CAROLINA_MOMMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAROLINA%5FMOMMA CAROLINA_MOMMA'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/ The Downward Spiral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106930 For the last few weeks, I have NOT been a good girl. I will do well all day long, but at night, I lose all control. I haven't gained a lot of weight back - only about 3 pounds - but I feel like crap. My body hurts all the time (because I quit my nightly walking a month ago), I feel tired and sluggish, but most of all, I feel like I have utterly abandoned myself. Where I had so much pride in myself a few week and months ago has now become a mental game of beating myself to a pulp. I need to ge... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:44:42 EST PLEASE READ THIS. I need help! Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020585 OK so I just read something interesting. I need to net 1200 cals a day. So that means that if I eat 1200 but burn 600 then really my body thinks it is only getting 600 cals right? So what I need to do is consume 1200 plus whatever I burn to equal it out? Like if I eat 1200 and burn 600 I really need to be eating 1800 cals? That doesn't make any since. How would I lose that way? I thought it was "calories in - calories out" as Jillian Michaels says. Can someone help me figure this out? Maybe t... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 11:55:40 EST Never Ending Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020487 For the last 6 weeks, I have stayed within the same 2 pounds. Up a little, down a little but overall the same place. I've been keeping up my walking everyday (or something else if it is raining), mowing the grass, riding my stationary bike... I've been a lot more active than usual. I've been careful with calories, sodium, protein, fiber, etc. I am almost always within my ranges. I know that I have gained some muscle, but there is no real reason I shouldn't have lost SOMETHING in the last 6 we... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:27:11 EST Gaining?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978384 So, I started walking every night a little over a week ago. I walk 2-3 miles every evening. I have been eating well with the exception of one bad day this week. I drink lots of water, get enough protien, fiber, and whatnot. I have gained 7 pounds since Sunday! What the heck? I knew I would gain SOME but 7 lbs?! Is this normal? When should I expect to start losing again? Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:24:24 EST Turn household chores into a workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970169 As a busy mom, it's hard to find time to really workout... but as I am discovering, even in my everyday life, there are workouts to be had! <BR> <BR> LAUNDRY <BR> Put your pile on the floor and stand at the foot of your bed. pick up one piece at a time and fold it and then stretch to pile it at the head of your bed. When putting it away, take one persons stack at a time to their rooms and then come back for the next pile. If you have a linen closet, put bath towels, washcloths, hand towels, ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:18:15 EST Week 12 - Good Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960925 I lost 4 pounds last week! <BR> <BR> I am super excited about it, especially since I didn't exercise. The heat index has been 110+ here and it's like a sauna. I break a sweat just going to the car. I did cut the grass last night and though I felt a little sick doing it, I got it done. <BR> <BR> But the BEST thing I did this week was join Planet Fitness in Myrtle Beach! I am SUPER excited to go there and have some ME TIME! I haven't actually been to the gym yet (I joined online) but do pla... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 18:07:39 EST End of Week 11 - Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948765 Here is my progress so far at the end of Week 11: <BR> <BR> Weight - 280 > 247.4 (-32.6) <BR> BMI - 45.2 > 40.0 (-5.2) <BR> Waist - 52 > 46 (-6) <BR> Hips - 54 > 49 (-5) <BR> Thighs - 29 > 26 each (-6) <BR> Upper Arms - 17 > 16 each (-2) <BR> -19 inches overall <BR> <BR> Not too shabby!! My weigh ins the last 2 weeks haven't been great - only down 1.4 both times... but a loss is a loss and I will take it. I have done well with my food, water and sodium but I NEED TO GET OFF MY BUTT AND EXE... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:22:30 EST WEEK 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932833 WEEK 9 >> - 31.2 pounds <BR> <BR> Worked my butt off yesterday... I was so proud of myself. I mowed the entire yard, only stopping to take a few sips of water, and did it in record time. When I first started dieting, it would take me 75 mins to cut it and I had to take several breaks. Now, after losing 31 pounds, I did it in 45 and didn't really feel tired. The only discomfort I felt was my allergies from the grass and weeds LOL It was awesome! I sat down for 15 mins to drink a couple glasse... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:49:38 EST WEEK 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923139 Week 8 >> - 27.4 pounds <BR> <BR> I am in week 8 now and I am *this close* to my first goal of 30 pounds (that will be 25% of my goal) I am feeling pretty good about it this time around. I have had a few slip-ups but so far have been able to hop right back on the next day like nothing happened (except I feel horribly guilty about it for days) I am hoping that before I go home in August in 8 weeks that I can be 50 pounds down (2.8 per week) There are only a few people that know I am trying to... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:04:28 EST Finally on the mend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4539280 It's been such a loooong weekend. The kids and I have all had bronchitis and head colds- coughing our heads off, headaches, fevers, and snot galore. They FINALLY went back to school today (THANK YOU GOD) and the house is nice and quiet, but the distruction left behind leaves me overwhelmed and wanting to just go back to bed and pray really hard that the cleaning fairy comes. *sigh* I guess I have no alternative but to get off my arse and just do it. Hey, cleaning does burn calories and it wou... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 08:35:14 EST C1 D8 - 17 DD ~ Have to quit 17DD, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535698 I have thought about this all day, and I have decided to quit the 17DD. No I didnt cheat or lose will power. I am doing quite well. But living paycheck to paycheck, I just cant offord it. Its costing way too much and I am so far over my budget now just trying to stay on it that its hurting us. BUT... I am really motivated to continue eating well and to lose weight. Last year I lost 62 pounds in 5 months on my own just by making good choices. I am thankful for the 17DD because it gave me a gre... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:19:14 EST C1 - D6: 17DD ~ Ohhh Yum. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532638 Made some AWESOME Chicken Parm tonight! It was soooo friggin good ya'll! <BR> <BR> *5 oz chicken breast, boneless, skinless and trimmed with Mrs. Dash Tomato, Basil, Garlic blend all over it. Fried in pan with little but of Olive Oil PAM. <BR> *1/2 cup crushed tomatoes with lots of good herbs added and a little truvia. <BR> *1/4 cup part skim mozzerella cheese. <BR> *Just cooked the chicken, topped with sauce and cheese and mealted the cheese. Had a side salad with it. It was perfection an... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:09:23 EST C1 - D5: 17 Day Diet ~ It's been a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4531129 First, I wanna welcome our newest family member, Elaina Grace, to the world! She was born at 11:48 this morning. 8 pounds 7 ounces! Auntie Em loves her so much!! <BR> <BR> Had a good day :) Got really hungry tonight around 9:30 so I had a salad. Hadn't had much all day so it was awesome :) I know it was late, but it was better than going to bed starving, plus it was all approved stuff so I didn't see them harm in it. Better than grabbing chips right? I know there is a 2PM cutoff on fruits, b... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:03:23 EST C1 D4 - 17 Day Diet --- The Calm After the Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528735 I feel sooooo much better today! No tummy pains, no gas, no yucky feeling! Praise the LORD! I feel good today! I feel... softer. My tummy isn't all hard and bloated and I am so much more comfortable! I think I figured it out. I know it was partly due to detox, but today, I didn't have my salad at lunch. I think I got ahold of some bad romaine lettuce. (plus I am SO bad about not washing produce before eating it - I know... boooo on me) I had tilapia and a veggie mix and I feel FINE. I bought ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 15:26:49 EST C1 D3 - 17 DD -- I am in Hell. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4527222 There are no words for my misery. I dont know if this is just some serious detox or what, but I can't even stomach the thought of food. Tried to eat dinner, ate 4 bites and gave up. I am so miserable I can't function. The thought of food disgusts me because I know it will make me feel worse. When I woke up this morning I felt OK. Had my lemon water (yum) and a yogurt and strawberry smoothie. Felt good. Had started my period but was dealing with it. But about 30 mins after lunch (salad of roma... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 19:06:25 EST C1 D2 - 17DD -- Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526201 UGH. I am SO blah. My stomach is killing me. My farts smell like something the devil birthed. My husband wont even sleep with me. I am ill (moody). I now understand why I love junk food so much. Because it makes me happy and it makes me feel GOOD. I feel like crap! So gassy and bloated. I feel BIGGER than I was 2 days ago. I've been following everything perfectly (except I did have a cup of hot lemon water tonight as well to try and settle my tummy, but that was very shortlived) I know everyo... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 23:44:21 EST Cycle One Day One: The 17 Day Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524713 I won't start this blog with the whole "Well, I gained it ALL back" because that would be counter-productive and this is a day of beginnings, not defeats. <BR> <BR> Today, I started "The 17 Day Diet". My mother in law has had great success with it, so I ordered the book and workbook. Today was GOOD. Much better than I thought it would be. Basically, Cycle One is a body detox. You are allowed green tea at every meal, all the lean protein and "cleansing" veggies you want, 2 low sugar fruits, ... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 20:35:56 EST DIET FRIENDLY PIZZA!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4231050 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990343751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> http://www.palermospizza.com/primo-thin/<BR>margherita.aspx <BR> <BR> So, like any person on a diet, I crave comfort food. For me, these foods include chili, pastas and, of course, PIZZA. I've been wanting pizza like crazy lately, but I don't care of the "diet" pizzas that Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones offer. They just dont satisfy me. I was at the grocery store today and found this pizza (see above) on sale for Buy... Fri, 13 May 2011 20:20:21 EST This is what I want... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213407 I want to go to the beach and not feel like every eye is on me and is disgusted by what they see. <BR> <BR> I want to RUN with my kids without feeling like I'm dying. I want to enjoy exercising. <BR> <BR> I want my children to be different than me. My daughter is already overweight and it scares me to death. My son, on the other hand who is of perfect weight (says his Dr) eats 3 bites of his dinner and says he's finished. When I ask him if he didn't like it he says "No, Mom, its good. I jus... Thu, 5 May 2011 22:52:26 EST Day 1 (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4210743 Over the last several weeks, I have been feeling just aweful. I've been absolutely exhausted (even when I wake up in the morning!), my BP has been sky high to the point that my heartbeat pounds in my chest, neck and head. My back is KILLING me. And ohhh the headaches. I had one SO bad the other day (from my BP being high) that I was literally afraid I was going to have a stroke or something. I've gained every bit of the weight I lost last year back (and perhaps then some) and I am literally S... Wed, 4 May 2011 20:43:50 EST Making Progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4051190 I started back last Saturday. In one week I lost 8.8 pounds. I am proud of that! Technically, it could have been more but with all the stress I am under lately I did snack more than I should have a few days this week. Still, I am proud of those numbers! Yesterday I really did great. Under 1300 cals and drank over a gallon of water!! I feel empowered - like I CAN do this. I realize there will be good days and bad days but the point is to move forward. Not to give up like before and gain it all... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:18:19 EST Back to Basics (Starting Over) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038641 Here I sit, 10 pounds away from where I started over a year ago. I gained it all back. 4 months of not giving a $h!t and where did it get me? Fat. Miserable. Sick. Ashamed. <BR> <BR> I started all over again 3 days ago (Saturday). I've lost 5 pounds so far. Not really working out yet, but I am being careful. Counting calories, drinking water, giving a $h!t. I realized I had to be really ready to do it again. I've had a rough few months. I gave up. Totally, 100%, at everything in sight, gave... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:08:12 EST 12 Week Challenge - Week 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3654910 Today is Day One - Week Seven. <BR> <BR> Weight - 224.4 (-4.2) <BR> <BR> Challenge Progress - 7.6 pounds down <BR> <BR> Goals for this week - Keep Going!! <BR> <BR> Thoughts - I did really well this week! I realize that I am not going to make it under 200 like I had planned but I am gonna get as close as I can! I am excited! I stayed around 1200-1350 cals everyday but one (I had planned an OFF day) and kept waaay under on sodium everyday. I do need to still work on exercising but otherwi... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:49:06 EST 12 Week Challenge - Halfway Mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3633886 Today is Day One - Week Six. <BR> <BR> Weight - 228.6 (-1.8) <BR> <BR> Challenge Progress - bah humbug. <BR> <BR> Goals for this week - Get my S#!t together! Track everything, make good choices, watch sodium. Get off my butt and exercise. <BR> <BR> Thoughts - Monday through Thursday I did well. Slim Fast for breakfast and lunch, small snacks and healthy dinners. Friday-Sunday is another story. I was on my period (though that should not be an excuse) and I wanted junk. Salty stuff, cho... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:16:00 EST 12 Week Challenge - Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3613867 Today is Day Two - Week Five. <BR> <BR> Weight - 230.4 (+3.3) <BR> <BR> Challenge Progress - dont even wanna talk about it... (down 2 lbs) <BR> <BR> Goals for this week - Get my S#!t together! Track everything, make good choices, watch sodium. Get off my butt and exercise. <BR> <BR> Thoughts - I will admit it... I really REALLY had a bad weekend. I binged ALL WEEKEND LONG. SO much junk and sodium. I dont know if it was boredom, TOM, new medication or what but I ate everything in sight... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 07:24:17 EST 12 Week Challenge - Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3588489 Today is Day one - Week four. <BR> <BR> Weight - 227.1 lbs (-1.3) <BR> <BR> Challenge Progress - down 5 pounds <BR> <BR> Goals for this week - Get my S#!t together! Track everything, make good choices, watch sodium. Get off my butt and exercise. <BR> <BR> Thoughts - I suck. lol Did SO well all week and blew it over the weekend. Way too much sodium... Way too many cals on Sat and Sun. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:44:18 EST 12 Week Challenge - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3569737 Today is Day Two - Week Three. <BR> <BR> Weight - 228.4 lbs (+1.8) <BR> <BR> Challenge Progress - down 4 pounds <BR> <BR> Goals for this week - continue to make good choices. start exercising a bit. <BR> <BR> Thoughts - Dude. I totally wasted all of last week. Sat on my fat ass and did nothing but eat. I feel fortunate that I only gained back 2 pounds. Should have been more. Finally got off my period after 15 miserable days. Just very down and depressed lately, anxious about the kids g... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:27:26 EST 12 week challenge - week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541579 Today is Day One - Week Two. <BR> <BR> Weight - 226.6 lbs <BR> <BR> Challenge Progress - down 6 pounds <BR> <BR> Goals for this week - continue to make good choices. start exercising a bit. <BR> <BR> Thoughts - It should be more than 6 pounds but I am STILL on my period (day 13 now!) - I started some BC pills to help with my period issues but I guess I didnt start it at the right time or something because it's still going and still terrible! I think I am still retained quite a bit of f... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:47:36 EST Just For Fun (stole it from ANEWAMANDA) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3525517 1. What time did you get up this morning? which time? 230am, 5am, 7am, 9am... <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Medium Well with lots of A1 or 57 <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? ummm.. I dont even remember its been so long! It was something with the kids.... <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? i love reality shows... Army Wives, Greys, Private Practice, Whale Wars, Food Network <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 12:39:07 EST 12 week challenge - Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519358 Today is Day One - Week One. <BR> <BR> Weight - 232 lbs <BR> <BR> Challenge Progress - N/A <BR> <BR> Goals for this week - Start trying again. Eat well. Exercise at least 15 mins a day. Stay within calorie, fiber, protein and sodium goals everyday. Snack healthy. <BR> <BR> Thoughts - I am pretty much starting over again. Starting small so I dont get overwhelmed. Mon, 9 Aug 2010 19:01:13 EST Mini Challenge: 12 weeks til Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3519218 I don't think I will EVER forget just how aweful I felt last Halloween. My sister in law always throws a huge bash and everyone dresses up. Not only did I have an impossible time finding an outfit in 4X for my 280+ pounds self (and finally resorted to a real pretty moo-moo) but the entire time I was there was just one big panic attack. I was hot, uncomfortable and the biggest person there and I felt like everyone was staring at me and how horrible I looked. I cried all the way home.... <BR> ... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 18:04:50 EST Get me off this rollercoaster!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3467117 So many ups and downs. So many highs and lows. 10 pounds down, 12 pounds up. This is my rollercoaster ride and I am clinging on for dear life. I hate this. Why can't I just be skinny? Why do I give up so easily? I fully understand that it took years to get this why, but why does it seem like it will take years to fix it? Will I ever fix it? I find that unless I count every single calorie I take in, I gain. Alot. There have been times where I will lose 10 pounds in one week. That's amazing! No... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:41:54 EST Another survey (I'm an addict) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3404000 1. Name something you use in the shower? <BR> shampoo and conditioner <BR> <BR> 2. Something people hate to find on their windshield? <BR> bird poop <BR> <BR> 3. Name something a man might buy before a date? <BR> flowers <BR> <BR> 4. What is something you cook in the microwave? <BR> Birdseye Steamfresh veggies!! <BR> <BR> 5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving? <BR> TV <BR> <BR> 6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? <BR> I've heard that women are ... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:16:10 EST JULY 2010 GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3402891 I've never really set monthly goals, but I thought I should make that in itself a new goal LOL <BR> <BR> *To lose 10+ pounds (need to lose 16 by Aug 12 when I go home for a visit) <BR> *To exercise at least 4 days a week for 30 mins <BR> *Log EVERYTHING (Food, Exercise, Water, JUNK! No cheating!!) <BR> *Be super careful with sodium. Aim for under 2000mg a day. <BR> *To snack less on junk and more of healthy items <BR> *Water only. Aim for 1 gallon a day (That's easy!) <BR> *Be sure to take m... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 06:44:38 EST My ACTIVIA (light) Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3400104 IT WORKS! DO IT! <BR> <BR> Ya'll know my issue with the poop. Obviously, I mean, I've based 2 blogs on the subject. Lucky you. <BR> <BR> I started the Activia Challenge (I buy the Light version) and it literally took the whole 14 days to really work but WOW... IT WORKS! Like clockwork ya'll! <BR> <BR> So if you are suffering from stubborn poop, TAKE THE ACTIVIA CHALLENGE! :) <BR> <BR> Good luck! teehee Mon, 5 Jul 2010 10:00:47 EST Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3395003 I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and safe travels wherever you go... <BR> <BR> I've been working on myself lately... trying to get "better" again. Lots of changes, lots of goals, lots of HOPE. I'm happier than I have been in a long time. I am focused. I just had to realize that in order to make others happy, which has been my focus for most of my life (to always please others even if it's not the best thing for me), is to make myself happy first and I will make others happy in the pr... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 09:35:10 EST It's time to get real.... (The confessional, Some thoughts & a "Yay Me!" list) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3344679 So. It's time to "Get Real" as Dr. Phil says... It's time for some "Hard Truths". <BR> <BR> The Confessional <BR> *I haven't worked out since before Easter. I was doing really well. I could say something like "I don't know what happened!" but that would be a lie. I do know. Depression. Laziness. Loss of drive. Boredom. The feeling that it's just too hard... <BR> *I binge eat at night - in secret. I will do pretty well all day long - trying to make good choices and logging my calories. But ... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:13:30 EST Dude... What seems to be the problem?! (TMI) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3251246 So... We've had this talk before.... <BR> <BR> What he hell is wrong with my poop?! I get so constipated! I haven't had a normal poop since I started this diet. I realize that fats and oils must help things move along... but I can't have that stuff! Its seriously like giving birth everytime I go... Trust me. I know. My daughter was almost 10 pounds. Yea. Ouch... I've tried everything. More fiber, drinking over a gallon of water a day, fruits and veggies, yogurt usually 2x a day, UGH! It suck... Thu, 20 May 2010 17:21:09 EST A-B-C quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3200432 If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog. <BR> <BR> A - Age: 29 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: Folding/putting away laundry <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: no dogs here <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: My Total Raisin Bran and yogurt <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: Pink <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: White Gold <BR> <BR> H -... Thu, 6 May 2010 08:34:48 EST I started 4 months ago today... (pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3185088 <BR> Today marks 4 months since I started this journey. Week 17 (tomorrow) and I am down an amazing 58 pounds! That means I have 12 pounds until the halfway mark of 140 pounds GONE! I am so excited!! Here are a few pictures I just took (sorry they are blurry - I used my webcam this time) - Hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l322008082.jpg"> <BR> 58 pounds down in less than 17 weeks! I'm at 221.1 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 2 May 2010 11:25:49 EST I REALLY THINK I CAN DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3178056 I was just doing the math... <BR> <BR> There are 36 more weigh in's for me this year. I have 84 pounds to go (I have lost 55 now in 16 weeks!) and 84 (pounds) / 36 (weeks) = 2.3 pounds per week I need to lose! TOTALLY POSSIBLE! I can't imagine that am on track to lose 140 pounds in 365 days!! It's amazing to me! And 2.3 pounds per week is absolutely within a safe and healthy range and honestly not all that hard to do! This week alone I finally broke through a month long plateau where I lost... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 07:59:10 EST OK... I admit it... I'm SCARED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3172060 It's been lingering for a while now... infact its once (stupid) reason that I didn't try to seriously diet a long time ago. I am terrified of it and I don't know what to do to prevent it. What am I talking about you wonder? <BR> <BR> Saggy Skin <BR> <BR> I am so scared that once I get to my goal weight I will hate the way I look more than when I started all of this! I'm scared that my belly, thighs and arms will be saggy and floppy and gross. I'm just as scared for my husband to see me that... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:26:50 EST one word blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3163915 Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> here <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> working <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> frizzy <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> bipolar <BR> <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Bestest <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Sleep <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> none <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> dew (DIET) <BR> <BR> What... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 17:48:56 EST TACO POCKETS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3149976 Just ate these tonight... I wanted tacos but didnt have shells or chips (big "no no" anyways) but I had pitas! So I decided to try this and it is awesome!!! <BR> <BR> Makes about 4 servings (2 pockets each) <BR> <BR> What you need: <BR> 4 Whole Wheat Pitas (cut in half & opened to form pockets) <BR> 1 pounds 93/7 hamburger (or better if you have it) <BR> 1/2 cup chopped onion <BR> 1 cup Salsa <BR> 1 cup Tomato sauce <BR> 1 cup Kraft Fat Free Cheddar <BR> 4 cups Romaine lettuce, shreadded... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:46:22 EST 50 pounds down: Reflecting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3122046 You know, I don't know why I didn't do this sooner... I guess I've just always been afraid of being a failure. Back in the winter of 2005/2006 I lost 80 pounds in 4 months. I was in the middle of my divorce, stressed, and 2 small children, and as a single mom, I was working my ass off. I ate nothing but salads 4x a day. It wasn't the right way. As soon and I left work (back injury) I gained 60 pounds back. I held steady at 280 for over 3 years. I realized when we bought out new house that som... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:37:07 EST 47.5 lbs down in 14 weeks! (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3113502 *Don't pay attention to my messy room LOL :( <BR> I can see some progress, but with 92 to go - I'm certainly no where near done yet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l865678682.jpg"> <BR> Before: 280+ lbs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843756275.jpg"> <BR> Before: 280+ lbs <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909425626.jpg"> <BR> Today (4-13-10) 231.5 lbs = 47.5 down <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 09:06:36 EST Full Steam Ahead!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3094350 So, as you know, I totally bombed my diet while I was home in VA last week. I gained almost 7 pounds (when I weighed in Monday night) and then started my period Tuesday morning. Wednesday weight in I lost 2 and then today another 2! I am almost back on track! I've reversed my meals - 500 cals for breakfast, 350-400 for lunch, 100-150 for snack and 300 for dinner (averaging about 1300 cals) and then burning about 600 through exercise. Yesterday was the first day I tried this diet reversal and ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 07:59:10 EST Mini Italian Fritattas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3058164 MINI ITALIAN FRITATTAS <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> Egg, fresh, 5 large <BR> Egg white, 2 <BR> Broccoli, fresh, 1 cup, chopped <BR> kraft fat free cheddar, 0.5 cup <BR> Milk, 1%, 3 TBSP <BR> Del Monte Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes drained, .25 cup <BR> Zucchini, .5 cup, diced <BR> Onions, raw, .25 cup, chopped <BR> baby Spinach, fresh, 2 cups <BR> Parsley, dried, 2 TBSP <BR> Oregano, dried, 1 TSP <BR> Basil, dried, 1 TSP <BR> black pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Preheat oven at 350. In a fry... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:15:08 EST I gained 2 pounds... so sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3055795 For the first time in 3 months, I gained. I gained 2 pounds this week. (I did lose about 3 more inches overall though so I don't believe this is a TRUE gain) <BR> <BR> There are a few contributing factors to this weight gain. <BR> * I gained muscle - since I did workout almost everyday and actually burned 5000 calories this week working out. I also started strength training a bit with weights and resistance bands. <BR> * I'm constipated. I don't know why, but I am. That adds weight to you. <... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:18:34 EST Our Newest Addition... ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3054368 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977647665.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our newest addition... The Tower 200 <BR> <BR> http://www.tower200gym.com/default.aspx?<BR>adid=GYM9001 <BR> <BR> We have it set up in our bedroom - Romantic, I know... I bought it for Andy for Christmas and he never put it up... so tonight I did it myself. It took all of 2 minutes to set up and IT IS AWESOME! The resistance is great and I get a huge range of motion that I wasn't getting with my latex res... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 22:42:12 EST