SARABENGSCH's SparkPeople Blog SARABENGSCH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BLC Goals Hi all! <BR> <BR> How are you all today? Sorry I've been absent again... Life's been kicking my butt lately both physically and mentally. I have a pulled muscle in my shoulder, I'll be having my wisdom teeth surgically removed next Thursday (the 27th), I've just been hurting all around physically. Mentally things have just been rough, feeling down about myself, which leads to emotional eating, which leads to weight gain. It's a cycle, that's for sure. But I refuse to let my emotions control ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:45:26 EST Weigh-In and Nephew's Birthday Party Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing today? Thankfully it'll be a little bit warmer here today, a high of 37. :) I'm sorta bummed that I wasn't able to post yesterday but it was a busy day. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try my best to stay within my calorie goal today but it'll be more difficult because my parents, brother's family, my boyfriend and I are going out to a pizza buffet to celebrate my nephew's birthday and then back to our place for cake and presents. I'm limiting m... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:50:47 EST Weigh-In's and Skinny Fat Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday! How are you all doing on this beautiful morning? I'm in a very chipper mood today, if you couldn't tell and I have good reason for it. I'm happy to relay that I do not need to do the honesty thing today. I ate at my calorie goal yesterday and I got a small workout in, that is major progress for me! <BR> <BR> I was on myfitnesspal this morning and one of the threads that popped up was a woman who just started her weight loss journey. She had lost 9 pounds in... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:52:41 EST Addiction Okay, I know it's been forever since I've last blogged. I wasn't even blogging on my personal blog for about 5.5 months or so. But I'm back in the new year and wanted to share my latest post! <BR> <BR> Hey all! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? It's another cold day here in WI, -35 with windchill but thankfully it's suppose to warm a bit, starting tomorrow and suppose to be in the mid-30's by Friday. :) Oh and I have to say Happy Birthday to my nephew! He's turning 6 to... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:57:23 EST Be Careful What You Say (Day 670) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! How are you all today? It is a warm but beautiful day here. So is it weird that I am really excited for this hiring event I'm going to on Friday night? But I really really want the weekend to be here because I'm going to a Brewers/Rockies game on Saturday night in Denver. :) I haven't been to a baseball game yet this year, so I am freaking excited! <BR> <BR> Let me tell you, it is so incredibly nice to not be overly stressed out about school. The past few w... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:07:41 EST Weigh-In (Day 662) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! How are you all today? It is a colder and rainy here today but I am fully enjoying this colder weather. I feel so much better after my workout, it feels amazing getting back into a fitness routine. When I woke up this morning I was not in a very good mood because I'm stressed out about my money situation which brought on an array of other stress. I did not have very much food in the house so I went grocery shopping this morning, stayed under budget and have en... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:30:29 EST Friends Visiting and Wedding Dress with Pictures (Day 660) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! How are you all today? It has been such a fun weekend so far with my friends! Last night we went out to dinner to HuHot Mongolian Grill and I had some amazing stir fry and showed Ashley and John my wedding dress. Ashley cried :). And then this morning we went on a hike in Seven Falls... I have a bunch of pictures that I'll post later. Tomorrow they want to go hiking again at Garden of the Gods... I swear, those two are going to kill me. I'm not much into hik... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:51:30 EST Weigh-In (Day 655) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! How are you all doing today? I am seriously a bad blogger.... again. I've just been so busy with all of my school work. I have all of my typical school work plus a final that's due on Sunday (which I finished yesterday :) ) and then 2 finals due next Sunday. Plus my friends Ashley and John are coming to visit me this weekend (hence why I need to get this homework done early, so I don't have to be doing it while they are here). It is going to be an amazing week... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:10:06 EST Raw (Day 650) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! How are you all today? The week is halfway through already, crazy, huh? It is a beautiful day here but it is starting to warm up again. The past few days have been amazing temperature wise but it is July, so I should expect 80 and 90-degree weather. Oh and just a quick warning, I'm going to be pretty raw today and much of my writing won’t be the happiest. <BR> <BR> I had a phone interview yesterday and it went wonderfully. My interviewer wanted me to hav... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 10:27:27 EST July Goals (Day 647) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing today? It's finally starting to cool down here thanks to some thunderstorms that we are suppose to be getting over the next few days. And this coming week it's suppose to be in the 70's mostly, so that makes me a very happy girl! :) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow marks the beginning of July (can you believe it?) and so that means it's time to come up with my monthly goals. First let's go over my June goals: needless to say, I did not do very well. S... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:51:13 EST Vlog - Big News, Reflecting on May, Looking toward June (Day 617) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! How are you all doing today? It's a cloudy and cooler day here in Wisconsin and to be honest, I'm in love with it. :) Okay so I have so much to talk about today and not a ton of free time available to me. I'll try to not have this post be too incredibly long. <BR> <BR> First I want to do a little reflecting on May. All-in-all it has been a really great month and I'm proud to say that I reached all of my goals except one - starting the 30DS again. But I have b... Fri, 31 May 2013 16:16:54 EST Life is Crazy (Day 613) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day! I cannot even say thank you enough to all the men and women who have given their lives to serve and protect us. How are you all doing today? <BR> <BR> It's the beginning of a new week, what are you all doing to make this week great? This morning I did a few job searches in Colorado and I have an informational session about the job tomorrow afternoon to see if it would be something that I am interested in. So we'll see how it goes and if... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:56:00 EST Weigh-In (Day 612) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing today? It's a beautiful day here in southeastern Wisconsin and I think that I'm going to go outside and do some walking and just get some fresh air. Hopefully it will help clear my mind as well. <BR> <BR> So I will just get right to it, today is weigh-in day. Honestly I didn't know what to expect this week. Some days I was a little over and some days I was a little under my calorie goal. My fitness was okay... I worked out 4 days and had... Sun, 26 May 2013 09:50:26 EST Check me Out on FB (Day 611) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! It's finally the weekend, any big plans for Memorial Day? My life is so boring, I don't really have any plans. The family will probably get together and grill out but other than that just working on homework. But please don't forget about the real meaning of Memorial Day, remembering and honoring the men and women who died in the line of duty. I'm very proud because two of my three grandfathers are veterans and even though they did not die in the line of dut... Sat, 25 May 2013 17:07:44 EST Conversation with Myself (Day 608) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! Wow, half way through the week already! How is everyone doing today? It's raining here today, which is welcomed because it cools things down. Let me tell you how amazing it has felt today... around 60 degrees, I'm loving it! :) <BR> <BR> Today has been such a wonderful day so far... I started my day out with a walking/jogging interval and I'm really loving it. Then I had a dentist appointment and I found out that I will need to have my wisdom teeth out b... Wed, 22 May 2013 17:06:31 EST Weigh-In and Recommitting (Day 605) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing today? It's a beautiful day here in Wisconsin, the sun is shining with a few clouds and it's warmer. How is the weather by all of you today? <BR> <BR> I'm thankful to have a more relaxing day planned because yesterday was crazy busy. We had our rummage sale yesterday from 8am-4pm, and I was outside for most of that time (I was able to work on my tan a little too :) ). It wasn't that it was extremely crazy or anything but we had the kids... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:50:09 EST I Jogged!!! (Day 599) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday (and yes, it is very happy)! How are you all doing today? Are you all ready to start the new week? What are you doing to make this week great? <BR> <BR> So, I have crazy exciting news I want to share with you and I cannot contain myself. This morning I wanted to try out a new workout, so I went to my collection of fitness videos. I found a low impact one, so I decided I wanted to try it out but it was only 10 minutes. So I did the video and decided that I was... Mon, 13 May 2013 13:07:25 EST Quick Update (Day 596) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! How are you all doing today? Sorry this post is coming so late... I've had very little ambition today. And finally late this afternoon I decided to get some ambition , so I started working on one of my papers that are due on Sunday. But sadly, I'm having writer's block... this all started yesterday and is still sticking around. I'm really hoping that it will subside soon though because I really do need to get these papers done. <BR> <BR> Well my doctor finall... Fri, 10 May 2013 18:04:29 EST May Goals (Day 587) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! How are you all doing today? It is May 1st already, May!?! I still can't believe how fast April went, how was the month for all of you? My month was mostly spent in Texas... it was good and bad. It's sort of crazy, my weight loss was amazing but my eating/fitness was horrible. <BR> <BR> But anyways... since it's May I think it's time for some new monthly goals! WooHoo for goals! <BR> <BR> 1. Lose at least 3 pounds (the more the better though :) ) <BR> 2.... Wed, 1 May 2013 09:54:25 EST Weigh-In (Day 586) Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! How is everyone doing today? It's a very dreary morning here and we are suppose to have scattered thunderstorms later today. We have a showing of the house this afternoon and I was hoping that I could just go out walking during it but it looks like I'll have to find something else to do instead. Oh well... I love being back home, it was so nice to sleep in my bed last night. <BR> <BR> So I weighed in this morning and I was almost brought to tears. When I sho... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:58:58 EST Vlog I decided to post a Vlog about my trip to Colorado Springs thus far. I hope you all enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So until next time. <BR> <BR> ~Sara~ Sat, 6 Apr 2013 10:28:35 EST Update (Day 536) Hey all! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing on your goals? I haven't blogged here in about 3 weeks, but don't fret, I'm still blogging. But it's on my personal blog, I really wish I could link up the two of them so when I post there it would post here too. Alas, I cannot do that though. Anywho... <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you all know how I'm doing. Honestly, I'm doing awesome right now! I'm staying busy with my class, which is going really well so far. Just starting week 4 of 10, I can't bel... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:46:12 EST Recap Okay, I know that I haven't blogged here in almost a month but I just wish I could connect my main blog with this one. It would be so much easier and then everyone here could stay connected with me as well. So I thought I'd give a little recap of my life since my last post. <BR> <BR> January 26: My family officially told me that they are willing to sponsor Abid! :) <BR> January 28: I got a digital food scale, which I adore. :) I wrote out my list of songs I want at my wedding and picked o... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:18:00 EST Year 1 Day 126 (Day 491) Good morning all! I am so thankful for today, it's a little warmer than it has been the past few days. And although it's snowing, I am still thankful for today. <BR> <BR> I posted a few days ago, asking for thoughts and prayers for my future MIL, well she is still in a great deal of pain. So again, I ask for you to keep my future MIL in your thoughts and prayers. Abid and I and his family all greatly appreciate it! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:33:12 EST Year 1 Day 125 (Day 490) It's a beautiful morning, quite cold (it's 2 and with windchill it feels like -11). This morning I woke up with a back ache, it probably was a mixture of the weather being so cold and just plain sleeping wrong. But I didn't use that as an excuse to skip a workout. This is one of the major things that separates me from myself a few years ago. I don't make excuses to skip a workout now, in fact, I yearn to exercise. <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:45:18 EST Year 1 Day 124 (Day 489) Good afternoon! It's a new day, although it's not the nicest out, I am still thankful for it. But it's snowing today, nothing too heavy but snow is snow. Today I was talked to my high school and my transcripts are being sent out tomorrow. That means I just need to get my transcripts from Ashford sent and then I'm all set. I see starting college again in my near future! :) <BR> <BR> I want to ask everyone to keep my future mother-in-law in their thoughts and prayers as yesterday something hap... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:02:02 EST Year 1 Day 123 (Day 488) It's a new day and I'm thankful for it but good Lord it's cold outside, currently it's -6 but with windchill it feels like -22. :( This is not making me feel any better today, but it's winter in Wisconsin. I am very thankfully that tomorrow and the following days it's suppose to warm up a little bit and be close to the 20's and 30's. It's just been one of the weeks where I just want to eat everything and I have no motivation at all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my dad took me to the college where I ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:34:29 EST Year 1 Day 121 (Day 486) Yesterday was so busy, so I didn't have time to write. I did horrible eating yesterday, but today is a new day. It will be better, even though Sunday's are usually my eating more day. I was okay until my parents decided to make 3 pizzas for dinner (one of my nieces and my nephew stayed over night), 2 pizzas would have been fine for the 5 of us. But instead my father decided to make 3 of them, pizza is one of those things for me where I can't control myself yet. Honestly, I can eat a whole piz... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:53:55 EST Year 1 Day 119 (Day 484) Got a late start today at writing this because we were having our internet fixed today. So it's finally working the way that it's suppose to. :) Yesterday was definitely interesting to say the least, I was unable to calculate my calories until this morning. But thankfully, I was right at my calorie goal. My carbs and protein were a little over but my calories were right on. Plus 112 oz. of water. :) <BR> <BR> Like I said yesterday, I went out to dinner with my parents tonight at this delici... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:46:53 EST Year 1 Day 118 (Day 483) Another new day is here, it's cold but sunny. I should be use to the cold, heck I live in Wisconsin and it's January. Someday I'll move somewhere warmer and I won't have to deal with this gross cold weather. Well today was my weekly weigh-in and...... I've lost 2 lbs since Monday and 2.8 lbs since last Thursday :) I think this proves just how important diet really is in the great scheme of things. As much as it's driving me crazy that I'm not able to exercise, it has really helped me focus mo... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:54:41 EST Year 1 Day 117 (Day 482) Today is a new day, it's cold, cloudy, and snowing today. :( But nevertheless, I am thankful for it. I have a weigh-in tomorrow and I think that it will go well, I have done well with my diet this week. <BR> <BR> I didn't do quite as well as the day before but I was still under my calorie goal. My water was a little down today but I still got 64 oz, so it wasn't a total loss. I was a little over on my carbs and fats, majorly over on my protein but still under my calories. But I ate okay foo... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:39:28 EST Year 1 Day 116 (Day 481) Another beautiful day, it's cold out but sunny. Wow, what a difference one day makes. Two days ago I ate horrible, over 3000 calories and yesterday I was about to my calorie goal (1947). And the food that I ate was fairly healthy, so that's a win in itself. Along with 128 oz of water, so I'd call that a good day :) <BR> <BR> My dad works late tonight, so it's just my mom and I for dinner. And we are having grilled cheese and tomato soup, it is ridiculous that I'm so excited for it? :) I lov... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:12:09 EST Year 1 Day 115 (Day 480) It's a beautiful day, cold, but the sun is shining. This morning I stepped on the scale even though it's not my official weigh-in day. But I wanted to start fresh today and see where my weight is at currently. Honestly, I was expecting a gain or to at least maintain my weight. Amazingly enough, I lost .8 lbs! :) I couldn't believe it because I have ate so much unhealthy food and way too much of it the past few days. Somehow I must have still ate at a deficit throughout the week, so I'll take ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:14:29 EST Year 1 Day 114 (Day 479) Today is a new day, and I am so thankful for that each and every day. I'm really disappointed right now though, I started my new antibiotic yesterday and the pharmacist told me that I am not allowed to do any heavy exercise. So that means no 30DS for 10 days :( She told me that I could do some walking, but that's about it for exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm just going to be honest, I have not ate that well today. But I did have a wonderful time spending the day with my parents and then the evening w... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:08:00 EST Year 1 Day 113 (Day 478) Before I talk about anything else I want to start doing something new. After analyzing why I've been over eating at night, I want to stay more accountable with my food choices. Somewhere in every blog I write, I want to do a little recap of my food and drink choices from the day before. I will be starting that today and recapping yesterday's food choices. <BR> <BR> I did well yesterday, but I was over my calories a little. I'm not too worried about it because it's only 38 calories, so it's ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:56:50 EST Year 1 Day 112 (Day 477) Well I did it again, I ate too much last night. :( Ugh, I just keep sabotaging myself at night. But today I won't let myself eat so much at night. Yesterday and this morning I've done a lot of analyzing of myself and I realize that I eat a lot when I'm bored, feeling lonely, stressed, and emotional. But the past few nights it was mixture of being bored and feeling lonely, because my parents haven't been home the past 2 nights like they normally would be. Along with that I'm just missing my fi... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:41:42 EST Year 1 Day 111 (Day 476) Before I say anything else, I just want to apologize for the down mood of the beginning of this post. Today was weigh-in day, and while I was not necessarily happy, I still saw a loss. A loss of .4 pounds, I was really hoping for a larger loss but what can I expect. I've got to be honest about something, last night was not pretty. I had my dinner and I should have just stopped eating at that point, but alas I did not stop. It started with one cookie which is not so bad, but it didn't end ther... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:35:40 EST Year 1 Day 110 (Day 475) It's a new day and it's absolutely beautiful out today. The sun is shining and it's in the mid 30's, which is perfectly lovely for January in Wisconsin. :) Plus I am feeling a lot better today than I was yesterday, so that's a positive of today as well. <BR> <BR> So I am fairly certain that I figured out what I'm doing next month for my fitness challenges, a squat, push-up, and sit-up challenge. I was reading through a forum on Myfitnesspal and a guy posted a link to a site that shows a pro... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:06:33 EST Year 1 Day 109 (Day 474) I've got to be honest, I was really trying to talk myself out of working out today. And it was the stupidest thing that I could have done, because I always feel better after getting my workout in. So even though at first I didn't want to work out, I got up off my butt, put my shoes on and started working out. I know why I felt like that this morning, yesterday at my nephew's birthday celebration, I ate too much. I was still close to my calorie range and only a few over my points (I was at 52 ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:31:51 EST Year 1 Day 108 (Day 473) I cannot believe it's already the 7th of January! It's freaking crazy, but it is a new day and I am thankful for it. Oh and it's my nephew's 5th birthday today, happy birthday Brody! So tonight will be a challenge, since we will be celebrating. We're having pizza and cake, pizza is always one of the things that eat way too much of. I am going to try my best and limit my pizza intake and only one piece of cake. I've still got about 900 calories left for dinner and an evening snack, so I should... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:48:27 EST Year 1 Day 107 (Day 472) Today is a new day and I am very thankful for that. Yesterday I made a decision to take a day off from the 30DS, my body was telling me that it was time to rest. My right leg was hurting from my hip all the way down to my foot but a day of rest has done me plenty of good. Today my leg doesn't hurt and I was able to get in a great workout. When I woke up, I wasn't sure if a workout was going to happen because I was (and still am) very congested in my sinus' and my chest. After the second circu... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 15:43:40 EST Year 1 Day 105 (Day 470) It is absolutely beautiful out today, the sun is shining and it's not suppose to be all that cold today. :) <BR> <BR> Well let me tell you, it was quite a sight this morning. I was having a Skype date with my love and he was trying to get me to say a phrase that he taught me in Urdu last night. But then all of a sudden he began speaking Spanish (I've taught me a little of it). So here we are, me who speaks English and Abid who speaks Urdu and English fairly well, and what language were we ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:54:46 EST Year 1 Day 104 (Day 469) Today is a new day, which is very encouraging. Last night I ate a little more than I had hoped but not a crazy amount, it was about 300 extra calories. So I am proud of myself that I limited myself to just those 300 extra calories instead of a lot more. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just finished day 2 and only 28 days to go. And man, those squats and lunges are killer. Walking up and down the stairs are the worst, but it hurts so good.... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:16:30 EST Year 1 Day 103 (Day 468) Well today is a new day and it has been really good. I had a wonderful Skype date with my love even though it was shorter than usual :( and I just got in a great workout. <BR> <BR> Good Lord, I just finished day 1 of the 30DS and it's was killer. My legs hurt, my arms hurt, my abs hurt. I'm sure that I'll feel it tomorrow, but it'll feel awesome! And sadly I'm feeling this way and I didn't even use weights like they did on the DVD. Toward the end of the workout I really felt like I was just... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:22:48 EST Year 1 Day 102 (Day 467) Happy New Year! It is now 2013, that means that the slate has been wiped clean and we all get to start over. The thing that I love most about the new year is the thing I also hate the most, it's so unknown. You may or may not know but I love having control of any situation, because that way I know what to expect. But nevertheless, the unknown can be a good thing. It's scary yet exciting. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for me, and how much I will accomplish. <BR> <BR> Oh an... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:45:51 EST Year 1 Day 101 (Day 466) So many things have happened over the past week and I have just been too busy to write about them. But I'll go into all of those things later. <BR> <BR> I read a post on a weight loss forum and I saw just how much we (especially women) compare ourselves to others. A 19 year old girl who has lost 100 pounds was saying just how big her hips are (39 inches). Personally, I don't think that to be very large and many other people who commented shared in my thoughts. But I decided to go to this gi... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:53:33 EST Year 1 Day 88 (Day 453) It has been such a long day :( I went to bed last night at around 11 and I slept until 2 am. Then I was unable to fall back asleep until 6 but even worse is that I was only able to sleep until 7. So I am working on 4 hours of sleep today, thankfully I don't have much to do. After I woke up for good I felt sick to my stomach but I just took some medication and was finally feeling better by 12:30. So my calories are pretty low so far today because I wasn't able to have breakfast. I'm hoping tha... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:16:57 EST Year 1 Day 86 (Day 451) It has been an interesting few days. Beginning yesterday I have gotten quite sick, I am in the beginning of an intense sinus thing. Not sure if it's a sinus infection or what it is but I do know that my sinus' are killing me. Along with that my Fibromyalgia has been acting up quite a bit, I need to get back into my chiropractic schedule. Feeling dizzy half the time as well, so working out won't be happening today. I have to take care of my health right now, I'll just be trying my best with my... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:54:33 EST Year 1 Day 84 (Day 449) I had a rude awakening this morning that really kicked my butt into gear. After waking up, I decided to step on the scale. The scale said a number that I did not like, and more importantly it meant that I was closer to a number that I never want to see again. Don't get me wrong, I know that I did not gain 3 pounds this week because I did not eat 10,500 extra calories since my last weigh-in. I am sure that it is because I have been drinking more water and other random reasons. But I haven't be... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:27:11 EST 1 Year Day 42 (Day 407) Ugh! I am so incredibly frustrated with myself! Tonight I made bad food choices at dinner and I'm paying for it now, my stomach hurts! :( I was doing so well with my food choices and my exercise routine. Believe me, I won't let this ruin me but I'm just frustrated because I know that I could have done better. Why am I going back to my old way of eating? Why? Why? Why? Things need to go back to how it was at the beginning of the semester, eating more salads when I'm in the caf and less pizza a... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:27:58 EST