NETSUE64's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NETSUE64 NETSUE64'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/ My weight loss article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622579 I have lost 73 pounds since I joined SparkPeople. I never thought I would be this successful. But what I really can't believe is that I am frequently asked about diet and fitness advice now! My company recently started another round of the Biggest Loser with the new year, and as part of the quarterly newsletter they asked me to write about how I lost weight! I just can't believe it! So I want to share what I wrote with my SparkFriends. There were before and after pics as well but they a... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:17:52 EST Trust the process! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522622 I have had great results with SparkPeople - 65 pounds down! I am much more active and healthier. I track my food, stay in my range, and exercise at least 10 minutes every day. I've been doing it for 18 months and I know it works. <BR> <BR> The problem is that my weight loss is sporadic. I might gain a couple pounds for a day or 2, but mostly I maintain for 2-3 weeks then will have a pound or 2 loss all at once. It would drive me crazy so I would just keep getting on the scale even when ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:45:52 EST Crying in the Old Navy dressing room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452908 Yes I was. All out crying in the Old Navy dressing room in front of everybody. I was going to ask JeffAllen to write this for me because he's such a good writer but since I felt it I thought it would be better coming from me. <BR> <BR> So I wrote in my blog last week that I had tried on some Levi size 12s and was very excited that they fit. I was so motivated that it's been easier to say no to snacks and stuff. Well Saturday Jeff and I had to wait for my daughter to get out of work and I... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:19:34 EST Hello 12! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450020 This is my version of the trip to the mall already blogged about by my friend JeffAllen. If you get a chance you should read his "32" blog, but this is my side of the story. <BR> <BR> In the last few months, I've found myself getting a little bored with the old watch tv or a movie, play on the computer, or read a book past times that used to be all I wanted to do. Now in the evening I find I have more energy to "do" something. So Jeff and I had finished dinner and we didn't really feel li... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:30:36 EST Exercise doesn't have to be expensive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442639 I don't have the money or the time to commit to a gym membership or lots of equipment. I'm so glad that with SparkPeople I don't have to spend money or a lot of extra time. <BR> <BR> One of the biggest problems I have with exercise is that I don't like it. Well I didn't used to because it hurt and made me sweat, etc. But that's because I was so unfit and unused to the feeling. I like it more now. I like my walks and the time I get to listen to my music and enjoy the scenery. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 20:04:25 EST Is overweight the new average? A response to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403578 I wrote a previous blog entry titled is overweight the new average? <BR> <BR> Apparently so. 2 days ago I actually had someone tell me I don't need to lose anymore. I believe she was sincere. It was in the ladies room at work and she asked me if I was done. I said no I am shooting for about another 10 pounds at least. She seemed very surprised. <BR> <BR> I have just gotten to the "overweight" category on the BMI scale, down from the "obese" category. I still weigh 170 pounds (well, 16... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:17:58 EST My vegetable adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401419 I've had some great results with the SP program so far, losing over 50 pounds by tracking my food and getting fairly regular exercise. I didn't focus on changing what I was eating because I didn't want to feel deprived, I just watched my portions and stayed within my ranges. I almost always packed my lunch and ate out maybe 3 or 4 times a week. I had a lot of convenience foods like frozen dinners and canned soups with breakfast bars and packaged oatmeal, along with a piece of fruit thrown ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:38:03 EST Exciting surprises! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389780 Sometimes the scale surprises me in a good way! I am so excited today. I lost 1.5 pounds this week! It may not sound like a lot but to me it is HUGE! <BR> <BR> Now that I've lost over 50 pounds (wow, can that be for real?) continued weight loss comes harder. Add to that the normal body fluctuations of 2 - 5 pounds of water, hormonal changes, time of day, etc., and it's even harder. <BR> <BR> Once in a while, like today, the stars align and the scale drops again! These are the days th... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:02:00 EST Goal setting: Reading The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373663 I got The Spark on my Kindle last week, finally. I have looked for it when I've been browsing book stores but not seriously, then I decided I really wanted to know how this all started. I'm not very far into it, but Chris Downie is talking about goal setting and how far he's come and it's really making me think. <BR> <BR> Recently Jeff and I have realized that an easy way to think about dieting is to think of it as spending money. I am already good at budgeting, even if I can't always mak... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:57:44 EST My 1 year Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343307 I have made it through a whole year on SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> It has been a challenge to say the least, but I have made so many positive changes to my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The most exciting part is that over the past year I have lost 50 pounds! I can't believe that I made it. My goals have been to lose 10% at a time, usually giving myself about 4-6 months to do it. Then for a while I just tried to maintain. There were times when the loss was steady, times when it stopped and times whe... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:34:43 EST Finding out what size I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296094 I am now down 20% of my starting weight. My clothes are all getting big. I even went through my "too small for me" closet and everything fit. Well, actually, they were all a little big too. I went right by the sizes in my too small closet. <BR> <BR> I think I started at about a size 18-20. I say I think because I had stopped clothes shopping. I HATE to go shopping and try on a bazillion things and have none of them fit or look good. My Aunt Linda recently retired, and when I went to v... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:45:17 EST Better than I thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202467 I never changed my Spark page since I joined because I wanted to be able to look back and see how I was doing compared to my original goals. I haven't paid very much attention to what I wrote because I was concentrating on my day to day tracking. So how am I doing? <BR> <BR> Lose those flabby rolls - I can say that they are much improved! They are not completely gone but they are fewer and smaller, definitely. <BR> <BR> Feel better in shorts and bathing suits - I don't know yet, I haven'... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:50:22 EST Sometimes I want to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168250 Life would be so much easier if I didn't have to track my food and exercise. Life would be easier if I just ate what I felt like it when I wanted to. Life would definitely be easier if I kept smoking and didn't quit. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the hardest quit day so far. I would have thought it would be so much easier by now. I was in a foul mood. Nothing made me happy. Just some things didn't make me as angry as others. I just wanted to sit quietly or curl up and sleep. I didn't want ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:37:15 EST Next step: Quit Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161055 I have made some significant changes to my lifestyle and have improved my looks and my health. I've decided it's time to take the biggest step and quit smoking. I know it is the most significant change I can make to be healthy but that is not the reason I'm quitting. I HATE how much I have to spend to buy cigarettes! I also hate interrupting what I am doing to go smoke. I don't like having to figure out where or when I am going to be able to smoke when I am making plans. <BR> <BR> So as... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 12:12:35 EST Opening the skinny closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159480 I have a spare bedroom closet where I stick clothes when they get too small for me. I didn't put everything in there, just the things I really liked and knew it would be hard to replace. I always knew that eventually they would go to Goodwill, but I had to work myself up to giving away some of my favorite things. There were a couple formal dresses, jeans, cords, tops, a few of everything. It's only about 1/4 of the closet, not a lot of stuff, but it was growing. <BR> <BR> Now the stuff i... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 16:34:50 EST Is overweight the new average? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145147 I look around these days and I notice, there are very few thin people. Anywhere. There are average sized people. Well wait....what is average anymore? Average back when I was a kid seems to be very different from average now. Average then was, well, thin. Average now is, well, plumper. <BR> <BR> Have we become so used to overweight that it has become the new normal? I no longer know what my ideal weight is. Will I look too thin at say, 120? Will I be less that the average weight? ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:49:53 EST The diet is over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137844 The biggest loser contest is over! Thank goodness. I HATE diets! <BR> <BR> I started SP just to get a little healthier and stop gaining weight. I made small changes just like the SP program recommends, then added a little more here and there and made some nice progress. I didn't make anything off limits or consider anything really good or bad. I just wanted to stay in my ranges and try to be a little more balanced with my nutrition. <BR> <BR> I made good progress, losing 25 pounds way ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:50:17 EST Spreading the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129926 I am so excited. People are noticing my weight loss and it's giving me the opportunity to talk about SparkPeople. And even better people are signing up! I can't wait for them to make their SparkPages so I can friend them and keep encouraging them! <BR> <BR> It makes me happy that I am doing so well that people want to use my plan. (Well the Spark plan, I didn't make it up.) <BR> <BR> If any of my friends read this I want to let you know that you have encouraged me just by noticing my we... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 20:02:31 EST Something under my control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128841 I can't beleive I'm saying this, but food has become something that I can control better than other things in my life. My auto insurance company is upping my rates, my kids are money pits, my car is acting up, and the cable company keeps increasing my bills. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has given me the tools to control my weight. It gives me goals, information and motivation to make healthy changes. I come here and track and read and learn that I'm doing the right things for my health and my ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:21:15 EST Choosing my next goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127707 I am getting very close to my second 10% goal. My first goal was 25 pounds, then my second was 45 pounds (25 plus 20). I have set my goals in 10% increments rather than trying to pick a number to end at. I have no idea what I want my weight to be. I just want to look better and be healthier. I find myself thinking about what's next. <BR> <BR> My progress has been a little slow because I started with small changes and have been working my way up. I feel very confident about my calorie... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 20:01:07 EST Saying Goodbye to Big Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126628 I never thought about this part of losing weight. My comfy clothes are too big. I look like a clown in my too big jeans. Not just one pair, but now 2 pair have hit the give away pile. <BR> <BR> I got those jeans from my Aunt Linda back in May. She gave me about 6 pair. I was so happy to have so many to choose from. I hate shopping for clothes because I can never find a pair that fit right unless I go to the fat woman's sections. (I know, the politically correct name is the "plus size"... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:06:41 EST Eating until I was miserable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118275 A couple days ago it occurred to me that it has been a very long time since I ate until I felt miserable. I can't remember exactly the last time I did it. I used to do it a couple times a week. I would eat so much that my stomach hurt, I could barely get to the couch, and I felt sick. I would wonder why I did it. I wanted to eat everything because I didn't want to miss out on something that was yummy. If it was yummy, I wanted to keep eating it, maybe even 2 or 3 servings. I didn't wan... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:16:13 EST 30 pounds is the magic number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112498 So I've been walking around feeling thinner, with looser clothes, for a couple months now. But no one really said anything. I was a bit disappointed I must say. I mean, hey, I look much better don't I? If I told people I lost weight they would say "yeah, I thought you looked thinner" or "oh yeah, you look really good". But I didn't get the comment unless we were talking about dieting. Then yesterday.......a woman at worked called to me to make me stop in the hallway and said "you look r... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:20:49 EST My vacation intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097430 I thought it would be a good idea at the start of my vacation to record what Jeff and I intend to do on this, my first day of vacation. It will kind of commit me to a plan, and will give me a way to measure my success, that is assuming I am successful. <BR> <BR> We are having a staycation. We are going to stay at my house. The goal is to have plenty of relaxation (not inactivity) doing what we want without the stress of outside interference. I have a honey-do list which includes cleaning... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:39:51 EST Quotes to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085596 I am starting this blog because I found a quote in my SparkMails that I don't want to forget. I will store them here so I can keep track of them: <BR> <BR> Coach Nancy says: <BR> Trust the process. As long as you are embracing healthy habits, changes are happening within you. <BR> <BR> Coach Nancy says: <BR> We learn the most not by doing everything perfectly, but making mistakes and figuring out what to do next. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople slide show: <BR> You don't get what you want, you get ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 18:36:54 EST Pouting does not count as exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085243 I have to admit that I have been having a pout the last few days. My scale is not reflecting the work I feel I am doing and I don't like it. I was a good girl and did my 28 day boot camp workouts, but still the scale was stuck. So what have I done? <BR> <BR> Saturday night I went out to dinner for my birthday. I didn't go hog wild, but I did eat over my daily range. And it was so yummy. Then I went to my mom's for Sunday dinner and ate too much and didn't care. Jeff and I had agreed... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 13:01:48 EST My body is testing my determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059491 The past couple weeks I have been being even more careful with my tracking, my intake and my exercise. I started Coach Nicole's 28 day boot camp on Monday and started walking at lunchtime again since the weather has cooled down. I've been drinking my water too. <BR> <BR> With all this, I still weigh the exact same thing I did last Friday on my weigh in day. But I am not worried because I think I know what's happening. Some may call it a plateau since I've lost 26 pounds over the last 3 m... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 18:37:14 EST I don't like diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048516 In one of my recent blogs I mentioned how I was joining a Biggest Loser challenge where I work. This is not something I would normally do, but I was hoping for more motivation to reach my next goal, which would be a total of 45 pounds by 11/16. <BR> <BR> Well the motivation is working! I am being far more careful about meeting my calorie targets and keeping up with my tracking. I don't want to have to pay money if I gain a week, and I really would like to be in the top 3 when we end thi... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:36:23 EST Met my first goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038512 As of this morning I officially lost 25 pounds! That was my first 10% goal. <BR> <BR> Now I have reset and make my goal 45 pounds by November 16th! <BR> <BR> My prize is $25 to spend on some sort of exercise gear. I don't know what to get. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:00:35 EST New motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037898 I have had a period of bad luck that took all my energy, leaving nothing for tracking and exercise. I had car trouble, house trouble, and projects. It seemed like it was never going to end. When I did have time all I wanted to do was sit. <BR> <BR> Things have turned around. Nothing bad has happened in a couple weeks and all my big projects are done. I am ready to use my tools to get healthy. <BR> <BR> I didn't really do anything wrong during my "break". I thought I had gained 2 pound... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:39:16 EST I survived an active vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957051 I had the scariest and most exciting vacation I think I have ever had. First was white water rafting, a class III trip on the Savage River the day of a dam release. I fell out of the raft but survived. We were supposed to do it twice but none of us could face a second trip. <BR> <BR> I went ghost hunting at some very scary places. There was a lot of walking involved and staying up very late and some heart pumping moments! <BR> <BR> I also went ziplining which I thought would be the scar... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:27:39 EST Getting more active http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944698 I will be going on vacation this weekend. The primary purpose of the vacation is a family reunion in WV. Last year I decided to do some tourist stuff since I've been travelling there my whole life and never really saw what was there. So last year I found a couple things to look at and found white water rafting. It was a blast! <BR> <BR> This year my kids wanted to try ziplining. Now usually I find travelling stressful, and try not to book too many activities because I didn't want to wea... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:48:05 EST Not liking the scale today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928900 What I was afraid of has happened. I got on the scale today and gained 2 pounds this week. I told myself that if this happened I would revisit my goals. I felt like I was eating enough to keep from getting hungry and not exercising more than my minimum. It seemed too easy. <BR> <BR> I have built much better habits over the last 6 weeks, but in order to really lose weight I'm going to have to work harder. I'm going to decrease my calories and increase my activity. Not too much, I don't ... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:43:42 EST Off limits? No way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917830 I would like to know if there is anyone else out there who thinks any food is okay and nothing is off limits. <BR> <BR> The past month really hasn't been so bad. I don't really feel like I'm on a diet. Am I hungry all the time? No, but I haven't eaten so much that I feel sick and miserable afterwards. Am I missing certain foods because they are bad and not allowed? No, because I don't have any foods that I'm not allowed to eat. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we decided we were getting a quick din... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 14:03:13 EST No way I'm wearing a bathing suit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907427 I didn't used to be this way, but I'm going to a graduation pool party tomorrow and there is no way I'll be wearing a bathing suit in front of all my relatives. Very few of this set is as overweight as me. <BR> <BR> Won't it be a good day when I'm not afraid to put on a bathing suit again? Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:52:56 EST He He He http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905817 So if you read my first blog entry you know that part of my motivation was driven by these 2 annoying ladies at work who drive me CRAZY talking about the most current diet they are on. They are annoying in a lot of other ways but we'll leave that alone. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm down 11.5 pounds as of today which is a month since I joined! That is so awesome and I have to thank Jeff, my Spark friends and my Spark teams for helping me so much. <BR> <BR> So back to the story....... <BR> <BR> J... Thu, 31 May 2012 12:25:07 EST 10% is Brilliant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897597 I just read an SP article that pointed out that people feel like failures because they don't meet their goals. Most goals are to lose about 30% of our weight. <BR> <BR> In my case, I've given myself 2 years to lose 75 lbs which is 33% of my weight. 2 years is such a long time to say "Hey, I did it"! I could also really have picked more than 75 lbs since I'm only 5'3, but anything more than that just seemed like a completely unreachable number. <BR> <BR> The jist of the article is that ... Fri, 25 May 2012 12:32:05 EST Doing okay so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896161 I've been getting with the program kind of slowly. I concentrated on my 3 Fast Break goals for about 3 weeks. I was waiting for the program to kick me up to the next stage, then found out the program doesn't really do that anymore. That's okay, because instead of sitting back and having the program tell me what to do, I will set my own goals and watch my own progress. I need to own this if it's going to work. <BR> <BR> I'm getting pretty good at tracking my food. I'm being really honest... Thu, 24 May 2012 12:49:02 EST Why I started this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874442 First of all, I noticed the flab. I first saw the lumps on my back, then realized they were turning into folds. My legs are so lumpy I don't want to wear shorts anymore. <BR> <BR> I noticed that I went from someone who could do anything that was needed to realizing I couldn't run, stand on my feet for too long, or lift things. <BR> <BR> I hate to admit to this part, but there are these really annoying ladies at work that I have to listen to all the time. They get into different diet pl... Wed, 9 May 2012 18:56:55 EST