LUMI6234's SparkPeople Blog LUMI6234's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A day behind So I did my weigh in this morning instead of on Monday, which gave me an extra day to lose some weight before the official weigh-in. I just found my measuring tape as I was walking out the door so I will measure tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Last week didn't go great. I thought my overtime was over but I was greatly mistaken. It looks like I got another rough 2+ weeks to go. I am now entering the 4th month of non-stop unpaid overtime. Sometimes I really hate my job as it negatively impacts m... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:03:23 EST Monday Weigh In So the weekend didn't go that great. I ended up working overtime and did my usual overtime behavior. Instead of losing weight and exercising I didn't exercise all weekend and I ate junk. I have been doing OT the last 3 months and generally have been doing good but for whatever reason I caved this weekend. I am back to doing what I need to do today and thankfully my OT is almost done so that will help :) <BR> <BR> Tonight I am going to swim and do my Insanity video. Last time I did it (my fir... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:40:37 EST Feeling good! Woo! One word that describes how I feel right now. This last week I have been religious with my ridiculous amount of supplements and medications and I can honestly say that I am feeling great! It is like a decade has melted off. <BR> <BR> At first it was challenging because some medication has to be split into two doses. Some meds can't be taken at the same time as other meds and/or 1-2 hours within eating. I think I have a system that is working for me now though. <BR> <BR> One of the mai... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:35:35 EST Hashi's and Hypothyroidism Well it has been awhile since I have been on here. It has been a busy time but overall I have been having a bit of a pity party. Last time I was on here I was just recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's (now my 2nd autoimmune disorder). After going to another endo I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism as well. I took my prescription (Armour) and felt awful! Like can't get out of bed awful. After I got my test results in the mail it turned out that my iron was technically "normal" as the endo said ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:49:18 EST Starting Over... Finally a Diagnosis! So I went to the endo. That went as well as I figured it would. As usual it was a snap diagnosis. I don't understand why doctors never want to be thorough with me. Anyway, after taking my medical history and doing a brief physical exam he said "I can tell that you do not have any hormonal issues." Uhhh what? How can you tell just by looking at me if I don't have any issues? Isn't the actual determination based on the actual hormone levels? Despite his "diagnosis" I demanded tests, which he re... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:09:49 EST Weekly Results ... Cushings? (and some whining) :( Well it is official. My weight loss has come to a halt. This ban on vigorous exercise is killing me. I had a few "cheat" days as I have been feeling down and not feeling well in general but I have still maintained a decent deficit over the past two weeks despite the exercise issue. <BR> <BR> All my challenges are over until I get the green light to start again. Here are my measurements (for two weeks). <BR> <BR> Starting Measurements: <BR> Weight 161.2 <BR> Chest 43.5 <BR> Arm 12 <BR> High... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:08:05 EST Eventful Weekend... (and not so great news) No weekly update yet. It's that time and I always gain like 3-4 lbs so I am not even going to bother until it is over. We are going to start the weight loss challenge over again because hubby was essentially not even trying so I was going to win no matter what, which is lame. <BR> <BR> My main news is that I had my very first trip to the ER for myself this weekend. Turns out the stone they found in my back x-rays for the chiro was a gallstone and I suffered my very first serious gallstone at... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:45:38 EST Not My First Rodeo... So like many others this isn't my first time trying to lose weight on Sparkpeople. I have lost track but it is at least my 5th solid attempt. This is my 3rd username because I wanted to start "fresh." So out of curiosity I logged onto my original account to look at my measurements. My last measurements were Jan 2010 right when I found out I was pregnant with Josie. I was floored. <BR> <BR> I still wouldn't consider myself thin or even average. I still have at least 20% of my weight to lose.... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:36:02 EST Overtime, Holidays and not being Perfect (Weekly Results) Wow... what a crazy week. I am just now finally able to catch my breath. <BR> <BR> I knew with Easter coming up I was going to have to be extra good to accommodate eating at the two family parties that weekend. I was going to make sure to exercise more so I wouldn't have to worry about it on the weekend. Well it WAS a good plan but not one that came to fruition... <BR> <BR> On Weds I got handed a project due on Monday that usually has a *minimum* 2 week timeline. To say it was a tight rush... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:13:48 EST Jillian kicks my butt... So I was listening to Jillian's podcast and she mentioned 30 Day Shred and how she doesn't understand why people still do that video because the Ripped one is so much better.... Oops? Hehe. I got a giggle out of that. Soooo I decided to nix the 30 Day Shred goal. I am certainly not going to do something that the creator doesn't even think I should do. So last night I did the first week of Ripped in 30. Owwwww! It was hard! A lot harder than 30 Day Shred Week 1... at least for me. So I guess i... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:27:02 EST Weekly Results - 3/25 So this week definitely went better than last week. I lost 1.4 lbs vs the 0.2 lbs last week. Good news overall. I was hoping to drop closer to 2 as catch up for last week since I did maintain a high deficit but its apparently not going to happen. One thing that I have noticed with my daily weighing was that I didn't start to drop weight until I started doing more vigorous exercises again (running and 30 day shred). Due to my leg issue and then followed by a cold I went almost 1.5 weeks w/o re... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:03:53 EST Disappointing Weekly Results : / but Keeping it Going..... So I finally hit another plateau and only lost 0.2 lbs this week. I knew it had to come soon because it always does but it still hurts to hit it. I lurk on the Panic forums all the time to try to get perspective when I am feeling down about my progress and it does help to see that everyone goes through it. I think it is easy to say just keep going you are making healthy choices, the scale means nothing, etc... but when you work so hard and see barely any results it is still a downer for most ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:42:36 EST New (Kind of Random) Goal So I am on this whole self-betterment kick and I decided one of the things that has always bothered me was my nails. I am a hardcore bite til they bleed nail biter. It is almost always because I am anxious, nervous or stressed but I think its time I had the hands of a 28 year old woman and not a 10 year old girl. Honestly I have never really tried to curtail this bad habit before. I got myself some nail growth serum at Target yesterday and I am going to give it a try. It is a very unconscious... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:31:05 EST Weekly Results (A little early) I am posting my weekly results one day early. It is my TOTM and I wanted to get my results in before I retained too much water. It also seemed fitting because FINALLY I hit my 20lbs lost. WOO WOO! 2nd weight goal down! 3 more rewards to go :D I will go get my new shoes sometime this week and I can't wait. I definitely need it with the C25k training. <BR> <BR> Speaking of C25k my left leg is still messed up so I am hoping that the chiropractor appointment on Thursday will shed some light on ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:24:53 EST Mid Week Check-In So far I am feeling pretty good. I have been decent with my food and exercise. I did injure myself doing the C25k so my exercise hasn't been at the same intensity but I am keeping up with it. Tonight I am going to try the C25k Day 4 but if its hurts (like actual pain not muscle burn) I am going to stop unlike last time and do something else. <BR> <BR> So far I have lost 0.4 lbs and I am down to 31% BF. Not overly impressive but it is progress. I am only 0.6 lbs away from my 20 lbs mark and ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:06:34 EST What I Gain by Staying Fat vs What I Gain by Losing For the 1-2 of you that happen to stumble on this it is a very personal somewhat emo psych breakdown of why I have sabotaged myself in the past.... it is also VERY long <BR> <BR> When I first heard Jillian Michaels say "What do you gain by staying fat?" I thought to myself "Is she nuts? I don't gain anything!!!" <BR> <BR> The truth is though I find weight loss to be more of a mental journey than a physical one. On a list of my biggest wants in life getting thin is pretty close to the top. ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:42:39 EST Pain... lots and lots of pain.... Long post incoming... <BR> <BR> So I guess I will start off with the good news! I completed Day 3 of the C25K app. Hooray! <BR> <BR> Now to the bad news. Both while doing it last night and still so far today I am in pretty severe pain in my left leg. I really really struggled to finish last night, which looking back it might have been a wiser choice to call it quits. As I have said before I am not a runner. Running has always equaled pain for me but this seems extreme considering I only ran... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:04:39 EST Weekly Results/Stats and Some Goal News So I did something crazy.... I signed up for the Color Run. It isn't really a race as I could technically walk the whole thing but I don't want to cop out like that so I am now training for a 5k. Me. Shannon. Training for a 5k.... I have had a couple of doubters (including myself to be honest) because I am not a runner but I am determined to prove everybody wrong. This isn't just about losing weight. This is about proving to myself that I am a strong person and I can do whatever I put my mind... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:02:35 EST So I Cheated.... (and some results) Hubby and I got into a fight Sunday morning. Things got patched up quickly after but the damage was done and I am a major emotional eater so when he suggested going out for breakfast I immediately jumped on board. Fast forward to 2 hrs later and I was sick, sick, sick. Turns out I got food poisoning and didn't have to worry about my calorie consumption because I haven't eaten since. I am still sick this morning but was unable to call off work so I am sitting here trying not to think about foo... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:17:20 EST March Goals So I am not going to meet my mini goal of hitting 25 lbs lost by early March. Partly this was due to an almost 3 week plateau but it was a pretty ambitious goal to begin with. My husband always says I am too ambitious with my goals. I prefer to set really hard goals though. Reach for the stars and all that. I think what is important is that I am not disappointed nor am I letting my failure to hit my goal deter me. Do I wish I had lost more? Yes of course but ultimately I have been eating well... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:36:03 EST Sometimes All I Need is a Little Fitspo.... I love Pinterest for Fitsporation! <BR> <BR> It is a nice reminder for me that my body isn't "ruined" and even though sometimes it seems so slow going that it feels impossible it is most definitely possible! <BR> <BR> These are some of my favorites to look at to become re-inspired. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR><BR>S <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:51:14 EST 30 Day Shred Challenge As part of my weight loss I am going to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Challenge. I won't be doing it 30 days consecutively but I have never gotten farther than 19 days (due to a foot injury) so I am excited to finish this finally. <BR> <BR> Day 3 Measurements: <BR> Weight 161.2 <BR> Chest 43.5 <BR> Arm 12 <BR> High Waist 34 <BR> Belly (Across Belly Button) 39 <BR> Hips 40 <BR> Thigh 24 <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:31:24 EST 2013 Goals I am not one to make New Year's Resolutions but I figured this year I would give it a shot and approach it how my job makes me work on my career goals. This year is the first year in over 6 years that I will actually weigh less going into the new year so I am excited to keep that trend. <BR> <BR> To keep me on track I will have yearly and quarterly goals and will set up calendar reminders so I can analyze how I am doing. <BR> <BR> 2013 Year Goals <BR> <BR> Hit my goal weight of 110 <BR> P... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:28:16 EST 52 More Days Well now 51... until I have to purchase my bridesmaid dress. <BR> <BR> I really fell off the wagon around my daughter's first birthday. I can make excuses forever as I usually do but essentially it stopped being a priority. Today I purchased a bag of chips at the vending machine and it made me realize that I was sinking pretty low into my bad habits and it was a wake up call. So today I went on my first real run in over a decade. I just came back and I feel like I am going to die but I am s... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:57:40 EST Losing Steam... Blah I am waiting for Louie to give me his weight from this morning to do our competition update post. We opted to weigh-in on Tuesday since we were bad and got Chili's for dinner on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Overall though aside from that one cheat I have been very good with my eating. I did have two Pepsi cans last week so I need to not fall back into my old habits. Lately though exercising has been a real challenge. Lou got a new job, we are planning Josie's 1st birthday bash, and my job has been exc... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:41:15 EST Week 8 Weight Loss Competition Results - 9/17/2012 One more month to go! <BR> <BR> Well this week turned out to be not so great of a week. I should have considered the fact that Josie turned one last week and both her grandma's had little parties for her. My husband and I had decided to eat out Monday and then on Saturday my mom took us out for Josie's birthday so we went out to eat twice in one week! It slowed me down for the week but life happens and it can't be all or nothing. So I missed my goal of hitting the 150's this week but I am de... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:42:42 EST Week 7 Weight Loss Competition Results - 9/10 Was a pretty easy week for me this week. I had one soda. Other than that I was pretty perfect all week. I am sick so my exercise was a bit light the last two days but I am happy with my progress. <BR> <BR> Lou is starting to feel the fire getting lit under his butt. I can't believe we only have 5 more weeks left in this challenge. It has gone so fast!!! <BR> <BR> I won again this week but I think Lou is going to push pretty hard this upcoming week. My goal next week is a big one. I want to... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:24:42 EST Week 6 Weight Loss Competition Results - 9/3 It was a pretty rough week for both of us. Well weekend....Louie had draft night with his buddies and proceeded to drink far too many beers and on Saturday we all went out to dinner and I let myself indulge a bit with a nice steak dinner. Then on Sunday we went to an amusement park. Overall though I am okay with this week's results. Earlier this week I was around 162 so I think right now I just have a lot of water weight from all the sodium and junk from eating out. Despite eating out almost... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:56:49 EST Week 5 Weight Loss Competition Results - 8/27 This week was a hard one for me. I started it with a bad plateau at the end of last week, which worked its way up to a small weight gain. To say I panicked was an understatement. In my head I knew I was being crazy. I knew weight fluctuates even with water weight but rationality had left the building. It made me work harder at my exercise but I was definitely feeling down. This would happen every weight loss attempt..... I would lose a good amount initially and then hit a bad plateau/gain and... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:51:19 EST Week 4 Weight Loss Competition Results - 8/20 This week didn't go so great. I am feeling a little down about my results trend. I started out strong at 3.8 lbs which I certainly didn't expect to maintain but I was hoping to be around 2.2-1.8 each week. I seem to be steadily declining though... 3.8, 2.2, 1.8 and now 1.4. I also weigh myself every other day and I only lost .2 lbs over 4 of those days. Seeing that I wasn't getting as great of results I stepped it up more the end of the week and did additional exercise on top of the walking.... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:35:17 EST Week 3 Weight Loss Competition Results - 8/13 I did okay this week. I gained a little weight back in the end (was down to 167.4) but I knew this weekend was going to be rough since we went on a little vacation. With my limited food palette it was really tough to find healthy choices but I managed okay overall. I definitely did better than Lou :P He probably would have won this week if he was a little better with his meals over the weekend. We are both going strong though and the competition looks like its going to come down to the very e... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:59:28 EST Someone noticed! :D I went to drop off my daughter this morning at her great grandma's (who I haven't seen for 2-3 weeks) and she immediately asked me if I lost weight. She didn't even know that my husband and I are having our little weight loss competition. Totally made my entire month lol. I am soooo happpppy :D <BR> <BR> Down 8 lbs! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:58:01 EST Success!!!! I know in general a lot of people do not think that the BMI is an accurate measuring tool but since I have a petite frame I think it works ok for me. At any rate it is yet another measurement aside from weight that I can use to track my progress. And now for the exciting part..... I am no longer obese! HURRAY! <BR> <BR> I have gotten so close in the past (like .5 lbs close) and it was a barrier that I just couldn't seem to break through in the last like 4 years. I just barely made it at 29.... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:10:17 EST Week 2 Weight Loss Competition Results - 8/6 I plateaued the last 4 days and usually I would let that get me down and get off track but not this time. I have *finally* learned that it is better to lose slow than not lose at all. It might take me longer to reach my goal but if I keep at it eventually it will happen. When I look back at my past failures I realize that even if my endeavors were only resulting in .5 lbs/week if I had stuck with it I would have been at my goal weight a long time ago. So I am not giving up and I am not lettin... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:29:46 EST Week 1 Weight Loss Competition Results - 7/30 We were good most of the week except for Saturday. We had gone to an amusement park with our family and indulged a little bit. I had my first soda since starting my weight loss program as a treat. I am pretty satisfied overall with my results. I would like to maintain around a 2lb/week loss so I went above my goal this week. Louie has sworn to step up his game :) <BR> <BR> Lou: <BR> Starting weight = 230.0 <BR> BF% = 33.8% <BR> Ending weight = 227.0 <BR> BF% = 33.6% <BR> <BR> Total Loss =... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:21:21 EST