BETSEY_G's SparkPeople Blog BETSEY_G's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time to get this done - 8 months to go till I marry my best friend I've lost 40 lbs in the last three years, (up and down a little in the last two), but now that I'm getting married in 8 months, I'm determined to get this last 30-40 off! I really need to just stick with it, in spite of the stress of moving and trying to plan a wedding from 2,000 miles away. I'm well motivated right now to get up at 5am every day to go to the gym before work. I just hope I can make it through this time without going crazy! I have such an amazing fiancé, and he's doing a lot o... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:38:09 EST Love yourself <img src=""> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 23:49:58 EST *Cough, cough, sneeze* What a crazy month it's been. I came down with the flu when I was in Louisiana (I live in CA) visiting my bf last month (he took great care of me). I was home for a couple of weeks, then had to fly to Virginia for work, then to Louisiana again for a couple days on my way home, and wouldn't you know it - I got sick again. I got home last Sunday night, then on Monday I had to drive 5 hours down to the central coast for work. I got home Wednesday night and it's sooo nice to be home! Still have a... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:19:54 EST Halfway there Halfway through my crazy month... Back from Alabama last night. Didn't get much sleep on the trip. Tomorrow my sister graduates with her Masters. Yay!!! It's been a long journey and I'm very proud of her. Then a concert in San Francisco tomorrow night with the family, my sister's party on Saturday, then back to the airport on Sunday to fly to Louisiana. I'm so excited about having a whole week with my boyfriend. Even though he'll be at work on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and I'll be worki... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:30:28 EST My plan for December It's going to be a crazy month. I'm flying to Alabama for work next week, then home for three days, then to Louisiana for a week to see my boyfriend, then home on the 23rd for Christmas. I made it all the way through November with an average of 60 fitness minutes a day. I'm going to try to continue that through December, with at least 20-30 minutes a day. More when I have time. It's going to be tough, but I know I can do it. I always get derailed by the holidays, but not this time! I'll be ea... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:07:03 EST 33.22 days to go... (long distance lamenting) ...till I see my sweetie. This long distance thing is really tough sometimes. But when we are together, it's totally worth it. On average, we see each other every other month. Which is not too bad for CA/LA. I'm very excited to have a whole week with him. Even though he'll be at work three of those days, and I'll be working remotely, I know it will still be great. We really need this down time together. <BR> <BR> 12 days down and 33 to go. I set myself a challenge of working out every day a... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:49:46 EST Having an excellent week! After putting the Halloween candy debacle behind me, I've worked out every single day this week, 60 mins plus. I don't know how this is possible, but I'm down 7 lbs. I'm sure a lot of it is water, but it's still nice to see the numbers come down. I hope I can keep this up until I see my boyfriend in a month! Fri, 9 Nov 2012 17:57:13 EST Year #34 Sitting here thinking about the fact that I turn 34 in a couple weeks. My life is certainly not where I thought it would be when I reached my mid-30's, but this past year has been great - I met a wonderful man. I have decided that I've had enough of this up and down with weight loss (Lost 35 lbs, but I seem to be back and forth with about 10 of those). I'm done! I am going to make this my best year ever. I am determined to reach my goal weight by the time I turn 35. And who knows what other w... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:17:27 EST Is it over yet??? I am starting to wonder if at some point things will return to normal. Where to start... this summer has been hectic to say the least. I moved, helped move my parents, my very ill aunt passed away a week and a half ago, my bf's grandmother passed away on Friday so I had to cancel my trip to go see him, the stress at work has increase exponentially due to stupid people that can't do their job... One thing after another. I have not been working out, and have been eating horribly. I really need ... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:37:38 EST CNN Article: Physical inactivity causes 1 in 10 deaths worldwide, study says <link><BR>al-inactivity-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp<BR>_bn12 </link> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:02:42 EST June: I blew it (but I'm halfway to my goal!!!) I did so good last month! But this month is another story: I moved, went on vacation, passed out (twice) on the flight back and fell and hurt a few toes (they jammed under the lavatory door) - so that's prevented me from being able put my workout shoes on, and helping my parents move this week and weekend. I really miss my routine. I'm the kind of person that needs that. But, in spite of not having been to the gym AT ALL this month, I haven't gained any weight. I've even managed to lose a cou... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:25:54 EST Changing my focus after almost 2 years on SP It seems as if the battle to lose weight is never ending. I lost a few lbs, then gained one back, just from two days of not-so-great food (could have been worse). I'm one of those people that has to weigh myself almost every day. It helps keep me motivated. But when I saw the scale go up this week, I decided I need to change my focus. I'm going to not weigh myself for the rest of this month, and instead focusing on increasing my workouts. Right now I do 50-70 mins five days a week. I work a d... Fri, 18 May 2012 13:25:29 EST Monday blues Not feeling so great today, between allergies and mother nature. This is one of those days it would be so easy to skip my workout. But I already made up my mind I won't. I brought all my workout stuff with me, and the bag is sitting in my office where I can see it. I will not talk myself out of it. If I want to reach by goal of 215 by June 20th, I really need to keep my workouts consistent. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:22:54 EST BodyMedia Fit Armband I received my armband yesterday. I think it's just the kick in the butt I need. I think that the machines at the gym are way overestimating the amount of calories I'm burning, and therefore, I'm not burning enough. Something I can't figure out though - you are supposed to wear it at night and it will analyze your sleep. I went to bed at 10, and got up about 6:45. Yet it says I only slept three and a half hours. It also says I walked about 500 steps before I even got up. Yes I woke up a few ti... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:25:44 EST Never finding it again! <img src=""> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:12:19 EST Set back vs. Failure Makes you stop and think.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:17:00 EST "Strength" Strength <BR> n. <BR> 1. The state, property, or quality of being strong. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Such a simple little word, but it can mean so much if you let it. I was thinking about this a few weeks ago - the word and it's meaning. I seem to have such a hard time saying no to cravings. I tell myself I won't give in, and yet 99.99% of the time, I do. Nothing was working for me. So, I ordered myself a bracelet - it's a 3 thin black leather bands, with a sterling silver piece. I had "strengt... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:52:07 EST "There She Stands" This song was written by Michael W. Smith, post 9/11. <BR> <BR> When the night <BR> Seems to say <BR> All hope is lost <BR> Gone away <BR> But I know <BR> I'm not alone <BR> By the light <BR> She stands <BR> <BR> There she waves <BR> Faithful friend <BR> Shimmering stars <BR> Westward wind <BR> Show the way <BR> Carry me <BR> To the place <BR> She stands <BR> <BR> Just when you think it might be over <BR> Just when you think the fight is gone <BR> Someone will risk his life to raise her <B... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:41:26 EST Thank you, eHarmony (with pics) So after almost 4 months of talking on the phone, Mike came out to see me this last weekend. I was nervous for nothing. We had a really nice time and got along really well. On Friday, we went up to St. Helena and had lunch, and I showed him a few vineyards of course. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Then Friday night we went to this adorable little Italian p... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 13:01:09 EST I will not get out the ice cream! or "My ex is engaged" (Self pity enclosed) My ex and I broke up last Spring. We are still friends and occasionally talk. (He's in TX and I'm in CA). We dated for 3 years, and even though I knew we weren't compatible long-term, I do still care deeply for him. We were great friends, and he will always hold a special place in my heart. <BR> <BR> Today he sends me a text that says "I have news." I just knew it probably wasn't something that I wanted to hear (yes I've moved on, but it's still difficult to know someone you care about has ... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 18:48:04 EST CNN Article: "When you're losing weight, where does all the fat go?" Great article on CNN today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ight.loss/index.html?iref=obnetwork </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:57:13 EST My spark is back! So.... After losing a little over 30 lbs last year, and gaining back 10 this year (stress eating), I'm happy to say I've got my spark back and I lost 3 lbs this week! So excited! My clothes were getting a little snug, and that was scary! So I'm determined to hit the gym 5 days a week. Trying to lose 10 more lbs by the time a friend comes out to visit me from Louisiana next month ;) Mon, 25 Jul 2011 18:35:27 EST A very long leave of absence (from taking care of myself) Not quite sure where to start on this. I haven't been consistent in my workouts or tracking food since Dec of 2010. And it shows!!! I've gained 7 lbs. Ugh. Some of my clothes are starting to get a little snug. But at least I can lose faster than I can gain. I set out last year to lose about 70 lbs. I only lost a little less than half of that, and I've gained a few lbs back, but at least I haven't gained it ALL back. It's been a rough year, lots of changes. But I think I have my motivation bac... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:30:14 EST A Blog-Worthy Omelette So for lunch, I was totally craving McD's fries and chicken nuggets. I resisted temptation and decided that I needed something very tasty for lunch. I'm fortunate to have time to go home and cook for lunch, so I decided to make myself a stuffed omelette. I sauteed fresh asparagus, red bell pepper, mushrooms and onions in a little olive oil, then put that inside my omelette, and sprinkled a little reduced fat shredded cheese on top. Let me tell was deliciousness on a plate! Had my (red... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 16:30:05 EST Random Ramblings This blog is so titled because that's exactly what I'm going to do here. <BR> <BR> So it's been a rough last few months. The company I worked for was evicted the first of the year, and I was only working part time for a couple of months. Long story short, things looked like they were going to eventually turn around, and I was hanging on. About a month ago, a friend that works in the industry called me and said he was leaving his position and asked if I would interested in interviewing. I sai... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:35:46 EST Gotta pull myself out of this funk, one way or another.... The last month has been tough. Hours got cut in half at work, it's stressful not knowing what's going to happen. I was also sick last week, and that's always hard to bounce back from. I haven't been doing so great as far as working out and eating. I've been giving in to my sweet tooth... On the upside, I haven't gained any weight. And I'm only 2 lbs away from halfway to my goal. Sometimes though it just seems like I still have such a long ways to go. But then someone tells me how great I look... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:21:40 EST Possibly losing my job and stressing out Just found out I'm probably going to lose my job next week. I hate change. I'm stressing out. Unless our corporate office in Europe makes the decision they need to make, I'm done for. I've been here almost 6 years and I don't want to go out job hunting... The next week is going to be a nightmare and I think the only way I'm going to get through this is by keeping active and working out. I am not going to let myself turn to food. I've worked to hard to lose this 33 lbs. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:22:24 EST Chocolate in all of it's evilness... Earlier today my boss brought a large basket full of chocolates (Ghiradelli, Lindt Truffles, and Ferrero Rocher) which she placed on the counter by my desk, right at eye level. I told myself I would just have one, and that's it. But did I? Nope. I'm ashamed to admit that I've eaten several pieces and am now feeling sluggish and a little sick. Not to mention it's that TOM and my butt is getting kicked. I really should know better. But oh well, life goes on. I'm not going to beat myself up over... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:35:42 EST 2011 New Years' Resolutions Here goes: <BR> <BR> #1. Reach 10,000 fitness minutes. I could probably go higher, but I have to be realistic. I figure I will probably have things come up during the year, illness, etc. <BR> <BR> #2. Reach my goal weight and surpass it. My goal weight is 175, I have 41 lbs to go (31 down). I know I can reach it, and beyond that, I would just like to find a weight/size that I'm happy with. <BR> <BR> #3. To have a whole new wardrobe by the end of next year! <BR> <BR> #4. To wear out my wo... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:22:04 EST Self-Sabotage vs. Success This may be rather disjointed, so please forgive. I just wanted to get my thoughts written down. <BR> <BR> This morning I was reading a blog by BETTERNEXTTIME, and she was writing about her loss of 50 lbs and how she was freaking out a little bit. I've only lost 30, but I as I was reading her blog, I started thinking, and realizing that maybe I've been doing the same thing, along with a little self-sabotage. I keep thinking to myself, "ok, you've lost 30 lbs, you won't lose more and you'll ... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:45:49 EST So true! I read this today, and loved it! <BR> <BR> "Fitness is earned, not bestowed - a process, not a magic trick - an investment, not a miracle." ~ Author unknown Mon, 6 Dec 2010 23:36:55 EST 30 LBS GONE, W/PICS! Short blog, but I did these photos side by side today, and was amazed at the difference 30 lbs has made! I can't wait until more is gone!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With my mom, Raeann76. She has also lost 30 lbs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>9</em> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 18:51:40 EST A Pessimist's Epiphany Things have been stressful at work. I won't bore anyone with the details, but our parent company in Europe is going through some restructuring, and finances are tight for a bit. My hours are cut, but I feel blessed to still have a job and be collecting a paycheck, even if it is smaller. And right before Christmas! In the past, this kind of situation would have caused me to sit at home in my jammies with ice cream and a spoon. But I realized yesterday that I haven't done that yet - instead I'm... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 13:33:14 EST Single Chins & Collar Bones I cleaned out my closet yesterday... I got rid of EVERYTHING that is now too big: all of my 20's, 22's and some 18's. I had about 5 or 6 trash bags full. I've never done that before. Last time I lost weight, I kept everything "just in case" I needed them again. Now I have no excuse to gain the weight back. It was really hard to get rid of some of my favorite pieces of clothing. I had a couple of super cute LB jackets, one in red and the other in black and white hounds tooth. But I tried them... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 14:04:22 EST My Turkey Day Plan I thought if I wrote this all down now, then maybe I have a chance of sticking with it. So here's my turkey day plan: <BR> <BR> 1. I have have only ONE of the pumpkin muffins I am making for breakfast for everyone, along with a piece of the egg beater baked omelet. Going to also have my usual glass of V8 Juice. Yum! <BR> <BR> 2. I WILL go to the gym for 65 mins of cardio after breakfast. <BR> <BR> 3. I will NOT snack before dinner unless it's fruit or veggies: I have some nice crunchy cam... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 11:05:29 EST Goodbye "Fat Girl" My mom and I went shopping this weekend because we both needed new clothes. She's lost 30 lbs and I've lost close to that. First we hit the plus size dept at Macy's and I found a couple of cute tops - one in a 1X and one in a 0X. Yay! Then we went down to the regular section for her, and just for the fun of it, I tried on a couple of skirts and some sweaters. I was absolutely ecstactic when an XL sweater fit me! But it got even better - I grabbed a skirt that was a size 18, and it fit!!! I go... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 11:52:31 EST Short Blog I got on the scale this morning and I'm only 3.5 lbs away from where I was a few years ago at my lowest (217). Was doing really great and the death of my grandfather completely derailed me. It took a long time to get me back where I needed to be, but I'm so happy those 27 lbs are gone. Can't wait to hit the 30 lb mark! Then there will only be 42 till my goal weight! Have a fabulous weekend everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. - I can see my collar bone!!! Looks kinda weird... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:46:20 EST Not sure when it happened So the last couple of months I hadn't been doing so great, had my birthday, then vacation, and came home to a very lazy self. I was still eating fairly well, but not exercising. My problem has always been getting myself motivated and out the door. Once I start back up, I'm fine. I started reading a lot of the articles and inspirational quotes in the Motivation section, and what do ya know - it worked! Since Nov 7th, I have been the gym 8 times, and going today. I'm down 2 lbs and feeling fabu... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 11:46:30 EST Laziness: I have only myself to blame.... So here I go (yet again).... I've lost 24 lbs since June, was doing great, and then I went on vacation a few weeks ago. I only managed to gain 1.5 lbs while I was gone, which wasn't too bad. But then I got back home and became lazy. I've been eating fairly well, but started doing little things here and there: a pack of Peanut M&M's, or a coke, or just a "little bit" of ice cream. You get the idea. And then last week, I had TWO packages of M&M's and a Coke. I was blaming mother nature, but I'... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 13:13:58 EST My Challenge I haven't been doing so great in the exercise area, so I have decided to challenge myself: My 32nd birthday is coming up, and I leave for a cruise on the 18th. So I have decided to exercise every day until then, I hope I can do it! Fri, 8 Oct 2010 12:54:05 EST 20 Days to Go!!! So I'm super excited - my vacation is in 20 days and my passport came today! I've never really taken a "real" vacation before, other then Disneyland and Vegas once. And on top of that, I haven't taken any time off from work since LAST August. I so desperately need this. But this time I'm going on a cruise! I'm so unbelievably excited that I can hardly stand it! I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. I'm working towards my goal of 217 by then, and I have 8 lbs to go (that will be 30 lbs lo... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:22:23 EST A Japanese Proverb I saw this quote on another website today, and it really hit me. No matter how many times I may fall down, as long as I get back up and dust myself off, I will succeed at my goals! I hope this inspires someone else the way it has me. <BR> <BR> "Fall seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese proverb Sat, 25 Sep 2010 20:45:58 EST 20 lbs and counting! My goal: To lose 10 lbs (or get down to 215) by 10/15/10. My 32nd birthday and a cruise to Mexico!!! If can do this, it will bring my total weight loss so far to 30 lbs. I can do this! Wish me luck! Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:06:34 EST $420 for car repairs! Aaaahhhhh!!!!! Took my car to the mechanic this morning for a noise from my tire. Wheel bearing is failing and it's going to cost me over $400 <em>198</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:14:55 EST I heart SP! Happy Friday everyone! I was just sitting here at work browsing the blogs and message boards, and thought to myself how thankful I am for the SP website and community, and the friends I've made. I've been here since June, and I have lost about 20 lbs. The last month or so I haven't been very motivated and not eating all that great. But in spite of this, I made myself log on every day and browse the site. Reading others' blogs has been a huge inspiration for me, whether they be positive blogs ... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:03:42 EST Evil Sugar!!! So I didn't have time to go home for lunch today, so I had my stand-by fast food lunch: a grilled chicken sandwich from Sonic, on a whole wheat bun without mayo, only 269 calories. Which was great until I decided I also wanted a lemon berry slush. BAD IDEA!!! 300+ extra calories later... Feeling sluggish and yucky... It was super yummy, but not worth how I feel now. Coming down from the sugar high and kinda feeling like I could use a nap after work. But instead, I'm going to make myself go to... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:05:05 EST Zero Motivation I need help!!! I have zero motivation right now... I've been at this since June and have lost about 20 lbs, but the last month has been tough. I'm tired of tracking my calories, exercise... I haven't been eating too badly, but I really really need to get my motivation back. I'm feeling the lack of exercise - tiredness! Any ideas? Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:59:40 EST 20 lbs gone!!! It's taken me almost 3 months, but 20 lbs are gone and I'm determined they will never be seen again!!! I've done it before and this is always about the point I find some excuse(s) and lose my motivation. Not this time!!! I'm feeling better than ever and making this a lifestyle change instead of just "dieting" and working out. I think one of the biggest things that's helping me this time is that my mom and I are doing this together and helping to keep each other motivated. Not quite to the poi... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:08:14 EST Feeling blah.... So I haven't been doing that great this last week...been really busy - funeral, church dinner, football game, I've been eating really bad. Probably not what most people would consider bad, but not nearly as healthy as I've been eating. Haven't even been to the gym in a week! Ugh! Won't have time to go today, but I'm determined to go tomorrow as soon as I get off work. I had no idea I'd miss working out as much as I do. Feeling sluggish, and just overall blah. On the upside, I hav... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:57:42 EST Resisting the vending machine... I'm tired, starving, and stuck at work late.... trying to resist the vending machines... I'm usually about halfway through my workout by now, but by the time I get out of here, run to Target for some necessities, and get home and get a snack, I'm going to be ready to pass out. Not to mention dinner... Argh!!! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 21:00:07 EST