AUGUSTAGLOOP's SparkPeople Blog AUGUSTAGLOOP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Weight Chart - the Final Descent This is my weight chart, beginning from when I started on Sparkpeople in January of 2009. It's not 100% accurate of course as I didn't use SP for long stretches of time. <BR> <BR> My highest point is April of 2012 - 213 lbs. My lowest (before this past year) was September of 2009 - 169 lbs. Today I am 149.8. Every dip down is me trying -yet again- to lose weight. Nearly every time, I got up as high or higher than I was before. It's kind of sad really - I've been fighting this for nearly my w... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:58:15 EST On Plateaus I feel as though a lot of changes are happening to my body all at once, even though this has been a 10-month process so far (this time around). Since last April, I have: <BR> <BR> *Lost 37.4 lbs (around 30 still to go!); <BR> *Lost 6" from my waist, 5" from my bust, and 4" from my hips; <BR> *Greatly improved my relationship with food and eating; <BR> *regularly practice yoga and walk (when the weather's nice), which has improved my sleep, stress levels, and mental health. I'm in a good plac... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:26:56 EST Lent for the Non-Religious So hear me out... <BR> <BR> I had a Catholic best friend in high school, and nearly ever since I have given up (or attempted to give up) something during Lent. I've never really thought much about it, it was just a convenient timeframe in which to test my fortitude and willpower. I'm not the only person that does this apparently - there are a ton of articles like this one: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>elebrating-lent-why-non-religious-mill<BR>ennials-are/ </lin... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:03:24 EST Hanging in There and Resolutions I am hovering around the same weight I have been at since before Thanksgiving. That's OK, and I'm really glad I didn't gain over the holidays, but I'm ready to start losing again. It has been harder than I thought it would be to get back on track, especially with physical activity. It's dark before I get home, and it has been bitterly cold, so I haven't taken a walk after work for months. Although I don't rely on exercise for weight loss, it does help me to be mindful of healthy eating and li... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:21:58 EST Eating Light during the Holidays I absolutely love the holidays. Thanksgiving is my favorite, but the whole season just makes me happy. I am not one of those people like my best friend, who says, "Any month with 'BER' in it is OK for Christmas music," but I delight in all the get-togethers and parties and baking and decorating and food.... and there is SO MUCH of all of that. <BR> <BR> So I'm working on devising an 'eating light' plan for the days in-between the holiday luncheons and parties and impromptu Taco Tuesday get-t... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:55:19 EST 30 lbs down this year!!! As of this morning I weigh 30.4 lbs less than I did six months ago; 55.4 lbs less than my all-time high a few years ago. I have about 35 lbs before I reach my goal range. <BR> <BR> I contribute my success so far to a number of changes over several years, combined with actively monitoring what I eat using SP. The “all or nothing” mindset I used to have is gone. No real sense of urgency here; I’m enjoying the process. My 5 biggest victories: <BR> <BR> 1. I gave up Coca-Cola January 5, 2015. ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:23:34 EST Wasting Food I was raised in the Clean Plate Club - 'wasting' food was about the worst thing you could do! <BR> <BR> However, I realized recently that if I am finishing that extra stuff left on my plate when I am not hungry and don't need it, or that last piece of whatever that's too small to bother putting in the fridge, just to avoid 'wasting' it, I'm wasting it anyway - it's not necessary food. It's extra. <BR> <BR> Rather than throwing it away in a trash bin, I'm throwing it away into my body - and... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:33:58 EST 50+ down - 40-ish to go Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> This is really going to be a stream of consciousness type blog more than anything. I feel the need to connect. <BR> <BR> I'm really proud of myself you guys. It's like I'm finally listening to myself after years of ignoring what I knew to be true. <BR> <BR> Last year when I turned 39, I made a desperate "40 by 40" pledge to myself. Then I basically didn't even think about it (other than a stray frantic panicky thought now and then) for months. <BR> <BR> In April of... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:35:47 EST Q&A I wrote this up for the 5% challenge team I'm on, so I thought I would share it here as well so you can get to know me a bit if you like. <BR> <BR> 1. What is your name or nick name? I don't use my real name on SparkPeople. Call me Aggie. :) <BR> <BR> 2. What do you like to do for fun? <BR> Read, explore, museums, watch BBC Sci-Fi, try new foods, bake sourdough bread. I love to dance, though I only do it at weddings and alone at home, and sing, though again only alone at home or in my car.... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:22:50 EST Get Happy I know she wasn't in the best place here in her personal life, but I just love this number. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tY4yP7k </link> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:33:16 EST My First Seder As my knowledge and experience with Judaism is pretty much limited to the "All-of-a-Kind Family" books, I was very excited to be invited to a Passover Seder. If you're ever invited, go- no matter your religious background you will not regret it. I didn't really know what to expect. It was really long- we sat down at 7, and dinner didn't formally end until 11:30! There was a book at each table that explains each step of what is going on- everyone was involved in reading and singing. It was v... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:24:39 EST Eating Out My new job involves several elements that make it difficult to control my wellness. It includes: <BR> <BR> 1. High stress (I am a stress eater and an emotional eater); <BR> 2. Long hours (usually 12 hr days); <BR> 3. Living in an apartment during the week, away from home; <BR> 4. Eating out CONSTANTLY (seriously. Of 14 meals in a work week, I will eat 3 breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner at my apartment this week. All the rest are out- add to that two 'coffee' meetings). <BR> <BR> The ea... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 17:37:20 EST Here I am back again.... For the I-don't-know-how-many-th time since January 2009. I lose, I gain. I lose, I gain. It should probably upset me more than it does, but honestly I just don't think about myself all that much. I was at 180 in November 2015, when I started my current job. It's super stressful and it requires me to eat out a lot, so I'm now up to 189. With my height and frame, I should be around 120. I'm going to aim for 5 lbs a month, and see what happens. I eat healthy for the most part, I just eat large ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 16:48:08 EST Cheering I just wanted to let everyone know that things are going really well for me right now. I think this new job is going to be great (though I'm only 3 weeks in during a slack time of year, so it's kind of hard to tell), my husband and I are getting along super well, and he's happy, which is SO unusual but makes me giddy with delight (he has YEARS of anxiety and depression issues). My family are all well and I get to visit South Carolina to see them in a few weeks, my best friend is in love with ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:27:49 EST Wondering This is an extra short blog entry because I'm at work. I have done really well with eating only when I'm hungry, etc. over the last few weeks. I have been off of my birth control pills for about 10 days due to a combination of the pharmacy making an error and getting new insurance. I just started them again last night (so one pill). <BR> <BR> I AM STARVING today. Seriously, I am so hungry. I just ate my lunch and my stomach is growling as though I hadn't eaten at all. I ate part of my drive-... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:27:42 EST Reflecting Well, the first week of my new job is under my belt and they haven't fired me yet! It's been a gorgeous week. The town I in which I now work is high atop a hill overlooking a city, and it's a pretty affluent suburb. The houses are gorgeous - like something out of a fairytale. Lots of Tudors and steep roofs and funny gable windows - brick streets, old stone walls and gigantic trees. The leaves were everywhere this week, and they smelled so good! We had unseasonably warm (high 70's!) weather an... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:02:47 EST Preparing I probably won't be blogging as much as I have these last two weeks now - my 'unemployment' is over. I start my new job tomorrow. The commute is about 75-90 minutes each way, depending on traffic, and it's a high responsibility salaried position, so I'm not going to have a lot of free time. I'll definitely check back in soon to tell you how my first days are going though. <BR> <BR> I've spent the afternoon preparing. I picked out my outfit, prepped some food for the week for lunches and dinn... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:35:46 EST Aching I woke up yesterday with a ton of pain in my lower back - as in, can barely bend over or sit down. This is not a usual occurrence for me, and I think it is a fluke, from sleeping in on a bad mattress, being penned in by dogs so I couldn't move position for a couple of hours? Who knows. It could have been the yoga a couple of days ago as well, but if so, wow am I out of shape. <BR> <BR> Pain is still there this morning, and I decided I'm bored with it, so popped some ibuprofen and we'll just ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:06:25 EST Laughing Today I went out with my BFF after she was done with school (she's a 5th grade teacher). It was great to see her (it's been 4 whole days lol). She went through a very messy divorce this year, but just moved into a beautiful new house with her sons, and has started a happy relationship with a longtime friend of ours. Her ex-husband is still toxic, but his power is greatly diminished and I'm so, so happy for her. <BR> <BR> We ate at Panera - stuck to the whole grains thing as much as possible,... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:42:23 EST Stretching I started the day with some yoga - the first time in a loooong time. I did Beyond Basic Yoga for Dummies with Sarah Ivanhoe - a very good DVD. My dog Frank did NOT approve - laid next to me whimpering the whole time and licking any part of me (hand, foot, face) that got close enough for him to lick. It was not relaxing, but kind of funny. He thought we should be on the couch with the electric blanket. When I was done I kind of agreed with him, because wow - that DVD used to be a lot easier! L... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:03:23 EST Sleeping . . . so much for boundless energy - I just snoozed on the couch all morning. It was lovely! I don't get to do that very often. I'm usually up by 5-5:30am every morning (without an alarm, that's just when I wake). I was this morning too, but for some weird reason was not hungry at all, so got a nap in. I just had breakfast at 10:30am! I am a lady of leisure this week. . . . <BR> <BR> Every day this week I've registered a loss on the scale. A pound each Sunday and Monday, and half a pound thi... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:48:00 EST Jogging Last night I actually felt restless with energy. This is not something that I ever, EVER feel. I am perfectly happy snuggling on the couch with my dog and a warm blanket. <BR> <BR> I went for a walk, and I set a little time limit for myself - to make it from my house to the library and back in 30 minutes. The library is about a mile from my house. I have short legs and am out of shape, so a 15-minute mile is hustling for me! Last night I felt like I could do it though. <BR> <BR> I made it, ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:40:48 EST Losing After 9 days of meticulous tracking, the scale finally budged. .8 lb, but still. I was starting to think that the scale was broken and was not able to go below the weight I was at. ;) <BR> <BR> I can tell myself all day long that it's about getting healthy and eating mindfully, yadda yadda yadda, but in the end for whatever reason there is nothing more motivating than to have that number on the scale drop, even a bit. <BR> <BR> I am more than happy with 1 lb a week, or even 1 lb a month, i... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:25:07 EST Shopping Yesterday I had a bad day. I'm not sure why. It was an absolutely stunning, calendar-worthy day in SE Ohio. My husband was in a good mood. Eating wasn't really a problem. <BR> <BR> We went shopping for new clothes for me in a town about 45 min away - the town where we'll probably end up buying a house in a couple of months to be closer to my new job. Some shopping days are wonderful - you find tons of clearance rack stuff, everything fits, you feel awesome. This was not one of those days. <B... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:45:38 EST Trying The first day of refined sugar/flour free eating is under my belt with no problems, though I was STARVING after dinner, and that's unusual for me. <BR> <BR> I think I need to add more vegetables. My husband and I eat them in soups and things, but I don't really usually prepare extra side dishes - we are one-pot meal kind of people. I also don't buy a lot of fruit because it often goes bad before we can eat it, though I eat a lot of apples and bananas. Maybe I need to stop at the market ever... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:44:41 EST Abstaining... with Purpose So I'm not a person that agrees with eliminating foods from your diet, unless they are absolutely evil for your individual body. <BR> <BR> On January 5 of this year, I gave up Coca-Cola. I'm a hard-core addict. It's pretty pathetic, but if I have even a drink of my husband's Coke, it will start me on a slippery slope. I never drank more than a couple of cans a day, but I would want it more than anything, and I knew it wasn't doing me any favors. My mother has osteoporosis, so I'm very mindfu... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:43:03 EST Maintaining So over the last couple of years, I've taken a different approach to my weight. When we moved 'back home' in February of 2014, I was about 210-213 lbs. WAY too much for my little 5'2" frame (I have to keep reminding myself I'm a 'little' person - I've been thinking of myself as big for far too long! I'm not. I'm little, carrying a lot of extra weight). <BR> <BR> So many fewer restaurant choices here, and our finances took a dive. Really helped me curb eating out. That and walking every day w... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:45:05 EST Reintroducing Myself I posted this on a team forum, and thought I should post it here too. <BR> <BR> Hi! I've been on and off SP since 2009 - I was always a healthy weight until college and working at a pizza shop, then entering a comfortable happy relationship with the same guy since I was 18. I've been up and down ever since, but I think my mind is entering the 'right' place. <BR> <BR> I'm old enough (late 30's) not to worry about my looks or obsess about the scales anymore, but genuinely want to feel better ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:53:55 EST Brazilian Nutritional Guidelines 1. Make natural or minimally processed foods the basis of your diet <BR> 2. Use oils, fats, salt, and sugar in small amounts when seasoning and cooking natural or minimally processed foods and to create culinary preparations <BR> 3. Limit consumption of processed foods <BR> 4. Avoid consumption of ultra-processed products <BR> 5. Eat regularly and carefully in appropriate environments and, whenever possible, in company <BR> 6. Shop in places that offer a variety of natural o... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:59:34 EST The Truth about Baby Carrots - and Real Food extremists Just a rant. tl;dr - people on the internet need to relax! <BR> ~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> So I visit this blog called "100 Days of Real Food." It's great for meal (esp. lunch!) ideas and information about the food we eat. It has a very active following - often a blog post will get more than 100 comments. <BR> <BR> I like learning about what's good to eat, hidden chemicals, etc. I worry, though, because that can lead to an obsessive path - where does it all end? There's the food I eat, the soap I u... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:26:29 EST Both Dresses Fit So not only does the ordered-a-size-too-small dress for my sister's wedding fit (the dress shop lady complimented me on my tiny waist - I haven't heard that in about 15 years - I guess my hourglass is slowly revealing itself again), but I was able to wear a dress I bought last fall to work yesterday for the first time. It doesn't fit as well as I would like it to, but putting it on in the morning and thinking, "Hey! You know, not too bad!" was pretty awesome. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the way ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:38:20 EST Doin' all right, gettin' good grades... So I'm hanging in there with my current plan, which is as much real food as I can (no fast food, processed food, white/brown sugar, or white flour) and a little (very little) exercise. I've lost three pounds this week, but as I've lost these SAME THREE POUNDS at least four times now, I don't know that they're lost so much as lurking in the shadows. We'll see... <BR> <BR> I made pita bread, tortillas, and saltine crackers this week, from scratch. I had no idea how easy it was to make things l... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:57:40 EST The Rules...but who sets them? So I am looking at this website called "100 days of real food." It's the story of a family who decided to cut out all processed foods for 100 days, and then decided to share their story and helpful information with others who might be interested in doing it too. Here's what they did: <BR> <BR><BR>od-defined-a-k-a-the-rules/ <BR> <BR> The thing that really got to me about it was the comments. There are TONS of them, and they're all from people looking... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:22:14 EST Hanging in there I'm experiencing a lot of upheaval in my life right now. My job duties changed at work, taking most of the things I love most about my job and giving them to others, while giving me a major, never-ending task in which everyone relies on me and I have little training, no experience, and less than half the time I'm supposed to have allocated to get the work done. No pressure though! <BR> <BR> On top of that the coal company finally bought my childhood home, and my mother has decided to move 12... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:40:24 EST Wow... I feel like I don't even know who I am sometimes. Maybe the aliens have me? <BR> <BR> My office is spotless. I'm caught up with my work and tackling a project I've been putting off for two months. I've packed my lunch nearly every day for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> At home, the kitchen is gleaming, the house is neat, there are no dirty clothes, and my husband is tackling icky jobs for me. Last night he told me he WANTS me to give him something to do! Today he's scrubbing out the fridge. We still h... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:29:28 EST FLYing So this week in addition to restarting Sparkpeople I became a FLYbaby over at It is doing wonders for me. I have a clean house, happy husband and house-guests, I have done double my recommended calorie-burning this week, stayed within range all week, and best of all, I feel really relaxed and un-put-upon. I hope I can keep this up - it's not hard, just a matter of paying attention. <BR> <BR> Love you all - have a great week! Sat, 6 Oct 2012 19:06:43 EST I'm back with a vengeance! Well, at least a volleyball... Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've gained back 10 of the 23 lbs I lost, but I'm going to get back in balance as of today. I have so much trouble keeping the balls juggling if I'm not focusing on each of them individually - for example, if I'm looking at the healthy-self, job, and family balls, then the clean-house one usually drops. If I throw that one back in, the pack-your-lunch one will start to get shaky. How do people keep them all up at once? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have a reason to focus on th... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:17:41 EST Week 15 - such a mess I lost two lbs, which is great, but I'm becoming exhausted (mentally) by the constant events and temptations thrown in my path. Most days this week I only ate 1 1/2 - 2 meals, rather than 3 and snacks, because I knew I would be somewhere, eating something I shouldn't. This isn't the zen life of balance I had hoped for, but it is my reality right now. Between parties and visiting home, and family staying with us, and traveling, and work events (did I mention part of my job involves going to al... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 06:33:55 EST Week 14 - Slight derailment, but no damage done yet Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I missed blogging (and tracking) last week. I'm up 1 lb from two weeks ago, but considering I had houseguests, the 4th of July, visits to Mom, Grandma, a birthday party and a bridal shower in that time, I'm thrilled it wasn't worse. I weighed in last week at 193 (which I forgot to enter), and this morning at 192. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make a concerted effort to track again this week and until I go away for a work thing at the end of next week. I don't know that I'll... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 06:33:06 EST Week 12 - Awesomeness Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've lost another pound, so down 22 all together - almost to my second goal (if you remember I wanted to lose 12 lbs, then 11, then 10, etc...) <BR> <BR> I had great news at work yesterday. I'm not allowed to tell anyone yet, which is driving me crazy! Let's just say that I am VERY glad now that I didn't get the job I recently applied for, and that I feel very appreciated. :) <BR> <BR> And, I was invited to a party! I love parties. It's nice to have friends now that ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 06:22:37 EST Week 11 - 1/4 of the way to my goal! This is so exciting. I feel awesome! I have lost a total of 21 lbs as of this morning! My BMI has gone from 38.5 to 35.2. <BR> <BR> The best part (to my mind) is that so far I have not relied on exercise to lose the weight. I feel VERY strongly that what has messed me up in the past has been making unrealistic life changes. Exercising constantly is one of them. I will admit that I need to add more movement into my every day life, but realistically an exercise regimen (running, joining the g... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 06:57:23 EST Week 10 - Great Success! So I'm down 2 lbs this week, despite having had company and eating both at a Hibachi AND Thai take-out in the same week. I'm probably retaining about 20 lbs of water after all that sodium, but man was it worth it! <BR> <BR> I had an interview this morning, and wore my new Modcloth dress, which fit beautifully. I had been feeling really nervous about the interview, but listened to some awesome music on the way in to work, so I was pumped. By the time I got to the interview I felt relaxed and ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:08:44 EST End of First 9 Weeks - Report Card I just posted my weekly update blog, when I realized that it has been 9 weeks since I've started getting things back on track. When I was a kid, that was a term of school, and at the end of the 9-weeks grading period, you get a report card. So I thought that I would make myself one. <BR> <BR> Food tracking: A (only 2 days missed) <BR> <BR> Eating within macronutrient ranges: B+ (need to work on getting more protein, and less fat) <BR> <BR> Calcium (getting enough): A- <BR> <BR> Exercise: ... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:30:18 EST Week 9 - minor setback, or body nonsense? (This is more me talking to myself than anything - sorry if it's dull!) <BR> <BR> I hopped on the scale this morning for weigh in, and I am two lbs heavier than last week. This is a bit disappointing to me, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it, because I don't feel that it's my fault. We visited relatives early last week, and while there were two days where I didn't track, and I know I ate more than usual, I also KNOW that I didn't eat anywhere near the 7,000 calories that I would ha... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 07:17:34 EST Week 8 - Rolling Along (with a few less rolls!) At the end of Week 8 I am down a total of 17 lbs! I'm very happy with this. Most importantly, I feel confident that the changes I'm making to my diet are something that I'll be able to do in the long term. I'm realizing that this is the way I need to eat; that even though I'm (very) overweight, in actuality I'm a petite person, with medium bone structure, who (as a rule) isn't very active in every day life. I am not a 6'4" farm laborer, and shouldn't eat like one! <BR> <BR> I never feel hung... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 06:31:30 EST Week Seven Changes - 15 lbs lost! This has been a tough month - we've had a steady stream of houseguests! I've made myself track everyday, even when it is difficult (or when I don't want to face all that I've eaten). Overall, I think I'm doing pretty well with this. <BR> <BR> I was talking with my husband about it yesterday, and he thinks it is because I'm working healthy eating into my everyday life, rather than the other way (which I have always done in the past) - wrangling myself into a healthy lifestyle that I'm not goi... Mon, 28 May 2012 07:00:51 EST Week Six Changes - First Goal Met! So when I first started this I was playing around with numbers and thought that it would be funny if I lost 12 lbs the first month, 11 the second, etc., down to losing 1 lb the month before my sister's wedding. This would allow me to lose slowly at the end, so I would sort of ease my way in to maintenance. I wasn't super serious about it or anything. I set my tracker to 12 lbs to lose, though, because it was so much more fun watching my sunflower leap across rather than inch down towards the ... Mon, 21 May 2012 07:39:23 EST Week Five Changes - Things are looking up! *Lost 2 lbs this week, even though we've had company since 5/5. <BR> <BR> *I have a brand-new car! My first ever. I'm sure I'll be sick when I get my first-ever car PAYMENT, but it is SO much fun to drive something that no one else has ever owned. I don't have to worry about it breaking down on me. And it's so shiny! :) <BR> <BR> *Even though I've gone over 5 of the 7 days, it hasn't been with reckless abandon. I'm still tracking everything, and doing my best to make healthy choices. I'm ev... Mon, 14 May 2012 07:05:57 EST Week 4 Changes Not much this week. I didn't lose, didn't gain. <BR> <BR> Found out yesterday we are probably going to have to buy a new car. I currently have no car at all right now - getting rides to and from work with my fabulous sister in law. <BR> <BR> Did some stress eating, after a weekend of eating with company. I'm surprised I didn't gain a bunch! <BR> <BR> I tracked everything though, which is a plus. I'm just not as gung ho about doing this right now, because of the car thing. It's all I'm thi... Tue, 8 May 2012 19:19:45 EST Week 3 Changes I am down 9 lbs (woohoo!) at the end of week three. So far my loss can be completely contributed to diet (ie, tracking) - I have done no real exercise to speak of. I have been making more of an effort to take the stairs, etc, but have not incorporated exercise into my plan yet. Soon. <BR> <BR> I had a real issue with drinking enough water this week, and didn't go shopping because I was busy, so didn't eat as many fruits and veg as I could have. I have to get out of the mindset to take one bi... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:19:04 EST