LETSSTARTWITH10's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LETSSTARTWITH10 LETSSTARTWITH10'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/ A scary day in Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328729 If you haven't heard today, Boston is going through a rather difficult time right not. Most cities are on lockdown right now. A death of an innocent 26 year old security officer has occured. One of the Boston Marathon bombers has been killed. The city of Watertown is in fear (along with others may I add). One of the bombers is on the run, fully armed. <BR> <BR> My work has not closed and I am stuck working today. I work in Somerville, MA which is pretty darn close to where everything else i... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:10:07 EST Boston is my Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325017 As many of you may have heard, two explosions went off at the Boston Marathon yesterday. Three people died and several were injured. A joyous occasion quickly turned to horror. My heart is broken and I am sick over what happen. <BR> <BR> Being from Boston, I am taking this pretty bad. For the last 4 years, I took this day off and spent the day in Boston with my friends. We enjoy bars, food and seeing the marathon. It has been a tradition we developed. <BR> <BR> This year was the first yea... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:15:06 EST Just around the corner!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323991 My wedding day is insanely close. In 42 days I will be in Las Vegas saying my vows to the man I love. I have been relatively calm about the whole wedding thing. Until recently... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It started on Saturday. I went over my friends house to have her Mom sew on the sash to my wedding dress. I refused to spend the money at David's Bridal to have it done! Having the sash sewn on my dress required me to put it back on several times. As I stood there getting pinned... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:24:48 EST A pain in the....foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320808 During the last 2 or 3 weeks my workouts have been lacking. I just couldn't stay consistent and never made my goal of burning 500 calories a week or at least working out 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> Then I was heading to the gym on Monday. I was really feeling in the mood to workout (whhhatt??). I wasn't tired and I actually remembered all my gym gear. But a nagging voice in my head kept saying that I DID NOT want to get on that treadmill to do my 5K training. <BR> <BR> I of course ignored it... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:21:38 EST A emotional secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315684 A few weeks ago, my fiance's brother made a comment to me that I can't seem to shake. <BR> <BR> " You guys have a lot of sh#t." <BR> <BR> Its a simple comment and one that other people could ignore or laugh off. But this comment bothered me so deeply that lately I have been on an extreme clean kick. I have been donating and throwing out things throughout my hosue. My fiance can't understand why I am acting like this over a small comment. <BR> <BR> Have you even watched the show "Hoarde... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:47:46 EST The reflection in the mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302108 This is how I am feeling today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375267235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It started last night. I was getting ready for my workout at my gym. I felt good in my workout clothes. Usually I feel like a frumpy mess in them. But last night I felt different. I felt like a warrior doing my Spark Your Way to 5K workout. It was a good feeling. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend I splurged on some new clothes since I lost 10lbs. While getting ready this morni... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:14:52 EST Moved to Onerland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300773 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1379592611.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you guess what happened to me during weigh-in?? I wONEder what it could be.... <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> You guessed it! I am out of the 200lbs mark and weighted in at 199.4lbs!!! Woot woot! <BR> <BR> It feels good to be back in Onerland, especially with my big day coming up so fast.. I hope this continues and I reach my 2nd goal goal (195lbs). <BR> <BR> I admit that I have been slightly bad with my work... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:28:54 EST Wedding Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296134 When I got engaged last May, I wanted only one thing, <BR> <BR> To get married at an exotic/different location. Just the two of us. <BR> <BR> Many people have found my dream wedding weird and have made comments how they would want their family around them. Then I need to explain that this is not my first wedding (or my fiancé's) and I already had the big, traditional wedding that cost a small fortune. Plus neither my family, his family or us can afford too much. <BR> <BR> Then there is th... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:20:14 EST Finding motivation without the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1975347591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lately I have noticed that my size 16 pants have been fitting very nicely. In fact, they are beginning to feel like my weekend baggy sweat pants! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> So today, while getting ready for work, I figured I would try on my size 14 dark brown dress pants for work. This was purely a laziness move on my behalf since my other brown pants were in the dryer. I know when I tried these on a month ago, I c... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:57:47 EST To the gym...take #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293681 I have been doing really good with going to the gym and doing my Spark my Way to 5K program. Until yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to head to the gym last night on my way home from work, but Mother Nature had other plans for me. A snow storm hit New England and I had to shovel 6 inches of snow just to get to work yesterday. My arms where throbbing and the snow kept coming in. Instead of going to the gym I went straight home. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Today, the weather is better. Its the first da... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:24:28 EST Crossing off my first goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290887 When I started Sparkpeople.com I had one simple goal, lose 10lbs. I have gone into so many diets where I make unrealistic goals (lose 50lbs in 6 months). Setting higher goals is overwhelming to me. I can't seem to see the destination if its that high. So this time I set a small goal to work on. Lose 10lbs. <BR> <BR> Well I am proud to say that on Saturday, I FINALLY reached my 1st goal of losing 10lbs!! I even lost a bit more and am now 200.4lbs! Almost to Onerland! <em>104</em> Woot wo... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:18:16 EST Almost yet not quite. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287655 I got on the scale today and saw 202.2 starring up at me. Grrrr!! I am 0.2lbs away from hitting the 10lb mark. JUST 0.2LBS!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Losing this 10lbs has been quite a challenge. Although I admit I haven't been very strict with my workouts. I sometimes work out...sometimes don't. But I am looking forwards not backwards. With my small goal of just 10lbs within my grasp I am feeling a bit motivated. <BR> <BR> In other news, I started the Spark Your Way to a 5K last week. Can you say c... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:33:40 EST Saying "Yes" to the dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256374 Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately. With school work, work, and running a house, I just couldn't find the time. So with a big research paper due next Thursday, I will probably not be blogging as much as I want to. But I will try! Luckily, I won't have classes again until September! Whooo hooo! <BR> <BR> So lets catch up a bit, shall we? <BR> <BR> Well, for starters I didn't lose 10lbs by February 8th which was when I was going to get my wedding dress. I lost only about 5lbs at that tim... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:23:52 EST Inspiring Sparker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229011 On days when I feel like giving up (today) and that no matter what I do I can't seem to lose weight (this whole week). That is when I turn to other Spark members for some inspiration. <BR> <BR> By accident, I found POOKASLUAGH profile. <BR> <BR> Wow. Just wow. <BR> <BR> Her story and her weight loss is both motivating and inspiring! She lost 95lbs since 2010 and looks absolutely fantastic! She is reason enough to see that hard work pays off and the payoff is big! I also loved looking th... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:01:56 EST All pain and a gain?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226976 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l450586831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Admit it. Seeing a weight gain/no lose on that scale is discouraging. That's how I felt when I got on the scale this week and saw I had gained 1lbs. <BR> <BR> I can understand that my body is a complicated machine. That it is probably muscle which is heavier than fat. Maybe I had a little too much sodium last week. Or didn't log in food correctly. Could be PMS. I should go by how I feel and how my pants fit. <BR... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:21:45 EST I repeat! I am not getting sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221603 Okay....maybe I am getting sick <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up today feeling achy, stuffy and just plan blah. I have been trying so hard not to get sick but I think its going to get me anyways. I may have to skip my workout tonight if I continue to not feel good. Last nights workout was quite a struggle and I just couldn't do 20 minutes. So I stuck with 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> It also doesn't help that its FREEZING here in Boston. <em>425</em> Its 12 degrees here but the windchill is... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:17:12 EST Pumpin' iron http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218309 I have been doing Spark people for 16 days now and have lost a total of 8lbs! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Monday through Friday I do 15 minutes on my elliptical and am slowly starting to feel myself getting better on there. To reach my 10lb goal by Feb 8 (17 days away!) I am thinking of adding more to my fitness routine. <BR> <BR> Usually when I work on losing weight, I focus only on cardio. Well I think its time I throw in some weights to get these jiggi... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:43:15 EST Down 8lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216238 I know I said I would only weight myself once a week....but I couldn't help myself. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> But I am soooo glad I did! I saw 204.0 staring right back at me! Woot woot!! Only 2lbs to go before I hit my goal of losing 10lbs before I go wedding dress shopping. <BR> <BR> This weekend I was pretty good too. I tracked what I ate all Saturday. I just got to remember to drink my water. I only had 1 glass all Saturday. Not good. <BR> <BR> Today I gave myself a free day. I haven'... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:33:47 EST Not too shabby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214597 Todays weight in was a bit strange. I got on the scale and noticed that I only lost .6lbs. I was a bit upset. <BR> <BR> I went and did some things around the house. My laptop broke (writing this on my new one!) and I was trying to hardest to fix it. When my fiancé came home from work he suggested we go to Best Buy. But before I got dressed and ready, I decided to weight myself one more time. Got on there and saw 205.6....I'll take it! <BR> <BR> So I am saying that I lost 1lbs for this week... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:02:59 EST Long Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213203 Its FINALLY FRIDAY! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1379881763.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And it's a long weekend too! Yay for Bankers hours!! <BR> <BR> Today I have a little pep in my step. I woke up feeling pretty good. Got my healthy lunch together that requires little to no effort at all. Got to work on time. And.... <BR> <BR> My pants feel somewhat lose on me........ <BR> <BR> eekkkk!!!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Now tomorrow is when I weight in and I am not really ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:53:22 EST Looking for instant gratification http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211512 I know I didn't put on this weight over night. I know that it can take time to start seeing results. <BR> <BR> BUT GOSH DARN IT!! I AM SO IMPATIENT! <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Its been a week and three days so far. My size 16 pants still feel tight which makes me nervous that I won't hit the size 14 mark by February 8th (when I plan to go dress shopping). Granted they don't feel super tight like they did a week ago, but I still don't like how snug they fit. I am refuse to be a size 18! ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:24:40 EST Feeling pretty darn good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208404 Despite that I am feeling a little under the weather (the flu is going around like crazy here) I feel pretty darn good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499837132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have energy and it doesn't seem like such a hike to go to the ladies room (2 floors down) anymore. I actually like taking a bit of a walk. Still winded heading up the stairs but I see hope. <BR> <BR> I do hate that my pants are still tight but not super tight like they were 10 days a... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:06:37 EST Managed to sneak it in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207292 An update to my earlier post today: <BR> <BR> My fiance and his brother decided to go in the basement to hang out for a bit. This allowed me with my "me" time. So I was able to get my 15 minutes of exercise in! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:56:15 EST A bad bad weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206962 This weekend I was bad. <BR> <BR> Scratch that. <BR> <BR> I was horrible! <BR> <BR> I splurged on ribs, burritos and chinese food. My stomach was not a happy camper. But I think the big weight lose (5lbs) really made me lazy on what I put in my mouth. I need to be better about that. I planned to have 1 free day, not 2. <BR> <BR> So today I am back at it. Need to get my exercise in. I actually feel pretty good today. Made it up the stairs pretty good without being too out of breath. <... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:28:33 EST Growing savings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205560 I love cooking and easting fresh fruits and veggies. Especially with trying to eat better. But I hate spending the money and have to be better with my grocery budget. <BR> <BR> So I decided that this year I was going to start a garden. My Mom had a garden when I was growing up. She has a green thumb and grew tons of different vegetables in her garden including tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants. <BR> <BR> I, on the other hand, have a black thumb. Therefore I am a bit afraid to start this g... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:45:30 EST Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204373 Today was the big day. <BR> <BR> Today was when I weighed in and after a 5 days of watching what I eat, getting in my excessive and drinking me water. I lost..... <BR> <BR> 5.2lbs! Can you believe it!? Down to 206.6! Woot woot! <BR> <BR> Now I am super motivated to keep going. I took today off from being strict and will be back at it again tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Maybe...just maybe... I can reach my 10lb goal by February 8th and get myself into a size 14! <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:33:38 EST Facing the scale tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202861 Tomorrow I face that evil scale. I have been so good and not getting on it once this entire time. So hard for me to do. But I need to stop being obsessed with the numbers that show up on there. I can literally spend 10 minutes fiddleing with the scale when I get a number that doesn't please me. <BR> <BR> To me when you decide to lose weight, eat right and exercise you need to see something on that scale. Its just the motivational push that you need to keep going. I personally need to see a ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:30:36 EST Dress inspirations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200547 February 8th is the official day when I go shopping for my wedding dress!! <BR> <BR> Eekkk! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> I am both excited and nervous. Excited because....well I get to try on pretty, frilly, sparkly dresses like a princess all day. Nervous because I am heavier then I wanted to be at this time. I don't want to look like a white blob on my wedding day. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> So to keep me motivated, I just keep picturing a few of my favorite dresses. I also keep in mind that ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:07:59 EST Feeling something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198775 Its been three days that I have changed my habits. Eating better, tracking everything that I eat and exercising. <BR> <BR> Last night I was happy to get 15 minutes on my elliptical. I had to stop several times but I did it and burned 232 calories! Woo hoo! My goal is to get in 30 minutes of cardio five days a week. But for right now I just want to survive on that machine. I struggle with 5 minutes. But last night I pushed. Visualizing the dress I want to wear for my wedding and keep saying ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:37:35 EST First workouts are the worst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196529 I was pretty determined this year to get healthy and lose some weight. So I started searching for exercise equipment for the house. I do have a gym membership but it just takes me so much energy to convince myself to go there after work. Usually I can talk myself out of it pretty darn quickly. <BR> <BR> So I bought an elliptical trainer through CraigsList.com (great place to find exercise equipment). For $100 I got a small elliptical that fits perfect in the corner of my living room. Its in... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:50:48 EST A letter to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194816 Dear Self, <BR> <BR> I know how you have been feeling lately. <BR> <BR> Fat <BR> Lazy <BR> Out of shape <BR> Worthless <BR> Unattractive <BR> <BR> What you don't see is that all those feelings can easily be changed. You have seen it before. Remember how good you felt when you lost those 30lbs? How you felt your confidence rise and your energy soar? Remember how it didn't take that much work to lose that weight? It was just a few changed and just a bit of motivation. You could still eat at... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:07:51 EST Short and Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185899 So I will keep this short and sweet. I feel like I have been have written so many "im back" posts. <BR> <BR> The holidays were not kind to me. I stopped watching what I eat in September and now I am paying for it. My size 16 pants are getting tight and I feel everything I wear is unflattering. I need to start something or I am going to be shopping at a plus size store. <BR> <BR> On May 27, I am getting married. I want to look AND feel good about myself. My fiance constantly tells me how ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:01:40 EST No regrets on a Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999777 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849464134.jpg"> Fri, 3 Aug 2012 16:14:09 EST My ride on the roller coaster of weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929640 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280656172.jpg"> <BR> <em>56</em> 2005 weighing in at around 195 <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my entire adult life. It seems like I ride a never ending roller coaster. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>----------------------------- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l346151179.jpg"> <BR> <em>56</em> 2008 weighting in around 160 <BR> <BR> In 200... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 02:29:30 EST