JENNIFER0807's SparkPeople Blog JENNIFER0807's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm just one of those people I need to wrap my mind around the idea that I need to limit my carbs for life! I cannot eat carbs more that once a day and specifically, cake, bread, pasta, rice, and cookies, sugary drinks. <BR> <BR> This week I have cut out about 80% of the carbs I typically eat and it has made a huuuuge difference. It has made 4lbs of difference. <BR> <BR> I did not exercise, i did not track calories, i did not water fast, it's pretty amazing. I just need to keep it up and not fall back into... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:09:51 EST Tracking, workout, water--BAck at it! That's the mentality that I will have for the rest of the summer. I am officially back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> I will be tracking my calories all the while making good choices (ie, more green juice, veggies and protein meals, less pizza, bread and butter) I will however allow one cheat day! This will be either sat or sunday depending on my agenda. <BR> <BR> I will be starting a workout regimen...But I'm still trying to organize that schedule. I'm probably going to do a workout off an app t... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:10:39 EST More changes So I have started Chalean and even though i was MIA during the weekend and a bit into my week, I will continue my program. <BR> <BR> To be honest i've been feeling a bit disheartened because I have not been seeing the scale move pretty much at all. However I have lost a couple of inches around my waist so I'll keep chugging along. It doesn't help my motivation. But this time around I wont let a set back completely throw me off my game. <BR> <BR> If I do anything I want to stick to my goa... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:35:58 EST My Top 10 Motivational Quotes! Which is your favorite? I love the discipline one! I think it's so awesome to be a disciplined person. I hope to get there someday. <BR> <BR> I tag you all to post your top 5 or 10! Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:52:19 EST Organizing my fitness journey I have been under a bit of stress lately. I realize that a few things have happened lately that are out of my control. There is nothing I can do to change it. Even if i don't like it. <BR> <BR> My apartment needed some emergency renovation. The ceiling cracked and collapsed and we are staying in a hotel until it's fixed. <BR> <BR> I enrolled my daughter in Kindergarten last week and she got placed in a school that was not our preference at all. I had to write a letter to ask for a reassi... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:44:26 EST sometimes life gets in the way I got sidetracked this month! I'll be completely open..something I don't usually do because I'm a very private person but I recently thought I was was pregnant. I'm not going to call it a pregnancy scare because I am happily married with one child so the notion of having another is something that we talk about often and to be honest this was the first time that we risked it in a long time. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> So this was all that was on my mind. All of a sudden it was all i could ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:27:43 EST June Goals update Mid June Goals: <BR> <BR> Starting a healthy diet--- (I literally just met that one- emoticon ) CHECK <BR> Staying under my calorie requirement. emoticon (NEEDS WORK) <BR> Eating 1 fruit every day. emoticon (DID WELL BUT GOAL NOT MET...) <BR> Eating 1 vegetable everyday. emoticon (baby steps) (DID WELL BUT GOAL NOT MET...) <BR> Working out 3 times a week. emoticon (DID WELL BUT GOAL NOT MET...) <BR> <BR> Overall, I did better than before staring my new diet. <BR> <BR> (...and yes i call it... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:34:42 EST Not going to wait! Mid June Goals So I decided to restart today. It's not the January, the beginning of the month, the beginning of the week or even the beginning of the day. It's an awkward start. I already started out wrong but I will try to stay within my calorie range and do 1/2 hour of fitness. <BR> <BR> However, I feel like I've been mentally preparing to do this-- to change my life -- for the past several weeks. Sometimes my motivation is lacking and that's what scares me to start. The idea of not staying motivated a... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:55:48 EST Weigh in Wednesday I didn't lose but didn't gain! <BR> <BR> I took a tape and measured myself against the my measurements a few months ago. I lost quite a few inches! <BR> Very encouraging when the scale lets you down all though I didn't do so great this week so it's mostly my own fault! <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:44:52 EST Weigh in Wednesday! 2lbs down from last Wednesday! <BR> <BR> According to the scale it's actually a couple of ounces from 2 entire lbs but I'm rounding up bc I can!! <BR> I'm very happy with that. <BR> Less than 2 weeks ago I was soo bloated and felt so hopeless but I'm starting to feel less bloated and plain ol better. <BR> <BR> I'd like to restart chalean but do it consecutively but whenever I feel like it... not every dang day like I'm supposed to bc the moment I don't do it just one day I feel like not d... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:30:20 EST Only one goal for December My goal for this month is to stick with my plan! <BR> <BR> So many times I lose the first five pounds and get off track. I don't know why but its so typical of me. It's like I self sabotage. <BR> <BR> That's why my goal for this month is simple. Stay on track! Keep doing what I started doing! I'm peeking at the scale and like what I see. Keep going! <BR> <BR> Tracking helps me so much. I always see results when I track my food intake and stay under. It's also not that hard. Yesterday I ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:11:23 EST I feel like I had an AHA moment! I spent most of October and November stressing about my weight but not doing much. Things always seemed to get in the way. Migraines, colds, work, doc appts, chores..etc. <BR> <BR> Why do I always have something getting in the way? <BR> <BR> I started out December with a one day detox. It should have been longer but I also found out this month I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to cleanses. "It was a rough day" is an understatement. <BR> <BR> The next day toxins must have left my body a... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:11:12 EST October Goals- Haven't given up! My goals for the month: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Workout 3 times a week and at least one day at the gym <BR> <em>362</em> <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Eat within my calorie range! NO exceptions! <BR> <em>469</em> <em>551</em> <em>180</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Go for a walk at least once a week with the family. <BR> <em>342</em> <em>90</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Be more positive about losing weight! <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:03:05 EST Lost 1.4 Good job me! Goal was 2lbs but that's ok i think i can make it up next week. <BR> <BR> THis week i realized that if i can get past the first 5 minutes on the bike i can go for at least 30 mins. its just those first five minutes that are grueling... <BR> <BR> Afterwards i felt pretty great! <BR> <BR> xoxo <BR> Jen Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:33:29 EST starting over again so this is like the millionth time i start over... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> oh well... i will start over until i finally get this. <BR> At the very least it shows I am concerned for my health and wellbeing. <BR> <BR> This time I want to go balls to the wall! <BR> I really want to lose weight so i will be tracking!! and working out!! <BR> <BR> first workout today...1/2 hour on bike. aiming for more. <BR> Tiny victory i had today was eating 1/2 a portion of my crumb cake this morning. Bad b... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:10:24 EST week #7 -1.6 lb! Woohoo! I lost 1.6lbs <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> This week I can thank my wisdom teeth for my loss. It really should be more but I weighed in mid day and after breakfast and coffee. The first couple of days I was on a liquid diet so as you know that makes you lose lots of water weight really fast. I did start eating more "normally" a couple of days ago. Only chewing on one side but I did eat. <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> I can't say I made the best decisions because honestly I just ate what I co... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:01:08 EST wisdom teeth So I decided that my wisdom teeth finally had to go after causing me much pain and discomfort for a while now. <BR> <BR> I was putting it off for quite some time since one of them was impacted and I was scared. but I was worried that they'd hurt the nearby molars (they didn't). <BR> <BR> So today is day 2 and I have a swollen face, some pain, and on a liquid diet. However, I feel so much better than I did this morning. The pain meds were making me sick and I felt like death. I was nauseous... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:24:31 EST week #6 update -1lb Woohoo! <BR> ...just a pound this week but it's better to go slow and steady rather than gaining so I'm still happy! Also this week is TOM so I am usually bloated and eating too much but I still managed to see the scale go down and that is great! <BR> <em>134</em> <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> This week I will attempt to get out more and walk everyday. Hopefully the weather cooperates. Today I'm taking the little one to the park and running a few local errands. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:28:23 EST Weeks #4 and #5 Unfortunately I don't have good weight loss to report. <BR> I have not gained since my last update but I need to lose to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Eating clean is hard when hubby brings a super large container of chocolate covered pecans home from work. <BR> <BR> I have been slipping but I am determined to get back on track. Today I will make a meal chart based on Dr. Furhman's eat to live program. <BR> <BR> Things I did right <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> I did do good on avoiding gluten/b... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:02:19 EST Week #3 results +.6lbs uh oh! I better put the breaks on this weight gain. <BR> <BR> I know exactly what I did wrong. I ate way to much white flour. I had pizza and bread rolls and ughhh!! its just horrible! <BR> <BR> This week I fell into my bad eating habits because I felt like I didn't have enough healthy choices around the house. Taking an inventory late last week I realized that I actually could have done much better. There were definitely healthy things I could have eaten but I didn't plan and got lazy! Tha... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:19:32 EST Week #2 results -1lb I am down one more lb this week. Honestly I could have done better but I will take it and learn from my ways. <BR> <BR> This week I continued to eat clean but there are a few things that I did wrong. For example: <BR> <BR> I ate out 2 times this week...damage was not so bad because it wasn't anything fried/fast food and portions were small but still...I want to do better. <BR> <BR> I went to a party this week and drank soda and ate cake...My goal is to show self control by not indulging in... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:09:44 EST Week 1 results -5lbs!! I'm baaack! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> and this time I hope that I'll finally get this weight off for good!! <BR> <BR> My first week of eating clean( no processed junky food, limiting portions and overall eating healthy) has paid off! <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am 5 lbs down! My weigh in are Mondays and to be honest Saturday and Sunday I had a couple of cheat moments (nothing too drastic either) but my eating was so good during the week that it still showed. <BR> <em>248</e... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 14:36:00 EST adjustments I'm going to try something new because I'm not where I should be at this point. It's frustrating but I'm not giving up. Somewhere down the line I need to learn from my experience until I find what works for ME. Everyone is different. I'm going to concentrate on my foods and tracking because I still need discipline in that area. I go off track so quick and that is bad. I don't know what it I see this as a diet and not a life journey? probably. I need this to be a permanent change. <BR... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:22:56 EST Week #3 Recap- Breakfast So this blog is a bit late as week 4 recap is <BR> But in week 3 I realized that I love oatmeal for breakfast! <BR> <BR> I used to HATE oatmeal-- especially without milk and sugar...that was unheard of. Now I look forward to eat and have already run out and need to buy some for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I use a bit of agave instead of sugar and also rely on fresh berries and bananas for sweetness. I include protein by adding natural peanut butter (no sugar or additives just sea s... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:19:15 EST Week #2 Recap 2lb loss!! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I did put in effort. I logged all my meals for the week and I believe I only went over once. Workout wise I didn't do so hot working out only once. <BR> <BR> Next week I need to work out more days and stay focused on that goal! However TOM came to visit this week so a 2lb loss is amazing to me! <BR> <BR> This week emphasized that tracking is key! Let's do this spark friends!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:49:38 EST week #1 Recap 2lb Loss! <em>244</em> <BR> <em>48</em> Things I did right: <BR> <BR> *I tracked all week. I tracked pretty much everything I ate and its probably the first time ever that I track after every meal for more than a couple of days so this was huge for me. It also helped me keep my calories in check. I only went over one day. <BR> <BR> *I restarted my chalean extreme workout program. All my calories burned also were added onto what I could consume for that day..this is good in a way beca... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:13:55 EST a bad pic= lots of motivation So yesterday my sister snapped a picture of me at the zoo. I looked so big. I don't have a full length mirror at home ( that needs to change pronto) so I got a big reality check on my weight status. It wasn't pretty. <em>39</em> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> I look so big. There just aren't words to describe how I feel at this point. I have recommitted, restarted, tried again, came spark many times. Sigh, I am going to do it again. I can only hope this time I can truly stick to the ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:58:04 EST