SALLYPUMPKIN's SparkPeople Blog SALLYPUMPKIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Update Haven't written in a while. I now weigh 165. I'm at a plateau and I was bummed about it, but I read an excellent article that put a positive spin on plateaus. Here's a link to the article: <BR> <BR><BR>eight-loss-plateaus-b425152?utm_source<BR>=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campa<BR>ign=newsletter_20100518&utm_term=continue1 <BR> <BR> So what I'm doing right now, is working on tightening up, toning, and building more muscle strength. I've in... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 17:39:50 EST Feeling down... I'm feeling a little down tonight. One of my new years ('09) resolutions was to have a different life. I feel like I took one GIANT step towards that, but it's not enough. Instead of 10 small steps towards a different life, I've only taken one GIANT step. My life isn't horrible, it's actually good. But I feel like I'm in limbo. I'm neither here, nor there. <BR> <BR> I'll probably regret this blog later. I've been feeling positive and really good about myself lately. I sometimes let... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 00:26:56 EST People in your life I was watching Oprah yesterday and she quoted Maya Angelou-- "When a person shows you who they really are, believe them". I had to sit on it for a while but then I got it. There are times when a person shows you their true self but you don't want to believe that they are the way they are. I've made that mistake many times. So many times there are people in our lives that shouldn't be, but we refuse to believe that they are negative influences in our lives. On the flip side, there are goo... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 01:10:21 EST Shocking Weight Gain I weighed myself today and I weighed in at 176. Last week I weighed in at 172. What the heck? Did i really gain 4lbs in a few days?? I'm hoping this is water weight. Maybe I'm retaining water?? Well, I'm NOT okay with that and I'm going to work EXTRA hard to get back on track!! Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:15:24 EST Post-Run Endorphin High Ah! If there's only ONE reason why you should start running, that should be it. The endorphin high you get after you finish a GOOD run is amazing. I love this feeling. I'm feeling so happy and strong and positive. That high coupled with good music = ecstasy. Just wanted to share some of that happiness and positivity with my Spark People. You can do it!! You're goals are achievable. Work hard and you'll get there :) :) :) Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:59:27 EST This week in review Well, I didn't lose any weight this week. I'm a little disappointed, but it's okay because I didn't gain any. Next week I'll rearrange some things, exercise more, sleep more, and be more cautious about my eating habits. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to my neurologist. I've had epilepsy since I was 16. If any of you have chronic conditions you know that every so often you have to switch medications because one has lost it's effectiveness, or add a new medication, or you need to add more o... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 14:03:05 EST Battle scars aka Stretch Marks As I get closer to my goal weight, I have to say that I'm extremely happy with my progress. I know that eventually I'll have the body I want. But there's one thing that I can't get rid of. stretch marks. i hate them! They are very embarrassing and there is very little you can do to cover them up. <BR> <BR> I have so many stretch marks. I have them on the back of my calves and my legs from when i went through a major growth spurt the summer before Jr. high. Those don't even have anyt... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:45:27 EST Strength before Cardio I'm confused, am I supposed to do strength training before cardio or cardio before strength training? I know we're supposed to alternate strength training and cardio but when I strength train I like to do some light cardio. I'm just confused about which one i should do first. <BR> <BR> On another note, the weather in Los Angeles is so weird. It rained for 3 days in a row and today we had 80 degree weather. So weird!!! Thu, 15 Oct 2009 21:46:31 EST Changes in Weight Loss Goals After reading Coach Nicole's article (<BR>onfession_i_obsessively_dieted_my_way_<BR>to_an_unhealthy_weight) about her dramatic weight loss and her struggle to maintain that weight, I've been wondering if I should change my weight loss goals. I currently weigh 172 and my current goal is to go down to 130lbs. But i'm wondering if that weight would be too hard for me to maintain. I'm wondering if I should change my goal to 140. I think for my size, ... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:01:09 EST 2lb weight loss Woohoo!! Lost 2 lbs this week :) :). It's my first week of my new exercise plan and so far so good! I didn't follow the plan exactly as I had listed. I didn't get to do cardio on Monday or Friday but I made up for it today with one hour of running/jogging/walking on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Another positive thing, my best friend told me that my face thinned out. Woohoo!! I'm so stoked. Hard work pays off Sat, 10 Oct 2009 15:52:26 EST The poison in Hostess snacks! Today I was browsing at the supermarket. I was walking down my "temptation aisle". This is the aisle where all the cookies and snacks are. I spotted some yummy looking Hostess Cinnamon Crumble Cakes. Immediately i started thinking about how I could fit this into my diet. Then I looked at the nutrition label. Calories per serving 110...not too bad. then i read the ingredients label. I was scanning for partially hydrogenated oils (aka TRANS-FAT). Much to my horror not only did it inclu... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 00:00:25 EST More Specific October Goals I want to be more specific. My ultimate goal for this month is to lose 10 lbs. But I have to admit that I've gotten quite lazy and have MAJORLY been slacking on my exercise. I make up every excuse in the book and always end up saying "i'll do it tomorrow" but that never happens. So my other goal for this month is to get on top of my exercising. My eating habits are fine, but my exercise not so much. Below is a detailed workout plan. I'm going to do everything that I can to make it hap... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 03:01:01 EST October Goals It's been a crazy past couple of months. I did fall of the wagon for a while but I'm happy to report that I haven't gained weight. I've managed to maintain my weight. Sure, i didn't lose, but i didn't gain any weight and that's good. So I'm ready to attack my goals once more. My goal for this month is to lose 10 lbs. At the end of this month i will be 28 years old and I really want to look good on my birthday. Birthday plans are still up in the air, but i definitely want to wear someth... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 23:49:59 EST Falling off the wagon It pains me to admit this, but i've recently fallen off the wagon. I've been off for over a week. I have many excuses, but they're only that--excuses. The honest truth is that i've been lazy and it's so much easier to eat whatever I please as many times as i please. It's also easier not to exercise. *sigh*. I need to own this. Just like i've owned all of my hard work, i have to own this. <BR> <BR> I need to re-gain my motivation and drive. I'm going to focus on all that i've accomplis... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 19:43:35 EST I'm back! Since I was sick recently I've been taking things very lightly in the exercise department. I didn't let my eating/diet slip too much, but my exercising kind of came to a halt. I've been feeling much better this week, and my doctor took me off of my medications. Happy to say that I"m back to running and doing my strength training. I really missed that burn and rush that i get from exercising :) Fri, 21 Aug 2009 01:01:00 EST happy to say After a whole month, I'm FINALLY feeling better. I went to the doctor today everything checked out fine. My sinus ct scan and chest xrays came back fine, and so did all of my blood tests. This is awesome!! Mon, 17 Aug 2009 23:55:44 EST Accomplishments It's been a year since I started working on my body and I've lost 90 lbs! Not quite where I want to be yet, but I am so proud of myself. I work very hard for this. I'd still have another 50 lbs I'd like to lose. I don't know how long it'll take me but I am going to work for it. <BR> <BR> I've also decided that it's time to work on accomplishing other goals. I mentioned in another blog that I'm thinking of going back to school for nursing. the other day i took my first big step toward... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 16:47:08 EST 2lb weight loss Despite being sick for the past month, and despite not being able to workout as much as i'd like to, i lost 2 lbs!! Got on the scale today and weighed in at 179. So stoked!!! Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:58:00 EST I'm STILL sick!! I've been sick for over a month now. Last week I went to see my doctor and he prescribed Zpack. He told me if i wasn't feeling better by Friday of last week, i should go back and see him. Friday came and went and I still wasn't feeling better. But i decided to wait until I finished taking all of the antibiotics (5 days worth) to go back to see hiim. Well, after this weekend I developed new symptoms! Yesterday I went back to my doctor and told him that nothing has changed. In fact, i... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 18:30:41 EST The beginning of a new week Last week I had a few slips and skipped a few workouts. This is the beginning of a new week and i'm very motivated to work hard to make up for last week. I've also decided to add a new goal for August. I'm going to aim for at least 5 yoga classes this month. I've really missed Bikram Yoga so much. If it wasn't so expensive I'd do more yoga, but I really can't afford $160 a month. So instead I'll aim for 5 classes a month. I think those extra yoga classes will help push my weight loss ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:04:27 EST slip I slipped on my diet today. i started the day fine, then i saw some clam chowder in the fridge and i couldn't resist. Since i'm sick, creamy, clammy soup sounded so good. And it was. I really enjoyed it. Then i had a couple of pieces of dark chocolate. i'm pretty disappointed in myself. Especially since i haven't really exercised this week. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow will be a true test since I'll be at my parent's and they always have SO MUCH food to eat there. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 01:32:47 EST Diagnosis Turns out this 3 week-long "cold" is actually a bronchial infection, or bronchitis. The reason I've been sick for so long is because I needed antibiotics to kick this. So, the doctor gave me Z-pack. Funny, i didn't really have body aches until i took my first dosage yesterday. My knees and legs are hurting me. The good thing is that this is highly curable and I should be feeling better in the next few days. :) My workouts have suffered some (I've skipped a few since I dont' really have... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:21:34 EST Dr's Appointment Finally going to the doctor to find out what's going on with this 3 week -long cold. Kinda nervous but hopefully everything will be okay :) Wed, 5 Aug 2009 15:14:17 EST Getting back out there Today i was on the phone with my mom and she told me that i had to put myself back out there. I was kind of taken aback when she said that. I didn't realize she had noticed that I stopped living my life when i went through my depression and gained all of this weight a few years ago. <BR> <BR> I've always been a homebody. I like being at home. That's just me--But a few years ago when i gained all of this weight, i completely blocked everybody and everything out. I stopped talking to f... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 21:23:58 EST Perpetually sick Apparently that "cold" i wrote about a few weeks ago isn't really a cold. I've been taking a new medication that causes "flu-like symptoms". Why do medications make one thing better and other things worse? I guess I can't complain too much because, on the bright side of things, i'm LUCKY to even have insurance coverage. I hope my body adjusts to the new medication quickly. Mon, 3 Aug 2009 21:41:36 EST Goals for August Sunday, August 02, 2009 <BR> <BR> These will be my focus areas for the month of August: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> -Keep at 1200 calories a day all month long <BR> -have at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day <BR> -Try not to binge when i'm at a social gathering <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> -Day to day consistency. I think this is my biggest problem. It's so easy for me to skip workouts. So I'm aiming for: <BR> -Cardio 5x/wk (i'm really into running right now. so at least 60 min... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 17:56:03 EST weekly weigh in Down 2 lbs this week!! down to 181!! Wow...i can't remember the last time i weighed 181. hard work does pay off :). I'm excited for tonight's workout :) Sat, 1 Aug 2009 14:21:03 EST Sister's Wedding Today I weighed myself and my scale said 181! wooohoo!! That means I'm losing 1-2 lbs a week. My goal is to lose 20+ lbs by November 28th (my sister's wedding). I have 4 months to lose those 20 lbs. This goal is attainable if I continue losing at this rate. Wish me luck!! Fri, 31 Jul 2009 14:16:20 EST Post-Workout Rituals I like to workout late at night. I really like going for a run at 7pm or 8....and sometimes later. Usually the gym is empty by then so i can get nice and sweaty and i don't feel embarrassed. After I finish my run, I change the playlist on my ipod to music that is more that calms me down. I stretch for 10 minutes while listening to this music. For some reason the music allows me to focus more on my stretching. When I'm done with my stretching I come back home and lay do... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 04:47:16 EST Old Pictures Yesterday I found some pictures that I took when i first started my weight loss journey. I've been documenting my weight loss with pictures. Every few months I have my sister take pictures of me in my underwear so that I can track my progress as accurately as possible. <BR> <BR> As I was looking at these pics I was amazed at how big I allowed myself to get. I haven't taken pictures in a while, but next time i see my sister I'll have her take more pictures. I suggest you do that too. i... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:19:02 EST Childhood Teasing Today something significant happened. <BR> <BR> Like many of you here, I've always had weight problems--even as a child. But when you're a child the words that people say are traumatizing, extremely hurtful, and pierce your soul. To this day there are certain words or names that i hate because of childhood teasing. There are even people that I have banned from my life or do not want to associate with because of how mean they were to me as a child. However, some of those people remain i... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 18:15:42 EST A warm Monday It's hot and humid outside. While it's not the most comfortable weather for exercising I do find that it's easier to bend and stretch when i'm doing yoga and pilates. i've read that warm and humid weather is optimal for doing those types of workouts. So not only am I getting a good workout but It's really relaxing and makes me feel so good. You should give it a try! Mon, 27 Jul 2009 17:14:54 EST Lazy Sunday Afternoon It's hot in LA. Luckily I live out by the ocean so it's not as hot as it is in the valley. I'm totally enjoying the cool ocean breeze. I love lazy Sunday afternoons. I have no plans for today except for working out later on. :) Sun, 26 Jul 2009 18:04:23 EST 3LB weight loss & the BodyBugg After hitting a weight loss plateau for the past 3 weeks I decided to kick things up a notch this week. My calorie range is from 1200-1500 calories a day. Usually I eat about 1300-1350 per day. This week I decided to cut down to 1200 calories per day. That really helped me out. The first couple of days were hard because i felt hungry. Then I realized that I wasn't actually was all in my head. I'm used to eating more so I wanted to eat more, but i didn't actually need to. ... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 14:01:09 EST fitness DVD's yesterday I tried out two new DVD's that i bought on <BR> <BR> The first one is Jillian Michaels: 30 day Shred. I love that DVD. I rented it on netflix and I loved it so much, i bought it. But i had only tried the Level 1 workout. Yesterday I decided to challenge myself and did the Level 2 workout. OMG it was SO hard. I was sweating so much. It lasts 25 minutes and she works you extra hard during those 25 minutes. She combines cardio, with strength training, and ab wo... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 15:31:13 EST woohoo yesterday I ran for 8 minutes straight!! This is freaking awesome!! What an accomplishment! Thu, 23 Jul 2009 16:47:14 EST Feeling sick I've been feeling sick for a few days now and haven't had much energy to go out and exercise. Today I'm going to force myself to get out there. Wed, 22 Jul 2009 15:03:43 EST my new favorite snack It's cherry season right now, and there are fabulous cherries in every supermarket. The other day I accidentally placed my cherries in the freezer. instead of tossing them, I ate them and voila, my new favorite snack! Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:44:46 EST yesterday.. Yesterday was mostly bad. I got the worst mani-pedi ever, I got a very expensive parking ticket, and I missed a very important package because I was getting that BAD mani-pedi. I was super frustrated, but then I came home and ran for an hour it helped so much. I felt so much better and I was so relaxed. Happy to report that exercise really helped turn my day around. Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:47:29 EST social gatherings I have such a hard time when i'm at social gatherings. I have such a hard time sticking to meal plans and resisting temptations. Also have a hard time eating on time. Ugh, this is frustrating. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 16:52:38 EST I've got my eye on the prize My goal is to get down to 130. Not only that, but to be physically healthy. I know i can do it. I've done it before, and I know that I can do it again. When I'm focused I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. I have determination seeded deep inside of me. The only problem is that once i reach my goal I become complacent. I'm happy that I reached my gaol, but I stop moving forward and complacency sets in. That's where the trouble starts. Complacency is probably one of the biggest... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 12:23:32 EST not feeling motivated Today i'm not feeling motivated to workout. I'd much rather lie down and take a nap. It's just one of those days. I feel drained after all that happened yesterday. Exercise will probably help me feel better. I need to do something to get me out of this funk... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 13:44:13 EST It can be hard sometimes.. Today was a difficult day. I find that I have a hard time when i'm in social situations. Usually i'm so afraid to eat the fattening/bad food that is available so I'll skip meals entirely. Doing that is like i'm setting myself up for failure, but I feel safer that way. And I wont feel guilty either. I'd rather not eat, than have something bad for me. *sigh* Wed, 15 Jul 2009 21:03:40 EST sloooooooow it down I have a problem that I've always struggled with and i'm working really hard to correct it. I eat too fast. I always have. I sit down and gobble my food and before i realize it, i'm done. I don't know why i do it. I think I just love food so much and I'm so excited that i can't wait for the next tasty bite. It's a bad habbit that i'm trying to break myself free of. So from now on I'll be concentrating on slowing it down. <BR> Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:42:57 EST another goal I have a new goal, and that is to lose at least 30 lbs by November sister's wedding. I really want to wear a nice dress and i want to look HOT wearing it. I don't 'think that goal should be too hard to reach, but i'm going to try my hardest and work my hardest to reach it! Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:01:07 EST It was a good weekend This weekend was a busy one for me. Since I've been losing weight, I find myself becoming more active. I' also find myself WANTING to go out and do more social. Back when I gained all of that weight, i became a hermit. I was so ashamed of myself and didn't want people to see me looking like that. I know I shouldn't have done that, but what's done is done. And the important thing is that I'm moving forward. Onward and upward from here on out!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 23:38:39 EST feeling guilty Tomorrow I'm going to be so busy that I'm not going to be able to workout. Why do i feel so guilty about skipping a workout?? Does anybody else feel like this? Fri, 10 Jul 2009 00:39:59 EST I'm falling in love with running I've fallen in love with running. I used to be so afraid of it but about a month ago i found a 6 week walk/running program online. At first there's more walking then running, but slowly it incorporates more running. Since i started this running program I've been losing weight more quickly and I have more energy. I love the feeling and satisfaction I get from running. Running is awesome :) :) :) Wed, 8 Jul 2009 01:25:12 EST just a quickie It's 8:49pm and there's still some light out. I LOVE summertime!!! <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2009 23:53:17 EST Hard Work Pays Off I'm incredibly happy! 84 lbs down and 56 more to go!!! Only 16 to reach a milestone (100 lbs lost). I never thought, I'd get to this point and i'm so proud of myself :) :) :) Hard work does pay off and it's nice to see the results. It's so incredibly motivating Wed, 1 Jul 2009 14:54:09 EST