COUTURELADY's SparkPeople Blog COUTURELADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community End of week 1, really scale? STAY AWAY! One of my goals for this month is to stay off the scale. I've jumped on twice during this week which is a no-no. <BR> <BR> What's with the scale? Why is it made of some wonder magnetic material that draws me to it? Sure, my weight is on the way down, but that's beside the point. <BR> <BR> I will admit to the blog-o-sphere that I "cheated" and go on, and am determined to stay off the dastardly machine until the end of the month. I have been consistent with exercise and logging my food, and h... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 14:19:39 EST Goals and things. This month I am focusing on 4 things- <BR> <BR> 1. Making fitness minutes goal <BR> 2. Maintaining a binge-free streak <BR> 3. Giving myself a self-love pep talk daily <BR> 4. Eating within my calorie range daily <BR> <BR> Last month I lost weight but I was too focused on the scale, which can be quite dangerous for me. My emotional well-being will often be tied to the numbers, and not focused enough on the positive things I am doing. <BR> <BR> Reaching my goal weight is very important to ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:48:11 EST Small victories make me feel stronger. Went out to eat with my beau and some friends, had planned and accounted for my meal but when I got to dinner I ended up adding a couple things that I hadn't planned for. <BR> <BR> In the past overeating might have made me have the "screw it, I blew it, might as well keep eating" attitude but last night was different. In my mind I thought, "guess I better cut back tomorrow," and I didn't beat myself up. Sometimes people overeat, and that's that. It doesn't need to turn into a big vicious cyc... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:08:14 EST Five down, thirty to go. Very pleased that I reached the five pounds-lost mark. It makes the next 30 seem totally feasible. <BR> <BR> I'm not a stranger to losing weight, I lost 65 lbs. over 15 years ago, and kept that off. It's the last 30+ that have stayed with me, coming very close to goal weight, then rising back up, playing tug'o'war with my heart and emotions. <BR> <BR> I'm doing so many things differently this time, definitely differently from the first time. I was pre-arthritis and able to workout 1.5 hour... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:45:21 EST Lurking in the shadows but not committing, that was me. I've noticed a common thread among Sparkers lately, people talking about joining Spark and not really being fully committed, just sort of lurking around, checking in on occasion, and using it when they felt inspired then stopping again. <BR> <BR> Well sadly, that was me and it didn't work AT ALL. I have been a member for a few years, have lost a little bit of weight, regained it, and on it went. A couple of weeks ago, in desperation I was debating on joining Weight Watchers but decided I cou... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:49:45 EST Don't just sit there! “So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late. - Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> Don't give up. No matter how bad you feel, no matter how many times you've had to start over. I've started over countless times but this time feels different. If I'd given up, I never would be at this place. In this place I can feel the power of accomplishment, success... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:44:54 EST I AM changing my life, one day at a time. It's been a tough bunch of months. My doc and I have been trying to find a medication that will calm my rheumatoid arthritis and nothing has worked. I've let myself get down and develop some unhealthy habits that have resulted in major weight gain. <BR> <BR> I had a "no-more" moment last week, a wake-up call to the direction I was headed and how I needed to stop the slide. I re-engaged myself here on Sparkpeople (after debating going to Weight Watchers but the cost is prohibitive) and re-com... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:25:29 EST