FRSTNOEL's SparkPeople Blog FRSTNOEL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hello collar bone...where have you been all of my life? Hello collar bone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to leave you a quick note and let you know-I've been noticing you lately. Sometimes when I walk by a reflective surface, I'll catch a glimpse of you out of the corner of my eye. I know that I catch a glimpse and you are just waiting for the right moment to come forward and show me how amazing you are-you sexy thing you!! Where have you been all of my life!?? <BR> <BR> Now that I've dumped my horrible ex 'double chin', feel free to show up any time ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:30:20 EST tap...tap...tap...THUNK!! Yay!!! I am feeling amazing today, not just 'good'-but amazed with what I have done for myself!! Today I got my 'thunk!' moment :) lol-I know that makes no sense-but let me explain what it means to me. <BR> <BR> In the past whenever I have gone to a new Dr., there is always the 1st weigh in {insert ominous music here}. I reluctantly walk down the hall and I can see my enemy THE SCALE, squatting there in silent disapproval...waiting to mock me. (yes in my head THE SCALE is all in i... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:09:50 EST 60 pounds down...I think I deserve a reward :) I am thrilled! I am grinning like a loon!! I am floating on air!! Well, haven't really lost enough to float on air...but close enough for now ;) <BR> <BR> So like a lot of people, I have set some rewards for myself when I reach a goal. I decided to make them all really fun things that I would normally not buy or not participate in-keeping things interesting :) <BR> <BR> Today I finally reached my goal of losing 60 lbs and this is what I immediately went out & ordered for my reward: <B... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 20:57:41 EST Nov-time to focus again! In Oct I was thrilled-I hit a milestone of losing 50 lbs-I was so excited! But weirdly enough-it seemed like something switched off on my motivation. I felt it, I realized it-but I couldn't figure out how to flip that switch back on. I was also unable to work out for a week because I was sick, but that didn't feel like the reason for this at all. Just feels like that vision I had in my head of what each day would bring is now somehow behind a gauze curtain. It is there, but very fuzzy &d... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 07:33:20 EST Hit a milestone today - 50 lbs down!!! Today was a BIG day for me...or rather a 'slightly less bigger me' day :) I needed to write a quick blog entry so I can reflect on this in the future. <BR> <BR> I've been working hard and keeping my focus and just trying to take it 1 pound at a time. I feel SO much better overall, all these small changes in my body and HUGE changes in my mind!! I've learned to to make food that is not only tasty, but good for me-that has been fun :) I also have had to buy some smaller clothes, that was a... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:47:06 EST Ok-time to check in Been a month since I have blogged and I need to check in and record where I am in this journey. Still feeling great! <BR> <BR> I have continued being really good with my food. In fact I've gotten a little more comfortable with portions & what to eat so I am starting to experiment a little :) <BR> <BR> Exercise is still going well, I had hit a week or 2 where I didn't seem to be losing, so I've switched up my cardio to be mostly recumbant biking w/ some walking -like 80/20 %. Seem to ... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 08:56:36 EST WOW-progress I can see!! Ok, so yesterday I was at work and went for my walk in the AM and noticed that the *rear*end & upper thigh area of my pants were little baggy-yay! I am really surprised and excited, talk about the 1 area we would all love to lose some weight :) <BR> <BR> I am going to keep going Sparkies, everyone keep up the good work! Sat, 1 May 2010 14:31:37 EST little over 2 weeks down Wow-time is flying here people! I've been exercising almost everyday since the beginning of April, watching food & portion carefully for a little over 2 weeks. And still I am not struggling! I don't know what is different now from any other time in my life I've tried to change my health lifestyle-but it is working :) I have actually found that if I don't manage to get out at least twice a day for a mini walk that I get majorly cranky, I've come to look forward to that time and I feel so g... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:02:22 EST 1 week down Ok-I've passed a little over 1 solid week of being carerful with what I eat and making sure to excercise EVERY day. This is the scary hasn't been hard! I went out to dinner once and had mexican food and I didn't freak out. I just knew that whatever I ate-I was going to have to work off-amazing how that makes a difference in how much you put in your mouth sometimes ;) <BR> <BR> At this point I am trying to do about 1 hour of cardio a day. I break it up in to many small pieces-bu... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:49:57 EST new sneaks ok, so I bought new sneakers on Wed. I decided I was ready to stop just doing the WII free step at home and actually start walking in the real world. But walking in my existing sneakers was making my ankles/knees & hips all hurt. I read around a bit and decided to but the new Skecher Shape-up sneakers. They are pricier than I wanted to pay, but turns out to be WELL worth it!. <BR> <BR> I brought them home and chuckled over the fact that my new sneakers came with a DVD & booklet on how to... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 11:10:59 EST Ramping things up Baabbbyyy! Ok-going to go with ALL positives! <em>250</em> I am really looking forward to June, I now have a bowflex in my house and I am starting to do water aerobics 4 times a week (starting today). Woo hoo!! My friend Angela and I are taking classes together which is PERFECT-cause 2 of the classe are at 7:10 in the AM. Neither of us is looking forward to it trying to get going for that time of the AM-but by going together, that should keep us both in line. <BR> My GIGO mentality is continuing-MU... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 11:36:17 EST YAY! Ok...very proud of myself, I hit my 1st 10 lb weight loss mark..woo hoo! I was starting to think I wasn't going to lose any weight, but my body shape just feels so much different-even if I wasn't losing weight-I was fine with that! I still don't see any results in the mirror, but for me, I can feel it in some of the clothes I wear, the fact that I can sit a little taller, I can do a little more before feeling tired...yes!! <BR> <BR> So I am going to keep on going here, interested to see wh... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 16:12:34 EST G.I.G.O. GIGO-stands for 'Garbage In Garbage Out'. Lord knows I have had enough garbage in to my life, now I need to do some major cleaning and get the garbage out! OUT to toxic food....OUT to toxic friends!!! Begone evil spirits...begone! <BR> <BR> I need to feel positive again, I never thought I would ever say that I look forward to working out-but lo' & behold, lately that was the only time I have been really feeling good. My friend Angela & I are currently taking 2 classes a week for water ae... Fri, 18 Apr 2008 10:22:11 EST Feeling pretty sad today I am depressed today and thought that if I came and blogged about it, it would help me deal with it a little better. So for those of you who may read this, I apologize on using this forum for such a sad purpose. <BR> <BR> A year ago today my cat Betty died, she wasn't just a 'cat' she was my kid. My little family was made up of me, her and her 2 brothers. I had adopted them 14 years ago when they were just about a week old-their mother had been killed and they were alone. My intention ... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 16:11:11 EST I am losing my good attitude...dammit I am agitated and edgy and want to smack someone. Not just anyone, just 1 particular person. I am working hard on really trying to help myself here and to do that I am going through each day with a positive attitude...about me. sigh... I have a male friend staying with me and as he lurvs to point out 'he isn't my boyfriend', just a 'friend with benefits'. He has been going through a rough time, he lived about 5 hours away and all of his friends & family live around where I do. So he was ... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 08:40:46 EST Amazingly...still positive Well, I have been trying to make small changes and I amazingly I am still positive about them. Things are going good, I am on: <BR> week 5 of bringing a lunch/healthy snacks to work each day <BR> week 4 of making sure I drink enough water every day (only slipped up a couple days) <BR> week 3 of taking calcium in some form each & every day <BR> week 1 of water aerobics class twice a week <BR> <BR> So far, I have managed to start and keep all of these habits w/o too much of a struggle. I alw... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 11:47:16 EST Time to pick myself up Ok, I am trying to get a fresh start here-coming back to spark people after QUITE a long time away. I had a pretty rough past year and I am trying to put that all behind me and focus again. I need to change my lifestyle if I plan on having ANY type of lifestyle in the future!! <BR> <BR> I have been reading some of the spark people blog entries for the past couple days and I am so impressed by the drive, determination and strength of the community on here. Kudos to everyone who has worked ... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 09:12:04 EST