AMANDA_YVONNE's SparkPeople Blog AMANDA_YVONNE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sweden Rejects Low-Fat Diets in Favour of Low-Carb High-Fat Nutrition <link><BR>omes-first-western-nation-to-reject-lo<BR>w-fat-diet-dogma-in-favor-of-low-carb-<BR>high-fat-nutrition/ </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:11:52 EST Do Calories Really Matter? This article answers the question in a really interesting way: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ies-matter </link> <BR> <BR> Personally I don't count calories anymore. I feel like like the human body is way more complex than the theory of "calories in, calories out" suggests. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:41:50 EST Call me Mrs. Tracey! Well I did it! It's been a trying year, but I'm married and the day went beautifully! <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year I weighed 220lbs and I set a goal for myself to lose 80lbs before my wedding. I did not reach that goal by a long shot. <BR> <BR> I lost 30lbs fairly easily and then plateaued for a long while. In June I had a health scare and was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot in my lung) I spent a week in the hospital and another week at home recovering. I stopped f... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 14:10:20 EST Personal Update (81 days til the wedding) I wrote a blog a couple weeks ago, writing about how I had a heart murmur and that I had being going for tests. <BR> <BR> On June 19 I was having intense chest pains so my fiancee took me to the emergency room at the local hospital. They had the results of my echo-cardiogram (the most recent test I had gone for, an ultrasound of the heart.) and the murmur was being caused by intense pressure against my heart, by what they suspected was a pulmonary embolism. <BR> <BR> They kept me in the e... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:59:37 EST Personal Update (96 days til the wedding) So a few days ago, triggered by the example of sparkfriend, KIKKI-G, I decided to "reset" my sparkpeople account and give myself a fresh slate. I chose June 13th because that day marked exactly 100 days to get married. I was ready to refocus my diet and exercise goals. On the 12th my body instead decided to have a little break down. <BR> <BR> It started with blurred vision and a migraine, then progressed to dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and trouble speaking. My employer took me to ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:03:55 EST Operation Wedding 2013! (143 days to go!) This last month was weird, I worked really hard to recommit to my diet and I lost 4lbs which is awesome, but my measurements stayed pretty much the same except for a .5" loss on both my upper arms and calves (which is usually the hardest place for me to lose inches). I'm gonna call it a win anyways, ha ha! <BR> <BR> 1.5.2013 STATS: <BR> <BR> Weight: 189lbs (-31lbs) <BR> Waist: 32" (-4.5") <BR> Hips: 42" (-5") <BR> Thigh: 26" (-3") <BR> Upper Arm: 12.5" (-1.5") <BR> Neck: 12.5" (-1.5") <BR> ... Wed, 1 May 2013 12:54:58 EST Operation Wedding 2013! (171 days to go!) So March is my birthday month... and St Patrick's day... and the weather started getting nice. Needless to say I had a little too much fun and my weight loss goals suffered a bit for it. It wasn't a fail by any means, I lost all around, but not as much as I'd liked to. Down 3lbs in March, in April I want to be down at least 4lbs to get my butt into the 180's! <BR> <BR> 1.4.2013 STATS: <BR> <BR> Weight: 193lbs (-27lbs) <BR> Waist: 32" (-4.5") <BR> Hips: 42" (-5") <BR> Thigh: 26" (-3") <BR> U... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:54:29 EST Operation Wedding 2013! (204 days to go!) I think I had another success in February! I'm down an additional 7lbs which isn't as impressive as January, but I'll take it! My goal is to lose as much weight as possible by August 8, which is the day the alterations begin on my wedding dress. According to SparkPeople I can reach 151lbs by that day, which isn't quite my goal of 140, but it does but me in the "normal" range of the BMI (currently I'm still considered obese at 196lbs). <BR> <BR> And now for the numbers! <BR> <BR> 1.3.2013 ST... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:54:52 EST Operation Wedding 2013! (232 days to go!) So I think January was a success for me. I started following a LCHF diet and I lost 17lbs pretty effortlessly. I'm rarely hungry which is something I've never experienced in my whole life. <BR> <BR> But better than all that is my wedding dress arrived at the shop and when I went to try it on it was too BIG!!! I was so happy! They let me know that my deadline is August 8th for major weight loss because that's when they have me scheduled for alterations! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:11:43 EST Operation Wedding 2013! (262 days to go!) Well I completely lost my resolve in the last few months of 2012 and I'm so embarrassed and ashamed. I cried on the scale yesterday morning when I saw those numbers nearing my highest weight. I have no one to blame but myself. <BR> <BR> BUT I'm not going to get anywhere moping around feeling sorry for myself, I have 262 days to lose as much weight as possible! Let's do this! <BR> <BR> 1.1.2013 STATS: <BR> <BR> Weight: 220.4lbs <BR> Waist: 36.5" <BR> Hips: 47" <BR> Thigh: 29" <BR> Upper A... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:17:30 EST One Word Answers Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Desk <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Working <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Auburn <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Awesome <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Tries <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Family <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> Sad <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> Water <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> Office <BR> <BR> Your hobby? <BR> ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:44:20 EST Operation Wedding (351 days to go) So here's a SparkPeople exclusive... I bought a wedding dress! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really worried that at my appointment I would have body issues and I would feel ugly, but that wasn't the case at all! I felt beautiful in every dress I tried on and I can't wait to get married!!! <BR> <BR> I bought it in a size 16 (I'm stuffed into a size 6 sample dress in the picture) but the bridal salon said that their alterationist ca... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:45:48 EST Operation Wedding (365 days to go) Wow exactly a year today until I get married! <em>336</em> <BR> <BR> It feels so weird. Not to mention I've not been doing so well on my journey to health and fat loss. <BR> <BR> I have such good intentions during the day. I pack a healthy lunch, eat a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water and log it all in my tracker. Then I get home from work and it's a free for all! Nothing is off limits! Ugh why am I so hungry after work? <BR> <BR> Does any one else feel this way? <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:38:12 EST Operation Wedding (372 days to go) So this week I stayed the same weight, 203lbs. But I'm going to count that as a win because TOM is going to be here any second and I ALWAYS gain! <BR> <BR> My fiancee and I have one last wedding to attend this summer, on Saturday. It's my cousins wedding, they're having an open bar and my family is a bunch of party animals! It's going to be tough to stay on track. <BR> <BR> People think it's hard to stay on track during the winter holiday season? Try wedding season! Ugh! <BR> <BR> Anyways... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:50:38 EST Operation Wedding (379 days to go) So let's begin with the fact that I have been bad. I took some time off work and totally neglected my exercise, diet, sparking and blogging. But I am here now and ready to make amends (to myself mostly). <BR> <BR> The vacation was great, went to a couple weddings (one of which I was the maid of honour) sang, danced, ate and DRANK! Too much drinking! <BR> <BR> This week I've been working hard to get myself back on track. In fact today at work we had a pizza party at lunch that I had to organ... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:20:49 EST Do you need a little extra motivation? Yesterday I found this website called dietbet. It's basically a challenge to lose 4% of your body weight in 28 days. <BR> <BR> Everyone participating in that challenge puts in a certain amount of money, and the people in the challenge that meet their 4% goal split the pot. <BR> <BR> So not only are you motivated to win some money, you are also motivated to not lose the money you put in the pot! <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested in this I started a challenge that starts on Sept. 16, and it'... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:29:53 EST Operation Wedding (400 days to go) Wow 400 days! Eep! <BR> <BR> My summer has just been wedding crazy! Besides getting engaged myself I have 3 weddings to attend, including 1 where I am the maid of honour! <BR> <BR> In fact I'm throwing my friend's bachelorette party tonight! <BR> <BR> And on that note I totally forgot to weigh and measure myself this morning because I was making sure I had everything for this party (I am leaving straight from work and going to the hotel) BUT it's just as well because it's my TOM and I ty... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:25:06 EST Operation Wedding Blog/Update Day Reschedule Just popping in to say to my friends who have started following my "Operation Wedding" blogs that I will now be writing on Fridays, as that is my slow day at work and I will always be able to write. Sundays (and weekends in general) I'm lucky if I am able to get on my computer at all, let alone write a blog! <BR> <BR> See you Friday! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:40:37 EST Operation Wedding (412 days to go) Just a quick update because I have a busy day modelling dresses for a plus size designer! ( <BR> <BR> I stuck with my work out pretty good last week, but I was a little naughty with my eating... I did, however, manage to get enough protein everyday which is something I have struggled with previously, so I'll call that a mini win. <BR> <BR> Next week I will be more thoughtful with my food choices and stick with my workout routine! <BR> <BR> Current stats: <BR> <BR> We... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:08:14 EST Operation Wedding (419 days to go) So for those of you who may not know me I got engaged to the love of my life this April and I'm going to be getting married September 21, 2013. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to say there's nothing quite as motivating as the possibility of looking fat in your wedding pictures! <BR> <BR> I really had a wake up call at my engagement party on July 21, I really need to kick it into gear! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:56:57 EST 50 Questions 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> No, my mom just said she always liked the name Amanda, so here I am! <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Last Saturday, July 21 at my engagement party, all my friends and family had such lovely things to say. <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> My cursive is nice but my printing is super messy. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Probably turkey. <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> No human children yet... I ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:38:36 EST Happy 2012 Happy New Year fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I am using this space today to write down my New Years resolutions. <BR> <BR> My first is to continue to work towards my weight loss goals with the help of SparkPeople (surprise!) <BR> <BR> Second is to purchase a healthy cook book and try a new recipe every week. <BR> <BR> Third is to gain better control of my finances and accumulate a nice rainy day fund. <BR> <BR> And the fourth, and most important to me is to make more time for family. <BR> ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:52:16 EST