NOGOINGBACK5's SparkPeople Blog NOGOINGBACK5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Checking In... Hi, my wonderful peeps! <BR> <BR> Literally waiting for another school assignment to load as I am posting this!!! Kuh-razzzy undertaking going back to school during summer break with FIVE kids home!! It will be ALL worth it, but my gosh am I scrambling...all the time it feels. <BR> <BR> Plan is great, losing steadily as the weeks go...not really weighing anymore...and that has been a HUGE weight lifted. Nice not having to worry constantly. <BR> <BR> I have huge schoolwork lessons due to... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:26:46 EST Short and Sweet... Hi guys!! I have missed you all too! Your support, especially when I wasn't here to return it, was VERY appreciated and is much in part why I am here writing this. I am going to be quick tonight. I haven't felt very well these last 2 days, but I had to get on to log my weigh in. I am down another 5.2 lbs! This makes 33.6 lbs since May 20th. I have still been losing even with everything going on. This is the first time I have lost this much weight...the healthy way and I am so proud!! ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:46:40 EST Ugh. That is all. Man, I want to buy an island and put a dome over it. I would invite all my loved ones and positive people I know, and we would live in a world free of all the bs. The negativity. The drama llamas. ;) It would be a community of people working together and supporting each other. <BR> <BR> The last few days have been spent dealing with drama that I got roped into. Long story short, (which is all I am going to say because I REFUSE to let their negativity poison me a moment longer...) I a... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:42:08 EST I did this?!!? ME?? Hells. YES. WOOOT!! Today reinforced what I have been discovering a little more each and EVERY day. <BR> <BR> I am STRONG. There really is NOTHING I can't do when I commit and put my WHOLE self into it. <BR> <BR> I power-cleaned the house this morning. <BR> <BR> I OWNED a 2 mile, UPHILL walk and not only didn't feel like I was going to die, but felt great...and honestly think I could go out right now and do it again (!!??!) if I didn't have kids to get ready for bed. <BR> <BR> I have burned just under 1... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:36:29 EST OCD Tracker... So I went to my WW meeting last night and we have this 3 month tracker book that gets past around. Everyone takes a turn and tracks really meticulously their food, activity, etc. I hadn't taken a turn yet, and although I lost 2 lbs., and met my 5% goal, I feel like I spent a lot of the last week holding on by my fingertips. I figured that since I would be tracking for a week and returning the book for all to see...that it will probably be good for me. A little extra accountability. A lit... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:05:15 EST Outgrowing Relationships? Spark may be a diet/nutrition site, but as we all know, the journey is just as much mental/emotional as it is physical. <BR> <BR> What happens when we make changes and grow, but those around us don't? <BR> <BR> I am not the same person I was years ago. My needs and priorities are different. What I am willing to put up with in my life has changed. I require more out of someone who is close to me than I did when I was unhappy. I put up with things I don't want to now. My focus is on what... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 01:07:22 EST HaPpY dAnCin' You KNOW you wanna join in!! I have JUST NOW met my first mini-goal of a 5% weight loss. VERY excited!! That brings me to a total of 15.6 lbs lost since joining WW (6/3/13) and 28.4 lbs. since beginning this journey. (5/18?) <BR> <BR> Join me in celebrating this met goal! <BR> <BR> Tell me one thing that YOU have done that is worth celebrating... <BR> <BR> Weight loss, fitness, NSV...anything that you are proud of yourself for accomplishing... <BR> <BR> We can all celebrate together!! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:07:57 EST Who IS this girl making these goals? I have this CRAZY, WONDERFUL idea for a new goal. The fact that I am even contemplating this show just how far I have come! I am VERY excited about adding this to my journey. The second I thought of it something clicked...I think that it is just the direction I am supposed to be heading... <BR> <BR> I am walking to Tibet. The miles that I put in will be subtracted from the distance between where I currently live, and Lhasa, Tibet. 7718 miles. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:51:33 EST 98 Calorie Cheesecake!!??! Wha....? This came from my WW leader. I have yet to try it since I just got it tonight...but if it tastes as good as it sounds this could be EPIC. 98 calorie cheesecake? Yes. Please. <BR> <BR> <BR> Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes <BR> <BR> Servings: 12 • Serving Size: 1 cupcake • Points+: 3 pts <BR> Calories: 98 • Fat: 4.3 g • Protein: 3.6 g • Carb: 10.5g • Fiber: 0.3 g • Sugar: 7.6 g <BR> Sodium: 29.5 mg <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> · 12 reduced fat... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 01:03:00 EST How will YOU be remembered? When you are gone, and the people who remain think of you, how will you be remembered? <BR> <BR> I ask myself this a lot lately. It helps me focus on the choices I am making, and making sure that they are in line with the life I want to be living. <BR> <BR> There are so many things that go on in our lives everyday. Tons of things vying for our precious time. It is really easy to get caught up in all the drama and chaos. To take on others problems as our own. I know this way too well. ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 00:28:02 EST High on MUSIC. Rambling... Ok, it may seem strange to some of you, but I am guessing that there is SOMEONE out there that will understand what I am trying to say... <BR> <BR> Music is MY thing. I have never felt more alive than I have when I was down front, on the floor, center stage at a concert. It is a FULL body experience. The sheer mass of the people all crammed in the general admission area, elbow to elbow. The anticipation so palatable that it is almost physical in that I could reach out and feel it. The v... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:15:50 EST Who OWNED today? THIS girl!!! And hopefully YOU too!! Yup. Today is GOOD. Like "epically, super-fantastically, awesome" good. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, my food was ok, but sure, I could have done better. My water is above my goal, but I have drank more before. I didn't get as much of a walk in as I wanted, but I did walk... <BR> <BR> The excitement about today is simply to do with none of these things. It has nothing to do with losing weight. Or meeting goals. It has nothing to do with skinny jeans, or seeing friends I haven't s... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:30:13 EST Thank Buddha for Tomorrow... Blah. Today was "Meh" at best. I didn't go "Office Space" on my laptop...that could have went the other way quick, fast and in a hurry. So that is a bonus, I guess. <BR> <BR> I want to go to the Biggest Loser Ranch. I crave the opportunity to just focus on fitness and nutrition. To wake up each day in a house full of only healthy foods...not have to dig past the processed junk my husband eats. No joke, this man could and would live on Mountain Dew, Sweet Tarts, and pizza. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:05:02 EST Ode to Vitalicious... Ok, so these Vitalicious Deep Chocolate 100 calorie muffin tops? <BR> <BR> O <BR> M <BR> G <BR> <BR> "Diet food" can taste like THAT? <BR> <BR> I swear that I would eat these if I wasn't on a diet. They are ridiculously good. Feels like I am doing something wrong because it is so rich and decadent. Thoroughly satisfied my wanting a treat after all these veggies. <BR> <BR> If you haven't tried them yet then you NEED to. Like now! Why are you still reading this? Get in your car and go... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:49:37 EST Non-Scale Related Wins! I have lost 13.6 lbs in 3 weeks. I consider that a good number, but I am still so close to the beginning of my journey, and I have so much more weight to lose, that I really can't see a change yet. Sure, my face feels and, I think, looks thinner. My rings are looser. To look in the mirror and see a change though...I have a lot farther to go first. <BR> <BR> What I have noticed though, has surprised me. <BR> <BR> I am seeking out water when I am thirsty. Sure, that was always the plan. ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:15:00 EST Food Log for June 25th I'm going to just keep editing this and adding as the day progresses... <BR> <BR> So far, BLACK COFFEE & WATERMELON <BR> (Eating breakfast is still new to me. I struggle at eating it, but the days go better when I do. I was the girl that didn't eat until dinner and then was hungry all night! And I NEVER ate fruit, because of the sugar. On WW, fruit and veggies are "free" and I have been loving it!) <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Tracked ALL food today, even the stuff I'm not super ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:16:58 EST Something many of us need to remember... I was looking through the blogs and I stumbled upon a blog by a woman who, in response to a rough day yesterday, posted something that really rang true for me. I think that it is so easy when you are unhappy with yourself to live your life as a sort of before and after. As a fat life and a thin life. For as many years as I can remember I have always thought in terms of "When I lose the weight..." Fill in the all works, and it all has let me not be present in my own life. I us... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:00:55 EST SOO close!! Today is "Weight Watchers Monday." The meeting went well. I had been hoping to hit my 5% loss tonight, but silly me, I chugged a ton of water in the hour before I went. I have a hard time drinking water when I know I have to, so I didn't want to have to down a ton before bed. Oh well, I know I have been doing really well, and I still got my 10 lb. loss ribbon. Funny how as a grown up I get so excited over gold star stickers and colored paper clips, lol. I know it is what it stands for t... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:22:09 EST Kickin A$$ And Takin Names This is going to be a very short entry. I just wanted to post so that tomorrow I can just add to it. <BR> <BR> I am attending Weight Watchers and my next weigh-in is tomorrow. We will see how it goes, but I am cautiously optimistic. It will be my 3rd weigh-in week, and as far as I can see I should make my first 5% loss goal. <BR> <BR> When I joined Weight Watchers I weighed in at 298.2 lbs. <BR> <BR> Initial Weight: 298.2 <BR> Week 1: -8.2 lbs for a new weight of 290.0 <BR> Week 2: ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 02:26:45 EST