SAMIRATOU's SparkPeople Blog SAMIRATOU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Knocking on the door of 20... Pounds lost, that is. <BR> <BR> Which is pretty exciting. I've never been able to stick with anything long enough to lose more than a few pounds. Not sure why this has worked so much better. Probably because I was more ready mentally. And I weighed 150 pounds, which for some reason was my line in the sand. <BR> <BR> It took me awhile--I spend the first month not really upping exercise much, beyond taking a few extra walks. I started strength training a couple weeks in, then found Zumba and... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:47:27 EST In stasis a bit, but can't complain I've been in a bit of a plateau or something the last couple weeks. In part due to going to my sister's last week to help her move--no opportunity for exercise and no internet, so food tracking and such was tough. I ended up gaining a half pound or so, but that may have been due to the stop at Norske Nook for pie on the way home. Totally worth it. I'm not a dessert person, so sweets aren't generally a weakness of mine (that would be red wine, in my case), but once in awhile you have to indulg... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 20:42:45 EST Back in the Saddle Well. After a 2-week hiatus, I think I'm finally feeling well enough to get back into things. I've spent the last two weeks attempting to recover from a cold followed by a sinus infection that (in combination with the inland hurricane that took over most of this week) made exercise all but impossible and I'm finally starting to feel a little bit more like myself. I haven't been keeping up with calorie tracking, either--worrying about calories on top of everything else seemed like a great way ... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:40:24 EST Thoughts to date Down about 6 pounds so far since I switched over from mostly tracking what I was doing to being more active about losing weight. I haven't modified my diet much, really, but am trying to focus more on portion control and stopping eating when I am no longer hungry (rather than when I'm full). My appetite got out of hand when I was breastfeeding, and while I lost weight during breastfeeding, once my son weaned the pounds added up in a hurry. So, I'm trying to get my appetite back down to more r... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 13:27:53 EST