NEWLEAF16's SparkPeople Blog NEWLEAF16's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BLC 26 - Weekend Challenge Wanted to get the max points for the weekend challenge, so here is my blog about the topics we were asked to write about: <BR> <BR> Q: Blog about a time you exhibited super her strength (mental or physical) you didn’t know you possessed until you had to use it <BR> <BR> A: About two years ago a loved one had a sudden and very serious health crisis. They almost died, but I was able to get them to the dr and they were able to figure out what was happening and save their life. After that I did... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 15:29:56 EST BLC26 Expectations I am really excited to start this round of the BLC! And in truth I really need it, because I did really well the last round and gained a good part of it back inbetween rounds. I am very disappointed with myself for that and plan to spend some time this round figuring out why and getting some strategies together to help insure it will not happen again. <BR> <BR> I plan to go back to what worked well for me last time when I lost weight - try to eat as many whole foods as possible, go back to t... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:06:42 EST Big Changes So a quick status update, I broke up with my boyfriend of eight years just over a month ago. I have been staying with my sister since, and am in the process of moving into my new apartment now. While this is a sad and tough time, I want to use it as a renewed start to my wellness program. I have not turned to food for comfort at all yet, and want to continue that trend. I want the new place to be a new start with my food, it is stocked with healthy choices and I want it to remain a junk food ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:55:42 EST Positive Change Hello! <BR> <BR> Since I have been so frustrated I decided to try something new. I thought that making a change to my environment might benefit me, so I got a second job for evenings/weekends as a cashier at my local health food store. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that being in such a healthy environment will help me to change my perspective. I am hoping that getting out and doing something in the evenings will help to break my cycle of sedentary reading, TV watching, and internet surfing. I am ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:01:25 EST 2014 Goals Hello to all of my Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> Thank you SO much to everyone who has encouraged me and been there for me - even when I was not succeeding with losing weight - the past two years. I was successful in other areas and am hoping to move things forward with the weight loss this year. <BR> <BR> For now I am keeping my goals modest. I would love to eventually lose the 57 extra pounds I am carrying, that is my long term goal. My short term goal is to loose a pound per week. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:58:34 EST 2013 In Review Well as 2013 comes to a close so does my second year on Spark People. Seems like a good time to take a quick review of how the year went. <BR> <BR> This weight loss journey is tough! In the past two years since I joined Spark People I have lost and re-gained and gained more weight several times. As of now I am 20# MORE than I was when I started this journey two years ago. <BR> <BR> It is very disheartening to realize I have actually gained about 10# per year AFTER I had hit my 'enough is e... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:17:57 EST 2013 Goals I will get down to my goal weight by going to the gym at least five times per week, eating clean and within my calorie range, and keeping my emotional eating in check. I will know I am making progress because I will be able to increase cardio intensity and amount of weight lifted, I will lose about one pound per week on the scale, and my clothing size will drop. <BR> <BR> I will focus on not eating because I am stressed, I will focus on making healthy choices with my food -- healthy food can... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:18:11 EST 2012 In Review Well as 2012 comes to a close so does my first year on Spark People. Seems like a good time to take a quick review of how the year went. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I hate to report it was a roller coaster, I did lose quite a bit two times this year and then both times I gained it back plus a little bit more. In the end I am six pounds heaver than I was when I started this time last year. <BR> <BR> My initial response is to feel like I 'failed'. I am disappointed, however I feel like this is ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:05:35 EST Concrete Goals One of the challenges for the BLC 20 this weekend is to write a blog entry stating my goals. Some of this may be repetition of what I have posted on my Spark Page, but it felt really good to go through and re-affirm those goals. I need to remind myself of what I am working towards so I can strengthen my resolve to get there! So, here is my plan for this 12 weeks: <BR> <BR> I will lose ten pounds by going to the gym at least five times per week, eating clean and within my calorie range, and k... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:55:29 EST Begin Again OK, I have been in a few weeks long backslide. It's summer and I have been doing lots of travel, lots of family activities, lots of weekends away from home and away from my routine. Too many menus at others houses that I could not control, too many restaurant meals, and too many days where I let social activities derail my exercising. The truth is I did let these things get in the way of my progress. But as I reflect, these sound like a bunch of excuses. I have been too lax, and it is time t... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:07:45 EST Getting Past the Fear OK, I am about to admit to something really weird - this is the first time I have ever posted a blog. It's not because I am a crochety old fuddy duddy (Not that those who don't post blogs are -- friends have just teased and made me feel that way) or because I am afraid of technology or because I don't know how blogs work or anything like that. It is because I am really really really private and because I hate to put myself out there. Vulnerability? Sharing? No thank you! But I read on Spark... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:33:35 EST