KIMBERLYS2012's SparkPeople Blog KIMBERLYS2012's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is it time to step away from the scale? I just read an article about knowing it's time to step away from the scale. I may be at that point. I get up every morning (almost every) and strip down to nothing… Even the Fitbit comes off. If the scale is not going in a downward direction, I feel discouraged. I know it shouldn't be that way because weight does fluctuate from day to day. There have been days recently when I will weigh again after coming home from the gym. Perhaps, the scale is holding too much power.. I recently told a fri... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:07:41 EST "Dropping the weight" - Daily visualization January 30, 2018 Daily Visualization: Imagine holding the amount of weight you want to lose as dumbbells in your hands. Then, visualize yourself walking, dropping the weights little by little and eventually running--completely free of the added weights. How relieved will you feel (emotionally and physically) once that extra weight really is gone forever? <BR> <BR> I will be so relieved when I can let go of all of this weight. I have been carrying this weight for many years. Dropping some (5... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 22:42:35 EST The reasons why I exercise! <em>569</em> <em>357</em> <BR> The reasons why I exercise! <BR> - Exercise elevates my mood and metabolism <BR> - Exercise helps relieve pain (knees, back, shoulders, and hips) <BR> - Exercise makes me feel better about myself and my abilities <BR> - Exercise helps improve my balance <BR> - Exercise makes my clothes fit better <BR> - Exercise will make me stronger and will burn fat <BR> - I want to feel energized <BR> - Exercise makes me feel proud <BR> - Exercise helps me build mu... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 22:19:19 EST Keeping the momentum going! I'm so excited (and proud of myself)! Tonight we went to Applebee's for dinner and I had plenty of calories available for the meal; but I wanted to keep my serving sizes appropriate. So, I asked for a box and took 2/3 of my steak home and 1/2 of my vegetables. That's a big change for me, before I would eat everything on my plate, mostly because I could (Not because I was hungry). I ate slowly and tried to pay attention to when I felt full. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:59:50 EST Progress not perfection! Looking back at yesterday, I am very proud of myself! I went to a ladies luncheon and it was catered(Buffet style). As anyone knows, these are very hard meals to track. I didn't know how the food was prepared or exactly what foods or quantities were used. I did the best I could to select serving size portions of what seemed to be the best choices/healthiest choices– – With the exception of dessert, which I did eat. I went home and search for foods similar to those I ate. I wasn't certain of e... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:50:25 EST Stressful Week Well, life has a way of throwing a curve ball. This past week there was a parole hearing for one of the men responsible for my little brother's death. This man was paroled after serving 7 years of his sentence. I forgive him, but still struggle with the loss of my brother. Unfortunately, I return to old ways of coping under stress. This next week will be better! <BR> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:40:13 EST Starting a new streak!! Finally! The scale is moving in the right direction. . .down! I believe I've had weight loss for 2 weeks in a row. A new streak, one that I want to continue! I'm still have many challenges, but I have not given up. I will keep trying. I really love Sparkpeople! There have been days that I have wanted to give up and have found support and encouragement to keep going. Thanks Spark friends. I'm still not doing everything perfectly, but plan to keep trying. My life is still not easy, but I refuse... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:53:18 EST Not giving up!!!!, So, my intentions were to track, track, track this week. I was not successful. I gained weight too. :( The good news is that although I didn't meet my goals this week I did have some success. The holidays always involve a lot of food, treats, etc. Often it also means eating to a point of discomfort. I didn't do that . . . a success? Yes, I think so. I'm trying to look for those little victories. I am struggling but not giving up. I don't want to lose this battle. I want to be healthy, I need... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:19:15 EST Baby Steps. . . are still steps forward!! I'm trying to track food and fitness daily. Have I done that? Well, not totally, but I'm trying. I have tracked a few meals . . . baby steps. Today, is a new day and I can start again, and will this morning. Breakfast tracked! Shoveling snow, done (and tracked as fitness). Woo Hoo! Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:05:25 EST Raising the Bar I've decided after a very rough week, that I need to do something to raise the bar and help me get back on track. This is such a rough time of year for me. In 2005, my younger brother was killed in a robbery where he worked. We had a funeral on Christmas Eve. This happened 3 weeks after my dad died (Thanksgiving weekend) of cancer. My sisters and I teased that we needed "pie therapy" as we were struggling to cope. This year the struggle has gained strength. One of the men responsible for my ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:35:26 EST Still trying. . .and not expecting perfection. The reality is that I'm not going to be perfect and that's okay. I'm going to keep trying even on rough days. I have a goal and as long as I keep moving forward it is still a forward motion. I have already found some things that I love about the changes I've made. Who knew that I would love working out so much (I was the little girl that nobody wanted on their team- I didn't see well). <BR> I may not be able to play transports, but I have found things I can do, and do well. I feel good about... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:31:39 EST The struggle I should be closer to my goal by now, but am really struggling and have had several setbacks. I've gained some weight back (but am now losing again). Controlling my food choices and staying on track are really difficult for me right now. It seemed before that I had so much motivation and now, well . . . I'm struggling to even make the effort to track my food and exercise. I fear that I am getting back into the old "unhealthy eating patterns" that seemed to be the norm for me. I would like to ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:53:14 EST Spinning my wheels, but not going anywhere! I'm feeling really disappointed in my current progress. I wanted to be closer to my goal at this point. I need to get going. I need to track, track, track, but haven't had the time to get on the computer or to do any planning. We are going to move almost 700 miles away in 10 days (help) We still have found a place to live and I haven't found a job. TALK about stress!!!! I'm exhausted and have just been wanting to eat. Luckily, I have been able to maintain some control and haven't really gain... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 17:48:10 EST Emotional or Stress Eating? The past few weeks have been very stressful, and up until now, I thought that stress didn't effect my eating. WRONG!! I have been really struggling to do the basic things I need to do to stay on track. I haven't had the motivation, or desire to track, plan, or exercise. I'm feeling a bit discouraged and am praying for strength. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:10:36 EST A huge milestone! I can't believe I have hit such a huge milestone. Thanks you Jesus!!!! I have never been able to maintain such big changes, and still feel good about them. In the past there was frustration, resentment, and a enormous feeling of deprivation. I don't feel deprived. There is such peace and contentment in my life. Again, praise God! I know I will be able to continue on this new healthy journey, not in my own strength. Thank-you Lord, for your guidance through this process. Please keep me on the ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:28:26 EST On the way down! Woo Hoo! I'm so thrilled it was a great week! I lost the last of the holiday weight, plus a smidge! Now I am feeling better! I'm feeling motivated to do more. I'm tracking food and fitness! I need to do more intensive exercise and strength training. I'm headed upstairs to do a little strength training. A great week! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:20:54 EST Starting over and being kind to myself for setbacks. We just returned from an awesome vacation with friends and family, but it seems that everything was centered around food and eating. It was the holidays, you know! Snacking, and no portion control. I am more successful at home, because I don't have those foods around and I plan ahead, measure everything, and do everything mindfully! While on vacation, we ate while we played games, visited, watched movies,, etc. . . Snacked, snacked, snacked. I know I have control over what I put into my mouth... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:58:37 EST A New Beginning At 43 years old, a new beginning? Well, that's exactly where I am, in 2012 . . . a new beginning.. I've started a new way of living this past August. No more excuses for why I'm making poor choices. I'm so excited about the changes I've been making for myself and my family, well at least my children (haven't got my husband on board. . .yet <em>43</em> ). It all started with a "biggest loser challenge" at work. So, on August 15, tracking everything became a way of life. A few days after st... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:53:04 EST