LILLISTARR's SparkPeople Blog LILLISTARR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community We want everything, and we want it NOW! It feels great knowing that I lost 34 lbs last year!! I still have 29 lbs to go to get to my goal of 130, but it will happen this year. I'm hoping within 6 months, but I've got to start working out consistently. It has been a real struggle to get my arse out of bed in the morning, before the kids get up, so I can get a workout in for the day. I have plenty of time to do it when I'm up at 4a. It's all mental, and I should be in control of my mind. <BR> <BR> Enter intermittent fasting. I have ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:04:40 EST 31lbs gone! :) Wow! I cannot believe I have lost 31lbs almost effortlessly! My weight plateaued around 165, so I decided to get serious about tracking my calories. It feels like everything is coming together, like the pieces are falling into place, like the light bulb has finally been switched back on... and it feels amazing!! <BR> <BR> I successfully have tracked 3 days. One was a big accomplishment, so I'm thrilled with 3! I have found a good combination of foods that satisfy me everyday, and that I enjo... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:54:06 EST Almost 20lbs down! :) Well, I have been doing amazingly well lately! I went from being vegetarian to being vegan on December 13th, and since that day, the pounds have just been falling off! It was a natural transition for me. Not a difficult decision to make, and because it's not a diet, I have had NO problems. It's made me realize that all of the ice cream and pizza and butter and cheese had been such an addiction for me. I haven't looked back even once, and I feel so much healthier eating a plant-based diet. <B... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:06:13 EST Always rethinking things, aren't I? I have realized that I'm not as much of an emotional eater as I thought. My weight started to climb after I developed the super unhealthy habit of drinking and eating every night. The drinking always came before the eating. I would even eat normal during the daylight hours, only to sit down in front of the tv right after the kids were in bed and start drinking... and then eating. And eating. And eating. It seems the alcohol numbed my stomach, and I could just keep putting food in there until... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:36:34 EST Slow is the way to Go (and Grow.) So, I really have been exploring nutrition and exercise since before I decided to have my first baby in 2007. He was my motivation to lose weight the first time around. I knew that I wanted to be a cute pregnant girl, not a fat pregnant girl. I wanted to be obviously pregnant, not obviously fat with no hint of being pregnant on the outside. I achieved that goal, and it made me feel proud to to take my baby belly pics along my pregnancy journey. I lost all of the baby weight from my first preg... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:42:45 EST Life does happen, I guess. So, I have always been a believer in creating my own destiny and taking full responsibility for any of my mistakes or failure to do what I am supposed to. I always thought it was silly when I would hear people blame others for not being able to stay on track. "There was a family reunion, so I HAD to eat junk." "I couldn't get a workout in today because my kid, husband, dog, etc was sick, uncooperative, yadda yadda yadda." <BR> <BR> Well, I am simply going to say right now that I still think ... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:23:48 EST Tomorrow, Tomorrow. It's calm and quiet in my house right now, and I am sitting on the brink of a new start. Tomorrow, I will begin living my authentic self, and forget about the impostor who had taken over my mind and body for the last year and a half. <BR> <BR> Am I excited? Yes. However, I also know from experience that this excitement needs to be harnessed and used in the proper way. All too often we let ourselves get so gung-ho about undertaking a new fat loss program that we jump in with both feet before... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 08:48:56 EST Boy, oh boy. I have been a member of SparkPeople and BabyFit for a while. I gained healthy amounts of weight for both of my pregnancies, and was around 145lbs when my depression hit in April 2010. I quickly and easily gained probably 30lbs in 3 months... seriously. :( And the rest I have packed on fairly recently. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, again trying to lose weight. The first time I was at this weight was in my very early 20's. I got from 183 down to 129 by way of Atkins, and to a greater degree health... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:09:09 EST