BEKAH_LYNN's SparkPeople Blog BEKAH_LYNN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Had it with my HRM! Need new model advise for iPhone! HELP!!!! I have had it with my HRM. It doesn't take my HR half the time and it isn't a nice hands free model. I don't have a ton of money to spend on one right now, but I have to be able to keep track of my workouts and it is a piece of equipment I really need. I really want one that will connect wirelessly with my iPhone and put all the information in there for later. I currently have an iPhone 4, but will certainly upgrade eventually so I need something that will make the transition too. Do... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:13:02 EST My first Yoga experience Today has been a day of firsts and amazing motivation. A new club has opened up in Columbus that specializes in the Herbalife program. You can go in and for a fee get a shake, tea, and aloe shooter. This is my second week going there and already I feel like it is going to become a regular hang out for me while on this journey. Today they worked with me to determine my overall health. I'm going to post all those measurements monthly so we can see together how I end up doing. Today's numb... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 19:56:10 EST The Power Campaign I guess it is time to make a plug for my new SparkTeam page! The full details are on the page, but in brief, when I started making changes to my life a couple months ago, I realized I needed a rallying cry! I needed something extra to motivate me and capture the journey. What was born from this was the Power Campaign known as P2 for short. What this campaign is is my realization that everyone has the power to become what they want to be. While I extend this mostly to my health for right ... Fri, 31 May 2013 21:19:11 EST Friend list sweep I was saddened to find that almost my entire friends list had become inactive. While I hope they haven't given up on a healthier life, I have decided to make a clean sweep of my friend's list. If you are one of the people I used to connect with reading this, please let me know and I will re-add you. It doesn't make sense to me to keep a whole list of people who aren't even on here anymore. <BR> <BR> I guess what this means is I am now accepting new friend invitations of people who are cu... Fri, 31 May 2013 21:11:39 EST Get it Girl! Sitting here jamming to "Life is a Highway" I realized I haven't posted about my new slogans for the P2CML campaign. So, P2CML stands for Power 2 Change My Life. I call this campaign P2 for short. Whenever I work out, I call it POWERING UP and my new video blog about my journey is known as the Power Diaries. In additional, many pictures I'm taking after workouts, etc have me making a peace sign. No, I'm not wishing for world peace, it is my sign for Power 2. Whole lot of POWER going on,... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 18:05:21 EST The Picture Have you ever looked at a picture and wished you were that person? I had one of those moment tonight, but it was a very odd sort of feeling that welled up inside me because the person in the picture was...myself...The picture on my front page that says current was me back when I weighed my lightest at 220 pounds. This picture was literally taken before my life took a nose dive and I packed all the weight back on again. <BR> <BR> I keep looking into her eyes and telling myself I want to be ... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:29:31 EST I won't let weight define me, so I will define myself instead. Who am I? Simple question and for many perhaps you have the easy answers. Well lucky you, because I find myself anything but a simple answer! <BR> <BR> The most obvious place to start is I am Rebekah Lynn Spragen, named for the Biblical woman by the same name. My middle name is my mother's middle name and obviously my last is my family surname. Straight forward enough so far don't you think? I'm the oldest of two children. I have a younger brother named Adam who I can say has become ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:29:26 EST I heard my fitness equipment crying today.... A 5 pound medicine ball being used to keep my roommates dog from invading my room while still allowing the cat to come and go freely....a exercise ball hidden away in a closet obscured by hanging clothes.....a stack of weights, weighted gloves, and a HRM watch stashed away in a lonely corner...THIS has become what my exercise life looks like currently. I have to admit though, the medicine ball makes me laugh. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:03:39 EST Choices Everything in life is two fold. If you really think about it, there are only two real choices out there. To do something or to not do something. It's not the matter of how you do it or don't do it, the choice is still the same. Either you have done it, or you haven't. Huh...seems so simple and yet we make it all so complex. <BR> <BR> I was faced with a choice tonight. It was 8:00 and I had not done anything in the way of exercise for the day. Hmmm...what to do? Do I just brush it o... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:56:34 EST Today's Word: Perseverance I drug myself home and sat down. I looked at my workout things I had laid out today as a reminder from my morning self to do my workout. I cursed my morning self and sat down to check Facebook and watch TV. Then I rethought it and realized that was the exact reason I am the person I am- unhappy with my weight and feeling like a failure. <BR> <BR> So I did it. I got up, put the workout clothes on, and started stretching. 30 minutes later I'm thrilled with myself for having the persever... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:46:01 EST Today's Word: Accept I have written before about the things that pop into my head when I'm excercising. I still remember the first time 2 years ago when I did the same 20 minute cardio program that I did today. I remember thinking the follow: Will this workout ever end? What have I done to myself? There is no way I will be able to do any longer of a workout than this; I can't even do 20 minutes. I'm going to be sick. My head hurts so bad right now. I don't enjoy this....These thoughts and feels were follow... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:20:15 EST My new motivational quote "Success is not a's a staircase!"-Dottie Walters <BR> <BR> Today I read this quote and realized it is so incredibly true when it comes to weight loss. The decision to lose weight and be healthier is the door, but just because you walk through that door, it doesn't mean that you have seen success. By making the decision and openning the door, you have found the first step to that success, but there is a big staircase ahead of you and along the way, sometimes you will fall a fe... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:46:06 EST Mini goal rewards The last time around when I lost weight, I wasn't in a good financial situation to find mini rewards I could afford. This time, with a career and some money under my belt, I'm happy I can make some really good mini rewards that I really want. So, I have been sitting here trying to decide what these rewards should be. I know what I want my final goal reward(s) to be, but the small ones along the way are a little more challenging since I don't know how often I should have a reward. I don't ... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:11:49 EST The jeans don't fit.... Wow....I keep looking at myself in the mirror and wondering how the heck I did this to myself. I have let myself go. Ceased to care...well, now I care. When I go to my closet and none of my clothes fit so I have to go out and buy new BIGGER ones in order to have clothes to go to North Carolina with, yeah, I definitely care. What did I do? At one point I was 20 pounds away from being under 200 pounds. I was so happy and proud. Life is just not kind sometimes and it took all the fight ou... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 17:07:04 EST Yes for myself...but also for others People always tell you that you have to lose weight for yourself. You have to do it for your health, for your life, for your future...but the truth is that I have so much more to lose weight for than just myself. <BR> <BR> I have found the most amazing man. Now I know what you are thinking, "She is losing weight for a man now." But that's not the truth, because Joe has made it very clear that he loves me for who I am. He obviously wants me to be healthy and happy with myself, but he su... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 12:45:13 EST Back to square one, but not giving up Three years ago I took a huge step to get my health under control by losing weight. In a little over 6-7 months I lost 40 pounds and began to change my changed for me. It's not easy to make positive changes when so much negativity is happening. I was struggling to find a job, I was barely paying my bills, I was living back at home off and on, and overall was "hating" life. I started to make bad health decisions and now three years later I have gained all the weight back... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 21:21:09 EST Sweating like a pig You have ready my blogs about my struggles. You have helped me through the rough patches and cheered me on through the good times. I thank you all for you time in reading my rants and accomplishments. And FINALLY, I'm truely back. <BR> <BR> A little over a week ago I started a new diet plan, the South Beach Diet. And as much as I dreaded Phase 1 of just meat and vegetables, it has turned out to be the best thing to help change my life. I brought my mom and dad along for the ride and I... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 10:42:02 EST Could one diagnoses be the key? I have recently learned that there may be more going on with me than I first thought. Many of you know that I am MIA from this site for long periods of time and then come back all confident and ready to make a difference only to stick around a short time and leave again. I have often wondered why my attitude is so great one moment and the next I couldn't care less. Today I got curious when I saw a commerical for the birth control YAZ. It wasn't the pill itself that made me curious but the... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:20:46 EST Cliches The biggest cliche out there is the person who says that with a New Year they intend to make all these outstanding goals for their lives including losing weight, stop smoking, spend more time with the family, take a vacation, save more money, etc, etc. We've all heard them and we've all made them. Be honest now! I know I've done the same thing. And there is nothing wrong with them either! They are all good things someone can want for their lives. <BR> <BR> It is no wonder though that pe... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:14:31 EST Being honest with myself I've noticed the changes that are taking place in me since I've begun to gain weight back. It was so much fun and exciting with I first started to realize the changes happening when I was losing weight. The little things like feeling that there wasn't as much fat around my elbows or feeling that my face was slimmer or even being able to tell my hips were not so prominent. Well, in the same way I could tell I was losing weight, I now can tell I'm putting it back on and it hurts me to think ... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 14:18:07 EST You are capable of doing more than you think you are! I'm so proud of myself today! I've had a long journey to where I am now. At one point, I lost 40 pounds and because of struggles in my life, I gave up for a while. I ened up gaining about 15 pounds of that back. I'm upset I allowed myself to progress that far back into my weight problem before changing, but so much of it had to do with changing my life. Once I moved and changed my routine, schedule, and overall life, I was able to get back into workouts. I started out slowly, but soon fo... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:52:35 EST My first offical walk/run! I've been telling myself for years that one day I want to run as part of my exercise. I also thought I was too heavy and on top of that, it is embarrissing to run in front of others. Well, after watching the Biggest Loser, I realize that even heavy people can run. Now that I'm back in the country, there are plenty of private places to run without people driving by. My mom walks in a cemetary that is nicely paved with hills and overlooks the town. I decided to go do my first walk/run toda... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 15:13:16 EST "Let's Get It Started!" About this time a couple years ago, I was looking at myself in the mirror and realizing, I was a very unhealthy person. Like so many others at the first of the year, I made the dedication to get healthy. However, unlike many people, I stuck to it and within 6 months, I lost 40 pounds! It was a huge accomplishment for someone with PCOS. Women with PCOS have a harder time losing weight, but I did it! Then, disaster in the form of life came into play and slower, 10 of those pounds came back... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 15:02:17 EST A move becomes my chance For lack of a better word, my life has been screwed up this past year. When you are not happy with your life and things just seem to be wrong all over, motivation to lose weight and be healthy goes out the door too. And I can admit to myself, I gave up. I didn't want to care anymore. I didn't want to try. Instead of thinking about working out each day and then not doing it and feeling bad, I turned out not thinking about working out and of course, no caring that I hadn't. <BR> <BR> It... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 19:18:24 EST Some moments of reflection I'm sitting here piecing together all the feelings, advice, motivation, concerns, and even tough criticism I've been given over the past 24 hours. Right after I wrote my last blog, I immediately saw an outpouring of support and a desire to help. I can never be thankful enough for those of you who took the time to leave comments on my pages and also send me e-mails. It means a lot to just know people do read blogs belonging to others they don't know and care enough to take the time to resp... Sat, 18 Jul 2009 11:52:31 EST I'm really struggling I know that many of you have been there when you just don't want to care anymore. Well, I've reached that place and gone beyond. Not only have I come to that area of I just don't want to care, but I don't even think about ways to fit in a workout anymore. When I was sort of getting off track, the eating habits were the first to go. And even when I didn't get in a workout, I would still wring my hands about it and try to think of how I could do it. I do what so many people do. I look at ... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 12:37:19 EST I'm hope to inspire a friend In a few hours, I'll be going to pick up a friend who I haven't seen in 6 years! The last time we were together, it was at her wedding. Since then, we have only recently started talking again. Nothing went wrong with our friendship, we just lost contact with different lives. I went off to college and she started her life as a wife. <BR> <BR> In addition, she hasn't seen me since I've lost weight. I do believe that I gained a lot of weight in college, but I know she will see a differen... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 16:07:05 EST Another pound fell off last night... Just had to share that I woke up this morning and had to step on that scale to be sure yesterday's weight wasn't a dream. Not only wasn't it a dream, but some time during the night, another pound fell off...WHAT? Is my body finally starting to respond to the hard work I'm putting in? Only time will tell, but this means I have only two more pounds before I see the 220's again! I can't wait! Mon, 25 May 2009 12:57:56 EST YES! YES! YES! I'm am a recovering scale addict...LOL! I used to literally weigh myself every time I walked in the bathroom or even walked past it. I've done much better about not doing that. I only weigh myself in the morning when you are more at your true weight. The past couple of days or so I've tried not to weigh myself knowing that I was on my cycle still and I would get an accurate weight because of some water weight. I didn't want to bring myself down seeing higher numbers, so I stayed away fro... Sun, 24 May 2009 11:35:42 EST I'm doing the right things I knew that when I made the decision to get back on track that I wouldn't be able to jump back to that place where I was when I started gaining weight back again. I knew it would have to be a slow process and I'd have to build myself back up again. <BR> <BR> Today, I finished my workout with WOWY where I track my weekly workouts and noticed an awesome trend. Two months ago, I was only doing two workouts a week. Usually two in a row. Then, of course, I would get lazy and say, "Forget it... Sat, 23 May 2009 13:56:16 EST Phase 1 I'd be interested to hear from anyone if they have done the South Beach Diet before. My doctor recommended it and women like myself with PCOS have had really good results. I've had a hard time getting back on track and when I feel I'm getting there, I end up finding myself another pound up. So, I figure, time to shake things up. <BR> <BR> Phase 1 is very stick where you take out a lot of things from your diet. You cut out sugars and carbs completely. Lots of protein and vegetables are t... Wed, 13 May 2009 18:20:26 EST An update About a month ago I made a committment to getting back on track. Well, I can say that since then my eating habits have gotten a little better. Atleast I'm thinking about what I eat before I put it into my mouth...even if I know it is full of carbs, sugar, and calories....atleast I'm more aware of it and I AM doing better. Packing my meals the night before has been somewhat successful. I'm not doing too bad. <BR> <BR> Exercise wise, I'm doing better too. I'm atleast getting in a few days... Sun, 3 May 2009 20:49:38 EST I'm taking my healthy frame of mind back! I must admit that this is the first time in several monthes that I'm excited about weight loss again! I've been mentally unwilling to make the changes to do the right thing to lose weight, but I'm starting to take my healthy frame of mind back. <BR> <BR> It started with some realizations. First, where I work, I have a fast paced schedule that doesn't allow me to take my regular scheduled breaks. I have found it is easier to get a break in the morning though. So, because of this out of ... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:00:08 EST Focus on the short term Thank you for all your encouragement everyone. The encouragement really is an area I've been missing out on and one that I know would have helped me keep at it if I'd stayed connected. <BR> <BR> But in any case, I'm chosing to look at my situation this way. In the six or seven monthes that I've not been working for myself, I've "only" put back about 10 pounds. 10 is a lot, but not compared to how long it takes others. I mean, some of the people on Biggest Loser lose that in a week, so ... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:24:26 EST I had a conversation with myself Isn't it amazing how a post blog-blog can be so different. Here I was complaining and feeling sorry for myself. Just making more excuses, when all I needed to do was have a conversation with myself. I sat here and started thinking about it. The only thing holding me back is me. I'M the one who is making excuses, I'M the one buying the unhealthy food, I'M the one who sits around all night instead of taking half an hour to get my heart rate up...I'M the one whose letting myself down. And ... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 21:19:25 EST The Right Thing Why is it that doing the right thing for myself is suddenly so hard to do? It has been monthes now since I quit taking care of myself. My diet went out the window, I quit exercising daily, taking my medication has been an on/off relationship, and every time I get the guts to look at that scale and realize my weight has gone up, instead of doing sometime about it, I just let the trend continue. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this?! I had this great ambition and was super motivated... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:16:54 EST 10 tricks to stick to your workout Hey everyone! I ran across this article from Women's Health and thought they had some great ideas! I know that I have problems at the end of the day finding motivation to do my workouts. It is a little long, but I think it is worth the read. <BR> <BR> 1. Make it cost you <BR> Even if you already have a routine and know which machines to use and how, pay for a personal trainer. Since most of them charge you if you cancel last minute, you’ll be less inclined to recline on the sofa watching ... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:46:34 EST Learning to love myself I think that like many people who are overweight, we tend to hate our bodies and not love the things about ourselves that are so great! We allow ourselves to conform to the ideas that the world holds as to what is beautiful and who is attractive. We feel like if we don't have those perfect features and that look that stops guys in their tracks that there is something unattract and ugly about ourselves. I know that I have looked at myself that way for years. But I've realized something ove... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 23:01:45 EST A new toy and hopefully a new start 10 is it so easy to put it on and so hard to take it off? Well, let me tell you, I hate the fact that I have put 10 pounds back on, but I'm determined to take it back off and then LOTS! <BR> <BR> I have a new toy that I hope will help with those days that I just don't feel like doing my regular exercise. And expensive toy for sure and I hope that I haven't made a mistake, so perhaps someone who reads this has heard of the Air Climber. I saw it at work and I thought it... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 20:14:51 EST The reasons behind why you should weigh yourself regularly Experts tell you that it is not a good idea to weigh yourself everyday since your weight will tend to increase and decrease. BUT, it is from my experience that I can tell you that it is a good idea to weigh yourself regularly. If I had, I may have caught my 10 pound weight gain before now. I admit that I really didn't care for several months and when I thought to actually weigh myself, I hadn't moved that much in weight, so, of course, I kept pushing it off thinking that if I was eating th... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:42:19 EST I have 9 months... LOL! For those of you reading this who think I'm throwing out a pregnancy pregnancy. I'm no where near ready for something like that! It just happens that my best friend's wedding falls nine months from now and that is how long I have to take off the weight I want to. I'm not going to tell myself that I can accomplish all my health goals by then because I can't plan on what what this year will throw my way or how my body will react from week to week. But I can tell m... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:16:45 EST A Quick Look Back at 2008 Yes, the New Year is here. Welcome to 2009! Everyone tends to take looks back at the previous year, but I think that this year is more important to analyse. Last year had a lot of first for me and I started a lot of journeys that I'm not at the final destination yet. My weight loss has been dictated by other factors in my life and many of those factors were first in 08 too. So, what did 2008 look like for me? Here's a quick run down. <BR> <BR> TWO new jobs. Wow, I can't believe I chan... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 11:48:56 EST I feel like I'm back at square one...sigh... I've made the committment to get back on track, but OMG! I had NO idea that my first day back to cardio would be a killer. Getting away from cardio for a couple weeks really can take you back to square one. I probably should have started off slow with 20 minutes, but I thought, hey, I was doing an hour a few weeks ago, I can do it now. WRONG! My body fought me the whole way, at times I thought I was going to lose dinner, and I had to take frequent breaks; something I've not done since I s... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 21:08:07 EST I should be doing more! The first step to correcting a mistake is to admit one right? Well, I was on the right track till recently. When I started my new job, I started putting my body through some new things, so, like new things tend to do to you, I lost 5 pounds over about three weeks. Well, I got too comfortable...I started to count on my daily active lifestyle to get me through and now, I've stopped losing weight again. Already my body is used to what I've been putting it through and it is time to step it up... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:20:43 EST What will my New Year's goal be this year? Lose weight...yeah, check. Got the weight loss thing, so setting goals for the New Year need to be more specific I think. I realized yesterday that we are only about three weeks away from 2009, so I'm going to get my goal setting underway early. <BR> <BR> To start, I'm determined to make it under 220 by the end of the year and with only a few more pounds to go, I don't see that goal being a problem. It would be nice to be a few pounds under 220 by 2009. <BR> <BR> My biggest goal for 20... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 10:09:57 EST Say Woo Hoo for 222! I am proud to announce that once again I have achieved 222 and believe it or not, I did it without much cardio. I know, you can't lose weight without cardio, but let me explain this. The only requirements for losing weight is that you burn more a day than you consume. So, if I am eating well during the day and burning more than I'm eating, I lose weight. So, my new job keeps me hopping like never before! I bought a pedometer just to keep track of how many steps I take a day in my job and... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 17:42:33 EST From slow and nothing to do- to fast and furious! Let me just say, WOW! How in the world did my life go from sleeping in till 10 and staying up late, working out during the day, but laying around the rest turn into full speed ahead? It is amazing how a new job can completely change things around. Now, I'm a workaholic, but I guess that comes with the territory when you have a supervisor position. Early morning and late nights is what I have to look forward to. So, for two weeks, my workouts and eating have been really off, but despite, ... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 18:06:31 EST It never ceases to amaze me... The last blog that I wrote I was commenting on how my new job could very well be the key to me finally starting to lose some serious weight again. I've been pretty stationary in my weight and like the advice I give a lot of people, I went back to the basics to figure out in what areas I had gone off track. What I came to release first was that I had to do something about the sugar. Even the ice cream I was buying was still pretty high in sugar and I knew that had to stop. So, against my d... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 08:44:39 EST Could my job be the key? I was thinking today while I was sitting in my three hour orientation class, that the job I just got could be my key to getting on track losing weight again. For those of you who don't know, my time with Metro Parks ended because I ran out of hours, so I will be spending my working hours inside now. :-( However, I have come to realize that even an inside job can be benefitial. The job I just got is with Target as a Guest Service Team Leader. This means I am one of two people in charge of the ... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 19:55:01 EST I'm ready to be more active during the day! Some of you know that I was interviewing for a job with Target for the last week. Well, I'm happy to say that I got the job!!! I'm so excited to get started because I see this job as a stepping stone to bigger things. I'm not going to be a cashier, I'm not going to be at the guest service desk, and I'm not going to be developing photos...I'm going to be the superving team leader of those areas!!! How exciting is that! So, I guess you can say, I will be doing cashier, guest services, etc,... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 12:59:53 EST