LISAM1307's SparkPeople Blog LISAM1307's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life in the 100s I reached my 70 lbs lost marker recently. This put me under 200 (199) for the first time in almost 7 years! I was briefly under 200 when I graduated high school in January 2006 and never saw it since then. It is hard to believe I started this year weighing 269 lbs. It is scary to think I weighed even more than that at one point. Even scarier to think how close that is to 300 lbs. That isn't healthy on hardly anyone. <BR> <BR> I know now I will never go back there. For the first time in... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 00:40:47 EST Time Flies By I cannot believe I have already been on this site since May. I am pleased to have found a great site with plenty of motivation. I have also found motivation from other social networking sites, which has inspired me. I find it great to chronicle your obstacles and offer advice, anything that will help or inspire another. I am now working toward a goal of motivating others. I have taken to the app Instagram and Facebook to begin this journey. I will next try to spruce up things here. I h... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:01:12 EST Changes Can Be Shocking Before my illness in February 2012 (where one of the things they diagnosed me with was GERD) I use to drink pop all the time. Dr.Pepper was my favorite of all time and I wanted to drink a bottle everyday. Sometimes more especially if I had cans at my disposal. It seemed almost like a drug where I felt cranky if I didn't have my regular pop/caffeine fix. It was one of the hardest things to give up for me. I wanted to follow the GERD rules so I did and I had not drank any regular pop in 7 ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:28:45 EST Applying Dedication To Other Areas It feels like I am always complaining about my anxiety and saying how I want it to disappear. The problem is I do not try hard to change it. Pouring over how depressing it is to feel this way today, made me realize I am doing the same thing I use to do with my weight. I am letting it control me and I am not taking any serious steps to improve or remove it from my life. I have realized I have to take control of my mind and apply changes or dedication to my anxiety the same way I do with los... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 18:52:22 EST Wondering? I am wondering.. I have been losing around 2lbs a week though some weeks its less and some more throughout this time. All of July has been a particular struggle and I had only lost 5lbs the whole month a little over a week ago. I kept losing and regaining the same couple of pounds. Today I was rather surprised when I found out I lost 4 lbs in the past week. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if this is normal? Do plateaus cause you to become stuck and then the weight will fall off in one chunk af... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:00:54 EST Losing More Than Weight I have now lost 52lbs and that is beyond amazing especially because it is the first time I have ever done it the right way. I want to keep at my goal and never give up; making improvement after improvement. I have been experiencing a really hard time dealing with my anxiety lately. I do not know who else has anxiety but if you have experienced it then you know it is consuming. I did not have anxiety till February of this year. The thing with mine is my anxiety is only regarding my health... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:02:33 EST Cholesterol Changes I had begun a little bit of dread regarding get my cholesterol number results. My numbers were not terribly bad but far from impressive last year. The doctor decided re-testing would be ideal given my many changes so 11 months later here we are. Most of my numbers improved so much more than I hoped or could imagine. My good cholesterol however went down, which is not ideal but hopefully with working out.. I will change that. That number is the hardest to control because it is genetics an... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:25:19 EST Rough Time Friday I had a bit of a rough time at my Doctors appointment. I had been dreading this appointment for quite some time and the day before and the whole day up until the appointment I felt very on edge. I was so wrapped up in what my blood pressure reading might be; because I am always worried it might go up, not be low enough, etc. This is has became increasingly worse since my other health battles of costocondritis (may have misspelled that) and GERD. That happened in February so even th... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 00:52:09 EST Since May I joined this site on May 16th I believe and since then I have lost 10lbs. Adding this to the 32lbs I lost prior, it is now 42lbs. I am so excited. I am going to the doctor next Friday for monitoring of my multiple conditions and I am hoping my blood pressure might be slightly improved. I was only down 20lbs at my last doctors visit in April so since April I have lost 22lbs more so I am hoping I might lose another pound or two before my visit. Wish me luck! And the best to everyone else... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:42:47 EST It Can Be Hard Yesterday was Father Day, which I know is a huge day for cooking out. After spending most of the day with my dad, it was time to visit my boyfriend's father. They were cooking all types of things such as sausages, cheese burgers, baked beans, potato salad, and so on. Of course all of these things I do not need right now. I found it really hard being around everyone who was eating without a thought. Sometimes it is hard because I know that I cannot be that way. Of course cheating once in... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:15:11 EST Finally It may have taken a week and half to lose the 1lb however I finally broke through into the 220's. It feels amazing. I have only 5lbs to go to reach the lowest weight since mid-2007. I cannot wait. I also lost inches the past month. They are not as dramatic as I have seen with weight loss supplements, but this is the FIRST time I have ever gone this far on my own; through traditional eating right and exercise. The journey is long but if I can keep losing 8lbs a month I will reach my goal... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:08:47 EST So Close I have hit another streak of good weight loss. It feels amazing to be so close to the 220's. It has been so long since I was under 225 and yet I can be there in 7lbs loss. The last time I was that weight was during my pregnancy in mid 2007. This has been a long time coming. I am ecstatic with every new pound loss. One pound is better than none. If I do cheat for a holiday or one meal it seems I will gain a pound or so back but I can live with that. I know next week I will lose it. Th... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:58:56 EST Healthy Eating Becoming Easy I have started to realize I finally am comfortable with eating healthy. I have cheated here and there for a meal but its so infrequent. I don't know if it is the health motivation or what makes this time completely different than before, but I could never stick to a diet until now. Its been over 3 months and I just don't care to eat bad. Most of the time I don't have the temptation either. I find healthy ways to treat myself. I just bought Skinny Cow Mint Truffle ice cream bars today, w... Thu, 24 May 2012 19:19:12 EST Thought Provoking Book I read a ton of books and many afternoons are spent watching my son, relaxing in the sun, and reading one of my books. The book I started today and almost have finished lol is Soul Cravings by Erwin Raphael McManus, which I must say is a very thought provoking book. The book explores the human soul, which is at the core of all living. I find it an especially important read when going through transformation. It raises many valid points, and opens ones eyes if they are not already open. I ... Mon, 21 May 2012 21:17:15 EST Moving Forward I managed to finally lose the 1lb I had gained from celebrating last weekend. I am happy that is off though I did cheat with one meal today. I tried to make up for it by being more active so I hope that changes the outcome. I know it is okay to cheat occasionally just not all the time because that is when it catches up to you. My weight was coming off a lot faster before so I am trying to remain positive. I know people hit rough patches where you have to work harder to break through that... Sat, 19 May 2012 23:03:11 EST Measurements Oh wow! I just took my measurements and they were what I expected because I use to keep track of them during one of my previous weight loss times however they're still never fun to record. Taking my thigh measurement is particularly rough. Some years ago my waist was 26" now my thigh is 24", which means reasonably; many peoples' waists are the same size as my thigh. SMH. That just is not good or healthy. I cannot wait to lose inches along with the weight because often I believe inches a... Wed, 16 May 2012 19:42:58 EST Vitamins I use to take vitamins all the time; I preferred the energy ones, which gave me the extra boost I needed. Now with health problems I have to give up the energy ones (sigh) however I have finally began taking a regular women under 50 multivitamin. I bought Centrum this time and hope it works! I am rather excited that this vitamin offers more magnesium than most brands I have seen. I am a fan of magnesium after reading many articles on the benefits it has. In the past I have found that vit... Wed, 16 May 2012 19:27:16 EST Beginning This Site This site is definitely new and something interesting because I have never had a ton of people to relate to. I enjoy gaining motivation, understanding others struggles, helping others, and learning more on my journey to health. I am happy that I have accomplished the weight loss of 32lbs however I cannot say that I do not get discouraged because of the long way left to go. <BR> <BR> I want to lose at least 67lbs more so I hope this site helps me stay on track to reach that goal. I want ... Tue, 15 May 2012 23:10:53 EST