FORMERFATTY's SparkPeople Blog FORMERFATTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Progress Pics - Face Before - <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Current - <img src=""> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:40:41 EST New Year! I made it through the holidays only gaining 5 pounds! This may sound like a negative thing, but believe me when I say that I did not hold back. Pecan-carmel bars, pumpkin pie, peppermint bark, chocolate treats, everything. I tried it all, I just did so in moderation. (Except those pecan bars, I had 2) It was delicious and I didn't weigh myself for months. It was great! <BR> I ended up getting a full time job over the summer so I didn't have a chance to track my weight or eating habits. The su... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:53:05 EST 30 Days of a New Life I feel I have fully adapted to my Ketogenic lifestyle. I can sniff out carbs from a mile away, I constantly read labels, I make decisions everyday without even thinking. It's all become second nature and I feel that it is truly my lifestyle not just some gimmick diet. My scale has been broken for weeks, but I think I will be happy when I buy a new one next week :) I did my first set of measurements today and lost 2 inches off my waist. I was so disappointed when I saw that, but after a google... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 14:34:56 EST Mothers Day Ambush Hope everyone had an awesome mothers day! We spent the day with my boyfriends family which I usually really enjoy. Their property is so beautiful, the weather was perfect, the dog got to run around and stretch her legs and a meal of prime rib and nice green salad was so amazing. However, if I could go back now and redo it I would have told his family that we were diabetic just to avoid the discussions that followed. Jeffs birthday was on the 9th so he got a couple of nice gifts and cards, but... Mon, 14 May 2012 13:36:33 EST Hello Energy After a few weeks on this new diet I think I can officially say I'm in Ketosis. I read all the forums and I knew what to expect, just not to what degree. Four days ago I was sure that my body was in Ketosis. I ended up having a nagging headache, a little nausea and then a 3 hour nap. I never take naps during the day so that was a pretty good indicator that something was up with my body. When I woke up I also noticed that I had started (and have yet to stop) spotting. I have been on birth cont... Fri, 11 May 2012 12:58:28 EST Ketogenic Praise I don't know what I was expecting out of this diet. Something different I think. Everything else I've tried doesn't work. I used to count calories, buy low fat, exercise to exhaustion and for what? I was on a regular, low calorie, low fat diet with regular exercise for months! Nothing. Doctors telling me I'm nearly diabetic and unhealthy, all telling me to eat up to 400 carbs a day! <BR> My body loves this diet <em>487</em> <em>490</em> . I feel like I'm in control for the first time i... Tue, 8 May 2012 13:11:13 EST Keto Countdown So I have decided to try a Ketogenic diet. I found a support group, read a good book on it, have done tons of research and I'm ready. I don't think Jeff believes me yet. "No bread? No Potatoes? No Beans!?!" <BR> I have been on a low-fat, low-calorie diet for the past couple of months and my results are unimpressive at best. I have never tried a low-carb diet as I've always seen it as another fad. It's time for a change. What I'm doing now is not working so now I have started my countdown to ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:40:29 EST Being aware When I started this new healthy(ish) lifestyle I imagined it going so differently. Making such a drastic change in my eating habits I expected dramatic results. I went from eating out almost every night, drinking 30+ oz of soda a day, sitting on my ever-expanding butt all day to preparing balanced meals, no soda, low sugar, low fat, moderate(ish) exercise. I guess I just want it to be quicker! I finally made it below 300 today <em>248</em> , and while I know I should be happy for the accompli... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:29:10 EST Loooong Winter Thank goodness for Spring! The Winter..... and fall.... and late summer :/ have not been kind to my waistline. I feel like I've been in hibernation mode. This year has been especially bad since I have paid absolutely no attention to my weight what so ever. I blame it all on Love! Being in a happy, healthy relationship is not the culprit, but all those dates, indulging in delicious meals, late nights and even later mornings ;D I have been neglecting my health for a while and it's time to nip... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:50:06 EST My body doesn't bend that way! Just started the new school term with step aerobics, yogilates and open gym. I spent 3 and a half hours workin out today! I can hardly move, it's ridiculous, but hopefully this will be the jump start I need. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 02:39:05 EST Sisters are not good for diets So my skinny beotch of a sister is 5'9 and barely tips the scale at 130 and I hate her so much for it! So she knows my goals and she knows that I have the willpower of a small child and yet she still insists on going to the most unhealthy place to eat when I'm with her. Would it kill her to go to subway? HMM!?! Instead we end up at Dairy Queen (she knows ice cream is my weakness) Taco Bell and Burger King all of which have very few low-calorie or low-fat choices. I know that I am an adult ... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:37:39 EST So Sorry ya'll I have not had an internet connection in SO long. I am back though!! And still motivated I might add. I have not gained any weight but I have not lost any. It's been an interesting 6 months let me say. I still plan on joining the military although the Army has also come in to play. Right now I am looking for a job and trying to get back on the exercise band wagon. So here we go! Again :) Wed, 4 Feb 2009 19:38:52 EST who knew? Leg's all better but the heat is ridiculous! 103 the past 3 days so I have been stuck in the house. Did aerobic videos instead of the usual running and biking. Woke up to weight loss this morning which seems weird because I swear all I did yesterday was EAT! I wasn't eating bad things or large amounts just eating often. Which I now think is something I should do more often then restricting my calories so much. Every body is different and I think mine responds better to eating when I'm hun... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 15:00:53 EST Back on Track Went out of town for a couple days and now I'm back. Actually went out drinking with a friend I hadn't seen in forever and I'm happy to say I didn't gain any weight, but I also have to say that I didn't lose any either so needless to say it's time to get back on track lol. I have a foot and leg injury right now which limits my cardio. I stepped on a plastic hair clip and hurt the bottom of my foot pretty bad (i won't go into gory details lol) and with that I ended up walking on it funny wh... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 14:24:12 EST So let me get this straight... So I was doing military research, like usual, and came across the height/weight standards for the other branches of military. Would somebody please tell me why I can be 30 pounds heavier for the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard AND Mairnes? I would never choose a branch of service because it would be LESS work, that sorta defeats the pupose of this little endevour (hard work paying off) but it certainly makes me think about how much quicker I could join. How I could be serving my country THAT... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 19:42:08 EST Half-way feels good :) Just realized looking at my weight tracker that I am officially half-way to my end goal and only 60 pounds away from Navy weight standards. That means in 6 months I can join the military! If I can keep up my if's about it, I will be there! How exciting lol....and seeing other people in my Military Teams being so close to their goals and looking so great makes me even happier. Patience is a virtue and has NEVER been something that I personally posessed but it makes it easier knowi... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 00:59:49 EST No fair Mother Nature! I have run myself ragged this week. Exercising EVERY day, not cheating at all on my diet, staying motivated and trying to motivate others. Then I wake up today to slight weight gain. So discouraging! I haven't been weight training this week so I can't say that it's muscle gain so my next culprit is Aunt Flo that paid me a visit last night. I did a lot of reading and I guess gaining up to 6 pounds in water weight is normal when on your mentrual cycle. That doesn't make me feel any better... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 19:17:11 EST Navy Tattoo this is the tattoo I want to get before joining the Navy Next year (maybe a little different, but this general idea)....just thought I would share :) Wed, 6 Aug 2008 03:06:46 EST Spencer's Butte I did it! ok ok, so my sister did it too, but we did it! 2 mile hike at Spencers butte and we made it to the top...barely lol! Total it took about an hour and a half and was SO much easier and faster coming down. The view was gorgeous and my legs still feel like jelly haha. I made myself a promise that I wasn't gonna quit til I got to the top and I kept it. I think I may start doing that weekly and timing it. With my sister being at the same activity level as me is nice. I wasn't havin... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 19:04:05 EST Motivation in many forms It's been a blah couple of days. I had food poisoning for the past 2 days which was not fun in any way, but the funny thing is that without it I might not have made my goal weight this week. How sad lol. Oh well, I did and now I have to focus on this week. I read a sparkpeople article called "turning 'someday' in today" and it really inspired me to inspire others. Which may sound a little weird but everything in the article I felt I had accomplished myself yet others around me could bene... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 02:32:30 EST It'll take more than that.... Finally moved! And back on track. Been doing a lot of walking and jogging so yesterday I decided to incorporate some pilates and resistance band workouts. It went pretty good. Then today I did 2 more and I definitely did something to my hip joints. I'm guessing that I just over worked them and I was trying to do more than my body was ready for. I HOPE that's what is wrong because if there is a bigger underlying problem that can quickly squash my military dreams. I've decided that I will... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 18:58:39 EST Moving on.... It's been a busy week! A lot has happened, most I won't get in to but the moving is almost over! YAY! I'm leaving a lot behind, it's not forever I know but I still get nostalgic. I'm moving farther away from my kids, my best friends, my boyfriend and my life I've known for over 5 years! It's a big step for me, huge, astronomical! It's for the best. It's taking me on the path that I need to be on. Getting back to my family will be good for my soul. I've been alone on my path for so lon... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 20:46:04 EST Vitamin Water my butt... Anything with that many calories should not have "Vitamin" in the title. False advertising! I am usually the queen of reading labels and I didn't think to do it when I was so thristy and my boyfriend was nice enough to bring me a 32 oz Vitamin Water. It was tasty, he was trying to be nice and helpful but when I woke up in the morning and saw that I had just ingested almost 300 calories when water would have been just as satisfying I was a little peeved with myself. Thats like 20 minutes on... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 05:18:24 EST It all gets easier.... Going from a nearly sedentary lifestyle to working out AT LEAST every other day has shown me many improvements in my life. I have broken my previous record EVERY time I've done the elliptical. Starting with only 3500 strides in 33 minutes now I'm up to 4200 as of today. More strides = more calories burned! And that's always good. I've lost 7 pounds these past 2 weeks which is a lot of water weight but since I have been building muscle it's still a significant number. I am hoping that I ... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 21:27:18 EST Navy Fitness Standards These are the standards that I found for Navy Basic Trainging. As far as there being a choice to do swimming I have no idea. I've always heard running so that is what I will be training for. I'm a great swimmer so I really don't have any worries about it. Once I get my running at a good time I will incorporate some swimming seeing as how my dad has a membership at the local pool. I plan on getting at least an Outstanding because I refuse to just "squeak by"...wheres the fun in that? <B... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 21:11:15 EST water works wonders... so this past week I have been forcing myself, yes forcing, to drink water, lots of it. Before bed...1 least. When I wake up, one liter. Before lunch 1 liter. I just sit there at the sink and I don't leave until the glass is gone. I have to pee at least once during the night but the benefits are far more important. I've lost 3 pounds just this week from flushing everything out of my system. I read that if you drink at least 8 oz of water 15 minutes before you eat you will e... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 03:41:24 EST Inspiration and defeat So I have, through endless hours of research, found that I probably won't be able to enter in to DEP unless I meet (or come very close) to the Navy Weight Standards. To be honest, it's ok, I planned on doing it by myself anyhow, and from what I've read they recruiters should still help me with weekly weigh in's and giving me all the reading material and information I want. I CAN"T WAIT to talk to a recruiter!!! I'm going on the 21st and it seems so far away. I didn't sleep last night beca... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 18:35:35 EST Navy Bound So, as my sparkpage states, I have decided to enlist in the Navy. I plan on Entering in the DEP and will enlist in mid to late January....hopefully. I have an appointment next week with my recruiter so I can get started on all my DEP I have to start studying for ASVAB's, I want to get a really good score, I took a practice test that was a shortened version. My math needs a little help and I did really well on the vocabulary sections, 100% on two sections....I still want to st... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 02:35:19 EST Must....beat...the blonde.... Went to the gym today and as soon as I got on the elliptical a cute blonde and her equally handsome yet somehow blonder boyfriend walked in and started on the elliptical as well.... there was no way I was getting off of that machine until both of them were done....I was in for the long haul but the gurl wimped out after 20 and her boyfriend went another 5...then I went another 8 just to prove I was betta...haha....whatever motivates you right? Nothing against blondes yo :) Thu, 29 May 2008 17:21:46 EST Size 17 jeans.... Walmart....I love you....because today in the dressing room I fit my butt into a pair of junior 17 tall jeans...and boy did my butt look good haha...on sale for 9 dollars too..... gonna weigh in tomorrow....I need to start tracking my food again.....getting careless with my food choices.... Thu, 22 May 2008 05:29:57 EST Alright..... Getting back on track is no easy task.....especially when I've eaten whatever I've wanted for the past 6 months....I quit smoking.....yay! I've started grazing....all I do is snack and take in empty calories all day long. I don't know what it is with my appetite but when I was smoking I never finished a meal and now.......are you gonna eat that? Dang it! Alright, I can control my is important to stop can't be completely healthy without that.....but now without ... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 20:45:32 EST I'M BACK! After a long spell without a computer....a divorce....and a relapse, I'm back! And still losing weight...10 pounds lighter from my last login thank you thank you.....not much time to write just want to let everyone know that I am back and still going strong! Wed, 20 Feb 2008 21:34:34 EST I did a bad bad thing..... so I have completely abandoned the "diet" this month. I still don't drink much pop, and I eat slow and not very much but Ive been eating fast food, pizza, and a bunch of junk and what surprises me is that I still managed to lose weight anyways. I got down to my goal of 269. Sooooo.......well, I guess I didn't really learn a lesson, but If I had been a good girl imagine how much weight I coulda lost......Our shopping routine is still healthy though, so if we can just keep that up then I shou... Sun, 6 May 2007 15:44:29 EST March Round-Up Well, I finally got away from the 281, Thank God, and I am officially in the 270's! I have been doing pretty good on all of my goals as well. I did have a regular soda about a week ago......along with some taco bell, but trust me I made up for it the rest of the day, and it was nice to have lunch with a friend without counting calories. PLUS, I didn't even finish because I was full! I have noticed a huge difference with soda. I don't even want the diet stuff now that I don't drink regular... Tue, 27 Mar 2007 01:09:05 EST 281 how I loathe you............. So I went to my moms this weekend because it was my sons birthday, and I was pretty good, but we did go out a couple times, and I totally treated myself at least twice. The first was at my sons pizza party but I didn't even have pizza, I had the salad bar and had real ranch dressing and bread sticks, and potato salad was SO good. Then on Saturday I went to chinese with my sister and pigged out there as well, but when I came home I was only at 284, and today Im back to 281, 28... Wed, 21 Mar 2007 18:11:02 EST Slow week Its been a slow week, I've been really hungry! So I don't want to step on the scale yet! Im going to my moms this weekend so hopefully I will be too busy to eat a lot.......hopefully :) Wed, 14 Mar 2007 23:44:43 EST No sleep + No food = Weight gain So these three nights I have been working my ass off! Like every morning when I came home my legs were throbbing from lifting and squatting. And I step on the scale today and Im up to 285! What the heck!? Im gonna blame it on muscle gain, lack of sleep and no food because I only had 2 grilled chicken wraps from McDonalds all three nights and then I sleep when I can, wake up and take care of my kids. I WAS SO GOOD! Oh well, weigh-in is on Sunday so I'll try to get back on track. Fri, 9 Mar 2007 00:58:31 EST What day is it? Overnight shifts are not agreeing with me. I don't do well with no sleep. I went 24 hours without eating anything AND I woke up yesterday from a nap and started making my kids breakfast! At 6pm at night! One more more night...... Wed, 7 Mar 2007 17:58:58 EST Oh sun where have you been? So I finally got to take the new bike and trailer out today with the kids and it was awesome! It took a while to get everything ready but I guess no longer than it would have been to take a car. And nothing beats that feeling of showing up on a bike towing your kids behind you when EVERYONE else drove. Not that they feel lazy, its that I feel like Im choosing the healthy alternative. It makes me feel good. On the way to the park I had to stop twice and catch my breath and get some water ... Sun, 4 Mar 2007 17:55:36 EST Quarter of the way! So I am a quarter of the way to my "main' goal, which is to get below 200, my final is to get to 160, which is exactly half of my starting weight. I am at 290 today, 289 was my goal to get to by March 15th......I don't think it will be a problem to lose 1 pound in 12 days.......maybe even more that way I can look good when I go to my moms house that weekend. Anyhoo, just gloating...... Sat, 3 Mar 2007 12:19:15 EST New Bike and Trailer So I got a pretty new pink bike for my birthday and I can't wait until it stops raining outside! I got one of those bike trailers for the kids and they are so excited to get in it. I'll take a picture soon and post it. I want to try and bike at least 3 times a week if weather is permitting. Mon, 26 Feb 2007 21:18:20 EST SKINNY JEANS!!!!! OH MY GOSH! So, today I was getting ready to go out with the fam and I decided to try on my skinny jeans......THEY FIT! WELL! Just to let you know, about a month ago when my sister was in town I put these on and couldn't button them and I could barely zip them up half way, and today I can button and zip them with no problem, I even have fake nails on, so you know I wasn't trying to hard! Im so excited! Anyhoo.......WOO-HOO Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:12:37 EST Broke Even So today was weigh day :( No news is good news? Ya, I broke even, none gained, none lost, and I am so disappointed! But thats okay, because I still have 2 weeks to make that 5 pound goal and Im gonna do it! Sun, 25 Feb 2007 13:33:48 EST Relay for Life So, I haven't been doing as many blogs because I got my nails done and now its really hard to type! But I want to blog so if there are any mistakes Im blaming it on them! So I went to that manager/beauty advisor meeting yesterday and I found out about the relay for life which I am totally stoked about! I've already enlisted people from my work and posted about it in my Oregonian Group. It's July 14th, but I went to the website and it looks like there are even more coming up before then. ... Sat, 24 Feb 2007 14:39:03 EST long day So I took the day off from food journal today but it was because I had a managers meeting all day and couldn't write down everything. I was really good though, when everybody was having donuts and pop I broke out my water and kashi bar. And for lunch I laid off of the chips and cookies and just had veggies and sandwich/tortilla roll-up. And for dinner, papa-murphys de-lite pizza. Over all a pretty good day....but I was starving when I came home! Whoever said turkey roll-ups are a meal sh... Fri, 23 Feb 2007 23:16:26 EST It worked on TV So, you know that yogurt commercial where the girl hangs up a little yellow polka dot bikini for motivation? Well, thats what Im doing except mine is gonna be hanging up for a lot longer! The bikini is one of my pictures, and when I saw it I got so excited, Im hoping that it will keep me motivated this time. Im feeling myself getting off track.....I haven't yet......BUT I'VE WANTED TO SOOOO BAD! Anyhoo, just checking in...... Tue, 20 Feb 2007 23:44:59 EST Woo-Hoo!! So, I decided since it had been about a month and Ive been doing so good that I would measure myself again. Im glad I did because I'm down an inch everywhere....hips, waist, thigh, arms even my neck was down half an inch! How exciting. <BR> <BR> I got my charm bracelet last night and 3 charms.....1 is a cross because God will be with me on this journey, the 2nd is a 2007 charm to 'mark' the beginning and my charm that I picked out for me is a jeweled butterfly which represents freedom th... Mon, 19 Feb 2007 19:30:38 EST Charm Bracelet So Im down to 294 today, that means I only have 5 lbs to lose by my sons birthday to meet my goal! Yay, I was worried when I made the goal. <BR> <BR> On a separate note, I have thought of the absolute perfect thing to do for myself. I've decided that Im gonna buy a charm bracelet and one charm, and for every goal that I set and meet Im gonna buy a new charm, then by the time I've met my final goal I will have a whole bracelet filled with charms tracking my weight loss journey! Good Idea?... Sun, 18 Feb 2007 12:54:02 EST Food Log Blues So I was reading in a post that when you switch to stage 3 you only have to track your meals once a week. That sounds totally awesome because this writing every single thing down that I eat is getting annoying BUT I am so afraid that if I stop writing my food down I will start to get lazy with my diet. So Im not ready to switch yet, but when that time comes I think I may just keep doing a food log just because I truly think it keeps me in shape. Until I get the ball rolling a little more..... Sat, 17 Feb 2007 13:34:48 EST 3 lbs down 3 lbs in 2 days would motivate anyone! I guess thats what happens when you really buckle down.....that and maybe its a birthday present, lol. Just sharing my shock.......*shock* Sat, 17 Feb 2007 13:29:55 EST