IRONGIANT85's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IRONGIANT85 IRONGIANT85'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/ My previous 'About Me' section http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779941 I have finally decided to turn over a new leaf in my life. I have decided to give up my dependence on food and start being healthy. <BR> <BR> My starting weight is 238# and I would like to end up at 130#. I have some smaller goals listed here to help me along my journey: <BR> <BR> Goal 1. 230#-Baby steps. One day at a time. <BR> Achieved: 08/21/2010 <BR> <BR> Goal 2. 220#-Once I get here, I know I can keep going! <BR> Getting past 225# is a BIG deal for me. <BR> Achieved: 10/06/2010 ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:51:51 EST So much has happened... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779940 I'm not going into any details here because it doesn't matter. Nobody reads these things except for me anyway, so I'm just basically rambling to myself. <BR> I am going to get myself fit. <BR> I am going to get myself healthy. <BR> Relieve stress. <BR> Get rid of bad habits. <BR> Be able to wear the clothes that are hanging in my closet. <BR> I need this for myself!! Yes, I want to look great. Yes, I want to be comfortable in my own skin. I know in my mind that I'm beautiful, but I feel like... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:49:56 EST About my summer..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989236 Let’s crunch some numbers, shall we? February 2010 I weighed in at a whopping 238lbs. By the end of the year, I lost 23lbs to end up at 215. January 2011 I started out at 214lbs and ended up at 194lbs by the end of the year for a weight loss of 10lbs. I guess I just wasn’t trying. This year, however, has been very dramatic in my weight loss. I started at 194lbs in January and now I’m 155lbs for a loss of 39lbs. I weighed 182lbs when I went into the hospital, but because of my sickness, and wa... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:09:40 EST Been in the hospital for a month :0( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969780 Long story short, I have been diagnosed with lupus nephritis. So many things have happened during my hospital stay, especially the fact that when I was admitted, I weighed 182# but when I was transferred to a second hospital for more urgent treatment, I weighed in at a whopping 229#!!!! I was so upset, but then realized it was all water weight from my disease and my kidneys backing up. With the help of medications, getting up and walking [which started out no so easy] I managed to get it all... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 09:53:40 EST I got a sunburn on my belly!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914400 And I've never been happier! I went to the Girls in Wonderland event in Orlando this weekend and wore a bikini for the first time ever. Even though I slathered on the sunscreen ALL over, I still got a bit of a burn on my tummy. I don't even care! I was able to go out and wear a bikini and have a good time, not caring what others thought of me. All my friends told me I looked great and that I deserved to wear my bikini after all the weight I lost. Woot woot!! Score one for me! <BR> <img src="... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 08:51:20 EST To quote my blog from October 8, 2011: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905089 'I was at the mall today, trying to find a formal evening gown.....I couldn't find anything. I even went into a store [one that shall remain nameless] and asked for a size 15. I was told that they don't carry size 15, they only go up to size 13........I went out of there crying. Even after having lost 40lbs and going down a couple sizes, there are still places I can't shop! Ridiculous!' <BR> Well, I will have you know that I walked into that same store today and was able to try on 5 dresses!!... Wed, 30 May 2012 23:18:41 EST Halfway through the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841376 Never thought I would make it here, but I did. 54 lbs gone, 54 left to go. I have no words for how I feel right now :0) Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:47:57 EST I can now be called 'overweight' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839116 and I've never been more excited!! A bit of a minor set back in the last few weeks because I had not been feeling well. That's why it took another month to lose 3lbs. No matter, though. Seeing as how I am down to 185#. I haven't weighed this since......I don't know when! It's been so long. I am halfway through my weight loss journey. 53# down, 54# to go!! This is such an amazing accomplishment for myself. I just can't believe I've gotten this far in so little time. The first year I was using ... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:36:55 EST So close to overweight-ness!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789820 I weighed in today at 188#!!! This is my 50# mark!! I never thought I would reach this goal. I have 3 more pounds before I am no longer obese, just overweight. Four more pounds and I am at my halfway mark!! It has taken me 2 years to get here, and I'm not looking back. I have lost most of this weight over the last year or so. Since February 2012, I have lost a whopping 13#! That's a lot for me, considering it took me from February 2010-March 2011 to lose the same amount. Although I will admit... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 22:45:18 EST Gained some weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742461 Although I can't say that I am surprised. I have been eating pretty badly lately :O( and not exercising......I was down to about 194# in mid-December. SO excited to be under 200#. I went to the doctor yesterday and his scale said 201# I was so embarrassed! However, I am more motivated now than ever before. I have a total of 60# left to lose [which is a lot better than saying I have 90# to lose. Baby steps. My next goal is to lose 6-8# by my next doctor's appt one month from now. I believe I c... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:52:35 EST BMI at 32.7% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580581 In June, my BMI was 33.2% at 206# and now I have lost another 10#, bringing my BMI down another 0.5%. It isn't much, but every little bit helps! And now I am under 200#, and 6# away from my next goal. It just seems like it's going to take forever to get there! I've been at 196 for about 2-3 weeks now, but I have also been a bit slacking in the exercise dept lately. Not to worry, I just finished my Kenpo workout from P90X and I feel wonderful! Definitely going to pick it up from here on out. ... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:38:25 EST P90X http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526069 Has anyone ever tried it? I did. It kicked my butt. I was at the mall today, trying to find a formal evening gown.....I couldn't find anything. I even went into a store [one that shall remain nameless] and asked for a size 15. I was told that they don't carry size 15, they only go up to size 13........I went out of there crying. Even after having lost 40lbs and going down a couple sizes, there are still places I can't shop! Ridiculous! So now, my bf and I have decided to do P90x together. We... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 22:00:49 EST 4 Goals down, 7 more to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364920 I just reached the most awesome goal of 200lbs! I never thought I'd see the day where my scale didn't go past the 200 mark. It's been so long. I always told myself that if I ever got to 200+, that I would go on a diet....yea right. See how well that worked out? lol When I was 16, I weighed 192 and thought I could never get any bigger. I lost a lost of weight and went down to 142 by the time I was 17. Then I got lazy. I gained all of my weight back and then some. But no more! I am well on my w... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:29:18 EST ALMOST THERE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354520 I am so close to being under 200lbs! My current weight is 202, so just 3 more pounds to go and I can say so long to 200+! I have not seen a number on the scale less than 200+ in so long. I went shopping the other day, and tried on a pair of size 13 shorts. I knew they wouldn't fit, but I just wanted to see if I could even get them up past my knees-which I did! I was able to get them up to my butt. I wasn't able to zip 'em up or anything, but I knew that. I have photos that I will be posting l... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 06:00:49 EST A little bit of motivation goes a long way.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307585 I can't believe how motivated I've been lately. I'm really getting into my exercise regimen at the beach and I absolutely love it! Now I know what I've been missing all along. I'm so proud of myself for sticking with it this long-it's a record for me lol. I've gone from 222# in early May, to now being 206# halfway through June. That's 16#!!! So amazing! I never thought I could do it! I need to blog much much more because this is one of the many ways I keep myself in positive thinking and keep... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 23:01:02 EST Getting closer to being "overweight" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304087 My current weight of 206 lbs has lowered my BMI from 38.4% (238lbs) to 33.2%. When my BMI reaches 29.9%, I will be at the high end of overweight-ness, but no longer obese. My weight once I have passed this point should be somewhere around 185lbs, which is only 21lbs away. A year ago, I would not have thought it'd be possible. But now? Fuggedaboudit! I can totally do this. I've lost 17lbs since the beginning of May and seeing as how it took over a year to lose 15lbs when I started (lol) I'm co... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 01:26:08 EST Down 28lbs total!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4281118 I am proud to say that I have lost 28 pounds. It only took 16 months! I've had my ups and downs over the past year or so, but once I started losing weight and getting myself more and more motivated, I realized that nothing could stop me. I am more determined to lose this weight. My boyfriend is helping me by making sure I stay on track with exercise and eating the right foods. I've been walking the beach 2-3 days a week, 3-4.5 miles each time. I do some interval jogging while I'm there too, j... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 16:07:56 EST I've gained some weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031624 I went to the dr office not too long ago and weighed in at 222 :0( but I am still down 16lbs from my start weight. I have met someone and he loves me for who I am [flab and all haha]. He says that he wants to join my gym so he can bulk up and said that if I want to lose weight, that we can go together and he'll help me. And he hates going to the gym alone lol. I think that with both of us doing it together, and eating better together, that both of us will reach our goals. He wants to gain mor... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 03:23:16 EST I FINALLY DID IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805584 I made it to my first goal weight! It only took 1.5 years haha. No, but seriously, I started on SP early last year and never really went with it. Then, earlier this year I came back to it and realized that losing weight is a tough battle that many ppl face, not just me. I have been more focused and motivated during the last few months and I've lost 17 lbs during that time. That brings my total weight loss since February to a hugely successful 23lbs!!! I still have another 75lbs to lose, but I... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:40:17 EST One of my goals in life.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3795362 is to be able to go into the Maui Nix surf shop and buy a pair of board shorts. I know it sounds silly, but a few months ago, I had planned to go to a water park with a friend. I didn't feel like wearing a bathing suit, so I figured board shorts and a tank top. I live in Daytona Beach, so all my friend told me to go to MN for some shorts. I went in there and found some shorts that were 42 waist [the biggest size I could find] and tried them on.........actually, trying something on means I wa... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 06:15:11 EST I lowered my BMI... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781874 by 3.2%. At the beginning of the year when I weighed 238, my BMI was 38.4 and now it's 35.2. I'm getting closer to being "overweight" instead of "obese" haha :o) Sat, 13 Nov 2010 19:19:34 EST My little butterfly's on the 30 yard line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3760913 haha. I never thought I'd see that little thing flutter by so quickly. I have come to the realization that I CAN and I WILL be getting down to my goal weight. I am so excited and happy. I'm doing so much better in being healthy, making better food choices, and avoiding temptation. I still drink and go out to eat every so often, but I don't overindulge like I used to. I don't count calories too much, but I am way more conscious of what it is I'm putting into my mouth. I will be posting a photo... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 02:05:01 EST passed the 225 mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3734382 a couple of weeks ago, but I seem to be creeping back that way again <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I've had an off week or two bc of PMS issues lol, but I think I'm back on track again. At least, I'm trying. I looked at the leader boards for the Losing Big competition and the top 25 have all lost 25+ pounds and the person in first place has lost 50!! We've been doing this for 9 weeks now and I'm barely hanging in at the 10lb mark <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> hopefully this week will be better and my ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 02:03:21 EST slow and steady wins the race.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3697468 This has been my mantra for the last month or so. I lost another 2.3 lbs this week. So I've lost 10.7 lbs since starting the Losing Big program, but overall have lost 17lbs since my birthday in March. Other ppl who are losing weight with me are down 15-20lbs already which makes me feel like I'm behind. But instead of getting discouraged, I just say, "slow and steady wins the race." and it keeps me going :o) Everyone tells me that I look great and I'm doing fabulous and that really helps me kn... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 18:43:39 EST I think I'm finally making the change!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3650950 I went to the store the other day for food shopping and I wanted something sweet for dessert. I thought about my old favorite: Blue Bell chocolate chip cookie dough. Mmmm, how delicious! However, to my dismay, they didn't have the pint sized version. So, I decided to get a whole gallon [like I always do]. As soon as I picked it up I thought, "No, I don't want that." So I put it back. Then I thought of other things I may want [cookies n' cream ice cream, reese's pb klondike bars, etc.] and eve... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 00:29:52 EST 6 lbs lighter now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3632090 And hopefully will be losing more by the end of the year. I think this Losing Big thing has really helped. I've been going to the gym almost every day and I'm not eating as much either. Hopefully I will have lost at least 2+ lbs this week. Once I get past the 225 mark, I'll be so happy :o) Sun, 12 Sep 2010 23:23:39 EST Okay, so.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3599106 Here I am...again. I have joined a "Losing Big" competition here at work, but I'm not at all concerned about the cash prizes or anything. I want to be healthier. I want to lose weight. This is my motivation. I also now have a gym buddy, one of my co-workers Stephanie. So far, I have lost 2lbs. I started at 231.8 and now am at 230 [even though my last weigh in for SP was 226, but I digress] Stephanie has lost 5lbs this week-yay! She has done way more than me this last week as far as physical s... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 03:03:53 EST Went back to the gym for the first time in 8 months!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3281454 And it felt great!! I was only there for about 45 minutes, but it's better than nothing. My biggest problem is that I get bored if I stay for too long. That's one of the reasons I stopped going. I just got bored :0( So, I went to Victoria's Secret [one of my new favorite places to shop) and bought a whole new gym outfit (including sports bra) as a motivator to go back to the gym and it really helped. I go after work to let off steam and let me tell ya, I slept like a friggin' baby yesterday :... Sun, 30 May 2010 06:57:07 EST The nonsensical ravings of a lunatic madwoman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3125204 Just a little rant to break up the craziness of life at the moment. <BR> <BR> Since I have started getting on my SparkPage more often than when I started this whole shabang last year, I have subsequently lost 12 lbs. That's since February of this year ^_^ I have also lost several inches off my thighs, waist and hips. <BR> <BR> Another thing, I haven't had any fast food in a while. I work the night shift, and always felt too busy or too lazy to cook anything. So, I would stop by at McD's or ... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 02:18:51 EST I passed the 230 mark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3104768 After having a lazylazylazy month o' march, I have weighed in and realized that I actually lost a pound lol. I am now 229 which is great for me bc getting past that 230 mark makes me feel so much better about everything. I have tried before and only got to 230, then go back up again. But, now that I am 229, I finally am ready to get totally serious about my weight loss and take better care of myself to lose more weight. I'm going to "Girls in Wonderland" in June this year [again] and I want t... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 01:48:10 EST I can wear large pants again ^_^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093905 I am now able to wear large scrub pants at work again. I've been wearing XL for so long now, and I went to the store to buy new pants [bc I really needed them] and decided to try on the large size and they fit wonderfully. I'm so excited!!! I also bought a bathing suit in a size large. It's a bit snug, but by the time I'll be wearing it [which won't be for another month or so] I'll be able to fit into it better. <em>218</em> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 01:16:08 EST I think the scale is lying.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2985545 I've been using the same scale for the last month, but I now think it's lying to me. I got on the scale a little while ago [before I ate] and zeroed it out [I'm at work and it's a digital scale] and it said I am 217............how could I have dropped 13lbs in 3 days? One of my coworkers said it was water weight from all the drinking I did all weekend and also because I spent Sunday puking from all the drinking [it was my birthday and I may have partied a bit too hard lol].......So, I waited ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 02:45:32 EST La De Dah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2976102 Not much going on today. I didn't want to get on the scale because I was afraid that I may have gained weight this week considering how much I had to drink over the weekend *_* But I'm doing okay for now... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 00:12:20 EST boredboredbored.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2935404 Just hanging around my apartment right now watching "Black Adder" [I love British comedies]. It's cold and raining outside again. I just got home from watching "The Wolfman" which was quite good. It was raining this morning, then it stopped and it's raining again......I'm just gonna hang out around here and work on my blanket I'm making for Amanda and Sara for their birthday/anniversary in May. I hope it'll be done by then ^_^ Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:56:42 EST Another 2 lbs down!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2924926 It's a bit hard for me to blog every day when I'm working 4 days in a row. But anyhow, I am blogging now because I'm very excited that I lost another 2 lbs this week ^_^ I'm so happy for myself!!! <em>244</em> <BR> I have to get my driver's license renewed this afternoon. Ugh! Why did I schedule and appt when I know I have to work 4 nights straight??? At least it's in the afternoon so I can get a bit of a rest in. <em>102</em> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:15:03 EST Oops! I forgot to blog yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2911568 I am trying to make a blog every day just because I can. It gives me a reason to keep coming back to this site [but not the only one]. I am still doing well in my eating healthy regime I'm glad to say. I work 3 more nights this week and I have meals for all 3. I've stocked my fridge with yogurt and......ooh, actually, I need to go buy some more fruit! I'm out of apples and soy milk lol. I cheated a bit yesterday at Suzanne's b-day party and had a small piece of cake a half scoop of ice cream.... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 04:29:45 EST Well on my way.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2905168 Another day of eating healthy ^_^ I cooked quite a bit of food last night to get me through the week. I'm working tomorrow through Wednesday, so there'll be no time to cook during the week. I've made some chicken dishes that I've packaged up and put in the freezer to bring to work so I can sleep in a little longer. It only takes me about 10 min or so to get to work, so I don't have to leave until about 6.20. That's another thing I have a problem with-sleep. But who doesn't? I just seem to sta... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 11:21:28 EST Crazy night at work!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2900765 And I'm only posting this here bc there are too many ppl I work with on my facebook and myspace. I never take anything to heart and I don't talk much about work when I'm not there, but something really funny happened to me that I wanted to share. I can't talk much about the patient. but I can say this, X is a bit of a seeker and when I wouldn't give X the pain meds they wanted bc X was SO gorked out of their mind...... <em>40</em> <BR> Well, let's just say X wasn't too happy with me and sai... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:40:50 EST My first SP blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2896073 Wow, I have so much I want to say here, but don't know where to begin. I've been eating better the last 2 days, which I know isn't much, but it's a start. I've noticed that I've also cut down on how much I eat when it's good food. For instance, I made the 20 min. chicken parmesan recipe from this site, and each serving is a half of a chicken breast. Well, I usually eat a whole chicken breast [not fried or breaded] with other stuff and I'm still hungry. I ate the half chicken breast with sauce... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 03:01:06 EST