LOVEBUZZED's SparkPeople Blog LOVEBUZZED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Antsy I need to vent a little. This month has been especially rough for me mentally and physically. It all began with a shoulder injury. I went in to see my doctor and started taking an anti inflammatory. I would have gone without & dealt with the pain if I new the side effects would cause me to end up taking 4 other medications ( so far). I've had nothing but various infections ever since. I'm just so longing to feel healthy again. With the exception of yesterday I've been doing so well with ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:24:43 EST Post-Partum Weight I gave birth to the most amazing little miracle 7 months ago. I would say that being a mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me. My body, however, has been put on the back-burner. I've attempted to get back into shape half-heartedly a few times with no success. Each day I tell myself I need to do something about my baby weight before it gets out of hand and each day i do nothing about it. Today I'm going to change that. I really need to focus and manage to not just find the time to ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:59:10 EST Thank God for Sparkpeople I am so thankful to have this tool available to me. It helps me to keep myself in check. I can really see what areas I need to improve in order to be healthy. For instance I'm trying to incorporate more protein in my diet lately- not just to keep me feeling full but i feel like I may not get enough with my vegetarian diet. Needless to say I haven't always hit the minimum range for protein but now I'm consistently getting within the healthy range. I'm hoping that I'll to continue making health... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 23:09:05 EST Optimistic Today is a awesome day. I made pretty good money at work. I've been able to control my eating fairly well. I plan on going to the gym to work out after I post this. I feel like I'm in a really good place now. Jeff and I are both doing things the stay healthier, moving more and eating healthier options. I'm hopeful to each day brings me and am happy that I am making progress towards my goals :D Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:55:33 EST What a week... All I can say is I need a day away from work...Can't wait for Sunday Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:46:09 EST Get off your elliptical and finish your Sorbet! Where to begin? Today was an odd adventure in terms of nutrition and fitness. I feel like I'm on some weird runner's high. I wanted to work out for a second time today... Really? Is that normal? LOL. Seriously, I really wanted to but decided that I probably should just wait til tomorrow morning and hope my exercise craving lasts. I don't want to get burned out so playing it safe seems the way to go. Another big factor in this very curious day was that I haven't really been hungry either. By t... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:42:15 EST reflecting on this week This week has been a great one. I've been doing well with my tracking all of my food and fitness. I've managed to even stay within my calorie range and not feel deprived. This week is motivating and I'm determined to get healthy and stay there. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 22:20:19 EST Today's Battle I struggled with wanting to work out today. The battle was not lost thankfully- I worked on cardio for about an hour. I'm thankful that I went and I did not give in to the temptation to be lazy. I find if I can just make it into the gym's door I have won. Usually I talk myself into going and working out for just 10 min (my every lil' but helps attitude) and when 10 min rolls around I talk myself into doing more. This is exactly what happened today and I'm proud. <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 23:50:56 EST Consistency = Success (So this is the week that I needed. I'm been eating healthfully and have been working hard at the gym. Even in this small amount of time I feel like my body is thanking me for the hard work I've put into myself. My next step is to incorporate strength training back into my routine. It's been so long since I've revisited those machines....I want to take it slow again and not feel miserable that I'm not as strong as I once was. I;m trying to clear my head of expectations for myself. I know it'l... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:00:01 EST Feeling Good! I'm so pleased and proud of myself today! I met many of my daily mini goals. A couple of weeks ago I obtained a gym membership and am working on consistency when it comes to fitness. I'm so happy to be able to workout in an environment that is encouraging and empowering. I have missed being able to lose myself in a workout with my iPod pumping me up more as each minute passes. Now I no longer have to- I can enjoy every moment. I look forward to the results my hard work has/will bring me. Tod... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:52:16 EST refocused Ok! So I;ve been slightly disappointed with myself....Here's why: I wanna be healthy and I have not been making healthy choices. So here is what i need to do. Be more active. Eat healthy food and have smaller portion sizes. I'm gonna start small and work my way to getting back in the health that once was. <BR> I am going work on tracking my food intake everyday and do 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week. I can make this happen! Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:58:57 EST A Fresh Start <em>249</em> <BR> Over the course of a couple years now I've been making excuses for myself for skipping the gym or to enter my nutrition and fitness into sparkpeople. Unfortunately this is all adding up on my health. Also adding to the problem was a high stress level desk job armed with a vending machine. I would pay several visits to that machine paying the price in more ways than one. I've gain quite a bit of wait over the course of 2 years mainly since July of last year but have been ... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:24:25 EST A different way So over the course of my new job I've been noticing a trend. i have been eating poorly and not exercising. Weird how that is correlating with my gaining weight trend, huh? :P Anyway, I'm trying to use this to my advantage to analyze what I'm doing differently. First I'm not keeping track. That needs to change. Second I'm choosing poorly-which would be okay sometimes, but I'm doing this all of the time. Third I haven't been regularly exercising or moving much at all..(stupid sit down job). Tho... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 10:52:25 EST Getting back on track So I've hade a lot going on lately and my health took a back seat. Since then I'm working to get bak into action healthwise. I recently lost my Gym membership so I was looking into getting a new one that worked better for me. I really need a 24 hr place to get fit since my old gym would be closed by the time I left work. With that said I decided that I didn't care the cost this is something I need to be my best. I went to a gym to enroll and ended up leaving the gym with a free one year membe... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 18:24:39 EST Motivation I am starting to see myself slip into old habits. This week I'm going to try very hard to get back into working out like I should be. I haven't fallen off the wagon but I feel as though I may if I don't do anything. I need to put myself first and I know that I have to do this to be truly happy.... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 10:28:20 EST Training: Week 1 So I'm training to become a long distance runner! I started this week and so far haven't died. My first short-term goal is to run a mile without stopping. I know I can do it. I found a chart to help me reach this goal here in spark and I know it will help me out greatly. According to my calculations I should be running a non stop mile by July 27th!!!!!! I'm so proud of the work I've put in thus far. I'm trying not to push myself too hard because I don't want to discourage myself. So I'm doi... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:50:35 EST Moving towards new goals! Well I've been using the Sparkpeople program for two years now and have shed most of my pounds. Now I'm focusing on the last few and I'm pumped. I took a Sparkbreak for a few months and maintained mostly. Now I’m mentally ready to do what it takes to achieve my next stage of personal goals. I want to weigh 135 lbs & begin train to become a long distance runner! If someone would have told me that I'd only be about 20 lbs away from that goal today I would have probably laughed in their face fro... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 16:21:16 EST Stress! Stress! Stress! Life has been challenging the past few days and I'm happy to say that I've been handling it with a ton of grace. I've been stressed but I'm proud of me. My boyfriend & I broke up a couple days ago, my mother had a small heart attack yesterday (she's ok, don't worry), and I start a brand new job a week from today!!!! Eek! Life is crazy but I'm dealing with it pretty well. I have my moments when I feel like I want sob my eyeballs out but I have much to look forward to. The new job is particular... Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:30:59 EST Goals, goals, goals! Well I'm thinking I'm not going to reach my weight loss goals by there predetermined date. But I'm not freaking out about I'm just going to adjust them. I'm actually happy with the progress I've made thus far. I'm haven't been losing much because I've been so focused on strength training as of late. The result in the muscle category are basically amazing! I've noticed so much change in my upper arms. Plus I'm starting to feel stronger. It's also been helping me in the running department. I ca... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 20:55:32 EST Reigniting my Spark! Midway through last year I began to falter on my goals. I didn't abandon them or anything, but I wasn't doing my best to attain them either. I noticed that I was beginning to let myself get out of control and was starting to lose my self-confidence. That's when I knew it was time to rejoin my gym and recommit myself to being healthy. Spark has always been there awaiting me but without the internet at my apartment it made it difficult to log everything. Well I think I've recently fixed that.... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:13:33 EST Working Hard I want to get super fit this year. I'm not really calling it a "New Year's resolution" because I've been working at it since November when I got my Gym membership & ipod back. I'm focsuing on a better body compostition rather that losing weight. Though I want to get to my ultimate goal which is about 20 lbs away, I'm more focused on making sure that my body is fit and tone on the way there. I don't want to be just skin and bones (or rather flab & bones). I want to be lean, muscular, and stron... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:29:23 EST Ups & Downs Today I went over my calories by quite a lot! I think it had something to do with my period and making impulsive choices. Considering my manager brought in doughnuts and cookies....grrr. Periods, doughnuts, and cookies are a disasterous combination!!!!!!! Well I gave into temptation quite a few times. But I'm owning up. I did it! I can't go back in time and change it, so I'm just going to deal with it. On a positive note, I did workout a ton. I'm sure that will counteract the downward spiral ... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 22:57:11 EST Feelin' Good I've recently been feeling a lot better about myself. I had been going through a bit of a slump on the self esteem wagon for just about all of November and a bit of December. But this week I've just really been turning myself around. I think my new gym membership has had a lot to do with it. Returning to my exercise routine just makes me feel so good. I think I'm getting slightly addicted to it. I crave my time on the elliptical. I look forward to running the track with my ipod blasting away.... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 23:49:39 EST My Progress I'm really trying to stick with this and I feel like I'm making some headway. But I need to make sure that I'm consistent with my exercise and eating. I've made some poor choices when it comes to eating this week but I'm now all the more motivated to make better ones in the future. Also I'm proud of myself for really getting my act together when it comes to exercise. I thought it would be harder for me to get back into my routine after being out of it for so long. But i feel I'm just where I... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 19:44:22 EST Back on the bandwagon....well, sort of So I've finally rejoined the Y and couldn't be happier because of it. I've gone a few times already and have had the chance to work out a great deal. It feels awesome to go back and be excited about working out once more. I now remember what it felt like when I was joining the first time. Of course, with the previous joining I weighed a little more and was probably more anxious than excited really. But it didn't matter. Just like then I knew this was going to be something that was going to b... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 14:48:15 EST Yay for Mom, Yay for Me! So something truly awesome happened to my mom today. Anyone who knows my mom knows that she is not only super cute, fun, and awesome, but she has been dealt kind of a rough hand health wise. On bright side she's been able to get her health in check and is better now than she was a year ago. Anyway today she went to rejoin the Y and the lady helping her register told her that she qualified for a free membership for a year. Considering my mom isn't exactly rolling in the dough this is totally h... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 20:54:25 EST One Step at a Time I've been making some progress towards becoming healthier. I recently have been making better choices about what I eat. I've had a problem with temptation of indulgent foods for the last few months. Each time I was tempted I gave in and said "yes, I'll have that." Well last night I said "No!" Let me begin by saying I don't think eating dessert is bad. I was just eating it at every given opportunity. I feel if I just cut back in the indulgences then it will make my journey toward the best me ... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 12:30:02 EST Renewing my Commitment to Stay Healthy After a long hiatus from the world of spark I've slowly drifted into bad nutrition & fitness habits. I'm not going as far as to say that I'm terrible at eating the right foods or exercising, but I've been making very poor choices in the last couple of months. So today I'm recommiting myself to making better healthier choices. I'm going down today to pick up a finacial assistance paper for my local gym because though I really can't afford a membership I know in the long run it will pay off big... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 14:03:17 EST I'm still alive Hey everyone! I just wanted you to know that I'm around, but I'm having a hard time keeping up with spark. It's pretty tough considering that I don't have the internet anymore. It's just too expensive. But the good news is that I still watch what I eat. Though I haven't lost anything in a while. I'm really just maintaining right now which is very good. I love my new apartment and I've met quite a few interesting people around downtown. I usually walk everywhere down there and I cannot wait fo... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 18:19:35 EST Update Hi everyone! I feel like this update was necessary because I've been neglecting SP for over a week. I'm still alive and well but I've had "a lot on my plate" recently. I'm moving out on my own for the first time on Friday and the past month has been super stressful. So sparkpeople has been put on the back burner temporarily. I'm not sure if I'll have the internet at my new apartment that depends if anyone else has unprotected wireless floating around. Lets hope someone does. <BR> <BR> anyway... Thu, 8 May 2008 00:27:19 EST Spotlight Today I was featured in the sparkpages spotlight and I'm blown away from all the responses & comments I've been getting. Thank you all for your supportive comments to me. They couldn't have come at a better time. I've been really stressed out for the past couple of weeks and feel like I've been making bad decisions food wise. So this has inspired me get back on track before i start undoing what I've worked so hard for. My ultimate goal is a little over 20 lbs away and I know I can reach it. T... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 00:06:25 EST All the More Reason to Stay on Track My dad is not in the best of health these last few years. He's smoked his entire life and has been morbidly obese since before I can remember. Well he ended up in the hospital the other day due to his chronic lung infection. But during this stay the doctors diagnosed him as a diabetic. So that is a double whammy on my part. Until now my mothers side is the only one that has had a history of diabetes and now I have connections to it my father's side. It scares me a lot. I'm going to do everyt... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 18:52:57 EST Am I the only one that feels this way? So I've always been the quiet/moderately shy type person. That's fine I've always got along well and no one ever really questioned it. No one has ever pushed me or tried to coax me to be anything else. But I've really tried to become a little more open towards people and be more outgoing. I feel I've made progress but I have a long way to go. Well anyway I'm rambling a bit so let me get to the point of my post tonight. Here it goes: I've never really had to deal with being the "center of at... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 02:10:39 EST Update Time! I figured now is a good time to update as any. I've been really busy working and dog sitting over the past couple a weeks so I missed my weigh in this week. I believe I have lost a little bit though, my clothes seem to be getting a touch bigger so we'll see on Wednesday if I'm right or if I'm just imagining things. I did buy a new swimsuit at Sears the other day. It's pretty cute and only a size 10. I figure this suit will get me through the season. In a few months when I need a new one they ... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 23:48:52 EST Weigh in Gain (again) I've hit a bit of a plateau this month. I've been hovering around 166-168 lbs for the last few weeks. I think this plateau has been a bit oif toirture because I'm so close to my next mini goal weight of 165. Through this whole weight loss journey I've always been extremely consistent so I'd have to say this is my first real "rough patch." But I intend to push through it and stay on track. I've come this far and giving up would only make me feel miserable and put me back into a place I never w... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 10:58:49 EST Progress This week I've been making progress with my objectives: <BR> I went to the grocer and chose foods that were good for me. I've been logging all of my food, I've done my cardio routine 3x this week, and I managed to strength train today. <BR> <BR> I'm really making an effort this week and I know it will payoff in a big way. I'll just have to wait & see. Sat, 23 Feb 2008 02:15:20 EST Finding my way back So I've really been off track with everything lately. I haven't been tracking anything as faithfully as should. I need to put more time into getting all my food logged because that's what works for me. I also haven't done much exercise lately. So that is what I'm going to work on this week. I'm going to considered last week as a mental break week. Now its time to recenter my focus and make healthier decisions for the future. I really want to go to the gym tomorrow but I'm working a double shi... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 01:25:20 EST My Weekly Weigh-In Gain So I weighed in today 2.5 lbs more than last week and I'm actually not upset about it. I've been really sick the past couple of weeks with bronchitis and last week I lost 6 lbs because I wasn't really eating at all. So this week's gains are absolutely welcomed. I'm finally making my way back to the gym and exercising so I'm excited that I'm starting to feel better. I've been taking it a bit slower at the gym though because I still don't feel 100% better and I certainly don't want to make myse... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:06:56 EST Indulging Myself & Loving It!!!!! So today has been a mixed bag of happiness. I went out to find some work out clothes but came home with as new wardrobe of street clothes. Which I'm okay with. The search for work out clothes will continue in the next day or two. Anyway none of my "normal clothes" fit me well basically at all so I went to Old Navy and fell upon their 50% of clearance sale and I bought a ton of stuff for less than 50 bucks...It was sweet!!!! After ward i ended up going to dinner at a buffet place and indulge... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 22:14:34 EST (no title) I'm so thankful for all my family and friends that support me. Mon, 14 Jan 2008 21:09:59 EST Update: pedometer's fate, the holidays, and my b-day goal First things first ...My pedometer is alright which I'm so thankful for. I now double check my pockets whenever I throw laundry in the washer. In the weight loss department I've done wonderfully over the holidays which is great but I'm not overwhelmed with joy about it. There were a few days when I didn't log my food at all. Also I've been really wanting to go to the gym to exercise but haven't made it there. So even though i've lost lbs I feel like I've been a bit of a slacker these last co... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 01:51:15 EST No! My Poor Pedometer! Please pray for the recovery of my pedometer. Tonight I opened the washing machine and sitting on top was my soaked step counter. I'm hoping that it just needs to dry out a bit, but a part of me is thinking that it is dead forever. I just cannot believe I did something so stupid. If this is the end of the road for my Omron pedometer, I just want to say you have served me well. In fact that pedometer is the reason why I joined Sparkpeople in the first place. So this little gadget holds a spe... Sat, 22 Dec 2007 01:35:06 EST Time I haven't had a ton of it lately, or rather should I say I haven't had much time to myself lately. Over the course of this month I've been kind of going through the motions of being a responsible adult with my numerous errands and well paying the bills (aka work). But even so I've still am consistent with my work outs and have managed to keep my eating under control so I'm proud of myself for that. Though last week I did gain a pound, I'm sure it will be gone by my wednesday weigh in. I've co... Mon, 10 Dec 2007 22:28:26 EST Today's Weigh-in I weighed in at 196 lbs today. That is a total 2 lb loss for the week. Yippee! Now I'm just 6 lbs away from my next mini goal. Oh and I'm only 3 lbs away from a total weight loss of 60 lbs. Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:54:17 EST My Motivation So I received my "motivation" to lose the next ten pounds in the mail today. This adorable jacket will fit soon! I cannot wait to sport it out and about. I bought it at torrid on a 50% off clearance sale. Woohoo! I'm estimating that I'll be able to wear it in about a month or two. It is a torrid size 0 (10/12 plus) which makes me excited because soon I won't be able to shop there anymore. In just a few months I'll be able to wear normal sizes and walk into any clothing store not feeling lik... Wed, 14 Nov 2007 00:12:40 EST New Clothes So I went online and rewarded myself for my recent achievement of leaving 200ville. I bought some really cute new clothes. There is one small catch though. I bought them a size smaller than I actually wear (though I'm on the verge of changing sizes). I figured I could use the additional motivation plus my clothes are all way too big. It would be nice to have some that would actually fit even if just for a short time. I should receive them in the next couple of days I cannot wait. YAY! Tue, 13 Nov 2007 00:39:30 EST Moment of Truth I stepped on the scales today anxiously awaiting the number before me. And.....I weighed in at 202.5 meaning I've lost 50.5 lbs since joining SP back in June. <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of myself!!! Now time to focus on my goal of 199 only 3.5 lbs away!!! Wed, 24 Oct 2007 12:45:58 EST Tomorrow Tomorrow is weigh in day for me and I'm excited to see how I did this week. I'm getting close to a couple goals. First off I'm just 3 lbs away from a 50 lb loss and second I'm 7 lbs away from ONEderland. So we'll see how close I am to both of those. I cannot wait. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Oct 2007 19:41:43 EST (no title) I weighed in today at 206, totaling a 47 lb loss since beginning SP. I'm so close to my next mini goal of 199. Just 7 lbs to go. <BR> <BR> My goals seem more and more achievable everyday! Wed, 17 Oct 2007 19:39:51 EST (no title) Well that last few weeks have been very hard. I haven't worked out as much as I should and I feel like I've been eating everything in sight. I attended a wonderful wedding that happened to have a ton of delicious food. Later that night I went with my family to a bon fire and ate a ton more delicious I'm feeling somewhat like a failure. I'm going to get back on track this week though. I even took an extra day off work to get my but in gear and work out. <BR> <BR> I made progress ... Tue, 9 Oct 2007 23:20:31 EST