MOONBIRD's SparkPeople Blog MOONBIRD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Time I realized it has been a long time since I wrote here. I write at my actual blog, The Singing Bird, almost every day, but I don't have time to always post here. Most of my blogs include photos, which don't copy over very well here, so they aren't posted here. I just got caught up on some of my e-mails on here. Sorry to everyone that it took me a while to get back to! I am just not able to answer all the questions I get on the day I get them. I wrote a FAQ page on my blog, in the hopes t... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:03:41 EST My First Warrior Dash! Sorry for my lack of blog posting here. I post on my blog (which I can't link here because it has ads) several times a week, so if you're not subscribed, check it out! :) My Facebook page, From Fat to Fit, has taken off well, and I've got over 1800 likes, so updating it and my personal blog and answering e-mails takes up a lot of my time. Posting my blogs here is a lot of work when they have a ton of pics, so it's easier to do it at my main blog. Anyways, I've included a few pictures on... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:27:16 EST I hope you're all well! I just wanted to update you all on what's going on. I've been super busy this summer. We've taken a lot of short trips, and actually just got back from the beach where we stayed with family for a few days. For weeks I was sick with something, although I don't know what. I felt bad after our first trip, and it just never went away (terrible coughing), so I went to the Dr. They gave me a steroid inhaler and after a couple weeks I was better. We've had a TON of rain this year, and the Dr s... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:57:25 EST Sick of Being Sick I woke up yesterday with my throat hurting so badly. It felt swollen, and I just felt terrible. There isn't a time I could remember my throat hurting so much, except for when I was younger and used to get strep throat and tonsillitis. When I was 21, I finally had my tonsils removed. I should have had it done as a child, but my parents never carried insurance on us, and we already had so many Dr. bills that couldn't be paid, so it never got done until I was an adult and had my own job with... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:20:51 EST Patterns I posted this to my blog yesterday, but forgot to post it over here. :) <BR> <BR> Over the last 3 years of losing weight, I've learned a lot about myself. You start to notice patterns in the things you do when you really pay attention. In losing this weight, I feel I've become more aware of myself in a lot of ways. I've always had the pattern of overeating when I am stressed or upset. For as long as I can remember, food is the thing that I think of first when I am stressed. As a litt... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:26:31 EST A Rainy Run I haven't posted a blog here for a while, because while we were gone on vacation for almost 2 weeks, I had my blogs set to auto post at my actual blog. I wrote a lot of blogs about our trip also, and there are lots of photos, so be sure to check it out if you're interested. You can get to my blog by visiting my facebook page, From Fat to Fit. I can't post the link here. <BR> <BR> Lately my running has been lacking. I have been alternating running with the Jillian workouts, but when we we... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:20:51 EST Splash day! I wrote this blog today and on the original at my actual blog, there are some photos. The blog I wrote yesterday is also there, and it's photos of me in my old clothes to show how large they are on me now. It was just too many to upload here and copying it over without the photos is kind of pointless, since the whole point of the blog is the photos. I've been really busy the last couple days, but if you want to check out my other blog, feel free. I can't post the link because of the rules... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:32:57 EST Just some thinking I was doing a lot of thinking last night about stuff, and I just want to let you all know a few things. <BR> <BR> 1. I am not going anywhere. I value this site and the people here too much to leave. Unknowingly, I broke the rules (which in reading them I'm still confused a bit, but whatever, I removed my links to my personal blog). <BR> 2. I will still post my blogs (copy them over from my personal blog) but I won't always be including the photos if there are a lot of them. It's just to... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:50:21 EST Please read I just want to tell you all <em>304</em> I have gotten so many positive and supportive e-mails, messages, and comments from many of you, and I truly appreciate it and have read every single one. <BR> <BR> It was my intention to reply to everyone, but that is proving impossible. I have gotten more than 1,000 comments, e-mails and messages just on Sparkpeople, not to mention my on my facebook page, blog and regular e-mail. <BR> <BR> If you had a specific question I didn't answer, feel ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 10:46:55 EST The 160s!! Yesterday I got into the 160s! I wrote a blog about it, complete with photos. Please check it out. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> ETA: I was told that I have to remove the link to my blogger blog, because I recently monetized it, and it's against the terms of service to have the link here, which I didn't realize. Thanks for understanding. Feel free to follow me on facebook. I'm From Fat to Fit. Thu, 30 May 2013 08:18:18 EST Don't feel bad! I've been getting a tremendous amount of e-mails/comments lately from people. Most of them are so wonderful, so thank you! A lot of them say something along the lines of, "I wish I could be like you. You make me feel like a failure because I can't get myself in gear and lose this weight. I feel bad I don't eat as well as you. I don't know how to make the food you eat. I can't do the exercise you do. There is no one that can help me." <BR> <BR> First of all, stop being so hard on yours... Wed, 29 May 2013 11:59:23 EST A gain and the zoo I weighed in yesterday and was up a little over a pound. It's not surprising considering my binges last weekend. Even though I'm up 1.3 pounds (scale said 173.3), it could have been worse, I suppose. All this week I was under my calories each day, actually toward the very low end. Also, I got in several workouts, so the damage wasn't too bad. This week I decided to do more of the Jillian Body Revolution, so I'm on month 2 now. I haven't run this week, but I am going to rotate it with ru... Sat, 11 May 2013 13:51:16 EST Fit girls look good naked? Ok. I keep seeing this meme floating all around facebook and pinterest, and I just had to write a blog about it, because it kind of pisses me off, actually. Now, I know the people who are posting it aren't doing it to be jerks or anything (at least I don't think most of them are) but seriously, this is not always true. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I realize that not all slender women are toned and therefore may not look as good n... Wed, 8 May 2013 23:13:59 EST Another good day I woke up today feeling tired and grumpy, even though I got a good amount of sleep. The kids were being crazy this morning, like picking at each other instead of eating their breakfast and just getting on my nerves by one not letting the other in the bathroom to brush their teeth. Once they were off to school, I did my usual morning routine of emptying the dishwasher, washing the dishes, starting laundry, cleaning the cat box and whatever else needs to be done. <BR> <BR> After being back o... Tue, 7 May 2013 23:25:23 EST A little better I woke up today determined that I wouldn't binge or eat in an out of control way. I had a great breakfast of eggs, cantaloupe, and ezekial toast with some peanut butter. When I sat to have some coffee, I planned out my meals and snacks for the day, and I stuck to that. <BR> <BR> Even though I woke up today still feeling down, I just kept telling myself it will be ok. My depression and anxiety seems to come and go, and no matter what I do it won't go away till it's ready. I can definitel... Mon, 6 May 2013 23:20:20 EST Binge x2 I haven't had an actual binge in a while. There were times recently when I definitely ate too much, but it wasn't completely out of control. Well, last night and today, I binge ate. <BR> <BR> When I am doing it, I really feel like I can't stop. I've noticed that it tends to happen during times when I feel completely worried, stressed, and overwhelmed. I've felt like that a lot this week, and now I am in a depression. I try really hard not to be sad, but no matter what I do it doesn't go... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:57:19 EST Thank you! I just wanted to tell everyone here how grateful I am to have such kind people support me. Reading all the comments you've left on my blogs, goodies, or page makes me cry (in a good way!). So, thank you all for taking the time to read about me and comment. <BR> <BR> If the things I share can help people feel motivated, inspired, or just cheer up their day, then that makes me happy. A large part of my happiness has always come in helping other people where I can. Along this journey, I'v... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:17:58 EST 3 years and 153 pounds later (progress photos) Three years ago today, I officially joined Sparkpeople. For so long I'd been struggling to figure out a way to lose weight that would work for me. On a message board I frequented, I'd read about Sparkpeople, but never checked it out, just assuming it was another thing I'd fail at. One day I was on the computer and decided to visit the site, and I am so glad I did, because it changed my life. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Before losing w... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:01:55 EST Run for Boston Tonight I went to a Run for Boston at our local running store, Lucky Foot. (They took some photos there and I am in a few of them, although it's hard to see me). When I found out about it, I thought it would be great to do, and since it was in the evening Jeff could stay with the kids. My son (who is becoming my regular little running buddy) wanted to come with me though, so of course I wanted him to. <BR> <BR> Earlier today I was having kind of a rough time. For whatever reason this mor... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:31:17 EST Diet When you hear the word diet, you often think of eating tasteless food and practically starving yourself. You may think your lunch can only consist of celery sticks and water or a grapefruit for breakfast. Maybe those diet programs, vitamins or shakes you see on TV come to mind. The thought of a diet makes you depressed. All you think of is what you can't eat, and you suddenly want to do nothing but eat junk. <BR> <BR> People ask me all the time, "Can you eat that on your diet?" "How lon... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:56:42 EST Run for Boston 4-17-13 Today I was on facebook and came across the page for Run for Boston. Of course I liked it, and decided I would run today in support of all who were affected by the bombing. It's great what they are doing, and it shows how much people care, and how united runners are. <BR> <BR> My son was just telling me yesterday he wanted to run with me again soon. Normally, I run after the kids get on the bus in the morning, but sometimes he's come with me on the weekends, and last summer he ran with m... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:55:30 EST Boston I couldn't believe it yesterday when I heard about the bombs going off at the Boston Marathon. I'd been cleaning the carpets all day in our house, and sat down for a few minutes to rest when I saw posts about it on facebook. It was horrifying to turn on the tv and see blood all over the place. :( The tv didn't stay on long because watching those things for too long really gets to me, and you know the person who did it just loves all the attention. <BR> <BR> When things like this happen, ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:09:41 EST To everyone who thinks they can't do it too... Know that you CAN! Really. You have it in you to change, lose weight, and be healthy. If you want to improve your fitness and eating habits, you can! <BR> <BR> A few years ago I never believed I could lose weight. I'd see success stories of other people and think, "Wow, I wish I could do that." I'd hear those people say, "If I can do it, so can you!" I thought they were full of it. Well, I never knew it then, but I had it in me all along. People constantly asked me what made me chan... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:09:28 EST I'm sorry, old Me. I'm sorry, old Me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry for everything. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I didn't believe in you. I'm sorry I didn't take care of you the way I should have. You didn't deserve that. I let other people tell me you weren't worth it, and I lied to you for a long time. I'm sorry for making your body sick. I'm sorry I caused you to have high cholesterol, blood pressure, and a fatty liver. I'm sorry that at 23 you... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:39:55 EST The flu? On the Friday before last, I woke up in the middle of the night and my throat was hurting very badly. I felt terrible, but I got some water and tried to go back to sleep. All that day I had no energy and felt awful. I even fell asleep during the day when the kids were in school, and I never do that. I am just not the type of person to nap, unless I feel really bad. The next day I was signed up to do a 5k. Needless to say, I wasn't able to run it, and that bummed me out. I was so excite... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:20:11 EST Month 1 of Body Revolution is Done! Yesterday was my last workout of the first month of the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. I completed all of the workouts, and on some days added in extra workouts, like running, walking or going to the gym. After 3 weeks in I didn't work out all week because I got sick. So, this past week I did week 4 where I left off. <BR> <BR> I have to say that I am feeling a lot stronger. My muscles are getting more defined. For the first week I did the kickstart and lost a lot of weight. The res... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:08:05 EST 150 pounds lost (and never to be found again!) This morning I weighed myself and the scale said 175! My starting weight was 325, so for all you people out there who suck at math (like I do) that is 150 pounds gone, and a little over 46% of my weight. 150 pounds is more than the weight of an average adult woman, or so I've read. It's about what I want my goal weight to eventually be, so I am about 25 pounds away. <BR> <BR> Here are a few before pictures of me, taken in 2009 and 2010. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:45:37 EST Loving Yourself This was supposed to be the last blog in my series of blogs on How to Lose Weight. I have put off writing it for several reasons. The first reason being that I am often not very nice to myself, so I felt like who I am to give advice on this. Sometimes I am very critical of myself (mostly about how I look). I do think I have come a long way in my thought processes though, and that is progress I am proud of making. The other reason is that I know I am going to get a lot of crap for what I ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:22:41 EST Comfort zones are for pansies! (according to Jillian Michaels) Today was the first day of week 3 of the Body Revolution, so that means a new workout. For 2 weeks, you do the same 2 workouts twice each week along with the cardio 2 times that week (so 6 workouts in a week). So, today is workout 3 of Phase 1, which I did today, and I'll do again Thursday and again on Monday and Thursday next week. It was pretty tough! <BR> <BR> I know they are supposed to get harder as the weeks go on, so I expected it. The workouts with a lot of arm stuff, which this ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:29:27 EST I almost cried. It fit! Back in the fall, my sister in law gave me a bag of clothes that a friend had given her. She is about a size 8, and all the clothes ranged in size from 12-18, so obviously she couldn't wear any of them. She thought I could use some of them, so I tried everything on, and a lot of them were too big. I immediately gave the too big clothes to Good Will. Once I can't wear a size any longer, I get rid of it, so I don't have it to fall back on. <BR> <BR> There were a couple items in particula... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:46:16 EST Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution I am thrilled with the results I had from the first week of this program. For those of you that don't know about this, it's a workout and meal plan system by Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser. It's a 90 day program, with 3 phases. Each phase is one month. For the first 2 weeks, you do workout 1 on Monday and Thursday, workout 2 on Tuesday and Friday, and cardio 1 on Wednesday and Saturday. It's working out 6 days a week, BUT they are short workouts. The cardio 1 dvd is a little u... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:55:30 EST I know I am not supposed to say this... but I am not happy with my body. I was going to say hate, but that's not the complete truth either. I know I am going to get a bunch of people telling me it doesn't matter, I look great, I'm healthy, etc. Even though I get all that, I am still disappointed--at this point--in how my body looks. <BR> <BR> Now, I know I was big. I was over 300 pounds. I know that because I've been overweight or obese my whole life that I'll have extra skin. I knew that in the beginning, and I certainly do... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:21:01 EST Zombies, Run! Recently my husband and I ventured into the world of smartphones. We'd had our little flip phones for 6 years, and they were starting to malfunction, so when Best Buy had a sale before Christmas, we decided to check it out. Everyone has been telling us for the longest time we needed new phones, but we're very cheap about stuff like that and felt like we didn't really need them, so why spend the money. <BR> <BR> We ended up getting the Samsung Galaxy S3 because for one day only you could ge... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:03:23 EST Virtual 5k Check out my latest blog at The Singing Bird. I got a PR! <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:47:58 EST All or Nothing Thinking This next blog is about something that almost all of us do and it hinders our progress in whatever it is that we're trying to accomplish. I first read about it in a book that a therapist recommended to me (Yes, I've been in therapy, and it wasn't until years later that I actually lost weight). It's also in other dieting books, and when I first found Sparkpeople and read The Spark, it was in there, too. <BR> <BR> So, the scenario here is you're doing well with your eating and exercising. Y... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:36:45 EST Celebration and Rewards A big part of why my weight loss has been different this time around is because I have celebrated goals, big and small. Sparkpeople recommends that you set goals and reward yourself when you get to those goals, which motivates you to keep going. This really works! <BR> <BR> My first big reward was when I lost 25 pounds. I got an mp3 player, which I loved because it was useful for when I went on my walks. At 40 or 45 pounds down, I bought some shampoo that I'd been wanting. Once I'd lost ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:04:57 EST Consistency and Excuses The next blog in my series is at my blogger blog. <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:39:07 EST Bad Habits Today I am going to discuss bad habits and how they affect your weight loss. We all have at least one bad habit we know we need to change, and if you have a lot of bad habits, it can be hard. What I did was start with probably my worst--soda. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before I lost weight, I had a major soda addiction. I would drink Coke all day long, like it was water. I usually had about 5 cans in a day. That is hundreds of extra... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 10:25:15 EST The Voice Inside My Head The voice inside my head is an evil bitch. She's been there as long as I can remember. There are times I don't hear from her for a while, and then it's almost like a switch is turned on, and she appears. <BR> <BR> I know because I've lost so much weight and accomplished so many things that many people think I don't struggle. They tell me I make it look easy. If only they knew. It's a hard battle, and there are some days I am not strong. Sometimes I am amazed when people tell me I am s... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:01:57 EST Organization and Planning The next thing I want to talk about is how being organized and planning your meals ahead of time can really help with losing weight. <BR> <BR> For those of you who struggle with being organized, just realize that this is also something that won't happen overnight. I am a naturally tidy and organized person and I find that I get more done because of it, but I know for some people it's overwhelming and they struggle with it. So, take baby steps to get things in order and don't expect it to ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:04:02 EST Support and Accountability Next I want to talk about 2 things I think are sort of intertwined, and very important in weight loss. <BR> <BR> You need some sort of support system, and in that support system you can also find accountability. First and foremost, you have to realize that you are the only one who can do this. No one can get up early for you and make you exercise, and no one can force you to eat healthy. But, it does help to have support when you are going through any type of challenge in your life. <BR> ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 10:58:29 EST Next blog...concerns Motivation My next blog in my little series is about Motivation is up at The Singing Bird. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:01:59 EST Next blog in the series...Exercise This one is all about how exercise helped me lose weight. Please check it out at my blogger blog. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:57:26 EST Counting Calories and Nutrition I wrote this blog yesterday at my blogger blog and finished it today. When I tried to copy it, it kept jumbling everything up, so if you want to read my blogger blog, find me on facebook and you can get to my blog from there. If you're interested, please read it. I talk a lot about SP, and since you guys are already here, you probably know a lot of this already. :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:43:28 EST How to Lose Weight All over the internet on places like Pinterest, blogs and random websites you constantly find articles and tips about losing weight. Eat this, not that. Do this workout and in 2 weeks you'll have a flat stomach. Yeah, ok. Do a juice diet for a week to detox. Eat only protein. It's no wonder people are lost and have no idea where to begin. It seems overwhelming, especially when you have a LOT of weight to lose. <BR> <BR> So, as someone who has lost more than 100 pounds, I think I know ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:24:51 EST 29 Minutes I had a run last week where I broke 29 minutes for 3 miles. I couldn't believe it, because I never thought I'd be capable of running 10 minute miles, and then to even surpass's just more than I ever hoped for. My goal of running a 5k race in less than 30 minutes is attainable. Some days are better than others, and for whatever reason I can run faster one day than the next. Basically I just run and do the best I can each time, and really, giving it our best is all we can ever do.... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:09:05 EST I'm healthy! While I've felt healthy for a while now, I had some concerns about my health and I have been working hard to be as healthy as possible. In 2010 I had a physical after I'd lost about 40 pounds. My cholesterol and triglycerides were high and I had a fatty liver. My blood pressure wasn't great and I was close to needing medication. I had an extremely low vitamin D level. My Dr told me to continue with losing weight and we'd re-check everything. I started taking a supplement for Vit D which... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:22:28 EST Thankful Well, today is Thanksgiving and another year is close to coming to an end. It's hard to believe I've been on this journey for over 2.5 years already. While I am not one to post daily facebook posts or whatever about what I am thankful for, I am thankful for a lot. I'm not a person who takes things (or people) for granted and I always try to remind myself, even when things are crappy, that life really IS good and there is much to appreciate. <BR> <BR> My weight is up and I am frustrated wi... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:53:41 EST I ran my first half marathon! I wrote this on 11-10-12. Today was the half marathon! I am pretty tired right now (partially from getting up at 4am) but I wanted to write this while it was all fresh in my mind. It was a day I will never forget, and I think I am more proud of myself for accomplishing this than I am for anything I've ever done. Part of that is because it's a culmination of all my efforts--not just during the training for this, which I did for months--but of the last 2 years and losing almost 150 pounds. ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:16:32 EST I'm done training for the half marathon! Yesterday was my last long run before the half marathon next weekend. I did 10 miles! My next few runs before the half will be easy short runs. I remember when I thought I'd never be able to run 3 miles, and now that's a short run for me! <BR> <BR> Admittedly, I am relieved training is over. I've been doing it for months and I started early thinking I'd need to repeat weeks, but I blew through it. Of course I get tired, but I am able to do it, and since I started running regularly in M... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:28:09 EST