HALF_THE_GIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HALF%5FTHE%5FGIRL HALF_THE_GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Need a support group in my town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033521 I have really been eating my feelings this week , I seriously need to sit down with a group soon and talk stuff out . <BR> Sparkpeople is great , but I feel like I need an intervention before things get worse . <BR> <BR> Any ideas ? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:36:31 EST Feeling a little defeated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025151 As some of you know I am having a Sciatica issue that I am seeing a Physical therapist for . <BR> For the last couple of months I have been forcing myself to go on my daily walks, in pain I muddled through them every day . <BR> <BR> My PT states that he doesn't want me to walk outside right now, and suggested a treadmill walk , I took a 10 minute walk the other day , and that night I was in pain . <BR> <BR> I told the PT, and he suggested I stick to a strength routine . <BR> <BR> I have ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 06:38:30 EST Physical therapy , WHEW ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022530 Went to Physical therapy yesterday , all I can say is WHAT A DIFFERENCE !! <BR> While the pain from Sciatica is not completely gone , I almost feel back to normal !! <BR> I go back today after work for another hour session . <BR> If any of you are having back pain, or suffering from Sciatica I highly recommend trying Physical therapy !!! <BR> <BR> I have been in pain for the last two months, it's time to get back to normal so I can step up my fitness !!! YAY!!!! <em>521</em> <em>244</e... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:12:33 EST Important appointments coming up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020981 So Tuesday I am going into the nutrition clinic , they are going to decide whether or not to put me on a weight loss medication . <BR> <BR> Not quite sure how I feel about being on meds, but if it helps it can be a good thing. <BR> <BR> I also start physical therapy that same day for my Sciatica . <BR> <BR> Might ask about getting a cortisone shot. <BR> <BR> I have been in a lot of pain over the last couple of months, and have forced myself to keep on walking daily for exercise. <BR> <... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:09:58 EST I took a day off of my diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006586 Yesterday I was really feeling the stress of the merger that I'm going through at work . <BR> I was fretting most of the day because leaving at 7:00 AM and not getting home until 7:00 PM is really taking it's toll on me . <BR> <BR> Up until yesterday I was doing pretty well , getting in my 10,000 steps a day , keeping within my calorie range , etc... <BR> <BR> So I took a day off of my "diet " . <BR> <BR> I know , I know it's a lifestyle , and I understand that , but yesterday it felt li... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:16:19 EST Worried about stress eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001202 This week the bank that I work with is going through a merger . <BR> I had to work yesterday ( normally a day off ) for 6 hours and have to work potentially 10 hr days all week plus 4 and a half hours on Saturday . <BR> <BR> That means I could possibly work 62 hours this week , while the overtime is nice , all of these extra hours really stress me out . <BR> <BR> I am trying to combat the issue by packing only healthy snacks , my lunch , and by making dinner before I leave home in the mor... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 05:35:46 EST Little changes that I am noticing in a big way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997754 So I have been a little disheartened over the last couple weeks because it seems that I have stalled at the 30 pounds lost mark . <BR> <BR> Well , let me tell you life has a way of showing you how well you are doing sometimes without the scale . <BR> <BR> Shoes that were a smidge tight on me a few months ago , now fit normally ( hmmmm less weight on my feet , I think so ) <BR> <BR> Speaking of shoes , a few months ago I was considering getting one of those devices to help you put it on ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 08:22:06 EST Made my life a little easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994566 So the last couple weeks my job has been going through a merger , and we are working 10 hour days . Last week it made it difficult to come home and walk , let alone make dinner for my husband and I . So Labor Day I made our dinners for the week , so now all I have to do is heat it up when I am done with my evening walk !! <BR> <BR> Oh how I wish the day had more hours !! Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:52:10 EST In response to Nicole Arbours fat shaming rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992875 https://youtu.be/CXFgNhyP4-A <BR> <BR> While I believe Nicole Arbours video was just to get her some publicity as a comedian , I do have some things I want to say about it . <BR> <BR> I do not know Nicole Arbour , nor do I care what she thinks about me or obese people in general . <BR> Some people like to make others feel bad to make them feel better about their life ( I'm sure you know the ones ) <BR> <BR> I don't believe the girl has ever had a problem with her weight in her life , ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 17:46:20 EST A few tips that are working for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987236 I recently went and saw a doctor at Geisingers Nutrition Clinic , and she gave me a few tips that some of you may find helpful . <BR> <BR> 1. Drink a warm beverage a half an hour before you eat , it helps constrict the stomach so that you will eat less . <BR> <BR> 2 . Chew each bite twenty times . I know , I know this sucks , but if you are mindful of what you are eating , and not shoveling it in , your stomach will let you know when you are full BEFORE you are done eating . <BR> <BR> 3... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:52:37 EST Finding Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957374 Over the last few days I have been taking three walks a day so I can get my 10,000 steps in . <BR> This morning I reluctantly pulled myself out of bed at 4:30 A.M. , made my breakfast , and coffee , ate and then put on my workout clothes to go for my 5:30 AM walk . <BR> <BR> It was raining ...... <BR> <BR> I was bummed out because I REALLY wanted to get that walk in this morning , but I went back to the computer thinking to myself " I will have to make up those steps later " . <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 07:54:03 EST Week one done on the 17 day diet , GREAT RESULTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356173 SOOOOOOO I am down 9.6 pounds on my first week of the 17 day diet , absolutely loving this diet , I am not feeling hungry at all , it is very easy to follow , continuing on :) Tue, 14 May 2013 10:48:29 EST week 5 of the shred weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332592 Lost 6 pounds this week woohoo!!! Loved this week felt incredible all week long !!! Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:42:06 EST Upset this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322709 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073146034.jpg">So , Friday morning , my ex boyfriend passed away , so I haven't really been here the past couple days . Even though he was my ex we have been in touch for the last year , and we were good friends . I spent two years of my life with him , so right now my heart is breaking for his family (who still treat me like family , I even drew a picture for them and am sending it tomorrow ) Shredders , sorry I haven't been here , I know ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:11:07 EST week three of The Shred STARVING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318819 This liquid diet does not agree with me , I feel like I am progressing , but I am SO FREAKIN HUNGRY . I am not the kind of person who likes to drink her calories , cant wait until next week when I can eat more regular food . 5 more days , 5 more days , I have to keep saying it to myself .. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:44:42 EST New A1c results !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470896 So I got my latest bloodwork results back yesterday My A1C was 5.5 , and my 3 month blood sugar average was 111 . <BR> My doctor says he is considering me prediabetic or borderline diabetic , guess you can reverse it with diet and exercise :) Wed, 7 Sep 2011 05:46:43 EST New Progression Photo's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4420718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874853088.jpg"> <BR> <BR> New progression photo's Yayy!!!! Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:48:15 EST adding 20 minute strength training to my mornings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418526 So I changed my diet recently , but my body is still SLOOOOOOOWWWWLY losing weight , so I decided in addition to the zumba I already do I will be adding 20 minute strength training sessions to my mornings . Wed, 10 Aug 2011 11:20:12 EST Zumba ( to latin and contemporary worship music ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4400846 Class went great tonight , and the ladies enjoyed the different music that I found ( Christian Reggaeton who knew ?) <BR> We all got to praise Jesus AND get a good workout !! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:52:09 EST Reversing my type 2 diabetes ??? WHAT !! Yeah baby it's happening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4399594 So I visited my wonderful doctor last week for a what I thought was a sinus problem ( which turned out to be Migraines ) and he said that August 31st when they do my A1C test again if I'm a 6.0 or below they are going to take me OFF the diabetic registry , all I can say is THANK THE LORD I DON"T HAVE TO TALK TO THAT NEGATIVE DIABETE'S COUNSELOR ANYMORE !!! Cant wait for the day when I can tell her " You were wrong it can be controlled with diet and exercise , neener neener neener !!! " Just ... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:23:36 EST Going to get my Zumba License in 3 DAYS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359819 I am so excited I can barely stand myself , never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that one day I would be a fitness instructor . <BR> And by the way , I signed the contracts for my classes to commence on July 25th YAY !!! Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:44:16 EST Good news from my doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4332238 He says if I keep doing what I am doing I will REVERSE my type 2 diabetes !!! <BR> He called me a diabetes poster child !! <BR> WAHOO !!!!!!! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 08:07:38 EST Why I'm not around here much anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309902 A funny thing happened to me recently , I realized that to live my life I actually had to LIVE MY LIFE. <BR> I love Sparkpeople , and I totally give credit to them for helping me along my journey . <BR> And while I plan to still use SP to evaluate myself occasionally to make sure that I am still on track , I do believe I have come to a fork (haha pun intended) in the road . I am still eating healthy and I'm still exercising ( I get my Zumba license in a few weeks ) . <BR> So if you don't se... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:56:53 EST 3 month weight loss progression ( with pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4243085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l682195636.jpg"> <BR> 50 pounds down Yay!! <BR> Just wanted to share my progression pics :) Thu, 19 May 2011 10:52:40 EST 50 pounds down !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4242687 What a great week I'm having . <BR> Saturday is the zumbathon , so I have been practicing ALOT . <BR> I've been in a plateau for about a month , well all the extra zumba I've been doing must have pushed me over the hump I have lost 50 POUNDS !! so I am 1/3 of the way closer to my goal :) Thu, 19 May 2011 07:59:42 EST Sick and tired of hearing people "wishing" they could lose weight ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4199403 I work as a waitress , so I talk to a lot of people everyday . <BR> So I talk about my weight loss , zumba , healthy eating etc.... <BR> One thing I have noticed is I get the same answer from a lot of people . <BR> " I wish I could lose weight " or " I just don't have any time" <BR> <BR> Those sentences irk me so badly . <BR> <BR> I just want to grab that person and ask them how much time they will have on their hands when the doctor cuts off their legs because of diabetes ? <BR> <BR> Or w... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:19:59 EST Zumba YAY ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4196963 So they are having a zumbathon in my town to raise money for a little girl who has brain cancer in our town , and the instructors asked me if I could do a few routines during there bathroom breaks YAYYYYY ! <BR> Any song suggestions ? Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:37:35 EST Advantages of living in our country http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4167708 This morning I walked almost 4 miles . <BR> The first 2 and 3/4 miles ( the long way) I walked into the next town , went to a little coffee house <BR> and had breakfast , I figured " I just walked three miles , I do believe I earned a yummy breakfast " . <BR> While I waited for my order and sipped a lovely Nicaraguan coffee with peanutty undertones . <BR> I spoke to another lovely woman and her family ( they actually owned the coffeeshop ) , I ate my yummy egg and cheese with BACON (insert g... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:56:40 EST Weight loss progression in one month (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160795 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l936266608.jpg"> <BR> wanted to share my first set of progression pics :) <BR> as you see from the dates this happened in a little over a month . <BR> I can really see a difference in my face . <BR> This is so much better than a scale <em>9</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:37:26 EST My first 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156583 so I did the spark into spring virtual 5k today . <BR> I hosted a 5k event in my town and got 10 other women to do it with me , we had goodie bags and everything it was so fun , I cant wait until the next one !!! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 21:32:06 EST Great day at the doctors office ....kinda :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146186 Well I went to the doctors office yesterday , and he informed me that I am 35 pounds down from my original weight of 310 . <em>9</em> <BR> Last week they had me stop taking metformin because it was leaving an itchy splotchy red rash on me , so when I went yesterday he also informed me that I no longer have to take any pills to lower my blood sugar <em>244</em> He said since I am doing so well with diet and exercise , he believes I don't need them . <BR> <BR> Well after leaving that wonde... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 08:54:58 EST Lethargic excuses ( copied from my website ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4121817 Do you find yourself sitting around watching tv or playing games on the computer thinking to yourself " I wish I could lose this weight " or " I'm just too tired to exercise" These are the excuses we use to allow ourselves to stay fat and lethargic . <BR> <BR> Now if this offended you , and I'm POSITIVE it will offend someone , <BR> then maybe my words have some honesty to them and I will not apologize for telling you the truth . <BR> <BR> The truth is , it takes little steps to lead t... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:09:03 EST A year from now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109690 A friend of mine asked this question on facebook " Where will you be a year from now ?" <BR> <BR> With my recent diagnosis of T2 diabetes , I could have given up in defeat , and just surrendered to the myth that I will have to be on pills or insulin for the rest of my life , but I didn't and I wont , I am only 38 years old and there is NO WAY I'm going to live a sucky life like that one . <BR> <BR> I mean if you think about it if I kept living the same way I always have then in my 40's or... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:35:32 EST Type 2 diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091817 " You have type 2 diabetes " These are the words I heard from my doctor today . If you've never heard these words you are lucky , it's like a scary , stinging , slap in the face , actually it's more like being punched in the face . I sat there in my doctors office dumbfounded shaking my head saying " I understand " while the nurse came in with a blood glucose monitor and showed me how to check my sugar , and then handed me pills to lower my blood sugar . The doctor also told me I'm doing well... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:58:23 EST woohoo down 7 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4072832 Lost seven pounds since last week !! YEEHAW Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:58:30 EST My new website http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4070831 I started a website to document my weight loss and to help others with theirs <BR> <link>www.halfthegirl.net </link> <BR> please encourage me and get tips too !! Sun, 6 Mar 2011 16:34:37 EST Interview !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4061311 I just got called for an interview at Texas Roadhouse woohoo , I hope I get it they are allowed to dance at work !! Wed, 2 Mar 2011 18:52:30 EST Bloodwork , Leaving the 300's , and wii fit plus !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4055437 So I had to go for my bloodwork this morning to see if my blood sugar levels have gone down , I'll keep you all posted . <BR> I weighed in at 300 lbs this morning so very very soon I will be out of that awful range. <em>244</em> <BR> So as a reward for a wonderful day I upgraded to wii fit plus , I really loved going on my wii balance board every morning with wii fit , but wii fit plus rocks !! <BR> Oh and I was within my levels on everything in My nutrition tracker today ! <BR> Today was a... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:55:40 EST I'm back (Hopefully for good ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4018842 So I went to see my dietitian yesterday , and she could tell before she weighed me that I gained weight . <BR> I have been in high stress mode for two months , was on 2 different kinds of depression meds during that time , that both made me gain weight . <BR> I have weened myself off the meds , but I was still stressed so I started a lot of emotional eating <BR> I don't know why I do this to myself ! I want to be healthy , I want to be trim ! <BR> So I am ready to start again this time with... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 07:34:29 EST Trying a vegetarian diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781335 I'm on day 2 of a vegetarian diet ( not ready for veganism yet ) I'm doing well I'm not eating junk . <BR> I made vegan chili last night ( lots of veggies and cannelini beans) <BR> I already feel like I'm not so sluggish . <BR> I watched a video yesterday that talks about the meat industry that made my stomach churn . <BR> I wont go into details , but it will have me paying closer attention to my food . <BR> Any advice for a new vegetarian ? Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:53:00 EST Effexor side effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3774562 So I started taking effexor a little over a week ago , yesterday was my first whole dose instead of a half dose . <BR> I had the STRANGEST dreams last night ( think of Silent Hill meets Saw ) the funny thing is I HATE SCARY MOVIES but I wasn't scared at all and I went back to sleep like it was nothing scary at all . <BR> So weird and so unlike me . <BR> The other side effect loss of appetite , I still haven't ate breakfast this morning , I may have to force myself to eat something . <BR> Anyo... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:50:13 EST One calorie , two calorie , three calorie ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3764772 So I've been paying attention VERY CLOSELY to what I've been putting in my mouth the past few days . If I bite it I write it . <BR> Effexor's making me nauseous so not much worry of overeating right now , but they say alot of people lose weight when they start effexor for this very reason , but it is helping me to relax and focus on losing weight . <BR> <BR> The doctor is testing my thyroid function in december , I'll keep you posted . <BR> <BR> I'm also going to start seeing the dietitian... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 18:17:54 EST Childhood habits are hard to break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3761035 When I was little if I felt bad about something , somebody fed me .... <BR> Whether it was my Mom with a cookie or two , or chips and dip , <BR> or my Grandma with Ice cream on hand . <BR> My families personal problems seemed to be healed with food . <BR> If that wasn't bad enough then you can throw all the family parties on top of it with all their fat laden yummy treats . <BR> So we ate when we were happy AND when we were sad , mad etc... <BR> I grew up as a card carrying member of the cle... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 06:23:05 EST My wonderful anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3543951 So my husband has been following the same diet as me and didnt want to eat out at the fat laden olive garden today , so we went to the state park instead , we got ourselves a couple of wraps and flavored water on the way there . we went swimming , rented a paddleboat for a half an hour , and went for a nice walk on the trails . <BR> Our only extravagance was we each had a small ice cream cone today . <BR> And then I came home and made a nice lowfat jambalaya . <BR> what a great day !! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 19:29:56 EST Have you ever sent YOURSELF a sparkgoodie ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3536252 I didn't know that you could do this , but I tried it anyways this morning! <BR> I even wrote myself a motivational note that I could read in the future when I am getting down on myself . <BR> What a concept , Motivating myself !! <BR> I may do this daily :) Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:14:34 EST Reevaluating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3534641 As some of you know this aint my first rodeo when it comes to sparkpeople . <BR> No I've been here twice before with different accounts that I have since deleted . <BR> But I've been looking back on those accounts , wondering what went wrong . <BR> I think I depended too much on somebody else telling me what to do , instead of just getting out there and doing it ! <BR> Its all well and good to have a sparkbuddy but when you depend on that person to tell you what to do and when to do it , you... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 19:10:56 EST Saddlebags , thunder thighs , and love handles OH MY !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3528998 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422931193.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l715959459.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before I started day three of the Thirty day shred I figure I should get some before pics so I can have evidenciary support that I am losing weight in thirty days . <BR> I want to let you know that this was in no way easy for me . <BR> Rarely do I ever take pictures where I am not wearing black , and I would have never thought I would take a p... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:56:27 EST My Mini goals for 2010 and the rewards I get for doing them ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3516151 Goals - These are aspirations I actually hope to surpass , but if I don't it's okay cause I'm still working hard !!! <BR> August 31st - 275 reward - bath salts <BR> September 30th - 265 reward- manicure <BR> October 15th ( my birthday) ( and the 25 lb lost mark)260 reward - new shoes <BR> October 31st -255 reward - making cotton candy for the neighborhood kids for halloween for Let it shine ( Christian alternative to All Hallow's Eve) (doing it anyways whether I am there or not , it makes ... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:25:21 EST trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513260 The last couple of years I've been trying to lose weight , I'd lose for awhile , and then I would lose steam . I have had two other accounts on here and have since deleted them , because I felt embarrassed both times that I gained my weight back . <BR> The one difference now is I KNOW the LORD is helping me !! <BR> I'm sure he was trying to help me before , I just wasn't listening . <BR> What better sparkbuddy could I ask for ? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Aug 2010 18:53:39 EST