MY_YEAR_OF_ME's SparkPeople Blog MY_YEAR_OF_ME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A new year..2014 <img src="">366 days ago I started on this new chapter of my like. This year I have lost nearly 70 lbs, learned to love exercise in the form of Zumba, run a few 5ks, done a mud run and basically just started living my life again. The last few weeks haven't been great food wise, but I'm recommitting to my goal one year anniversary. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:05:01 EST JUST SAY NO,,or should i say HELL NO Been a little MIA lately but still plugging along. I haven't lost anymore, but i'm still working out quite a bit. I did a turkey trot on Thanksgiving and that was a fun 5k. Still Zumba'ing my life away and am signed up to take a Barre class starting on 1/2/2014. I really need to track better in regards to my food...but I'm still doing OK. More discipline to start again on 1/2/2014,,that is my year anniversary of being on WW so I intend to go in there and be down :) <BR> YAY. I ALMOST sta... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:46:37 EST ugh .2 why didn't i go to the restroom I am soooo close to - 70. Just .2 away from it. That's ok...i will get it next week. But still it would have been nice to get it today. Keep going, stay on track and just keep moving..that's all i can do. Making healthy choices, with the occasional splurge, but not enough to derail all the hard work i have put in. I did a 5k last month that was fun. I didn't run the whole thing, because I don't really enjoy running. But I did what i intended...i finished and I wasn't in last place :) wh... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:00:19 EST gets harder The longer this goes on, the harder it gets. I haven't been as dedicated to the food portion as i used to be, so the losing is going a lot slower. I am stuck at 67 lbs lost and really need to get back on the tracking and eating cleaner band wagon. That is my life and the only way this works for me. So today is my rededication day. I am hoping to get to -100 by end of the year (or actually by January 2, 2014) it's a lot more to lose, but i can only try. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:59:13 EST 60 Gone...and I almost feel like crying I know I have lost a lot of weight in the past and have always gained it back...but this time really feels different. I am loving my work-outs, loving how i feel when I eat good, healthy stuff and I'm just feeling really, really strong and healthy. I have a ways to go yet, but I for once finally feel like I'm doing it the right way. <BR> * <BR> Instead of eating high fat, sweet, mind-fogging crap...I am craving things like frozen cherries, grapes, watermelon, edamame, hummus and other healt... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:06:22 EST Back from vacation.... I'm back and I'm happy to say I lost 1.6 ...yay! Haven't been on too much but it's summer and lots to do. Still keeping up with my Zumba 4 days a week and yoga and bootcamp. I'm in love with the active life style. I'm doing the Dirty Girl Mud Run on July 20.....can't wait! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:06:32 EST Extreme Weight Loss I feel like I am listening to my story this week. The whole being adopted thing is huge...always felt like if my own mom didn't want me...who would? Emotional eating was the story of my life Tue, 4 Jun 2013 20:26:14 EST wow...can't believe... I actually lost weight this week. (- 1.6 total 53) With all the picnics and celebrations this week I am a bit shocked...happily so. I guess even while enjoying some not so healthy choices (can you say peanut butter pie from Baker's Square) I must have still been somewhat mindful of what i was eating...and i continued to exercise. This lifestyle change is really fun...i can still do stuff that i was, but with more energy and confidence. I played volleyball w/ my niece and her boyfriend...... Tue, 28 May 2013 13:42:37 EST please don't.... <img src=""> <BR> ******************* <BR> make me feel guilty, put me on a pedestal, don't talk about me like i'm not standing right there, expect me to fail, tell me what i should and shouldn't do, tell me how lucky I am etc etc <BR> * <BR> Sometimes it seems like the people that you are closest too are the ones that try and sabotage you or make you feel bad about your successes. Although I know my journey is far from over, I have had ... Wed, 22 May 2013 09:52:34 EST I hit my 50 lbs...woot woot technically I am at 51.4 so YAY!! It took a little longer than I planned but I knew I could do it. I know that I have a ways to go yet to reach my ultimate goal, but I know I got this, this time. Still loving my Zumba and keeping to the WW program, so yea...all is good. Tue, 21 May 2013 13:54:02 EST 50 & getting more fabulous every day <img src="">Well the day is here....and yea...I'm 50..ok I supposed to feel different? Cause I don't. I probably feel better than I have in a long time, but 50 is just age, a number, an accomplishment honestly. I tried to hit 50 lbs by age 50 and I'm really close..I made it to 47 lbs gone and I figure I will make it to 50 lbs lost in the year I am turning all is good. I really think I did all I could, I wouldn... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:25:24 EST 19 days until the BIG ONE! UGH...the age of 50 just sounds so old...why is it I still sometimes feel like a kid inside? I know it's only a number, but still..when I think of 50 of my parent's looks way different than 50 of my generation. I'm still learning, I'm still improving myself...i'm not willing to just sit on the couch and watch Walter Cronkite (their era) and watch the world go by. I want to still encounter so many's not over, I'm not ready to roll over and just exist. Bucket list still i... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:57:00 EST Another 2.4 gone...never to be seen again At least that is my hope :) Great workout week and enjoying it so much more than I ever remember. I tried my first Zumba Tone class last night. Wow I don't think I've ever sweated so much in my life. Life is good..just plugging along, feeling good..what more can a girl ask for? Oh yea winning lotto ticket :) <img src=""> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:16:16 EST -35.4 happy to have reached my March goal! I really want to hit 50 by my 50 th bday (4/30) but that's a lot to lose in a month and I don't want to get discouraged so for now I will aim for 10 lbs and if its more than ....amen :) <BR> * <BR> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:36:57 EST - 32.8 yippee Yay...i reached the -30 (and more) this week. I am really happy about that goal..need to build on the momentum and just work it! I've been doing zumba 4-5 times a week. one day of yoga and bootcamp and just really enjoying the workouts. I probably need to add a little more strength but that too will come :) <img src=""> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:22:52 EST So close to - 30 i can taste it.... I was really hoping it would be this week, but you can't always get what you want as our dear friend Mick sings so eloquently. I lost 1.8 this week and I am thankful for that because I really wasn't sure how I did. I had a night out Friday night that included sushi and a drink (or 2) but I did jump back on my true lifestyle the next day and tracked everything. We went to a local bar that has fabulous bar food and I ordered their grilled chicken's my old standby when I'm just not... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:31:51 EST Totally & completely addicted!!! <img src="">....and for once its a good thing!! I love Zumba (Monday,Tuesday,Thursday & Friday) and probably adding Saturday mornings, Wednesday night is bootcamp & yoga...loving my life right now and feeling stronger by the day. I signed up to do a Dirty Girl Mud Run for July... Facing my fears baby!!! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:39:58 EST - 1.6 why am I disappointed ?? 1.6 more down, for a total of 25.8...that's since 1/2/2013. I should be thrilled but of course I like the weeks when i get 4 lbs down. I know that isn't realistic, but it is what it is..and what i want. Ultimately I would love to lose 50 lbs by my 50th bday on April that's 24.2 more to go...I know it's a crazy goal, but I would like to try and get as close to that as i can. Work out more, eat cleaner and just do it <img src=" Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:13:47 EST So when do i see it? Ok I know I have A LOT of weight to lose, but I wish it was visible to me already. I'm almost down 25 lbs and I just want to feel like I look thinner. I know it's hard when you are this heavy for it to be obvious for a while...but I just want to see it a little. I made a goal for myself that after February I would be down 25 lbs and I am .8 away from that...I'm excited about that. Just stay the course and keep moving :) It's probably good that it's not obvious yet because that seems to... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:11:56 EST Stupid head cold UGH i hate feeling "under the weather" as they say. I say I feel like crap...sore throat, stuffy head, achy body and just feeling blah. Doesn't my body know what i'm trying to do here. I am on such an exercise kick right now..I hate stopping, but when I feel like that, I really don't want to work head feels dizzy I know my exercising is helping me shed the weight...i don't want to stall my weight loss. Do you guys work out when you're sick? Not sure if anyone will ans... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:22:27 EST 20 lbs gone! CYA wouldn't want to be ya I'm sooo excited that my first 20 is gone! and yes...i know I keep saying I have a long way to go...but it's a hell of a start and I'm really happy. I will have my son take a pic when he gets home from school to see if I can see a difference. I was on a great roll exercising wise but woke up Saturday with a horrible sore throat and now it's a full blown head cold nad i feel like my head is about to explode..ugh. I did get zumba in yesterday but now sure i will be able to tonight..just fee... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:57:39 EST Keep on moving! So shockingly I lost another 2.4 lbs making my total 17.8. I feel really good today. I did 45 minutes of Zumba....yay Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:48:53 EST Wine or whine Ugh ok so I think I blew it a bit this weekend... Not totally crazy but I won't be surprised if I didn't lose this week....oh well totally back on track and learn. I went to a bday party for an old college friend on Saturday night..... So yea ...lots of wine was flowing. A better day today my Zumba on and did the ab 10 minute trainer... Keep moving girl Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:37:01 EST Bye've been a good month So tomorrow is a new month....yay!! A new month, a fresh start, a new beginning to continue on this healthy journey. I'm waiting for my son to get home so we can do a ten minute trainer cd..... Getting him to exercise is so important <BR> ..... I hope he likes it and feels good about it and himself! <BR> **** <BR> So February goal is 10 lbs.... Lets do this!! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:51:24 EST Yoga love What an awesome day! I took a boot camp class before yoga tonight and I know I will sleep like a baby tonight and ill be sore tomorrow.... But it's alllll good and I am loving these healthier habits! <em>244</em> <em>102</em> <BR> **** <BR> Ok so goal for February is 10 lbs ....keep moving, keep tracking. .... Keep laughing! <img src=""> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:27:47 EST My goal for the month was 12..... So psyched.... I beat my goal for January. So I'm totally excited! So what should my goal for February be? Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:10:31 EST Happy Hump Day Well today I will have the house to myself...son back to school (after a long weekend and a snow day,) hubby going to work...just me and the dog. I am working from home today so I can get some laundry done, figure out a healthy meal to make for dinner and get some work done along the way. Today instead of running and rushing like a maniac on my lunch hour, i intend to do a video or get on my elliptical. I haven't been as dedicated to the exercise portion of this lifestyle and mostly been co... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:21:19 EST 1 lowly pound So I dragged my butt out to the 8 degree blustery-ness of a Cleveland winter to Weigh In. I would think I should have at least lost 4 lbs for the effort, but alas I lost 1 lb this week. I know I should be happy with 1 lowly pound, but it's hard to get excited about it, when the last two weeks were higher. Yes I drank wine Friday and Saturday and yes I ate sushi and edamame on Saturday and maybe didn't track it...ok I get it I get it. So instead of saying I just lost 1 lowly pound I should... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:05:05 EST wishful thinking So this weekend I was pretty good. Friday I tried an interval class...i got about halfway through it...I wish i could have gotten through the whole thing, but maybe i'll try it again after i get a little more fit. I hate to think that i am that out of shape. I wish I wasn't...but alas...i'm working on it. So zumba tomorrow :) and maybe i'll order ten minute trainer from beach body and try smaller spirts of exercise! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:02:49 EST Yoga Went to yoga tonight ... Feels really good. Thursday is Zumba and Friday interval weight training and maybe yoga at night again. I'm done 10 lbs as of yesterday... Feels good to be in control... Keep my eye on the prize.. My thinner, tight body. Cute clothes and all the health benefits! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:10:26 EST Being healthy is a gift Tomorrow is my second wi - hope it goes well! I think it should I've been trying! Zumba today - yay! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:02:21 EST Sunday Sunday Almost ready to start another week.... Another week of healthier choices, working out and getting closer to my goals. I have stayed on track all weekend and I've tracked through dinner - this isn't so bad after all :) Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:21:39 EST Wow Ok so when my friends called and wanted to go to this little local dive pub (with good good) I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to refrain from getting a burger or fries. I did it!!! I ordered a grilled chicken salad w/ lite dressing and no cheese . "Would you like a beer" no thank you I said :) I got a diet pop - yuck but better than alcohol points wise! As I sat there, being proud of my choices, one of the receptionists from my WW center walked in and got a glass of wine! Made me ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:26:16 EST 100 Affirmations for your mirror Check these out, courtesy of a friend's daughter who is a dietician/nutritionist. <BR><BR>ions/blog-50/# Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:54:28 EST White girl can't dance Well this one any ways! I tried Zumba today and yea I had no clue hat I was doing... But it was fun. Keep moving Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:26:06 EST Tried something new I went to a yoga class and really enjoyed it. I will be sore tomorrow...but a good sore. Hope to go again next week. I think I will try Zumba tomorrow <em>389</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:27:52 EST Yay -6.4 I'm so excited....i just had my first official WI w/ Weight Watchers (this time) I tracked like a crazy girl this week, so now this week i will try and introduce some activity into my schedule. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:03:02 EST Today at 5:30...i'm nervous <img src="">anxious, excited....can't wait to see how my first week went according to the numbers on the scale. I know it shouldn't matter, but right now that is the small victory I am looking for, since I can't tell yet by looking at myself, or by looser clothes.. I'm going by the number on the scale. I feel better (except for today because I'm hungry but don't want to eat too much, so the number on the scale will be higher,)I feel li... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:18:11 EST First Weigh In tomorrow Looking forward to it... Wish it was earlier in the day - cant go until 5:30...but that's ok, I'll make good choices until my meeting. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:29:53 EST It's Biggest Loser Time I can't wait to watch it....wish i could get my son to watch with me. I'm not bringing the crap in the house and I'm making healthier dinners...that's a start. I stayed within my points today so yay me. I still havevn't exercised yet, tomorrow I vow to get on the elliptical. I think I will do some crunches while watching :) Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:08:08 EST so far so good Well I've stayed on program for the past few days and it's been all good. Finding some really good recipes and that's making it easier. Getting lots of support from friends and that's a good thing Sat, 5 Jan 2013 22:39:09 EST Today's another day.....yay Wake up - check <BR> Breathe - check <BR> Coffee - check...but not very good (but need the cafienne) <BR> Smile -'s friday <BR> *** <BR> I survived my first full day on WW yesterday and it wasn't bad at all. I made a great recipe that everyone loved, so that's a plus and I'm looking for another one for tonight....I figure if I make it, I can control's just better that way. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:40:09 EST Health is the ultimate goal - Quotes/Inspirations for my adventure 1/3/2012 - Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi <BR> - <BR> 1/3/2012 - "it is good to have an end to journey toward' but it is the journey that matters, in the end" ursula k le guin. <BR> - <BR> 1/2/2012 - Take the first step - not the whole staircase. <BR> - <BR> 1/2/2012 - I just woke up one day and decided i dind't want to feel like that anymore, or ever i changed :) Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:32:52 EST where i'm at today thus far "it is good to have an end to journey toward' but it is the journey that matters, in the end" ursula k le guin. <BR> <BR> That quote is so true...we have a goal that we set and we work hard to get there, but we need to take time to enjoy the journey. My weightloss is a jagged, sometimes uphill journey but the scenery along the way can be beautiful. I need to enjoy my new knowledge and choices..instead of constantly just wishing i was at my goal..I need to reflect on the road that I am taki... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:08:41 EST and away they go... they being the lbs....can't wait to start seeing them evacuate my body. I have a long way to go, but for now I just want to get down my first 10 lbs. After I get there I am getting a mani i think...or something like that. I will do this. No reason to fail...i have all the tools i need :) Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:13:11 EST Happy New Year 2013 Here we go again - I am rejoining WW tomorrow and for once in my life I want to and will get to my goal without quitting! No more negative thoughts and beating myself up over this... It's common sense for crying out loud . I have lost so much weight in my life and regained even more, but that's my past,,,, now comes the fun part...the rest of my life! I want to live it and live it well Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:57:54 EST Food journal today 12/13/2012 Breakfast: 7:45 am <BR> rye bagel (2 pats butter) <BR> * <BR> Lunch: noon <BR> cafeteria made cobb salad 460 calories (according to package) <BR> 2 tb raspberry vin. dressing (kens) <BR> ** <BR> 3 mentos <BR> ** <BR> Dinner: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:49:58 EST