LISS741's SparkPeople Blog LISS741's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First week of Turbo Fire down! So I have officially made it to my second week of Turbo Fire and using shakeology. I finally found a recipe that I love for the shake, so that's no longer a worry for me. Previously to using the shake though I was eating very healthy. So I'm not sure if I'm really getting the same effect from it as a person who didn't eat healthy would when they first started using it. Still, I know that it is packed full of good stuff, so I'm not giving up on it yet. <BR> <BR> I will say though that I... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:23:03 EST TurboFire and Shakeology So I have decided that I need to take a new approach to my workouts and weight loss. I'm back to only losing a couple pounds a month. I'm okay with that, even though it can be very frustrating. I'm not giving up, I'm counting all my calories, and continuing to go to the gym almost every day. <BR> <BR> But I think it's time to start something new. So after talking to a friend she encouraged me to try Shakeology. I know there are some who would say that this is a scam or whatever, but I ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:48:21 EST Hiding the scale I know I'm not the only one out there, but I am a scale addict! I have weighed myself as many as 6 to 8 times in one day before. This New Year's my resolution is to put less emphasis on the scale and more on how I'm feeling. <BR> <BR> I'm up to 51 pounds lost! It's such an amazing feeling to be able to say that I have lost that much weight. I'm 4 pounds away from hitting my first big weight loss goal. Instead of being really anxious about those last 4 pounds I'm going to take a step b... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:32:02 EST Reflecting on 2013 This morning I looked at my social medial accounts and saw so many people reflecting on their versions of 2013. Some people were sad to see the year end, and others were more than grateful for it to be over. <BR> <BR> I have a mixture of both. 2013 was the year that I decided to change my entire outlook on life. I signed up for SparkPeople in January. But it wasn't until March that I really decided to get serious about it. In March I lost my best friend in the entire world, my grandmo... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:18:47 EST 9 Days into December So far, I've been doing okay with reaching my 5 pound goal for December. Sadly, the scale has still not moved (going on two weeks now), but I did take my measurements. I've officially lost 23 inched! Only one more inch to make an even two feet lost. <BR> <BR> I really needed that boost to help me see that just because I'm not seeing the results I want on the scale doesn't mean I'm not still getting results. <BR> <BR> I went shopping this weekend, and and very happy to say I only boug... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:41:06 EST Countdown to New Years Today is December 1st…that means there are only 30 more days till New Years. This last month before the start of the new year I am going to challenge myself to really stay on track every one of those 30 days. That doesn't mean I'm not going to enjoy myself. If there is a holiday party at work, then you better believe I'm spending an extra few minutes on the treadmill that day. <BR> <BR> I'm going to track everything I eat (no matter what it is), I'm going to keep drinking all my water, ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 14:30:31 EST Looking back on my Thanksgiving Day Yesterday was a really great day. Not only did I get to spend it with all of my family and close friends, but I was able to also finally loose another pound to bring my weight loss to 45 pounds! <BR> <BR> A year ago, I was at my heaviest weight. I was living in a place were I could not have been more unhappier. Everything about my life was unhealthy. I realized that something needed to change, and I started a job search that ultimately led me back home; something that I am the most than... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:54:57 EST Minor Set Back This Weekend This weekend, nothing seemed to go as well as I wanted in regards to my work outs. I went home for the weekend and saw family and friends. I went out to eat almost every day, and multiple times a day for that matter. I did make some smarter choices than I normally would have, but still was not on my best A game. Didn't go for any runs either. So now I feel like I put myself a little backwards from where I wanted to be at this point in the month. <BR> <BR> I'm going for a run today dur... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:50:54 EST Hitting a wall So I have hit the wall. I have been at the same weight for a few weeks now. I've tried spicing up my work outs, changing them up so it's not just cardio anymore. Weight/strength training classes are my new thing. But still I can't get past 184! I'm getting so frustrated, but not giving up. <BR> <BR> Last night I cleaned out my closets once again and got rid of more clothes that do not fit. I've literally gotten rid of half of my wardrobe. It's such a great feeling, but I still need ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:53:58 EST I DID IT! I can't believe it! I did it! If you asked me a year ago if you thought I would ever run a half marathon I would have laughed at you. But I actually did it! I had two goals for race day. Run the whole thing without stopping and finish it in 2 hours and 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> Not only did I make the whole race without stopping once, but I beat my goal and finished in 2 hours 38 minutes and 34 seconds!!! I'm beyond proud and have so many emotions going on in my head. As I crossed the f... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:46:50 EST In need of runners advice!! The past two days have been an emotional roller coaster for me. I'm currently training for my very first half marathon, which is less than a week away. WHen I started this weight loss journey I decided that I was going to run my first 5k. I completed that in early June. Now, I am working towards this new goal. Last night I had a brake down. I kept thinking, "what made you do this? Are you going to be ready? Are you going to look like a fool? Is this possible?" <BR> <BR> My whole f... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:47:30 EST Gettting back on my game These past few weeks I can self admit that I have not been putting 100% effort into watching my food. I have kept up with my work outs, since my half marathon is less than 2 weeks away ahhhh! But when it comes to watching my food intake I need to re foucs. I do great with breakfast, putting in my food, drinking all my water...but it's lunch that is starting to get in the way a little. Depending on what I do for lunch, whether it be going to my apratment to eat or eating lunch with my co-wor... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:29:01 EST BIG weight loss this week! I'm not really sure what I did differently this week but I lost a total of 5.2 pounds this week...definitely not the normal for me. This is the most weight I have ever lost in one week since starting this journey. I know all you ladies will understand that it was the week after TOM and this is usually the week where I lose the most weight in the month. But never this much. <BR> <BR> Not that I don't love it!! I also was finally able to get my schedule back to normal. Work has been a n... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 07:41:55 EST Cutting Out The Haters Recently I had to really think about the people who I surround myself with. I thought that I would never have to do this, but I found that I actually had a person in my life who was a negative influence on my weight loss journey. She had the appearance of caring, but she was always criticizing the way that I am losing weight. She said that I am taking this to seriously...isn't that the point?!? <BR> <BR> This week has been full of temptation for me. I work at a college and we are in th... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:53:37 EST Cleaned Out My Last night I decided to take on the dreaded task of organizing my closets. What started as me just putting my clothes in a nice order ended with me bagging up two trash bags worth of clothes that didn't fit me anymore. At first I just found clothes that I hadn't put on in a while, but then thought "why not try it on and see what happens." Almost everything was to big!! Even my skinny jeans that I hoped for one day to fit into were to big. <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe it and am still a ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:01:01 EST Finally hit 30! Finally hit the 30 pound down mark!! So happy! This is officially the most weight I have ever lost and I could not be more proud of myself. I know that there were times this past couple weeks were I really struggled, but I'm so happy that I was finally able to make it to this point. I feel more motivated than ever to keep it going now. :) Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:55:53 EST Trying to get back on track Vacation is now over and it's back to the real world for this girl. I did well with my workouts, but the food was a definite issue for me while being away for 11 days. There were definitely more than a couple days where I went over my calorie range. It is just so much easier for me to control what I am putting in my body when it is just me. <BR> <BR> I have a feeling this week's weigh in will be a little sad for me, but I just need to push through and hope that I will at least maintain ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:35:38 EST Vacation is a struggle I now understand why all of my friends with families or who live with other people tell me it is a struggle to be on a diet. It is so much easier living by myself, making my own meals, watching what I eat, working out when I want to, rather than having to worry about other people's schedules. I know this is me sounding very whinny and complaining, but I never thought I would say these things. I value my alone time and being able to do this on my own. I know I need a support system, but ju... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:02:19 EST Game Planning for Upcoming Vacation Starting this Thursday, I'm going to be on vacation for 11 days. Nothing major planned, just going to spend it at home with my parents. Which is what I am worried about. Living by myself I have complete control over what is going on with my diet and exercise. I have my kitchen, my food, and my gym. Going home means I have to really be conscientious of what is going on around me. Mom is one of those people who will make a batch of brownies just because she felt like it. Then I have a ton... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:21:41 EST Seeing Improvements This October I really want to run a half marathon. I feel as though if i keep on signing up for races to run, that it will keep me motivated to keep working out. A few of my co workers and I will be doing another 5k coming up next month. Which I just hope to beat my time from my first 5k in June. Yesterday was the first day that I was able to really run outside for more than fifteen minutes, because the heat wasn't as bad as it has been. And I'm happy to say that I ran a whole 4 miles in... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:54:55 EST Taking Today To Be Grateful Today I woke up and did my normal routine of stepping on the scale. I didn't hit the 25 pound mark yet (1 more pound to go!), even though I really thought that this was going to be the week. Instead of getting upset, I decided that today I am just going to be grateful for what I have done so far and look at where I was four months ago when I started this journey, where I am today, and where I will be in the future. <BR> <BR> Four months ago I was unhappy every time I looked in the mirror... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:55:39 EST Starting the week off right! This weekend went by so fast, I can hardly believe that we are back to Monday once again. This morning started off in my usual way with stepping on the scale. And this morning I saw a number that I have not seen in over 3 years! I broke out of the 200s!!!!!!!!! My weigh in day is not until Thursday, and with the way my weight fluctuates during the week, I can't really count this as a full weight loss victory, but still it was an absolute AMAZING feeling to see that this morning. <BR> <B... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:00:06 EST Fighting Through Yesterday morning I woke up and did my morning ritual of stepping on the scale. I was up two pounds from where I had weighed in on Thursday. Immediately my mind started racing to that negative place. I kept thinking, "Oh my god! Is this going to be the first week where I gain weight?!?" Right away I was in a bad mood and I feel like it began to set the tone for how the rest of my day was going to go. <BR> <BR> I tracked my food for breakfast and lunch like I normally did. I was on tr... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:26:03 EST Biggest Loser At Work So my work has decided to do a Biggest Loser Challenge. I feel really excited because I have had a few people approach me and ask to be their team captain because they see the success that I am having. I told everyone that is on my team that they have to join! I am not going to change anything that I have been doing, but continue to do what has been working for me. The only difference will be sharing what I have done and helping others find their way. This is such a great... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:50:12 EST Crazy Week Coming Up This week is definitely going to be a hectic one. Work will be keeping me busy and staying late three out of the five days. Getting in my exercise is going to be a challenge. I am in no way shape or form a morning person and I think sadly I'm going to have to suck it up and wake up early to fit in my runs. <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed that I can make it happen... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:05:34 EST WoooHooo!!! Had an AMAZING Weigh In Day today!! Officially have lost 20.2 pounds!! Last month I took my measurements for the first time. It's the first time during weight loss I have ever felt compelled to take them and see how that goes and I lost 7 inches all over in one month! <BR> <BR> When I have done Weight Watchers in the past, the most I ever lost was 18 pounds and that took me over 6 months to do. With SpeakPeople this 20 pounds has come off in about 3 1/2 months and I know that it is NEV... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:38:54 EST Started Reading The Spark Solution and I am Sparked! Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble and bought The Spark Solution book. So far I have been having overall great success with my weight loss. 18 pounds down since March! And I have a feeling this week I will finally hit the 20 pound mark (fingers crossed!), but I always have this little nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I am going to fall back to old ways and I reallyyyyyyy don't want to let that happen. So to keep me on track and to push my motivation a little bit more, I went a... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:53:03 EST It's Monday Again I hate the feeling Monday morning knowing that the weekend is over (and it was a great weekend too lol) and that it's back to the work week. This week especially I feel like it's really going to drag. I have a great workout in mind for after work today, and hopefully that will motivate me to get through the day. Hope everyone else is having a more productive feeling towards the day lol Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:14:45 EST Weekend Coming To A Close This weekend I had a lot of things going on. My mother had her annual Quilt Show, my best friends from high school and I went out to dinner, and my college roommate had her engagement party. Needless to say there was a LOT of food everywhere I looked. I'm proud that for the most part I tracked everything (except for at the engagement party lol), and I did pretty good at not going hog wild. There were definitely some serious temptations, but I managed to either keep things in moderation or... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 14:04:58 EST Today is Weigh In Day Another successful weigh in day! Down 1.4 pounds to a total of 18 pounds lost! SO happy about this weigh in mainly because its that TOM and I was worried about staying the same or even gaining. But I made sure to keep up the water intake (at least 16 glasses a day) and extra cardio (doing at least 1 hour a day). It paid off too! <BR> <BR> I'm definitely starting to see some changes in how my clothes fit and I'm able to push myself farther during my workouts. Loving the progress. On a h... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:48:24 EST Does anyone else see this happening? So for the past couple weeks now I have begun to see a trend throughout my week. My weigh in days are on Thursdays. I weight myself first thing every morning (as I mentioned in my previous blog entries I am a scale addict). But I always seem to weight less (sometimes three pounds or so) less on Mondays mornings than I do on Thursdays. Then when I get to Thursday morning and I look at the scale I think "why couldn't I have had Monday's number instead?" Granted I am usually loosing a healt... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:57:41 EST Sending out some postive vibes Hope everyone has a great day and you are able to meet all your challenges head on! <em>306</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:08:35 EST Finished my First 5k!!! I did it!! I ran my very first 5k yesterday! It was 95 degrees out, more hills that I thought there would be, and I almost threw up at the end...but I did it!!! I'm so happy that I was able to accomplish my first major non-weight related goal on this weight loss journey of mine. It took me 42 minutes 1 second. I have such a sense of accomplishment from doing this that I now feel like I will be able to do anything. I am far from a professional runner and there are some days that I hate h... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:41:08 EST Progress So this morning I did my weigh in. I lost 0.5 a pound. That's still a loss and not a gain so I am very happy! Now I just need to get to 2:00 p.m. here at work so I can start enjoying my 3 day weekend! Lot's of fun things happening. Hoping to remember some of my healthy choices though with all the craziness going on. Have a great weekend everyone! Thu, 30 May 2013 11:06:18 EST I'm a scale addict... Tomorrow is my weigh in day and once again I'm starting to panic that this past weekend may be catching up with me. I know I have said before that I need to just let it go and move on from it, but I always start to sweat a little (and not in a good way) the day before I have to step on the scale. <BR> <BR> As it is I am a scale addict. I weigh myself first thing in the morning as well as right before I go to bed at night. And I won't lie, depending on the day I may step on a few times i... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:31 EST Mini Victories! This weekend was another little friends from college and home all came up to celebrate my birthday (even though it was a month earlier lol). I was really proud of myself, because I made sure to work out before they got there. I made sure to keep some extra calories for some drinks that night. I drank a lot of water that night while out at the bar. The next day though, the surprised me with Red Sox tickets...and two Fenway Franks later and 3 glazed sticks from Dunkin' Donuts...... Tue, 28 May 2013 09:14:56 EST When are people going to start noticing?! I had another great weigh in day! Down another 2 pounds bringing my total up to 16 pounds lost :) That's the equivalent of 3 bags of sugar for goodness sakes! I'm so happy and excited for how well this is all going, but what drives me crazy is that I want people to start noticing and commenting on me losing weight! I've heard that saying where it takes 4 weeks of hard work for you to notice things, 8 weeks for close friends to notice, and 12 weeks for everyone else too...Well hurry up peop... Thu, 23 May 2013 10:26:48 EST Getting nervous for my upcoming 5k So in the spirit of trying new things and pushing myself to really make this weight loss journey a success, I signed up for a 5k about a month ago. It is now less than two weeks away and I am definitely getting nervous about how this is going to go. I have been actively exercising so that's not the problem. The problem is that I have not been running outside very much, just mainly on the treadmill. Which as I'm sure you know is completely different from running outside. <BR> <BR> I alr... Tue, 21 May 2013 09:01:40 EST Opps! This weekend I went out with a bunch of my co-workers. And accidentally (ok more like I just through everything to the wind) over indulged in food. We're talking taco bell and dominoes all in the same day. So yesterday, when I was sitting there looking at the scale like I do every morning, I kicked myself. Then afterwards I had to give myself a little pep talk, because since I have started this program a little over 8 weeks ago I have not had a single day where I just went crazy and didn'... Mon, 20 May 2013 10:26:34 EST Saw some movement on the scale today! I have had some issues adjusting my thinking when it comes to dieting and exercising. I get nervous when I hear people say you need to eat more if you are working out regularly. So far I have had great success and had lost about 11 pounds, but very slowly. So after consulting some fellow Spark members I decided that this week I would increase my calories and see what happens. Originally I was eating only towards the lower end of my calorie range. This week I increased and tried to eat mo... Thu, 16 May 2013 09:16:22 EST Committed more than ever This year has been a crazy one for me. I changed jobs, moved back to New England where I am originally from, made new friends, lost touch with old ones, and sadly lost my grandmother at the ripe age of 91. It wasn't until my grandmother (the most important person in my life) passed that things really clicked for me. She and I always had conversations about how she wished I would work on my wight loss more seriously. I have always been self-conscious about what I weight, but I never have f... Wed, 15 May 2013 11:32:00 EST