ANGIE_BLAIR's SparkPeople Blog ANGIE_BLAIR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Seeing Some Real Progress I've had a few weeks of being at a weight plateau, and was starting to feel a little frustrated by not making much progress despite really good efforts. And then this week - things started changing. Or maybe I just noticed them changing. Either way, I had three really big wins this week and I'm newly energized and motivated. It's so encouraging to be able to mark these scale and non-scale goals, especially when it can be so easy and tempting to give up. <BR> <BR> 1. I've reached my first sh... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:07:14 EST My pants fit! I've lost about 15 lbs in the last 10 weeks. I've been encouraged with this progress so far, but it's been hard to get too excited becuase I've put on about 20 lbs in the last 2 years or so. I don't think I'll really feel like I'm making progress until I lose more than those 20 new lbs and start really working on losing some of the weight I've been carrying around for years. <BR> <BR> That being said, I've been really focused on the numbers on the scale and not paying much attention to othe... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:55:52 EST Time Wasters I waste a lot of time on my phone or the computer - facebook, games, instagram. If I started taking a walk instead of checking my facebook feed, I'd rack up the miles very quickly! I need to start being more intentional about how I use my time. Motivating myself to go to Yoga last night instead of sitting around wasting time on the computer was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. Thu, 9 May 2013 10:56:19 EST 1 week! While one week isn't a long time, I've found that with anything I do, it's easier to take it one week, one day, one choice at a time. I'm not going to lose weight by keeping my goals a year at a time; I'm only going to accomplish my goals if I make conscious decisions every minute of every day. I'm fighting the urge to weigh myself, because I don't want to make it all about the pounds I've lost. <BR> <BR> If I'm going to be honest with myself (which is going to be absolutely essential for t... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 13:35:18 EST State Fair Things are going well. I'm making healthy decisions while keeping my goals in mind, and I'm not feeling discouraged. Yet. I realize that coming from a family with a history of both extreme obesity and diabetes (not to mention heart disease and a host of other things) I need to take control of my health and develop healthier habits now, while I'm still relatively young. I've been doing an adequate job tracking my food. I only took one day off this week to go to the State Fair. Even though ever... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:11:09 EST Track, track, track After my week of eating, drinking, and being merry with a friend from college, I'm ready to get serious about my health. This week, I'm not as concerned about my calories or what I'm eating, as I am about tracking. My goal for the week is to track everything I eat and drink enough water every day. It's totally attainable. Step one is awareness. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:38:40 EST Starting again, again. "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." -- Vincent Van Gogh <BR> <BR> I set goals, achieve them and then move on to the next thing. I don't like to try anything I'm not good at or that I might fail at. Every two years or so, I tell myself that I'm going to lose weight and get serious about my health, but I always find myself back where I started and completely off track. What I have been doing hasn't been working for me - I am afraid of faili... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:14:28 EST Weekend <em>15</em> Weekend eating is definitely one of my down falls. Small steps though; I realize that I can't change everything all at once or I will get frustrated. I went to the gym 3 times last week and took a walk twice (yay!). I also tracked my food on all but one day (and it was a holiday weekend!!). I pigged out on potato chips and also on some bread and olive oil yesterday. Yesterday I didn't track either. Bad choices. However, when I went grocery shopping I bough a LOT of fruits and ve... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:16:56 EST again... I'm trying to start again after several false starts the last few months. I probably will not eat well today. I will try, but I haven't planned ahead at all. I'm focusing on drinking enough water this week and going to the gym a few times. Small steps to start. I've been horrible for the last month, but luckily haven't gained any weight. However, 188 is the lowest I have ever tracked. I know I've been a little bit lighter, but probably not since senior year of high school. 188 seems to be the... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 11:29:24 EST A Little Off Track I haven't been good about tracking my food for the last couple of weeks. I've gotten a bit off track and have only lost about 1.5 lbs in the last two weeks. I'm trying to start getting back on track starting today - tracking my food and my exercise. I am so close to getting below 190 - which would be awesome! My ultimate goal is obviously much lower, but I am really excited at the prospect of not being in the 190s any more. <BR> <BR> My workouts have been going really well lately. One of ... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 13:00:40 EST Week 1 After my first week, I've lost 3 lbs! I'm very exctied about that because it was a lot more than I expected. I know not to get my hopes up too high because it's very likely that I won't lose anywhere close to that this week. I only went to the gym twice last week (my goal is at least 3), and I didn't do as well as I could have tracking food. But, I did make much more concious choices about what I'm eating. I'm finding that it really helps me to look up and track all of my food before I eat it... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 14:25:51 EST Getting started I've been doing fairly well so far (it's only been three days, but that means that I'm 1/7 of the way to making it a habit, right??). I've gone a little over my calorie allotment, but I am fairly close and am doing a LOT better than I was before. I have been making concious choices about my food and planning at least most of the next day's meals ahead. The biggest thing I've done so far is to eat breakfast every day! Cereal or yogurt are easy and I can eat them at my desk while I'm reading e... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 15:14:32 EST