MELISSAMAIN03's SparkPeople Blog MELISSAMAIN03's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Booking it... Wow, it has been a very long time since I've written a blog! So, yeah, I've been "taking it easy" for a while now. I still track what I'm eating and everything, but I've been pretty lenient with myself. I am still at 221 (which means I've only lost 9 lbs this year, haha! Hey, but a loss is a loss right!?), but that is about to change. For the last few days I have created an easy, but effective, exercise regiment for myself. 3 sets of 20 crunches, 2 sets of 20 leg lifts, and 20 minutes of card... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 10:28:02 EST So much to do! So little time to blog! It has been a long time since I have blogged!!! But have no fear, I am still losing! I have lost 33 pounds so far! Life has just been a wee bit busier than previous. Between watching my kiddo, doing work on the side for my mom, keeping the house clean, getting everything ready to enroll in school for next semester (exciting!!!), and of course hanging out with my friends and family, blogging has just been pushed to the back burner. I had a free moment (thanks to Sesame Street), so decided... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:19:18 EST Plateau... BAM! Busted! Today I hesitantly stepped on the scale... <BR> <BR> After 3 weeks of no weight change, I finally busted through and 2 more lbs were lost! <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I did get a little discouraged while patiently waiting for that scale to get back into the groove, but I knew if I stuck with it, eventually it would. <BR> <BR> :) So happy. So happy! Thu, 2 Oct 2008 09:51:07 EST Thank you! I wanted to thank everyone for their responses to my featured blog. I was moved by everyone's comments and messages! I am still working on answering the messages in my inbox, so please don't think I am ignoring you, I will write you soon, I promise! Once again, thank you all! I am both humbled and honored by being featured, and by all of your kind, motivating words. We are all in this journey together! Thank you!! <em>247</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2008 00:00:45 EST My 20 lb. blog! Well, I told myself that once I hit 20 lbs. lost, I would write a blog, so here it is!!! <BR> <BR> Only a few months ago, I never thought I would have lost 20 lbs. I doubted myself. I didn't think I would be able to do it. I was so NEGATIVE! I am proud to say that I have changed my way of thinking along with changing the way I am eating! I stay so positive! Not just about my weight loss, but about everything, even the little things. It feels great! <BR> <BR> I have reached the point ... Wed, 27 Aug 2008 18:16:38 EST My life is changing! First off, let me just say... I am happy! My life is changing! <BR> <BR> When I wake up at 8:00am, I feel rested. I feel ready for the day! <BR> I don't feel depressed, I don't want to roll over and fall back asleep! It's an amazing feeling I have never experienced before! <BR> <BR> I have gained endurance. I can exercise?!?! I couldn't even get up a small flight of stairs without huffing and puffing only a few months ago. What's this? I LIKE to exercise? Wow! <BR> <BR> Although ... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 13:50:23 EST Water: I used to think you were overrated. I've never been much of a water drinker. In fact, I've never been much of a drinker at all. I never felt "thirsty". So, my problem wasn't that I was guzzling down a 2 liter of pop every day... I just wasn't drinking enough at all. <BR> <BR> So, when I started eating healthy/exercising, I also started drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I just wanted to see what this whole water spiel was about. Because I'm not a big fan of water, I have a bottle I refill, and have been using Crystal Li... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:23:29 EST 10 lbs gone! Today I weighed in. The last few weeks, my scale hasn't budged... So when I saw today that another pound was gone, I felt ecstatic! Especially because this marks that I have lost 10 lbs! I am writing this blog to remind myself, as well as others, not to give up through those plateaus. Stick with it, don't cheat, keep exercising, and eventually it WILL happen!!! <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2008 10:30:04 EST Starting Over So about a year ago I started this... Started out well, but did not stick to it. We were poor, my husband's child support went up, and I felt like we just couldn't afford to eat well. <BR> <BR> I have gained weight and am NOT happy about that whatsoever, so I have come back to Sparkpeople to START OVER... For REAL this time! Now that we are back on our feet, I feel that I can DO THIS! <BR> <BR> I have been starting my day out with a walk around the neighborhood. It really gives my day a ... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 19:09:48 EST