JEAN111766's SparkPeople Blog JEAN111766's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lipedema update So, since my last blog, I am continuing to follow the gluten free/ soy free/ anti-inflammatory kind of diet lifestyle. There are so many great options now a days!!! I am loving the fact that the gluten free/ soy free food choices are becoming more readily available! <BR> At my last visit with my Lipedema Therapist, I was down 1456 cc's of fluid in my left leg (about 3 lbs) and 1709 cc's in my right leg (about 4 lbs) and about 25 lbs overall. I am still completely mind boggled by all of t... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:14:19 EST Lipedema... who knew??? **Extremely important information to share** I have learned some exceptionally important information about myself and have also learned that there are over 11 million women in the US alone who have the same issues and have most likely not been diagnosed yet. <BR> In Oct 2016, I went to my primary care MD and expressed complete and total frustration over the swelling in my lower legs and my exasperation's as to why I could not lose the weight I have been carrying around for my entire adult life. <BR> My doctor suggested starting me on ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:02:29 EST Struggles with a plan to fix! Hello and Good Morning from MD!!! <BR> 'Tis a rainy, chilly start to this Tuesday here in MD... supposed to be in the 60's later today and then a wintry mix of snow tomorrow or the next day... go figure! Kind of like my weight loss journey... on again/ off again... I've been making too many excuses at the gym and have been cheating myself out of a healthy challenging lifestyle... giving in to too many weak moments! and... I am only cheating myself. So here I am sharing my struggles with you w... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 08:25:56 EST Scale is evil I have been ignoring the scale... for a long time now... but I have been working out 4-5 times a week doing zumba, body weight exercises and personal training with weights. <BR> However... I have been a bit to slack on the nutrition tracking... sooo, I took control back this week. <BR> The scale tipped me over the edge... my weight has gone up about 10lbs. I was so irritated by this that I decided enough is enough. I need to start really paying attention to what I am putting in my body. <BR... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:08:52 EST Update 10 (June 28, 2016) Update 10 (June 28, 2016): Started writing this on my update section of my page and continuing here... Wow! time flies! Hard to believe it has been a year since I have updated my page!!! What a busy year it has been! Holding steady on the weight loss... still down about 40 of the 50 that I had shed from May 2014- Jan 2015. Exercising religiously with a very supportive group of friends at Anytime Fitness in Thurmont, MD has been keeping me on track. A few days after last year's update I w... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:59:23 EST WHY? Another very important step to this weight loss journey is to determine your WHY? Why do you want to do this? and then fill in some goals... <BR> <BR> It has been a while since writing out my why? So, here I go... I want to do this for me. I still see myself at 300+ lbs, I haven't grasped the realization that I have really shed 50 lbs and kept it off for almost 8 months now. I need to get serious and get another 50 lbs off. I guess I got comfortable with the 50 off and figured I had this... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 17:06:22 EST Back and stronger than ever!!! So sorry I have been out of touch... I had to take some time to gather my thoughts and re-group! <BR> I have maintained a weight loss of 50lbs since June 2014! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> I have been incorporating strength training and zumba into my daily life... 5 times a week working out and the other 2 days trying to get some form of fitness done. <BR> Been eating clean... cutting most junk carbs... although I've been slacking a bit in that de... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 17:07:10 EST It's working!! Things in my weight loss journey are going well. I feel better than I have in many years. I was blessed to be introduced to a personal trainer in early June. <BR> <BR> She has given me the encouragement, tools and motivation to finally believe that I will get this weight off once and for all. <BR> <BR> I went to see her again last night... I'm down 38 lbs and when she did my body fat analysis, she said I had lost 46lbs of fat and gained about 7 lbs of muscle!!! I am so happy that this is... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:16:41 EST This time... I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with a personal trainer to help me get this weight off. She and I have been working together for the past 4 weeks and things are going really well (I'm down 20lbs and feeling better than I have in a real long time!!). <BR> This is an all natural healthy alternative to foods for better health as well as all natural options for the home and the environment. <BR> I am so excited that I will finally be able to reach my goal weight once and for al... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:13:27 EST Try Try Try again... So, I can only ignore the right way to do things for so long... and that time has come. My weight is back where I started many times before and I feel bloated and overloaded. <BR> <BR> I've been soul searching a good bit lately. I know for a fact that I put myself on the back burner when life gets in the way. I haven't figured out how to keep me on the front burner. But I know this is something that I have to learn how to do if I will ever be successful in my weight loss and need to be h... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:38:03 EST Happy New Year!!! Long overdue for a blog entry... but that is because I am long overdue for taking care of me. I've been so busy taking care of my girls in the evenings that my needs for exercise have been pushed to the side. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to put any grandiose plans into action for the moment... I'm just going to work on getting my focus back in some areas and then gradually add more. Just taking the time to write out my thoughts here is a start. <BR> <BR> I still have about 15 of the 25 off tha... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:01:07 EST Time for a blog It has been a while since I gathered my thoughts and put them into words. <em>387</em> I have been maintaining at 24-25 lbs off and for the past few weeks I took a mental break from my weight loss efforts. Luckily, I had implemented enough good habits to not completely go off the deep end and regain every pound I had lost. <em>224</em> <BR> I have been extremely busy in the evenings once I get home from work. I have been helping my 6th grader a lot with her homework- she started a... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:29:04 EST Gotta keep re-fueling <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is definitely a life long journey and of all the resources available for weight loss, SP has it wrapped up tight. <BR> <BR> The daily motivations, the success stories, the nutrition, exercise, health information are never ending. <BR> <BR> The Sparkcoach program is worth its weight in gold. <BR> <BR> I have been staying consistent with this program and seeing success in my weight loss journey. <BR> ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:23:50 EST My SP Coach assignment Blog about 'If "weight" didn't exist, how would you know if your body was healthy? Blog today about all the signs that you're getting healthier, happier and fitter that don't involve the scale.' <BR> <BR> I like thinking about my journey in this way. I get so hung up on the scale that I don't take enough time to focus on the ways I am succeeding... <BR> As of today, I am down 25lbs. This is fantastic for me, but even better is that my clothes are looser. I can pull out a shirt from my clo... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:06:41 EST Absolutely Exhausted today The stress is too high for me today. DH layed off from job again last week. The job searching sucks. Home internet not working... tech was out today and didn't fix the problem- he said we have to run all new cable throughout the house... Trying not to let this beat me down so much, but with our already stretched financial woes, this layoff is really wearing me down today. <BR> Lack of sleep and tension with DD's arguing last night is not helping either. <BR> <BR> I need to pick myself up... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:09:35 EST 30 day challenge Started a 30 day exercise challenge on August 1st... day 3 done today!!!! Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:01:55 EST Fitness goals My fitness goals... continue with Zumba 2x per week; continue walking on treadmill increasing speed and incline to eventually be able to jog and get incline to 6-7. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:27:44 EST IF Gravity didn't exist... Today, I was asked to think about gravity not existing and everything being weightless and to record how I feel about my journey thus far without thinking about pounds. So here goes: <BR> <BR> I have noticed the ability to stay strong on the treadmill in the calorie burner mode. I have been setting it at level 5 (started out at level 4) and going at 2.5 mph (started at 2.0-2.3). The incline difference between level 4 (high of 5.1%) and 5 (high of 5.6 %) is significant. I am able to walk t... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:50:03 EST Long Term Goal Reward I am reading the "Spark Solution" and just read the section that says we should decide on a reward (non-food related) for short term as well as our Long Term goals... <BR> My Long Term Goal Reward will be a CRUISE with my hubby and hopefully my daughters. <BR> 2015 is our 25th wedding anniversary year and we have been wanting to go on a cruise for a long time. I had previously decided that 2015 was also when I was going to reach my goal weight of 150-160 because this is when my new work ID w... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:32:28 EST Great video<BR>k?u=07487d1456302a286cf9c4ccc&id=3401a<BR>af479&e=7dadc4c7df <BR> <BR> I just watched this video on obesity and diabetes... very interesting. <BR> <BR> If you want to watch it, copy and paste the link to your web address line. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:56:39 EST LT, ST Goals and not really a DB anymore I'm throwing in the towel on the daily blogs... just don't have enough time in the day. I'll strive for an every couple day blog or at a minimum, a weekly blog... <BR> <BR> So today, I decided to finally and forever commit myself to a healthy lifestyle that includes at least 10 mins of exercise per day and making healthy food choices everyday. <BR> I will reach my goals: <BR> Long Term: healthy weight of 150-160 by May 2015 or earlier <BR> Short Term: 10% weight loss by Oct 2013, approx 30 ... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:28 EST DB 20-22... finding my way I'm slowly finding my way back on the right path. I knew if I started reading the Spark Solution that it would help... and it has. I haven't finished it yet, hope to get through it over the next week, but just in what I have read so far, I can feel my strength coming back. <BR> I do so well for a while when I finally get restarted on my weight loss journey, and then something gets in the way and I slide off track and out of focus... I really am an 'all or none' kind of person on this journe... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:39:51 EST DB 19- Bought the SPARK Solution today... I'm excited to start reading this book and to start following the program... more to come on this... need to cut this short for now to get the family settled for the night... <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:45:02 EST DB 16-18... not doing so well My bump in the road turn into a huge sink hole! I am trying to climb out but keep slipping on every step... <BR> Friday night... snacked <BR> Saturday... snacked <BR> Sunday... not horrible, but not on program very well <BR> Monday... ok during day, blew it after work and for dinner... and skipped my Zumba tonight :( <BR> <BR> And again I will try tomorrow.... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:18:04 EST DB 15- hit a bump Weighed in this morning... up 1.2 lbs and so very annoyed. I need to go back over my daily blogs to see what caused this 1.2 lb gain... I'm pretty sure it is sodium... between that and carbs... I can't catch a break. <BR> <BR> So I was irritated and out of my element... I spent the day with my 5th grader... was supposed to be her 5th grade picnic, but ended up as an all day 5th grade recess INSIDE due to the Tropical Storm that came up the East Coast. <BR> ALL day inside with a whole bunc... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 23:20:32 EST DB 14- day 4 and holding steady Still holding steady and making good choices. Stayed focused and on track and didn't fall into the pretzels and hummus temptation... this is huge! Hubby has decided this is a daily staple now and I had been doing the same... I really think this is where a lot of my sodium retention was coming from. I only ate this snack once this week. <BR> WW tomorrow... wish me luck!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:51:09 EST DB 13- staying strong one day at a time Short and quick blog tonight... very busy day today and no time to play on my Sparks :( <BR> <BR> I am staying true to myself one day at a time. I stuck to my food plan and within my healthy eating guidelines per Weight Watchers. And I got my activity in with Zumba... <BR> <BR> Day 3 of being focused and I noticed tonight that my head is more clear and my energy level is picking up... I'm not nearly as fatigued as I have been. <BR> <BR> one day at at time... one day at a time... one day a... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:52:40 EST DB 12- good day #2 Stayed on track again today... helps so much to have the meals planned out. Had my cereal this morning, my wrap this afternoon with turkey, ham, lettuce and cucumbers and beef stew with a big bowl of veggies for dinner. Ate some pretzels and hummus for snack... <BR> I am very happy with these last 2 days. <BR> <BR> I am also working on picking up my walking pace. I am a slow walker... mostly because I am carrying around 285 lbs with every step I take... so I have been focusing on keeping... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 22:11:28 EST DB 11- a good day :) I did it!!!! I stayed focused and on track for the whole day!!!!! Yaayyyy!!! <BR> Ate only what I had planned out.... and .... went to Zumba tonight!!! <BR> <BR> Sooo, day 1 done!! Now, to keep this momentum going for another day and then another... just one day at a time... I CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:09:17 EST DB 10 Hanging in, rested a lot today. Planning on increasing the activity tomorrow... need to get my Zumba fix in.... it's been too long. <BR> <BR> Did ok with tracking the foods today, ate some junk, but didn't overdo it. Hoping that getting my Zumba fix will get me fully refocused. <BR> <BR> Short blog tonight... went back over some older blogs that I wrote over the past couple years... seems like I have the same pattern going on now for the last several years... time to get my head in the r... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:11:08 EST DB 9 Well I did great til this evening... junked out before dinner again... too much junk in the house and once I give in it is all down hill from there. <BR> <BR> Ate "Scoops" with salsa as a snack... one of my biggest downfalls... asked hubby not to buy them anymore because they call my name. Then had hubby's delayed birthday dinner and more cake and ice cream tonight... ugh! <BR> <BR> And so we start again tomorrow... I will start my day with an omelette, have a salad or a sandwich for lunch... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:20:27 EST Daily Blog 8 (DB8) Weighed in at 288.8 today. This is -3.8 for this week- much better. Got started on some antibiotics and am finally feeling ok. Still a bit sluggish, but definitely on the better side of things. Started my daily blogs, this seems to be keeping me focused and accountable. Also have been tracking my food and activity this week. <BR> <BR> Goals for this weekend: <BR> <em>387</em> - Set up my meal plan with plenty of freggies figured in. Get back to a limited junk carb intake. <BR> -... Fri, 31 May 2013 15:13:22 EST Daily Blog 6 and 7 Missed blogging yesterday... this will happen from time to time... so I am taking a few moments now to jot down my thoughts... <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good til I got home as far as food goes. I did well for breakfast and lunch but then munched when I got home until dinner. Wasn't even overly hungry for dinner, but managed to eat a full bowl of stew and 3 cornbread muffins. This is the area I really need to work on. Figuring out how to manage the hours from walking in the door after work ... Thu, 30 May 2013 13:54:31 EST Daily Blog 5 Another sick day today... up the better part of last night with the sinus crud and cough.... so again, no exercise. <BR> I did take time to track what I ate today, and very surprisingly was within my calories, carbs and proteins... a bit over in the fat category. <BR> <BR> Day 3 antibiotics done... 2 more to go, man I'm hoping this is the trick! <BR> <BR> I have been sick just about the whole month of May... I have really had enough of this... just sayin. <BR> <BR> Planning on getting ba... Tue, 28 May 2013 22:31:21 EST Daily Blog 4 Staying true to my word to blog daily... here I am again. Today I rested and just had fun with my girls. Watched a chic flick and played a very long game of Mexican Train (a domino game). Did not exercise or stay on track with the food... figured it was Memorial Day and the last day of my long weekend, so I gave in to my comfort food and didn't over due it, but didn't track. <BR> Tomorrow starts my work week and just by walking to my cubicle from my car and back to my car, I will get abo... Mon, 27 May 2013 20:41:32 EST Daily Blog 3 Lazy day today, started on antibiotics for a sinus infection. Hoping this will be the turning point to help me get back to my daily workouts and daily points tracking. <BR> Tomorrow is Memorial Day... keeping our Armed Forces in my thoughts and prayers. <BR> Ate leftovers from the cookout yesterday and set up the plan for the weekly menu... planned some healthy choices for the week. <BR> I will <em>386</em> !!! Sun, 26 May 2013 23:07:54 EST Today's thoughts Woke up feeling so so from not sleeping very well. Sinuses are a mess.... but still managed to get a nice walk in and then vacuumed 2 of our 3 levels and scrubbed the kitchen floor. Visited with the parents and my sister, played some games and enjoyed some good eats. <BR> Started out with good food choices and then fell back to my old habits of junk food... chomped on some cookies and had some ice cream... and as usual, I feel like a blimp. <BR> Tomorrow is another day... will check back in... Sat, 25 May 2013 22:22:42 EST My thoughts for the day, May 24, 2013 This month has not been a good weight loss month... as a matter of fact I have gained back all but 3.8 lbs from where I started in Dec. I am really sick about this. Thinking back about it, I think I need to write a daily blog on how my day goes each day... that way I can track my highs and lows over time and see what causes me to lose it.... and then how I get back on track. So, this is my goal for the next month... <BR> <BR> Started out the month with a +0.8. Was sick all week. Not able to... Fri, 24 May 2013 23:28:25 EST Been a while since writing a blog Yep, it has been about a month... long overdue for a blog check in. <BR> I've been doing well overall. I am continuing to follow my Weight Watcher plan, I have been working out with Zumba 2x per week and Water Aerobics 1-2x per week. I am also trying to do a DVD in the morning a few times a week. <BR> <BR> The weight is dropping overall. Some weeks are down, some are up, but the overall drop is taking place. I am down 12.6 lbs since Dec 8, 2012. I wish the weight would drop faster, but ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:57:07 EST Slow but steady progress Still working my SMART Goals... Feels good to have a destination this time around. <BR> Had a slight detour for the past couple weeks with getting the sinus crud and bronchitis... but decided today was the day to get refocused. Back to work today and took a very good mentally healing walk... sun was shining and the air was so crisp and fresh and it felt so good!!! <BR> So the head is clear and I am ready to drop some more of these pounds! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>381</em> <em>67... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:24:27 EST 11 weeks in review... A review of the past 11 weeks… I am down 9 ½ lbs since Dec 8th 2012. Considering that I have been playing with these same lbs for the past couple of years, I am finally done with them forever. I got rid of them slowly with an average of ½ to 1 lb per week… would like to have gotten rid of more, but apparently my body doesn’t want to let go of the weight as fast as I think it should. <BR> I tracked just about everything I ate and my work outs along with challenges in my WW journal over the p... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:46:34 EST Visualizing a Successful Journey Through WW, I started a success journal. One activity is to view motivation on a clock. When the hand is at 12 is when we are most motivated and most focused. As the clock hand moves around the dial towards 3, we are still motivated but losing the edge. Still doing well, but starting to slip on the things that we know work. As the hands move towards 6, we are about 50% committed and can either pick up the daily effort to move back towards highly motivated, or we can continue to move towa... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:08:32 EST I ate an orange first I'm craving chocolate... and junk food... the stressors are real today... car problems, bad weather, too much drama at work, hubby's job and unstable income... <BR> but I chose to eat my orange first. And then I ate my apple. I am so happy I chose these first. <BR> I have a chocolate and oats fiber one bar...I'll eat that in a little while. I would have eaten that first, but then I know I would not have eaten my fruit. <BR> <BR> I've gotta get back to the work stress, but just wanted to h... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:28:14 EST Lose a pd/ stay the same/ lose a pd/ stay the same This apparently is my WW journey. I have faithfully been on track with going to the meetings each week, planning out my menu and sticking to it for the most part and tracking everything I eat. I have been staying within my points range and I have been exercising 4-5x per week... <BR> Several thoughts about why the weight just won't drop... <BR> 1. Maybe my body is just waiting for me to fail. I have started and stopped so many times over the past 30+ years that maybe it is just in rut an... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:00:18 EST WW- End of Week 3 Staying committed through the holidays!!! Oh yeah!!! End of week 3 and going strong. Tracking my food everyday, staying within my points and planning my menus out a week ahead of time... and guess what??? It works! It really is working! Down 3.4 lbs since Dec 8th. No weight loss first week... I blame that one on the high sodium dinner I had the night before. Second week, down 1.6 and this week down 1.8. <BR> <BR> My group leader today has lost 200 lbs since 2005. She shared her ups a... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:01:10 EST WW- Week 1 Being the professional "dieter" that I am, I knew myself and what went wrong when I stepped on the scale Saturday morning. I knew before I left my house that my weight would either be the same, or even up a little... and this was after staying on track, writing everything down for a whole week, exercising 5 days and staying within my points... and I was right. I stayed the same with my weight. I had too much sodium in my meal the night before weighing in... and boy did my body hold onto th... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:10:46 EST Must change my lifestyle forever and just deal with it Having seriously considered weight loss surgery but really not wanting to do it, I have finally resolved myself to re-joining Weight Watchers and making the commitment for the long term. I have to agree with a fellow Sparker who very clearly helped me to realize that I do not need to have weight loss surgery; because decreasing the size of my stomach is not my problem… it is my mental focus that is the problem. Whether or not I was to have the surgery is not going to fix my mental block on ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:49:50 EST Here I go again.... If I could just stay focused for the long term....... I am coming up on 2 years of being a Sparkie and I have lost a lot of pounds... and GAINED them back again at least 3 or 4 times..... <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> So, here I go again... at least I am learning a lot about myself and know that exercise is truly the KEY to weight loss. I have known this all along, but knowing it is only 5% of the battle.... DOING something about it is the other 95%. <BR> I am not getting any younger and the old... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:35:59 EST Still focused! So it took me through the weekend to finally get my head into this challenge... Sunday I completely went overboard and ate entirely too much. <BR> <BR> Woke up Monday feeling like I had a 20lb body glove suit surrounding my already very overweight body... felt like crap and felt that way all day!!!! I was sick sick sick and finally it kicked in, I REALLY HAVE TO DO THIS. <BR> <BR> I am the most head strong person when it comes to getting focused. I fight myself to the bitter end, til I rea... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 22:55:10 EST On a mission to drop 20 by October So, my Dad called me and asked if I wanted to join him and my sister in a weight loss effort of 20lbs by October. I said "sure!"... now I need to do it :) <BR> <BR> I am refreshing my committment to the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Daily check ins on this site... update food tracker, fitness tracker, pop by my message boards, read at least one success story per day. <BR> <BR> 2. Not let the stress of work and everyday life get in the way of my health. I need to realize that nothing in life ... 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