MORETOLOVE66's SparkPeople Blog MORETOLOVE66's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back to Basics I left SP one year ago after I lost 50 lbs. I thought that I could maintain it on my own, but in the past year I regained 17 lbs. <BR> <BR> I was tracking my calories and fitness using MyFitness Tracker on my iPhone, but it didn't help me to make better food choices. In addition, all of the excess food I tracked didn't motivate me to consume less calories either despite the number on the scale creeping back up. <BR> <BR> I have returned to SP, because SP offers more than just tracking tools... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:03:23 EST 50 POUNDS GONE AND LOOKING GOOD IN A SIZE 6 DRESS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was a photo that a friend took of my husband and me at a Valentine's dinner party last month. <BR> <BR> My weight loss has had a positive impact on my husband that he has decided to start his weight loss journey too! <BR> <BR> If I can do it, then anybody can do it! <BR> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:50:56 EST Wearing Size 10 Jeans for the 1st Time in Almost 15 Years None of my clothes fit me anymore! For the first time (in a long time), they're not too tight but TOO BIG! I told my hubby and he replied, "What are you complaining about? That's a good thing!" <BR> <BR> So I went to the store the other night to buy a pair of jeans. Since I'm short, I have to shop in the petite section. As I was skimming through all of the sizes, I pulled out several pairs and sizes to try on. <BR> <BR> My jaw dropped when I realized that I now wear a Size 10! Yay! No more... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:49:41 EST Learning From Failure I bought some peppermint sandwich cremes yesterday that were sinfully delicious. At 140 calories per cookie, I decided to eat 2 cookies for dessert last night. <BR> <BR> After I came home from a 3-hour workout, I was hungry again and looked inside my food pantry for something to eat. I noticed that the delectable Christmas treats I bought were almost gone! I asked my husband why he ate most of the cookies, because I wanted to eat some the next day! <BR> <BR> Instead of putting my share in ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:35:16 EST My Blood Test Results Came Back with Flying Colors! In August 2009, I joined SP because I was diagnosed with Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Hormone Imbalance, and Pre-Diabetes. <BR> <BR> I didn't take my health seriously until last year when I sent my baby off to college. <BR> <BR> After working out 5 days a week, and making small but steady positive adjustments to my nutrition, I am proud to say that my blood test results came back today with flying colors! <BR> <BR> My heart, arteries, liver, kidneys, thyroid, pancreas, etc., are all hea... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:21:45 EST Filling a Hole in My Heart My house is empty again with just my hubby and me. After having both of my boys stay with us for close to a month, I was getting used to cooking for everyone. Since it's back to just 2 of us at home, I'm not cooking as often and my poor hubby is not too pleased. <BR> <BR> To fill this hole in my heart, as a result of missing the togetherness of my family, I'm back to dancing that also makes me happy (and dizzy). Between Zumba, Afro Belly, Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata everyday, my spirit is l... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:17:09 EST Not Giving Up On Me Has Finally Paid Off! Despite life's many hurdles that I've had to jump over these past couple of months, not giving up on me has finally paid off! <BR> <BR> I lost 3 lbs. this week and was on Cloud 9 when I saw that my current weight was on track (for the first time) towards my short-term weight loss goal. I wanted to lose 14 lbs. before I go on a cruise for my birthday next month. I have 5 more lbs. to go and believe that I will actually achieve it! <BR> <BR> It's nice to come up for air and see my hard work p... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 17:08:40 EST I'm Tired But I Will Keep On Keeping On... After enjoying the past year as an empty nester, my oldest son moved back home a few days ago. He has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. If you, or a loved one, suffers with the same condition(s), then you understand what I'm going through right now. If not, then imagine running on a treadmill at SUPER speed, but not being able to stop or jump off. <BR> <BR> So, I'm mentally, emotionally, and physically drained (and my son has only been home for 2 DAYS). I have been temp... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:59:35 EST It's Time to Get Serious It's been a year since I joined the gym, and I'm not happy with my overall results. <BR> <BR> Although I lost 40 lbs and 4 dress sizes over the past year, I've gained back 7 lbs and I feel like I would have gained greater results if I had cut back on my caloric intake and added more strength training to my weight loss plan. <BR> <BR> I've decided that as I start another year of this journey, it's time for me to get more serious about my health. I am proud of the fact that I have exercised r... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 02:37:23 EST Summer Struggle This summer has been a struggle for me (and it's just started)! I was excited that I looked good in a monokini that I bought for the first time, but I am struggling with watching what I eat at the SEVERAL BBQ's that I've been enjoying so far! <BR> <BR> I need your prayers, motivation, tips, and encouragement to help me control my food intake. In my mind, I know what I need to do. However, my mouth keeps doing something different. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I LOVE FOOD! My friends are losi... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:52:25 EST Frustrated with Myself I feel like I take one step forward and 3 steps back in my weight loss journey. I'm frustrated with myself, because I gained 4 lbs this week! <BR> <BR> I know that it's because I eat TOO MUCH FOOD! I ate out at a restaurant almost everyday this week. I ate too much fat, too much sodium, too many sweets, etc. <BR> <BR> I've got to get my eating habits under control if I want to reach my goal weight by the end of this year. My personal trainer was right. Nutrition is the most important eleme... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:34:33 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race! I've been losing one pound per week since I started to focus on losing weight back in October after sending my baby off to college. Initially, I was disappointed that I wasn't losing two pounds per week. However, I knew that it was because I eat an average of 2,000 calories per day. <BR> <BR> I've decided to stop beating myself up over what I'm not doing and to focus more on making positive changes little by little on a consistent basis. In other words, whenever I tell myself that I'm doing ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 22:05:29 EST How Do You Keep Going When Life Gets in Your Way? I think that I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted... <BR> <BR> Although I've overcome many trials throughout my life, I'm tired again. I'm tired of struggling. I'm tired of hurting. I'm tired of problems. I'm tired of it all. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to hang in there with my weight loss, in spite of my surmounting problems, but sometimes I just want to stare at the computer screen and cry when I'm alone. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, my husband came down with pneumonia, was laid off his job, an... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:20:28 EST One Meal at a Time Well, I lost 4 lbs. last week after gaining 3 lbs. the week before. I was determined to get my eating habits under control. I even went so far as to weigh myself everyday in order to drop the excess poundage. (I usually weigh-in weekly.) <BR> <BR> Now, if I can just stay motivated to lose 2 lbs each week. Shoot, it's a chore to lose 1 lb per week for me! <BR> <BR> I have to remind myself to just take it one meal at a time. I keep telling myself, "Eat a piece of fruit, veggie, or dairy BEFO... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:36:46 EST Why Do I Sabotage My Own Efforts?!? I weighed in last Friday after having a BAD week of eating out everyday, sometimes eating out for all 3 meals, due to a busy schedule. <BR> <BR> I was dreading my weekly weigh-in, but I thought that I had to face the music and jump on the scale. Well, I GAINED 3 lbs. I was mortified, because I had never gained that much weight in one week. I thought, "I lost 1.5" this past week, could it be extra weight because my period just started?" <BR> <BR> I was looking for excuses, but the fact is th... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:40:48 EST Finally Off My Plateau! After meeting a personal trainer (PT) last month, I incorporated some changes and started to lose weight each week again. <BR> <BR> I had been on a plateau for awhile, but I couldn't figure out how to start losing weight again on my own. Investing in the PT for 4 sessions was worth it, because he helped me to make changes in my strength training. Prior to that, I wasn't doing anything wrong, but I needed to start doing things differently in order to see results. Well, it worked! <BR> <BR> M... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 13:35:00 EST Not Gonna Cry Over Spilled Milk I over did it yesterday. I ate over 2,600 calories. I thought that I was feeding a cold that I was fighting when, in reality, I was feeding my hips. <BR> <BR> No use crying over spilled milk! It's a new day to focus on healthier eating and feeding my body what it really deserves - the good stuff. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 11:44:06 EST STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT! Well, I've been working out for the past 5 months, and I am finally beginning to see results! I decided to add swimming to my exercise regimen, and I started following the SP meal plans. <BR> <BR> For the first time, in a long time, I finally felt comfortable wearing a swimsuit at the gym. My backs (that's right - plural) have started to shrink, my thighs are firming up, and my belly is shrinking. I haven't lost any weight, but I'm finally seeing the inches melt away. After visiting my relat... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:42:26 EST Back to Square One Again I was doing really great until I got busy again in February. A new job and teaching another class took away my focus. I stopped working out and stopped keeping track of my calories in a food journal. Before I knew it, I gained back 9 lbs. I ended up falling off the wagon for 6 mos. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm back to square one again. I joined a gym 2 months ago, and I've been hitting it 3-6 days a week. I am feeling great, but I haven't lost any weight. So now I'm back to tracking my calories on SP... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:24:14 EST 6 Months, 25 lbs., and 18.5 Inches Later So I haven't lost tons of weight like in the Biggest Loser. The fact that I've even lost 1 lb a week is an accomplishment for me, and I'm more happy that I haven't given up on myself this time. Shoot, I'm surprised that I've stuck with it this long! <BR> <BR> Even though it has been somewhat challenging during this holiday season, I am still sticking to my calorie count and Zumba even if I slip up at a party. I'm just gonna have to eat what I really want and skip the food that I'm not really... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 18:29:49 EST 22 Pounds Lost So Far! Well, I hit a setback for a few weeks but got back on track. <BR> <BR> I'm loving (and so is my hubby) how I'm looking now! I have a long way to go, but I can't stop now even though the holidays are coming quickly. <BR> <BR> I'm still doing my Zumba, but now I do it at the gym too. I've also started adding more weight training to my workout schedule. <BR> <BR> I've also had to make drastic changes to my eating habits. I've got 3 months to drop this weight or I'll have to start taking 2 mor... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:11:09 EST 15 Pounds and 15 Inches Smaller Well, it's been 3 months since I recommitted my life to losing weight and I haven't given up on myself this time around. I'm wearing clothes that I haven't worn in over a year, and I'm off one of my medications. WOOHOO! <BR> <BR> I'm surprised that I'm not even tempted to keep junk food in the house anymore. I'm usually very disciplined for a week or so, but then I ultimately end up right back to my old ways of living. <BR> <BR> Something inside of me is different this time. I've discovered... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:53:25 EST Feeling Good About Myself I've lost 6 more lbs since cutting back on my calories and I feel great! <BR> <BR> Other people are noticing my weight loss too. I'm looking good in my jeans, and I'm looking forward to fitting into my smaller tops again. <BR> <BR> I'm going off one of my medications starting today to see if I'll be okay without it. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 2 Sep 2010 21:19:49 EST I Lost a Dress Size! I was so excited when I slipped into a pair of jeans in a smaller size and wore a top that used to fit snug around my tummy, back, arms, and chest. The top was actually loose on me! <BR> <BR> I hadn't worn that top in a year, and I hadn't worn that size of jeans in a year too. <BR> <BR> About two weeks ago, after not losing any weight for 3 weeks straight, I decided to use the menu options on SP so that I could reduce my daily caloric intake. I kept doing my Zumba, but I cut back to 3 times... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:38:39 EST Back in the Groove Well, it has been a year since I last visited this site. <BR> <BR> I've gone through a lot of ups and downs since then in my weight (and life), but I've been happier since I started to Zumba two months ago! <BR> <BR> I have TONS of energy, I lost 8" in the first month, and I've lost a little weight. My clothes don't feel super tight, and my love handles are shrinking. <BR> <BR> Now, I just have to work on reducing my calories. I love food and eat about 2,000 calories a day. However, I wan... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:49:46 EST Why Is This So HARD for Me? For the past 2 weeks, I've been away from Had other life issues to deal with and I didn't lose any weight on my own. <BR> <BR> I keep asking myself, "Why is this so hard for me to do?" Why can't I get it together? Why can't I make a lifestyle change? After all, I'm tired of squeezing into my clothes. I'm tired of taking meds everyday. Why can't I just stay on track? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm back here because this website has at least helped me to focus on taking care of m... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:46:27 EST Struggling to Stay Motivated I am so tired of being sick and tired. I joined this site almost 2 weeks ago, and I am already struggling in week 2. This always happens to me. I keep telling myself, "It takes 3 weeks to develop a habit, so just get through weeks 2 and 3." <BR> <BR> Well, we had a bbq at our house last Saturday and I've been struggling to get back on track. I told myself that I was going to give myself a free day on Saturday, but I've been on a free day for the past 5 days now! <BR> <BR> Part of me ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:07:51 EST