ANYA_JADE's SparkPeople Blog ANYA_JADE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring Break and a Funeral Not quite the same as the movie title. <BR> <BR> Hello everyone. During BLC 17 I went from 348.8 down to 331.6 so I managed, in 8 weeks to lose 17.2 pounds. Not too shabby, could have been better, could definitely have been worse. <BR> <BR> Then it was over. I guess I got so overwhelmed with student teaching, not having a kitchen, not having time, spring break, comprehensive exams, and to top everything off, one of the girls in my program was in a car accident and passed away last week.... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:12:52 EST BLC #17 WUB # 5/6 oops! I had been doing so well! To be honest, though, this is the most I've blogged since HS when I used to blog daily. Now, you're lucky to get a FB update out of me 1x/day. :P <BR> <BR> My official weight as of Sunday morning was 336.0 which is 58 pounds down from the doctors scale and 54 down from my home scale! So, I'm rounding the corner on 60 pounds lost! <BR> <BR> To be honest, I have been very lax with the 'exercise' I climb lots and lots of stairs everyday at work, and I walk a lot ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:32:59 EST BLC#17 WUB #4 + Measurements Hello again, <BR> <BR> My sickness from the past two weeks finally came to a head this week as an upper respiratory and sinus infection...yay. That had me out of commission both Monday and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> My weight-loss this week - 0. yay. :( Really the scale yesterday said a gain from the weekend, but I'll just go with no loss and see how a not sick week works out. <BR> <BR> I was not able to participate in the weekly challenges this week. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> Continue to dri... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 22:24:52 EST BLC #17 - Visual Motivator I made this visual as a peek into my brain as to what my motivators are. <BR> <BR> Some are life goals, and some are specific attributes I would like to have, it's just whatever inspired me. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:42:57 EST BLC#17 WUB #3 Hello All! <BR> <BR> I have had a seriously busy and feeling-like-ick-and-death week. As I write this, I am nursing my cold with coffee and Dayquil. haha. <BR> <BR> My weight-loss this week - 2.6 pounds! :D <BR> <BR> Here were our weekly challenges and how I did: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Try at least one new fruit and vegetable. - Check! I ate kiwi...verdict: kinda gross, haha. I like the starfruit I tried last challenge much better. <BR> <BR> Fitness: Learn about overtraining and how to... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:38:41 EST BLC#17 WUB #2 Oh my! (A la George Takei) A blog TWO weeks in a row?? Whoda thunkit? <BR> <BR> This week has been good. I was only able to formally exercise for about 1.5 hours this week, verses my normal 3+ but I also did not consume as many calories each day. And the results for the week are... <BR> <BR> ....a FOUR pound loss! :D <BR> <BR> Here are the BLC#17 Week 2 Challenges and how I've done: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Drink at least eight (8-ounce) cups of water each day. --Check! <BR> <BR> Fitne... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:22:42 EST Wow... I would like to point out something rather exciting: <BR> <BR> Last August, when I started my first BLC with the 20 somethings group these were my stats: <BR> <BR> Mile time: 20+ minutes <BR> Situps in 1 minute: 15 (POORLY formed) <BR> Pushups in 1 minute: 10 (at the knee-and half-assedly completed) <BR> and all of my measurements together were 280 inches. <BR> <BR> I am starting my next BLC right now (this time as a group leader) and here are my new stats as of today: <BR> <BR> Mile time... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:43:57 EST BLC#17 - WUB #1 (of many!) Hello again! *clears out the dust and cobwebs* <BR> <BR> ...yeah, this thing hasn't seen much use in the past few months, but here's hoping that might change! <BR> <BR> This week we have several challenges and goals: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Use a calorie counter - I use SP's tracker daily. <BR> <BR> Fitness: Create a fitness plan (share it in a blog!) - Well, here goes!: <BR> M - Splashburner Class (high-intensity water aerobics) - 1 hour <BR> T - Resistance Bands and core workout - 30 m... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:08:58 EST I'm feeling all WUBy Dovey (and Color me Rad!) Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Guess what I did? A 5k!!! The "Color Me Rad!" 5k in Blacksburg was this Saturday and it was awesome! Admittedly, this is not a 5k you do for speed, you do it for the experience of breathing in gallons of colored cornstarch that make everything from your teeth to your toes every shade of the rainbow! <BR> <BR> So, my friends and I started the race looking like this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We t... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:27:09 EST Being Sick Has Its Benefits! and other NSV's As I mentioned in my last blog. I have had bronchitis for the better part of a week and some change. It has been supremely sucktastic. Adding to this the fact that I've been going to bed at 12-1 and getting up between 3 and 4, I have felt generally like death on toast for about 9 days. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I finally decided I needed to go to the doctor to get pills because I was obviously not going to get enough sleep in the next 2 months to ward off whatever plague hath infected my bod... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:38:26 EST To WUB or not to WUB that is the question? I am not dead! In fact, I haven't really fallen off the wagon, I've still been doing what I'm supposed to be doing, I've just been so SWAMPED with life that I can only briefly get on SP each day, log everything, comment on a few posts, and pass out. <BR> <BR> In addition to that, I've had bronchitis for the past week and a day and I finally sucked it up and went to the doctor yesterday and she gave me shiny shiny antibiotics which have made me feel infinitely better. Though now I'm stuck ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 16:54:49 EST Party in Pink Zumbathon 2012! - Christiansburg, VA Even as I am sitting here writing this I can feel the muscles in my abs, back, and legs yelling at me for my behavior yesterday, I am SO happy that I did it. <BR> <BR> I've done Zumba before, in fact, I do an hour of Zumba every week, but never, in my life, have I done 2 straight hours of heart pounding, adrenaline pumping zumba! <BR> <BR> Let me take you through this journey. <BR> <BR> 8:00 woke up, grabbed a silk chocolate soy milk (8oz) and a fiber one oats and chocolate bar. (290 cal... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:32:10 EST Snack Addiction? I can has it? <BR> <BR> So today, at lunch, my friend brought in hummus with cucumbers, and my jaw hit the floor. I LOVE chips and dip, in fact, it may very well be the one food I could eat forever without getting tired of it. But I'd basically relegated it to the 'never-gonna-happen' corner along with all things fried. <BR> <BR> After seeing this amazing looking concoction, I drove to Food Lion and picked up the best looking cucumber I could find, a bag of tiny-twists low-fat pretzel... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:46:17 EST A trip, a slip, and a zumbathon! (WUB #2) Hello all! <BR> <BR> The past 5 days have been absolute madness. Simply, and purely, madness. <BR> <BR> As you all know, I flew to Texas to be the maid-of-honor and my friend's wedding. The flight was, as to be expected, kind of miserable. I am 6'1" and I require a seatbelt extender. Need I say more. I look forward to the future when I can get on a plane and not have to ask for the seat-belt extender, I really do. <BR> <BR> Topic the first: FOOD. <BR> <BR> Regarding food this week... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:48:33 EST Traveling--NEED ADVICE! Ok, I am flying out tomorrow afternoon for my best friend's wedding in Texas (I live in Virginia). I am going to have to figure out what to eat for dinner Thursday, food all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (getting back to Virginia late Sunday night) <BR> <BR> I cannot pack my normal breakfasts (bolthouse drinks) into my suitcase due to weight and the fact that I'm not checking a bag. And I am going to be out of my routine--which has me panicked! <BR> <BR> The last time I left my rou... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:39:02 EST Dear Skinny B**** Or at least, that's what I'd like to call you. <BR> <BR> It has been 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> You have managed to stay in your calorie range for SEVENTY days! <BR> You've exercised over 1,800 minutes! (30 hours!) <BR> You've likely lost at LEAST 1 pants size <BR> You've probably also lost at least 25 pounds! Good for you! <BR> You're probably in the 340's now (Haven't been there since 2010 have we?) <BR> You've already finished almost your entire blocking semester! <BR> You've taught gram... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:45:05 EST Three-hundred and seventy-four pounds (WUB#1) Yes 374# That is what I weighed this morning when I checked the scale (374.2) That puts my loss for 3.5 weeks to 15.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> What does 15.8 pounds look like? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's what. <BR> <BR> I feel really good about this. <BR> <BR> Since I do not have any goals posted from last week as this is my first week of Goals, let's just discuss my choices over the past week. <BR> <BR> *I was within or u... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:56:26 EST Not dead and not any larger Hey Everybody! <BR> <BR> I have been so bad recently, not foodwise but I haven't logged my food in SP I haven't been exercising and I haven't been active in my groups, but! There IS a reson! <BR> <BR> I just finished Finals!! (well I have one left, but its online this afternoon, and I'm not too worried) <BR> <BR> I am so sorry to all the people that I have disappointed (especially the Vet's team on BLC4...but I did loose 6 pounds in the first two weeks so maybe that will make up for it d... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:51:22 EST Side-Stitches? So Like some of you might have read on the "20somethings with 100+ to lose" I was doing Exercise yesterday, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) and I pushed myself really hard to do the Heavy level of dancing and I got side stitches <BR> <BR> when I was just walking to class at a very moderate place the stitches came back!that's crazy. I wonder if I broke something? I actually don't know what causes stitches.... hmm...time to google! <BR> <BR> In other news, I weighed in this morning a... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:49:36 EST Beating myself up. I saw the featured article for today, and I don't think it could have been any more appropriate... Here is an excerpt: <BR> <BR> "Sometimes, this can be easier said than done. Any self-bashing you might do may actually have its roots in something other people have told you over the years. Harsh words can leave scars that never go away. Still, that doesn’t mean we have to carry on the legacy of beating ourselves up." <BR> <BR> I have a history of, A. Never being skinny, B. ALWAYS being m... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 18:13:49 EST Attempting not to give up before I've even started My exercise drive kind of died last week and so when I weighed in I had actually gained a few pounds since last week and that was Saturday morning, so that whole day, I just said screw it and ate badly the entire weekend, and now I am feeling depressed and trying to get back into the swing of things... I hate my inability to be consistent Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:44:01 EST Grrrrfluffle! Why does it have to be so hard sometimes?! <BR> <BR> Really. One week, I eat well. <BR> One week, I exercise, <BR> One week, I drink water, <BR> Some weeks I do two of the three. <BR> Why can't I do all three at once ::headdesk:: <BR> <BR> ugh...I get mad at myself sometimes. Why is it so hard to do everything right at the same time? Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:20:47 EST Food Question for my friends? How do you saute veggies without using butter? I'm a loss, I usually use a little butter to get them going, and I don't want to use olive oil, because it seems heavy, butter melts a bit better. Is there anything else that works? <BR> <BR> Also, what is your typical make up of meals, do you eat more calories at Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner? and how often do you eat? I'm trying to figure out what works best. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any responses I get! :D Wed, 5 Nov 2008 17:10:09 EST Sick, but still exercising So I've had some crappy days food wise, just no motivation whatsoever, but I'm thinking a lot of it had to do with this crappy sickness I got. (Which, now that i look back at it, I got sick right after I started last time....maybe something about drastically changing your eating/exercising habits) but I'm doing better, I finally have enough money to go grocery shopping to get the good food I need to do this successfully. Which is exciting! I can't wait to be thin. Last time I lost about 60 p... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 19:03:37 EST Hmm.... Round 3? No. I think not. I don't want to look at this as having screwed up, yet again, and starting over. This is simply doing it. <BR> <BR> I finally the motivation and drive to go through with this, I really can't wait until I am skinny, it is going to be a long journey and it will likely be painful :P but I can do it. <BR> <BR> So, yeah. I'm back. Wish me luck <BR> <BR> Oh yeah! I got 1000 spark goodie points on the wheel! (not that I know what that does, but it's still 1000 of whatever they are :D) Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:17:45 EST I'm still alive! ....freaking computer froze up writing this last time, and I lost it :( here goes again... <BR> <BR> I'm alive, sorry I didn't write at all last week, I was in GA for Spring Break visiting my Grandpa who just turned 80. Consequentially I had no access to internet (the man doesn't even own nor know how to turn on nonetheless use a computer) Which definitely made calorie counting non-existant :( <BR> <BR> I ate pretty much crap all spring break, but luckily enough I only gained 1 pound seeing... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:58:07 EST Sick :( There has been a bug going around campus here and I've got it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my throat was so bad I went and bought a malt so that I could have something cold on my throat. <BR> <BR> I have lost 10 pounds in the last two weeks though, so that's good. :) <BR> <BR> Today is my third day of feeling like crap, so hopefully I'll be feeling better and able to exercise tomorrow. :/ <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:08:45 EST I'm still going strong! First off, I got 20 points on the wheel today!!! <BR> <BR> That makes me very happy, now I'm only 48 points away from my next trophy! <BR> <BR> I have also been ok with calories. I've gone over by about 10-100 calories for a few days, but I don't consider it a loss. but now I am going to try and aim for the bottom half of my calorie range, now that I have done one week. ^_^ <BR> <BR> I'm SO happy to be back.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Mar 2008 14:17:00 EST Back again, Yes.'s been far too long. <BR> <BR> I moved to college and I stopped, caring, counting, working out, feeling good, simply stopped. I can't do it anymore. I had an emotional breakdown in front of my boyfriend and I basically decided that I can't be this overweight person anymore. I need to be able to be healthy. <BR> <BR> So here I am. plus 30 ish of the pounds I'd lost, but still less than when I began a year ago! <BR> <BR> Good luck, and God bless! ^_^ Mon, 25 Feb 2008 00:52:41 EST Back from the dead Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> Hope I didn't have many of you too worried about me. I kind of lost my spark as it were, but do not fear, I am back. <BR> <BR> Even though I stopped exercising and ate CRAP for the last 2-3 months, and stopped keeping track of my calories, I have managed to only gain 2 lbs and I plan on loosing that quickly. I missed my 4th of July goal, and I still have 5 lbs to loose to get there. Grr..oh well, its my fault, and I am not going to change my goal dates, and hopeful... Wed, 25 Jul 2007 06:35:22 EST anyone else agree? I strongly dislike the new layout of the site, it bugs me, and I can't find anything. ugh. <BR> <BR> other than that I'm doing ok, I am officially at 260 now, only 10 lbs from the 1/2 way mark. <BR> <BR> How is everyone? Thu, 31 May 2007 11:16:08 EST Down 60 and still going strong. only 10 till Im 1/2 there! hmm...I am now 1 pound away from having lost 60 pounds! I weigh in tommorrow so I will find out. <BR> <BR> I haven't been using the nutrition calculator for about 2 weeks, because I've been so tired and busy. But I will start up again on Monday. I find it funny that I'm still loosing even w.o. exercising "officially" and without counting calories. I suppose its because I am still watching what I eat, and I've gotten really good at counting calories in my head w.o. having to log them. I also... Sat, 26 May 2007 10:15:15 EST Official weigh in tommorrow but I'm sure it will be the same I am down 45 pounds!!!!!! I have struggled and sweat and said no to tasty treats and it has paid off. I have almost lost 1/3 of the 140 pounds that I want to lose. <BR> Not to mention I got 25 POINTS on the WHEEL today ^_^ <BR> <BR> I also have only eaten 1,150 calories today (my range is 1750-2100) but I'm not even hungry. I ate 1 cup of grits for breakfast, a chocolate bar for lunch (I was on the run and it was all I could get hehe) and I had schnitzel and pommes (a breaded pork steak wi... Sat, 21 Apr 2007 13:44:25 EST 3 month anniversary and 42 pounds gone's been three months. that is a LONG time to stick with one thing. <BR> <BR> I've had a few plateaus and some bad days but I never let myself get discouraged. <BR> <BR> Lets see I've lost 42 lbs and 45.5 inches. I've gone from a size 28 to a 24 and I am wearing clothes I haven't worn since 7th grade...its really weird I only vaguely remember wearing those clothes. It's like buying a new wardrobe without spending anything. <BR> <BR> I also joined the Spark People Community Team. I... Thu, 12 Apr 2007 04:49:32 EST Down 35lbs~! Ok I am down 35lbs and 36 inches. Do you know what that means. I am THREE FEET skinnier than I was when I started. That is insane... <BR> <BR> I am so happy. I added new pictures most of them are from today. some are a bit earlier. ^_^ Let me know what you think. I am almost positive I am going to Colorado State University for College so I'm excited about that as well. <BR> <BR> Stay sparky! Sun, 11 Mar 2007 15:23:49 EST I will be down to 235 for college! I was calculating it and If I continue to loose appx 10lbs a month I will be down to 235 for college. That to me is *SO* exciting. Just the thought of people I don't know not judging me for my weight, because by then I will only have 55lbs to go, and I should look at least good! XD Ah! this has my all pumped. <BR> <BR> Oh, btw I am now officially down 25lbs! since jan. 6th. I have also lost 22something Inches (I forget exactly, and am too lazy to go look it up XD) Make me say no to the pizza... Wed, 14 Feb 2007 13:08:18 EST Weigh in! ^_^ I am down 15 lbs! I am now at 305 Ive lost 3.5 in is my waist, 2.5 in my hips and 1.5 in my neck. so all told its 7.5 inches gone! <BR> <BR> I am ecstatic. I can't wait untill I break 200. When I can stop telling people I weight 3something, It will be so wonderful :P Ive only gone over on calories one day in 2 weeks, and Ive been going over my calorie burn requirements. <BR> <BR> It was really great the other day I went to the gym and my friend Jamela (ja-me-la, not jam-ela haha) was ther... Sun, 21 Jan 2007 06:05:09 EST Ow...oooh....Groan I am in pain...maybe what the website said was right, about not doing strength training 2 days in a row...*owowowow* I can hardly walk (not to mention the 3 flights of stairs I have to walk up to get into my house XD) <BR> <BR> I don't believe Ill be doing strength training untill Wed. now. I will do Pilates tomorrow, hopefully (if I can even move XD). <BR> <BR> *hobbles off to take a warm bath that she can HOPEFULLY get out of haha) Mon, 8 Jan 2007 14:01:12 EST Wow... 2 days into the program and I have already lost 2 lbs! this is great. I feel great, albeit a bit sore from working out (my abs are on FIRE) XD I love that I have lost, but I will not become discouraged if for some reason I don't loose at some point. <BR> <BR> My decisions: <BR> <BR> Don't give up. <BR> <BR> Even if I don't loose weight, don't stop and think it isn't working. <BR> <BR> Don't deny myself something, just have a small amount that is reasonable and allows me to stay within my... Sun, 7 Jan 2007 16:17:48 EST Day 1 Ok so Today I found the beauty that is Sparkpeople, I was watching The Biggest Loser on TV and it inspired me to loose weight. I am a member on (albinoblackduck) and I am part of a community (Beautifulcurves) a weight acceptance community of any weight. One of the members asked if anyone knew of a good website to use as a weight loss resource and they were unanimously told Spark People. I have fallen in love with the site and I enjoy the fact that I can still eat what I want... Sat, 6 Jan 2007 10:29:47 EST