DMORGAN1009's SparkPeople Blog DMORGAN1009's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring HLC-Week 1 Goals 1. What are your goals for this challenge? What do you want to accomplish (doesn't specifically have to be weight related) over these next 8 weeks? <BR> <BR> Over the next 8 weeks, I want to lose about 16-20 pounds. I also want to work on strength training my abs, core, arms, and legs. <BR> <BR> 2. How will you go about reaching those goals and work toward those accomplishments? What do you need to do to make them happen? <BR> <BR> I need to continue tracking my food on a daily basis. I a... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:25:42 EST The Perks of Healthy Eating & Exercise Other than the scale I've noticed other things this past week. <BR> <BR> 1) I have SOOO much energy! <BR> <BR> I literally can't sit still. It is amazing! I used to sit on the couch in a comatose state,and <BR> now I am lucky if I can sit for 45 mins. <BR> <BR> 2) Stabilized Mood <BR> <BR> I've noticed that I have been waking up in a great mood every morning. My stress level <BR> has decreased, and for the first time in a LONG time ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:40:40 EST Check-In Hi there :) <BR> <BR> I just wanted to check-in and let everyone know how things are going this week. This is my first week back on SP since last August. I did incredibly well on my weight loss journey last year, and I hope to do the same this year. <BR> <BR> Last year, I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder. I have to say that living with this disorder has been the toughest thing I've ever had to face. I have spent a lot of time trying to work through it. It's not always easy, but this w... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:59:11 EST Weight Loss w/ Depression & Anxiety Disorders A year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Major Depression & Anxiety Disorders. I've had many serious ups and downs, but since early this year I seem to be on a better medication. <BR> <BR> Having Depression & Anxiety makes it really hard to lose weight. The loss of energy is probably one of the worst symptoms of Depression. So is the hopelessness & self criticism. <BR> <BR> This past week I have not been feeling well. For some reason, I have been feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I thi... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:14:32 EST Rough Week This has been a particularly rough week tracking, exercising, and staying on my calories. I guess I just haven't been feelin it this week. Although, I feel incredibly guilty for the poor choices that I have made. <BR> <BR> I haven't been eating every 4 hours, so when I'm hungry I am definitely making poor food choices and overindulging. I haven't been exercising and I've been making up excuses as to why I can't. <BR> <BR> I have been doing really well the past few weeks, but to be honest ... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:54:44 EST Why am I so hard on myself?!?! I have no idea what my problem is today! I lost 3.2 pounds this week, but I'm mad because I feel like I should have lost more. Why am I so hard on myself? I guess this is what you would call a mental roadblock eh? <BR> <BR> Since I didn't lose what I wanted, I feel like I failed. Sounds stupid I know, but I worked my A$$ off last week! This is totally killing my motivation. Today I ate pizza and of course I overate because I was in the mindset that I "just don't care" and when I think of wa... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:15:14 EST When Things Get Tough You Ride Or Die My son is 9 years old, and this Fall he has decided to play JV Football for the first time. As I watch him practice, I just feel an overwhelming amount of pride. Practices are tough! Tougher than I could have ever imagined. Football has pushed him physically, mentally, and emotionally...just like my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> On his first day of practice I grabbed him by the helmet and told him to go out there and give it all he had. I also told him to be a fighter and that no matter wh... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:31:53 EST My 1st week This week has been amazing! I am so glad that I joined! <BR> <BR> In the past week: <BR> <BR> I have rode my bike 3 miles <BR> I have walked a total of 11 miles <BR> I have followed my calories <BR> I have not felt like I have deprived myself of anything <BR> Half way through the week I had already lost 4.5 pounds <BR> I have started drinking water <BR> I have tracked all the food that has entered my mouth <BR> I have motivation that I have never had before in my life! <BR>... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:40:33 EST My Story My name is Danielle Morgan, I’m 31 years old and this is my story. <BR> <BR> I started gaining weight as a young child. It was during grade school, that I became noticeable larger than the other students. As my weight became a concern, I noticed that the other children began teasing me. Little did I know that this was just the start of a teasing that would continue into Jr. High, High school, and even into my adult life. The situation was similar at home. My older brother used my weight as a... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:21:50 EST