REYNOLDSREPORT's SparkPeople Blog REYNOLDSREPORT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Celebrating our Victories We're always the champion for everyone else. We're encouraging and cheer them on. It's time for us to be selfish and celebrate our victories instead of resenting our setbacks. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:21:33 EST "Be Healthy" A few years ago, I put together a 30 by 30 list ( <link> </link> )- 30 things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 30. Well, I'm turning 29 next month and I haven't crossed off that many things. At the very top of the list is "Be Healthy." <BR> <BR> When I started the list, I was in the middle of losing about 70 lbs. I felt amazing! I was eating right and exercising all the time. I was happy and on the road to being healthy. Since then, life has gotten in the way... Tue, 14 May 2013 15:17:07 EST How do you find a balance between your mental and physical motivation? Hi everyone! <BR> It's been a while, I know. Here's a brief recap of my last 7 months: Foot surgery, immobility, blood clots in leg and lungs, more immobility, gain of 30lbs, feeling disgusting. <BR> <BR> That about wraps it up! Basically, I had surgery, almost died and now I'm struggling with getting back on the horse. And, I need your help. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm struggling with an mismatch between my mental and physical motivation. I'm extremely mentally motivated to get my ass off ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:56:47 EST Where are my single ladies at? This may not be the appropriate place to post a blog entry like this, but I don't know where else to post it. I've been a big girl all of my dating life - I've been big since middle school. So, it's more difficult for me to find suitable men to date. <BR> <BR> Well, I just got out of a long-term relationship and a lot of times after a relationship, I tend to think that there will never be anyone else who loves me or who accepts me. After my relationship ended, I received some attention from... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:44:01 EST Losing....but really? Over the last 2 weeks, I've lost 8.2 pounds! It's great, but still I feel like I need to do more. I have been good at sticking to my calorie range daily, but mostly because I've been so busy at work and haven't had time to think about food. I just eat what I've brought for lunch and go about my day. I need to start making better decisions about food. A more conscious choice of what I eat. <BR> <BR> I've also been doing good with fitness - making it to the gym or at least doing some kind of ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:28:51 EST Fitness plan I'm doing the Biggest Loser #15 challenge. It's going great so far. I lost 4.8 lbs the first week and can't wait to see my progress this week. One of this week's challenges is to make a fitness plan, so mine is posted below. Happy Sparking :-) <BR> <BR> Fitness plan: <BR> Week 2: At least 10 minutes of fitness/day. Gym 3x/Week. Cardio and strength training each day. Crunches and squats at home daily. <BR> Week 3&4: At least 10 minutes of fitness/day. Gym 5x/week. Cardio each day and strengt... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 10:54:40 EST New plan, BLC #15 I'm SO PUMPED UP! I spent a good amount of yesterday thinking about how I'm going to get back on track and I realized that typically when I "diet" I diet HARD. That means I go from 0 to 60 in about 2.2 seconds. This time, I'm going to do it right. Little by little. Day by day. I came up with a plan (because I'm Type A and I need a plan spelled out to the T or I won't follow it). So I posted my plan below and I'm also signed up for one of my groups Biggest Loser Challenge! It start Sunday and... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:52:44 EST How do you get back on the wagon after an injury? About 2 months ago I underwent surgery on my foot to repair 2 torn ligaments and realign a toe - all caused from a softball injury. <BR> Since then, I've seen the weight creep back up. I was doing so great and was really focused and then, since I couldn't workout I figured that it didn't matter. I could eat what I want and not work out and then get "back to it" when I recovered. This, obviously, was a bad idea. <BR> I'm disgusted with myself when I look in the mirror. I've gotten almost back... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:42:27 EST How do I keep getting back here? I think the title of this post says it all. <BR> I have no idea how I keep getting back to this point. I lost almost 70 lbs more than a year ago. I was on my way to being healthy and, most importantly, I was happy. <BR> I remember thinking to myself - why would I ever go back to living the way I did before? <BR> I was binging, eating anything and everything, drinking alcohol almost every night and never exercising. I felt horrible each and every day. I went from that to eating a balanced die... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:40:00 EST Emotional eating today could undo my whole week... Today's been a whirlwind of emotions...from extreme highs to lows, I've felt it all. All I'm thinking about right now, as I wind down at work and get ready to hang out with friends is how much I want I fattening, greasy meal with a couple of large beers to drown out my feelings. <BR> <BR> But, I realize that doing that could and would undo my whole week. I've been getting back on the wagon - exercising and eating well. I've been putting myself first and I've even lost a few pounds this week... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 18:18:25 EST I'm not putting my health first I've been trying to get back on track lately, but have been having such a difficult time sticking to any sort of program and I've realized why - I'm not putting myself and my health first. <BR> <BR> I have a very active social life - I have great friends who always want to hang out or go somewhere. While I'm blessed with great friends, I've also realized that any time I do something with them, it typically revolves around food. How many times have you heard, "let's grab a bite and see a mov... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:16:27 EST I still have a HORRIBLE relationship with food! I've been thinking about my eating habits a lot recently and I've noticed that even though I'm eating better, I still have this horrible relationship with food. <BR> <BR> Before I started losing weight, I would eat anything and everything - and I did. I ballooned to 331 lbs. Food was my friend. When I felt down, or stressed, or happy, or sad, food was there to comfort or congratulate me. I used it as a reward and a punishment. <BR> <BR> When I finally made the decision to live a healthier ... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:05:35 EST Yearly photo update In the spirit of looking back at my yearly progress, I uploaded some photos tonight. I'm down about 55 lbs this year and, although I feel like I could have done better, I feel really good about my progress. Here are a couple photos - check out my photo gallery on my page for more!! <BR> <BR> January 2010 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> February 2011 <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:06:37 EST I AM PROUD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just did some reflection on my spark page - it's been about a year since I've joined and wanted to see how far I'd come - if at all. And I realized that, even though I feel defeated, I have accomplished a lot in the last year. I'm not one to brag or pat myself on the back - but I felt like I needed to put this down in writing so that I can look back on this and see that I can accomplish my goals and I can ... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:49:41 EST Running - or something like it. Advice needed! I've recently started the Couch to 5k (C25K) program! I hope to run my first 5k in December. I have, however, had a difficult time getting going with the program. <BR> <BR> I've been running at a local park because it's so beautiful here in Arizona during this time of year that I hate to be stuck behind a treadmill. I know many people have said they have had to start out with a treadmill until they get used to it, but I really don't want to have to do that. <BR> <BR> I've walked on my toe... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:15:16 EST This roller coaster journey These past few weeks can be summed up in two words: Roller coaster! <BR> <BR> On New Years Day I was featured in a article ( <link><BR>tions.ireporters/index.html?hpt=C2 </link> ) about New Year's Resolutions. Mine is to abstain from dating for a few months while I work on myself. <BR> <BR> I've posted before about my 30 by 30 list (30 things I want to do before I turn 30), and I am really committing to knocking 10 things off the list this year ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:44:39 EST Ugh! How am I going to get back on track?! Like a lot of others, this holiday season has been killer! I've gained about 5 lbs and can't seem to stop eating! I have about 4 days this week before I leave for vacation - I'm going "home" to Michigan to see family for just over a week and then I'm going to Santa Monica, Calif. for a 3 day professional conference. <BR> <BR> It's going to be SO hard on my vacation to eat right. These next 4 days I'm going to try really hard to get back on track. I figure, if I eat less for these 4-5 days, ... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:21:55 EST LLS - Week 4 Weigh in Last week: 286.2 <BR> This week: 284.6 <BR> Difference: -1.6 <BR> <BR> WOOHOOO! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 09:43:33 EST It's that time of the month...I want to eat my face off Who's with me sparkies? During that "time of the month" I get cravings like nobody's business. <BR> <BR> Today...I just want to go eat a huge plate of carbs for lunch. Or get a big, warm chocolate brownie. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do to help combat cravings? <BR> <BR> Also, do you find that you gain weight during this time? I KNOW I'm consuming less calories than I'm burning and should be losing. But during this time every month, I gain about 2 lbs. Is it water retention? <BR> <BR> -... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:54:46 EST LLS Week #3 Weigh in Last week: 288.8 <BR> This week: 286.2 <BR> Down 2.6 lbs!! <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work, losers!! :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 09:59:22 EST Question: Recording Couch to 5k Hey Sparkies. <BR> <BR> I'm a park of the Couch to 5K team here on Spark. I started this week and would like to track it in my SparkPeople Fitness Log. Since it's interval training (walk 90 seconds, run 60 seconds) how do you guys log that on your Spark? <BR> <BR> I've been logging it as "Walking - 20 minute mile" but I don't know if that's correct. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> -Kelly Thu, 11 Nov 2010 17:11:33 EST New me - Starting today As a few of you know, last week was rough for me (boy troubles, bleck). So, I decided to take the weekend to feel sorry for myself and let myself feel the emotions I needed to feel. But I vowed that today would be a new start. <BR> <BR> I have realized that I'm worthy of true happiness - with or without a man in my life. I have a great job, great friends, amazing family, an awesome spark support system and a life that's worth living happily! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to let him make me feel... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:20:19 EST Last Loser Standing Week #2 Weigh in Things I've learned this week: <BR> - I'm down 6.4 lbs this week <BR> - I REALLY need a pedicure (sorry for the icky toes, I hope to get that remedied ASAP!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:02:48 EST It hurts Going through a lot this week. A "thing" that I had guy that I've spent a lot of time and energy on is officially over. He led me on for months and made me feel good about myself and now I know he never had any intention of following through or taking things further. <BR> <BR> I'm writing this on spark because I feel like it had something to do with my weight, and I know there are a lot of sparkies out there that have dealt with this too. It's tough any time you are rejected, but it makes i... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 11:47:57 EST Problem: I need to eat MORE I've been doing great for the last few weeks in my weight loss journey. The problem I'm encountering for the last week: I'm not eating ENOUGH! <BR> <BR> I got my appetite under control and now I'm just not hungry anymore. I could go all day just eating 300-500 calories. I feel bad eating when I'm not hungry - so I don't. Because of this, my body has gone into starvation mode and is storing fat and I'm not feeling well. <BR> <BR> I know what I have to do - choose to eat more good, nutritiou... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 15:54:06 EST Last Loser Standing Week 1 Weigh-in So excited to be a part of the Last Loser Standing competition! <BR> Here's my Week #1 weigh-in! <BR> Good luck to everyone! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:10:20 EST I'm in the 200s!!!!! I didn't think I'd ever see the day again - but it's happened. <BR> The number on my scale no longer begins with a "3"!!! I've lost about 35 pounds so far, and I'm going to push myself to get that number in the 100s! <BR> I'm down to the weight that I was when I graduated high school. It's still heffer status, but I'm on my way to being healthy and happy with myself! <BR> <BR> I also did my measurements this morning - for the first time since I started Sparking. Here's how it turned out: ... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:11:20 EST My thirty by 30 list In the last week, I've done some "soul searching." I have recommitted to my weight loss efforts (and to you my Sparkies) and have started thinking about what I want to accomplish not only in my life, but in the next few years. A friend of mine posted a "30 before 30" list - 30 things she wants to do before she turns 30-years-old. And, I thought that was a great idea. So for the last week I've been thinking about what would be on my list. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've come up with: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 11:52:19 EST Anyone else trying Healthe Trim? Hi everyone! <BR> This week has been really great for me. I'm watching what I'm eating, getting in some good workouts and feeling great. <BR> I've also started taking Healthe Trim this week. Anyone else out there trying it? What do you think? <BR> I love that I never feel hungry and I have energy that goes for MILES, but I cannot sleep to save my life! <BR> Part of me is thinking I should just go with it, and use the time I'm laying there awake to get in a good workout, and the other part o... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:51:47 EST Why is this so hard? Why is it so hard to stay on track? I feel like watching what you eat and exercising once a day should not be that difficult. I mean, there are people curing cancer and creating nuclear fission - you'd think I'd be able to not eat chocolate and get off my ass a few times a week! <BR> It's just so difficult! I made a pact this week that I was going to try - really TRY for one week straight to be an adult, quit making excuses and JUST DO IT! <BR> There are several things that I want to do dif... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:14:31 EST Either doing amazing or horrible! Hey Sparkies! <BR> How's your week going? Mine is going ok. <BR> I have found that this week I've either been doing really well or horrible with my diet/exercise. For instance, Saturday I didn't quite follow my "diet" (and btw I hate that word, because it's not so much a diet as it is a life change) and I didn't work out. But then Sunday I woke up early, had an amazing workout and made some really good food choices. Then Monday, my coworker came in with donuts, so I ate one, had a "not so g... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:53:00 EST I'M BACK!!! And I REALLY need your help!! I’ve gotten seriously off-track with my weight loss. Even though it’s not important why, I’m going to tell. <BR> I started a new job and 2 days into that job, got offered another job. I had to quit the first job, which created all sorts of drama, and start the new new job, which starts at 7:30 a.m. and is an hour away from my house. <BR> On top of that, I had a horrible stomach bug that left me crippled for about a week and when I came out of it, I ate everything in sight. <BR> I’ve strugg... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 11:17:58 EST VIDEO BLOG: Tough week. Open letter to myself. This week was tough on my body and on my self esteem. I decided to write an open letter to myself that outlines my goals for this week to get back on track and to feel better. I've decided to share it with you guys so that maybe I can be accountable to you out there in Spark world and also be accountable to myself. This week will be better - I will be better. I will prove that I can do it. <BR> -Kelly Sat, 16 Jan 2010 01:09:57 EST VIDEO BLOG: How do you stay motivated? I've had a few slip ups this week with the beginning of my new job and celebrating getting a new, new job (the one I was really pulling for). I haven't gained, but I've stayed steady. What do you working people do to stay motivated to work out and eat right? It's so difficult, I'd like some tips - things I can read, think, say, do, etc. Thanks Sparkies! -Kelly Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:16:25 EST VIDEO BLOG: Down 10.5 pounds this week! Hey sparkies! I can't believe it's only been a week since I joined SparkPeople and in that week I have lost 10.5 pounds! I can't even fathom that! So proud and energized about this week to come. TWO questions for you today: #1: I'm starting a new job, so how do you guys balance a job and working out and #2. How do you manage your alcohol intake? Which drinks are the best choices? See ya around!! -Kelly Mon, 11 Jan 2010 01:09:06 EST VIDEO BLOG: Had some challenges, made it through!! Today started and ended with some challenges, but I think I got through them just fine. Check out the vlog to find what they were. QUESTION of the day: how do you guys deal with dining out? Spouses, parents, friends, children, you, etc. want to dine out sometimes so how do you deal with your eating program when you go out? Stick to it to the T? Allow yourself a treat? Let me know. ALSO - weighed in today and found I lost 4 POUNDS IN THE LAST 3 DAYS!!! WOOHOO! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 23:40:41 EST How do you deal with cravings? Today was day 3 on spark, day 2 of bootcamp! Really enjoying it so far. Starting to see some results with my energy levels and also on the scale! Question of the day: How do you guys deal with cravings? I'm having a major carb craving right now and want to know how you guys deal with your cravings. What do you crave and how do you deal? Tue, 5 Jan 2010 00:34:49 EST Day 2! Recap of my 2nd day of Spark membership, which was the first day of working out and eating right. Also uploaded pictures of my body (clothed of course), which were really hard to see. See what I thought here... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 01:01:45 EST uploaded full body shots! EEK!! I just uploaded 3 full body (clothed) shots to my page. This is the first time I've ever put a picture of myself like this online. Most of the pictures I have online are from the neck up. This is definitely scary! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 17:06:13 EST Gonna give this a shot! Tonight I joined SP! I'm really excited and really ready to start on this new journey. Normally how my "dieting" works is I go gung-ho for about a month and then lose interest. But, now that I've joined SP, I think I'm going to do fabulously! <BR> I'm really looking forward to the support and motivation that the site offers me, but I'm also looking forward to connecting with people and maybe helping them too! <BR> I'm also going to try to do a nightly Vlog (video blog) to update on my progr... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 03:01:19 EST Gonna try the bootcamp!! My first vlog entry! Tomorrow (well today, actually) starts bootcamp. I'm 1/4 terrified, 3/4 excited to start this new journey in my life! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 02:58:54 EST