CRAMOMMY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CRAMOMMY CRAMOMMY'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/ What a Difference a Month Can Make!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807171 Last month on September 27th, I read an old blog on here and decided to make a change... and I did! <BR> <BR> In the last month, I have: <BR> <BR> Recommitted myself to eating healthy <BR> Given up caffeine (man that was rough) <BR> Given up fast food (equally rough) <BR> Realized that I was addicted to some unhealthy foods (again) <BR> <BR> Oh and I lost 13 of the 26 lbs I had gained from April to September (before that I was maintaining) <BR> <BR> Feels pretty good actually ... I did it... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:39:16 EST Reading an Old Blog was a Wake-up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788023 So I read my last Blog from late December... <BR> <BR> And here's my response to myself: <BR> <BR> Dear Past Self ... <BR> <BR> Well, I really got complacent and gained 20 lbs. I seem to be averaging around 215 ... It sucks! I keep trying to restart and failing. <BR> <BR> Well, reading this blog has made me realize I need to just find the "Spark" again ... Fast Break Time!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's my goals: <BR> <BR> Food - 100% Real Food, 100% Tracking, Keeping Carbs under 150... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:38:33 EST DietBet, the New Year, and being DONE Maintaining... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574797 I'm not going to lie ... hitting -200 pretty much turned me into a lazy mess. <BR> <BR> My lowest was 186.6 .... and right now, Im 196.4. <BR> <BR> I pretty much stay around 194 though... <BR> <BR> I HATE IT! I hate that I lack all motivation to kick but again! Where is the girl that lost 20 lbs in the first month of Sparking?! Where is the girl that dropped 70 lbs?! Why is she lost?! Why have I forgotten about portion control? About broccoli instead of fries (that I don't even like ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:27:57 EST My Physical... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485632 I went to the doctors on Wednesday for my yearly physical. The last time I was there I weighed 257.2 lbs. I was morbidly obese and embarrassed to be there. <BR> <BR> This time I was 194 lbs. and THRILLED to be there to show off all my hard work!! <BR> <BR> My pre-Spark Blood Pressure (with the large cuff) was 120/80. It wasn't great, but it wasn't considered 'high' - yet. <BR> <BR> This time (with the REGULAR cuff) it was .......drum roll please........ 100/70!! WOOHOO! A definite GOO... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 19:22:44 EST The Gap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393894 So I went into the Gap tonight with the idea of finding some Long and Lean Jeans (they fit really nicely) The problem: they are only available on line ... unless you put in a bit of extra effort to go through the clearance rack at your local store for jeans returned to the store from an online purchase ;) <BR> <BR> In any event ... I found a pair (SCORE!) in size 12 ... which is about 5-7 pounds too small (haha) but perfect motivation .... and with washing and such I figure Ill get some use... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:23:52 EST "Helpful Friends" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372576 We all have them ... the "helpful friend." The "Should You Be Eating THAT?!" Friend. The "Dont Eat that Treat- I Dont Care that You Worked It Into Your Plan!" Friend. The "Let me Tell you the RIGHT WAY to Loose Weight" Friend. <BR> <BR> I try to give them all the same treatment: I appreciate your advice, but Im doing pretty good. I have guidance from my doctor, a great online weight loss suport community (thatd be SP even if Im awful about keeping on here!), and most important a PLAN th... Thu, 30 May 2013 12:50:46 EST Irrational Thoughts.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337326 So I live near Boston ... and I was planning on a 10K the Sunday after the Boston Marathon ... I wasnt totally prepared and the thought of running a race after the bombings freake me out ... so I skipped it. Im not to pleased with myself. <BR> <BR> Im also not to pleased that March was a weight loss nightmare/plateau city ... <BR> <BR> Im back to loosing (2.2 lbs this week, but all of it happened between Friday and Sunday) <BR> <BR> The thing is Im 5 lbs from 60 lbs lost ... and 5 days fr... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:08:11 EST Plateau ... Are you GONE?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315607 I believe my plateau started with March 1st's Weigh In: My weight had stayed the same. The following week, I lost 1.6 lbs only to gain 0.6 lbs the following. Then I lost 2.6, gained 2.6, and lost 2.6... My weight literally bounced from 206.8 to 209.4 for three weeks! Its like my body didnt want to go below 206.8 <BR> <BR> (And actually looking back at my weight ... the week I stayed the same I had actually lost 3 lbs midweek and gained it back ... so really my body IS fighting to stay ar... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:55:14 EST The Reboot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310028 So Ive started over... Im making the small changes and tracking what I eat. Im organizing my life (and my house) and catching up with everything slowly... (Spark People and Friends are on that list!) <BR> <BR> Im not rushing head long into anything, but doing what worked before ... slow steady easy changes... <BR> <BR> I dont know what it is about Onderland ... but Ive seen it before - the closer we get the easier it is to mess up. I think thats what happened to me! It wasnt conscious by... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:01:31 EST Fallen Off ... Wanting to Get Back On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302917 I think it happened about a month ago ... when a friend told me I had sooo much moer to loose. It just discouraged me (see previous blog on 2/25) and Ive been pretty much in a plateau of my own making for that long. Ive been eating junk and eating too much of it . Im not paying attention and Im craving what I know is not good for me. I need to drink more water and get back on track ... I need to rejoin my team that I lead and (essentially) abandoned ... I cant tell you how guilty that ma... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:31:04 EST Spring into Summer 10% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272890 10 Weeks <BR> 10% Weight Loss <BR> 1% Weight Loss Per Week <BR> 1 Common Goal <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> Let's Spring into Summer with a 10% Challenge!! <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> If you weigh 175 lbs, thats just 17 lbs! <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> You can loose 17 lbs in 10 weeks! Easy! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Every Wednesday (starting 3/6/13 and ending 5/15/13), stop by my Blog and Report In. <BR> <BR> Simple. <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> To Get Started: Enter your Starting Weight ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:44:48 EST What Does and Does Not Motivate Me ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272870 Ok I admit it ... finally to myself ... I dont get very motivated by Teams. <BR> <BR> I LOVE the team I lead ... Mainly cause I put out challenges, chat with some great ladies, and its a place to stay accountable. I find myself thinking - I cant give up on this journey - I lead a team. It sorts makes weight loss like a job (not in a bad way) Just that its not optional. I have a job to do and cant simply abandon my position. <BR> <BR> The thing is ... Ive joined a few teams thinking: TH... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 14:31:14 EST I was thinking of updating My Goal Weight ... until ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263561 Ok, I know Im over 200 lbs. still. <BR> <BR> Im also wearing a size 14 ... which when you previously wore a size 22 that seems DAMN GOOD! <BR> <BR> Today a friend stated: You are still overweight. You would look good with another 70 lbs off you. (She weights what I weigh right now ...) And that Id still be curvy/chubby but not overweight any longer ... <BR> <BR> Is this just her projecting herself onto me? <BR> <BR> I was originally aiming for 148 lbs (or two pounds below a normal BMI... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:02:04 EST Just saw a quote ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262484 "At any given moment, you have the power to say, 'This is not how the story is going to end'." <BR> <BR> Posted on a fellow spark page (Susan-Is-Worthy) from the SP Motivational Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> I just want to take this one step further .... this is for me to read and reread over and over again: <BR> <BR> At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story needs to be written. This is not how it needs to go. This is not how it needs to begin or end. You h... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:32:40 EST My Year So Far .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262035 Has been .... crazy. <BR> <BR> Some of it my own doing ... some of it just life. <BR> <BR> I know that each day I survive I grow stronger (and smaller!) <BR> <BR> I just want to see things get better ... I need to be able to look up (not always down for the next bump in the road!) <BR> <BR> Im so close to 204 lbs (weight I graduated college) <BR> Im so close to 202.5 lbs (half way mark of my weigh loss goal) <BR> Im so close to 199 lbs (Onderland) <BR> <BR> I was always a chubbier kid ..... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:36:38 EST How I Loose.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259919 Im in my "Phase 2" (or months 3-6 of my lifestyle revamp!) <BR> <BR> Im aiming to loose about 2.5 lbs a week (I started with a lot to loose so the first three months I lost a lot more) ... I know there are a few people that will say 1-2 lbs is ideal. Yes, yes it is. Unfortunetly, tryign to keep my weight loss to 2.5 lbs is a challenge enough! My body has always "liked" to loose weight ... (Problem of course it like to gain it too haha) <BR> <BR> Im buildign some serious girly muscle ....... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:35:17 EST Feeling .... feminine .... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259090 So I went out to dinner Tuesday night ... <BR> <BR> My .... friend?! .... Tom took me out for Indian (never had it before) It was delicious. <BR> <BR> I have a serious crush on this man :) <BR> <BR> He sold my house ... last summer ... (realtor) and weve kept in touch a bit on facebook since... <BR> <BR> Tuesday was the firs time Ive seen him since the sale. Ill be honest, Im not 100% sure it wasnt a date. Maybe Im being hopeful, but he was sweet, attentive, he paid for dinner, he comp... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:07:44 EST Just Blowing Off Steam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254686 My friend C is a great friend but shes engaged to and living with a real jerk <BR> <BR> She can make and keep plans during the day (hes at work) but she never makes plans at night. When she does, I can almost guarentee theyll be cancled ... <BR> <BR> Last night was a prime example: Our plan was dinner, beer, and bowling. Suddenly he wanted to come along. "Cant Jennie bring a friend" .... I have one male friend here and its an estranged friendship so not an option. <BR> <BR> So I said ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:32:29 EST 100 days of School ... 100 days on Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247056 Today, I helped my six year old (kindergartener) make a poster to display 100 foil stars for the 100th day of school (we put the 100 foil stars in the shape of a star) ... and I realized ... I just past 100 days on Spark People .... <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Yup! Kinda proud of myself ... I dont think Ive ever stuck to something this long :) Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:18:17 EST How Spark Calculates Your Calorie Range.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246955 Interesting: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calo<BR>rie_calculation101.asp <BR> <BR> I was wondering how it came up with the range ... if you are too- read away!! :) Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:13:05 EST Flexitarian?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243984 So ... Im a Flexitarian <BR> <BR> Its a fancy way of saying Im a Vegetarian most days :) <BR> <BR> The problem... while we occassionally eat chicken and fish (we hardly ever eat beef ... and pork is pretty muc non-existant) And our frequency of chicken and fish is less than once a day ... sometimes not at all. <BR> <BR> Using the Nutrion Tracker daily again (instead of just counting carbs in my head) has revealed to me that I get most (if not all) of my protein from dairy sources (milk an... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 13:13:25 EST A New Workout Plan for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235208 In January, I focued on doing the "typical" crunches, planks, more crunches, leg raises ... things like that... <BR> <BR> Now, Im focusing on building up my muscles (high weights/low reps) as that seems to be the current trend .... women cant get "jacked" .... but we can build muscle mass quick with higher weights (or so Im told) <BR> <BR> (Im thinking a month of this isnt going to leave me looking freaky so Im going for it!) <BR> <BR> Today when I was looking in the mirror - I was holding... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 01:37:55 EST Motivational Excercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234743 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190231771.jpg"> <BR> "Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be." - Author Unknown <BR> <BR> I want to be fit and healthy. <BR> I dont want or need to be a size 2. <BR> Id like to be rid of the loose skin, but I wont even consider surgury until Ive maintained the weight loss for two years. Even then, Ill only consider it. <BR> <BR> I want to run with my kids and be a less ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:40:38 EST My Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234400 Saying I have a big elaborate spread sheet is an understatement! I love seeing my progress :) <BR> <BR> I started this whole journey after seeing an episode of "Exterem Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" ... now, while I know that their weight loss is fake, unsafe, and quite frankly stupid ... I did like the idea of breaking my goals down into Phases of three months each. <BR> <BR> I personally find that smaller goals (instead of 100 lbs in a year) are more ... doable. I also like that the sh... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:21:10 EST The Great Jean Caper.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225378 In my closet, I have a pair of ON size 20 (regular) dress pants (big- and old - from 2002), a pair of Levis size 18 (regular) jeans (fitted- and old - from 2004).... <BR> <BR> Next up ... I have a pair of Target Marona 18W jeans (baggy), a pair of Kohls size 16 (regular) trouser jeans (fitting pretty good), and a NEW pair of Target Marona size 14 (REGULAR!!!! wooo!) jeans (bit tight) .... <BR> <BR> So I analyize all this ... Im not dumb .. I know vanity sizing has gotten out of control. I ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:50:28 EST Planning a Week with the WPs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221492 Im planning a Week with the WPs to highlight what we eat in a week ... To show everyone how great health, real, whole food looks!!! :) <BR> <BR> Im also going to be posting a cost analysis so everyone can see that Real Food doesnt have to be "overly" expensive! <BR> <BR> Anyone have any suggestions? Im trying to make it interesting :) Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:02:25 EST Soup Recipe Blog - Take 2 (Finally!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217873 CORN CHOWDER *favorite* <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter <BR> 10 Ears of Corn (shucked/cleaned) <BR> 16 ounces of Whole Milk (not recommended to use low fat/fat free) <BR> 8 slices Turkey Bacon (I prefer Applegate Brand) <BR> 1 medium Sweet Onion (coarsely chopped) <BR> 4 cups Frozen Shredded Potatoes (do not thaw)* <BR> Salt and Pepper to Taste <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> For the first 5 ears of Corn, working with a sharp knife, carefully slice off kernals into a large bowl. ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:35:45 EST End of January's Social, Fitness, and Nutrion Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217743 Its time to regroup, refocus, and get my butt in gear! This week I lost nothing thanks to the arrival of my period ... FUN! ugh! My month has been a disaster and Im sick of complaining, sick of feeling so bad that I apologize to everyone before anything else, and just sick of the bottom falling out! So here's some challenges to round out my month on a happier note!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Social Challenge- <BR> Call, text, facebook, spark, visit, anything really - a friend EACH DAY! <BR> (Ive bee... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:06:44 EST Just Posted .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201392 Just posted a HUGE blog about soup and some recipes and lost it!! ugh!! <BR> <BR> Its 1130 so Im going to redo tomorrow! Sorry everyone!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:25:56 EST The Next Few Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200686 I should be cleaning right now ... but Im procrastinating. <BR> <BR> Something I realized was that the next few pounds will hold some major milestones for me... <BR> As of this morning, Im 226.6 lbs. <BR> <BR> 225 lbs is the half way point (for my height) in the Severly Obese Catagory (BMI) <BR> 224 lbs is what I weighted at the post partum visit with my second son <BR> 223 lbs is the lowest weight in about 8 years (possibly longer...) <BR> 222 lbs is 35 lbs lost <BR> 220 lbs is the 1/3 of ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:25:53 EST Plateau ... Refocusing on the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192903 I know Im experiencing one ... I know all the things to bust through one ... I can think and think and think about it but its not going to change anything. I hate not having control over this! So.... instead Im going list 10 things going right ... <BR> <BR> 10. Im doing C25K! <BR> 9. C25K gets easier every day! <BR> 8. My Week 1 Day 3 average time is 15:30 min/miles ... while my brain cant figure out if thats good its better than the 17 min/miles I started with on Week 1 Day 1 <BR> 7. I ca... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:46:13 EST Call Me Crazy But .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188488 When all my children are home, my cars fixed, and life has normalized Ive decided to post a "Week with the Ws" on my (non SP) blog .... Almost everyone I know says to me, "What do you eat?" because we eat non-processed/whole foods ... I think itll be fun and hold me accountable to "No Treats" (which is my code word for going out to eat and skipping our healthy real food eating ways....) <BR> <BR> Today was a good day health wise ... sanity wise not so much. I did my C25K, ST, Yoga, Meditati... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:48:13 EST The Weight Creep Up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187814 I feel like all I do is complain! Ugh <BR> <BR> Todays weigh in 228.6 <BR> <BR> Now my muscle % is down from yesterday and my fat % is up ... <BR> <BR> The reality check I need: I havent been moving enough (really Ive slowed down to almost nothing in the face off all my recent stress) and I havent been eating well. <BR> <BR> So ... I can sit here and complain AGAIN or I can do something about it ... <BR> <BR> Im taking a page from Pixie's book and STREAKING! If I have to post it on my ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:38:48 EST Super Quick Blog ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187226 This months goal is a set bed time/awake time and Im closing in on 11pm ... so this has to be quick!! <BR> <BR> I have gained 7 lbs of MUSCLE! (guess I know where the slight uptick in weight is coming from).... Just a small <em>244</em> for my amazing body adding some serious muscle to me! <BR> <BR> So excited to start my January ... or will be once my car is fixed!! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:59:20 EST My Weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183452 I refused to up my ticker ... just plain refuse! Ugh <BR> <BR> Im up to 228.4 from 228.2 yesterday ... NOT GOOD! I had the stomach bug on the 26th/27th which resulted in a loss down to 226.8... now Im paying the price... Im a daily weigher adn right now I wish I wasnt cause its hard seeing that numbe creap up and feeling like its been months of creep up not days ... Of course, Im glad too that Im seeing this and can nip it in the butt ... Good food choices today and some ST tonight ... Ca... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:55:13 EST 13 Goals for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182452 I dont know where this comes from, but Ive heard it over and over again: It takes 28 days to MAKE or BREAK a habit ... <BR> <BR> Now for the freaky part: In 2013 (or well, actually, any year) there is 13 cycles of 4 weeks. So, in 2013, I could MAKE or BREAK 13 habits ... in 2013. Is anyone else thinking this is a bit of a sign?! <BR> <BR> Here my 13 for 2013! <BR> <BR> 1) Establish a set WAKE UP/BEDTIME for myself (6am/11pm) and the kids (7am/7pm) <BR> 2) Drink 8 cups of WATER daily <B... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:40:49 EST Setbacks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180067 I was reading a Spark Article and came across this ... <BR> <BR> "Finish each day <BR> And be done with it. <BR> You have done what you could. <BR> Some blunders and <BR> Absurdities have crept in. <BR> Forget them as soon as you can." <BR> <BR> -Ralph Waldo Emerson Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:40:07 EST Lifestyle Change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178697 Im constantly relooking at my goals. I have a very elaborate spread sheet. I break things down to 2 lb goals, week goals, month goals, three month goals, ultimate goals. I keep track of my BMI (watching it go down is a motivator) and what size Im at. Its all a bit ... compulsive, but its what works for me. I LOVE SEEING THE PROGRESS!!! It keeps me sooo motivated. <BR> <BR> Im kinda excited that at the rate Im loosing I could potentially be down to 225 by New Years ... which is the half... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:16:44 EST Where Im at in my life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178011 Ive alluded to some of this before, but right now I feel like getting a lot of it out. <BR> <BR> In September 2011, my *soon to be offical* exhusband left. The details arent important but what is important that I suddenly became a single mom to a 5, 3, and 1 year old. Since the day he left, he has not seen them. Im not proud of the fact that Id spend my days in a fog. My mother was what saved me. I was near catatonic. The kids were clean, fed, and generally cared for, but it was minima... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:34:02 EST Apologies and Thank Yous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177596 While I normally wouldnt do this ... the stomach bug is taking over and making this the best option ... <BR> <BR> First off, I want to apologize to my Spark Friends for being MIA. Ive had sick kids and holiday craziness with no internet access. So I havent properly thanked people for kind words on my blog, page, or the wonderful spark goodies that Ive receieved. <BR> <BR> Everyone is such a motivation - a reason to continue and stay focued. I thank you all! I hope to feel up to checking... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:01:18 EST My Month in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173546 Ive been pretty hard on myself this last month... I had lofty goals (20 lbs per month for the first three months) Not only is that not healthy its not realistic. <BR> <BR> Ive updated my goals to 10 lbs per month (which is still high but I'm severely obese) I'm doing it the right way (whole foods, whole grains, 7 freggie, 8 glasses of water, 150 carbs, 1550 calories and the recommended amount of fiber, calcium, iron, sodium, and cholesterol ...oh and I'm moving my bum!! <BR> <BR> Today I... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 09:04:13 EST Dear 230 lbs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170518 Dear 230 lbs... <BR> <BR> You are my first MAJOR GOAL! You represent so much to me! You stand at the 25% of my goal marker, you represent 10% lost, you are the midpoint between severly obese and just obese! <BR> <BR> Should I not even mention that you are 4.6 BMI points from where I started? That you represent the most amout of weight Ive lost "dieting" ever! For the love of fat, you represent 27.2 lbs lost! <BR> <BR> SO!!! 230!!!! Why oh why are you alluding me? I saw you yesterday ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:44:09 EST Contemplating Starting a "Real" Blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167964 So Im contemplating starting a blog off of Spark People ... something about eating real food, loosing weight, intitutive eating. <BR> <BR> Ideas are roaming around in my head. I feel like this is the first time that this has been "real." Ive tried "dieting" before and never stick with it. This seems *effortless* in the sense that I never contemplating giving up because I dont feel like there is anything to give up - except maybe my obsession with my scale :) <BR> <BR> I guess I want to s... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:44:12 EST First Person to Notice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167340 Ive always carried my weight *well* (trying to say that with a straight face!) But in truth its evenly distributed so it takes more loss to be noticed... <BR> <BR> Well it finally happened!! My PTO fellow board member commented :) <BR> <BR> She thought Id lost 5 or so due to being sick ..... haha try 25 due to busting by butt!! But I'll take it :) <BR> <BR> Also was paying for gas in my yoga pants and a tank (something I wouldn't normally wear in public ... and even though I don't look... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:31:05 EST Updates, Information about Me, and My NEW Goals!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167247 I started this journey strong! I lost 20 lbs in the first month, and I had hoped to continue that streak (tapering my weight loss off over the next year.) Reality soon hit when I realized that its near impossible to loose that much that quickly - and not so healthy either! <BR> <BR> I think I did NEEDED that initial rush though - it was the push, the motivation, the drive to get me here. I know that SP, Spark Friends, and the Teams I'm on and the one I lead are also a MAJOR drive for me. ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 11:06:48 EST PROUD of MYSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161656 10 Reason Im Proud of Myself <BR> <BR> 10. Ive lost 21.6 lbs!! OMG!! <BR> 9. Im not so old that I know what OMG stands for :) <BR> 8. I can chase/run with my kids and not get exhausted or have to stop <BR> 7. Im managing stress so much better <BR> 6. Ive stuck with this for almost a month and a half (LONGEST EVER) <BR> 5. Ive finally realized that I dont need to diet to loose ... I eat whatever! (I do watch my portions, time of day Im eating, and frequency though :)) <BR> 4. Ive drank 8 gl... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:08:25 EST Upset at Myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159577 I really blew it this week ... I started it off on the right foot, but a night out with a friend started a spiral Im not proud of. Lots of junk food (that night) ... not much walking this week ... Im ashamed. <BR> <BR> I had broken my Ultimate Goal into Four Phases: <BR> Phase 1: 59.2 lbs in 3 Months <BR> Pase 2: 30 lbs in 3 Months <BR> Phase 3: 15 lbs in 3 Months <BR> Phase 4: 5 lbs in 3 Months <BR> <BR> I further broken down my Phases into Month Long Goals (Im very Goal Orientated) <BR> ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 19:23:26 EST First Blog Entry! Woo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148283 I have plantar fisciutis in both feet. Its whats motivating me to loose weight (I need relief beyond wearing braces nightly.) Last night, I left them off - not a good idea - it hurts to walk today! <BR> <BR> Im a bit discouraged overall. I wont update my ticker (because deep down I know this is PMS related weight gain), but Im up to 242.2 this morning ... I was so close to 239 (and no longer being Morbidly Obese) that I cant help but being a bit bummed. <BR> <BR> Ive been averaging about... 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