ANCELA1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ANCELA1 ANCELA1'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/ Wellness Cards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137263 There are so many things we can do to stay physically and mentally healthy, but I feel like there's not enough time in the day to do them all, and there are a lot of things I could be doing for myself that I forget to do. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> So I made myself some 'Wellness Cards'. They're for my personal use at home (where I currently spend most of my time, looking for work and studying for the CPA exams) and they're basically for any time I want to take a quick break from w... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:38:03 EST Joining a Different Gym to Try Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641953 I've always liked Planet Fitness. From the machines and facilities to the yellow/purple motif and tootsie rolls, it was a place I enjoyed going...when I could get myself to go. I've never been consistent, but working out at PF has definitely helped me to achieve my current weight. Unfortunately, it might be time for us to say good-bye. <BR> <BR> I saw my dietician Lise a few weeks before Christmas, and we discussed a few different things. How much weight I'd lost, how I should focus on eatin... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:50:42 EST Clearing up Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585070 I have three weeks and three days until my next appointment with my dietician, Lise. Why am I so focused on seeing my dietician? Two reasons: 1) I've been maintaining my weight but haven't lost any in a month or so, and 2) it seems like I get complacent with myself, but I feel accountable toward someone who's trying to help me. Which probably isn't good, because I should be working toward my goals because it's healthy for me to do, not just because someone else expects me to. <BR> <BR> I've ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:24:18 EST A Visit to the Dietician http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498429 It's been a while since I last posted, but things are going really well. In my last entry, I had some ideas about how to re-approach weight loss, but it happened differently than I expected. <BR> <BR> First, I found out I had another vitamin deficiency this year. Long story short, I started taking some Vitamin D supplements as directed by my doctor and I've been feeling back to normal for a few months now. <em>273</em> <BR> <BR> Then in May, I tried doing WeightWatchers for a few weeks. T... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:28:45 EST A Visit to the Dietician http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498428 It's been a while since I last posted, but things are going really well. In my last entry, I had some ideas about how to re-approach weight loss, but it happened differently than I expected. <BR> <BR> First, I found out I had another vitamin deficiency this year. Long story short, I started taking some Vitamin D supplements as directed by my doctor and I've been feeling back to normal for a few months now. <em>273</em> <BR> <BR> Then in May, I tried doing WeightWatchers for a few weeks. T... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:28:41 EST New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104701 I have to admit, I'm pretty bummed. I haven't had a weigh-in recently, but when I was at the doctor's a few months ago, I'd gained back a lot of weight. I was (and still am) pretty disappointed in myself. I know a big source of my weight gain has been stress and anxiety. I felt pretty good in the months when I was able to lose weight, and now I don't feel that anymore, so it's much harder. <BR> <BR> Still, I want to be able to overcome that and become healthier and re-lose some of that exces... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:47:48 EST Let's Try This Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3879786 My final exams and final projects for school totally stressed me out this semester, and it was all downhill from there. The holiday meals started, cookies were baked, and I regressed- I basically unhinged my jaw and swallowed everything in sight. Recovery was slow because I was kind of depressed between Christmas and New Year's (for various reasons). <BR> <BR> But yesterday I started getting organized for the new year, and I bought a new sketchbook and listened to my iPod. I felt so much bet... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:27:14 EST Back in the Game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3816397 I fell out of routine for a while there. I got sucked into the semester, and got distracted by my schoolwork and activities- plus the stress pushed me into "Screw it, I NEED a doughnut!" thinking. <BR> <BR> I wasn't doing too bad, though. About a month or so ago I weighed myself, and found I was down to 195.5 lbs- over 13 lbs lost in total! I couldn't believe I had actually been able to get that far. I was so happy. :) For the next few weeks I weighed myself occasionally, and was able to mai... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 09:18:27 EST Under 200! Time for another new habit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667899 Wow, I am so relieved! It's definitely taken some time and effort to get my weight down to 200, a loss of 9 lbs., and I've gotten frustrated more than once. I got frustrated again when I went up a few pounds for no reason a few days later! (I later realized it had just been bloating. :P) But I was close to throwing in the towel yet again! <BR> <BR> I didn't stray far, though- I still ate the same things, kept the portion sizes, only I would have an extra snack or another helping at dinner I ... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:22:50 EST Out of House, Out of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3633024 I'm convinced that I'm gaining better self-control over my eating habits, but there are some foods that are so addicting to me, I just can't keep them in the house. <BR> <BR> Example; almond butter. Sure, a tablespoon never hurt anyone, and it's packed with protein. Heck, it's probably as healthy as having a small snack of almonds, since nothing else is added. But it's SO good. Then I think, one more couldn't hurt. Then by the end of the day, 1/4 or 1/2 of the jar is gone. (I had a similar e... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:47:13 EST Another New Habit- Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3629270 Now that I feel like my eating habits are under control, it's time to turn to my Achilles' heel of weight-loss: the dreaded exercise. <BR> <BR> I think my key motivator when facing this task is that with my weight and metabolism, eating healthy just won't cut it. So exercise is what's standing between me and my weight-loss goal...except that I won't let anything stop me now! <BR> <BR> I started on Tuesday by ignoring the whiny voice in my head telling me I was too tired to exercise at nine ... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 23:09:09 EST Now I see it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3616839 This will be a short one, just a piece of good news. I've lost 7 lbs. so far, but I don't look any different- I can't tell where the weight came off. At least not until the other day. <BR> <BR> My sister thought my jeans looked a little loose on me, but I figured it was because they usually stretch out a little bit after a few wears. Just in case, though, I measured my waist (which I maybe should have been doing anyway). To my surprise, I was two inches smaller than I was in the beginning of... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 22:56:06 EST Habits are Good, but Weight is Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3606558 In little over a month, I've made some moderate to large changes in my eating habits. First, I eat to live, not live to eat. I'll have a brownie or ice cream sometimes, but only once in a while. Second, I've been eating smaller portions, and am getting used to it. I love the feeling of satisfied versus the feeling of being "stuffed"! Also, even though I don't get a lot of veggies during the day, I make sure to take plenty (along with salad) at dinner when I eat with my family. Overall, I feel... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 13:07:24 EST You Lose Some, You Gain Some http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3526397 Things were actually going pretty well since I started making healthy changes (i.e. dieting, only hopefully more long-term). I lost 4 pounds, but it took me three weeks. <BR> <BR> Then, for a couple of days I allowed myself to eat more than usual, especially for a barbecue, when I skipped my 100 cal. pudding cup to try all the desserts. :d Looking back, I could have limited myself better, even if I couldn't avoid it entirely. <BR> <BR> The next day I weighed myself, and I was more than I st... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:08:19 EST