FARM_GIRL07's SparkPeople Blog FARM_GIRL07's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Baby Steps Well last week in a nutshell <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I took some baby steps... <BR> I worked out 3 X <BR> Ate healthy at least 50 % of the time. <BR> Had fewer binges. (2) <BR> Saw a psychologist. <BR> <BR> She told me to balance out my diet, take some vitamin D, vitamin B complex and omega 3 oil to help with my moods. To eat whatever I want. In small portions. Exercise 30 mins EVERYDAY! Be a "detached observer" of my thoughts and to c... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:52:59 EST Choose Your Hard! A Heart Felt Blog About My Relationship With Food. Oh my, it has really been awhile since I have written a blog. I promised myself this would not happen, I promised myself I would not write the dreaded "Crap, I gained some weight back" blog But... I have to. I have to be honest with myself. <BR> <BR> What happened? <BR> <BR> I ate, and I ate and I ate and I ate. Why? I was upset, so I ate. I ate because I was upset, and the vicious cycle began. Why was I upset? Oh, a variety of reasons, which are sort of irrelevant by now. Or at the very l... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:06:19 EST Failing to plan is planning to fail! Ok, so I have noticed that I have kind of been eating like a glutton as of late. I feel sluggish, lazy and ashamed of my choices. I have been eating for comfort instead of going for a walk, a bath or talking to someone. I have been letting my emotions get the better of me. No doubt wedding planning is stressful. But if all brides made the choices I have been making lately, they'd all be 300lbs by their wedding day, which is clearly not the case! OK, so I need to come up with a plan and some ... Mon, 7 May 2012 03:27:22 EST Wedding Countdown! Pic Heavy! Hello my spark friends! <BR> <BR> I must say I have had a productive and motivated month of March! I have pretty much everything lined up and booked for the wedding! All except the decorations, but I am debating on getting a decorator or purchasing/renting/borrowing the decor items I need and putting it all together myself... I'm not sure. Our theme is antique rustic romance. Any advice from previous brides? <BR> <BR> I got my dress used for 500$ from a really nice girl in BC. Thank you so... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:41:24 EST Dress Drama! Pictures Included! Ok Spark Friends, I have a confession to make. I cheated on my original dress, and don't regret it one bit! I have since bought my dream dress and cannot wait to walk down the isle in it! Here's the story: <BR> <BR> I went dress shopping with my family and friends. We found a dress THEY all liked and I bought it, with their encouragement and reassurance that it looked great on me. (Which it infact did, from the front and back). However it did not meet many of the requirements I had in mind w... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:14:21 EST I SAID YES TO THE DRESS! Can you guys believe it? I found my dress the first day of wedding dress shopping. Not only did I find THE dress, I got it on a sample sale! It was regular 1600$ dollars, and I got it for 650$. I am ecstatic! I must say it was an exhausting day, I slept like a freakin baby that night. I got a size 14, and it zipped right up. Since it was sample I am not able to order a smaller size since I will be losing about 20lbs before the wedding. So I am hoping the seamstress will be able to take it in ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 13:45:40 EST Randomness! BIG NEWS: <BR> <BR> So as of last week I officially do not have a boyfriend anymore...I have a fiance!!! He finally proposed in the place we first met, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I could hardly believe it! Needless to say I am so excited to start planning the wedding. We are looking to have an end of June, early July wedding so I have lots of planning to do! \Here's the rock! Ya and it's one I picked out. I gave him a choice of a few and he picked the one I secretly... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 03:20:05 EST The REAL before and after! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 30lb difference! All I can say is WOW! <BR> <BR> But on a more serious note, I have to get my booty moving again! I know that this battle has been 100% mental for me. I got it in my head that I would hit a plateau at 175, so lo and behold I did. Big Surprise! I ha... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 12:01:45 EST 4 MONTHS OF HARD WORK PAID OFF! WHO'DA THUNK? Progress from Feb 5th: 188lbs to June 16th: 174.5lbs. 15lb loss. Total loss of 50lbs, I have to find the "real" before pic and put the new one against it. I think I will be blown away. Anywho, cheeeeck iiiit! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:08:40 EST Shopping, Game On Diet, New Work Schedule... I am writing this blog to somewhat organize my thoughts since I am in a total mess of rambling thought patterns. Here it goes: <BR> <BR> So I went shopping with an old friend from college the other day whom I used to be bigger than. In college we would get ready to go to the bars. I remember vividly how we could swap tops, but not pants. Well I had an embarrassing wipe out while we were out walking her dog and got my pants all dirty so she had to lend me a pair of her pants, which were all t... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:38:21 EST Update- Sweet Sweet Progress! I know I should be blogging every week, but there is no denying that I missed out these last couple of weeks. I don't want to be spending so much time on SP. Not because I don't LOVE it! I really do. Its just that the more time I spend commenting on blogs, browsing other people's pages, etc etc. the less time there is to work out and do food prep. I am finding myself tired to say the least lately. I am coming down with a bit of a cold, but still managed to workout 5 days this we... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 22:17:50 EST March POA (Plan of Action) I am writing a plan of action for March using Napoleon Hill's 6 steps to riches, (or in my case weight loss)! <BR> <BR> Step 1~ Write down the exact amount of weight you wish to lose: <BR> <BR> I will lose 8lbs in the month of March, putting me at 182lbs. <BR> <BR> Step 2~ Think about what you will give back in return for the weight you have lost. <BR> I will give my body increased health and longevity. <BR> <BR> Step 3~ Exact date in which you will achieve... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:38:56 EST Long Overdue! First thing's first! I have not posted my progress pics lately because I have been a little off track and haven't lost weight in 3 weeks. I got thrown off by eating unhealthy on my ski trip to Banff. It was fun but it took me out of my routine and I have had a hard time getting back into it. My calorie ranges have been totally off, as well as my sodium intake. Exercise has been good, consistently 4X a week or more. Zumba today was my 6th day streak. All this hasn't put me back too far. But I ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 21:11:49 EST Progress Week 6 Good week this week! Weighed in at 188.5! Minus 4 lbs! Yay! :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 6 Feb 2011 19:45:44 EST progress week 5 (with lots of pics!) Ok, so the pics are a bit late. I worked Saturday morning and had a baby shower that evening so I had no time to do my progress pics. They were taken Sunday evening right after supper, and taken by my sister who is 5'6"not my bf who is 5'11". I am starting to notice that making a difference in my pictures. I look skinnier when my bf takes them! lol <BR> <BR> As far as nutrition this week, I tried, I really did. I ate out x3 this week and went over my cals, but overall was happy with my deci... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:50:52 EST Progress Pics Week 4 Not too bad this week. I've come within my cal range 5/7 days and exersiced 5/7 as well. Weigh in 192lbs! Whooo 3 lb weight loss. Progress pics look good, I think I look smaller and firmer all around. I see a big difference in my face. YAY! Progress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 20:07:29 EST progress pics week 3, NOT THIS TIME! Ok, so this week I am extremely proud of myself! I have done so much for my health this week, I have amazed myself and those around me. I made my lunch every evening before bed to ensure that I could not "accidentally" sleep in and "not have time" to pack a lunch. Traditionally I would have used this as an excuse for making poor eating decisions at work. I ate within my calorie range 6 out of 7 days, which is better then my original goal of 5/7. I was even able to stay within, eating out and... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 23:52:05 EST HEALTHY EATING VS DIETING So I could not help but make a blog about a scenario I observed at work today... <BR> <BR> One of my co workers announced she is going on a "diet" for 13 days to lose 18lbs, and she came straight to me and told me because she noticed that I have been eating healthy, bringing my own lunches and so forth. Firstly I told her losing this amount of weight in such a short time is unhealthy! So we discussed her diet anyway (which she described as the following): <BR> <BR> No breakfast or morning s... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:35:29 EST progress pics, week 2 So this week I have worked hard, and been fairly consistent with my eating and exercising. I was fighting a head cold in the beginning of the week, but pushed myself to get over it and I am feeling much better. <BR> <BR> I worked out 3x this week, Zumba, Cardio and Weight Training 60 mins ea. I am aiming for 4-5 days next week. I didn't hit my calorie goals most days but I am still trying hard, just need some more planning. It must be still less then I was eating before because I am losing!... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 16:21:28 EST progress pics, week 1 week 0 front view <BR> <img src=""> <BR> week 1 front view <BR> <img src=""> <BR> week 0 side view <BR> <img src=""> <BR> wk 1 left <BR> <img src=""> <BR> wk 1 right <BR> <img src=""> <BR> week 0 back <BR> <img src="http:/... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:01:20 EST WHOA! HOLD THE CHOCOLATE! Ok, so I have totally slipped off the band wagon here....ok, so maybe I crashed, tipped the wagon over and broke a few axles! I feel absolutely horrible! I planned to eat healthy this weekend and then I got sick and spent a few days just chilling with my bf, yikes what a mistake! 2 days of not tracking and I am back to eating half a box of chocolates again! Yikes, what happened to the crazy willpower I had before Christmas, I seriously don't know?? Anyone seen it? When I was tracking everythi... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:11:07 EST Before Pics! I have decided to post my before pics, these are me at 204lbs. Embarrassing yes, but also inspiring. They will push me to workout harder and eat healthier and cleaner. I plan to post weekly pics, Saturday mornings! :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 21:23:19 EST In Control! Ok, so I am not perfect and forgot to do a blog yesterday, no biggie though, I did track my calories and stayed within the range! Which is the first time ever I think, and I was able to resist lots of treats at work. Its the best feeling to know that I have complete control over what I am eating. I know that my fat days are over and I look forward to wearing cute jeans and enjoy shopping for once in my life! I also did Zumba for an hr yesterday. It felt awesome to sweat! <BR> <BR> I am goi... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 20:27:54 EST See Yourself Succeed So I realize that we are not supposed to post articles, but I didn't know how to explain this in better words. I give all credit to the writer(s) I am just truly inspired by it, and I do own Bob Proctor's "Winner's Image" and I STRONGLY recommend this to anyone who wants to change their thinking! This is the secret to getting everything you want in your life, and I really mean everything! No doubt in my mind whatsoever. It's THE SECRET, (which is also a fantastic read/movie that I recommend t... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 21:40:50 EST The Objective Ok so I was so happy to see that in the last few days my weight has dropped from 200 to 197.5! Whoopee! I have recognized that I am not perfect, I am a work in progress, so it's ok if I don't meet my calorie or exercise goals so long as I keep trying! I am not beating myself up over an extra cookie or choosing a white bun over a whole wheat one, it's really not the end of the world. Just make better choices the rest of the day! No biggie! I have been drinking tons (and I mean tons) of water, ... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 20:05:27 EST "MEET THE CHALLENGE" Wow, so its been awhile since I have been on sparks. A little over a year to be exact, but within this year I have grown so much as a person and learned a few new things. I really feel that its time for a change. I need to replace my bad habits (like living on crazy amounts of sugar and carbs) with good ones. Example: Doing some exercise every time I get a craving for sugar, since cravings for sugar usually means your body needs an energy boost. Or at least this is what I red somewhere. So l... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:49:15 EST AM I TRYING? I just took a look at my less then satisfying progress on my page. Since November 17th, almost 2 months ago, I've lost..... drumroll please... 0.5 of a pound! I have to reflect and wonder why? I've got an easy answer, I have not been trying hard enough. Do I want this? YES, MORE THEN ANYTHING! Anything, really anything? or do you want that cookie more? Lately I've been choosing the cookie. Honestly, what is wrong with me? Seriously, why can't I just eat healthy? <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 17:32:43 EST disappointed....but determined the first week I actually gained weight, 2.5 lbs to be exact, but I know that could be water weight, constipation, etc. Who knows, I am anxious about this weeks weigh in because I know I have been over my cal intake the whole week. So I dont expect to lose any but, if I gain more....well that sucks but I guess that means I really have to pull my socks up! I know I can do this! I'm going to the gym today, going to do some cardio, I want to get some more work out videos for at home... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 13:38:02 EST off to a slow start so since I have started tracking my calories, I've realized that I have eating way too many calories! I really had no idea how many calories I was eating before. But it must have been at least 2500 range consistently. Its really a wonder how I am not a good 300 lbs. I have ranged for the last two years from 222 (my heaviest) to 205 ish. I guess I do keep active with my horse and my work. (I am a nursing aid, at a long term care facility, which I LOVE) and I go to the gym occasionally. I just ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:38:23 EST