GINNY3013's SparkPeople Blog GINNY3013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A realistic goal My husband and I have started back on here and it's as if we never left, for me anyways. <BR> I'm finding that weighing and portioning out my food is no big deal and it's like I never stopped in the first place, which I'm thankful for. <BR> Since I was last on, which was about 2 years ago, we've welcomed 2 babies into our family. We had Nyla in July of 2010. With her I gained about 30 pounds and lost it in six weeks plus another ten pounds after that. I quit tracking not too long after that b... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 09:32:58 EST Getting Back in it A little over a year ago (June 2009) I started my weight loss journey. I had the most success over those few months that I've ever had in trying to lose weight; in about 4 months I lost 20 pounds. And with those 20 pounds gone, I finally felt like I had accomplished what I'd been trying to accomplish for years, yes years! <BR> <BR> Then in November, surprise, I'm pregnant! Now if losing 20 pounds isn't life-changing, finding out I'm pregnant sure is! The pregnancy was a bit unexpected and ea... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 12:32:05 EST The Biggest Loser??? Okay, am I the only one that thinks "The Biggest Loser" is crazy and dangerous? <BR> <BR> I watched a taped episode at a family members house today and found it to be very alarming. I was speechless when I found out they only eat 1200 calories a day and burn 6000!!! Does anyone else that find unreasonable??? <BR> <BR> You have to create a calorie defecit everyday, I know that. You can create a defecit (which is good) even when you don't workout depending on how much/what you eat. Example: ... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 18:14:51 EST Bible Studies I've started reading Genesis again. I'm sorry to say it's been quite awhile since I've picked up my Bible other than on Sundays for church. I can't let it get me down though. I've picked it up again and that's what is important. And I love Jesus! <BR> <BR> I've always been a reader but for some reason I couldn't sit down and just read the Bible. I never thought it would work. I never thought I could just sit down and read it like a book. I've heard a lot of people say that you can't/shouldn'... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 10:13:21 EST Sports Bras... Help!!!! I came across an article on SP about sports bras and most women not wearing the proper fit and size. <BR> I then thought to myself and told my husband, "I am one of those women." <BR> I promptly found our measuring tape and got to work on figuring out my correct size (as the directions tell you in the article). Happily I figured that I am wearing the correct size bra, for everyday use. From what the article says on sports bras, I'm definitely wearing the wrong size for my size. <BR> So I went... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 20:24:34 EST Another 1.6 pounds gone... WOOHOO I stepped on the scale this morning and I've lost another 1.6 pounds. I'm down 13 so far. <BR> I've lacked motivation for the past month and this was such a kick in the pants help in the motivation department. <BR> I can do this, I can lose weight, I can workout consistently and I can make the right decisions. <BR> I can and I will! I'm doing it now. Sat, 12 Sep 2009 10:56:28 EST Feeling Great I'm back in it! <BR> I haven't felt this good in about a month. <BR> I didn't do any exercise yesterday. I was gone all day yesterday with a friend helping her with her wedding plans. <BR> But I'm feeling good today and excited to go for a nice long walk with Hubby today, our usual long walks on Fridays. It'll be nice to spend some time with him finally since I saw him only about an hour yesterday. <BR> And hopefully we'll get up Saturday morning and knock-out a workout video. <BR> That w... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:36:02 EST 2 Days of Workout I've made a huge accomplishment this week, one that I haven't done in a good 3 weeks. <BR> I walked on Tuesday and did a workout video Wednesday= 2 days in a row of workouts. I haven't done this in so long. I'm so proud of myself. <BR> I'm also very sore and am glad for that. I haven't felt sore in quite a while. I forgot how much I missed it! That seems weird to say but I am glad to feel a little bit of pain. <BR> Please keep me in your prayers as I still battle my motivation to exercise. <... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 10:13:13 EST Water Water Everywhere! I'm having trouble drinking my 8 cups of water. <BR> Does anyone else have problems with this? <BR> <BR> When I first started on here I no trouble drinking my water. As time has gone on I've eaten more and drank less water. I know this is a problem and why I haven't lost much weight in the past month. <BR> I've recommitted myself to get back on track and continue with my weight loss goals. I want to lose another 18-20 pounds by Thanksgiving. <BR> I know that doing this means drinking more ... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 14:28:20 EST Day 8 of Recommitment I'm starting to feel better. <BR> Allergies have absolutely been killing me since Friday night. My throat has been hurting so much and I woke up this morning and it's finally felt somewhat better. I thought it was something else because my throat was hurting so bad. But now that I'm feeling better I think it's just allergies. <BR> And not to gross anyone out but I've coughed up so much junk today. Ewww, gross. Okay I'll leave it at that. <BR> I just asked Hubby if he wanted to go for a walk ... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:53:12 EST Day 6 of Recommitment I'm getting sick! <BR> <BR> Friday night I went to bed with a slight pain in my throat. Saturday morning it was still there as well as Saturday night. Saturday day wasn't too bad but it wasn't great either. <BR> I woke up Sunday and it hurt the entire day. And it hurts a little more today. Ah! <BR> I hate being sick. I don't take sickness or pain very well. I'm a baby when it comes to things like that. <BR> I hope I get well soon so I can get back in my regular routines and continue to lose... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:24:12 EST Day 2 of Recommitment I have been 4 for 4 in getting up at 7 a.m. and driving to my parents church and walking with my mom for 30+ minutes. I'm so proud of myself! <BR> I haven't been doing this for the past few months. I've had a hard time getting up and getting there. Of course, that is just an excuse. But I started last week. I got up on Thursday only last week and walked with her and since I've recommitted, I want to get up M-Th when she works and walk with her. And this week is a success! <BR> Now that I'm ba... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 10:17:12 EST Day 1 of Recommitment As you can read from the past few blogs I've lacked a little motivation. But I'm back. <BR> I've been waking up at 7 and going to church to walk with my mom for 30+ minutes. She does that M-Th. And if Hubby wants to walk or do a workout video before or after dinner I'm ready to do that too. <BR> I readjusted my pounds lost by Thanksgiving to lose 18 more pounds by then. My goal at the beginning was to lose 30 pounds by Turkey Day so this is just staying on track with that. <BR> I've been fee... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 10:23:32 EST Motivation? I've seriously lost my working out motivation in the past 3 weeks. <BR> I'm doing better this week but I'm not totally into it like I was when I first started. I'm 2 for 2 this week in walking with my mom. She walks every morning at her church so I'm trying to get up and do that with her and if Hubby wants to walk or do a workout video in the afternoon then I want to do that. I'm okay with 2 a days. They don't bother me at all. I feel like my mom doesn't walk fast enough, not like I'm used to... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 20:51:21 EST I've been gone for awhile... It's been a couple of weeks since I've done much with myself. I haven't been as motivated to workout like I was. I took a little break. I did not however use that time to overeat and go back to my old eating habits. I was able to maintain for a week and I lost some weight another week. It just goes to show how important eating really is in maintaining (and losing) weight. <BR> But I'm back. I'm rejuvenated and getting back my motivation. I'm starting to walk with my mom in the mornings befor... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 13:00:00 EST 12 pounds gone... Wow I'm on day 35 of being on spark people and I'm down 12 pounds. I'm simply amazed. I've never accomplished this much weight loss in this short amount of time. I'm feeling so good right now. I'm feeling encouraged and inspired. Thanks to all you followers for keeping me motivated. It truly helps! <BR> Anyone who asks me about sp, I tell them to get a page, join teams and make connections, it works. <BR> I'm telling everyone about my successes too. I know that everyone works differently but I'... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:24:21 EST Determination determination-noun;1. the act of coming to a decision; the decision or conclusion reached <BR> <BR> I've made the decision to lose weight, eat healthier and become a better me. A better me that God created with love. I've been given this one body and up until the past month have used and abused it. I've been given a wonderful gift and I've done nothing to make it better or great. <BR> But last month that changed! In one month I've lost 8 pounds!! I became determined to complete this goal of... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:26:40 EST Fruit of the Spirit "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, we must follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." <BR> -Galatians 5: 22-26 <BR> <BR> As you ponder Paul's list of the fruit of the Spirit, how evident is the fruit in your life? W... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 19:19:03 EST Kindness My Tuesday night devotional was on kindness. And it really got me thinking. I've always considered myself a kind person. And I feel that most people would probably say the say about me (not trying to be prideful). But then I read from Proverbs and the little story from the devotional book and came to the realization that I'm not very kind. I talk about people behind their backs, sulk if things are going my way. And instead of asking for help from people who signed up to work, but aren't, I ge... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:02:56 EST July Goals 1. Walk at least 4 times a week for at least 20 minutes, preferably 30 or more minutes (I have to build up to it). <BR> 2. Use the Nutrition Tracker to track what I eat 7 days a week. <BR> 3. Stay within calorie range (provided by sparkpeople) 6 out of 7 days days a week. <BR> 4. Do weight training 2 times a week. <BR> 5. Lose 5 pounds for the month of July. <BR> 6. Read 2 books outside of the Bible. <BR> 7. Read the Bible and write on what I've read and learned at least 5 tim... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:03:06 EST Another 2.4 pounds gone in 1 week! Ah! I'm simply amazed at how using portion control and exercising a few times a week has changed my life. I'm feeling so rejuvenated about my weight loss journey. This is the most weight I've lost in about 6 years, awesome! <BR> I'm so pumped, I can't stop smiling. <BR> I've written out my July goals and will mark them DONE when they are completed and when they're not completed, that's just something to work on. <BR> I hope I can spread the spark to others someday. Until then, I'm loving t... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 12:20:00 EST Swimming Saturday Well it ended up being more like be lazy in the pool Saturday. <BR> Still having a hard time getting up and getting moving; walking, running, whatever. I need to burn more calories or I'm going to start seeing no weight loss and that is not what I want to see. <BR> Tonight we're going to have dinner with my parents and my dad has some Billy Banks boot camp dvd's so I think I'll borrow those and use them. It's so hot to do anything outside so staying in the air will be the only way I'll get ... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 17:49:21 EST Weigh-in Wednesday Well I stepped on the scale this morning and I lost another 1.2 pounds! I'm jazzed. This is literally the most weight I've lost when trying, ever. It is a huge accomplishment for me. <BR> Also, I made our Sunday School class aware of the fact that D and I are trying to lose weight. We need their prayers and their support. I know this will be motivational and nothing but beneficial for our close friends to know that we have made a life-changing decision. We all like to eat and fellowship toget... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 14:29:26 EST Hoping to be good this weekend Well Daniel and I are house-sitting this weekend so for the most part we won't be home. I hope we are able to stick with our goals and continue to lose weight. Thankfully our house isn't far from where we will be house-sitting so I hope to be able to come home and fix our meals at least a good dinner. We can do sandwiches for lunch and fruit salads and yogurts. Those are easy to take along where we go. <BR> -Ginny <em>30</em> Fri, 19 Jun 2009 13:56:29 EST I've lost 3 pounds! Yay me! <BR> I'm so excited. I stepped on the scale yesterday morning and was shocked that I had lost 3 pounds. I was so excited. I haven't been exercising like I want but I've really been good about watching what I'm eating. And it's something to be proud of myself b/c I've never done this well. Yes, I've only being doing this a little over a week but I've never done this well. I always have cravings and I give in to them, but I would always go overboard. I suppose it's because I've always b... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 13:10:23 EST Grocery Shopping and Not Hungry Today For some reason I'm not very hungry today. <BR> I didn't eat breakfast before going to the grocery store which as we all know can be very dangerous. But I did great. I bought only good stuff; fruits, veggies, whole wheat pastas, etc. <BR> Now before I would've bought cookies and whatever else fancied my eye that day. But I had great will power today and didn't buy anything like that. Only what I needed and only good stuff. I'm so proud of myself! <BR> On another note, I'm not very hungry to... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:39:51 EST Feeling good So checking serving sizes and somewhat counting calories, or rather just watching portion sizes is really not as hard as I thought it would be. I'm proud of myself. The last 4 days I've stayed within calorie, fat, carb and protein range. I'm feeling great. <BR> Now the next step is to get moving and get more exercise. I want to walk and lift some weights and use everyday activities to burn calories. Hopefully this week I'll get moving more and learn to love different exercises. <BR> -Ginny Sun, 14 Jun 2009 22:11:01 EST Eating Out... yikes Okay, rarely we eat out. 1. B/c it costs too much and we don't want to spend the money. 2. We eat too much. 3. And now i see how many calories we actually consume. Um yeah, way too many! <BR> I love spark people and being able to keep track of my calories. I knew I consumed a lot when we went out but not that many. So I'm thankful for this website. <BR> And we rarely eat out, like once a month usually. So this was a treat b/c we have been doing good on eating better, but still we won't be doi... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 22:41:17 EST I did great eating yesterday! I met all my food needs yesterday and kept the calories down! I'm so proud of myself. <BR> But I need to set more goals for myself. I need to have a list that l can look at check off as I go to see if I'm meeting my goals; so here goes!: <BR> <BR> 1. I want to drink 6 cups of water daily. I know the ultimate goal is 8 but 6 is my start. <BR> 2. I want to eat 2 to 3 servings of fruit and/or vegetables a day. <BR> 3. I want to do cardio or strength training for 30+ minutes at least 5 days a w... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 10:06:05 EST Having trouble getting moving I'm eating great but am having trouble getting out and walking and doing other cardio activities. It's so muggy here in Memphis and walking outside is so uncomfortable. And this week is crazy anyways with VBS at church at night. Daniel and I have to eat super earlier to be at church by 5:45 every night so walking with him after he gets home after work isn't working. But Saturday we should do better since VBS is over on Friday and we'll finally have time to get down to the workout part of it. ... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 15:14:53 EST