BRIANNADUNN's SparkPeople Blog BRIANNADUNN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monday-Again!!!! <img src=""> <BR> There is a bunch of people at the gym today. Usually there is nobody here but today we are packed. I have a trip this afternoon if the weather holds. I decided to get my workout in before the trip. I have a lovely bruise on my forearm that makes lifting weights not a possibility. I am walking on the treadmill instead. Mon, 15 May 2017 11:45:01 EST I won!!! 2 hrs of working out, 2 hrs studying, and then went to a party today. I loved it. I ate with-in calories, shot a bow, watched baseball. Got a big welt on my arm. I am so happy with my decisions today. <BR> <BR> I won a dollar out shooting everyone. 7 out of 7 arrows hit their target. Sun, 14 May 2017 00:27:01 EST End of a week, start to another <img src=""> <BR> I was great up to day 7 last week. Worked out and kicked booty. Day 8 had been a bit of a struggle no sleep and stress got the better of me. Day 9 hasn't been all that bad. I worked out 1.5 hrs and feel Great. I am ready for next week and have my week planned. I dropped my midday job so I have no excuse not to workout next week between shifts and still be able to finish my final exams. Week 1: mi... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:32:07 EST Day 6 of our challenge <img src=""> <BR> My Mom just informed me that she had to start over on Monday. She is on day 2 again. I have to say, I am not really concerned about it. I have lost to 239lbs. I am officially under 240lbs..I can't wait until I see the scale tip past 200lbs and I no longer see a 2 at the beginning of my 3 digit number. I don't weigh in often but I am keeping track every once in a while to see how I may add or chang... Wed, 10 May 2017 13:42:55 EST Wow, I am down to... Wow, I am down to.. These were the words that I was addicted too. I would think that as my focus changed so would my view. It was such a difference to not worry about the scale. I was actually more energetic, my workouts were better, I continued working out even when I was tired. All of this added up to not wanting to step on the scale. I would just not feel the depression. To not disappoint I am down to 241..but who is counting. Tue, 9 May 2017 16:38:57 EST 23 yrs of dieting!!! <img src=""> <BR> I just realized that I have been on a diet for 23 yrs..not a lifestyle change, but a diet. I have tried so many name brand diets, some with success, most with failures. I actually don't know when I haven't been over weight. I was 12 yrs old and at 156lbs I was told I was to fat to ride horses and if I lost under 150lbs then I could take riding lessons. This started my first diet, I never lost un... Mon, 8 May 2017 13:50:59 EST Monday's aren't always productive When I went to work this morning I thought, "I am going to go workout between shifts" I get to the gym, no workout shoes again!!! No problem, I will go home and get my shoes and workout clothes (because I had last week's in my van) and workout, I left the house and went two blocks and forgot the shoes again!!! I turned around and got my shoes and then headed to the gym. On the way I got hungry. Ugh!!! I can't win. I grabbed my water and off to workout I go. If my brain wasn't attached to my h... Mon, 8 May 2017 12:44:40 EST Day 3 of challenge complete <img src=""> My Mom and I and my adopted Sister are challenging each other and if we complete the challenge then we buy something for the other person that completed the challenge. This challenge ends July 4th. It consists of 8 glasses of water a day, Exercise 4x a week, eating within our set calorie ranges, and no sweets. I also decided to join some Spark Challenges for the next 30 days. One is to stop eating sw... Sun, 7 May 2017 19:11:21 EST I can't believe 3yrs have passed It has been 3 yrs since I have been on Spark much has happened in 3 yrs. My goals and lifestyle has changed so much in 3 yrs. I weigh 243lbs as of this morning but my focus isn't the scale as much as it used to be. I have weighed 243lbs for 5 months now, going from 241 to 245 almost weekly. I actually don't weigh myself that often but it really hasn't changed much. I have instead focused my goals on fitness and changing my view on food. 1) Going against doctors advice: My doctor... Sun, 7 May 2017 19:03:29 EST Back to the beginning After much testing and much let down I decided to try again and this time with a new perspective. <BR> <BR> 1. Focus on toning and not weight. Much of our focus is on the scale, no matter who you are. Don't get me wrong, I will weigh myself, but when you are not getting outside your calories and your not eating and drinking food that is not good for you, your focus changes. <BR> <BR> 2. Creating long lasting habits. I have joined a gym for the first time in years in October of 2016. I haven... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:06:46 EST October the month from hell October has been a horrific month for me. Not only was dieting non existent but also things kept breaking plus my husband wasn't working his usual job because his truck crashed. Then there was everything else that just fell apart. <BR> At least I maintained my weight loss. I am down 3 pounds since Saturday and only a few to go to get to my lightest. I am back to eating right. I am working out. I am losing weight. I can do this. Today I weigh 189.4..My lowest was 185 so 189 is actually not t... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:50:47 EST I hate feeling used I am an Online Marketing team and I are developing a business where we help other people be successful online. I am wondering how I am going to get it off the ground floor. Hmmmm. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:26:36 EST Lost 10 pounds from August 9th to September 9th I am officially down 10 pounds this month. My goal is an average of 10 pounds a month. I weighed 196.6. I really have been stalling out because I have been emotionally eating the last couple of weeks. My cat died, my Dog and one of my beloved lambs got nailed by a cougar. It has been heart wrenching and because I am an emotional eater it has been real hard to not emotionally eat over my losses. I have bounced between 194 and 198. Then there is homeschooling the four kids and the dryer breakin... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 22:24:22 EST I got a treadmill I got a used treadmill. It works and is exactly what I was looking for. Simple and sweet. I worked out last night on it and woke up 1 pound lighter. I gained 2 pounds of water weight because I am near that TOM..MY ENEMY. I am thrilled to be working out again on the treadmill, it was so helpful during the winter. My last treadmill lasted 7 years and then stopped working. It had a memory in the end. It would shut off at 30 minutes. Lol. Anyway, I am going to go walk/jog. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:15:03 EST Diet tip: Make your own stirfry My day starts off as planning my meals and one way that I plan my meals is by premaking my stirfry. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Get your stirfry greens: Cabbage, Green Beans, Broccili, Onion, and so on. <BR> Step 2: Dice, chop, or throw into the food processor <BR> Step 3: put into freezer bags and freeze <BR> Step 4: Grab a handful of stirfry veges and stirfry for lunch or dinner. <BR> <BR> It is really simple and great to be able to grab some and quickly make my lunch. <BR> <BR> Add: Carrots, bel... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:02:28 EST Days speed by!!! I have been at this weightloss journey for over a year and a half and then started the Omnitrition products again 10 days ago. I am still having no problems with the diet that I am on. I actually feel fine on the Omnidrops. Today I have made a goal that I have been striving for for over a year, 198.8 pounds. <BR> I only have one regret, that I didn't try Omnitrition at the beginning of my weight loss journey. My husband now is using the Charge for hiking and loves it. Before he was drinki... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:26:27 EST Gluten for punishment Yes that is me. I am a total gluten for punishment. I signed up for another company to do out of my home. It says that you make up to $600 the first month and the gal who introduced it to me is an incredible team leader. I don't know if it will work but she actually puts people under you so you can succeed. I also had tons of interest in what is helping me lose so much weight. <BR> <BR> Why am I doing these two companies in addition to my Dog BOARDING, because I have 5 kids and really need ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:18:10 EST There is a light at the end of that tunnel I am over halfway to my goal and I am always surprised how when you weigh heavier that you don't see an end to the weight loss. It isnt always easy to reach the end of the tunnel. At the beginning the walls press in, the closterphobia is real, the panic of not being able to breath right, not being able to see any light. We are humans, we need light. As you travel this weightloss journey the walls start spreading out, half way you start seeing the light, you reach and strive for that light and... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:21:51 EST R1P2D7--I can do this I have been eating on my diet for 7 days now. I can't wait to see how much I will weigh in 28 more days on the diet. I decided I am going to follow the Omnidrops for 35 days instead of 45 and I am going to try the Raspberry Ketones. I am really excited with the results so far. My friend has lost 50 pounds in 45 days and I hope to lose 10 pounds a month because I would love to blow my friends away with how I look. Already I am down from 18 to 16 in a few weeks. I am not one to starve myself s... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:59:08 EST Lost my batteries I went to go put my batteries to my scale away and dropped one. NOW, I can't find them, hahaha, lol, got to love it. I don't really have a desire to replace the battery either. I will weigh in on my scale when I feel it is time. I do have a NSV today, I finally fit in a size 16 pants, not a 16W, a size 16. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:15:15 EST Look there is a mirror I took the batteries out of my scale. I then discovered that there is such a thing as a mirror. I mean I brush my hair and teeth looking in it, I make sure my outfit is nice and not showing my bra, and I even pluck a pimple or two. I may even take a photo of myself. The mirror though doesn't show me the real me. How hard I have worked out, how loose my clothes are getting, how thin my legs are (its a half mirror), it doesn't show the inner beautiful person that I know I am. <BR> I used to ge... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:32:41 EST Loose skin I would be 10 pounds lighter if it weren't for my loose skin. It is crazy, I want to be thinner and I am losing the weight but the loose skin is a fiend. Even if I get to my goal weight I will have to use firming lotion to tighten the booger up. I guess I can't be to upset. With 5 kids in 4 pregnancies, all of which were huge, my skin could take years to recover. 1 set of Twins at 7.5 pounds each and then followed by a strapping young man of 10lb14oz, yes, my skin was warming my thighs for ma... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:45:18 EST R1P2D3 I snuck a sneak peak I usually weigh in Monday morning and I decided to take a sneak peak of my weight. I am back down to my ending weight of 203.8. From this point out is new weight loss. My lowest weight while dieting was 164 pounds and then I got pregnant with my twins. That's where I want to be by Christmas. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:59:17 EST R1P2D2 I made it through the weekend I made it through the weekend resetting my metabolism. I weigh in next Saturday and I am obviously hoping for a favorable outcome. We picked peaches today and nectarines and over the next week I will be canning them. I am going to pick more next weekend and go to my Mothers to can spoke more. <BR> <BR> Life has been incredibly busy. Other than canning, I have a new dog that was brought to me from dog control. He is totally traumatized from his past experiences so I am rehabilitating him. W... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:12:16 EST Day 2 down 2.8 pounds I am resetting my metabolism. I am at the end of day 2 of resetting my metabolism and I lost 2.8 pounds more to make it a total of 4 of the 10 I gained during my vacation. I am hoping in the next few days I will lose the rest of the water weight and continue my journey losing beyond my lowest. It has been two weeks since my vacation and being down only 4 of the 10 is frustrating. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:55:59 EST Day 1 of my lifestyle change I decided that I would concentrate on eating right and exercising versus eating on a specific plan. I was really surprised how not hungry and how much more energy I have while I am not concentrating on eating this and not eating that. I lost 2 pounds of my water weight so far, and I am not doing anything different. I am just eating what I feel like eating. Last night I had chicken and dumpling soup and a snickers for desert but I topped at 1200 calories. LOL..and I lost weight. I am hoping th... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:03:27 EST No more dieting I decided to stop dieting for the next 2 months. I am getting paranoid and I have been eating things that I would never, ever considered eating. It has driving me insane. I decided it has to stop. I am happy where I am at and I am going to just try to continue to eat clean and how my body is supposed to and then just go from two months I will reassess my weight and goals. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:12:42 EST Travel disaster I went to Idaho and it was a diet disaster. I ate everything off my diet. Oh well back in the saddle and losing the weight and getting back under 200 pounds. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:15:25 EST Facebook groups driving me nuts I thought I would join the facebook group that goes with my supplements thing and they are such dorks, ok, I understand you aren't supposed to deviate from the protocol but everytime I say that I messed up and had a bad day and worked out to fix my mistake, oh boy do I catch flack, really people, have you even read the protocol. Why turn people off of using my supplements and beat them up saying they are doing it wrong, first off, there is new research being developed every day to make using ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 22:42:58 EST Eating clean is working I was 223 at the beginning of June and now I am 203.4. Everything I am using and doing is working. I am thrilled, the weight loss isn't fast or unreasonable and that makes me soooo happy. OMNI ROCKS!!! Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:54:10 EST EAT TO LIVE WEEK 1 complete I have been doing Eat to live along with my suppliments and I can't say enough about it. I did Eat to live back in October 2012. I have been also working out by walking and lifting weights. I am not following the vegetarian program but I am losing a pound a day while on this diet. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:50:20 EST I love this I am down another pound. WOOOHOOO...I am now 60.8 pounds down. I love the weight loss company I am part of and all of there products. I don't have to worry about my weightloss anymore. It is falling off and I am not eating a rediculously low amount of calories. Tons better than anything else I have ever been on and my doctor approves and I am sooo excited. <BR> <BR> Follow me as I try these products and lose weight. I am on the Omnidrops but I have many friends who are taking the other produ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:37:15 EST Dinner Tonight Dinner was amazing tonight. Round tip roast (no fat), green beans, onion, and bell pepper stirfry, and a side of mango and a big salad. GOT TO LOVE IT...It was great and my family polished off every little bit. I also made blueberry muffins for dessert. Who says you can't eat a lot of food and still be eating super healthy. Now if only I took a picture. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:41:03 EST Dropped 2 more pounds My doctor said that with the meds and drops I am on that the weight would come off fast without starving myself and WAM!!! 2.2 more pounds. WOOO HOOO..The Eat to live program is working along with the meds and just like my doctor predicted I am losing weight fast. The key is to continue to eat this way after I reach my goal. LOL. THIS IS AWESOME!!! Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:45:22 EST I started taking my friends appetite suppressant drops and WOW!! If you look back in my blogs you will find that my appetite gets the better of me no matter what diet I am on, I decided to give my friends appetite suppressant drops a try and I am thrilled with the results and combined with the Eat To Live program I am dropping weight fast. As a matter of fact I have dropped 10 pounds in the last 7 days. I am not starving myself either. I am eating reasonably and taking the drops and all my other meds and the weight is falling off and this is after struggli... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 21:15:53 EST 7 days down 5 weeks to go I don't know what I weight today, I am away from home, but I completed one week of Eat to Live. <BR> I went out and got 4 new bras with my Mom and I was really surprised to have lost from a 44 DD to a 40 DDD. I am shocked and that is from November. I start trying to lose weight May 2012 and was a 48 HH. That was 8 sizes down and and a few sizes down. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:57:35 EST Day 6 on Eat to live I am on day 6 of Eat to live 6 week program and have lost 7.2 pounds. I am officially 206.8 this morning. That's more than I have lost in several months. Monday is my offical weigh in day but I am real excited about my weightloss so far. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:35:11 EST 7 pounds down in 3 days I was 214 on July 7th and today I have reached 207.6 this morning. It may go back up and down for a while but this clean eating is going great. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:42:51 EST Chalean Extreme Update I was doing Chalean Extreme and Turbofire together and I have decided that I needed to cut the Turbofire out some. <BR> <BR> My new schedule goes 2-4 miles walking to Leslie Sansone 5x per week <BR> Chalean Extreme 3x per week using resistance bands. I have select weights but I decided to use the resistance bands this round and then free weights next round. <BR> Turbofire Abs routine 20 min Mon and Friday 10 min Wed. <BR> <BR> I have been doing this for 1 week so far and lost 3 pounds. I h... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:54:57 EST Six week detox plan After much consideration I decided to do another 6 week detox. I was on one back last October and I lost a lot of weight and considering that I am needing to get the sugars out of my system there is no better way to start than right now. <BR> This isn't a special diet, fad, or what not. There is no pills, drops, teas (even though I am drinking tea daily) it is a simple NO SUGAR, REFINED CARBS plan. <BR> <BR> It is unlimited fruits, and veges. At least 1 cup of legumes, 2 starches, 1 oz nuts... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 23:13:39 EST woot woot 211.0 and going down It may not seem like a lot to some but I am down to 211.0 from 215.6 on June 17th. I haven't changed much of anything. I did start drinking my medical tea again, (spearmint, oolong, green, lemon balm, and parsly blend) and I can't say if it helps or not but I am not famished all day at all when I drink it and I have energy. Caffine maybe? Anyway, I am doing what it takes for me to lose weight. Considering I have no metabolism to speak of I am not overly concerned about messing it up. I am act... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 17:32:34 EST Chalean extreme/Turbofire Day 1 <img src=""> 213.6 pounds <BR> <img src=""> backside <BR> Starting Inches: <BR> waist 46in <BR> hips 48in <BR> right arm 15.5in <BR> right calf 17.5 in <BR> Thigh 25in <BR> Program: Chalean Extreme/Turbofire own schedule <BR> Weight lifting/Abs Tue. Thur. Sat. <BR> Cardio/extended stretch Mon. Wed. Fri. <BR> Starting weight: 213.6 pounds <BR> Heaviest weight 278 pounds <BR> Diet: Sl... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:25:49 EST I reached my half way point It has been a journey to get to where I am. I weighed 218 pounds last year when I got pregnant with my youngest son.That was over a year on and losing roughly 20 pounds. I was sick all the time and had no rhyme or reasons why. I then went to the doctor and got the IUD out that we thought was causing the sickness. Little did I know at the time it wasn't that. I got pregnant a few months later with my weight going from 218 and steadily rising weekly. Fast forward 10 months. My 1... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:09:11 EST Wow!! I did it!! I got to 215 pounds. Only 1 pound to go and I reach 50 pounds lost. Almost there, I need to eat breakfast and workout, but I needed to share before I go. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:26:58 EST I did it, finally I reached a new low I finally reached 215.8 pounds and that is a whole new low for me. I am so darn excited. I haven't been this low in a very, very long time. I guess when you are working on losing weight for so long you tend to drop weight eventually. I am tired. I have been burning lots of calories riding the horses and walking and the elliptical. In other words I have been working out. I have found out some new things to help me get my estrogen and such under control. I am taking DIM and I am I on things for... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:58:38 EST Horrible accident and not losing a thing What a messed up week. My daughters friend broke her ankle when our horse came down on her. She will live but it dislocated it and sheared the bones straight across. No riding for the rest of the summer. <BR> <BR> On top of all the mess this week Our dog is sick and may need to be put down. <BR> <BR> I rode our horse today and I am going to need to be working with her more. I am pissed as all get out because nobody rides her right and they pull on her mouth and she is sour so I am putting h... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:45:48 EST WEEK 5 of Hormone Replacement I am on week 6 of my hormone replacement therapy and I have been feeling a little better. I am not having mid cycle periods and I know that the more that I follow my plan then the weight will fall off. I am basically following a 1400 calorie plan with 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5-6x a week. I started the DIM yesterday so it will be a month or two before I know if that is going to work. I can't afford more supplements so I will just have to go with what I got until I can afford to get mor... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:40:58 EST Depressed and obese Today has been a hard day as far as eating goes. I did workout on my elliptical and I have drank my protein shake and stayed well within my calories but I am retaining water again. Although I hope by tomorrow or Wednesday that it is off again. Losing weight isn't easy, no matter the approach it can be desperately hard for someone who has so many issues that effect weight loss. My supplements are helping with my mood and everything but it is the over all feeling of desperation to get the scale... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 01:03:37 EST I added DIM to my estrogen supplement I have been reading that DIM works real well with lowering estrogen levels along with my hormone tincture and I should get a handle on this over abundance of estrogen in my body. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:16:21 EST Relearning my body. I HAVE TO COME TO GRIPS WITH MY NEW REALITY!! Losing weight is going to be hard, it may not come off at a reasonable rate because of all my physical problems, grrrr. I am trying but it is a very hard task to stay focused. I am thrilled to be losing any weight but then there is the set backs, things I need to learn to give up, one is anything that contains 300 or more mg of sodium. I bloat and that is just the long and short of it. It isn't bad enough that I can barely get the weight off but i... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:50:18 EST