PRETTYGIRL112's SparkPeople Blog PRETTYGIRL112's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My best motivation yet, my sweetheart. Although I've been overweight for a little over a year, I've never had any health concerns. Before that weight gain, I was active, never smoked or drank alcohol, and kept really great care of my body. On that basis, no dramatic concerns loom over me, pleading my body to eat better or lose weight; I just want to fit into smaller jeans. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, it has recently been brought to the attention of myself and my wonderful boyfriend that he most likely has diabetes. This isn't difficult to... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:33:01 EST Though at first you fail, think of it as an invaluable lesson. Although there is no perfect time to start losing weight or getting healthier, I should have known that my success would be drastically impaired by my lack of routine during the last few months. I have a feeling that will change coming next week. <BR> New plan: <BR> <BR> -New part-time job. <BR> ~~~30 hours per week. <BR> -Two dogs that love to make me run at least twice a day. :) <BR> ~~~3 miles per run. <BR> -Whey protein, and new BlenderBottle to make it easy. <BR> ~~~16-32 oz per day. <... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:11:12 EST Newness All Around The other half and I just moved into a new living space in Naperville, IL. We're sharing a house with four other people, to which does take some getting adjusted. I just made up a grocery list full of healthy foods for me, and foods that he will eat. :) Ah well, maybe he'll come around some day. If not, at least he's supportive, though they do say that if one partner is overweight, the other one who is not will become so. That definitely happened with us when we first started living together.... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 11:48:26 EST Inspired By Multiple Sparkers :) - 25 by 25 The following goals are lofty, I know, but I have enough faith in myself to know that nothing is out of reach. A few listed are easy, others will test my courage and strength as a young woman, a patient and understanding lover and to-be wife, a future adoring mother, an enviable athlete, a caring citizen, and a fierce competitor. <BR> ~When I want to do something, I do it. <BR> ~I refuse to simply permit regrets into my heart and soul. <BR> ~Time is too precious to waste. <BR> <BR> *GOALS* ... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 02:49:42 EST Mini Vacation For the next few weeks, I'm visiting friends and family, and I've decided to simply focus on getting plenty of exercise and eating in moderation. I'm not going to strictly count calories, the way I have since I joined SP; I'm interested to see the progress, or lack thereof, that will occur during this period. <BR> <BR> So far I have been disappointed in my weight loss, but I rarely give up. However, despite my subconscious optimism, I really do still feel discouraged and frustrated. For the... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:36:52 EST NO Sweet Tooth Here :) 33 Favorite Healthy Staples I've never had much of a sweet tooth, nor any real cravings for junk food. My weight gain was more an issue with quantity and restaurant meals. Therefore, I've always been an avid fan of all healthy foods! <BR> <BR> Here are a list of my staple favorites, most of which I eat on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Almonds, <BR> Apples, <BR> Apricots, <BR> Artichokes, <BR> Asparagus, <BR> Bananas, <BR> Blueberries, <BR> Bok Choy, <BR> Brown Rice, <BR> Butternut Squash, <BR> Chicken Breast, <BR> ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 23:14:28 EST Irony, anyone? Every time I watch the television reality show "The Biggest Loser," I end up eating something unhealthy. This week it was ridged potato chips and light sour cream. <BR> <BR> I'm sure it stems from the fact that watching the show reminds me that at least I'm not as big as those contestants and I have no health issues as many them do. It makes me feel better about myself and my own weight issues, allowing for lackadaisical behavior. <BR> <BR> Ah well, it all evens out in the end, and a spl... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:24:49 EST 10/10/10! :) We Are the Beautiful Girls, period. (Never forget the beauty inside and out.) <BR> <BR> Endless list to accomplish, so little time. :) Oh well. I'm taking the train back to Chicago from IN this afternoon, then spending Monday unpacking, digging out my running tights!, taking a look at a nice new apartment to rent, then an awesome meal @ BD's Mongolian BBQ, the best buffet restaurant ever with great healthy options!!!!! Next week I also have to apply to my transfer college so I can start going to school for free. Aren't full-ri... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 16:25:01 EST Progress, not perfection. Emotional: <BR> 1. Say "I love you" everyday. <BR> 2. More importantly, show it in every gesture. <BR> 3. Realize that total power lost is a relationship saved. I don't have to force him to love me. <BR> <BR> Physical: <BR> 1. Keep in mind that the occasional favorite sweet or high-caloric meal wouldn't ruin all my goals. <BR> 2. Consume approx. 1000-1200 calories/day, in the form of five small meals and snacks and track everything. <BR> 3. Exercise for thirty minutes/day. Walk, bike, video... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:16:31 EST Funerals Make Me Nauseous My 94 year old great grandmother died last week after having a stroke at home, then contracting pneumonia at the hospital.I never knew her for the fun loving, caring person of whom I heard stories. For the last fifteen years of her life (ie the majority of my childhood) she was an unhappy and depressed woman who only managed to push away those who loved her. Her death envokes in me no feelings of sadness, only pity. Though her life was long and she was always in excellent physical condition f... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:29:52 EST The good, the bad, and the pretty. Here is a short and sweet one for today. :) <BR> <BR> The Good: The scale reports a weight lose of five pounds, even with my shoes on and a banana in my tummy. <BR> <BR> The Bad: My personal deadline is fast approaching. There is less than twelve weeks to lose about fifty pounds and reach my goal by Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> The PRETTY: Exercise have given me back that endorphin-induced glow of accomplishment which I have missed so greatly over the last year! So the pretty is me! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:19:14 EST Family Exercise! I'm from a fairly small city in Northern IN, and I have been back visiting now since Monday morning. Unbeknowst to me, my 42 year old father has used the summer (after being layed off from his company) to get in shape; he bikes nearly 18 miles every day around our local neighborhood and loves it! Naturally, I have used this discovery to help me reach my own goals and have so far biked approx. thirty miles with him since Monday afternoon. <BR> <BR> It sure is great to have a exercise buddy, ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:17:18 EST Exercise Bulimia/Anorexia: A Deceptive Affair Both my fiancée and I have in the past had exercise bulimia/anorexia. To lose weight his junior year he ate lettuce and vinegar for three months to lose nearly a hundred pounds in that short time period; he then worked out, running, lifting, and participating in sports, for hours a day, running on empty. His immune system shut down after the third month, and he became ill within days of trying to again eat normally. <BR> <BR> During my own high school times, I rarely ate breakfast or lunch,... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:52:21 EST Munchies..... Pizza here, popcorn there, throw in a few Lean Pockets, a Subway footlong, and approx. six liters of diet soda (Cola and Orange) and voilà, the munchies have struck again. Over the course of a week, my extra calories from these escapades have left my weight loss in a state of disarray. <BR> <BR> One wonders if positive effects could be achieved by firmly refusing to allow silly marijuana-induced hunger to come to fruition, and to merely make use of the metabolic boost. With side effects inc... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:22:34 EST Today is a new day. :) First day equals high hopes. <BR> <BR> About My Weight Situation: I've only had a recent problem with my weight for the last year. Before that, I spent four years happy and comfortable at a healthy 130-135 weight range. Previously, at 14, I lost 50 pounds in three months because one day I just decided that I didn't want to be out of breath during the laps around the gym in PE. Since that huge weight loss, I loved being active and feeling beautiful, cute, and adorable. Then a year ago (plus ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:20:50 EST