MAKINGITCOUNT91's SparkPeople Blog MAKINGITCOUNT91's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Birthday Blakey! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love you and miss you always, and I promise I'll never forget you or the wonderful friendship you gave me during the hardest times of my life. You never once judged me, or anyone. Everyone loved you, and you loved them. You were/are the best, and I am forever so thankful for the long talks we'd have about my life, and you always putting a smile on my face. I went away to get help in the middle of a beautiful new ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:39:46 EST Yay, 10 pound loss in the last 10 days! I was expecting to have a decent loss, but a 10 lb loss within the last 10 days blows my mind! I'm thrilled to now be at 248 lbs and happy to be back in the 240s again, after a short stay at being back in the high 250s, I was more than ready to get out of there! Now, pushing to get back to my lowest weight thus far, 224 lbs! I'm feeling more confident than ever! I know that the loss each week obviously won't always be this great, but my body is pretty much restarting the journey as far as it ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:44:26 EST Just a quick Saturday update. Hey SparkFriends! (: <BR> <BR> I planned to workout today, and I did just that! I just finished up my hour workout for Saturday which put me at 6 days this week for fitness, I worked out everyday from last Sunday until today, with the exception of Friday, so I feel awesome! I'm gonna shoot for 6 days of fitness per week, which is what I did last year, and it worked great. At the absolute least I wanna make sure to get 5 days every single week, but 1 day off each week should be totally fine, ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:55:26 EST A 5.6 lb loss within the last week! Yay, for being back on track! I was beyond thrilled when I weighed in today, hoping to possibly be at my next pound down, and I ended up being another 2 lbs down! That makes my total weight loss for the last week: 5.6 lbs! Knowing that I'm doing things right for my body, to keep it healthy and strong, and to help it shed off all of these extra pounds is a wonderful feeling. <BR> <BR> I definitely was hoping for a decent loss this week, after being not entirely focused for so long, and wanting to start losing the pounds ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:56:33 EST Seeing myself succeed in this journey is the BEST motivation there is! It's true that when we see ourselves accomplishing good things within our own journeys that it tends to make us much more motivated about getting to that end result. <BR> <BR> I hadn't weighed myself at all since Friday. <BR> <BR> I know I had said I wasn't going to weigh in again until Monday, but I decided once again that daily weigh ins are what works for me, personally. I am happy I waited a few days though, in order to see some results and not get too down on myself... <BR> <BR> Beca... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:08:49 EST Finding a healthy and manageable balance in life. Hey my SP friends, I hope you all are having an awesome Tuesday today! I am, though I guess my body wanted some extra sleep as I didn't wake up until after 3:00 pm, though to my defense: I was up all night reading - AGAIN! (: <BR> <BR> Things are still going really well with me. Last night, I was really craving a huge serving of Wendy's Nuggets (more like 10 servings), but I fought that craving off, sat down and read on my Nook, and drank tons of water to keep my stomach full until my next m... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:24:45 EST Healthy eating habits, and a good workout routine go hand in hand! You see, I learned what works for me and MY body. I learned that nearly a year and a half ago, and I saw amazing progress with what I was doing to make the changes that I so desperately NEEDED to make. Even the best of us, the most motivated and driven, get off track sometimes, and you know what? That is completely NORMAL. After all, for us this isn't supposed to be some diet to quickly shed some weight and look good... For us, this is supposed to be about changing our bad habits, and switchi... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:21:49 EST Happy Monday! Make this week count! I'm feeling awesome after today's intense 60 minute workout on my exercise bike! That makes the first 2 days of this new week a success, as I worked out on Sunday as well. <BR> <BR> I'm going to attempt to not weigh myself until next Monday, as I think with where I'm at during this time may be a good idea. Due to the weight I've gained, maybe weighing in weekly would suit me better at present time. Once I start losing "new" weight again I may go back to daily weigh ins. We'll see what happen... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:01:06 EST Hey SP friends! Here's a link to today's blog! <link><BR>013/07/oh-happy-day.html </link> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:53:21 EST If you want it, you have to make it happen! Most of you know that yesterday was Day 1 of me being completely serious again... It absolutely had to happen and for REAL this time! I couldn't keep letting myself screw up what I'd worked so hard for. 35 lbs of my 96 lb loss were gained back because of my poor choices... But Thursday night, I said NO MORE! <BR> <BR> I weighed in today after Day 1 of being back on track, and was SO happy to see that I'd gone down exactly 2 lbs! My starting weigh-in for being back on track was 258.6 and tod... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 14:20:06 EST No more excuses! At a certain point after we get off track, we really just have to say, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!", and put an end to the bad choices that we had been making over the said amount of time. I know that over the last couple of months I've made the speech about getting back into SP, but obviously have still failed to commit to it like I was during this time last year. And you know what, that makes me incredibly sad! I'm to the point right now where I know I need to get myself into gear again, because I'v... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:11:31 EST Reading/Writing GED (: I scored 710 on Reading, the highest possible score is an 800! And I got a 98%!!! My Writing score will be available in 5 days, and I'm setting up my 3 other tests tomorrow!!! (: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:01:48 EST Hey SP, I'm loving life! (: Hey everyone! I know it's been awhile since I've been active, after being sick I guess it's taken me awhile to get back into the swing of things, but no harm done (; <BR> <BR> I've been incredibly happy with everything that's been happening in my life lately! Though after being sick I decided to enjoy some "bad" food, but it was fun, and I know that now's the time to stop and get back into my SP habits that helped me to lose so much weight! I did gain SOME weight, but now I'm gonna get it al... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 00:31:24 EST Mom still knows best when it comes to me being sick! She brought me this care package today, and even insisted on giving me money to get whatever sounds good for dinner tonight! Love her! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:59:51 EST Blog Post (Photos of dad & I) - link <link><BR>013/06/happy-fathers-day-to-my-amazing<BR>-dad.html </link> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:21:14 EST Happy Father's Day to my amazing dad! Happy Father's Day to the most amazing father in this world, and the best that I could ever hope to have. No words could ever be enough to express my thanks for everything you've done for me. You're the one person who's always been there for me, and I don't know where I would be right now if it wasn't for your constant love and support. I promise I will continue working to make you proud of me, because that's all I want to ever do. I love you dad! You really are the BEST!!! Sun, 16 Jun 2013 01:50:54 EST Great Thursday! (With Picture) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I woke up today, weighed in, and was happy to be 1.2 lbs down since yesterday's weigh in. It definitely feels great to be headed towards my end goal! :) <BR> <BR> I wish you all a happy upcoming weekend! Still have to pick up something for my dad for Father's Day... Went to B&N today, but sadly they didn't have what I wanted to get him that I found on their website. We'll go out this weekend and find something thou... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:33:23 EST It feels good to be "good"! I'm extremely happy at the fact that I have been staying on track completely, and it feels so rewarding! I am shooting for all of those goals I've set for myself, though I may change them up on my SP just slightly to make sure they're 100% within my reach, just so I don't set myself up for any sort of let down whatsoever! I won't bother going back and messing with my blog post on the goals, but for my SP, I'll possibly be changing them just slightly! <BR> <BR> Last night, I was craving pizza... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:35:20 EST Successful week & weekend too!!! One of the main issues I was having throughout the start of this year and into March and April was staying on track throughout the entire week, losing 3-5 lbs or so, but then making excuses to eat more and not track during the weekends, therefore gaining the weight lost during the week back... Terrible cycle that was hard to break out of! <BR> <BR> Last year when I started in March, I started knowing that for this to work I needed to be dedicated 100% of the time. Which meant not letting mys... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:02:15 EST Mini Goals for the Summer!!! I've been thinking about how I set a lot of "mini goals" throughout last year while I was having so much success... And now that I'm completely back on track with everything I thought that maybe now would a good time to think about some new goals to set for the summer! <BR> <BR> I'd like to do what I did last year, pick a weight that I want to be at by a certain date. Throughout the summer last year, I was meeting all of my mini goals, and was feeling so proud, happy, and accomplished! Also,... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 15:29:35 EST Wednesday 6/5/13 Blog Update + Link to Official Blog Hey everyone, today was awesome! <BR> <BR> I was another pound down, and super happy about it! <BR> <BR> This week is going awesome and I'm so thrilled! <BR> <BR> xx <BR> <BR> Here's the link to my official blog post for today: <BR> <link><BR>013/06/unexpected-money-happy-day-toda<BR>y.html </link> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 22:54:08 EST Tuesday 6/4/13 Blog Update + Link to Official Blog Hey everyone, hope you all are having a great Tuesday! <BR> <BR> ... I definitely am!!! <BR> <BR> I've continued sticking with the plan I've set for myself, and I'm feeling awesome and confident about life! <BR> <BR> I was so excited to have not even realized I had done an extra 30 minutes longer than my normal hour long workout today, due to being addicted to the book I'm currently reading... So yay for loving a good book, and being able tot read while doing cardio on my exercise bike! <B... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:38:22 EST Monday 6/3/13 Blog Update + Link to Official Blog Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm having an excellent day today! After having worked out on my bike for 65 minutes yesterday, when I don't normally do Sundays at all, I was feeling that strong motivation that I NEED to feel in order to do what I need to do. <BR> <BR> Today when I woke up, I hopped online for just a little bit, ate breakfast, studied A LOT of math in prep for my GED, and then did my hour workout for today. I'm already 65 minutes ahead for the week, and it's only Monday! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:56:24 EST Sunday 6/2/13 SP Blog Update Hello everyone! :) <BR> <BR> I'm planning on being more active on SP again and not just tracking my nutrition and fitness like I've been doing. <BR> <BR> Things with me have been going great lately, but this month I'm gonna make sure I stay completely serious the entire month. I did much better last month, but I'm going to keep improving to get back to that place I was last year... <BR> <BR> I just finished up a 65 minute workout on my exercise bike for today. I normally don't workout on S... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:37:20 EST Saturday 5/25/13 Blog (link) This Blog is my official blog, it's not just about SP, and weight-loss. You can feel free to leave me comments if you like. But you won't always see things about weight-loss, as it is not a weight-loss blog, it's my personal online diary, about anything and everything I wish to write. Happy Saturday! xx <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/05/relaxing-memorial-day-weekend.html </link> Sat, 25 May 2013 19:15:02 EST Thursday 5/23/13 Blog Post (link) <link><BR>013/05/amazing-weight-loss-results-and<BR>.html </link> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:17:22 EST Day 428 - Adding more nutritious foods, not just low cal/fat ones... Yesterday, my husband and I went to Target to do our weekly grocery shopping trip. Towards the middle of the week I decided that I wanted to try to cut out a lot of frozen meals that I have relied on so much since the start of my journey, and switch them out for some more nutritious options, not just ones that'll help me lose weight. <BR> <BR> While my frozen meals were low calorie and low fat, and helped me to drop all of the weight I've lost so far, I know that those meals didn't have ever... Sat, 18 May 2013 17:21:50 EST Day 423 - Monday Update. I've been thinking a lot about wanting to do all of the things I was doing when I first started my journey. <BR> <BR> Yes, lately I've been doing workouts again, tracking, and eating within limits. But not within the limits I want to be in. <BR> <BR> Last year, when I lost those first 80 lbs in only 6 months, I was eating around 1,200-1,300 calories each day, and never anymore than 1,500, and ya know what? THAT WORKED WONDERS FOR ME! <BR> <BR> I was feeling great physically, loved doing ... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:52:18 EST Day 411 - LINK TO OFFICIAL BLOG (High Hopes for the Month of May!) My post on my official blog for May 1, 2013. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/05/high-hopes-for-month-of-may.html </link> Wed, 1 May 2013 17:16:41 EST Day 410 - New month, new goals, turning 2013 into an awesome year! May 2013 will be here starting TOMORROW!!! <BR> <BR> That means a fresh new month, with fresh new goals to strive for! <BR> And I am most definitely going to make May the best month I've had thus far in 2013! <BR> <BR> I haven't made this year what I planned to make it, and I'm not where I should be, and could have definitely been if I hadn't slacked off, got back on track, only to slack off again. <BR> <BR> April was the best month I've had so far this year though. I've gotten back into f... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:59:48 EST Day 404 - Focusing on Living in the Moment (LINK TO OFFICIAL BLOG) Today's Blog Post <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/04/focusing-on-living-in-moment.html </link> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:55:11 EST Day 403 - The Road to the Real World (LINK TO MY OFFICIAL BLOG) Here is the link to my blog post from today. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/04/the-road-to-real-world.html </link> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:07:48 EST Day 402 - Accomplishes and Fears (Blog Link to Official Blog) This is my post I've written today on my official blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/04/accomplishes-and-fears.html </link> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:05:14 EST Day 398 - Very happy with everything! Things are going really well for me right now. I honestly don't have any complaints. <BR> <BR> Life is definitely good for me. <BR> <BR> When I weighed in today I was 2 lbs down from my weigh in yesterday, and I was so excited! I know what works for me, and I need to do that to get the results that I want. <BR> <BR> I find that drinking a ton of water throughout the day, REALLY helps!!! So I've been doing that again, and eating lower as well. <BR> <BR> My workouts this week have been goin... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:00:03 EST Day 397 - Making a few tweaks! Good ones :) Hello and Happy Wednesday my amazing friends of SP!!! xx <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, so far! <BR> <BR> I am actually having a very good, successful week, and for that I'm very happy! <BR> <BR> I have been using the calorie, fat, carbs, & protein limits that SP has given me since I have gotten back on track with my program completely. But I know a lot of you have complained about them just not being right for you and your body. <BR> <BR> Well, I am the exact same ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:38:49 EST Day 396 - Django Blu Ray Release!!! (FINALLY!!!) You all know I'm a total Leo DiCaprio nut, the biggest you will EVER come across! 17 years of die hard loyalty and counting!!! I'll never quit loving and admiring this wonderful man!!! <BR> <BR> Today, was the Blu Ray release of Django Unchained, and we went to pick up our copy of the best Blu Ray package there is of this movie. It was pre-ordered, so we just went in a picked it up. I am so thrilled to finally have this in my hands! <BR> <BR> Here's a few pictures, because clearly I'm insan... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:11:53 EST Day 395 - Quick Update! (With Photos) Hey everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a great weekend, and stayed healthy! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed my weekend very much with my husband, we were busy all 3 days this time, and it was so great to get out and do stuff! <BR> <BR> I posted a status last night with a link to my new official blog that I have started, but I thought I'd post an actual link in here. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is an actual blog outside of Spark, so the updates... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:03:14 EST Day 391 - No special topic :) Hi my wonderful friends! I hope you all have been having a fantastic, as well as healthy week! <BR> <BR> This week was definitely very productive in the fitness department, as well as eating healthy & within my limits. I lost 2 lbs from Tuesday - Wednesday and when I weighed in today I was only 0.2 lbs away from another pound down, so that is most definitely very exciting! <BR> <BR> I studied for my GED some today, I know that I'm most likely capable of passing everything as I am now. But ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:55:35 EST Day 390 - My Motivation & Spark! I lost what made me feel so awesome about this journey, my pure dedication and the motivation to always give it my all. I lost my Spark... <BR> <BR> But I have it back, and I have learned exactly what it is I need to do to make sure that won't happen again. I need structure, I need to log into Spark several times everyday and make it fun (like it was), and since I've started doing that I have found that passion I had for living a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am a total junk food addict. N... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:41:12 EST Day 389 - Doing what works for YOU! I'm sure each and every one of us look at what others are doing on their journey to lose weight, and though we may all be on the same type of journey - Each and every one of us are completely different, and must always remember that. <BR> <BR> I know that within my first 6 months a lot of you couldn't believe my dedication and how much weight I was dropping. Within my first 6 months I dropped 80 lbs, and even I couldn't believe it at times. But what made me lose to the best of my ability, wh... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:54:16 EST Day 387 - Weekend of FITNESS (Post W/O Pics) Hey guys! Hope you all have had a great weekend, I definitely have! <BR> <BR> After being sick with a cold for the first 4 days of April, Friday I felt well enough to get back into my workouts, which I was really missing, and needed to get myself moving! So Friday early on in the day, I did an hour & 20 minute workout on my exercise bike and it felt AWESOME, so awesome that later on that evening I ended up doing another 40 minute workout, which totaled me up to 2 hours for Friday! <BR> <BR... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:28:36 EST Day 385 - Feeling so much better & had an awesome workout! Hey my wonderful SparkFriends!!! <BR> <BR> I am feeling MUCH better after being sick since Monday, and today I was most definitely ready to get myself MOVING again!!! I had been doing so awesome with my workout routine that getting sick & having to take 4 days off really sucked! So today, I did an hour & 20 minutes on my bike, and I'm feeling so great right now! I wasn't originally planning on adding the extra 20 minutes, but I was feeling so great just moving again that I decided to keep go... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 16:27:34 EST Day 383 - Wednesday update! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Well, I have a terrible cold. And it totally sucks. I'm happy I at least got that workout in that wasn't planned on Sunday, because I woke up really sick Monday. Yesterday was definitely the worst, and today I'm starting to be able to breathe better, at least. I'm hoping by Friday at the earliest, but most likely Saturday I'll be able to workout again. I'm planning on getting workouts in during the weekend if I'm feeling back to my regular self, so I can at least help ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 19:52:55 EST Day 380 - Short weekend update! Hey guys! Hope everyone's been having a great Easter Sunday! I have never been too much into Easter. I am a believer in God & Jesus, I guess I'm just not much into Easter though. I do know some people really enjoy it though, and for those who do, I hope yours was awesome! <BR> <BR> This blog update is just a quick little update about the weekend, though nothing "big" happened. I do have a few things I thought I'd get on here and share. <BR> <BR> I normally workout Monday-Friday for 60 minu... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:39:26 EST Day 377 - 5/5 GED Practice tests done and PASSED!!! Okay, I just took the last two remaining practice tests for my GED, and they were the Writing and... Math. I obviously knew I'd have no issues with Writing, and I didn't. I passed with a pretty high score. And then I went onto Math, and I was sort of nervous to find out just where I was at, and... I PASSED IT!!! I didn't pass it with a super high score or anything, and I'll need to do some practice questions to make sure I feel confident enough for the actual test. But oh' my gosh I am so fre... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:01:56 EST Day 376 - So excited!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am seriously feeling so confident about my future right now!!! I just finished taking the Social Studies practice test for the GED, and while going through I was thinking it seemed more difficult, but I read everything very carefully and actually got a HIGHER score than the Reading practice test!!! I'm really starting to believe in myself, which is an amazing feeling!!! Knowing that even after everything I have ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:56:24 EST Day 376 - Bettering my life in every possible way, not just with weight loss! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been out of school 4 years, and just passed this Reading practice test so easily & only used about 15 minutes out of the 43 minutes that were given to me! I am feeling so much more confident about setting up my appointment to take the actual GED test within the very near future! I still have 4 more practice tests I need to take, and hoping I do as well! :) Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:43:29 EST Day 373 - 6.2 lbs gone in my first week 100% back on track!!! It's definitely been an awesome first week being 100% dedicated to my program again! I'd forgotten just how amazing the feeling of TRUE MOTIVATION could be! I'm so thrilled to be back and losing at a good pace while getting back into my program that has truly worked so well for me. I hope you all had an awesome weekend, and stayed healthy! I sure did and will continue to do so! :) Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:06:40 EST Day 370 - 3.4 lbs gone since Sunday! Hey everyone :) <BR> <BR> Man, I am SO happy to be back on track and to have found that deep, passionate MOTIVATION again!!! Oh' how I have missed it so very much! Well, after about a month of staying around the same weight and having some small weight gains, on Sunday I decided it was time to get that drive again and to start pushing towards some new goals! And that is just what I did! Since Sunday I've gone down 3.4 lbs, and I'm not even at the calorie range I plan to stay at long term yet... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:22:15 EST Day 369 - Completely back to the HAPPY girl you all know & love!!! Hey my loves! :) <BR> <BR> I just wanted to take a few minutes to post a little update on here. I wanted to start off by thanking everyone for being so supportive during recent events that came up in my life. It was something that happened so long ago, and it's something I have dealt with over and over again with family, in therapy, and during my 2 year stay in the hospital getting help for emotional problems. So when it comes up now, though it may knock me down for a few days, I can get bac... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:41:29 EST