IZZYLEE78's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IZZYLEE78 IZZYLEE78'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/ Au Natural http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460557 I have taken to eating as naturally as possible. It is surprisingly easy to eat because I just munch on fruits and veggies all day and toss in eggs and fish. Its just hard to get enough calories. But it is delicious, simple and nutritious. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:47:20 EST A Daily Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439206 I am going to try to post a blog here daily just to keep myself in the habit of checking in. I don't know that I will have something to say every day, but even if it is a few words, it will keep me on track! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:22:49 EST An Exciting New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439204 My brother asked me if I wanted to train together for a Triathlon starting in January. Heck Yeah I do! <BR> <BR> I ran a marathon 2 years ago after which I swore up and down I would never ever ever do an endurance event ever again. But Now that some time has passed I have been finding myself itching to have a goal to work towards that really challenges me. The reason I love the idea of training with my brother for the triathlon is because it was after I finished the marathon that he shared ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:21:51 EST Setting Boundaries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439195 I used to consider my go with the flow nature one of my assets and now I am rethinking that. I think it is to a degree, but there is a fine line between "go with the flow" and just not having any boundaries and discipline to set a plan for myself and stick with it. <BR> <BR> I guess what I mean is that often when I get into different relationships with people whether it is a friendship or a romantic relationship or whatever, i tend to just let the other persons schedule/plans/desires dictat... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:16:19 EST Headfirst Dive off the Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357672 Well, I am back. I wouldn't say I fell off the wagon. I would say I drove the wagon off the side of a cliff and the waqon tumbled down the cliff, smashing into rocks and trees before dramatically shattering into a thousand pieces when it hit the ground below. <BR> <BR> I am kind of back to square one now. I am at 200 lbs after getting down to 187. So I gained back 13 lbs. I have worked out a few times in the last month and I haven't been taking care of myself. I am back on here today becaus... Wed, 15 May 2013 16:51:36 EST 20 lbs down...time for some pampering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266116 Today I weighed in at 188 pounds even. I have lost a total of 20 lbs since I started on Sparkpeople 2 months ago. It is kind of crazy what a huge difference I see in myself. The funny thing is I can't really see a physical difference yet. I am very tall so it takes a more sgnificant weight loss before it shows up dramatically on my body. But I do see clear changes in other areas. <BR> <BR> 1. My energy level is WAY higher. <BR> 2. My skin and hair are noticeably better, probably from the ton... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:27:47 EST Losing 50 lbs Vs. doing 1 Pull-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262199 I have found something very surprising that really works for me in this weight loss journey. Almost a month ago I used a groupon to join a crossfit class. I did it as part of a BLC challenge and I am SO glad I did. I believe the challenge was to try something that scares you. <BR> <BR> I have a close friend that is a trainer in a crossfit gym and was always urging me to come and try a class. Since I had seen a little bit of crossfit going on and I knew that what I saw was a bunch of olympia... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:34:20 EST Life after Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225337 I haven't been blogging since I have been pretty busy and use the time I have to keep up with the Biggest Loser Challenge, which I am really glad I am a part of. But the latest challenge included a part to blog about how life will be different after reaching my fitness and weight loss goals and it got me thinking. <BR> <BR> I think a very big part of how my life will be different is just in the KNOWING that I can do it. I have tried so many times and failed to get in my best shape and lose w... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:16:15 EST down from the ledge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213692 Don't order a pizza, go get a salad. <BR> Don't order a pizza, go get a salad. <BR> Don't order a pizza, go get a salad. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:49:48 EST The good and the bad of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210953 The not so good of it is that my victory in Onederland was very short-lived! I am back to 204 somehow after seeing the scale hit 198. <BR> <BR> The rest is all good though. I just got back last night from Las Vegas and I had more fun than I have had in a long time. it was so much fun and it ended just as BLC21 started so at least I got it all out of the way before the challenge starts. Like my last hurrah in Sugarland. <BR> <BR> The weird thing is that I didn't really think I did that bad... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 02:14:30 EST Ugh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194241 That really didn't go very well. At all. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 02:54:48 EST Oh My Geez!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193734 So I just got done dancing around my apartment because I got on the scale today and it said 198??? Can that be right?? Down from 208 in 10 days. But then I weighed at the gym scale and it says 198 also. So I guess it is right. That means in 10 days I lost 10 pounds. That is kinda crazy. <BR> <BR> Even though I am really glad about this initial boost to keep me motivated, I know the first pounds come off easy and then it slows down. So I won't get to comfortable with it, but it is at least go... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:01:36 EST My New Best Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189238 I decided that since yesterday I decided to get rid of my old frenemies, Excuses, I needed to replace them with some new friends. (And by the way I had to kick one of the excuses butt’s today when it came around in the grocery store and said it would be ok to get a bag of mini snickers because I worked out all week.) SO I decided to embrace some new pals called Mirrors. <BR> <BR> For a long time mirrors and I have not gotten along at all. I think if my bathroom mirror had a mind it would... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 23:56:03 EST Excuses Are So 2012. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187437 So something that I decided to ditch in last year are EXCUSES. I will miss them because they were really good companions and they were always there with me to make me feel a little better over a missed workout or deadline. When I didn’t meet a goal they were always right next to me, letting me know I was justified in my failure. I thought they were my friends, but it turns out they have been my worst enemy because and I have made soooo many of them. <BR> <BR> They are so smart and clever an... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 03:01:33 EST Feelin' the Groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180426 Oh my goodness, the dance workout was a million times better! It didn't burn as many calories and was not as hard, but I know I will keep it up because it is so much fun! <BR> <BR> There are 7 different workouts for the dance program. One for latin, bollywood, hip hop, club, african, caribbean and one called All Stars. I have no idea what All Stars means, but I guess I will find out. <BR> <BR> I think this is a workout I can stick to because I enjoyed it so it didn't feel like working out. ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:22:50 EST Death by Burpee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179127 ...I am not sure what to say except that I just tried to work out today for the first time in like 3 months and I got a really big reality check as to my real level of fitness. <BR> <BR> I joined this site which so far seems really great called Dailyburn.com. In it you select if your fitness level is beginner or advanced so that it can recommend the proper workout program for you. The workout programs are videos that you watch right there and do daily and so it is very cool and simple to use... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:19:26 EST The beginning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178364 It's a New Year coming up and I figured since the earth is still intact and I am not running from zombies or whatever the hell was supposed to happen, I may as well finally achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> I have a few goals to achieve in 2013. One of them includes losing 60 lbs and getting into "superhero" shape. :) I want to be more fit than I have been in my life and have the confidence and energy that comes along with that. <BR> <BR> Writing helps me keep on track with things and so I am g... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 01:50:13 EST