HEATHERS_TIME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEATHERS%5FTIME HEATHERS_TIME'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/ Rough week, getting back on track TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260890 Oh man, have I been off this week. Having a stomach bug over the weekend was the beginning of it all and then for pretty much the rest of the week, I just wasn't feeling quite right. Not really sick, but definitely not functioning at 100%. So I got pretty lazy, doing minimal workouts (or not working out at all on Thursday and Friday...). And I was being terrible with my eating! A lot of unhealthy snacking. <BR> <BR> Now I feel absolutely zero motivation to workout. I so quickly got o... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:08:12 EST The Good Part About A Stomach Bug? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253321 Yesterday I woke up with a really nasty stomach bug. I woke up feeling all better today (so far so good anyway!). I really hate stomach bugs, they are just awful. But I must say, the one good thing about them is that between yesterday morning and this morning, the scale says I lost 4 pounds! haha. I know that that weight loss isn't actually going to stick though, but it is kinda nice to see that much of a lower number! <BR> <BR> Also, today I am going to attempt skiing again. Assuming ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 07:50:10 EST Mini Goal Achieved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251352 My most recent mini-goal was to lose 25 pounds for Valentine's day. As of yesterday, I weighed in at 24.5 pounds lost, so I'm calling that a success. Even more surprising was I stepped on the scale this morning and it went down even more- 25.4 pounds lost!!! So I am very happy. The next step is 30 pounds and it's right around the corner! <BR> <BR> One of my hopes for losing 25 pounds for Valentine's day was so that I could fit into one of my dresses again for our dinner date. Well, that... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:13:17 EST Keep on Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243662 So the blizzard is done. It really wasn't as bad where I live as initially expected. We got about a foot of snow, but the heavy winds and really heavy snow tapered off earlier in the night. So thankfully we didn't lose power! But I have a bit of shoveling ahead of me now. <BR> <BR> Also, I have my laptop back! Got it back on Thursday and it is so nice having reliable internet access again. Now I can go back to using SparkPeople more regularly and when I want to instead of waiting to bar... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:28:29 EST Limited Access to Spark is HARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239166 Wow, so not having my laptop is making dieting and exercising very difficult!!! The computer that I barrowed from my parents decided that it didn't want to be able to go online anymore too , so internet access is limited (currently using my mom's work laptop). <BR> <BR> What's really tough is not being able to get onto SparkPeople. I don't have the opportunity to track what I'm eating, and I have definitely noticed that my eating hasn't been so great the past few days. I also really mis... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 19:09:10 EST My Laptop Died http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230113 Yesterday my laptop just stopped working. Called Tech Support and turns out my motherboard crashed. Don't really know what that means, but it's going to cost me almost $300. I really don't have $300. So it was added to my credit card debt. Add this to the fact that I am really struggling financially and I'm having a very hard time finding a decent job in my field is causing a lot of stress and anxiety. I've been trying really hard to keep going with the high from losing 21 pounds, but y... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:07:25 EST 21 Pounds Lost!! Before and After Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224051 I did it! I lost 21 pounds! I am so happy and excited right now. I started this on Nov. 12 2012 at 202 pounds and today I weigh 181. I can't wait to keep moving. I really think I owe a lot of my success to joining SparkPeople. It has given me a place ti gain knowledge, information, and support that has allowed me to lose weight in a way that is enjoyable. So, here are some before and after pictures. <BR> <BR> 202 pounds <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l128895... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:36:18 EST Not going to beat myself up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216976 Well, I didn't exactly have the best eating habits this weekend. After going out to eat at Cracker Barrel on Saturday and having pizza, wings, and some birthday cake and ice cream for my mom yesterday (and I didn't do well with portion sizes either.....) I felt rather stuffed and heavy last night. <BR> <BR> However, I will not beat myself up over this. I am still making progress towards being healthier and two days of being off of the "diet" is no big deal. I enjoyed my weekend very m... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:53:49 EST Very Uplifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208690 Today a woman who I am acquaintances with at work came up to me and asked if I had lost any weight. When I told her that I did, she said she could really notice. This was so incredibly uplifting to hear, not to mention it really made my day! She also asked how much I have lost and how I did it. I told her about my diet and fitness plans that I have been sticking with. <BR> <BR> I know my family and my boyfriend have told me that they can tell I'm losing weight, but I think it just mean... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:19:10 EST A Good Start to the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207028 Today is the first day that I have gone into work since before Christmas! And I actually managed to wake up a bit earlier and get out the door on time. I even had time to eat breakfast before going! It just makes the day so much nicer when it doesn't start out with a crazy mad rush out the door in an attempt to not be too late to work. <BR> <BR> So even though I'm tired right now, I still need to push myself to go and exercise. I don't want to fall into the habit of not exercising just... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:12:05 EST Month Two on Spark People: Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203273 Alright, I have been on SparkPeople for two whole months already! Progress was not as significant as the first month, but that's ok because I'm still moving in the right direction. And weight always comes off faster in the beginning. So here are my starting and my current numbers: <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 202 Current Weight: 186 <BR> Starting Waist: 38 inches Current Waist: 35 inches <BR> Starting Hips: 45 inches Current Hips: 43.75 in... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:36:11 EST My Favorite Piece of Exercise Equipment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198684 I thought I would share with everyone what my very favorite piece of exercise equipment is. It's the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer ( http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/<BR>index.jsp?productId=11884790&lmdn=Bran<BR>d&cp=4413986.4417717 ) <BR> <BR> I don't have the room for a treadmill or a full sized elliptical in my home. And I can't afford a gym membership. So I bought one of these a few years ago. It's small, can be put in a corner, and I have been using it almost every da... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:44:16 EST My New Mini-Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196711 I am happy to say that I accomplished my first mini-goal, which was to lose 10-15 pounds by Christmas. I have currently lost about 15 pounds <em>334</em> but I seem to be stuck at this point. <BR> <BR> I feel like I need a new mini-goal to strive towards. Something to motivate me to keep pushing. So I have decided that I would like to lose another 10 pounds by Valentine's Day, making a total of 25 pounds lost. When I think about that number, 25 pounds, I get really excited. It's only... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:18:47 EST Disconnected my Fitbit from SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194868 I love my Fitbit. I have worn it every single day from the moment I get out of bed until I get back in it since I've had it. I really love checking it and being motivated to move around more each day to increase my steps. <BR> <BR> However, I really couldn't stand the absurdly high numbers it was putting into my fitness tracker here on SparkPeople. I'm sorry, but there is no way that I have been doing almost two hours of exercise and burning 700 calories through exercise each day. And ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:39:33 EST So skiing may not be for me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192775 Yeah, it was terrifying. I fell when I got off the ski lift at the top of the bunny slope, and couldn't get up. And then I almost cried why I looked down they bunny slope. And I fell three times (once really hard) the first time I went down. It took an hour and half to get down the first time! And it was so embarrassing because I just don't have the leg and arm strength to get up once I fall. I need to take a ski off and hobble up then put it back on. <BR> <BR> I got better and was ab... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 09:33:32 EST A Successful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191167 Thank you to those who offered tips and support yesterday! I ended up having a very successful day. I stuck to what I had planned on eating, which were healthier choices, and drank plenty of water. I am feeling very proud of myself and I am ready to have another good day. After a few days of making myself eat better, I'm hoping that I will get back into the swing of doing it naturally as I was before Christmas. <BR> <BR> On another note, I am going skiing for the first time in my life ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:08:54 EST Getting a Grip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189648 I have been having the worst time getting a grip on my eating this week. I got a taste of eating the way I used to over Christmas and I didn't gain any weight, so now I am struggling with the mentality of "I can do this while eating whatever I want". I've been working out extra hard too which is also letting me think that I can get away with eating more. And by the end of the day, I feel gross and regret my choices. <BR> <BR> Each morning this week, I have woken up and told myself that ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:05:06 EST A new year and looking for some suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183460 Happy New Year everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I think I ended 2012 pretty well losing almost 15 pounds. So now I am ready to take on 2013 and keep losing weight and continue living a healthier lifestyle. The past few days have been a little bit tough getting back on track, but today I am really going to focus and do it. <BR> <BR> To help, I joined the January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge. Week one starts today and I am really excited to start. Especially since yesterday I went outside for a powe... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:00:16 EST What I'm learning from my Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182135 I received a Fitbit Zip for Christmas. Now, almost after a week of using it, I have learned quite a bit about myself. <BR> <BR> It is really really hard for me to reach 10,000 steps in one day!!! Yesterday, I actually got up to 11,846 and that is because I was at the mall all day. But on a regular day at home, I really had to work hard to get up to 10,000- just making extra trips to do things that could have been done in one shot or aimlessly walking around to bring the steps up. I've on... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:50:50 EST I did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180637 I almost can't believe this, but I actually maintained my weight over the past week! I didn't gain anything!!!!! But I didn't really just maintain, I actually lost 0.7 pounds- almost a whole pound. I really am in shock because I was feeling so bloated and heavy the last few days, I thought for sure that I had to have put on some weight. <BR> <BR> 0.7 pounds may not seem like much, but that is the biggest confidence boost I think I could have ever gotten. I can enjoy the holidays and ev... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:09:57 EST Almost There: Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179606 Today is our big family Christmas gathering, which means lots of food and drinking will be available. It's the last day, aside from New Year's, that I won't be on my own normal eating schedule. I really can't wait for January 2 so I can be around healthy options again. <BR> <BR> So we're driving down to New Jersey today (unless the weather looks too bad to go) to my aunt and uncle's house and I am going to do my best at portion control. I didn't do as well with that as I would have lik... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:57:46 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175896 I hope that everyone is enjoying the day!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm very excited as I just finished my workout for today and I got to try out my new fitness toys that I got this morning- a FitBit Zip and a stability ball. I am loving them both!!!!! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 14:00:23 EST Excited for Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175080 I am finally feeling really excited for Christmas! I have put all of my worries aside about gaining back weight this week. I have a plan in place to eat in moderation and to put in extra time towards exercising. I started my holiday baking yesterday and did a really good job at NOT eating a bunch of cookies til I felt sick! Whatever the scale tells shows me next week will be ok, I will keep going with my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to be pretty busy over the next few... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:17:14 EST Feeling More Calm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172767 Ok, I think my moment of panic is over. I woke up today, not having to go into work, took a deep breath and decided that I can do this. I can take on Christmas and I will enjoy it. Thank you for all of the helpful comments, it was a big confidence boost! <BR> <BR> I think I was also very stressed out because I am so behind this year in getting ready for Christmas. So now that I don't have to go into work today, I can take the time to get a big chunk of things done and not have to rush a... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:45:37 EST Terrified of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172290 So I am honestly terrified of Christmas. I am so scared that even if I try really hard I am going to put weight back on in the upcoming week. I know everything that I should do and I have read up on lots of little tricks to reduce calories but I'm still afraid that it's not going to work. I am definitely not going to focusing on losing weight in the days to come. Instead I am really going to be happy with just maintaining the weight that I am currently at. I know I'm not the only one ou... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 18:31:24 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171327 I feel like right now I am at a very pivotal point in my weight loss journey. I am at that point where I know I could very easily slip into going back to my old ways and essentially giving up. I haven't been exercising regularly. I was sick for a few days and then I didn't get a job that I so very much wanted and interviewed for. So I've been in a bit of a funk, not feeling very good about myself. On top of that I find myself wanting to slip back into my old eating habits, such as not ea... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:14:14 EST Interview Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166371 This morning I had an interview for my dream job- a first grade teacher. I live in an area where teachers are getting laid off and it is incredibly difficult to even get an interview as many hundreds of people apply for a single position. I think it went incredibly well, despite the fact that I'm sick and had to take some medicine to get through. The next step in the process is going in to do a demo lesson. Fingers crossed that I get called back to do that!!! I really want this job! Fri, 14 Dec 2012 10:45:31 EST Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165457 Woke up today feeling off and sure enough I am sick. Headache, stiff neck, sore throat, sore sinuses. What makes this worse is that I have an interview tomorrow morning for my dream job- a 1st grade teacher. So I guess I'm just going to take it easy today and make sure I'm eating plenty of healthy foods. Hopefully I'll be feeling better by tomorrow morning. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:37:44 EST One month of PROGRESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164123 Today marks the one month anniversary of my joining SparkPeople and I am so happy with the results! I weighed in and took my measurements today, and I am seeing progress in all areas. Here are my starting weights and measurements and where I am at today: <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 202 Current Weight: 190.5 (total of 11.5 pounds lost!!!) <BR> Starting Waist: 38 inches Current Waist: 36 inches (Wooohoooo!!!!!) <BR> Starting Hips: 45 inches C... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:10:55 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160851 I've been stuck at pretty much the same weight for 8 days now and it's getting rather frustrating. I have been fitting in exercise every day, going over my fitness minutes for the week goals. I have been trying to keep track of my calories, although I do just make my best estimates when it comes to home made meals from scratch because I really don't have the time (or patience honestly) to use that recipe calculator for all of my dinners. But I look up the calories for the basic ingredients... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 08:37:49 EST Getting healthy with my dog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157173 I have an 8 year old Border Collie. About a year ago, she developed arthritis in her knees. At first, we limited the amount of physical activity she did (running around outside, playing fetch with her frisbee..) because she would end up limping around and had a hard time going up and down the stairs. However, our vet told us that it would be good for her to keep her activity level up as it would help prevent the arthritis from setting up in her knees even more and as a result of her inact... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:45:53 EST Rough weeked has been motivating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154892 So, despite trying to be good on Sunday to make up for bad eating on Saturday, I didn't do so great overall for the whole weekend. Normally, I would be beating myself up over this, but instead, I have found myself incredibly motivated to kick some butt today (diet/exercise-wise that is). I have been eating very healthy, turned down some junk food, resisted snacking when I knew I wasn't really hungry and I have fit in a really good work out. And I feel fantastic about it! <BR> <BR> I just ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:05:59 EST Back on track today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153653 Definitely making a big effort to be back on track today. Last night was date night. My boyfriend and I very rarely get the chance to have any significant time to ourselves so when last night presented the opportunity, we took advantage. And this ended up being cheese fondue with wine by the fire for dinner. I must say that I felt very full afterwards when I used to be willing to eat a lot more. <BR> <BR> In reality, my unhealthy dinner really didn't ruin my whole day as much as I thin... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:24:02 EST Loose pants!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150854 One of the things that triggered my getting serious about weigh loss was having to go and buy new jeans because I couldn't even fit into my "fat" ones I already had. Even worse, on one pair, my thighs rubbed together so much to the point where they wore a hole through the jeans. So I went out and purchased some new "fatter" jeans and I then decided that I needed to get my weigh under control. <BR> <BR> Today, I put one of the pairs I bought on and all day, I have been pulling them up bec... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:58:38 EST It's amazing the difference mentality can make! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149789 I have noticed on days where my mentality is good and I am feeling very positive about getting healthy, I seem to look better in the mirror. When I'm feeling discouraged and fat and I look in the mirror, everything that I consider negative about my body stand out. All I see is the fat, the cellulite, and stretch marks. But on a day like today, I looked at myself and none of that seemed to be as apparent. I feel like I looked thinner and that my skin looked nicer. I know that there is no... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:25:15 EST Resisting the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148137 So last week I was feeling a little discouraged because I had gotten into the habit of stepping on the scale EVERY morning. And, obviously, the scale did not show a new lower number each day. This week I am going to resist that. I will not weigh myself until my weekly weigh-in day on Monday. This way, if I have one bad day during the week, I will not feel like a failure because I will not be immediately stepping on the scale afterwards. I will track my calories, exercise and do everything... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:16:13 EST 2nd week down, better than expected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146808 Last week was crazy! With a slow start to the week with losing weight and two Thanksgiving dinners, I would really have been happy the have just broke even with my weight- not to have lost but also not to have gained. Instead, when I weighed in today, I saw that I had lost a pound and a half! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I think I have to give credit to the fact that yesterday, I got right back on track with eating right. I went to a baptism yesterday, and I told my boyfriend that I did n... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:35:40 EST Thanksgiving #2- Semi successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144876 Yesterday was my second Thanksgiving dinner, this time at my parents' house. I still resisted taking seconds and only had one slice of pie, but I feel like I ate more yesterday than I did at the Thanksgiving dinner at my boyfriends' house. My boyfriend's mother, well- kind of a bad cook. It was a lot easier to take small portions and not go for seconds when all of the food was bland! My mom, on the other hand, is a really good cook. I was doing some picking at the food while it was being... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 08:40:29 EST One Thanksgiving down and feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144014 One down and one more to go today. <BR> <BR> I think yesterday's meal was a success! I kept my portions down at dinner and didn't go back for second like I always have before (and occasionally thirds...). I drank water throughout the day and limited my alcoholic beverages. And I went easy on the desserts! <BR> <BR> What made me feel really great was that at the end of the night, several hours after eating the meal, when everyone was still incredibly overstuffed, I was actually starting t... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 08:21:30 EST I am thankful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143257 Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! Don't forget to keep your goals in mind, I know that I will and I will definitely be practicing portion control today! Today I am thankful that I have made the decision to make my body healthy and I am thankful that I finally have the drive to see that decision through. Now it's time to get outside and fit in some exercise before the day begins for me! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:20:14 EST Feeling Stagnant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142320 Last week, my weight was really falling off easily and quickly. I lost 6 pounds that first week! This week I have not lost any weight yet. I do check my weigh every day, at the same time. I enjoyed the instant feedback that I got from doing that last week. Maybe I should stop doing that since I know the weight is going to slow down and come off at a more steady pace? Last week I was so excited to see the weight coming off, but now that it's been the same for three days, it feels discour... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:48:14 EST Long day of work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140699 First, I'll just start by saying that my first weekend was a success, as was my first week overall of my weight loss plan! Hooray!!! <BR> <BR> Today was the first full day of work that I had since beginning my weight loss, and it was a long day. Not a bad day, but it was long. I subbed in a special education classroom and then after work I tutored. So I am finally back home and I'm a little tired. <BR> <BR> I ate well today. Being out of the house took away the option to snack during... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:13:47 EST Gearing up for the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138222 So this is my first weekend that I am eating better and working towards losing weight. All week, I haven't gone into work, so it was easy being able to exercise on my own schedule and eat what wanted and when I needed to. <BR> <BR> I usually spend my weekends at my boyfriend's house. And it is never stocked with healthy food options and dinners on the weekends are almost always take-out. Furthermore, my boyfriend doesn't really tend to eat during the day. He'll eat breakfast and then be ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 09:34:00 EST I Deserve.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137238 I deserve to reach my goals. <BR> I deserve to be healthy. <BR> I deserve to be fit. <BR> I deserve to be happy. <BR> I deserve to feel beautiful. <BR> I deserve to feel confident. <BR> I deserve to not feel the need to hide my body. <BR> I deserve to enjoy clothes shopping again. <BR> <BR> I will work hard and earn the things that I deserve. I will treat my body right. I can make it happen! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> What do you deserve? Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:23:04 EST Dealing with Hunger and Boredom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136173 After working on my weight loss for a few days, I can see that boredom and being hungry are going to be some of my biggest challenges. I am a substitute teacher, so I do not have a set work schedule- I go into work when I am called in. This week and next week will be slow for work because of days off and the holiday, so I have been doing a whole lot of sitting at home. <BR> <BR> I try to keep myself occupied on these days off. I have been filling in more of that time with exercise (whic... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:48:48 EST Support and Those Around Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134906 Support is so important for making this lifestyle change and weight loss a success. I've tried doing it completely alone before, not even telling anybody that I was trying, and those are the times that I had failed the fastest. It was so easy to slip back into my bad habits because nobody even knew I was trying not to do them! <BR> <BR> More successful attempts at weight loss have always been when others around me are aware of what I am trying to do and they try to help me. For starters, ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:42:02 EST Short Term Goal and Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133776 Ok, so I am setting a short term goal. I would like to weigh between 185 and 190 pounds by Christmas. I know that this is going to be particularly difficult because my family does a lot of baking around the holidays and I have a pretty good sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> Usually when I diet I will cut myself off from sweets and junk food and then become bitter when I don't allow myself to have any and others around me do. Or I beat myself up for having some, and then tell myself that I may as w... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:28:35 EST How did I get to this point? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132843 So how did I get to be over 200 pounds? For as long as I can remember, I have never been happy with my weight. Every time I reached a new high weight, I promised myself that I would lose weight and never let it happen again. Every time, I let myself down. <BR> <BR> I used to run in high school, but I stopped because I developed really bad shin splints. I have since attempted to take up running several times again because I know that that was when I was in the best shape of my life. Howe... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:07:25 EST It's my time to shine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132820 I have always struggled with my weight. Throughout high school, I suppose I was never really overweight, however I have always been curvy- big boobs, hips... Back then though, I only saw this as being fat, none of my other friends looked like that. Now I would love to look that way again! I am ok with having the curves, I will never be a stick. But I need to be in shape, I need to be healthy and I am neither of those things right now. <BR> <BR> So now it's my time to shine! It's my t... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:52:13 EST