SAMMBA's SparkPeople Blog SAMMBA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Body fat % Good morning Sparkies! <BR> <BR> One of my goals was to try and blog everyday and I have ultimately failed!! I really have to remember to do this. I have just been SO BUSY at work. By the time I go to the gym then get home then meal prep for the next day I am just SO TIRED all I want to do is watch TV then go to bed. I cannot wait until daylight savings time so it feels like I have more time in my day. <BR> <BR> Anyway, one of the days that I was at the gym, I had my body fat % taken. Of co... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:24:20 EST Who will cook, who will clean, who will paint the fence? Today I made a new set of playlists for my run (including the song above)! This makes me REALLY excited for my future runs. <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 143 this morning, which I am really happy/surprised about. I am thinking that my goal before I get to my brothers in March (March 15th to be exact) is that I want to be UNDER 140, which I think is totally doable. If I lost a pound every week leading up to then, I would be down to 138. <BR> <BR> Today is set as a rest or yoga day. I did 2 load... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:13:14 EST Hello, again. Hey guys! <BR> <BR> It has been a long time since I have been on Spark People. Needless to say, I am still on my fitness/weight loss/health journey. I made the mistake of drinking a cup of coffee at 5:30pm, and now my thoughts are just running wild (it is 12:41am). I was thinking about my weight loss and how I had lost a whole bunch of weight in 2010, and decided to read my old blog posts. I feel like I should probably blog everything in this journey as well so that if I ever need an extra k... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:52:53 EST Goals for 2013 I know, this blog is a little late. I feel like every year I make these said "goals" and never follow through. To be completely honest, I am so fed up and I want to be HEALTHY.. being skinny will just be a plus. <BR> <BR> In October, my grandmother passed away. At first, she came down with pneumonia, which did not seem to let up. As far as we knew, she only had high blood pressure and was 77 years old. Ended up she had lung disease, so she was not able to take deep breathes that you need to ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:55:47 EST So long, Santa Cruz, CA! Today is the start of my coast to coast challenge. That means, so long Santa Cruz! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will miss your beautiful scenery.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> .. the boardwalk... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... and your fresh Farmers Market. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:59:08 EST January 2013 WMP Weight: 146 lbs <BR> Waist: 31.75 in <BR> Hips: 39..25 in <BR> Tummy: 37.75 in <BR> R Thigh: 23.5 in <BR> L Thigh: 24 in <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well not much change since last time, and yes I am to blame. I stopped keeping track of food like two weeks before the Holidays and ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:08:42 EST Coast to Coast Challenge About a year ago, I saw how a fellow Sparker had a team of people doing a "Run Around the World" group challenge where everyone would log their miles to get "Around the World." I decided then to start my own challenge of a "Coast to Coast" type challenge, but I never completed this and lost the papers with all of my mileage on it. <BR> <BR> Have no fear Sparkies! I have created a NEW route and starting TOMORROW I will start logging my mileage. This includes biking, elliptical, swimming, run... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:26:06 EST December 2012 WMP (weight-measurements-pictures) Weight: 140.8 lbs <BR> Waist: 31 in <BR> Hips: 39.5 in <BR> Tummy: 36.5 in <BR> R Thigh: 23.25 in <BR> L Thigh: 23.5 in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:51:52 EST No more crutches! I went back to the bone and joint specialist and he said-- stop using your crutches! YAYY! <BR> <BR> My knee still hurts a little but I can tell it is getting better. The Dr. also said that I can start biking and swimming, just nothing where I am banging hard on the ground. He wants me to go to physical therapy to learn some exercises to make my knee strong again. He said in six weeks I should be good to go! <BR> <BR> I have started tracking my meals again. I went over today, but tomorrow I... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:24:44 EST Leg Prognosis The bone doctor said that I have bruising in my leg and a fracture that is not so serious that I need to get surgery. He suggested staying off of my leg for a month and taking IBProfen 2-3 times a day. Easy enough! Thank goodness it is not longer/I need surgery. <BR> <BR> The regular doctor said he thinks I have allergies, which would explain why I have been feeling crappy so often. I want to get nasal spray and I guess I will take allergy medicine once I start feeling crappy? I don't really... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:30:15 EST Leg Injury At the end of July, a couple of friends and I went surfing. I thought it would be a cool thing to do and I was stoked to experience the ocean in this way. It was great until I fell of the board, landed on my foot, and then fractured my leg. <BR> <BR> Yes, I fractured my leg. <BR> <BR> My Doctor said that my knee looks bruised and that I have a minor fracture on my leg at the part that connects to my knee. Tomorrow I am going to a bone specialist to see what is really going on and how long I... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:34:43 EST Embarrassed. So I just got back from my recent vacation... <BR> <BR> A girl I went with went on vacation with my bf and I two years ago (2010) and that was when I was in not good but BETTER shape.... <BR> <BR> Around 130lbs <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> then she took this picture two years later.... WOWZA. Game changer. <BR> <BR> Around 143lbs <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> O.M.G. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:38:03 EST #TNT Week Four Back from vacation. Sigh. I miss the ocean already. <BR> <BR> <em>502</em> FITNESS: <BR> Obviously I could not do much with my leg being injured. I did not wear my knee brace half as much as I should have. The walk to the beach was a workout in and of itself (dunes). What I did do a lot of is swimming. I absolutely love the ocean and I swam/rode waves almost every day. I tried running a little just to see how my leg felt. It was not bad but it was not good either. I know that if I tried to ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 16:38:37 EST #TNT Week Three So with the injury ( I may have sprained a tendon ) the doctor said no exercise for two weeks. <BR> <BR> I have not been eating healthy and this week does not seem any better due to the fact that I am on vacation!! <BR> <BR> Sorry for the not so interesting post <BR> !!! :) Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:10:41 EST Surf Lesson Recap For a while now I have really wanted to surf, so I found lessons in NJ and set a date. Two of my awesome friends went with me, so we each got to go in one at a time to try and catch some waves. <BR> <BR> It is a really awesome thing to do. Even if you don't get on the board, it is fun to ride the wave. I stood up twice, and my two friends stood up a handful of times. It was awesome! <BR> <BR> What was not so awesome? Me dislocating my knee on my last wave. <BR> <BR> Pretty much what happ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:44:46 EST #TNT Week Two Last Saturday: 142.4 lbs <BR> This Saturday: 140.4 lbs <BR> <BR> WAHOO 2 lbs! I did not do much either. I tried to plan but did not go according to plan a lot of the week. Friday and Saturday I did not even count cals, just went with it. THIS is something that needs to change. Since I have vacation coming up, I will try my best. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> Workouts: 2 <BR> Tuesday: Hip Hop <BR> Wednesday: Ran 2.5 Miles <BR> I NEED MORE!!! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Eating: <BR> Eh, could be bett... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 09:10:27 EST #TNT Week One Alright. Week one of TNT. Well technically it hasn't been a full week but, it is what it is. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday: 141.8lbs <BR> This Saturday: 142.4lbs <BR> Body Fat %: 27.8% <BR> <BR> YIKERS! Well I told myself that on Friday's I can have "Fat Girl Friday" so that if I wanted food that I was trying NOT to have during the rest of the week, I could kinda have cheat day on Friday and call it "Fat Girl Friday." Well I guess I went overboard because I was SHOCKED when I got on the scale. N... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:13:30 EST TNT If you haven't noticed yet, this is the year of the YOLO, or #YOLO. For those of you that live under a rock, it is an acronym for YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE. Yes, it is annoying hearing it everywhere, but when you sit down and think about it.. it is a pretty cool concept. People are always so scared to do new things and take risks (with the economy the way it is who isn't?), and it is a shame that they live such a sheltered and hum drum life. So this summer, I have embraced my inner YOLO, and I am do... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:37:37 EST Watching movies about surfing motivates me. I don't know what it is about them-- but I am GAGA for surfer movies! <BR> <BR> I really love them: Soul Surfer, Blue Crush, Gidget, Big Wednesday. I could watch them ALL DAY. <BR> <BR> I love the athleticism that these people have. They look so strong surfing, running on the beach, eating healthy, and being happy in the ocean. Yeah I know, it's just the movies. But wait-- my cousin also surf's and I am jealous of how self motivated she is about wanting to eat healthy and exercise daily. Si... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:13:55 EST Chocolate is my kryptonyte (sp?). Yes, I LOVE chocolate (what woman doesn't?) <BR> <BR> I think that it is starting to become a major roadblock in my weight loss. For example, here is what I ate today: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> +1 slice banana bread w/ tsp PB <BR> +0.5 cup of yogurt with 0.5 cup of blueberries <BR> +1 cup of coffe <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> +Apple <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> +Veggie Delight on whole wheat bread, no cheese <BR> +Baked BBQ chips <BR> XXXX SNICKERS XXX>>> EEEPS!!!!! <BR> <BR> DInner: <BR> A weird mix ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:46:36 EST Why I love the scale. I don't care what you people say. <BR> <BR> When I was losing weight in 2010... I definitely saw a change in the scale. I was losing a couple lbs here any there and I always noticed the scale #. One day, my friend said, "you're doing so good-- do your clothes fit better?" I did not even REALIZE that that DID. <BR> <BR> I woke up today and had NO intention on going to the gym because I just got up at 9am and had work at 12:30pm. I stepped on that scale--- YEP GOING TO THE GYM. <BR> <BR> and... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 21:47:49 EST I'm gonna run away and never come back. Running is on the agenda this morning! <BR> <BR> I am currently drinking a LC smoothie (1/2 cup soy milk, 1 banana, ice, 1/4 cup oatmeal cinnamon, and i put in a tsp of PB) cal total being 287.5. It is yummy and I think the perfect thing before a morning run. I am an avid coffee drinker but right now I do not even desire any, so that'll be 35 cals saved. <BR> <BR> I am meeting with an old friend this afternoon for a walk in the park, so that'll be more moving. before I go I think I am go... Sat, 26 May 2012 10:19:20 EST SP Cleanse! && I don't mean a diet. I went through and deleted most blog entries and kept the one's from when I was actually losing weight and working my BUTT off for it. <BR> <BR> Hello ladies and gents, I am back again. Yes, for the 874, 373 time... <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> So I stepped on the scale today and what did I see? That I am all the way back into the 140's. I though to myself... "wow. in 2010 I whooped butt, knocked 13 lbs off, kept it that way for a few months, and now let 10 lbs creep ba... Tue, 22 May 2012 23:10:41 EST January 2011 Pictures To start off the New Year, I have my pictures and measurements all ready for you. I use to do this a lot last year, but slacked off. Here is me 1 year and 10lbs lighter... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Weight: 133.4 lbs <BR> <BR> Waist: 29.25 in <BR> <BR> Hips: 34.9 in <BR> <BR> Left Thigh: 21 in <BR> <BR> Right Thigh: 20.5 in <BR> <BR> <BR> I am getting ready to go have breakfast with my mom, then come home, take down th... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:05:22 EST October Pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting weight: 129.6 <BR> <BR> Hips: 33.75in <BR> <BR> Waist: 29in <BR> <BR> RT: 22.25in <BR> <BR> LT: 22.25in <BR> <BR> I can taste 120lbs!!! LETS GO OCTOBER! <BR> <em>465</em> Sat, 2 Oct 2010 19:44:27 EST I've got the magic in me. Yeah, new song by B.O.B ft River from Weezer.. stuck in my head. good song check it out. <BR> <BR> anywho, I had reached my goal of 131.4 a WHILE ago (okay I flunctaute back and forth, but I have not strayed far between 130-132). I had promised myself new running shoes. Mine are giving me blisters and are not so comfy to run in. I havent had money for a while so I did not buy any but yesterday.... I finally did it.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> HERE ARE MY NEW RUNNING SHOES! <BR> <i... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:11:27 EST First 5k Wowza! It was awesome! <BR> <BR> so let me start off by saying I NEVER would have believed anyone if they would have told me this time last year that I would be running a 5k! I was never an athletic person and never would have even thought it would happen. <BR> <BR> I did not prepare myself that well for this run. I have been so busy and had lack of motivation-- I did get a really good training week in this past week though, and it may have been the only reason I got that good of a time (38... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 16:04:34 EST M.I.A I will probably be M.I.A for a couple of months. <BR> <BR> I have started Student Teaching which is a mental, emotional, and physical challenge every day. I have been in school ALL day, getting home late because I still have to work, do homework, and then do it all over again the next day. Needless to say, it's not that I wouldn't LOVE to be on spark all day, I just don't have time to be. <BR> <BR> Staring Monday I am going to try and count calories the best I can, bumping up the intake to ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:22:11 EST 3am and can't sleep. if you have read my status update, you know that i am in NC for the week. we have internet so that is how I am able to update with spark, which is a good thing i guess. <BR> <BR> <BR> since it is my vacation, i have been eating a BUTTLOAD of food. lol. but sitting out in the sun and trying to swim in these waves which are as the locals say "narley".. for real though. these waves are no joke. they knock you over and they crest like every 15 seconds so right as you swim under one, another is ... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 03:32:19 EST It's been a while! (pictures) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Start 131- end 130= 1 lbs lost. <BR> <BR> Waist: Start 29.15 - End 28.5= .65 inches lost <BR> <BR> Hips: Start 34.25-End 33.5= .75 inches lost <BR> <BR> Thigh: Start 20.75-End 20.85= .10 inches GAINED <BR> <BR> <BR> So, my computer crashed and i lost ALL of my weight loss pictures, except for last months because they were still on my camera. whomp whomp. i think I emailed my first one to ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:59:37 EST 1st 5k! so as of yesterday, I have decided to do a 5k! I was thinking about doing one for a couple of weeks and two girls from work told me that they have always wanted to do one. so, we decided to find one to do. we wanted to do it toward a cause that means something to us, so we found one that is about an hour away from Philadelphia. It is called "Bruiser Memorial 5k: Running for Canine Cancer Research." The money will go to the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Veterinarian Medicine. They also have... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:39:24 EST double post sorry <em>416</em> Thu, 8 Jul 2010 00:01:43 EST am i becomming -gasp- a fitness Nazi?!! so I dont know how many of you enjoy a workout buddy, but I have to say, I do not. well, not a piticular workout buddy. WORST. WORKOUT. EVER. <BR> <BR> My friend goes to Planet Fitness and she pays a certain amount a month to be able to bring someone with her every time she goes. well, she is overweight, so she needs to get into gear. she is always wanting me to go with her, but she goes so late (i didnt leave my house until 9:30pm... I am usually in bed by ten!) and like now posting at 11:5... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 00:01:36 EST it's been hot! it have been so hot outside, i havent even tried to run or anything! <BR> <BR> this is what sucks about not having a gym membership. it is sweltering hot out and all i do is sit inside like a loaf. and eat. <BR> <BR> i need to go food shopping asap! i am running low on my regular food. <BR> <BR> uh, lazy lazy. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 16:02:36 EST taking a step backwards? (pictures) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Start 134- end 131= 3 lbs lost! (I don't know how). <BR> <BR> Waist: Start 29.15-End 29= .15 inches lost <BR> <BR> Hips: Start 34.25-End 34.25= 0 inches lost <BR> <BR> Thigh: Start 21.25-End 20.75= .5 inches lost <BR> <BR> <BR> Hrm... doesn't look like i changed a lot from June to July... it's to be expected. I didn't really do that well this month. So, I am going to look back to March and April where I ROCKED... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 21:51:55 EST i want to be a billionare so effing bad! so, if you haven't noticed, i have changed my goal weight to 120lbs. I feel like this is more realistic, and to be completly honest, i duno if I would like the way my body would look at 115lbs. I guess we'll see, but for right now, its going to stay there... and if you notice, I am a teeny bit over the halfway mark! <BR> <BR> So, I have promised myself new running shoes at the 131.5 mark, but I dont know what kind to get! i guess I will just go to the mall this weekend to choose what I wan... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:20:58 EST everybody here is living life in fear of falling out of line. Okay, so I did lose a couple pounds while not FULLY committed. of course I am happy about it, but now I am at a standstill and seem to be within 131-133 pounds. I REALLY REALY want to be at ATLEAST 125 lbs by vacation which is August 14th. Thats NINE weeks. that means I need to lose a little less than a pound a week to get to that point. I would LOVE to get t 120 by then.. meaning i need to WORK WORK WORK! so TODAY I am going to log every single MORSEL that goes into my mouth and work EXTRA ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:49:46 EST she's so high && i'm so tired. I have to say, i have not been having many good eating days. today I ate a good breakfast, a snack, and a pretty good lunch... but the lunch I had just didnt fill me so what do i do? grab chips and candy! arggg! hen for dinner i eat a WHOLE BOX OF MAC AND CHEESE! I atleast made the "lighter" versio of he recipie... but still! a whole box? I actually feel DISGUSTINGLY full... not a satisfied full... the type of full where you feel like youre about to throw up... SO GROSS! <BR> <BR> the one th... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 19:28:01 EST it ain't me babe, it ain't me you're lookin' for. Hey guys! <BR> <BR> Yes i fell off the face of the Earth, I just haven't brought myself to blog lately. I feel like I haven't stopped since school ended! I had my brother's wedding, have been working, babysitting, trying to see friends I haven't seen in a while, and preparing for the Praxis test I have to take tomorrow. On top of all this, I have been trying to exercise and prepare food.... its so hard! <BR> <BR> I am proud to say, I have lost 10 lbs! I am exactly where I was this time last... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 22:04:31 EST we could have fun just groovin' around. ello loves! <BR> <BR> I don't know that I am going to do Vlog posts anymore. <BR> <BR> 1. they take too much time to load. <BR> 2. i talk funny. <BR> 3. i always feel like I leave stuff out cause I do it on a wimb. <BR> 4. I missed my groovy lyric titles! <BR> <BR> Guess how well i've been eating.... HAHAHAHAHA. <BR> <BR> i did for a few days plan out calories and pack my lunch... then it all went down the toilet! i would eat what i brang, then eat a cookie and an extra iced coffee... BAH... Fri, 4 Jun 2010 22:11:50 EST chachachachacha changessss. (pics) The month of May wasn't too too bad. I had a lot going on, with finals and my brothers wedding, so even though I may not have counted every calorie or missed workout days, I still think I didn't do too shabby. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think you can definatly tell in the hips some inches lost. <BR> <BR> In the month of May: <BR> <BR> Start 136- End 134= 2 lbs lost! Also means 9 lbs lost since January! <BR> <BR> Wasit: Start 3... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:29:33 EST post wedding update. I will update with my end of month pics tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <BR> **side not: Thank you to the people who have said "congrats," but it was actually my brothers wedding! Thanks again, though! Mon, 31 May 2010 21:05:03 EST we're all stars now, in the dope show. UGHHHHH i am so sorry to vent but it is MUCH NEEDED. <BR> <BR> this wedding is going to be a SH-T SHOW.. and I am already dreading it. <BR> <BR> my brother has EIGHT people on each side for the bridal party. i'd expect all of the brides family to be standing infront of me, of course... but NOT all of his friends.. and i am SECOND TO LAST in the lineup. ARE YOU EFFING SERIOUS?! so i try to calm down and think as along as i am there and it was god enough to even be asked in the first place..... Sat, 29 May 2010 09:17:51 EST there's chemicals in the clouds. booo no more long song lyric titles =[ Wed, 26 May 2010 21:06:45 EST VLOG The sound seems to be sucky... if you can't hear it.. LET ME KNOW! Sun, 23 May 2010 19:08:32 EST all i needed to know, is that i'm somethin' you've been missing. just got back from a run with the pup! <BR> <BR> we ran/walked our mile. it is hard just running with Floyd because he is faster than I am and he likes to PULL. so we did walk more than i liked.. i used my heart rate monitor and seen that i burned about 215 calories for the whole run walk.. kindaaa disappointing... but i know i was only because I had Floyd. <BR> <BR> i also did HORRBILBE eating... i need to get it together! i have been weighing myself at work though, and i have maintained ... Wed, 19 May 2010 19:31:39 EST we don't need no education. even though that line is a double negative... but hey... <BR> <BR> <BR> I had to teach a couple classes today for work and it wasnt the bet experience. the person that came with me that was my "helper" wasnt much help at all and was complaining the WHOLE time. then, in one forth grade class.. the teacher actually LEFT the classroom... THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THAT. WE ARE NOT CETIFIED TEACHERS, THESE KIDS ARE NOT OUR RESPONSIBILITY. so those kids acted up the whole time and i had to sto... Tue, 18 May 2010 17:32:15 EST u don't want 2 b here in the future, so u say the presents just a pleasant interruption 2 the past. i am SUPER pumpped! Something Corporate, one of my FAVEORITE bands.. is reuniting for a tour this summer! I am going to try and get the tickets at the presale at 10am...... SOOOOO EXCITED! <BR> <BR> anyway. I have completly and utterly fallen off the ban wagon. but today I have already started logging what I ate and plan on going to the gym after I get my tickets! I havent gained anything while off the ban wagon ( i dont know how ) but I am going to try and get more organized with my eating... Mon, 17 May 2010 09:45:09 EST she would never be free when i was around, yeah. LOST ANOTHER POUND YEEEESSSSSS. <BR> <BR> i dont know how ive been losing the past two weeks. i havent really been on top of my calories counting, but i guess i am more concious/aware of what i am eating. i just got back into the groove of exercising which is good. <BR> <BR> tomorrow, however, is going to be HORRIBLE. yes, it is already pre-meditated and anticipated. i am attending a bachleorette party tomorrow.. the food includes pizza and will be topped off with nothing other than liquor... Fri, 14 May 2010 21:56:19 EST this will be the last time you get to drop my name. uhh its hard getting back into the groove. <BR> <BR> i was sick for like the passed week and just started working out again on Mothers Day. I bought a heart rate monitor with a chest strap (which DIDNT WORK, so mad) but started to feel crappy... so I only ran for 30 minutes. yesterday I did cardio kick boxing and today i went to my schools gym and used the eliptical. <BR> <BR> I NEED TO GO FOOD SHOPPING. i havent been really counting my calories.. when i weighed in the other day i was up to... Tue, 11 May 2010 14:55:39 EST