BOBOBOBBI's SparkPeople Blog BOBOBOBBI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community ....and I'm back-- with a treadclimber!! It has been over a year since I have last posted a blog. I could come up with 100 lame excuses as to why I haven't been sticking to the plan (that i know works!)-- but why lie?? I've been lazy. I've been eating whatever the heck i wanted. I haven't been putting much effort into my "workouts." I have pretty much all but stopped wearing my fitbit. No big surprise that the scale has been creeping up and up! <BR> <BR> I'm back. Hopefully for good this time. <BR> <BR> ANYWAY--- <BR> <BR> I ju... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 19:06:32 EST 2013 was like a year long bad breakup… with my gym. 2013 was like a year long bad breakup… with my gym. <BR> <BR> In March, I moved to a new town that I absolutely fell in love with. However, I moved about an hour away from my old house, and my old gym. Let me just say—I ASBOLUTELY LOVED my old gym. In fact, when I was looking for a new place to live, I specifically looked for a place close to that gym. My gym had a pool, an indoor track, amazing equipment, fun (free) classes, and best of all… was in between my house and work (so I left for ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:23:13 EST Non-health related quick question for you... Okay sparkfriends, I have an interesting question for you... <BR> <BR> What was the strangest/most unexpected thing you were asked in an interview, and how did you respond? <BR> <BR> A few years ago I was being interviewed for a human services job, and the first question--- right off the bat, was... <BR> <BR> What would you do if you walked into a house and found a dead baby? <BR> <BR> I remember just sitting there, shocked...and giving her a "are you kidding me?!" look. <BR> <BR> I also... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 18:33:00 EST Holy set back... times 6 months! I love sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I love all my sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople has helped me lose over 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> So why the heck haven't I been faithful... pretty much this whole year?! <BR> <BR> ughhhh!!!!! Can't seem to get out of my own way lately. <BR> <BR> I have been yo-yoing between the same 10 lbs pretty much this whole year. I know what I need to do to get past those ten lbs, and to hopefully hit onederland in the near future. I don't understand why I don't just ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:10:07 EST FitBit gave me my mojo back!!! Ever since Sparkpeople has been advertising about fitbit, I was trying to find someone (anyone?!) who actually had one and what they thought about it. <BR> <BR> Perhaps I didn't look hard enough... but i couldn't find many people. And those i did find, didn't have much to say about it-- besides that they liked it. <BR> <BR> When i realized I could get it 25% off through my work discount via Verizon-- I jumped at the chance. <BR> <BR> People have been asking me what my thoughts were, and... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:14:26 EST I'm still kicking! As you may or may not know-- about a month ago, I blacked out and banged my knee up pretty bad. <BR> <BR> Doctor ordered me to take it easy and add more salt into my diet. <BR> <BR> ...this was not an easy adjustment for me to make, and I learned that old habits sometimes DIE hard. <BR> <BR> Needless to say-- I haven't been eating the way I should, or working out the way I should, either. In fact-- I wouldn't be surprised if I gained some weight from this whole ordeal. <BR> <BR> Time ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:41:32 EST What a scary 2 weeks! 2013 hasn't been off to a good start for me at all. <BR> <BR> After a beyond stressful work week 2 weekends ago, I decided to take a nice long hot bubble bath to help relax. During it, I got this overwhelming hot feeling and something told me I needed to get out of the bath. I remember getting out-- but nothing after that. I blacked out for some time and woke up laying on my bathroom floor. I banged up my face and knee pretty badly. <BR> <BR> Initial trip to the ER I was told I was dehydra... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:49:55 EST ...I shouldn't be this nervous to post this blog. A lady doesn't reveal her weight. <BR> <BR> ...why? <BR> <BR> For me, I just never revealed it because I have always been so ashamed of it. I have been a big girl my whole life, and when confronted with this number-- i would hide it (from it?) as much as possible. I often did this by lying about it. <BR> <BR> When I first joined sparkpeople-- I was amazed with the number of people that actually had their weight posted for anyone to see. I thought "when I get to a number that I am not a... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:11:01 EST Quick update-- I will be back!! As some of you may or may not have noticed, I have been a little absent lately. It has been a whirlwind of a month, and to make a long story short-- I have moved to a new apartment in a new town :) <BR> <BR> Let me just say-- I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS NEW PLACE! We moved to Elizabethtown, PA. Seriously, it is the cutest little town ever.PLUS- I have never lived in a town where I can walk EVERYWHERE (including the gym)... so I am wicked excited about all the new exercise possibilities. (Not gon... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:03:59 EST We are in this together. This morning I got a text message from my sister that said "I am happy to report I lost 2 lbs, lol--- nothing monumental but I'm pretty proud." <BR> <BR> This is the first time I ever remember my sister sending me anything about her losing weight. She has completely supported and encouraged me thus far on my weight loss journey, and I was (and AM) so proud of her, as well! <BR> <BR> Anyway-- my point being-- I am positive we have all felt this way before. Happy that we lost weight, but at... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:37:47 EST Hopefully this will be a lesson learned! I am not going to lie-- I feel ashamed of myself. I have not seen the scale budge the way I would like it to in a while. I haven't gained weight--but I also haven't lost anything either. I don't want to say its a plateau-- it is more along the lines of me not giving it my all. <BR> <BR> The last few blogs I have wrote (though few and far between) have been all about me not doing as well as I would like. I always try to put a positive twist on things because that is my personality-- and lets... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:58:20 EST Results are in-- I am NOT the biggest Loser. The competitive side of me ABSOLUTELY hates the fact that i did not win "The Merry Meltdown" challenge I participated in at my gym. I am really trying hard to not let that side of me ruin my mood, and overshadow how much I have accomplished since October. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of this challenge, all i did for exercise was cardio. This challenge taught me about the benefits of adding strength training into my workout routine (... even though I screamed and hollered about how much slow... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:19:19 EST No one is impressed with my excuses... especially myself. Okay-- So it is time I face the music. Enough with making up excuses for myself. I am not fooling anybody... especially myself. <BR> <BR> I have fallen off the "becoming a better me" wagon. Granted-- it has only been since Friday, but lets be honest-- A LOT of damage can be done in 4 days. <BR> <BR> SO instead of me talking about how it is normal for weight to change during certain times of the month, or how i am a bottomless pit during certain times of the month (... i am sure the ladies... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:06:38 EST Happy Monday Morning! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your journey, <BR> Bobbi :) Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:31:02 EST Happy Turkey Day!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> ...and a HUGE THANK YOU to all my Spark Friends who shower me with love and support everyday!I wouldn't be half as far on this journey without you all! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day, <BR> Bobbi <em>247</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:04:16 EST Bet this will make you smile... Thanksgiving version! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> May your stuff... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:31:39 EST ...Still upset about only losing 1lb?! Talk about great motivation! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is what one lb of fat looks like. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is what five lbs of fat looks like. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is what 100lbs of fat looks like! (crazy to think I had all of that PLUS some in me!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 19:38:39 EST It's the small things... literally :) Today when I was getting ready to go for a walk- My boyfriend stopped, looked at me, and said "wow babe, your back is really small." <BR> <BR> That was the first time, in my whole existence, that somebody used the word small to describe any part of my body (besides my eyes, lol) <BR> <BR> Needless to say, he absolutely made my day. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your journey, <BR> Bobbi :) <em>344</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:43:27 EST Goals in a jar, part 2 :) With this weeks weigh in-- I have OFFICIALLY lost the last two pounds of my Christmas Goal. Gotta love crushing a goal a month and a half early! So excited to see any empty jar! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> BUT-- even more excited to start working on my new goal! I am going to lose 25 lbs by my bf's 30th birthday! (Jan 29th) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:37:58 EST 50% off halloween candy coma... I know I have accomplished many things in life that I should be proud of. Between graduating college (against all odds...with high honors, at that!), spending 10 months of my life devoting myself to non-profit work (AmeriCorps*NCCC pride!!!), and this recent -125lbs weight loss (holy smokes, i still can't believe it!) you would think I know exactly how it feels to be truly proud of myself....right? <BR> <BR> For some reason today-- I got this overwhelming sense of pride for myself. Pride ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 20:03:38 EST Plateaus advice from Jillian Michaels Interesting information from Jillian Michaels . She was asked: <BR> <BR> "What advice do women always ask you for?" <BR> <BR> She answered: "They get caught on plateaus. In that case what you need to do is give yourself a couple of days of rest and bump up your calories by 10 percent. When you lose weight quickly, your body often responds by releasing hormones to increase your appetite and store more fat. That's a survival instinct meant to help us conserve fuel during times of famine. You... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 11:23:11 EST Never give up! This made me smile! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your journey, <BR> Bobbi :) Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:07:57 EST Smart Girls lift weights... So, I have been SO hesitant about adding strength training to my workouts. ( I recently just started last week)Recently I've done some research, and am kinda kicking myself for not starting before!! This whole weight loss journey is a learning experience for me...and I hope this info may help some of you out, too. <BR> <BR> I found the following on "Fit Chicks" facebook page... <BR> <BR> "Girls get yo guns! Most of us know this- so this is for the ladies who might not be familiar. Liftin... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:41:05 EST a jar? ;) Let's be honest here-- it is SO easy to set a goal in your head, say "Hey, I am GOING TO DO THIS," and then just-- simply, don't. We have all been there. <BR> <BR> Then, we think-- if i write this down--- there is no way in heck i am NOT going to do this. Guess what? Still don't do it. (Shocking right?! thought this was a full-proof plan!!) <BR> <BR> Being the first day of a new month, I am seeing a lot of my fellow spark buddies writing blogs about goals they finished last month, and wha... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:25:28 EST Living one step outside of my comfort zone. As part of the weight loss challenge I have signed up for with my gym-- we get weekly emails with tips and suggestions. Last week (week #1) I received my first email, with a suggested workout list. <BR> <BR> Looking over the list I realized I didn't know what half of the exercises were. I have been "lucky" with my weight loss so far-- losing 120lbs doing nothing but cardio is nothing to complain about! When I signed up for the gym challenge-- my only intention was to keep doing what I have ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:52:32 EST Quick and Silly ;) I was complemented today on how my shoes matched my shirt perfectly... guess I am awesome without even trying! ;) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Until next time-- Keep smiling! <BR> -Bobbi <em>246</em> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:09:54 EST Go ahead and doubt me-- I am going to LOVE proving you wrong! Today was my measurement day for "the Merry Meltdown" at my gym {don't know what I am talking about? read last weeks blog! ;) } I WAS going to be brave and post all my measurements-- but I didn't write them down, and don't remember (whoops! dropped that ball on that one!) ANYWAY-- i have to say, I am not too impressed with the "lovely" lady working at the gym today! <BR> <BR> Instead of me ranting and raving about how she was late for our appointment,or how she treated me as if I had NO chan... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:55:37 EST Proud of how far i've come! At the beginning of this weight loss journey-- i remember having my boyfriend drive me to the top of the hill exactly a mile away from our house, so i could walk home...ONCE. In the middle of that walk, my sister happened to drive by and sent me a text saying how horrible i looked, and asked if i needed a ride home. Today-- in the middle of my 4+ mile walk (including TONS of hills) i passed that mark, knowing exactly how far away i was from home...and smiled; appreciating exactly how far I ha... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 19:35:32 EST Melting away!! Every year my gym starts a program/challenge in October called "The Merry Meltdown." The whole point of this challenge is to promote healthy eating and exercise during the holiday season. (Oct 18-Dec 18) <BR> <BR> It cost $25 to sign up, which includes a t-shirt, cup, and 5 classes. One female and one male who loses the most inches/% of body fat will either win 10 classes, 3 personal training classes, or a one-hour massage. <BR> <BR> I may have mentioned this before-- but I am a VERY compe... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:11:05 EST New adventures! This week I was really nervous about stepping on the scale. I set a goal to lose 10lbs before my trip to Maine next weekend, and up until today-- I only had one more lb to lose. <BR> <BR> This past week, I went to the Bloomsburg Fair. If you live in PA, I highly suggest you check it out. Of course I am biased growing up in Bloomsburg, but it is, without a doubt, the biggest and best fair ever. EVER. Seriously-- check it out, you won't be disappointed. <em>468</em> <BR> <BR> While walking... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:09:12 EST Goals--set in stone? Everybody has a different opinion on how often you should weigh yourself. Some people say they do it everyday (That would be such an emotional roller-coaster for me, if the numbers don't go down-- i would be upset!) while others say they do it about once a month (I'm too curious for that!) For me, I have found that weighing myself once per week is perfect. <BR> <BR> Every Thursday is my official weigh-in day... and today, I am happy to report that this week I lost 3 lbs! :) <BR> <BR> At ... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:27:07 EST Swimming offenders! They always say you should make working out fun, so it doesn't feel like working out. Being nick-named "Dolphin" as a kid, there is no denying that I absolutely LOVE swimming. In fact, the large swimming pool at my gym is the sole reason why I got a membership there. (Since there are SOOO many gym options in the middle of Amish Country! <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> When it comes to working out *like mentioned in a previous blog,* i generally get wrapped up in music or TV and don't pay attentio... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:00:52 EST Busch Gardens! Well hello there-- sorry it has been a few weeks since my lost post. The past three weeks I have been busy with visiting family and going on weekend trips, but i'm back! :) <BR> <BR> First things first-- and boy do I want to BRAG about this one... I finally hit the -100lbs mark!! WOOT WOOT! I set to reach this goal by August 28 (tomorrow) and hit it a week early! Next goal... 25 more lbs by Christmas! :) <BR> <BR> So instead of catching you all up on how much I pigged out while visiting my ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:44:09 EST Yep, I'm the "crazy" one on the treadmill Working in the mental health field, It is embedded in my brain to hate the word "crazy". Spending most of my time with other mental health professionals, it isn't a word I hear too often. Today, a complete stranger used that word to describe me. <BR> <BR> I'm the type of person that when I get into something I really enjoy, be it reading, writing, listening to music, watching TV etc., I REALLY get into it. I totally block out the whole world. When it comes to reading, my whole life will be ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:48:47 EST Full Length Mirror! Being overweight and ashamed of my body pretty much my whole life, I learned how to avoid really looking at my body. <BR> <BR> Any picture you would find of me, would be of my shoulders up. (Usually just my face, and i Learned EXACTLY how to tilt the camera and adjust my head to make my face look not as fat) <BR> <BR> ...and Mirrors? What a joke. In my house, all the mirrors were up high enough to only see my upper body. If i happened to pass a mirror in a store, I would look away. The sa... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 09:02:14 EST What's your weight loss goal? It is not an uncommon question to hear, "What is your weight loss goal?" All my life I have given myself SO MANY(weight loss) GOALS, and when I never reached them, I would feel absolutely horrible about myself. <BR> <BR> During a doctor's appointment a few months ago, the doc was briefly talking about how much weight I had lost (around 50lbs at the time). Then, as you may have guessed, he asked THAT all important question. {Geesh, what if i had already met my goal? <em>39</em> } <BR> <B... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 19:41:03 EST