JGTHIELEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JGTHIELEN JGTHIELEN'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/ Change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777378 This past weekend, I was looking back at pictures from my Freshman year of college. <BR> I was absolutely astonished to see how big I once was, and how far I have come since then. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534477212.jpg"> <BR> The pictures on the left are from freshman year, and the pictures on the right are from this year. <BR> A two year difference. <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:42:06 EST Positive Thinking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771126 Today was one of those hard days. <BR> A day when I looked in the mirror and hated what I was seeing. <BR> A day when I sat down and could only think about the way my belly was bulging out and how large my thighs looked. <BR> A day when I felt like giving up, because I was never going to get any smaller. <BR> <BR> And that's when it happened. I stepped on the scale and saw I was down 2 pounds. <BR> Just a small reminder that no matter how great you are doing, unless you keep a positive mind... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:56:52 EST Why I Love SP. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763887 Today was one of those days/weeks where I really came to realize just why I love SP. I have made excuses all week for why I couldn't go to the gym or workout. First it was moving into my new apartment, then it was work, then hanging out with friends. And on top of missing my workouts, I was eating very unhealthy. I got to work tonight entirely disappointed in myself and feeling like I just wanted to quit trying at all- the weight will never come off. <BR> But all it took was a couple of minut... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:13:59 EST Simple Bliss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759735 Two days ago I began 3 different "30 day challenges", and let me just say that these are extremely challenging!!! These are the 3 challenges I am doing: <BR> 1.) Lose Your Love Handles (14 day challenge I plan on doing twice) <BR> 2.) 30 Day Beach Body Challenge, by 30 day fitness <BR> 3.) 30 Day Ab and Squat Challenge, by 30 day fitness <BR> I will also be adding cardio to all of this. <BR> <BR> To start out my challenge I took my beginning weight and some beginning measurements, and then u... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:37:18 EST Frustrated. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745184 These last couple of weeks have been very very frustrating. <BR> <BR> I have continued to stay in my calorie range (1200-1570) five out of the seven days of the week, and the other two, I still do not overly splurge. I continue to work out 3-4 days a week for at least a half hour. <BR> <BR> And yet, I'm GAINING weight instead of losing. I do not understand what I am doing wrong, or how I can ever reach my goal weight, when dieting and exercise are failing me. <em>39</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:55 EST One Year Anniversary. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724112 One year ago I joined SparkPeople and began my journey to becoming a healthier and happier person. And although that journey was filled with an abundance of ups and downs, I am happy to say that one year later, I am still as dedicated to my journey as I was when I just began. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17507683.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831943357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's amazing what difference a year will make <em>41</em>... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:27:58 EST One Of Those Days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719942 <em>4</em> Do you ever have those days where you feel like the amount of food you are eating just isn't enough? Even if it's the same thing you have been eating for the past 4 weeks, and it filled you up every one of those times? <BR> That is me today. <BR> I try to eat a small something every two hours while I am at work as a way to stop me from snacking in between meals (like I used to), however today this is a struggle. I had an apple for breakfast at 10, and by 11 I felt like my stomach... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:29:34 EST 5k Your Way Program- Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716500 Today I did my first full run of week 2. The plan for the day was to run 1 minute and then walk for 2 minutes. I ran for a total of 28.5 minutes and ran 5 miles total!! <BR> <BR> I also have completed 250 minutes of activity already this month! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:39:10 EST Revelations. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716016 Today my 23 year old sister came home from Colorado to visit for a couple weeks and today was dedicated as our day to spend together. First we just hung out and watched TV, then we went shopping at the mall, out to eat and came home for me to head off to work. The challenging part was that I spent the entire time staring at her physique in utter jealousy. I was envious of her thin legs and the way shorts were too big because (unlike me) she wasn't packing a lot of junk in the trunk. Because o... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:10:40 EST 5k Your Way Program- Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714225 Just finished my final run of the first week. <BR> I ran 4.84 miles in 25 minutes and 40 seconds--that's a calorie burn of 453! <BR> Next, going to do some hip hop abs. <BR> <BR> Hoping all this work starts turning into pounds lost! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:11:18 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714178 I feel like I've hit a wall. I've been working out 4 days a week (and doing more when I am working out than I have ever before), staying within my calorie range 5-6 days a week, and trying to eat foods that are all around more nutritious. Yet, when I got on the scale this morning I had gained a pound. And now am back to only having lost 11 pounds total, when just 2 months ago I was down 17. <BR> I don't know what to do anymore, but it's hard to keep motivating myself when it's not making a di... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:14:04 EST Period Probs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711406 The worst part about trying to eat healthy is attempting to dull the cravings while still being healthy. I brought to work my normal lunch, a turkey sandwich, some celery and I even made a smoothie with chocolate whey powder (since I knew I always craved chocolate when I'm on my period). <BR> Yet, here I am at work wanting to eat everything and anything that is under the sun. All I can think about is that tub of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream that is in my freezer at home. And that jus... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:53:34 EST 5k Your Way Program- Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710559 Yesterday I began the "5k Your Way Walk/Jog Training Program". I was extremely nervous to start, because although I have been exercising for almost a year now, I have never been good at running outdoors. Instead, I spend most of the time on an elliptical trainer. Despite this, yesterday I pushed myself to do something new (and something I had always wanted to and wished I could do). <BR> I started my run with a 5 minute brisk walking warm up. I then edited the program a little: I ran for 1 m... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:05:46 EST Making A Plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709953 I apologize for flooding your page with my 3rd blog of the day (go check out my other 2 :)) <BR> However, I have decided to share my weight loss goals in order to hold myself reliable and stick with it this time: <BR> <BR> May 26th- 177 <BR> June 2nd- 175.5 <BR> June 9th- 174 <BR> June 16th- 172.5 <BR> June 23rd- 171 <BR> June 30th- 169.5 <BR> July 7th- 168 <BR> July 14th- 166.5 <BR> July 21st- 165 <BR> July 28th- 163.5 <BR> August 4th- 162 <BR> August 11th- 160.5 <BR> August 18th- 159 <BR> ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 18:57:42 EST This One's For The Girls. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709822 "She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful for the way she thought. She was beautiful for that sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful for her ability to make other people smile even when she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul." <BR> <BR> For so many of us, our body image has become what defines our self worth. Although I to pride mys... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:43:57 EST I'm Back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709809 After four weeks of being insanely sick: ultrasound, ct scan of the abdomen, endoscopy, ct scan of the chest, 5 different blood draws (each running a bunch of tests) and over 3 trips to the hospital, I am finally feeling well enough to get back on the work out train. <BR> I am trying to start small. Getting back to eating smaller portions and healthier foods and working out a couple days a week (although this has been hard, because I went from being able to do 45 minutes on the elliptical 4-5... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:09:12 EST Needing Help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685265 For the past two weeks I have been feeling very sick and lethargic. I am constantly nauseous, sick to my stomach, in pain, suffering from a great headache, or puking. I have no idea what is wrong or why this is happening. <BR> But because of that I haven't been able to stay on track with my workouts and I can feel myself gaining back the weight. I haven't weighed myself, so I don't even know if I have actually gained any. But I look in the mirror and am disgusted by what I see. I am constantl... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:23:41 EST March 7th, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642339 Yesterday was a very good day. <BR> I went shopping for new jeans and some summer clothes and for the first time in a LONG time, I didn't hate the image I was seeing in the mirror. Yes, there are still things I want to change about my body. But I am starting to feel comfortable in my own skin again and that is a feeling a deeply missed! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1033842611.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1457120799.jpg"> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 17:14:03 EST February 16th, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625698 I am officially under 170 lbs! <BR> I started off last summer weighing 187, and I'm feeling better and better everyday. <BR> Although my month to month picture comparisons are getting harder to notice changes, looking back at where I was 7 months ago, the results are amazing! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1425672737.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1459365151.jpg"> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:55:25 EST February 11th, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621533 I would like to start out this blog by saying that yesterday, for the first time, I burned 500 calories in one workout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was one of my biggest accomplishments thus far. <BR> Especially since last week I was sick, and was advised to not work out, but I came back stronger than ever! <BR> I'm excited to keep up this new pace, and hopefully watch the next pounds fall off! Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:09:07 EST January 28th, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608423 Well, I have been back on the working out and health grind for the last month. And if I do say so myself I have been doing AMAZING. It's crazy to look back at June 23rd, 2013 (a little over 7 months ago), when I weighed 187 pounds. I am proud to say that today I am down to 170! <BR> Although the past 7 months have been filled with many ups and downs, I am proud to be down 17 pounds and feeling healthier everyday! Hopefully I can keep up the weight loss, and continue to feel healthier day in... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:51:57 EST November 5th, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532982 Finally trying to get back on the healthy train since college has begun. Looked at my last weigh in to see it was OCTOBER 27TH and was in udder shock and horror. How could I have let myself go for THAT long??? <BR> So after I finished my workout for the day I decided to do a weigh-in and measure check. Along with a picture comparison like I was over the summer. Although I have regressed a little in the last 2 months (that have been filled with no workouts and a lot of junk food) I am surprise... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:20:34 EST Long Time No Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509113 Been a long time since I posted here... <BR> I've been struggling with keeping up with working out and eating healthy now that the school year has began again and I am back to eating campus food for all 3 meals. <BR> However, even though I haven't lost any weight this past month, but I haven't gained any either. <BR> <BR> I've found a new love for cucumber and lemon water. It taste delicious, is healthier than pop or juice and even helps curbs the appetite! <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'll be back ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 15:59:48 EST Week 6, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442462 Well these last two weeks have been absolutely terrible for me. Now that I am done with my challenge, I have been having to push myself to work out instead of having the incentive of the group. Last week i worked out 4 of the 5 days, but this week I only worked out 2. Next week I will be on vacation so that will make it harder too! <BR> Hoping I can stay on track while on vacation and then when I get back its time to KICK IT BACK IN GEAR! <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:36:50 EST Week 5, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428709 So I finished my first month of SparkPeople! <BR> I started at 187, and am now down to 180. I haven't taken my changed measurements yet, but I will be doing that soon to see the change there. <BR> Although I don't see it when I look in the mirror, in picture I can already see the change! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234378073.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1563959578.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:00:58 EST Ending Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424225 So I finally decided what I am going to do when I hit my goal weight of 140! <BR> Everyone says to have some way of rewarding yourself for getting down to your goal weight (or measurement, which I might have those too but I haven't figured them out yet!) I have two ideas.. <BR> 1.)I have always wanted a belly ring, but thought that I didn't have the body type for it, SO, when I get to my goal weight I will get my belly ring I have wanted :) <BR> 2.)My other option is to treat myself and get m... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:09:15 EST Day 22 (REPLIES WANTED!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423475 I am struggling to keep up the intensity with my cardio workout... <BR> Week 1 and 2 I was doing a short 10 minute kickboxing cardio workout or about 15 minutes on the elliptical <BR> Week 3 I was doing the 20 minute ab-blaster twice, and running on the elliptical between 20-30 minutes <BR> Now I am on to week 4 and want to be able to step up my cardio, however, with this heat I have been swimming instead (since I have a pool in my backyard), but swimming for 20 minutes just doesn't seem to b... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:23:51 EST Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420143 So today me and my mom went shopping to look at dresses for my cousins wedding in August. I found a really cute dress on the clearance rack, but it was only in a size SMALL (which I haven't been able to wear for 3 years). I brought it with just to put on to see if I liked it and then figured I could order it in a large (my normal size). I had a hard time getting it over my butt, but once I got it on I EVEN GOT IT TO ZIP! I was so happy and excited! It was super tight and I couldn't breathe s... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:02:41 EST Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414728 Starting Week Three of my Spring Into Shape Summer BootCamp! <BR> Although the workouts are getting easier, after all the eating from last weeks Holiday I am bummed to say the scale doesn't show it... <BR> Hoping I can keep on track with the work outs and eat MUCH better this week and start seeing some improvements! <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 19:42:39 EST Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412291 Made it through week two! The holiday weekend made it harder to keep on track with my diet, but I was super proud of myself for not missing a SINGLE workout! YAYYYYYY!!!!! :) <em>334</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 10:47:18 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407586 So today marks the start of week 2! <BR> Not only have I already lost 3 lbs (which I am very excited about!), but I can also feel my appetite decreasing to a much healthier level. The turkey sandwich that left me starving last monday, has not only curbed my appetite but made me feel a very comfortable full. I am energized and feeling so happy to be starting my second week of healthy eating and exercising! <BR> Hoping this will last through this week and continue as I progress! :) Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:04:30 EST Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401507 Today was a struggle to get myself to do my workout! I kept making excuses for myself all morning, but I finally got myself to do my workout and am feeling very proud of myself now! Gotta keep this up if I wanna see the lbs and inches fall off! <em>244</em> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:32:10 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399702 First day with Spark People. <BR> Hoping one day I will be able to look back at this and see a great amount of change! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042372356.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l904549177.jpg"> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:06:26 EST