JEETSA's SparkPeople Blog JEETSA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So Proud of My Friend ....Inspired! I just read a blog post by one of my friends on SP and I was so inspired. She has made amazing changes in her life and has definitely had ups and downs in her journey thus far and her hard work and DETERMINATION have paid off. I cannot wait to see her continued success and progress. SO happy for her, so inspiring and motivating for me! :) Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:59:26 EST "No one said it was going to be easy...." "But it WILL be WORTH it" Every single day I say this to myself at least once...I cannot believe that I joined in January and here it is April and I have only lost 10 pounds. I am trying to stay positive and motivated. I have no one to blame but myself and the same bad cycle I always go back to. I CANNOT, I WILL NOT give up! I hate it when people say "if you want it bad enough you will make it happen"...I want it so bad but the reality is I am a food/sugar addict and addiction is NOT an easy... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:52:11 EST Leaping Daffodils! I am very excited to be on my second week of the Leaping Daffodils Team challenge...I am hoping that I will find the motivation and support that I did with the first team I joined on SP. I am ready to take whatever steps necessary to make my goals a reality!!! <BR> My goals for this challenge: <BR> 1. Vision Board/Binder - completed :) <BR> 2. Work out 4x a week - continuous! <BR> 3. Stay within my calorie matter what! - continuous :) <BR> 4. DRINK WATER - ALL THE TIME! :) <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:31:08 EST No one said it was going to be easy....but it WILL be worth it! :) So I am in the process of creating a "vision binder" if there is one thing that I would urge everyone to do it is make a vision board or binder of your goals, reasons why you are loosing weight/getting health and plan for doing so....I incorporated workouts I am doing or want to try and quotes that motivate me, pictures of where I want to be and reasons why I am doing this. It is just SUCH a good reminder it is visual and not just somewhere in my mind. Loving it, doing it, worth it! <BR> :) Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:01:19 EST been a while! So it has been quite a while since I posted a blog....but no worries it is not because I have gone rogue or off track. I have just been super busy with life. I figured the most important was to keep up with my nutrition logger. Anyway, I am still loving SP Coach and still focused on being healthy! Still trying to reach my 1st BIG goal of getting below 200lbs, but I am AT a ten pound loss woot woot!!! Gonna be in ONEderland soon....I can feel it! :) Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:06:26 EST Motivation - Finding it, and Keeping it! I just spent all last evening getting "Motivation" I looked up quotes, I pinned things I loved, wrote out goals and work outs to try AND I went back and found pictures of me at a healthy, happy weight! I now have ALL of things in places that I can see ALL day long! I also wrote out weekly goals that I have right at my I walked into the staff room....saw the chocolates and kept right on walking, yesterday that would NOT have happened...instead of 1 workout I have 2 different ones... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:45:56 EST SP Coach I decided I needed a change....something to get me back on track. I signed up for the free trial of SP Coach and so far it is JUST what the doctor ordered...I am going to continue with the trial but my motivation is back and the realization that no matter what I CAN do this has hit again....thanks again to all of you who gave me the support and help when I asked! I am ready to return the favor....anyone struggling, this is the place to be! SP is FULL of amazing, friendly, motivating people...... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:53:12 EST Needing some help :( I am really struggling....I don't know what my problem is but I seem to have great weeks and then totally bomb on the weekends. I am trying SO hard to not give up and maintain a positive attitude but when I'm not seeing any change and I can't even seem to keep myself on track it seems hopeless :( I have been reading and watching as many success stories as I can....I need some encouragement and any advice anyone is willing to give. I just really don't want another month to go by without anythi... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:49:03 EST February down, March Up! So February was almost a total write off I think I lost and gained back the entire month....definitely wasn't a success for me. HOWEVER, March is going to be a different story! I am READY to have an AMAZING Month ....I have been on track since February 28th with tracking everyday and staying within my calorie range. I am setting up a new workout routine and I am aiming high....going to reach my 1st goal of below 200 first and then aim for another 8lbs!!! Here I go!!! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:32:09 EST Starting off right! So last week was just a total right off and I vowed that that would NOT happen this week! Today I worked out over my lunch break and I felt GREAT! I had WAY more energy for my afternoon and just knowing that I could leave when school was done and have that extra time with my baby girl made it all worth it. <BR> I had one hard eating choice, it was a staff member's bday celebration and they had ice cream cake, my favorite!!! SO I did have a small piece....BUT I included it in my tracker and ev... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:08:55 EST Weekly goals! Since I majorly struggled with motivation last week I decided to make some weekly goals in order to start this week off right! <BR> 1. Drink Water! As much as I can! Nothing else besides two cups of coffee! <BR> 2. Gym - 4x this week....30 min cardio with 20 min weights! <BR> 3. Track Everything that goes in my mouth! <BR> 4. Stay within my calorie range and on the lower side! <BR> 5. Get 7-8 hrs of sleep EVERY night! <BR> I am hoping to be down the 2 pounds I was up by weigh in on Saturday ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 02:24:50 EST Weight Gain --- Positive Thoughts! So when I stepped on the scale this morning and saw my weight gain of 1.8lbs I felt the immediate pangs of dissapointment and hopelessness. I decided right then and there that I WOULD not let myself fall into the trap of the same pattern of quitting and depression that always comes from my first gain after starting to lose again. SO I turned my thoughts around! I started to think about how great I have been feeling, how my clothes are fitting better, how I can put on the coat that I haven't w... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:50:15 EST Busy = Rough Weekend :( Well I really struggled this weekend with having way too many events and obligations, all of which involved over eating. I am paying for it today...feeling really tired and belly aching, ugh! Not letting it ruin my week though...starting my day out right by getting on here as soon as I could and setting up goals for the day and week. One bump doesn't give me an excuse to crash my car! :) Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:30:19 EST It's Amazing! I find it so amazing that I can feel like such a huge, fat, ugly blob when I am eating bad and not working out. And yet, feel smaller, happier, healthier, more energetic and just generally better when I am staying within my calorie allowance and working out pretty consistently. Why then do I ever not want to keep up with this lifestyle change....clearly the perks outweigh the negatives. I am still heavier than I want to be...I remember feeling SO huge at 180 and now I would do ANYTHING to get... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:06:27 EST So close....I can taste it! This morning I stepped on the scale and was down to 201.6!!! I can't imagine how excited I will be when I see that 199.? because I was doing a happy dance all morning just to be this close lol! I cannot wait to be down 1 more pound and be at my 10 pound mark as well as well as my first goal! I am finally feeling like this is working for isn't quick or easy, but nothing worth having is right? Have a great week everyone, I know I will :) Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:34:16 EST Mind over "Matter" :) So I was feeling a bit down in the dumps that I hadn't lost more weight in the month of January...however, a good friend of mine told me to look at the Bigger picture. I might not have lost as much weight (matter) as I had intended but I HAD lost and that was worth celebrating (mind). Sometimes we focus far too much on what we didn't accomplish when we really need to be proud of what we did accomplish! Mind over Matter!!! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 13:39:35 EST Loving SP! Well I just have to give another HUGE thank you to Spark People...I am so used to failing and giving up that I can't believe it has been exactly a month now that I have been REALLY with SP and taking full advantage of all it has to offer! <BR> I am so proud of myself that I am loosing my old patterns and habits and sticking with matter how many times I mess up (which is often) or how many times I get discouraged, this time it is different because I have a team of support and I hav... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:45:16 EST Feels Good to be Back :) I haven't worked out since last Friday and let me tell you does it ever feel good to be sweaty today! I just finished a 45 min Cardio Kickboxing and I feel great! I always forget that working out just isn't good for body, it is awesome for mind as well! Glad to be back :) Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:39:48 EST My Goal This Week!!! I have a goal for this week....I have been doing pretty good with tracking and working out and sticking with my weight loss program. However, I have never had a PERFECT week....I always have at least ONE day of really bad eating where I don't track or work out or even count. Now, that hasn't stopped my weight loss but it definitely hasn't helped it. So my goal for this week, and I'm putting it out there to be accountable. Is to have a perfect week in which I track EVERY DAY and remain within ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:14:22 EST Loving the Ticker! I am LOVING the weight first I thought I would just be depressed seeing how far I still have to go, but it has worked totally opposite! I am loving that I can look and see that in just over 2 weeks I am down 8 pounds!!! I usually give up after a few weeks if I don't see a change, but now I realize that if I just stick with it, no matter how long it takes it WILL come off and my ticker is proof of that!!! <BR> :) Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:22:26 EST All about choices! So today I didn't get a chance to work out. I usually do a class with some girls right after school, but today I had a meeting and then had to pick up my baby from daycare. We then had a supper invite and by the time I got home I was not feeling like working out! Here is where you think I forced myself to work out....wrong! I told myself there was nothing wrong with taking a rest day, although I felt pretty guilty...but I shouldn't waste the night in front of the tv without having worked out.... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:58:38 EST Motivated! Just found out that my super fit twin will be meeting me in Edmonton over Easter break...motivated more than ever now to lose 15-20lbs by then and get some new stuff! Plus feel better about myself then I did the last time I saw her! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:44:49 EST Every day I'm struggling So I have really hit a rough patch, two days of not working out turned into 4 days of bad eating...following my usual pattern this is where I would give up. However, since I have not followed my usual pattern thus far ( using SP to its full potential I have ever done till now) I am determined to not give up! My goal to have 50lbs off by July is becoming harder with each day I throw away, but instead of wallowing in defeat I am taking on the challenge and I am going to do th is! If I am 50 lbs... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:53:40 EST The Dreaded Sugar Addiction I am always amazed when people think I'm being funny by saying I am a "food addict"...because I am! I love food, crave food, binge with food and think about it all the time...pretty sure those are the signs of a true addict. <BR> BUT SP has become my 12 Step Program...I still struggle, this weekend was wicked but tonight while fighting the urge to just eat everything in sight I quickly went onto SP to get motivated again. I am writing this to all the other food addicts out are no... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:11:25 EST Love being an Elementary teacher...hate the flu season that goes along with it! Ugh! I thought I was beating it but man this flu has the better of me. Can't work out so I have to make sure I'm making the right food choices. Hoping I can push through and jump right back onto the workout wagon by Monday at the latest. I am not giving up this time, I am doing this! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:16:44 EST 2nd Week in and feeling great :) So I am in my second "official" week of Spark People and I am loving it! Life is good...I feel better, sleep better and just am a better person! The weight is coming off but more importantly I am feeling so good health wise and mentally. It is so much more than a weight loss journey ...and now I think I finally get that! <BR> :) Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:09:50 EST Weigh In Tomorrow! So I'm both nervous and excited for my weigh in tomorrow, hoping to be down but happy with my weeks progress no matter what. I am feeling so much better after only one week of working out and eating healthy! Looking forward to yet another great with Spark People! <BR> :) Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:25:16 EST Sometimes you fall down... And that is what I did tonight :( I really struggled with eating and went over my calorie limit. One upside is that I didn't go crazy, when I thought I was on my way to my "binge state" I came up to bed. I am now ready to forget about the day, pick myself back up and have a great week! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:17:59 EST 10 Min Daily Exercise Challenge Shout Out! I have to give big props to the 10 min daily exercise challenge team! Since joining I have lost my "gym guilt" I used to feel super guilty if I didn't get to the gym or if I didn't do a long enough/hard enough work out. Now, I realize that any amount of fitness is better than none and I should feel proud of every effort to be healthy no matter how small. <BR> Go team go! :) <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:44:38 EST Loving Life I realized tonight how utterly blessed I am! I have a daughter and a husband who love me unconditionally. I have an amazing job teaching 21 grade 1's and 2's. I have friends and family all over Canada. I live in the beautiful Great White North and I serve a living God who loves me more than anything! <BR> This weight loss journey has become so much more than just "dropping the pounds" and I've only been hooked to SP for a little over a week....ya, it's gonna be a good year :) Fri, 4 Jan 2013 01:41:24 EST Isn't it funny? Isn't it funny how when eating "junk" food and things that do absolutely nothing for my body I am always over my calorie intake. And yet, when I am eating right and giving my body what it needs I find it hard to reach the minimum....really makes me think about how much I really "need" to sustain myself! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 01:15:41 EST New Years - another Resolution ;) The motivational and accountability aspect of SP is what makes this such a superior site in my opinion. Plus the support and friendships here are bar none from what I've seen thus far :) <BR> I have tried all the gimmicks, pills etc and I think it comes down to changing the way you live rather than looking for a quick fix. I have changed my outlook and I think that is the biggest difference I've noticed...I no longer want a "quick fix" that I can't continue throughout my life. I want to lear... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 01:49:23 EST Lovin' SP :) I cannot believe how much I am loving Spark People now that I've finally decided to use the site to its full potential. It is the first thing I check in the am and I spend more time on here than I do on FB now! It is so exciting to see my spark points go up, read other posts, read replies to my posts, track my nutrition and fitness. I cannot get over how motivated I am to get healthy! Thank you Spark People, I'm only down a pound and I feel like you have changed my life already :) Mon, 31 Dec 2012 01:43:16 EST Don't let me fall :( I haven't really been using the SP site to its full potential until this week and I am amazed at how much it is helping me! Tonight I had a big party at a friends house with all the usual "junky" food....I had eaten ahead of time so I wouldn't be hungry and had allotted some calories for this evening. However, I still went over my calorie range and was upset about it...instead of letting it get me down I immediately got on the site and started looking for a workout to burn those extra calorie... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:43:03 EST Not Giving Up! So tonight I realized after looking through old albums that it is now or never...I am young with my whole life ahead of me but am throwing it away on this food addiction! <BR> I started watching some videos on Spark People, checking out message boards and started to get super motivated....I did 30 min of cardio in my living room (this NEVER happens)!!! I assumed after my friend cancelled on our gym date that I would just skip the work out today. But I did it and I feel great! This time I am ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:42:47 EST Determined!!! I woke up this morning feeling gross. My stomach was bloated, my head hurt and I just felt big and ugly. Instead of letting this feeling rule the day I am determined to use it to make the change. Did I eat too much over the holidays, yes. Did I take in way too many sweets and junk, yes. Is it the end of everything I've worked for? Not going to let it! <BR> I can and I will do this! :) Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:28:26 EST