BACK2START's SparkPeople Blog BACK2START's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Off to a Great Start Today has been a productive day for me so far. I woke up this morning feeling kind of sluggish, but I was able to push myself to go ahead and finish all of the things I had planned for the day. I went to the gym, and then when I got back home I did SparkPeople's bikini workout plan. It felt like a good workout, so I'm going to try and do it 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> After working out I took my daughter for a swim and to the park. She had a lot of fun, we're loving the weather here. It's per... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:55:59 EST I'm back :-) I decided to come back to SP to get back on track with my fitness and weight loss goals. Coming back and reading my page, I see that I started at 166lbs when I joined this site. I was surprised when I saw that because I almost forgot that I had gotten that big. After I stopped coming to SP I was on and off with continuing toward my weight loss goals. The weird thing is everything I'd lose, I'd gain back right after. The weight I lost while using SparkPeople, I am happy to say I never gained b... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:27:20 EST 8 Months Post-Fast Hello All! <BR> <BR> My, it has been a looong time! I never checked in after my fast was over, but let me tell you...I would NOT recommend fasting strictly for weight loss purposes. It doesn't work for long term weight loss. Why go to extremes? Just eat right and exercise, slow and steady wins the race! <BR> <BR> A few days after my fast I stuck to my re-feeding plan, but then I went out with my friend, and we got to thing lead to another and I found myself damn near binging... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:36:11 EST Post Water Fasting - Day 2 Hi! So I ended the fast yesterday morning on day 22 of my water fast. My fast lasted 21 days and I lost 22 lbs. My ending weight yesterday was 136.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> I broke my fast with coconut water, but I only drank 2 8 oz cups of it yesterday and the rest of the day I drank water. I'll drink more of it today, I just didn't want to overdo anything my first day of consuming calories. I listened to my body and I guess 2 cups of coconut water was enough for me lol. Tomorrow I will add in fr... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 13:00:03 EST Water Fasting - Day 17 So, it's day 17 of my water fast, and even though my plan was to end the fast on day 15, as you can see I decided to extend the fast. I will be fasting until day 21. I extended the fast because I don't feel that my body is done detoxing. I have a slightly bad taste in my mouth and my tongue still has a white coating which are both signs of toxins being released. <BR> <BR> But other than that, I feel great! My current weight is 140.4 and in case you don't remember I started my fast at 158.4 ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:30:09 EST Water Fasting - Day 13 It is now day 13 of my water fast and I am feeling ok. My stomach has been growling a lot even though I'm not hungry. Weird. Also, no matter how much water I drink my mouth has been dry. This just started today. TTOM is near so I don't know if that has something to do with it? <BR> <BR> I experienced my first social gathering during this fast last night and was offered both alcohol and food, and successfully turned them both down. It wasn't too difficult. In the past I've been known ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:39:10 EST Water Fasting - Day 9 So technically it's the start of day 9 of my water fast, and I wanted to check-in and and let you know I'm still fasting. <BR> <BR> The days following day 2 have been somewhat of a breeze. My hunger has diminished and I have energy I didn't really have before. I haven't exercised during this fast because I don't want to over-do it. I've mainly been spending time with family and I even started a vlog about my fasting experiences. I'm usually occupied with something to do so I haven't go... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 05:05:38 EST Water Fasting - Day 3 Hi, I know I've been bad and have neglected to use this site as I planned, but to update, I really fell off! I was down to 153 and I ended up gaining 5 lbs back. That's not TOO bad, but I planned to be at my goal weight of 145 lbs by now. So it's a bit discouraging, but I'm hanging in there and getting back on track... <BR> <BR> So the last time I weighed in was about a week ago and I weighed 158.4. I really want to detox and start over fresh, so I decided on June 15th, 2012 to start a w... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 02:48:29 EST Not So Easy I'm having a difficult time getting back on track. I just keep gaining and gaining. I was down to 150lbs and now I'm up 5lbs to 155lbs. It's so discouraging. I don't know what to do. Yikes! Sun, 8 Apr 2012 13:40:12 EST Messed Up I really messed up during spring break. I got off track with my eating, exercising, my water intake all of that. As far as eating goes, I ate out a lot. I didn't exercise all week (unless u count dancing at the club lol), and I haven't been drinking enough water. I've gained 3lbs as a result. I messed up my sparkpeople login streak and everything! I was so bad! <BR> <BR> I fell off but now's the time to pick myself up, dust myself off and keep it moving! I won't give up! Back to bu... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 13:30:44 EST Up All Night I was up all night last night so I'll probably sleep all day today. So far spring break has been a lot of fun. I partied last night with some friends. Yes, on a Monday night. I'm just getting this all out of my system now, then it's back to business once spring break is over. I used to never go out, but with the weight loss it's like I have a new found confidence and I just want to be out of the house all the time. Normally I'm a homebody. <BR> <BR> Well, back to bed I go. I'm sleeepy... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:46:55 EST Lazy Day All I did today was go to the city to visit my brother and look for a car to buy. I didn't get a work out in, but I'll do so tomorrow. I planned to work out every day but it looks like that's not going to happen. It's ok, I don't need to be over-doing it anyway. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was lazy too. I just laid around all day. It's spring break, so I guess that's allowed! LoL. <BR> <BR> I'm still missing my daughter's father. We're talking more and I may move out by where he is in la... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:31:19 EST Got Over The Bump In The Road So yesterday, I didn't give in to cravings, I didn't binge eat like I wanted to, and I pushed myself out the door to get in 45 minutes of cardio. I'm proud of myself for not letting stress get me down. I also ended up going out with some friends last night and stayed out until about 6am. I had so much fun! I haven't been out with friends in so long. The most fun I've had lately was with my daughter's dad. He gave me a taste of fun and I wanted that again so when my friend invited me out... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 13:24:44 EST Missing Him I didn't mention it but my daughter's father came to visit a couple of days ago. We had a lot of fun. He's doing much better in his life right now than he was before. I'm doing better too. I can't help but imagine us getting back together and starting over again. The attraction is still there the only problem is that he lives 2 hours away. Plus we're both very busy with school and he works too. <BR> <BR> My point in bringing this up is that I've been missing him a lot since he went b... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 16:22:58 EST Motivated I looked at a few motivating sparkpages and I'm extra excited for the summer! I expect to be at goal weight by then. What I like about the motivators is that their weight loss didn't happen overnight! They lost weight in a heathy way over time. That's what makes me stick with this. Better late than never! <BR> <BR> I've been having a hard time getting motivated to stick with weight training, but I'm thinking of getting a work out dvd to help me. Maybe a Jillian Michaels one. Any reco... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 09:34:58 EST Spring Break These past few days have been great. I've been spending more time with my family which is nice because I usually just stay to myself. I think that with my new healthy lifestyle I'm gaining confidence and energy that I didn't have before. It feels good. <BR> <BR> My spring break started today. I have no plans for the break, I'm just going to relax. I bet this next week is going to fly by. I'm going to try to enjoy every minute of it! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:30:26 EST First Day Of Spring So I reached my goal 156lbs by spring! Yay! I actually surpassed it by a pound or 2. Challenges on this site have been a great motivator. I'm in the biggest loser challenge now too and I really have to get back in the gym because we're tracking our cardio and strength training. I guess I was getting kind of bored tracking it on my own, but now I have this challenge to hold me accountable. So back to the gym I go! <BR> <BR> My spring break starts next week. I can't wait. I definitely... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:01:37 EST Gloomy Day It's raining and gloomy out. I'm tired and wish I could be home but I have a few classes. Last night I went out with family to the movies. Yes, I cheated and had nachos. They were stale too, I regret eating them. LoL. <BR> <BR> Since last week I've only lost .6lbs. But at least I'm still losing overall. I've seriously been slacking the past few days, it's been 3 days since I've worked out. I'll start back tomorrow only because I don't have any time today. I didn't track my food ye... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:43:53 EST Blah I feel 'blah'. I haven't been keeping up with weight training, I've been doing my cardio for less time, I haven't been drinking as much water and I've been eating less than recommended amount of calories again. I haven't been eating any junk though, so I guess that's one good thing. <BR> <BR> So yes, I've been a slacker. I'm one month from when I started this weight loss journey and this is usually the time that the slacking begins, now that I think about it. I have to beat this! I have... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 08:36:44 EST Irritable and Unmotivated (TTOM) Oh gawd, it's TTOM and it's really affecting me. I've gained weight, I feel sluggish, I crave bad foods, I'm irritable and I'm unmotivated. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went out with a friend and we went to one of my favorite restaurants. I haven't been out to eat since I started this weight loss journey/healthy lifestyle so I felt that this one time would be fine. I ended up ordering my usual which I thought probably had a thousand calories or something, but when I got home and checked online f... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 07:38:03 EST Gained, but still moving forward I gained about a pound in a day. I didn't overeat and I exercised changing up what I normally do (I did the row machine instead of elliptical) <BR> <BR> I've added weight training and I think it's almost TTOM. So those could be the reasons why I gained. I was discouraged at first but I'm NOT going to quit. Quitting isn't an option. <BR> <BR> Actually, I may quit weighing myself so much. What's the point? At first I liked it because I was losing about a pound a day and it was motiv... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 06:45:38 EST No Worries! One of my biggest issues is that I'm a worry wart. LoL. I was worried about that exam that I took on Tuesday and turns out I was the only one in class to get an A. The class average was 62%. I can't believe that! I need to stop worrying. It's useless because majority of the things I worry about never happen! <BR> <BR> I'm still up on my calories and still not really seeing a difference on the scale. But I am seeing a big difference in my appearance. I love it! <BR> <BR> Today's the ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:09:45 EST Losing Again I'm back to losing again. I was stuck at the same weight for the past 3 or 4 days and this morning I weighed myself and lost a little. I'm happy that the increase in calories isn't causing me to gain. <BR> <BR> I took a semi-rest day yesterday. I walked for about 35 minutes slower than usual without an incline. I'm just so sore and I don't want to over do it. I'm still sore and it's been 3 days. How long is this going to last? I hope I didn't injure myself. <BR> <BR> I've been slee... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 08:19:09 EST Goal Met! Yesterday I ate within the recommended calorie range for all categories on my nutrition tracker! <em>248</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I plan on doing the same today. I weighed myself and gained .2lbs and kind of panicked. So I posted in the Panic button forum, still awaiting replies. After posting it I realized how ridiculous I was being to panic over .2lbs! I happened to weigh myself again (scale obsession?) and ended up being the same weight I've been for the past 2 days. I guess I ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 05:39:29 EST Calorie Increase Goal Not Met :-( Yesterday I didn't reach my goal of eating more. I exercised more though. <BR> <BR> To ensure that I eat more today, I decided to start off my day with a bigger breakfast. My breakfast was almost 400 calories. So I know I'll get my 1200 calories total today. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I'm getting a little bored with cardio exercise machines. I can't wait until the weather warms up, I'll definitely be doing my cardio outdoors. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:17:20 EST Weight Loss Slowing Down I've been on a low cal diet for the past week, but I didn't lose as much weight today as I usually do so I think I'm ready to increase my calories. I'll be increasing them today. I'll be doing more exercise too and I want to have the energy for it. <BR> <BR> I put off studying but I definitely have to today, so I'll be doing that tonight. <BR> <BR> Church in a few hours. I haven't been to church in about a year. I think a healthy spiritual life is good for you too and it's all a part of... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 07:07:57 EST The Weekend! I'm so glad it's the weekend! Even though I have to spend a lot of it studying. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great day. I got complimented on my weight loss before I even told anyone I lost weight. That was a great feeling to know that my hard work is paying off! I mean, I knew it was paying off by watching the scale, but to have someone else notice it really made my day. <BR> <BR> I worked out an extra 30 minutes yesterday. It felt really good to get that done. I weighed myself this mo... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 07:15:43 EST All Is Well Yesterday I decided to take a rest day last minute. Sunday is my usual day but I'll be going to the YMCA for the weight training program that day, so I decided to take the break yesterday. It was great. <BR> <BR> I didn't drink as much water as I have been. I usually drink 12 cups but I only drank 9. Drinking more water really makes a difference. I won't ever drink more than 12 though because I read that too much water can really hurt you. <BR> <BR> The plan for today is to work out ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 06:29:50 EST Making Progress I've been steadily losing weight each day which is exciting! I used my new nutrition plan but adjusted it a tad bit because it seemed to have too much protein. Honestly, I'm still not eating enough calories, but I've been increasing my calorie intake by 100 calories per day. I'll continue to do so until I reach the recommended amount. I just don't want to see that scale go up! But it might and that's ok. I just have to keep eating healthy. <BR> <BR> School is good. I took a quiz and g... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 05:44:55 EST New Diet Not really a diet, but a nutrition plan. I went grocery shopping last night and got my kitchen scale, now I'm ready! I start this plan today. <BR> <BR> I have a membership at the YMCA and I found out they have a program where they help you come up with a strength training program based on physical tests you complete with them. And it's free! I'm dreading coming up with a program on my own and was considering getting a physical trainer, but when I called the YMCA they told me about this ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 04:39:45 EST I Won't Give Up When I first got back in school in January I was extremely motivated and excited, but now...not so much. I'm not studying as much as I was at first. So far I'm getting A's in all of my classes but I have a few exams coming up and I fear that my slacking these past few weeks will hurt my grades. I told myself that as long as I complete this semester with passing grades I'll be happy, but I'm starting to feel disappointed in myself that I'm not working as hard as I was before. <BR> <BR> Thi... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 11:47:25 EST Lazy After a 3-day break from school and a 1-day break from working out, I'm definitely having a case of the Mondays! LoL. I still plan to achieve my goals for the day and week, but I'm just off to a slow start. I'm not really dreading my day, I just don't feel like doing anything. LoL. <BR> <BR> This morning I plan to continue with week 2 of my walk/run intervals. Then I have to study and go to my classes. Monday is always a long day for me. But here I go! <em>253</em> Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:57:44 EST The Beginning My weight loss is progressing slower than I would like it to. As long as I lose at least a pound a week I'll be happy, but of course I'm aiming for 2-3. <BR> <BR> The first week of healthy eating and exercise I lost 4 lbs and now this past week I've only lost a pound :-( I've been experimenting with my calorie intake, so that could be the culprit. I added calories yesterday thinking I would lose more, but I gained. By adding calories I was at the recommended SP calorie amount and I stil... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:54:36 EST