SARABENGSCH's SparkPeople Blog SARABENGSCH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Confidence Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! How are you all doing today? It is another dreary day, sun, where are you?!? Today is just a blah day all around, I'm sick, hopefully it'll pass through quickly. What perfect time, huh? Just in time for the holidays. In fact, my dad is sick as well and my mom was last night. So, apparently something is going around. My schedule is all out of whack this week, with Christmas, and as much as I love the holidays, I despise when my schedule is different. It'll be ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 22:49:03 EST Weigh-In Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing today? It's a sort of dreary day here, it has been really cloudy the past few days. I do miss the sun, it always makes my days a bit better. Although it'll continue to be cloudy most of the week, it is going to warm up a bit over the next three days. However, it will get colder again by the end of the week. It's December in Wisconsin though, so what can I do? I keep look at the weather out by my boyfriend and the temperatures are making m... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:44:43 EST Random Topics Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! How are you all doing today? I'm doing absolutely wonderful, tired, but wonderful nevertheless. I stayed up later last night because my boyfriend had to teach last night until 10 his time, which is midnight my time. Being able to end my night talking to him, is worth all the tiredness I feel though. Is it January yet? I am so ready to go and visit him, it'll be wonderful to spend a few days with him. :) Oh, and I just have to mention how proud I am of him b... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:11:21 EST My Own Worst Enemy Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! How are you all doing today? It's a exceptionally warm December day, we have a high of 48 today. It is December 15th, in Wisconsin and it is almost 50 degrees. Is this real?!? Sadly, it'll be down into the 20s and 30s again by Wednesday. <BR> <BR> This morning I have been watching a show about individuals who weigh 600 lbs or above and their weight loss journey's. It really made me think about myself and my weight loss journey. Yes, it is difficult to lose w... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:10:59 EST Weigh-In Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing on this dreary Sunday morning? It has been ridiculously foggy here today and yesterday, but it has been in the upper 30s and lower 40s, so I can't really complain. If it was always like this in December, I would be much more prone to continue living here in Wisconsin. However, this is very strange for the middle of December, not to mention that there is still some snow on the ground. <BR> <BR> Yesterday marked one year since my grandmot... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:33:03 EST Body Image Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! How are you all doing on this dreary, yet beautiful December day? I cannot believe it's already the 10th of December! This month is flying by, it'll be my dad and boyfriend's birthday's soon, only 9 more days. I can't wait to celebrate both of these amazing men in my life, they are each such a blessing. Speaking of my boyfriend, he left for Arizona today because of his job :( So that means we won't be talking as much over the next few days, which is sad, bu... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:40:39 EST I'm Back!! Hi all! <BR> <BR> Look who's back! It has been about a month since my last post and as promised, now I'm back. This past month has been ridiculously crazy and busy. As most of you know, I was in three classes in 5 weeks, so it was crazy! This past week was finals week and on Saturday afternoon, I turned in final number three. I can finally take some time to relax, so I am going to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> During my month off from blogging, I sprained my ankle and it was in a boot. On Saturday, ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:12:06 EST Weigh-In Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! How are you all doing today? It is another absolutely gorgeous day here! Today is the official start of my next school session, let the craziness begin. Thankfully I have gotten some work done this past weekend, so I have a bit of a head start. <BR> <BR> My nutrition has been majorly off the past few days, the stress had gotten a hold of me. I weighed-in today (I forgot to yesterday morning) and I am honestly surprised that I only gained a small amount. Eit... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:58:37 EST Busy - Quick Post Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! How are you all doing today? I am pretty good today, plus I adore the weather. It truly looks like fall here, leaves have changed color and are falling to the ground, plus the weather has been between 40 and 60. This is my absolute perfect weather and I wish it could be like this all year round. <BR> <BR> This week I am trying my hardest to complete all of this weeks work, plus put the finishing touches on my final and maybe get a head start on my week 1 ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:42:34 EST Quick Update Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! How are you all today? I'm doing okay, a little stressed out. Sorry I've been absent lately, life has been crazy lately and its taking its toll on me. I'm trying to stay positive and calm through it all though. What are you all going to do to make today wonderful? <BR> <BR> I am on the 8th day of not having an appetite and it sucks! Every day I have to force myself to eat at every meal and during the day, I don't realize that I need to eat until my hands ge... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:54:22 EST Frustration and Stress Sickness Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! How are you all today? It's a bit dreary here and it has been most of the week (I don't really mind it though). I am SO enjoying these temperatures though, highs mostly in the 50s this week. This is absolutely my perfect weather. :) How are all of your weeks going? <BR> <BR> Yesterday was just a negative day, all around. Some time after I ate breakfast yesterday morning, I begin feeling extremely fatigued, a much lowered appetite, and just completely off. ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:50:16 EST Weekly Goals Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! How are you all on this lovely fall day? It's a little cloudy out today and there is a major chance of rain this evening but the temperature is absolutely wonderful. What are you all going to do to make this week a great one? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I bought a bunch of delicious stuff to eat the next two weeks, including a new addition to my food routine. Tomato juice is one of my favorite things to drink besides water, it's low calorie and absolutely delicious... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:57:49 EST Weekly Weigh-In Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all today? The weekend is coming to an end, how are you going to make it a positive one? <BR> <BR> Of course, yesterday after I had already made my post, I was informed that we were not going shopping and it would be happening today now. So I had to re-plan out my day, which wasn't all that much work, just switched the Saturday things to Sunday and vise versa. So yesterday I took a nice walk with my mother and had an enjoyable chat with her. Plus... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:19:37 EST Fat-Burning Zone and Physical Attractiveness Hi all! <BR> Two posts today... A few things I just needed to rant about happened after my initial post. <BR> <BR> I read this article this afternoon and it made me re-evaluate a few things in my fitness routine. It was an article about the fat-burning zone and it gave me a way to calculate my average fat-burning zone according to my heart rate. After reading this article and pondering on it, I realized that I've been focusing on numbers again, instead of how I feel. It's true, I have been f... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:10:25 EST Insanity Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! How are you all doing on this beautiful day? What are you going to do to make the end of this week great? I started out by reading for an hour and a half and then got in a small workout while my coffee and breakfast was being made. That's the joy of walking, I can just throw on my HRM and still do other things while getting in a workout. :) Now I'm eating my breakfast, drinking my coffee, listening to my playlist and writing to all of you. <BR> <BR> I was sp... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:20:01 EST Honesty and Stress Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Thursday! How are you all doing today? It's a beautiful October day here in Wisconsin, the weather has been wonderful lately. :) <BR> <BR> I need to be honest about something... I have not been doing well nutritionally upon returning from my mini-vacation. In the mornings, I always say that today is a new day and I'll do better today but then in the evening, I eat more than I should be eating. Honestly, I am extremely disappointed in myself for this but it is what i... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:10:52 EST Mini-Vacation Recap and Weekly Goals Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! How are you all this evening? It has been a beautiful October, fall day here. Honestly, I still cannot believe that it's October already, this year is going by so quickly. I'm sure this month and the rest of this year will fly by as well, it always seems to. <BR> <BR> I had an amazing weekend with my best friend, it was much needed and so nice to just get away for a few days. It's nice to be able to sleep in my own bed again and have internet access again th... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:05:47 EST October Goals and Other Thoughts Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy October! How are you all on this beautiful fall day? I am so excited that it's finally October, it is my favorite month of the year. Here in Wisconsin, the leaves are changing colors and ultimately falling off the trees, so it's absolutely beautiful. Plus, the weather is gorgeous, it's colder but it becomes my perfect temperature. I'm able to wear, a 3/4 length sleeve shirt, skinny jeans and boots and be extremely comfortable. Can it just be fall all year round? One o... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:04:53 EST New Week Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! How are you all on this beautiful last September morning? It's cooling down again here and I'm so freaking excited about it! :) What are you going to do to make this week positive? Personally, I'm going to make sure to work hard in all things that I do, make healthy choices and just stay positive in all things. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finished half of my homework and I can't do anything else until later this week. So I may starting doing some research for my f... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:54:48 EST Weigh-In and Weekly Goals Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all on this bright, sunny and warm fall day? I can't really complain, I'm a bit tired but other than that, I'm wonderful! <BR> <BR> Today was my official weigh-in day and although I technically gained since my last official weigh-in, I still lost weight since my challenge weigh-in on Friday. So, I'm still happy with how I did this past week, especially since there was one day that I went over on my calorie goal. I logged 357/150 official fitness ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:49:54 EST Happy Friday! Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! How are you all on this lovely day? I'm in a freaking fantastic mood for some reason today and I'm loving it!! :) I woke up before my alarm (not necessarily a good or bad thing), got a great workout in, had a good report at the chiropractor, do not have a ton to get accomplished today, and I'm doing well nutritionally. All-in-all, I'm just in a really good mood today. <BR> <BR> This morning, I weigh-in (unofficially) for a fall weight loss challenge I'm a pa... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:34:04 EST Stress Relief Happy Thursday! How are you all on this lovely day? I wish our weather here felt a bit more fall like, but I can't really complain. It's sunny and 73 degrees, so it could be a lot worse. In fact, it will be worse, over the weekend, it'll be around 80. I hate weather that warm, I wish it could be in the 50's and 60's all year round. <BR> <BR> I just finished and turned in my final paper and presentation before starting on this post, so I am feeling a lot less stressed. This was something tha... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:22:10 EST Weekly Fitness Goals I keep forgetting to post my posts from my personal blog on here... oops. Here's today's post: <BR> <BR> Hi all! <BR> <BR> How are you on this Wednesday? Personally, I can't really complain. Staying busy with my homework, I'm focusing on my final paper and presentation today. Things will calm down a bit after this week and won't really get crazy again until about a month from now. I love taking my classes the way they are now but it really stinks that the final of one class and week one of ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:05:09 EST 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