MELAMA210's SparkPeople Blog MELAMA210's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Non scale Victories! I have 2 huge Non scale Victories! My first one is I have been pop free for 20 days now! My second one is I haven't had any fast food in 10 days! <BR> <BR> I was hungry last night and we were out and i wanted something to eat, almost broke my streak and eat fast food, but went to Tim Hortons and got a Greek Yogurt parfait instead! <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:28:01 EST Ughh... Im sitting here scared to death to weigh in tomorrow, i had a rough week due to be stressed about about being able to work out. All I want to do is be able to work out without being in pain or having to worry about a swollen foot. Today, I could barely walk, so did about 15 mins of chair exercises with the resistance band. But all i want to be able to do, is go for a walk, do zumba, get on the gazelle glider, or a fitness actvity on the Xbox, but doing any of that hurts so bad. And not th... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:46:15 EST Its been awhile but Im back and ready to get healthy Its been awhile since I have been on Spark and month since i truly cared and make changes to become healthier. Theres many reasons for it, but it comes down to I didnt care and I was lazy because even during my bouts of bad depression and dealing with my swollen foot, I could have made more effort to make healthier choices. It happens to all of us, and the most important thing is Im back and ready to get healthy. <BR> <BR> I came to the realization today, that its not possible right now... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:53:34 EST Fought off a binge! I have been doing a challenge to become 21 days binge free. Its been going pretty good. My food has been a lot better and while i haven't had a true binge, i have overate a couple days. Today I am 100% on track, have tracked everything that has gone in my mouth. This afternoon about an hour ago, i felt a binge coming on, even though about an hour before that I just had a huge lunch, so i knew i wasnt hungry so here is what i did to prevent myself from binging. One thing I wanted to share was ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:04:12 EST Follow me on facebook I have a facebook page all about my healthy lifestyle and journey. I would love to have more people like my page and follow my journey. I love motivating others and can always use motivating myself! Hope to see some of you on my page! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tyle </link> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:29:54 EST A&I inspired blog-- a tribute to Coach Krystie My tribute for someone who changed my life is to my online coach, Coach Krystie! She has changed my life in so many ways! Coach Krystie is an amazing inspiration to me! She has helped me in so many ways! She has encouraged me to do whatever it takes to reach my dreams! Coach Krystie has motivated me to lose weight, be a more positive person, and stand up for myself! With having Coach Krystie as my coach, I have lost over 50 pounds, have lost tons of inches, I have reached many goa... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:59:44 EST Making myself a priority! Our A & I challenge this week is to list 5 things to make ourself priority <BR> <BR> Here is my list <BR> <BR> 1. Eat healthy no matter what anyone says and tries to get me to eat <BR> <BR> 2. Drink lots of water <BR> <BR> 3. Exercise <BR> <BR> 4. Find time for making cards <BR> <BR> 5, Promote Body By Vi because that is important to me Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:19:55 EST One of my favorite recipes- banana soft serve "Ice cream" One of my favorite dessert recipes is Banana Soft serve "ice cream" No dairy so I can have as much a I want and made totally from bananas! <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 frozen bananas <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> Place frozen bananas in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times to break into smaller pieces, then turn on and run for about five minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. The bananas will start to resemble soft serve in a few minutes.... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:16:51 EST New goals for june My number 1 goal for June is to be out of the 170s! My other huge goal is to become a rank of director for Body by Vi! RIght now I am a associate and want to get to director! Body by Vi are protein shakes that have helped me lose 80 pounds and keep it off! I love my shakes. I recently became a promoter to share these amazing shakes with other people! Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:00:06 EST Reflection of May and June Goals I made May as best as I could with having to deal with some medical problems that put me on exercise restrictions and some family stress. I stayed on track 80% of the time and feel good about how well I did and how I handled the stress <BR> <BR> June Goals <BR> <BR> My June goals are <BR> <BR> 1. to eat healthy 90% of the time and get atleast 14 water every day. <BR> <BR> 2. Go for atleast a 20 minute walk and get other light exercise as tolerated <BR> <BR> 3. Get out the t 170s for... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:04:13 EST A great weekend! This weekend, my good friend and online coach, Krystie came to meet me! She flew up to help me with a challenge party for body by Vi protein shakes, then we went to meet another friend, and then went to an amazing conference for Body By Vi! We had an amazing weekend! We were on the road all weekend and stayed 90% on track. The protein shakes helped us stay on track, and we ate healthy for our one meal we ate out. We had healthy snacks, and made awesome choices! The shakes really helped ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 19:04:03 EST Things that make me smile:-) I think this is a great blog, so often our lives are controlled by the stress, the anxiety, and the every day hustle and problems of life. We all need to slow down and take a look at what is around us, and what makes each one of us smile, it will bring a little sunshine into our lives if we slow down and realize how many good things we each have in our life! <BR> <BR> Here are the things that make me smile <BR> <BR> 1. My husband <BR> <BR> 2. My 9 cats <BR> <BR> 3. My almost 3 yr old ... Mon, 27 May 2013 15:47:41 EST Doctor Appoinment I had a doctor appointment today, that I have been putting off for awhile for chest pains. I have to go for a stress tests and chest xrays next week...scared to death of the stress test, I keep hearing horror stories about it. Im not supposed to exercise until further notice...ughhh...I was just through al of this no exercising crap! Its so frustrating! <BR> <BR> I go back to doctor in a month, to get results of tests. Hopefully everything will come back good and this chest pain in ju... Fri, 24 May 2013 18:18:27 EST 10 things I would tell my future self At first, I dreaded this blog, but now since I thought about it, Its a great blog to do! Im excited to share these with everyone! <BR> <BR> 1. <em>227</em> criticizing your self, <em>227</em> the negative self talk! You are amazing and have come a far way! <BR> <BR> 2. Be proud of your journey and how far you have come! <BR> <BR> 3. Everyone has bad days, you have had your share of them and will have more, but more importantly, you have gotten through them and you have grown ... Wed, 22 May 2013 21:47:51 EST Huge NSV I finally went clothes shopping. When I started my weight loss journey in August of 2011, I was in a size 24 jeans, 2X-3X shirt, and 2x lounge pants. In less than 20 months, I am now in a size 10 jeans, medium-large shirt (mostly large) and small lounge pants! That makes me feel so good. Next NSV will be being out of a double digit jeans! Im completely out of shopping in the plus size clothes and have come to love going clothes shopping (probably a little too much now)! <BR> <BR> Its ... Mon, 20 May 2013 15:49:21 EST A rough day Today is always a rough day for me, because my one dream was to be a mom and homemaker, and I will never have that. I have medical problems that I could have passed down to my children, so to me having children was never an option, because I didn't want to pass down medical problems to my children and have them go through what I did or even worse. Over the years, especially after I got married, it was always in the back of mind that, I could take the chance. So while we never actually trie... Sun, 12 May 2013 23:06:28 EST Mothers Day Blog Mothers Day is truly a really hard day for me. I always wanted children and couldn't have them due to medical problems, and now I had to have a hysterectomy, there is no chance of getting pregnant and having kids. I know I can adopt, but just not sure if that's for me, <BR> <BR> I will see my mom next weekend since I will be in her area anyways. Will probably go see my mother in law and that's about it <BR> <BR> Then hibernate at home, dealing with it on my own, as I always do. I do h... Fri, 10 May 2013 18:14:40 EST Ughhh...A weight gain and a stressful day Todays my weigh in day, I was up a little over a pound. I told my weight loss coach about it, and she said, it could be from anything....that its possibly from the medicine or not being able to to exercise as much as I usually do. Im on restrictions for no jogging at all, and on all exercise restrictions until my chest stops hurting. Ive been trying to get in a little bit of walking a couple times a day in about 10 min time periods. So im doing something, but not too much. <BR> <BR> Im s... Sun, 5 May 2013 23:40:04 EST A small setback...but I will still be successful I ended up in an emergency walk in clinic last night for chest pain. After many tests, it was determined its more than likely from a cold ive had. I was told to take it easy unil chest feels better, so no exercise for atleast a few days. But I will not let this get in my way of having a successful month! <BR> <BR> I can still eat healthy, make good choices, and do other things until Im better and can start exercising again <BR> <BR> My chest hurt really bad today, its horrible. I cant ... Fri, 3 May 2013 16:48:19 EST May Goals Wow! I cant believe May is here already! Time to come up with new goals! <BR> <BR> 1. Eat within my calorie ranges every day <BR> <BR> 2. Drink at least 14 water every day <BR> <BR> 3. Do the Coach Krystie workout everyday, modified as needed for my level. No matter what get at least 15 mins of exercise every day <BR> <BR> 4. Keep up with all spark teams every day <BR> <BR> 5. Continue with my 90 day Visalus Challenge <BR> <BR> 6. Blog on blogger every day <BR> <BR> 7. Find ... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:27:53 EST My healthy Lifestyle journey so far I started my healthy lifestyle journey and joined Spark at end of August 2011. Ive had my ups and downs through out the last year and a half or so. I had my good days and bad days...most of the time I have been on track, but like everyone else I have had those days where I ate everything in sight, made poor choices, and just didn't care. Ive had those days where Ive just wanted to give up, but something sparked inside of me and I found the motivation to get back on track! <BR> <BR> Ive... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:41:00 EST Quotes for 5% weight loss spring into summer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> No matter what, Keep Moving! <BR> <BR> Small Daily Improvements are the key to staggering long term results. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is your life. What are you going to do with it? <BR> <BR> Strength doesn't come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't do. <BR> <BR> Let exercise be your stress reliever, not food <BR> <BR> Working out is not a free pass f... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:22:58 EST 70 pounds and counting gone! As of Monday, November 12, I am down 70.4 pounds since starting my journey on August 31, 2011. So in less than 15 months, i have lost over 70 pounds and that is amazing, especially since April, I have been on no to little exercise restrictions. I have not done a normal workout since middle of April. I stayed on track and did amazing since then. I became very accountable for my foods and kept motivated. Sure, I had my bad days and even a bad week in there, but always got back on track a... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:11:13 EST Stress, Decisions, and more stress I had another doctor appointment about the fibroids, it was actually a consultation about getting a uterine fibroid embolization done. I thought this was going to be the answer to all this pain and i would be able to have relief from the pain and all the other problems these fibroids are causing. However, the dr that i seen was very honest (which is good) about this procedure. He said it is more for woman who have alot of heavy bleeding due to the fibroids, whether its during their period... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 14:46:42 EST Reflection on the past few weeks I have been totally 100% back on track since Monday, September 10. I was totally off track for about a week, and for a couple weeks before that, I was kinda on track, but part of me just didnt care. Well, now being back on track, I feel so much better and have more energy. I really let myself slip for awhile, especially the week of september 2-7. But even before that, I was eating within my calories, but eating foods that I knew I shouldnt be eating as often as I was...foods that should on... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:51:29 EST 1 year on Sparkpeople I have been on spark people for on year as of August 31. I have come a long way in that year and I should be really proud of what I have accomplished. I have lost 62 pounds, have gone from being on 20mg of blood pressure medicine to 10 mg(hoping to get off of it in January when I go back to DR), have lost 24,5 inches since March 7 (I never measured until I start online coaching with Coach Krystie). In August, I was in a size 22 jeans (that were tight) and anywhere from a 1x to 3x shirt, n... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 11:42:35 EST Goals I went to a great Sparklive meeting today, which encouraged us to make goals. So the best way to make goals and achieve them is to write them down. I havent really set goals in awhile so here are five goals following the techniques we learned. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink atleast 15 glasses of water every day. <BR> <BR> 2. Track all my food every day and be accountable every day for what i eat, even if im having a bad day and go over my calories. The most important this is to be accountable an... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:01:27 EST I finally have answers about the pelvic pain Most of you know, I have been having right pelvic pain since April 20. Ive been through test after test, and doctor after doctor. No one belived me how bad my pain was. It was discovered at the beginning that I had fibroids, but they were small and shouldnt have been causing the pain, so the doctors insisted on more tests and that the fibroids werent the cause of my pain. <BR> I was recently referred to a new doctor at a top hospital in Ohio, and she listened to me about the pain, and d... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:17:15 EST August Goals July was a rough month for had many ups and downs and my weight basically stayed the same because I was not consistent like i have been in the past. I had quite a few days where I over eat and/or made bad choices. So August is all about consistentsy for me. <BR> <BR> My number 1 August goal is to be more consistent. Make better food choices so i can get out of having a good week then a bad week which is making my weight vary from 196 to 198 for the past month. I need to be more c... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:16:22 EST Chocolate Cloud Roll (Flourless cake) with rasberry jam cream I was in a sparklive class recently and was talking about a flourless cake and some of you requested the recipe. Here it is, My sister got this recipe from the cake bible. The cake isnt too bad nutritionally wise, but the raspberry jam cream adds alot of calories, fat and sugar, but still wanted to share it with everyone. Im sure there is a healthier way to make a filling for this cake. <BR> <BR> Chocolate Cloud Roll <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar, <BR> 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar, <B... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 10:50:44 EST Goodbye two hundreds, hello onederland! I just accomplished a major goal! I weighed in today and weighed in at 199.4 pounds!!!!! I was so excited to see that 1 in front of my weight! I havent been under 200 pounds since sometime in high school. It feels so good to be out of those two hundreds...good bye two hundreds forever! <BR> <BR> I also wanted to add that this was my birthday goal was to be under 200 pounds by my birhday which is July 9. And I have been on medical restrictions of no exercise since the end of A... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:27:53 EST Over 50 pounds gone since August 26 2011 I had a fantastic week for weight loss...I lost 5.2 pounds! Im still medically restricted from exercising and had an amazing weight loss this week! I now have lost 52.8 pounds since the end of August. <BR> <BR> I feel great and am amazed on how my body has changed and how heavy i used to to be. I have come such a long way. I have struggled with my weight since I was about 12 years old. In the last several years, i have tried losing weight so many times, Ive tried sparkpeople before an... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:11:39 EST June Goals May defintly had its up and downs for me in many ways. I couldnt exercise all month due to medical problems, however with eating healthy and drinking atleast 10 glasses of water every day, I was able to consisintly lose weight. <BR> <BR> I have set many June goals and im hoping i get the ok to start exercising again. <BR> <BR> June Goals <BR> <BR> 1. Eat healthy and make healthy choices every day. <BR> 2. Track everything no matter what. <BR> 3. Eat out no more than once a week. <BR>... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:08:30 EST May is Neurofibromatosis awareness month The month of May is Neurofibromatosis month. Alot of you are probably wondering what Neurofibromatosis is and what does it mean? Well Im going to share with you what it is because I have Neurofibromatosis. <BR> <BR> There are three types of Neurofibromatosis: NF 1, NF 2, and schwannomatosis. Nf 1 is the most common. I have NF 1 so im going to share imformation about NF 1. <BR> <BR> Neurofibromatosis (NF for short) is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system where tumors can... Sun, 20 May 2012 12:32:44 EST Doctors Appoiment today...good and bad news. I have been having pelvic pain for about a month now and the last couple days i have been in severe pain and have had some swelling. I called my family doctor today and they got me an appoinment at a gynocologist. I went for my appoiment and the doctor was very understanding. Its the first time ive gone to a male gynocologist so i was a little nervous. The doctors asked me a bunch of questions, did an exam, then did a vaginal ultrasound. The doctor told me I have 2 fibroids, cysts on th... Thu, 17 May 2012 19:02:07 EST 44 pounds gone forever! As some of you know, I havent been able to exercise due to health related problems. I was totally off track with eating also because i was in the mindset that since I coulnt exercise then it doesnt matter what I ate. I think most of it was stresed relatated. However, I got out of that mindset because my my wonderful and very supportive online coach Krystie! She got me out of thinking that way and I check in with her several times a day to let her know how Im doing and what Ive eaten. Ive... Sun, 13 May 2012 15:49:53 EST 3 weeks later, still in alot of pain and discomfort On April 20, I woke up and had pain in my lower abdomen, pelvis area, and back. I had my yearly gyno appoiment scheduled for Monday, so I waited till Monday to do anything. During the weekend, the pain only got worse. I thought it could be ovarian cysts, Ive been told Ive had them in the past. On Monday for my appoinment, I told the gynocologist about my pain and she did the exam and said everything looks normal, but from what i was telling her, she thought it was ovarian cysts. I go to ... Sat, 12 May 2012 16:16:24 EST Goodbye 220s forever! Today is my weigh in day, and I weighed in at 217 pounds! I dont even remember when I was at this weight last time, it had to be sometime in high school. I was stuck in the 220s for a long time, and now im finally out of weighing in at the 220s! I will never see the 220s again! <BR> <BR> My next goal is to be under 200 pounds by July 9, which is my 32nd birthday. I have about 15 weeks to to this so thats an average of 1.2 pounds a week. I know I can do this! <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 22:27:09 EST Walking Outside I usually dont do any kind of exercises on Sundays, but it was 63 here today and beautiful out.. So I took a walk outside. I always walk towards traffic, a car came up behind me, stopped like 50 feet behind me(on the right side of the road). I looked behind me to see what they were doing, they just sat there, so i kept walking. A car went by the other way(coming towards me), and the car that stopped continued to sit there, after the other car passed, the stopped car swerved to my side of ... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:09:46 EST 35 pounds done forever! I weighed in this morning at 220.4 pounds, I lost 35 pound since the end of August! When I started SP, I weighed in at 255.8 pounds. I have had an awesome week and so many positive things have happened. <BR> <BR> 1. I have lost a total of 35 pounds <BR> 2, People are starting to notice how much weight I have lost <BR> 3. I fit into a medium to large sweat pant or workout pants <BR> 4. I now fit into a size 14 jeans. <BR> 5. I started online training with Coach Krystie! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:01:12 EST Joined a gym A friend and I joined the community center, which is a gym. Im so excited about it and having so many more options to work out! Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:49:40 EST Back On Track and having an Awesome week! I was off track from the end of January till this past Monday. Monday, I woke up and told myself, there are no more excuses. I was still sick with a cold Monday, but nothing that should stop me from exercising and eating right. So I got up and had a healthy breakfast and did some exercises. However, On Monday for lunch, I had pizza, I had 2 small slices and a salad. I was still going to be ok for the day, but the pizza made me really sick, plus my cold got worse throughout the day, so i... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:18:23 EST Really sick for two weeks, been extremely busy, and totally off tra This past week has been a disaster for my new healthy me journey. Ive been really sick with a horrible cold/flu since for over 2 weeks. When Ive been home, Ive been sleeping, which hasnt been very much. I was volunteering at our local community theatre that puts on plays, and we had shows the last 2 weekends. So between being sick and being busy with the theatre and everything else that has been going on, I have been totally off track. I have been drinking pop, eating junk food, and eati... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:39:03 EST February 2012 goals Im so glad today is the last day of January. Ive had my ups and downs this month. I had one good week, and then i went totally down hill and gained 2 pounds back. I didnt eat right, didnt exercise, and just couldnt find my motivation. <BR> <BR> However, Febuary is going to be different. I will eat healthy and I will exercise! I will find my motivation and I will get back on track. <BR> <BR> My goals for February are: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat Healthy <BR> 2. Stay on Track <BR> 3. Track E... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:50:45 EST On my way to getting back on track Today, I got up and drank some water. I went to a livemind class with Coach Krystie, then I had 2 pieces of wheat toast with jelly for breakfast. I also did 25 minutes on my exercise bike. I feel like im fighting getting the stomach flu, and i also have a really bad sinus infection. but as long as im taking steps each day to get back on track, ill be totally back on track in no time. I dont want to overdo anything with not feeling very well, and with my upset stomach, I dont know if ill... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:20:51 EST help! having a hard time getting back on track i kinda got off track for about the last 4 or 5 days and as much as i tell myself im going to get back on track........i mess up and eat unhealthy, over eat, dont do my exercises or a combination of any of those 3. Ive been so emotional latetly for so many reasons. I go through this every now and again but this time it seems worse and most of my reaons for not staying on track are emotional. I just have so many things going on i dont even know where to start. i really need help getting ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:29:55 EST Totally off track for the last couple days The last couple days have been horrible for me. Ive been sick with a sinus infection so Ive been so tired and have had no energy from that. Plus its getting to be that time of month, so im craving all these bad foods that I know I shouldnt be eating. The last 2 days, yesterday and today, I havent exercised, havent drank all my water, and have been eating like crazy. I havent tracked anything in 2 days. I have stuck to drinking water the last couple of days, just not as much as I wanted t... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:53:35 EST Exercising when you are sick I woke up with a cold this morning, and although, Im not really sick, I have absolutely no energy. I tried to do my workout today, but only got about half way through when I felt like I was going to pass out, so i stopped my workout early. I dont want to stop exercising until Im better....usually when i get a cold, I have it for atleast a couple weeks, if not longer. So What are some good exercises that everyone does when they have a cold? Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:30:25 EST 30 pounds gone forever! I weighed in this morning and lost 2 pounds! Which puts me weighing at 225 pounds, which means I have lost 30 pounds since the end of August! Ive lost about 6 pounds a month, on average! I was so excited to step on the scale and saw that it finally said 225 pounds! <BR> <BR> Since going on my journey to be a new healthier me, I feel better, have more confidence and self esteem, and have a better outlook on life! It feels so good to get all this unwanted and unneeded weight off! <BR> ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:31:16 EST My 3 month Goals I set 3 month goals about where I want to be. 3 months from today will be April 21, 2012. <BR> <BR> I set 3 goals to reach by then: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise 6 times a week for atleast an hour <BR> 2. Track everything, everday no matter what <BR> 3. To lose 15 pounds <BR> <BR> Im going to go with my last weigh in weight, which was 227 pounds. So by April 21, I will lose 15 pounds and weigh 212 pounds. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:54:12 EST