CANADIANKIM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CANADIANKIM CANADIANKIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Week 5: No More Sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802109 Current Weight: 202 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 1 lb <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 22 lbs <BR> <BR> Well, I made it through Thanksgiving without gaining and losing my momentum! Didn't blog last week - just too busy with family events. However I was active and on-track with my eating throughout all the festivities. That's not to say I didn't enjoy everything - I did. But I did not overeat and I did not eat outside of meals. So last week I stayed the same and was pleased with that. <BR... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:40:44 EST Week 3: Moving And Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792208 Current Weight: 203 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 3 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 23 lbs <BR> <BR> Yay! After gaining last week, a three pound loss this week is right on track again. I really worked hard on eating mindfully and thinking about my choices this week. I also started moving again as my foot has finally healed enough to do some regular exercise. The impact that had on my mood was immediate - I was worried my fitness was never going to come back! <BR> <BR> Going to an ann... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:04:20 EST Week 2: Darn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787795 Current Weight: 206 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week (1.5 lbs) <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 26 lbs <BR> <BR> What? Only week 2 and I've gained 1.5 lbs this week! Darn. I thought I was working hard this week, but I can immediately tell you where I slipped and let some gluten and sugar into my diet. My nutritionist and I have discussed how even subtle slips can inflame my stomach and liver. And then, just to make me remember I'm not as young as I thought I was, I pulled my back out yesterday... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:12:07 EST Week 1 Again: SparkGuy Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783246 Current Weight: 204.5 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 4.5 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 24.5 lbs <BR> <BR> Hello SparkFriends! If you've ever followed my blogs, you know I'm a sporadic blogger. When I'm in the habit, I keep a weekly tracker and report regularly. And then....well, then inevitably I seem to fall off course. And as soon as I stop regularly tracking, then it's a slippery slope to old habits and weight gain. <BR> <BR> I had a tough summer. In many ways, it was relaxing ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:28:57 EST Week 12: The Impact of Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711284 Weight Lost This Week: .5 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One: 12.5 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 14.5 lbs <BR> <BR> So, we are three months into my eating discoveries, having worked with a naturopath/nutritionist and discovering my food sensitivities. I am pleased with 12 lbs in 12 weeks. Yes, it is slow, but I am no longer "yo-yo-ing" up and down. Instead, the weight steady goes down, sits for a week, goes down, and repeats. <BR> <BR> I am learning just how very sensitive my body (a... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:49:03 EST Week Ten: Getting There... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700317 Weight Lost This Week: .5 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One: 12 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 15 lbs <BR> <BR> Ten weeks and twelve pounds feels just fine to me. I was in such a bad space ten weeks ago (well, actually 11 weeks ago) that I couldn't see that this would be possible. Today I feel motivated and committed to my eating plan and my nutritionist's suggestions. I've recommitted to another Whole30 challenge and I'm looking forward. I don't feel at all stagnant...instead I am ac... Wed, 21 May 2014 22:07:53 EST Finally some movement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695245 Weight Lost This Week: .5 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One: 11.5 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 15.5 lbs <BR> <BR> Yes, it's only half a pound, folks, but after being stuck at the same weight for several weeks, this feels like much more than that! Feels like the scale is budging and has given me a little momentum boost. Last week I posted that slow and steady...but steady...was the focus, and I'm keeping that. It will move. I feel good every day that I follow my eating plan, and the ... Wed, 14 May 2014 22:17:57 EST Week 8: Slow and Steady, but Slow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690489 Weight Lost This Week: 0 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One: 11 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 16 lbs <BR> <BR> Here's my weekly blog update. No loss this week, but holding steady at what now seems to be a plateau. I've been exercising daily and building some muscle mass (I hope) and my eating has been on-track, so I'm a bit surprised by the status quo weight on the scale. That being said, I feel good and I know it will move if I just maintain consistency. <BR> <BR> 11 lbs in 8 weeks... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:55:55 EST Week 7: Looking Forward to the Month Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683934 Weight Lost This Week: 0 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One: 11 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 16 lbs <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! Didn't blog last week because my computer was having difficulty with SP, but that seems to be fixed up now. So I've maintained this weight for two weeks, with no loss. I had let my food plan slide and was eating more in that 80/20 mindset (80% with my nutritionist's food plan, 20% eating without paying attention to the plan.) What I've discovered is that this ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:02:48 EST Week 5: Learning to Eat this Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673901 Weight Lost This Week: 1 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week one: 11 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 16 lbs <BR> <BR> So this was my first week off my strict detox prescribed by the nutritionist. It was a challenging week, mostly in my mind. I didn't think I would eat much differently, but I had been encouraged to increase my range of foods. That, combined with not preparing all my meals as I had been, meant that I was adding more sugar than the nutritionist or I intended a week ago. So, I'm... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:07:49 EST Week 4: Some Answers and a Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668354 Weight Lost This Week: 3 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One: 10 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 17 lbs <BR> <BR> After not losing any weight last week, I am pleased that sticking to my detox plan has resulted in another big loss this week. Very happy with the results that having a completely "clean" diet has given to me. <BR> <BR> I saw my naturopath today for the one-month follow up appointment. She is pleased with all the results. Testing revealed I have a yeast allergy, which was ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:18:26 EST Week 3: Steady and Stable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663849 Weight Lost This Week: 0 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Detox: 7 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 20 lbs <BR> <BR> So, I haven't lost any weight this week, the third week of the detox my nutritionist gave me. I'm okay with that...maybe a wee bit disappointed, but I feel so great that I'm pretty happy to be stable. I've lost 7 pounds in 3 weeks, crossed through the rough days when I was sick and my motivation was sagging, and totally committed for week four of the detox. So I'm stable... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:07:40 EST Pleased with Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656928 Weight Lost this Week: 2.5 lbs <BR> Weight Lost since starting Detox: 7 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 20 lbs <BR> <BR> This has been another good week as I detox from any allergens and toxins under the guide of my nutritionist. I've been sick most of the week and only made it to the gym once, for a half-hearted workout, so I'm quite pleased with this result. Back to the gym tomorrow as I think my flu and cold have finally abated! <BR> <BR> I have found week two more difficult mentall... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:42:19 EST Wow - Such A Great Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651448 Good morning, SparkFriends! Here's my stats for the week: <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 207 lbs <BR> Today's Weight: 202.5 lbs <BR> Weight Lost: 4.5 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 22.5 lbs <BR> <BR> Wow! A four pound weight loss since starting my Nutritionist's Detox Diet! I have never lost four pounds in one week. I am pleased to say that it's been a good week. It has required lots of planning and prepping of food (at least five hours on the weekend of shopping, cooking, and preparing... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:10:15 EST Trying Something New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646909 Good morning, Spark Friends! Well, in the past year my blogs talk about starting over and kick starting my clean eating, and staying consistent. Despite all of these efforts (and I do feel I've made effort!) my weight is quite stuck. When I look objectively at things, I'm pretty consistent 80% of the time with my eating, and I run 2-4x each week. So when the weight started to then GO UP a few weeks ago, I became quite panicked. I didn't have a new plan or another new start, because I tho... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:31:44 EST 90-Day Challenge:. One Week Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548281 Finished my first week of my 90-Day Challenge and am pleased to say that I have lost two pounds! Managed my goals for the full week - clean eating and being active, and taking my family on a fitness outing. I felt good all week....a few cravings and food-obsessive thoughts, but getting better each day that my eating is clean. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the encouraging messages...they helped a lot. Onto week two! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 08:56:30 EST Starting a 90-Day Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544773 Happy Monday, friends! How I've missed all of you! I've been away from SP blogs and message boards since early September. I KNOW that transitions are hard for me and disrupt my progress, and lo and behold, it did it again. I was making great progress in July and August, ran my first 5 k and was down to 194 lbs. <BR> <BR> Sadly, despite thinking I was prepared for returning to work in September, things didn't go as planned (do they ever???) It's been a rough start to the school year in... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:52:01 EST Met a Long-term goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478707 Current Weight: 194.7 <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 2.7 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 24.7 lbs <BR> <BR> Happy to report a bigger loss this week. But even more THRILLED to tell you that I ran a 5k fundraising run this morning with my daughter! For a long time I've wanted to be fit enough to enter a formal run, but i doubted if I'd ever do it. And time passed... <BR> <BR> Then in May, my nine-year-old daughter ran the Manitoba Marathon Superrun with her class, ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 14:19:33 EST Transition to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471615 Current Weight: 197.4 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week: .4 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 27.4 lbs <BR> <BR> So, this week I only lost half a pound, after returning from vacation. But I'm satisfied with that actually because this week I also returned to work, attended several events where meals were ordered in, and didn't get my running in as usual. The heat/humidity and a flat tire on the way to the track were hampering that plan! Anyway, I did fit in a few at-... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:52:44 EST Surviving Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464719 Current Weight: 197.8 lbs <BR> Weight Gained in Past Two Weeks: 1 lb <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight To Lose: 27.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Good morning, Sparkfriends! Well, I have been on vacation in beautiful Newfoundland for the past two weeks and just arrived home yesterday. Today was my scheduled day to weigh in and, with trepidation for what the response might be on that scale, I am thrilled to see only a one pound gain. <BR> <BR> We stayed in a hotel the entire trip, and ate at fami... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:09:58 EST Perseverance Pays Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450774 Current Weight: 196.8 lbs <BR> Weight Lost this Week: 2 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight To Lose: 26.8 lbs <BR> <BR> After weeks of not seeing that scale moving much, I am so pleased to see another loss. I've followed my doctor's advice and just been patient with my program. My eating and exercise has been consistent, so it was really just a matter of my brain staying on track! By continuing to do what I needed to do, and not giving up, I've had another good week. <BR> <BR... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:56:38 EST Yay! Movement, movement, movement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440913 Good morning, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Today is August 1st, and so it's my monthly time to track. Every week I weigh myself, and every month, I weigh myself and track my measurements. Because my weight can fluctuate so much from day-to-day, I've learned it is the one-month measurements that give me the best picture of my progress. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just a few days ago I blogged that the weight was moving so slowly, (half a pound a week) yet I was working so hard! My doctor and my traine... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:47:04 EST Slowly, but moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435447 Current Weight: 201.2 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week: .5 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight To Lose: 31.2 lbs <BR> <BR> Well, this is certainly SLOW weightloss, at only half a pound every weigh in! However, I was on a holiday again with my family and, while I made great choices and stuck to my meal plans (3 meals a day, no snacks, no grains, no dairy) I did have dinner with my extended family every evening and probably ate more at those dinners than usual. That being said, I'm r... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:35:28 EST Making progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420201 Current Weight: 201.8 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week: .5 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight To Lose: 31.8 lbs <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed in for two weeks, as I was in Vancouver last week for business/holiday. I've walked at least one hour per day, so I was expecting a loss on the scale, and I'm happy with the half pound loss. I know that I also ate well (and drank!) in Vancouver, so I am pleased to have balanced this out. <BR> <BR> The other thing that's better though is my ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:05:41 EST A good week...a good step forward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406592 Current Weight: 202.2 lbs <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 2.6 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight To Lose: 32.2 lbs <BR> <BR> Very happy with today's results. Last week I reviewed the things I needed to do in order to move the scale downward again, and this week I put those things into place. This included eating 3 satisfying meals, one light snack, and avoiding refined sugar and grains. (I have gluten sensitivity, so this is important for me.) <BR> <BR> I also scheduled exercise... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:36:05 EST And gained it back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400030 Current Weight: 204.8 lbs <BR> Weight Lost this Week: 0 lbs <BR> Weight Gained this Week: 1.4 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 <BR> Weight To Lose: 34.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Well, I gained back exactly the weight I lost last week. Not surprising, as I attended 3 (yes, 3) dinner parties this week (June is a crazy time in the school system and we celebrate this by adding on retirement parties, staff dinners, etc.) I thought I was making reasonable choices, but I did have more alcoholic beverages than... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:08:16 EST A good week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390406 Current Weight: 203.4 lbs <BR> Weight Lost this Week: 1.4 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight to Lose: 33 lbs <BR> <BR> Pleased with my week overall. I worked hard on my exercise and reduced my snacking. Still made a few unhealthy choices, but this week was much, much better. The fact that it showed on the scale is good motivation for me going forward. <BR> <BR> My mind is also more settled this week. I know that I have to live in a more balanced way for the rest of my life. ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:28:34 EST I'm trying, I'm trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383730 Current Weight: 204.8 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight to Lose: 34.8 lbs <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm up a few pounds again. Ugh. I've been doing so much reflecting...my health is so important to me, and having had relief from this battle in the past, I am very disappointed that I'm back in this spot. <BR> <BR> I reread some of my journal entries from this year. In January, I was 205 lbs and feeling much the same as I am today. Don't get me wrong - I've done a number of things (cha... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:01:43 EST Status Quo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352989 So, for the past two weeks I haven't lost any weight after that great 5 lb loss last month. I know why though...work has been very busy and I've been eating on the run and fitting in walks here and there...not my regular routine. So today is my day to reboot my program that was working so well. <BR> <BR> I've also been doing a lot of thinking about this weight. Briefly, I lost 30 pounds two years ago and maintained that loss for a full year. I didn't gain more than five pounds in that ye... Sat, 11 May 2013 10:42:15 EST Weekly Blog: It's Starting to Move! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331672 Current Weight: 202 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Weigh In: 3 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 32 lbs <BR> <BR> Wow - a 3 lb loss this week! I have been very diligent with my eating and exercise all week and was rewarded today by the scale, by the way my body feels, by my energy levels, and by my improved motivation. <BR> <BR> I have been using SP daily to log all my food and exercise, and this is absolutely key for me. I need to see progress and need to see... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:36:18 EST The Right Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322599 Current weight: 205 lbs <BR> Weight lost since last weigh in: 2 lbs <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight left to lose: 35 lbs <BR> <BR> I am thrilled to have lost two pounds since my last weigh-in where I had gained yet again. Had a good week in all respects with meal planning, eating a low-carb, primal diet, and moving. This week my goal is to move more and I am scheduling exercise into my week. <BR> <BR> Thank you for all your encouragement, Sparkfriends! Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:27:35 EST Weekly Blog - What's With the Scale??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313489 Hello Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Following the steps of "Dietgirl", I'm going back to posting my weekly progress: <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 206 lbs <BR> Weight Last Week: 204 lbs <BR> Weight Lost since Last Week: (+2 lbs) :( <BR> Goal Weight: 170 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 36 lbs <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of you who encouraged me this past week, after my last blog about my mood. I feel much better emotionally, and have worked out four times this week, including gym workouts, yoga c... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:19:52 EST How Many Times Can a Gal Restart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308825 Been back on track food-wise and exercise-wise for a month now, but the scale is barely moving. That doesn't concern me as much as my emotions. I feel completely spent. I am putting a lot of energy into making positive choices with my eating and exercise, and am also spending a lot of energy on my relationships with others. And I find I am so irritated this week! I can't help but feel it's all me, all connected to the weight. <BR> <BR> I've been doing soooo well....blogging all my food ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:46:14 EST "Dietgirl" Week One (Again!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115203 Hello SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Two years ago I started a blog based on the "The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl" by Shauna Reid. I lost weight successfully, and have now been "stuck" at the same weight for a year. So, I am starting over again with my blog, reset to "start" this week. Here goes: <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 193.6 lbs <BR> Weight Lost this Week: 2.4 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 23.6 lbs <BR> <BR> I've had a really good week. I feel like I've lost 200 lbs, I feel so weight... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:21:37 EST Heartbroken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110010 Hello SparkFriends. Well, here I am again, after quite the year. I need a recap...if you haven't been reading my blogs (and really, who has? lol) then this reflection might help: <BR> <BR> In early 2011 I read a few inspirational diet books, including "Adventures of Dietgirl." In April 2011, I started my own "Dietgirl" blog, by weekly tracking my weight and posting it. I was already down at that time, but the blog started in April 2011 at 212.8 lbs. By September 2011, I was down to 190 ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:59:09 EST Emotional Eating and Food Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962097 I've really been struggling for about two months now with making poor food choices. Foods that I know affect my weight negatively, that make me feel sluggish and bloated and sick. But more and more I notice that they also make me feel emotional and anxious. <BR> <BR> May and June are incredibly busy months for me. For weeks I went to work where things were very hectic, came home and tried to parent and care for the house, and then worked again for a few hours every evening. In addition... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:53:26 EST "Diet Girl" Week Fifty-Nine: Finally Losing Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898637 Good morning everyone! It's been awhile since I blogged. To refresh your memory, sixty weeks ago I read a book called, "The Adventures of Diet Girl" and was motivated to track my progress weekly. It was a real turning point. Most weeks I lost only half a pound, but the tracking allowed me to see all those half-pounds add up, and by the end of 52 weeks I had lost 26.4 lbs! In addition to the weight I'd already lost, I was 50 lbs less than my highest weight. <BR> <BR> But for months now,... Sat, 26 May 2012 09:48:48 EST Week Fifty-Two: One Year Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825458 Week Fifty-Two: April 8, 2012 <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 0 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Starting Over: 26.4 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 19.6 lbs <BR> <BR> On April 9th, 2011 I started blogging about my progress. My first blog, I had already lost a few pounds and was so pleased to report my weight was 208.4. Today it is 184.6. To some, that may not seem like a big loss in a year, but to me, it has meant everything. <BR> <BR> A year ago, I was desperately in need of changing my life.... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 09:59:33 EST Week Forty-Five: Starting to Budge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749695 Week Forty-Five: February 20, 2012 <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 3 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 29 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 17 lbs <BR> <BR> I am so pleased. Finally, I have a big number to post for the week. After months at a plateau and hovering around 185, this week I am down to 182! I've been working so hard at this for several weeks now, it's great to be able to post that number. I hope that if I stay focused I can finally put this plateau behind me. <... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:23:57 EST Week Forty-Three: Plateau Cracking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721774 Week Forty-Three: February 4, 2012 <BR> Weight Lost This Week: .5 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 26 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 20 lbs <BR> <BR> Okay, it's only half a pound, but this plateau has been SO stubborn, I'm just pleased to have the scale heading down two weeks in a row! <BR> <BR> I ate clean this week, again, and hit the track. I have scheduled exercise a few times for the week coming up, so I am hopeful I can keep "cracking" this plateau bit by bit. ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 11:06:18 EST Week Forty-Two: Mission Plateau Buster! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710082 Week Forty-Two: January 29, 2012 <BR> Weight Lost This Week: 1 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 25.5 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 20.5 lbs <BR> <BR> Am pleased to finally be heading downward on the scale again. Yes, it's only one pound, but i've been stuck at a plateau for so long, that a loss is a thrill. <BR> <BR> I've been really working this past week on making small changes that can fit into my life and break through this next level. I know that if you keep doin... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:00:24 EST "Dietgirl" Week 41: Sick :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695056 Week Forty-One: January 21, 2012 <BR> Current Weight: 186.5 <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Week: 0 lbs <BR> <BR> Haven't lost any weight since last week, and to be honest, I am too sick today to care much. My head is fuzzy, I'm desperate for sleep, and I am just as sick of this weight plateau as I am with physical illness. I know I'll care again tomorrow, but for today....am just gonna grab my coffee, find the energy to wash my laundry, and try to nap. <BR> <BR> I hope the rest of you a... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:42:31 EST "Dietgirl" Week 40: Still Going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687852 Week Forty: January 15, 2012 <BR> Current Weight: 186.5 <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Week: .5 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting over: 24.5 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 21.5 lbs <BR> <BR> Well, it's only half a pound, but I'll take it! Finally moving that scale a little bit, my body a lot, and tracking my food. I'm back on track with the things that I know work for me. Post-holidays, I feel good again. <BR> <BR> It may only be half a pound, but my mind is feeling great. ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 21:34:20 EST "Dietgirl" Week Thirty-Eight: Plateau! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644274 Week Thirty-Eight: December 30, 2011 <BR> Current Weight: 187 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Week: 0 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 23 lbs <BR> Weight Left To Lose: 22 lbs <BR> <BR> So, another month at this plateau. I'm doing okay with this, given that it's holiday season and that my health took a hit this month. I'm back to walking/jogging every day, whereas two weeks ago I was anemic and unable to run. And my eating has remained pretty stable this month, despi... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:56:05 EST "Dietgirl" Week Thirty-Five: Ugh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4621265 Week Thirty-Five: December 11, 2011 <BR> Current Weight: 187 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Weigh In: (2 lb) gained <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 23 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 22 lbs <BR> <BR> Ugh. Up and down around this 185 number for weeks now. Two pounds down, two pounds up. And on December 2nd I had a minor medical procedure and reacted to the medication they gave me. As a result, I have been in a lot of pain, bleeding heavily, and very low energy. On Thurs... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 11:46:00 EST "Dietgirl" Week Thirty-Three: Need to Bump it Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599900 Week Thirty-Three: November 26, 2011 <BR> Current Weight: 184.8 <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Week: .2 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 25.2 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 19.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Well, it's only .2 lbs, but I'll take it! I've been sitting around this weight for weeks now, which isn't surprising after steadily losing 25 lbs. Obviously I need to bump up my efforts to push through the last twenty. Actually, I'd be thrilled to lose another ten. It's more diffi... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:03:16 EST "Dietgirl" Week Thirty-Two: Doing What Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591284 Week Thirty-Two: November 19, 2011 <BR> Current Weight: 185 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Week: 1 lb <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 25 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 20 lbs <BR> <BR> Yay - another loss makes me feel like I'm back on track. I worked well this week - kept up my exercise, eating, and sleeping routine. The best part about this week is that I FEEL good again in my skin. In other words, my brain feels calm again and there's a measure of serenity to this we... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 12:24:45 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582862 After weeks of fretting about myself, I've finally got some perspective. Other people are dealing with real tragedies...I needed to "get real" again too. <BR> <BR> Tonight, my lovely boyfriend had to postpone our date by ONE day due to a family dinner he forgot about. I had a moment of feeling totally pissed about this. Doesn't he KNOW how fantastic I am? How DARE he take me for granted! <BR> <BR> Are you kidding me? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've worked way too hard for f... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:50:17 EST "Dietgirl" Week Thirty-One: Losing Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580551 Week Thirty-One: November 12, 2011 <BR> Current Weight: 186 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Last Week: 2 lbs <BR> Weight Lost Since Week One Starting Over: 24.2 lbs <BR> Weight Left to Lose: 21.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Yay - a two pound loss this week. I went back to what works - clean eating, exercise, and solid sleep all week. <BR> <BR> Isn't it funny how the brain works? Just two months ago this weight would have felt so light to me. Now it feels heavy again. My brain is catching up to my b... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:11:35 EST Neediness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578780 I've been doing some thinking lately about neediness, and particularly the need for reassurance. This is something I've struggled with for years. For many months now I've been feeling more in balance, but starting a new relationship and having my weight-loss progress slow down has led to a resurgence in my "neediness". And then, as usual, when I turn to "The Language of Letting Go" by Melanie Beattie, I find the perfect quote: <BR> <BR> "We can find the balance between needing people too ... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 23:14:44 EST