JMZINCT's SparkPeople Blog JMZINCT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What an Education SP continues to be...! I found the group Progress not Perfection and promptly joined, because, I'm not perfect and I wanted to be with other non-perfect people. Sometimes it seems like everyone else is eating less than a thousand calories a day and exercising for hours, like I'm the only one who, I joined, hoping it might help. So I finally get it, I don't stay within my calorie range everyday but I do overeat less than I used to, and I've been using my Leslie Sansone tapes a lot, and, here's where ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:42:01 EST 3 Days Straight! I didn't have a big snack at night! I wasn't hungry, but that never stopped me before-until now! Got a mindfulness technique off SP that has worked every time!!! It's a little thing, but I'm happy... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:54:32 EST Older and Wiser... I'm back at 236 after a low of 170 off a high of 281, four years into this mess. Last time I overworked out and ate less than I should have to maintain. I also think I lost the weight for the wrong reason-I wanted to start dating. When I got trimmer, I met a guy who I hope to marry someday. He loves me no matter my size. Maybe I gained it back because I was scared someone finally loved me? Anyway, now I can say it's only for me, to be healthier, fitter, firmer, have more endurance, to l... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:21:53 EST I see...said the blind man.... So I went into a funk-work, friends, the economy news is depressing me, feeling like crap and overeating...I'm back on track as of RIGHT NOW but I'm a little down, and I'm sure my weight is up a couple of pounds...I'll be ok, just wanted to post and whine... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 14:26:01 EST Wow and a little eek... So... I've lost over 60 pounds now-still can't believe it-I don't really do cool things like that...I'm kinda best friend and I went to Salem, avid amateur photog that she is I was actually shocked to see my slimming self-I'm not used to my newer look yet, and I'm only half way to where I want to be...I don't mind saying it's a little scary. Thanks for letting me tell you all that-seems we all understand each other here...that's why I love it so. Sat, 15 Nov 2008 11:33:03 EST I'm a little scared... I have had a pretty good summer overall, did a lot of fun things-the beach, etc., lost around 15 or so pounds, so that's good, but I had to write down something that happened to me Wednesday. I chose to overeat like I used to earlier in the week-Mon., Tues., Wed.-using the excuse-and I fully understand that's all it was-that my sister was away on vacation so I'm home alone, I'll eat like I'm on vacation. Well, I found that I felt it went against my now usual pattern of eating sensibly durin... Fri, 12 Sep 2008 09:35:49 EST Goal met! I did it!! Early!! Today's official weigh-in-drum roll, please-234!! I know that's still waaaay too much for me to weigh but I surpassed my self-imposed goal of 235 by July 4!! Next up, breaking 200 by, let's call it by Dec. 31st! Ok-I'll keep you posted. <em>248</em> <em>252</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2008 09:31:26 EST Weight Loss Goals So, I like the idea of setting specific dates to lose a certain amount of weight-I do this with a SP buddy of mine and it's kinda fun-even if I don't quite get there by our pre-arranged date, I do eventually get there, I don't get upset, I just keep doin' what I'm doin' and continue to lose weight-1 pound at a time. So my first self-imposed goal was to get to 250 by my birthday, and I missed it by one lousy, stinkin' pound! But I did reach it the week after-so I sorta made it-LOL! So my ne... Wed, 7 May 2008 08:51:35 EST My new pants finally fit! Well, I've officially broken 250-not goin' back there again-I remember my first blog entry I lost one pound-now I'm up to 19 and it feels so good-even tho' I know I have a long way yet to go I'm on my way-so far, so good, but honestly, not without a few (thankfully minor) bumps in the road. <BR> <BR> Anyway, last month I bought two new pairs of pants-and not the knit, stretchy fabric either-I bought them in a size down from what I was when I started losing weight-and today for the first time... Fri, 2 May 2008 08:48:40 EST Progress........ Slowly, but progress nonetheless... <BR> <BR> The past couple of weeks have been kinda stressful. I lost 2 friends, one died of brain cancer, the other, my elderly hamster, Danny. Danny and Dee were hard to lose, as we all know losing someone we care about is never easy, but I still did manage to stay on track (almost, but not quite) every day. I even went to a buffet and ate responsibly! I have to say, though, SP has some wonderfully educational and motivational articles on messing up-I... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 13:04:14 EST Today, this weekend and last Friday. PMS Ahoy!!! It has been a roller-coaster of emotions in just the last few days-no wonder I'm exhausted, and it's only Monday. But it is St. Patrick's Day-and that's where I guess we should start. First, though, if you will allow me a little backstory: the worst thing(s) that ever happened to me in my life, and that will ever happen to me in my life, were the deaths of my parents when I was a teen. I have battled depression for about 20 years because of it, and have just recently begun to come out of ... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:21:05 EST Doin' good.... Just a little the title says, I'm doin' good, watching what I eat (for the most part) sand exercising, am LOVING the nutrition and fitness trackers to see what I'm actually eating. <BR> <BR> Now here's the thing, I'm coming up on my all time low weight from when I (half-heartedly) tried to loose weight before so I've got to keep going. Patience has never been a strong suit of mine, but I'M GOING TO DO IT -I JUST FEEL LIKE I CAN'T GO BACK NOW! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 08:53:08 EST Tuesday Lunch challenge-and one for dinner too! Here's the deal-usually on Tuesdays I get a massage after work, then pig out at the fast food places for dinner. Also, even though I pig out at dinnertime, I usually hit the fast food places for lunch also-why-because I'm insane to do that to myself-anyway, here's today's challenge to myself-and to help me I've purposely only brought enough money with me to have one meal out-but I will eat my healthy lunch I brought from home-than read my book on spiritual journaling the rest of the time-bet... Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:27:55 EST I'm trying this... Hi. So I've decided to add a Slimfast shake to my healthy lunch-I notice I'm still hungry after my regular lunch so I've decided to add it-it looks fairly healthy...I'm trying to convince myself (successfully so far) that I get to have a chocolate milkshake for lunch every day-they actually do taste pretty much like one. Hopefully this will help in me not raiding the fast food drive-thru's at lunchtime also, on the package was a meal plan that looks easy, sensible and most importantly, some... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 13:37:34 EST Article link info... I didn't see a place to add it to my favorites, but here's how to get to it: go to message boards, choose "Staying Motivated", then find the post by Texbets "The hidden reason you sabotage your diet". Mon, 4 Feb 2008 15:15:26 EST Interesting article. Hi. I was perusing through the message boards, looking for advice on what to do with myself, and I found-probably not by accident, an article on self-sabotage and "dieting"-or in my case, trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. I will add it to my favorites momentarily. Everything in the article pertains to me, I was doing good, then I slip, it's a constant. But something in the article really hit me-a number of years ago I had a terrible depression and went for therapy. My therapist, Susan,... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 15:06:52 EST I slipped. In the interest of fairness, I should post not only the positives, but the not so positives as well. Today, I overate out at lunch. I had the choice to eat positively for my body, but made a conscious decision not to. I own it. I'm sorry to my body and mind. I have an exercise tape session planned with my sister for tonite, as well as plans for a nice, lighter dinner. But I do understand plans are great, but I must follow through-and I'm promising all of you I will. I feel better I wr... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 13:19:18 EST 1 Down, 116 to go! Ok, it's only one pound-but it was MY pound, and I lost it-and I ain't lookin' for it neither. I lost a pound. It's working! *sniff* I'd like to thank the Academy... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 12:03:38 EST I'm Doin' It! And it's not easy! But I did well not overeating this weekend-and then today at lunch, I brought from home a nice, well-porportioned healthy lunch and ate it, but honestly, it took every bit of willpower I had not to run to the drive-thru-but I know this will be soooo much better for me in the short run and, most importantly, in the long run. <BR> <BR> On another note, I bought recently from QVC a very popular walking tape, tried it last nite for the first time, and I did it! It nearly k... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 13:35:01 EST Lunch Challenge I DID IT!!!! I have to admit it was hard-I have bad cravings but I just didn't want to let anyone (myself especially) down. I can't believe it! And my body feels so good for not having overeaten. Fri, 25 Jan 2008 13:38:40 EST Lunch challenge Ok, here I go, I've only been on here a few days and I already notice a change in me. I feel like all of you are cheering me on, so I don't want to disappoint ( all of you and myself), so I'm going to put this out there. I think my biggest problem is overeating out at lunch. So, I'm telling you now, no, promising all of you, that I'm not going to do it today! I will have a sensible lunch! And I will blog back this afternoon to let you know how it went. Writing this down makes me feel li... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 08:55:49 EST