DENAMARIE1's SparkPeople Blog DENAMARIE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My BCL25 Goals The fresh start.....12 weeks to make a difference! Yep! Gonna make some progress this time. <BR> <BR> So, without further ado, here are my goals for the next 12 weeks: <BR> <BR> Drink more water!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Move more = exercise <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Better nutritio... Fri, 2 May 2014 12:42:14 EST PSYCHO!!!!! Ok, you know what makes me psycho?? SUGAR!!!! Yep, that right, the white stuff! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And it comes in all forms for me, but if I bring this stuff in the house..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, story over. I eat it, that's what! <BR> <BR> I could eat this for dinner......... <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:53:34 EST Starting over and over and over and .......... Is this a nightmare? Is this my own groundhog day? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I seem to be starting over everyday! I love food! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I gotta get a handle on it. Starting to read the book "Intuitive Eating" tonight! Hoping there will be something in there that clicks and opens up some ideas for dealing with my food addiction. <BR> <BR> But... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:57:42 EST Time to get serious again! What's going on with me??? I need to find my motivation!! I really need to have a talk with myself! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, this sums up how I feel! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ya, I can get my pants on and zipped up, but doesn't mean they are all that comfy!! Hate when things start to get tight. Although, never got them stuck on me like that darn cat!... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:57:36 EST BL20 Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, there's my before picture. Since I am being positive about myself, I will say that I love myself just the way I am right now. I know there will be improvements, but I cannot expect to be successful if I am unable to like me the way I am in the present. <BR> <BR> My plan for BL20 is pretty simple. The food plan will continue on as is. It is working so I will continue tracking and eating 3 meals a day wi... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:27:44 EST Biggest Loser Break Plan Well, I never really try to take a break. That would be bad for me. I still weigh in weekly and keep up the exercise routine. <BR> <BR> This time I have joined SAC and my teams in between challenge teams. That should keep me good and on track. I hate letting any team mates down. <BR> <BR> I am starting a new ST program tonight with my hubby. It is so much better to have a workout partner and push each other. <BR> <BR> I still have my goal of being in Onederland for the start of ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:00:19 EST Spinach in my drink...a.k.a Green Smoothie! Ok, so spinach and me go way back. We have not had the best relationship, but I am told things can change. <BR> <BR> Back as a kid I remember an early hatred towards spinach. More likely, not the fault of spinach at all. My Mom is the culprit for starting this unfair relationship. She would tell me to "eat your spinach" and then shove a plate of cooked green goop in front of me. What? Are you kidding me? <BR> <BR> So, years later, as an adult, I have invited spinach back into my l... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:26:49 EST Time for a plan!!! Failing to plan is planning to fail. This has always been a motto I have lived by. Not always followed it, but I really do believe it to be true. <BR> <BR> So, 6 months ago my husband got me the best birthday gift ever, a personal trainer. Soon after, my exercise plan evolved. I have been really consistent with it ever since. In fact, had my food been planned as neatly as my exercise, I would probably be pretty close to my goal weight by now. <BR> <BR> So, the time is here to make a fo... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:06:38 EST My transformation Well, I will get this right out there first, I hate writing blogs. Not sure why, maybe it is harder because I haven't had the success I was hoping for up until this point. But, at the urging of a good friend, I have decided to give myself credit for what I have done so far. <BR> <BR> So, I may still be wearing mostly a size 16 and some 14's, but I feel the most physically fit I ever have. Even when I weighed 145 pounds I did not feel like this inside. The weight is still there, but there... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:54:54 EST Being Thankful Wow, another year has come and gone. So fast. Time really does fly by when you aren't looking. <BR> <BR> While I am not where I wanted to be with all my goals at this time, I am happy about what I have accomplished: <BR> <BR> A 1/2 marathon, Portland to Coast relay with record setting mile times, having a personal trainer who is showing me a new routine and a new way of working out. <BR> <BR> There is much more work to do, but overall I am down from my Jan. 1, 2011 weigh in and feel in... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:05:32 EST 100 days - week 1 Wow! Didn't think this week would be a success for me. Had a couple days that I exceeded my daily points (WW) and I used all my extra weekly points, but none of my earned exercise points. I was feeling a bit defeated, but through all this I have realized that I NEED to be honest with myself. I log my points and deal with it instead of letting it snowball into one big horrible week of eating. <BR> <BR> My first success came this weekend. I decided to try on some size 14 pants, hoping t... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 13:43:07 EST Success!!!!! Success......feels great!!! Finally, I had a great BL round on my Amber Amazon Warrior team! This group of ladies are amazing. The support, accountability and friendships is something that I will never forget as being part of this journey I am on. <BR> <BR> This round, which ended today with the final weigh in, I lost 10.2 pounds and 9 1/2 inches (4 in my waist!!!). I am very pleased with myself and cannot wait to continue this journey with BL16! <BR> <BR> I am almost to onederland and ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:40:08 EST A small change of plans Only from C25K, not from exercise! <BR> <BR> Bummer! <BR> <BR> Ok, sometime between Friday night and Sunday night I have done something to my knee. I don't know what, but it is really painful on the inside and I can walk with a heavy limp. Yesterday I was supposed to be back at my 5K training and excited to be starting week 4. I walked instead outside to give my knee a rest, but the walk seemed to irritate it more. <BR> <BR> So, today I did the bike and upper body ST. Like I said, this... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:23:23 EST C25K - end of week 3!!! Where do I start? I have all these thoughts in my head while I am jogging and they flow together to create the perfect blog. But then when I get home and get ready to actually type it, I can't make it all come back together the same way again. <BR> <BR> Ok, what I have learned so far in this process: <BR> <BR> 1. I HAVE to have a POSITIVE attitude!!! <BR> 2. I HAVE to BELIEVE in myself! <BR> 3. It is OK if I don't have a perfect session! <BR> 4. DO NOT compare myself to others! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 23:11:22 EST C25K - my breakthrough session! Today I felt like I was leaving the "old Dena" behind. The Dena who doesn't think she can do new things and therefore gives up before she even gives herself a chance. The Dena that doesn't believe in herself, who really doesn't give herself credit for the things she does accomplish. The lazy Dena, who doesn't feel like getting off the couch to exercise. The Dena, who for a glimpse of time, started to not care that there was a better version of myself just wanting to be released. I think... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:09:01 EST Day 4 C25K! A day late, but better late than never right? I was actually reminded today by a sparkfriend that I missed day 4. <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I was a little reluctant over day 4. Remember, my last 2 sessions I was plagued with a horrible side shin splint or something like that. I was beginning to doubt myself and we all know that isn't a good road to get headed down. <BR> <BR> So, first of all, let me say that I DID NOT feel like going to the gym yesterday. Period. Didn't do a daytime w... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 22:41:14 EST Day 3 C25K Well, today I headed to the gym with determination. Determination to finish what I sarted - ok, I stole that from Bob Harper, but it works! <BR> <BR> I started out strong. Feels good to have faith in yourself. Got to the final 5 min. of a 30 min session (which, by the way, is 10 min. longer than the Cool Runnings official C25K!). Dang, there's that nasty side leg splint spasm thing coming back. Quite? Heck no!!! I had to pause twice for approx. 10 seconds to stretch it out and continu... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 00:31:00 EST Day 2 of C25K! Well, I was really anxious to get to the gym tonight to do my day 2. I knew I would have to power past that 10 minute mark and I did. But with 5 minutes left my right ankle got a real bad cramp or something. It was burning and painful. I know I didn't injure it as I am walking just fine on it now. <BR> <BR> I finished the session, but couldn't run my last 1 minute (had to walk it instead). I feel a little bit defeated, but will dust myself off and do it all again on day 3. I am think... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:31:44 EST Day 1 of C25K!!! Well, I wasn't going to start until Monday, but decided that I might need more time. Plus, I got some new Brooks running shoes that I was just dying to test out. <BR> <BR> We get to the gym this morning and I decided to head off over to the woman's only area - well, it really isn't woman's only anymore, but the guys still stay out of that side! If I was going to start this running thing, I wanted the least number of eyes on me as possible!! <BR> <BR> Warmed up walking for 5 min. and then ... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 14:29:31 EST Sorting things out - is 2010 really almost over??? I know I know, there is still over a month left in 2010, but to be honest, this year hasn't been all that successful for me? Why, I don't have the answer to that. If I did, I could fix it! <BR> <BR> Maybe I DO need to start stepping outside my box that I have created for myself. Ok, I HATE change. Any kind. Change in my daily schedule, hate it. Change in routine, hate it. Try something new, usually hate it at first, but then find out it is what I might have actually been looking for. ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 14:47:36 EST 60 days Geesh, I am not an everyday blogger. So, here I find myself with 60 days left in this year. The good news is, I have been making good decisions all day long! Right now I am on target with my calories for the day and despite the candy still being around today I have not had one piece! It is even out on the counter in plain view. <BR> <BR> So, no candy, a good snack this afternoon and being in calorie range today! November 1st is a good day! Mon, 1 Nov 2010 21:29:12 EST 63 days (a day late) Ok, so I missed yesterday. I was racking my brain because I didn't have that great of a day. But I will claim my one good decision which probably saved me 100's of calories. <BR> <BR> I went to Costco to get dinner and picked up a bag of candy for Sunday. Ended up putting it back and told myself that I will not buy it until Sunday afternoon. For sure I would have come home, opened it up and consumed who knows how many kit kats! Sat, 30 Oct 2010 12:52:18 EST 64 days! Well, yesterday I got up and weighed myself and as always, freaked out. Felt down, thought there is no way I am ever going to lose weight. That scale really does have an impact on my mood, especially if it isn't reading the number I want. <BR> <BR> So, at first I told myself I have 65 days to lose 17 + pounds. Then I received a message from a friend. She was straight with me and to the point. She hit my problem right on, the scale and how much it is a part of weather or not I am succe... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:46:57 EST 65 days!!!!! This morning I weighed myself - ack! I have a goal for December 31st and I am moving in the wrong direction. I counted how many days are left til the end of the year. 65. Sixty five. What can I do in 65 days? <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise exercise exercise!!!!! <BR> 2. Eat the right foods and stay in my calorie range! <BR> 3. Lose 17.6 pounds to make my end of year goal! <BR> <BR> We are entering the 2 most feared months for anyone that is trying to lose weight or maintain their current wei... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:27:02 EST This sucks! First off, I am so sorry Terje for using the "S" word, but there was no other word that fit how I feel right now. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to be losing weight, right? Well then, why do I now weigh more than I did at the start of the year? Since my wedding I have now gained 10 pounds! How did this happen? <BR> <BR> I went shopping yesterday for a couple new pairs of pants. I had to. I no longer fit in my size 14's comfortably which really sucks (sorry again). I hate size 16! On top of ... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:56:16 EST A new start! Well, this week I am really focusing on me. I need to get my eating and exercise back on track. My Yellow Amazon Warrior Biggest Loser team is playing a big part in that this week. We have an inner team challenge that is really helping me plan. Plan. That's right. Without a plan, there is no plan. Sounds like a simple concept. Right? <BR> <BR> I, for the first time in a long time, planned my Saturday. Usually I "wing it" and it shows. I planned to go to the Farmers Market to pick... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 16:29:19 EST 4th of July Hmmm... the 4th of July usually means picnics, BBQ, grazing all day on food. Not this year. I turned down 2 get togethers with family so my boyfriend and I can spend the day doing whatever we want. My son will be with his Dad so I don't feel obligated to fight the crowds to go view the festivities. <BR> <BR> The morning will start with sleeping in. Then get up and do some laundry. Cleaning the garage is on the agenda. A trip to Home Depot so my boyfriend can get the supplies he needs t... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 00:54:35 EST