MISSZ1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSZ1 MISSZ1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Old front page. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143453 Old front page from my Spark Blog. Putting it here because today I am starting over and this is old. So many things have changed since the end of 2012 and it is time to stop looking back and start looking forward. But this still is a valid part of my journey and there are some things to be proud of here so I am going to keep them here for later. <BR> <BR> UPDATE: Many months later I have lost many 80 pounds with Spark People and then went rouge gained it all back while working two jobs and... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:18:06 EST 30 pounds lost, with pictures and a diagnosis! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830820 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28857865.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249881402.jpg"> <BR> <BR> April 2012 I have lost 32 pounds again and am down to 336. <BR> I have 78 more pounds to lose to get back to where I was 258 pounds at my lowest with Spark People. <BR> <BR> I got some hard news from the doctor as to why I am Morbidly Obese in the first place. I have four conditions working against me: Sleep Apnea, Hypothyroid, PolyCystic Ov... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:06:06 EST Hypothyroid, Sleep Apnea, and a Bad Gall Bladder! Oh MY!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740881 Oh I am so messed up. <BR> <BR> I was feeling just terrible for the last two years and I finally declared war on feeling awful and started with my Migraines. This month I double my migraine medicine and it is helping. <BR> <BR> I have very large and painful cysts on my ovaries that cause terrible abdominal pain and I am working through that. There isn't much I can do about them but I changed my doctor/gyno and the new one diagnosed a gall bladder problem in about 10 minutes. WOW. Nice. <B... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:58:32 EST The Dark Days Are Over, Because I Said I'm DONE! (AKA WAR!) [With Motivational Poster] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572104 This is my new favorite song Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over with lyrics <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny4deVFsYuo </link> you can listen to it too. Be ready to turn it up and dance. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l457135315.jpg"> <BR> (Not motivational just a photo of me. People like photos. I am trying not to grind my teeth.) <BR> <BR> When I fight, I fight to win. But sometimes I shock myself with how long it can take before I have had enou... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 02:06:27 EST Migraine Epiphany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560783 Well... <BR> So I am sick, a lot. And I get these headaches, a lot. And about two years ago I started having these nifty and also scary as heck visual hallucinations so yeah... I have been living in pain for a long time and because I was a chronic insomniac these things were to be expected. I have mostly licked my insomnia through constant hard work. (See my insomnia journal.) And now I finally realized that I am having a very difficult time losing weight because of constant migraines. I was... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 03:02:39 EST Update with photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4542819 Um these are kind of big. <BR> <BR> As you can probably see I look great up close. A wide shot would reveal I haven't lost a pound in a while. I got about 5 or 10 but then lost all forward momentum. I am going to start over November 1. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l142933574.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l378239694.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l168454432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Other than being sick I... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 07:25:41 EST Blame Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533319 <em>247</em> <BR> Let me just start with I LOVE MY LIFE! <BR> <BR> So don't let this blog imply that I am in any way unhappy. <BR> <BR> *SIGH* I haven't lost a pound. I haven't been eating right or working out. That's ok though. I will try again and this time do better. <BR> <BR> I am just not in it to win it right now. I don't know why. <BR> <BR> But damn I love my boyfriend. He is incredibly good looking and I am deeply in love and you would think that would motivate me to eat righ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 08:20:59 EST YAY! 7777 steps today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489173 So I got this new pedometer. It rocks. I enjoy the motivation to make the numbers go up. I had a long and yet still pleasant day at work today after which I worked out for an hour. I really didn't think this working out in the work gym thing would work out but it is doing nicely. Also I didn't think I could work out at night. I get out from work at 11:00 pm but that seems to be going ok too. I even spent most of the hour working out supporting my sad depressed friend by chatting with her on t... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 02:50:03 EST Whoo hoo! I worked out today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482083 I'm finally on the mend. I worked out for 70 minutes today. I finally fixed my MP3 player and I am so happy. THIS IS MUCH BETTER! YAY. I also won a new pedometer at work. I haven't had one for at least two years. I find it highly motivational to be able to count how many steps I have walked or how many miles I have walked or jogged. Also I won 5.00$ cash and I didn't buy ANY food, drinks or snacks with it. YAY me! Here is the awesome bit: I combined working out with helping a sad friend. SUP... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 07:18:41 EST I am Strong. So mote it be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463747 Going through some things this month. <BR> <BR> I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle and I am failing to try hard enough. I have lost all of 4 pounds. I have worked out once when a friend cajoled me into the gym. <BR> <BR> Took a hard look at my "budget" today using the SparkSavings Tool. OUCH. <BR> <BR> UM... yeah I spent 360.00 on groceries and 212.00 on taking other people out to eat last month. <BR> Don't get me wrong I ate it too... BUT I AM EATING MY MONEY! <BR> <BR> Living a ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 07:48:27 EST New Swimsuit Photos (Ouch!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403912 I got my new swimsuit. Lands End Size 26. I love it. It is very comfortable. <BR> <BR> But... it is a swimsuit. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29660382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well since I was in a suit and feeling cocky I decided to get some "Start point" pictures. And to update my profile with something from this year. <BR> <BR> August 3, 2011. <BR> <BR> <BR> OUCHY. Now I like the suit and I think my face is pretty and I KNOW I will appreciate these photos be... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 07:06:27 EST I'm back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4401569 I have never gone through quite so much to post a blog. First I couldn't figure out how to post to spark. I was looking in all the wrong places and I have completely forgotten how. Then my mouse and keyboard wouldn't work so I finally got that fixed. What was I going to say anyway? <BR> <BR> Oh yes, I am back. <BR> <BR> I was a driven Sparker and got down to 265 pounds from 330 (380 if you count the weight I lost before Spark) and then I got two jobs working full time at both. I did that ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 06:57:13 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3856968 Cut 12 inches off my hair. If you want to see the pictures go to face book and add to my comments on main page. If I get to 50 I will post a picture of it on FB. <link>www.facebook.com/sarahzbinden </link> <BR> <BR> Otherwise I guess you have to see me in person. <BR> <BR> Got an upgrade and a raise at work about two months ago. It's going alright. <BR> <BR> Quit my job at the hotel. At first it was hard to say goodbye but I haven't really had the time to think about it. They work me... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 02:05:49 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3856967 Cut 12 inches off my hair. If you want to see the pictures go to face book and add to my comments on main page. If I get to 50 I will post a picture of it on FB. <link>www.facebook.com/sarahzbinden </link> <BR> <BR> Otherwise I guess you have to see me in person. <BR> <BR> Got an upgrade and a raise at work about two months ago. It's going alright. <BR> <BR> Quit my job at the hotel. At first it was hard to say goodbye but I haven't really had the time to think about it. They work me... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 02:05:19 EST Say No to Heart Attacks and No to Diabetes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3624167 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l877563549.jpg"> <BR> Photo: my snack packs. Crackers, for hummus. Craisens, and Nuts and dried fruit. Making your own snacks can help you stick to your healthy lifestyle. I make the snacks for the week on Sundays, that way I can just grab them on the way out the door. I do not live a meat or fat free lifestyle. That is too extreme to maintain for long without extreme need. <BR> <BR> My friend saw something great on Hulu, a documentary cal... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 06:19:51 EST I will always be “Fat” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3473558 <BR> A good friend who weighs about half what I do pointed out a valid problem with losing weight namely, we will always be considered fat. <BR> <BR> Now she is a curvy girl and probably only about 180 pounds. I believe she is a size 16, which is my goal size. So when I look at her curvy body I see a healthy shape I would like to achieve. She sees that she is fat. She wants to be a size 12, but feels that even at a size 12 she would still be considered overweight. <BR> <BR> The funny th... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 05:43:14 EST MOD Feb. 1, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2828981 Wow I got Motivator of the Day! <BR> AWESOME! <BR> <BR> I am so happy to hear how many people I have inspired. I have been MIA for the last six months because I have been working two jobs 9 shifts a week! <BR> <BR> Finding out how much strength I had gave me the confidence to apply for a job I wasn't entirely sure about that makes 2$ an hour more than my night job. I had so much energy I have managed to keep both jobs working 67 hours a week. Here is the best part, my new job has a GYM on ... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 01:55:33 EST I got new glasses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2538758 PICTURE OF MY CHEAP GLASSES COMING SOON! <BR> Part of my goals for my healthy lifestyle for this year was to see a doctor, see the dentist and get my eyes checked. As it turns out, I finally got to the eye doctor thanks to my new job and their vision coverage. <BR> <BR> However even with the discounts on my doctor's visit and even with my vision coverage I still ended up paying 100$ out of pocket for the visit including my frames, lenses, and diagnosis/prescription. <BR> <BR> Out of frust... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 05:07:19 EST Icky sicky. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2477681 Damn it. I felt so smart getting the flu shot, and then I went and got the flu anyway. I'm at my primary job, at the hotel. They can't let me stay home sick, there is no one to cover my shift which sucks because I am nervous about making old people and children sick. I am just doing my best to keep my mouth covered and my hands clean. <BR> <BR> Meh <BR> Influenza Symptoms <BR> <BR> * Fever (usually high) (Only about 100 degrees so far.) <BR> * Headache (Not really but I am on m... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 05:20:52 EST I hate scales so so so much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2330701 I hate scales so much. My new analog home scale says that I am 300, my digital work scale says that I am 269. Obviously a 31 pound difference says that SOMEONE must be wrong. However two of my coworkers swear, -SWEAR- that the electronic scale is ‘correct’ yet my boyfriend was weighed at the doctor’s office and swears that the home scale is correct. <BR> <BR> I AM SO FRUSTRATED! <BR> <BR> In the end, whatever I weigh does not matter so long as the scales are consistent and can show weight... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 05:25:10 EST Working 74.5 hours a week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2324866 First off, I am sorry I have not written for a while. I know some of you follow my blog and I do appreciate it. My boyfriend made it through his surgery just fine and while it was very scary at the time, he is much better now. Tomorrow he goes to the doctor for a follow up. He will have pneumonia for a long time but at least the major problem, the abscess is gone and he is healing nicely from the surgery. <BR> <BR> So, the same day he went in for surgery I started a new job. I was planning o... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 06:07:06 EST Ok, big sigh of relief. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2286958 The surgery went well and the doctors say they were able to get in early enough that there was little scaring. <BR> <BR> Dane is out of the darkest part, but not completely out of the woods. <BR> <BR> He is sitting up and complaining about pain (of which there is much when someone stabs your side and shoves a tube in the hole) but otherwise he is doing great. No fever and such. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone. <BR> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 13:46:02 EST Surgery is today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2283272 My boyfriend's surgery is today to drain an abscess between his lung and chest cavity. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the confusion calling him my “Beloved Boy” in the last post led some people to believe my son was in the hospital. I am unmarried with no children. <BR> <BR> I call him my “boy,” he calls me his “girl.” We call each other “Beloved.” Neither of us much likes the titles girlfriend, or boyfriend. As we were best friends long before we started dating it seemed like a step down. <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 12:22:04 EST My Beloved boy is in the hospital. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2279369 Long story short: My Beloved, is in the hospital with pneumonia. It's pretty serious, but he is not in any imminent danger. He has a bad lung infection and they will be keeping him for a few days. <BR> <BR> It is extremely painful for him to breath right now and watching him shudder in pain as we waited for the morphine to kick in was dreadfully awful. <BR> <BR> Is there anything more excruciating than watching the one you love be in horrible agony and be at a total loss to do anything abou... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 00:25:29 EST I Quit the Gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2252270 I quit my gym yesterday and turned in my 30 day notice. It really sucked but I had to. <BR> <BR> I AM STARTING A NEW JOB! <BR> <BR> That is totally amazing. After 6 years at my current job, the one that put me through college, and 9 years in one industry, hotel service, I am finally leaving. <BR> <BR> Well… err… more like adding. <BR> <BR> I plan on working two jobs and my new job has a gym. <BR> <BR> GLEE!! It has a gym! <BR> <BR> Now it is nothing too terribly fancy but for a while... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 05:56:15 EST 8 Month Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2214758 8th Month Check in. <BR> <BR> July 10, 2009 <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store today. It’s important for me to keep good food in the house so I can avoid the not so good things. <BR> <BR> I got: <BR> <BR> Garlic (a staple at my house) <BR> String Cheese (a staple at my house) <BR> Beef Jerky (a staple at my house) <BR> Cherries <BR> And a baked rotisserie chicken. <BR> <BR> <BR> I was looking back in my blog, mining for inspiration from myself, and I found my post “How I lost 50 ... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 08:50:38 EST 60# down and I need a new scale, BADLY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2179483 I am tired but I am still here. <BR> <BR> After nearly 8 months I have lost about 63 pounds. Lame. I had lost that much two months ago, but I injured my knee, dislocated my shoulder and generally banged myself up. It was most annoying. Worse I let that distract me from my meal plan. I did a terrible job in May of keeping track of my eating, and not much better in June. I hope to be back on track in July. <BR> <BR> I began to lose a lot of motivation when my scale died. It is malfunctionin... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 08:53:06 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2135484 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! <BR> 2009 <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday, YAY! <BR> <BR> Normally I hate birthdays but I am spending this one at home. I wisely threw myself a birthday party on Saturday and told my friends I am getting an MP3 player and if they wanted to they could chip in. <BR> <BR> The party was great! There was white wine cake, three types of ice cream, strawberries and pound cake, eggplant parmesan, fish curry, chips, macaroni salad, two vegetable trays and much more! (Of cours... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 02:06:27 EST OMFGs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2097014 WOW! I got in the top 50 finalists for the “Adidas Finger Painting” contest. <BR> <BR> Read more about the contest here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>news.deviantart.com/article/76118/ </link> <BR> <BR> The other finalists can be seen here: <BR> <BR> <link>http://news.deviantart.com/article/8<BR>1160/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Being picked out from the hundreds of other contestants for this honor is simply amazing. <BR> (724 total) <BR> <BR> I am deeply grateful to both Adidas and Devia... Wed, 27 May 2009 07:54:16 EST R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2080733 Well, I did it. I took a full week off from both the gym and my careful food plan to rest and reconnect. I still ate breakfast, got food every 2.5 hours, slept 8 hours a day, and still had lots of water. I did not take my vitamins or keep a food journal. I did eat some very naughty things and I lost some ground, however one of the things you learn when you are in it for the long haul is one step backwards, two steps forward. <BR> <BR> I had to take a break from the gym. My shoulder (socket) ... Thu, 21 May 2009 04:00:53 EST NEWS FROM THE FRONT! 6 Months of Healthy Living! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2018871 <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <em>516</em> <BR> My war against an unhealthy lifestyle is going so well I cannot really decide where to begin. <BR> <BR> So just picking what everyone wants to know: how much weight I have lost. Well I am down by about 65 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have lost 20% of my body mass! <BR> <BR> I have lost about 10 pounds a month! (And I plateaued a couple of times so that... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 05:00:19 EST HOW TO EAT IN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1988137 In order to have a truly healthy lifestyle, and thereby gain the added benefit of weight loss you need to take very good care of your body. Sleep is very important hence the long explanation of my sleep ritual and other sleep inducing techniques. <BR> <BR> The second most important thing for healthy lifestyle and weight loss is eating right. 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> The third most important thing is exercise, which can be the most simple and easiest thing to do... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 05:36:57 EST Shock and Awe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1946917 Ok, this is kind of a convoluted story but I do want to share it. <BR> <BR> About 4 years ago I ended up on a Greyhound bus, going to see my family for Christmas. On the way to my destination one of the buses broke down and about a couple hundred people got trapped at this tiny bus station in negative 20 degree weather. Only a few of the elderly and children could fit in the tiny bus depot. The rest of us were stuck outside braving frostbite. It was painfully cold and an awful 6 hour wait. E... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 05:59:20 EST Great things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1936003 I'm sick, at work, and don't have a lot of time to blog but.. I wanted to get down the following things at least in note form to fill in later. <BR> <BR> Valeo, "I am strong." in Latin is my motto is also a brand of sports equipment. I found a pair of weight lifting gloves on sale for .97 cents a few weeks ago. Oh did I mention I am getting CALLOUSES from working out? WOW. I can't believe that is me. I feel like the universe is telling me to keep working and rewarding me for doing a great j... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:43:41 EST IN CASE OF EMERGENCY... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1925044 <BR> <BR> I found an “Emotional Eater Emergency Kit” blog on CHARLIESANGEL10’s Spark Page. See it here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=1906884 <BR> <BR> Possibly one of the best blogs ever written, because it is just such a darn good idea. <BR> <BR> Now, I am not generally speaking an emotional eater, but hey, people get stressed out and they do stupid things so I am going to compile my own distress kit for when the going gets tough! (De-stres... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 04:39:20 EST I am a Spark Motivator! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1917149 First off I want to take a moment to thank everyone who nominated me as a Spark Motivator! I am deeply appreciative to all of you. It really does mean a lot to me. <BR> <BR> When I first started on Spark almost five months ago I looked at the motivational pages and found so much hope and wisdom just waiting for me. I could not have imagined that only five months later I would get to be among those proud individuals. <BR> <BR> My only regret is that I will not get to be reposted in a year w... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 06:53:43 EST FAIR WARNING!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1893321 <BR> <BR> Ok so I posted this on my Lj, Myspace, Facebook and on other sites I am on. <BR> <BR> Essentially in the last week I found out 4 differnt guys were VERY attracted to me and never told me. It got me thinking about the future and thinness and I decided to write this. <BR> <BR> _--_----_---__--_-_-----_-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want to go on a long rant about how strange life is and how I am always wrong, but let me just say this… <BR> <BR> I am beautiful. Physically, mentally, ... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 08:56:27 EST How I lost 50 pounds in 4.5 months. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1889693 (Posted this on my myspace, facebook, and lj and thought I would post it here too.) <BR> So someone asked the question "How are you losing weight?" <BR> <BR> .. ...... <BR> <BR> That could be seen a lot of different ways, and I am feeling chatty tonight so I will answer them all. <BR> <BR> .. ...... <BR> <BR> I am lost the first 47 pounds being very stupid and barely eating. I didn't realize I was starving myself because I ate a meal a day and had several bowls (up to five) of whatever w... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 03:42:17 EST My Intro Bio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1882972 I keep having to write introductions to teams and so I am going to post one here so I can "cut and paste" for any future teams. <BR> <BR> See, I never know what to put in these intro posts. So let me see. I am single, female, 30ish years old, and currently 287 pounds. I started at 380 and by myself (and in the worst way possible) I lost 47 pounds over two years. I have lost 46 pounds with Spark People in 4 months and two weeks. <BR> <BR> I don’t have any children, pets, or even plants. I l... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 05:26:54 EST FOOD PRICES ARE INSANE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1875181 <BR> <BR> (I plan on writing up a little blog on the “stuff” version soon, but tonight I just want to hit “food & nutrition” topics.) <BR> <BR> As a young adult I would occasionally get a .49 cent fountain pop. This would be a 44 ounce cup of Mountain Dew, with ice. I would as a sort of religious observance spend a moment sipping the sickenly sweet ice cold nectar and consider just how many people it would take to get the pop from its basic essence, corn, water, carbon, oil (for the plasti... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 07:27:23 EST AH Brilliant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1865645 I just thought of the WICKEDEST idea for a reward system! First off of course I have weight loss goals and something I would really like is to be able to wear bracelets without feeling self conscious. <BR> <BR> SO with that in mind I am getting a charm bracelet and adding a charm for every month I maintain my healthy lifestyle; sleeping, eating right (enough and breakfast), and exercising! <BR> <BR> I am considering getting one and buying a charm for every five pounds of weight loss but t... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 08:10:54 EST The Fat Lady Confesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1865444 Forgive me my plus sized sisters and XXXL brothers for I have sinned. It has been 129 days since I joined Spark People. I accuse myself of the following sins. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have twice forgotten my food journal at home when I went to work. I kept notes on a piece of paper until I could get home and log it. <BR> <BR> I have three times skipped going to the gym on my scheduled gym days. Once because a boy kept me up all day/night, and twice because I was too exhausted from insomnia.... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 04:51:01 EST My Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1862176 To tell you my story I should start by telling you that at this point I am only just beginning on my journey towards a healthy lifestyle. It is kind of funny to say that because I have always thought I was living healthy before. I thought this because I had a lot of healthy habits for a very long time. I never ate fast food, I did not drink soda, and I quit candy years ago. Furthermore I did not smoke, and I did not drink alcohol. Hey, I did not even eat bleached flour and I avoided high fruc... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 05:09:01 EST Give a little bit of yourself to someone else. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1845323 Ok things are going swimmingly on the battlefield and I am now thinking about what I want to do when I get to a healthy weight. You know, making plans. <BR> <BR> So here are some goals I have: <BR> <BR> Donate Blood <BR> Donate Plasma <BR> Donate Eggs <BR> Donate (part of) my liver <BR> Donate bone marrow <BR> Donate a kidney <BR> Donate my hair for locks of love <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can start donating whole blood and plasma sooner, but they find it very difficult to get my veins at this ... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 05:04:37 EST Fake It While You Make It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1828142 <BR> Yeah… You know I write and I have a lot of healthy characters who are thin and buff and really awesome. They are strong confidant people. And when I think about some of them they are joggers, and they go to the gym, they lift weights. They eat healthy and they aren’t couch potatoes. They aren’t the types who look in the mirror and see something wrong and ignore it. <BR> <BR> But these are my characters. These are imaginary people. Imaginary people have it easy. With two paragraphs of ... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 08:33:38 EST Spark, what's it good for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1814518 Someone on the Montana Team asked what we use Spark for. I am adding my comment to my blog to keep note on for the future. I have actually started using the nutrition tracker a little bit now that I have had some time to play with it. I will likely use it more often in the future. <BR> <BR> <BR> --_-__-_--_-_--__-_---__--_--_-__--__-__<BR>--_--__-_---_----_--_--__- <BR> <BR> I use SP for inspiration and motivation. I use it to keep in check and to keep focus. I do all the "spark point" col... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 08:56:04 EST Bravo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1805029 Getting right down to it, I have lost 40 pounds in three months. 4 0 <BR> <BR> And that is a big number. I have been a bit exasperated with the scale lately because it is taking longer to go down than I would like. I would like to step on it every week and see a consistent two to three pound drop. Instead I occasionally find it HIGHER than where I left it last week. There are tons of reasons for that mostly having to do with water retention and building muscle, still, I have lost a good so... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 05:11:00 EST Ah NAILS & HAIR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1795001 Ok, cool side effect of eating well. <BR> <BR> After all of these years of being in "starvation metabolic rate" 6 days a week (feasting on the 7th) my hair and nails never grew. Seriously they grew so slowly it was unbelievable. Now I look down at my nails and wow! I have fingernails. They are growing faster than they can break off or be trimmed. Same for my toe nails. <BR> <BR> I thought to myself yesterday, "Hey I trimmed those darn nails like last week, and they are long AGAIN?? Weird.... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 05:23:24 EST The Root of All Evils, My Youth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1789447 Long story short I found my journal from when I was 16 and I weighed, wait for it…. <BR> <BR> two-hundred and five pounds. <BR> <BR> 205 when I was 16. Wow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/6/b764060641.jpg"> <BR> (Me at 16.) <BR> <BR> I just… I can’t believe it. I was so overweight. I was OBESE in high school! My BMI was 33.2. And right now I would have to drop to 185 pounds just to be overweight, and 154 to be at the very bleeding edge of healthy. Can you imagine... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 08:41:56 EST What's Love Got To Do With It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1785883 "Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time." <BR> <BR> -- Marabel Morgan <BR> <BR> (Who knew I would ever quote an ANTI Feminist? MM is a real Neanderthal enabler from the mid 70’s who told women to completely submit to their husbands. Never the less, this is one superior quote.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Well I was going to write about the following question: <BR> “Is it harder or easier to lose weight when you are involved in a relat... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 05:58:00 EST