pounds in two months with her help, when unfortunately, I lost my job and had to quit going to her due to a tight budget. <BR> <BR> For a long time I felt so ashamed that in the six months I spent unemployed, I gained back all the weight I lost AND an additional four pounds. Part of my regaining the weight was the tight budget that j... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 19:32:27 EST It's that time of year again... New Year's Resolution time! <BR> <BR> I know some people think that you're ultimately setting yourself up for failure by setting so many goals at one time and think that New Year's Resolutions were made to be broken. But, ever the (mostly) positive thinker, I like making them. Perhaps because I've always been an avid list-maker. ;) <BR> <BR> As the new year approaches, I am always instilled with a sense of hope and inspiration. The concept of a new year being a fresh start always excites m... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 11:57:29 EST