LANAG39's SparkPeople Blog LANAG39's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Regrouping Well, I convinced myself that my Mt. Dew intake wasn't that bad--and it wasn't. But since my last post I moved up to 2 cans a day and I've gained 4lbs. I know that doesn't sound like a lot but it's just not about the weight. It's the weakness. Plus it's just unhealthy. At 2 a day I don't drink water and the body needs water. I ended up sick and in the ER and I know it was from drinking soda. I hope now that I can finally get it together. After a long and stressful school year I hope t... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:36:15 EST Lost this round The first time I ran to the store to buy some OJ I got the craving for a Mt. Dew. I did not buy one. The second time I ran to the store to get some makeup I bought one. So far I've only had 8 oz. My husband isn't here to finish it off for me and it would be wasteful to poor the rest down the drain, right? LOL Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:03:29 EST My One Continued Weakness I've reached by goal--and have actually gone beyond it. I feel better. I think I look better. <em>20</em> But I still haven't conquered my problem with Mt. Dew! Every now and then I'll pick up a candy bar at the counter. I'll look at the calories and fat and put it back without a second glance. Same thing with my favorite cinnamon donuts. But that doesn't work with soda. Even knowing that it goes straight to my stomach and thighs don't work. I've long since stopped storing it in th... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 16:58:35 EST Donuts & Mountain Dew My mistake was going to class without having anything to drink. I'd gotten up late and was running. I didn't have any change. So on my way home I decided I'd stop by Walmart and pick up some cinnamon mini-donuts and the Dew. I knew it was simply that I was thirsty but suddenly both sounded so good. I only ate 8 donuts and I drank lots of water but then my oldest decided to buy pizza for dinner! I had 2 small slices. So all in all it was a BAD day. I've rebounded, though. For breakfas... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:23:23 EST Going for the last 5 I've long reached my goal of 130lbs. I've been consistent, fluctuating between 128-130 as I try to decide if I really want to reach my true weight goal of 125. That was my original goal but "everyone" thought that was too low and for some reason I feared I might not be able to make it so I settled for 130. I like how I look but my stomach and thighs are still a tad bigger than I want them to be. <BR> <BR> So the last week of December I decided on a 6 week plan to lose 5lbs. I would avoid... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:47:52 EST Don't like Curves after all Well, it's been a month and I've decided against going back. I definitely liked the women-only aspect. It was cool getting out of there in 30 mins but there were two problems. 1) I lost tone. One of my initial goals when I started to lose weight was to not have my thighs rub together. They were beginning to touch. 2) Turns out they recommend other cardio workouts like walking/running. if I still have to go to the gym (which is free) why pay $45 a month? Seems to me they should have ca... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 06:36:02 EST Curves I joined Curves. I'm not obsessing (again <em>20</em> ) just feel the need for a change. I don't like the gyms here, too many people and the gym that's close by doesn't have weight machines. I also never enjoyed working out in front of men. Just last week I skipped weights because the little weight room was full of men. Can't wait to get into the smart system and be able to work with the personal trainer system as well. I like the idea of seeing my progress with each work out. <BR> <BR... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 07:41:22 EST I've been w/ SP for 1 yr! How time flies when you're having fun! I joined SP 24 August 08 with no idea of where I wanted to be in a year or how to get there. I was 155 and now I'm 130. Well, I weigh in tomorrow so it could be a little higher. :-) My initial goal was to lose weight, but somewhere along the way my goal changed to living a healthier life. Once I made that decision, ironically, the weight began to come off. I'm really glad I found this place and the nice people I've met along the way. <BR> <BR> La... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 19:11:42 EST Liposuction anyone? I got an estimate for liposuction on my stomach and thighs. It would be about $2500 each, which is a little higher than I'd hoped. My husband thinks I'm crazy and won't even entertain the idea. The doc said I didn't have fat in my belly, it's just stretched from my pregnancies I guess. She said I'd probably lose an inch, maybe two, it would take about six months to see results, and she wanted me to walk for an hour every day. I've lost more than two inches exercising and wouldn't walking... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 10:33:21 EST Feeling less like a failure... I'm down to 132.5 from 136. I still can't believe I allowed myself to gain 8lbs. I believe I've turned the corner, though. I made it to the gym 3 times last week so I met that goal. I've been tracking my food--turns out it takes effort to get back into that habit! :-) I've been eating healthier. My husband ordered pizza for dinner tonight but I ate a grilled cheese sandwich (no butter, 50 calorie ham, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese and a salad. I did have half a bottle of Mountain D... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:29:36 EST Feeling less like a failure... I'm down to 132.5 from 136. I still can't believe I allowed myself to gain 8lbs. I believe I've turned the corner, though. I made it to the gym 3 times last week so I met that goal. I've been tracking my food--turns out it takes effort to get back into that habit! :-) I've been eating healthier. My husband ordered pizza for dinner tonight but I ate a grilled cheese sandwich (no butter, 50 calorie ham, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese and a salad. I did have half a bottle of Mountain D... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:28:57 EST I'm back :-{ and I can't believe I'm here. I met my weight goal in February and didn't really have a problem maintaining. I exercised twice a week and only strayed occasionally. I may have mentioned in another blog that once I started eating healthy I really didn't miss junk food. <BR> <BR> Anyway, in June, our family relocated from Japan to the States. I initially fought to find healthy things to eat but we lived in a hotel for nearly 6 weeks. The US has restaurants Japan doesn't and I wanted to ea... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 08:05:55 EST Checkin' in Wow, when was the last time I posted! Feb 26? Almost 3 months. I've been doing well. I finished school. I bought a house. And I've kept the pounds off. I fluctuate between 128 and 130. I'm thinking I'd like to get to 125 and steady but in March I lost the motivation to go to the gym 3 days a week as I had been doing. I went TDY for 10 days, then I had surgery on my wrist so I was out of commission for a while. I've lifted weights a few times but I'm very timid b/c I don't want to hu... Sun, 24 May 2009 20:01:35 EST Goal Reached Well, I've been at or under my goal weight for a couple of weeks now. I had determined within myself that I would stop weighing myself everyday and I've been pretty good about it. Every now and then I'll "feel" like I've gained weight and will get on only to discover I haven't. That's always a good thing. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm very excited going forward. I'm considering becoming a personal trainer. I'm a counselor so it would add to my skill set. My next goal is to get my body ... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:46:32 EST Emotional Eating This week I'm supposed to write about emotional issues that may cause me to eat. I think I mentioned in a post somewhere that I don't eat based on emotions. When I was gaining the 10lbs I was doing my internship and taking classes and I ate junk food and drank sodas to function. Last week I was rushing to complete my thesis and I drank a couple of diet sodas for the caffeine but I didn't turn to junk food. We ate out but I had subway and I think once or twice I at a Healthy Choice meal. ... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 20:16:43 EST Success! Work was pretty demanding so I didn't get to post yesterday. After a two-day marathon of cardio, I lost 19 of the 20lbs by my goal date. <em>198</em> I didn't make it to the gym yesterday but I'm going today and tomorrow so that by the time I officially weigh in on Saturday, I will have lost that last lb. From there, I want to lose 5 more, which I hope to do by January 8th. Sparkpeople figured that day for me and coincidentally it falls the day before my 21st anniversary. <em>244</em> ... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 20:02:33 EST Trouble goal As part of strategy 4, action step 1, I'm supposed to write about a trouble goal. I've never had a "weight problem" per se. I gained 10 lbs over a short period and wanted to get it off. I've done that and the required changes came pretty easy. But I have the toughest time getting to the gym. It's not that I don't want to go. I do. I enjoy working out. I feel good about the changes in my body. Stuff just keeps coming up! I got a job. Then I got sick a couple weeks ago and a couple o... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 19:02:21 EST Surprise, surprise! I weighed in today and wasn't sure what to expect. I finally figured out why I was sick. I can't eat fiber. I tried to cut back, a Fiber One bar one day, Kashi cereal another day, etc. It still didn't work. I also had the added problem of being allergic to scents and have a co-worker who bathes in it. So it took a minute to figure out what was making me sick. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I got on the scale this morning and lost 2 lbs! I've learned that I lose weight whether I workout or not. No... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:42:14 EST I was so scared to get on the scale! I arrived in Hawaii on Sunday. I had a salad and a roll for lunch. It wasn't wheat but I didn't see an option for wheat at any restaurant. I had Red Lobster for dinner. Walt's Fried Shrimp with mashed potatoes, salad, a virgin strawberry daiquiri and a piece of strawberry cheesecake. I actually saved the cheesecake to eat the next. I did find some fruit and the room had a mini-fridge so all wasn't lost. I had fruit the next morning. Salad for lunch and KFC for dinner. Then the cheese... Sat, 8 Nov 2008 19:56:06 EST The week didn't go as planned... But I did hit the gym today and did full cardio and weight routines. I started the week saying a new beginning. A new beginning for what? I had not only planned to do my usual work out routine but to add a day. Instead, I got sick. I was on the way to better by Wednesday but didn't have the energy. Then my work schedule the last two days of the week just didn't allow me to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> Needless to say I didn't lose any weight. But I didn't gain, so I'm happy. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 20:36:31 EST A New Beginning Today is Monday, a new day, a new week, a new beginning. I'm looking forward to a change in my routine. I decided not to risk my goal and continue with the tracker until I lose these 8lbs. I am also going to add an extra weight training day. Cardio is harder b/c I'd have to go out to do it. However, the design of the program is aroebic so I should be good. :-) <BR> <BR> I'm excited about the week. I have a feeling it's going to be great! <BR> <BR> Lana Sun, 26 Oct 2008 20:28:20 EST Setback? Well, I didn't lose any weight. I had really hoped to lose 2 lbs b/c I'll never lose 8 more by 17 Dec if I don't lose every week. But I'm not disappointed. I've lost .5 to 2.5 inches on various parts of my body. <BR> <BR> It could be muscle. I lifted more weights this week than I have in a while b/c I bought enough dumbbells to do some of my routine at home. <BR> <BR> Still, I'll give it another week and I might have to go back to the nutrition tracker. I don't think I ate anymore th... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 08:16:43 EST What? I wrote on a message board that I'm not an emotional eater but today I wasn't feeling good and for some reason I wanted Doritos. Back in the day, I used to eat Doritos with a Mountain Dew when I didn't have time to eat dinner. I hadn't thought about that in a while though. I bought a bag from the vending machine and only had one serving. I wasn't even tempted to finish off the bag. And instead of a Dew, I drank a diet coke. I can't believe how far I've come! <BR> <BR> I did my motivatio... Fri, 24 Oct 2008 07:01:12 EST I did it...sorta I rode the bike, which felt great. But I still ended up finishing on the treadmill to get my 300 calories. I didn't have enough time to do weights so I did that tonight. <BR> <BR> Saturday's my day to do the official weigh-in and measurements, so I'm gearing up for that. I may also take some comparison photos. Going to the gym in the mornings has really made a difference. I have so much energy in the evenings. <BR> <BR> However, I am off to bed right now. Have to get my 8 hours so I ... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 09:50:29 EST Talking to a friend Today I spoke to a friend about how I'm obsessing about doing everything just right. She's good to talk to b/c she laughs at me which makes me laugh at myself. I hear how crazy I sound when I say what I'm thinking out loud. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> It was a good day, though. I probably ate around 1300 calories and I'm not hungry. I'm going to the gym in the morning, and I'm going to get on the bike even though I know I won't lose as many calories as I would on the treadmill or elliptical... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 08:32:12 EST One Step Closer? I had one of those two step forward, one step backward days. I wrote yesterday that I would do my abs. I ended doing as much of the free weight portion of my program that I could b/c I knew I wouldn't have time this morning. So, I woke up at 5am with no problems. I weighed-in and was excited to see I lost another pound. <BR> <BR> Cardio was a little rough. My doctor diagnosed me with asthma about 6 weeks ago. I didn't think I had asthma but I took the medicine anyway. It did help w... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 07:47:25 EST Gearing up! Today was good. I didn't use the food tracker but I'm keeping track of what I eat and maybe I'll plug it in at the end of the week to see how I did. :-) <BR> <BR> For breakfast I had: <BR> 1c Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal (190) <BR> 1/4c 1% milk (36) [I'll probably go back to 2%; 1% looks like dirty water. :-)] <BR> <BR> 1st snack: <BR> 12 almonds <BR> <BR> For lunch: <BR> 1c pepper steak (175) <BR> 2/3c brown rice (150) <BR> <BR> 2nd snack: <BR> 1 small banana (47) <BR> <BR> For dinner:... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 07:10:51 EST The Countdown Begins I began the journey to weight loss August 28, 2008 and now I'm down to 30 days to my goal date. I initially weighed in at 155. I'm now at 143. 8 pounds to go! <BR> <BR> It's been an exciting journey and a learning experience. When I started, I simply wanted to lose weight. At some point, I started seeing the opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I made terrible eating choices before SparkPeople. I lived on sugar--soda, candy bars, cakes. Then one day I decided to try a ... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 05:48:52 EST