CHRISTINNC's SparkPeople Blog CHRISTINNC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 30 consecutive days of logging in! I've logged in every day for a month! It's not my longest streak overall, but it's my longest in a while. My longest streak is 62 days. I'm hoping to make it at least 100 this time! Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:42:42 EST Starting Week 4! Yesterday's Healthy Thought of the Day was "It doesn't matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop!" <BR> <BR> So I lost 4 pounds the first week....the changes immediately jump started my metabolism I guess. But then last week, I was not quite down 2 pounds, so I guess it evened out. This week, I've been holding pretty steady though, but at least I'm not stopping. I've been trying to track daily and I have been trying to work out regularly. Today, I tried the elliptical for the ... Sun, 18 May 2014 20:31:36 EST One week down... Yaay! So I've made it through an entire week of tracking and I'm on a 9-day log-in streak as well. I weighed in this morning at 185.2...down from my 189 last week. Tere were a few days when I was just swamped with school work. I had two 10 page papers due last Thursday and an 8 pager due today at noon. I managed to go to church, work three shifts at my part time job, go on a job interview for a summer job, and cook a couple of times in the past week, too... Despite all of that, I managed ... Mon, 5 May 2014 17:23:15 EST Attempting to Regain my Lost Spark So, the last time I wrote a blog was in April 29, 2012...almost exactly 2 years ago...and my life has done a total 180 since then. At the time, I was teaching 7th and 8th grade science, but had become really dissatisfied with the administrative changes at the school. I had also earned my Master's in Education in Middle Grades Science in December 2011. So, at the urging of my advisor and one of my professors, I decided to apply to doctoral programs and was accepted back at my alma mater, UN... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:23:30 EST At My Lowest....(weight that is!!!!) Last night, as motivation to continue my weight loss, as well as in preparation for an upcoming vacation, I bought a two-piece bikini. I haven't worn a two piece bathing suit since I was like 6 lol. Then, today, I weighed in at my lowest in my adult life (163.8). I wore a size 18-20 from about 6th grade until 11th grade. In high school, I was always around 200-210 lbs. At the end of my 11th grade year, I lost about 20 pounds during a summer program and kept it off during senior year (... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:23:46 EST The Return of Motivation!!! (Easing away from Excuses) Back in August, I blogged about how I was going to get back on track, but did it happen? Nahhh....I stayed in my rut, and not only did I stay in my rut, but I let it turn into a ditch. Back in July 2010, I started working on my Master's Degree, in addition to working full time. My free time went out the window and SparkPeople got pushed to the side. Somewhere along the way, my DVD player broke and since I couldn't do my FIRM workouts or my Pilates or yoga....I let exercise slide. Walk... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:06:24 EST Restarting again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So once again, I'm trying to relight my spark! I've taken quite a break from my tracking....don't get me wrong, I still visit SparkPeople every day. However, I missed a day of tracking and then one turned into two and two turned into three, and then it turned into a couple of months. I haven't tracked since about April, but I promised myself that once that new school year returned, I was going to rededicate myself to my healthful journey. I haven't gotten way off track, but I just haven... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:29:28 EST Getting Back on Track I've fallen off the wagon. HARD! So I've reset my goals to lose about 15 pounds during the next 5 months, which is not a lofty goal, but I need it to regain my focus. Additionally, those 15 pounds would get me down to being within 10 pounds of being considered "normal weight" as based on my BMI. <BR> <BR> One of the things that I prided myself on during this journey was that I was a faithful user of the Nutrition Tracker and it seems that within the last month, I've become sp... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 23:39:38 EST New Year = New Scale I promised myself back when I started my journey that when I reached my goal...I was going to get a new scale...the one that I had was raggedy and it was anywhere from 6-10 pounds off. Well....I finally did it...I got a brand new digital now I can tell what I weigh for certain!!! It didn't disappoint...the time I last weighed in on a "good" scale at the doctor's office in July 2009 before starting Sparkpeople, I was 218. This morning, I was 166!!! Yaaaay...a little bit more and... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:54:35 EST I wish I could slow down.... Lately things have been so hectic for me...I feel like I'm running in circles. I get up at 6:50, am at work by 7:55, stay at work until 5:30 or 6:30, get home, sit down and surf the net and take a breather for a few minutes before I begin to do homework (I'm working on my master's). I finally drag myself into the bedroom around 11, even though I'm worn out by like 9, but I still have work to do. Somewhere in all of this, I find time to eat and grade a few papers.....I'm really thinking abo... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:57:22 EST MY SECRET WEAPON: (SN: The SparkPoints wheel likes me!!) I love popsicles...always have...and now, I've realized that I can use this to my advantage! When I get the urge for something sweet or if I just get that urge where I want to be eating...I eat a popsicle and it usually satisfies my urge! As my father says, they are just flavored water...and while they are more than that...they are a very low calorie snack...from 10 to 60 calories, depending on the type. I make sure that I track these as well when I do my nutrition tracker, but I have real... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 14:35:35 EST I couldn't believe it!!! Before and after! Since I began my weight loss journey, people have constantly said..."Girl, you look good" or "I can see it in your face" or "Ooh, you've lost so much". Well even though my clothes were getting larger and larger, I still was seeing myself everyday and as I slowly transformed, I didn't notice that I was changing. This weekend, I was on Facebook...looking at the pictures I posted right after college, back when Facebook began with the photo albums.....and wow, was I amazed! <em>189</em> I hav... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:11:40 EST 1 year on Spark!!!! Today is my 1 year anniversary on SparkPeople. I began my journey on Labor Day, 9/6/ last day of eating and drinking whatever and not feeling too bad about it!!! <em>4</em> I remember it like it was yesterday...I ate spaghetti for dinner that day!!! I used the nutrition tracker to put in my calories and I don't remember how much it was, but I do remember that it was more than enough. The very next day, I began my attempt on a raw foods diet. I lasted on that for about 3 week... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 14:28:24 EST Starting again....Resetting my goals and aiming some more!!!!! So, I reached my goal!!! Yaaay!!!! However, my scale is wrong...I've said it before, but I've never bought a new one. It's about 12 pounds off. I figured that by weighing myself at a couple of other places and comparing that to what my scale at home said. I still lost the 47 pounds that I aimed to lose (based on my scale), but I'm not at the weight that I wanted to be at. That also means that I was bigger than I thought I was when I started. So I've reset my goals on Spark...and I'm ... Fri, 21 May 2010 19:02:28 EST 8 months, 3 days...and 45 pounds lighter (I'm not obese anymore!!!!!) Yaaay!!!!!!!! This morning, I reached the 45 pound mark. <em>30</em> I've come so far since I first started SparkPeople back in September. I'll's not been the easiest...and I'm a living witness that stress will make you eat. Last week, I was gobbling up everything in sight.....state testing is coming up here at work and I'm also trying to prepare for the GRE. So much has happened that could've made me easily quit back in the first few months of 2010, but I've been sticking... Tue, 11 May 2010 14:12:28 EST Walking Because I want to.... Oftentimes I've gone to the post office, which is downtown and only has parallel parking spaces and been unable to find a spot. In the past, I would drive around and around until one opened I'm proud to say that the past two times that I've gone....I've parked about 2 blocks away and walked!!!! I felt great about it...saving money and getting in exercise!!! <em>334</em> Mon, 3 May 2010 20:00:59 EST Starting out Big....and Learning to Exercise SN: I can wear my prom dress!!!! Okay...I'll begin by telling you that I've always been a part of a sedentary lifestyle. I'm 17 and 16 years younger than my siblings, so there was never anyone at home for me to go outside and play with. When I was growing up, we lived almost 1/2 mile from the closest neighbor who was 90 when he passed in 1999, so there weren't any neighborhood children I could play with. My mom also didn't work the traditional "9 to 5", she worked as a domestic and as an in-home aide...and took me right a... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 14:16:30 EST 5 pounds away!!! I just realized that I am 5 pounds away from my goal!!!! <em>244</em> I've been here for about 2 weeks, but I really hadn't thought about it. Hopefully, by the time school is out on June 14 (2 months from today), I will have lost those 5 and about 10 additional pounds!! I just finished a workout...feeling pretty good!!!! <BR> <BR> I have gone from a BMI of almost 38 down to a BMI of just over 30. I'm almost out of the obese range <em>224</em> Who knew I would be so happy to be c... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 22:00:23 EST Was I really that big....and why shouldn't I keep going???? Yeah, Yeah, yeah....40 pounds is a lot, and I love that everyone is noticing, but there's one thing that's sorta bothering me. I've had some people say "Oh, you looks so good now, you don't need to lose anymore weight." My thing is...I'm still at least 35 pounds overweight. Was I so big in the beginning that I now look really small even though I'm technically still very large? <BR> <BR> Maybe I was and didn't know it...and maybe I wear my weight well, but I feel like I'm still big. I hav... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:19:42 EST Spring Cleaning....Cleaning out my closet!!! I spent part of Monday afternoon and last night cleaning out my closets. I went through and tried on each and every article of clothing to make sure that it fit properly and if it didn't I put it to the side!! I'm proud to say that I have weeded out quite a few clothes. Many of them are still wearable and I plan to donate them. I'm passing some of them on to my mother and I asked my godsister if she wanted some. I have a brand new dress with tags that I bought last August for a wedding... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 12:32:02 EST Pants on the Ground!!! Hurray!!!! Hurray for pants on the ground!!! Nahhh, not the song...MY PANTS <em>9</em> !!! Today, I wore a pair of pants to work...and I kept having to pull them up...they were dragging the ground. They're too large now, so they kept going up under my shoes!! I had to wear them pulled way up. Once we go on Spring Break this week, I'm updating my wardrobe...putting away the much too large winter clothes and sliding into some new spring outfits. Yaaaay!!!! Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:37:17 EST Spring = Motivation I've gotten so lax on my on me <em>28</em> , but I feel like with the change in seasons...I'm going to do so much more. Walking was my number one exercise and then it got to the point where it was too dark to walk by the time I got home from work. I started doing workout DVDs, but my bedroom is so cramped, I hardly had room to move around. With my father recovering from his stroke and my parents moving in with me, that took away some of my already small living space...and ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:03:19 EST Happy Friday everyone!!!!! I FEEL GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel so great today....which is strange because I worked 12 hours yesterday...and I lost my debit card @ Wal-Mart...I cancelled it when I realized it was missing. They had found it though!! Anyway, I woke up running to work late...and thought my rough yesterday was going to continue into today. It didn't though...I feel great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> On Fridays, we can dress casually.... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:58:47 EST My Goal is in Sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (SN: Lady who wants to be world's fattest!?!?!?) I'm only 7 pounds away from my original goal weight. Of course, along the way, I have decided that I want to go beyond that goal, but hopefully, by my 27th birthday, I will be at least 47 pounds lighter. <em>244</em> One thing that I have realized is that it doesn't take a whole lot to fill me up like I used to think. I guess that was a result of being "supersized". I have learned that I can go to McDonalds and get the 4 pc McNugget and a small fry...and not be hungry when I'm done. <em>2... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:15:37 EST I bought some clothes!!!!!!!!!!...and I didn't have to go to the Plus sizes!!! Soooo, everyone at work has been calling me "skinny minnie", which I'm a long way from lol...but my clothes have been falling off of me. <em>9</em> My clothes are size 18 pants/XL-XXL tops. I'm now down officially 38 pounds...only 9 from my original goal. I've lost a lot of weight around the mid-section, but the lower part of my stomach is still a pooch. I also have not gotten rid of my I really haven't dropped the sizes that I would have thought. However, I am down to a ... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:56:54 EST Ready to get back on the wagon It's been over a month since I wrote anything...and when I initially started SparkPeople....that was going to be my thing...blogging every day about my struggle. Of course, it didn't last long, but I was blogging at least weekly. Then December 15 happened. My daddy couldn't move his leg and it ended up being a stroke. We spent the entire holidays in and out of my grandma also fell ill... After almost 2 months of rehabilitation, my father has returned home, but still cannot ... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 20:23:08 EST Somehow I made it through the holidays.... Well...since last time, my father went through a code blue on his 2nd day in rehab...and we spent Christmas eve in the hospital emergency room. He stopped breathing during therapy, but after CPR, he's done well. We spent the rest of that week and weekend in and out of the hospital. My grandma also fell ill. She went into the hospital on the day after Christmas. She may be getting her toe amputated this the holidays were rough. We were back and forth between the 2 hospitals in c... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 15:49:05 EST A Long Hard Week - Week 1 with my daddy in the hospital last time, i blogged, my life was soooo different from the way it is now. last tuesday, i went to work and everything was normal. i stayed afterschool as an advisor with a program and then i went to wal-mart with some of my coworkers to shop for underprivileged families in and around our school. well, i called home and my mom said, "well your daddy can't walk...he can't use his left leg." So I went and got dinner for us and got to the house as fast as I could. My daddy couldn't put weigh... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:44:46 EST Fat Girl Afternoon - Trying to Fight The Urges If there's one thing that I've learned is that routine really helps me stay on track...and I think that goes for most people. Every day, I pack lunch for work...a salad, a piece of fruit, etc....but today, I had a doctor's appointment since I was leaving work during lunch time, I figured I would grab something somewhere. <BR> <BR> Now, I've always had this thing about trying new things and new places. My hometown doesn't have many casual dining's all about fast food (Wendy's, A... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:18:59 EST The Big 2-5 Yaaay...I've hit the big 2-5. I've lost 25 pounds as of this morning!!!! <em>244</em> I'm soooo happy. I didn't think I would lose any weight this week, but I did. My boyfriend loves to eat out, so this weekend we went out We went to Texas Roadhouse on Friday night and Mimi's cafe on Saturday. I think I have been doing really well though. I am still counting my calories and my fat. He says that eating with me now isn't as much fun because it takes me so long to order, ... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 16:18:46 EST New Size!!!! I made it through Thanksgiving!!! I went over my calories by about 200, but I still didn't make it to 2000 so I think I did very good for a Thanksgiving day. In addition, I went to Old Navy today and bought a few items...including size Large shirts...down from my XL of this summer and XXL of the past. I also bought size 16 jeans....i'm usually an 18....and have been a 20. i haven't been a 16 since my senior year in high school...i've always been large. !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> ps no sodas or t... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:23:53 EST Yaaay for 20 pounds! This morning, I hit the 20 pound mark. I can't believe it. In a little over 2 months, I have lost 20 pounds, just by putting down the sodas, the hamburgers, and walking with my mom!!!! I started the day after Labor Day. I have changed my habits considerably and I think that even after I make my goal...I still will keep many of these habits. <BR> Honestly, I used to have such bad habits...there was even a point where I would by a fast food restaurant on the way home and then go over and ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 15:50:05 EST I can wear my shorts!!!!! I bought a pair of shorts this summer that were a size too I didn't wear them this summer, but I thought that they were cute and they were on sale...I couldn't pass them up. I could button them, but they pushed up my stomach....a muffin top. Well I am proud to say, my shorts fit, but....they are still a little bit tight around the thighs....something to work towards!!!!!!!! Sun, 15 Nov 2009 23:43:29 EST yaaaay for compliments Today, I got so many compliments on my weight loss. One of the teachers said she noticed it the other day and didn't get to say anything to me about it. I got asked about 3-4 times today how much weight I had lost. I was soooo happy!!!! It made me feel really good that it has become noticeable. My clothes are little bit looser as well!!! yaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!! <em>20</em> Fri, 6 Nov 2009 15:34:17 EST I'm STILL LOSING....pounds, that is!!!! I've lost 2 more pounds in the last week!!!!! My main things is that I have managed to stay away from sodas and tea! I haven't had either of those since September 7!!!! I also haven't eaten red meat, with the exception of a couple of times (meatballs at church, best friend's bday dinner at melting pot, banquet sponsored by cattleman's no hamburger!!!! yaaay me!!! <BR> I really have been wanting a burger, but I'm determined to hold out until I lose at least 25 pounds b... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 15:45:46 EST Thank God the scale isn't broken!!! I still haven't bought a digital scale...still using my same old I can't tell if I'm losing tenths of pounds or anything only if it drops by actual pounds. I guess I've slacked off on my diet...I'm still eating better than I used to, but I'm not quite as fanatic about my fruits and vegetables as I was in the beginning. Well, for the last two weeks, my scale basically has not moved. I weigh every morning, but I only track it once a week. I was like this is too soon to reach a pl... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:24:43 EST Still Trying to Stay Healthy even at the fair and the Melting Pot...LOL This weekend, I went to NC State Fair with my friends. I have never been...despite being 26 and living in NC for my entire life and going to college about 30 minutes away in Chapel Hill for 4 years. Needless to say, I had a wonderful time. We went in celebration of my best friend's upcoming birthday. Even though I was surrounded by a sea of deep fried foods: funnel cakes, ho hos, twinkies, cheeseburgers, candy bars, blooming onions...and all of that, I managed not to do too badly. My fri... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 16:07:12 EST Trying not to hurt myself falling off the wagon... The last couple of days have been pretty rough. My life has been pretty on the go and being pretty much on the go means eating on the go. I've eaten out a lot more this past week then I have in the last month and my weight loss shows. This is the first week that I haven't lost any pounds. I haven't gained...but I haven't lost. I was doing 9 pounds, so it's disappointing to have gotten off track. My bf said he's really surprised at how well I'm doing though. He even walked 7 laps with m... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 14:07:27 EST 3 Weeks....out celebrating and still hanging in there I've lost 9 pounds in 3 weeks!!!! This weekend was tough...we went out for my father's birthday as well as went to festival in the park in charlotte. festival in the park was rough...there was greasy fattening food everywhere...funnel cakes, polish sausages, cheese steaks, ice cream, u know....the standard fair foods...but i managed to control my urges and got a smoothie. at the restaurant for my daddy's bday...i only ate a salad and a baked potato ( a couple of hushpuppies too) mothe... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 22:05:59 EST 2 weeks in...(eating breakfast, tweaking my diet to suit me, and staying away from soda!!!) I'm 2 weeks in...and I'm still holding on to a diet. I really really wanted to do the raw food in the beginning, but as I wrote a few entries was hard to fit it in with being a teacher. I only have ~22 minutes or so to eat lunch and I really can't fit in a large raw meal that I need to get in an ample amount of throw in the fact that I'm not a morning person, so I eat and run. <BR> <BR> One big change for me though, is that I do now eat breakfast. Each morning, ... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:19:03 EST a week and a half..... well, i'm at a week and a half and I feel sorta bad...actually, i think the kids at school are passing on their germs. i haven't been really sticking to the 100% raw like I wanted to, especially in the beginning, just for the sake of detox, but I have been eating mostly fruits and veggies. i haven't been really walking this week, either. on tuesday, it looked as if it would pour down raining at any moment as i left work, so i called my walking partner (mom). She wasn't feeling well, so i... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 14:22:35 EST A Week With no Soda It's almost the end of my planning period at work....and instead of grading papers, I was trying to figure out what I would eat for dinner, sorta on the hungry side already. Then a thought occurred to me...I've gone an entire week with no soda or tea. That's AMAZING...I'm sure there have been times when I have drank tea with every meal...and I love NuGrape and Sprite. Yaaay for me!!!! I did fall off my raw diet some this weekend...and I even a sub that had chicken in it (on Sunday) <em>3... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 14:30:35 EST My first weekend..... Today is my first weekend day on the diet...hmmm...i have fallen off the wagon slightly. I had not eaten any "cooked food" ( a baked potato) since Tuesday, but today I went out with my bf and we went to REd Lobster for lunch. <BR> To my credit, I had a caesar salad with no meat....and a bowl of creamy potato bacon soup. I also ate one cheddar bay soon as the biscuit hit my stomach...I could tell a difference. <em>39</em> <BR> However, today is also the first day that I just... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 18:41:04 EST yaay for no Bojangles!! ok, so last night, I went out with my mother for a little while. She wanted to stop by Bojangles and get my dad a meal. I LOVE BOJANGLES....and have loved it since I was small...not the chicken or the biscuits, but the dirty rice and the seasoned fries....omg! so anyway, the food wasn't ready and we had to pull off to the side and they even offered me a free beverage, but I stayed strong!!!!! now i gotta see if i can make it through this first weekend... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:14:42 EST Getting Harder LOL...only 2 days in and it almost ended. I was sooo hungry at the end of work yesterday and then my mom made it worse. My mom called and asked if I could pick up some food from my dad...from a fast-food restaurant. As I sat in McDonald's drive-thru, I could barely place an order. I ended up with a side salad for myself and a double cheeseburger meal for my father. Why, oh why did I go to their house. My daddy kept saying, "it's more than I can handle, have some!" I sat there eating my p... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:59:45 EST 1 day down.... Soo...on my first day of trying something new...I sorta get off track, but I did maintain willpower. I went to a funeral after work and afterwards, everyone was sitting down, eating all of these wonderfully prepared soul foods and I was just hmmm....I managed to avoid eating there though. I ended up at Wendy's. I ordered a side salad and a baked potato, that I only ate with a little bit of cajun seasoning and pepper, when I got to my mom's house. Hopefully, I can maintain willpower. I ne... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 14:22:36 EST A Change Is Gonna Come - Labor Day '09 Today is the last day of eating "regular" for a while. I'm going to try to ease into a raw food diet. I went to a couple of health seminars in July and the speaker was a strong believer in the "Bible" diet as he called it. I was somewhat wary, but one day I picked up a magazine in my favorite store, Wal-Mart, and it mentioned it as well. So I did some research over the last month and I've decided to try it...or some altered version of it. Right now, I'm going to stay away from meats, as ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 22:38:16 EST