SMCBR0031's SparkPeople Blog SMCBR0031's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The difference 85lbs can make I've got quite a few before/during pictures. And while I am not at the "after" stage, I'm proud of how far I've come, check it out: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's 85lbs. The left side is me from around June/July last year at 286, and the right is me today (before my workout) at 201.6 this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Same as above, just from a front view. <B... Mon, 26 May 2014 19:51:32 EST Still Alive and Kickin' Hey all! <BR> <BR> So, it has been waaaaaay too long since I've posted. I apologize for that. It's not that I'm not around, and trust me when I say I am logging my food on SP daily still! It's just that I use tumblr now for most of my motivation. There is a whole following on there of fitblr/fitblogs full of motivational stories, pictures, workout ideas, etc. So I am on there a lot more than I am on SP now. <BR> <BR> But I still LOVE SP, so don't worry! <BR> <BR> I am also still making lo... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:10:20 EST March Update Update Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:16:33 EST Still around, just less time to blog Hey guys! So I'm still here, I'm still working hard, but I just haven't been finding as much time to blog lately. <BR> <BR> I haven't been doing the mini-goals lately. I just didn't find them as effective the last couple weeks. I am in a plateau-ish period, so I'm trying to break through that and not get discourage. <BR> <BR> I posted some new photos, all but two pairs of pants (one is actually shorts) I have fit now! So excited! I posted a comparison shot, of me in smaller jean size and w... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:36:08 EST Week 6 and update Alright, so last week was ok. I haven't seen much progress on the scale, but that is okay, because I know what I am doing is the right thing. My pants are fitting better, soon I'll be able to button my 18s, I just know it. <BR> <BR> I wasn't feeling well today, my stomach was hurting, so I've decided not to go to the gym. This is fine, because I normally go 6 days, so going 5 is still good. Although, I do have some guilt. I know, logically, that my body needs rest, so rest days are just as i... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:01:30 EST Week 5 Goals So I'm a day or so late updating this, but that's ok! :-) I am repetitive on the last several days, simply because I wanted to try and keep it simple, especially towards the end of the week. <BR> <BR> I was 232.2 this morning. I am dang proud of that. To think I was 286 back in April/May, and now I'm down 54lbs. I can fit into both my 20 size jeans, and am very close to fitting into my 18s again. I definitely think that I can make my under 200lbs goal by my birthday! <BR> <BR> Week 5's goal... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:33:07 EST Fulltime work & healthy living -a tough adjustment Full-time work & healthy living -a tough adjustment Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:42:06 EST Mini goals update, Week 4 Hey guys. So my mini goals are going ok, some days I get them accomplished, some days I don't, but at least every week I am focusing on the things I know I need to focus on, like strength training, and eating less chocolate/sugar, or limiting how often I eat out. I have a tally of how much I've earned for my birthday shoes at the bottom, so that is nice to see. :-) <BR> <BR> Here are Week 4's goals: <BR> 1/12 - do leg strength training <BR> 1/13 - do ab workout <BR> 1/14 - don't eat out <BR>... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:53:13 EST Got any good songs to run to? Just a quick update. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:56:33 EST Don't be a New Years Resolutioner, be an all year resolutioner. So, I joined a gym early in December, when I decided it was time to get out of my house to keep motivated to join a gym. I told myself, even though I feel self-conscious, especially at group classes, I love them and am going to keep going. Especially after I heard some people talking during one of my spin classes about how they were worried that after the holidays a bunch of people will flock to the gym and then they (the regular gym goers) won't get their bikes they like. After hearing that,... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:44:19 EST Mini goals update, Week 3 Alright, here were last week's goals: <BR> 12/29 - don't eat after 8pm -DONE <BR> 12/30 - don't eat out (no fast food) - DONE <BR> 12/31 - wake up early to go to total tone (a strength class at my gym) - nope <BR> 1/1 - drink 60oz of water - nope <BR> 1/2 - keep sodium intake below 2300 - DONE <BR> 1/3 - fruit and veggie with every meal - nope <BR> 1/4 - strength train - DONE <BR> <BR> First week: <BR> Today (12/22) - don't eat after 8pm (I am super bad at snacking until 10-11pm) DONE <B... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:02:17 EST Just Keep Truckin' Just keep going Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:55:25 EST Mini goals update Here were the goals I set in my last blog: <BR> <BR> Today (12/22) - don't eat after 8pm (I am super bad at snacking until 10-11pm) DONE <BR> 12/23 - do strength training DONE <BR> 12/24 - workout even though the gym is closed (nope) <BR> 12/25 - drink 60+ oz of water (and don't worry about eating right, it's Christmas!) (tried but didn't track it) <BR> 12/26 - don't weigh yourself, and eat fruits/veggies with every meal DONE <BR> 12/27 - do strength training (nope, did 28th) <BR> <BR> Wel,... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:03:06 EST Closing one chapter, starting another So, yesterday I had my graduation ceremony for my Master's degree. I am extremely proud (and although I have a few edits on one final paper to make), it has been a long journey, but I am glad to be able to begin a new chapter. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, as per usual with my family, the celebration included eating a LOT of unhealthy food. It was one day though, and I decided not to worry about it. I did eat sushi, and egg rolls, and a petit fors, and cookies, and a greek salad, but all in all I am... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:17:35 EST Update on life Update Fri, 6 Dec 2013 15:55:56 EST It's okay to fail, and its okay it admit it So I failed to go to the gym today. Sure, it is a minor setback for my weekly plans, sure I can go on one of the days I had planned as a rest day, and sure this doesn't really mean things are over or that I am less than I was yesterday. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to freely admit it. I let life get in the way today. First, I could NOT sleep last night. I got three hours of sleep. I don't have sleeping problems ever, so it was very unusual, but I just could not fall asleep. Then, its as if the st... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 21:44:05 EST Why I have to go to the gym tomorrow Well, even though I have a very busy day tomorrow. And even though I will not get as much sleep as I am use to (I usually get my 7-8 hours, but tomorrow, technically tonight, will only be 5 probably), I have to go. <BR> <BR> I have to go because if I don't I may stop. Again. I have a really bad tendency to do great on working out, miss a few days and then completely get off track. Three months later I may start up again. It is very important that I stick to my two rest days (Tuesdays/Friday... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 01:14:35 EST This small goals thing works... So, I set a goal for myself to make it to the next lowest weight increment by ten every month. This month, I started about 7-10 days in, at 258-257ish and decided my goal would be to make it to 249 by the first day of December, well...I am 1lb away! That means I am so close. I already feel accomplished that I got so close, especially after not seeing any movement the first week and a half. So that is very exciting. <BR> <BR> So this means my next goal will be to make it to 239 by Jan. 1st, a... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:45:23 EST Today I was brave So, I've been thinking, since I am about to graduate with my masters and will no longer have access to our student gym (not that I go there during the semester anyways, I hate fighting through the traffic), and since I did so well during my boot camp class during the summer that I should shop around for a gym. I found one that is almost literally across the street from where I work, a job that is in the process of becoming full time if things go well. So...I saw on the gyms website they have ... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:22:06 EST Morning workout vs. Evening workout I'm wondering if there is any difference, i.e. one is better than the other. I have heard that you don't want to workout too close to bedtime, because then you will have a hard time sleeping. <BR> <BR> My problem is though, I have a REALLY hard time getting up any earlier than absolutely necessary to go to work. I HATE waking up early. I know, I know, how cliche, graduate student who can't get out of bed until after 9am, boohoo, poor me. But seriously, I TRY. I try every week on Monday/Tues... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:41:15 EST I can do anything for 1 more minute That was my mantra today on the treadmill. I did 22 mins on the elliptical, and have started to jog for about 8 minutes afterwards. <BR> <BR> I started this a few days ago, and I just kept telling myself that I can do anything for 1 minute. That's only 60 seconds. I can jog at a 4.0 for 60 seconds. If all I have to do it for is 1 minute, I can do it. So I just kept repeating this to myself today. It worked pretty well, and I felt very proud. <BR> <BR> I think this is a good motivator to k... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:32:23 EST If only celery tasted like chocolate... ...I'd be eating a lot of celery. <BR> <BR> So...I have a serious chocolate problem. Ugh. I don't know how to give it up, and most days I don't ever want to. I have tried to transition to dark chocolate and only having a few pieces a day/night, but it still seems like I crave it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. ALL. THE. TIME. <BR> <BR> I have a similar relationship with soda, but at least that I can go days without. Like this week, I didn't have any soda. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it is mental and I... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:14:32 EST A much needed VLOG. Things are going well. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:34:41 EST New Shoes Alright, well I always write these lists of rewards I'll get myself when I loose weight, and then never actually buy myself anything. Today, I decided though, that I REALLY needed some new tennis shoes. I always REALLY deserved them. I am down 30lbs now from back in May, and I have been wearing the same shoes from 3-4 years ago. That is how old they are, I cannot even remember what year I bought them. Don't believe me? Take a look: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:03:48 EST You win this time, Internet. Wow, I just encountered my first lost blog. Ugh, I am so frustrated. I always see people talk about how you should do it in Word or Notepad first and then copy it. And I always think to myself, that never happens to me, and it probably won’t…so why bother? Well…I am not above losing a blog apparently, haha. Oh well. It just stinks, because I felt it was a pretty good summary of what my last several weeks have been like, since I haven’t blogged in a while. <BR> <BR> Well, let’s me try to reme... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:50:30 EST Halfway through BLC 22 Alrighty, well we are half-way through BLC 22. I feel like I have made some good progress, not just in weight loss but in stamina and exercise abilities as well. <BR> <BR> Here is a before and middle (it isn't technically after yet) photos. I can't really see much of a difference, but I can feel one and my pants fit I know there is a difference at least. <BR> <BR> Befores: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:41:40 EST Me Conquering the World Alright...well maybe that is an exaggeration. <BR> <BR> BUT, I did go hiking yesterday and I stood at the top of this huge bluff. It felt amazing to make it there on my own. I didn't let my weight hold me back from trying, and low and behold I made it. Here is the proof: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:36:19 EST Follow-up to my last blog Wow, so my last blog "My Ode to Coca-Cola" was really popular. I got over 40 comments, and I've never had that many. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to share their thoughts on the subject. I can tell it is a common theme, maybe not everyone loves Coke like I do, but it seems we all have something bad for us that we love so much. <BR> <BR> I do appreciate every single comment. Thank you for the support, ideas, suggestions, and everything else. I don't agree with all of them, but then again ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:30:18 EST My FREAKIN' PANTS FIT! I think the title sums it up. My goal so far has been to get these pants to button and zip, and this morning they did! Below is the proof. Next step, work on the muffintop hanging over, and pick another pair of pants to try and ft into (I have several, these were just the stretchiest I own). Alright! <BR> <BR> My reward tomorrow: NEW TENNIS SHOES! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:01:34 EST I'm still alive, I swear! Alright, so still haven't had a chance to make a vlog. You may be asking, why not make one instead of writing one? Well, the answer is simple, I don't like to do them when people are around, and my boyfriend is home. He doesn't mind when I go to the bedroom and do them, but I always feel weird. Anyways, that is just me. <BR> <BR> So I just noticed, I am about 2lbs away from being 1/4 of the way to my first goal. I wanted to set a realistic goal of getting below 200. That seemed doable, hard... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:12:45 EST BLC Is keeping me busy. Hey all. I am bummed, I have not had a chance to do a blog or a vlog in a little while. I did a blog for the SMART Goals, but that isn't normally my style for my blogs. Anyways, I just wanted to check in. I have been pretty busy trying to keep up with the comments and conversation over at BLC 22. It is great though, I have a very supportive team, everyone is so upbeat, and works hard. I love it. But it does distract me from blogging. It has been good though! <BR> <BR> I have some great news,... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:34:26 EST BLC 22 SMART Goals Well, one of the challenges was to write out our SMART Goals, so here it goes: <BR> <BR> Specific: I will lose 24 pounds. I will do this by getting a minimum of 4 days a weeks of 40 mins or more of exercise, and staying within my calorie ranges on Sunday-Fridays. <BR> <BR> <BR> Measurable: I will track my food/calories/protein/fat on Sparkpeople, I will measure using pounds lost, as well as a follow up on body measurements. <BR> <BR> Attainable: I can attain this goal, I am looking up hea... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:12:11 EST Enjoying BLC 22 So I did end up signing up for BLC 22 and am enjoying it so far. It really is pretty great. Everyone has been very nice, things are less confusing the more we get into them, and I think it will be great for me. I definitely think I am on the perfect team to help keep me accountable and participating, so yay! <BR> <BR> I went to Boot Camp last night. It was our first real workout, since Day 1 was really just fitness testing and running 1-mile. I was really surprised Monday when I jogged that ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 19:03:03 EST Making progress Yes I am. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 19:05:20 EST Why don't I feel awful about this? So, I binged yesterday. Oh boy did I binge. I had gone a solid 2 1/2 weeks without binging though, so I don't feel AWFUL about it. I mean, I don't feel good, don't get me wrong. And in fact, I did physically feel bad (my stomach reaaaaallllyyy hurt, and hasn't felt the same since). However, I made a conscious decision, I knew exactly what I was doing. I was even able to say, "Sarah, you are about to binge. Are you okay with this decision?" Well, maybe I should have answered NOOO!!!! I am not ... Wed, 29 May 2013 21:48:07 EST I'm going to keep trying those pants on every week until I make them fit. So, as you may or may not know my goal right now is just to fit into one pair of jeans that I own. I have eaten my way out of them all, and now I just want to fit into one pair. The pair I picked use to be my "fat" jeans, I say that only because they were the stretchiest, biggest pair I have. So now, I am just trying to get back into them. I have been working pretty hard the last several weeks at eating healthy. And just last week or so have picked up exercise. I am going to start a boot camp... Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:19 EST My goals blog I just wanted a blog to keep track of my goals. I'll update with <em>248</em> as I meet my goals. <BR> <BR> Month of June: <BR> <BR> 1. Complete boot camp (3x a day for 4 weeks) <BR> 2. Work out 3-5 times a week for 4 week <BR> 3. Lose 9lbs <BR> <BR> Week 1: June 2-8 <BR> 3 bootcamps <BR> Eat healthy <BR> Lose 2-3lbs <BR> <BR> Reward: makeup brush cleaner from ulta <BR> <BR> Week 2: <BR> 3 bootcamps <BR> Eat healthy <BR> Lose 2-3lbs <BR> <BR> Reward: tbd <BR> <BR> Week 3: <BR> 3 b... Sat, 25 May 2013 16:17:56 EST I haven't talked to you guys in a week. Oh how I miss having more time for Vlogs Sat, 25 May 2013 13:24:25 EST That stupid scale. Just won't seem to budge. But neither will I. Mon, 20 May 2013 18:29:54 EST Trying not to let it get me down. Just gonna keep, working. Wed, 15 May 2013 15:32:33 EST I could drive my bicycle, or I could just push it. Seems silly to me now that I had convinced myself to drive it in the first place. Mon, 13 May 2013 12:41:51 EST Another good day bites the dust. Well, not quite bites the dust yet, it is only 2pm, but it is still a good day so far. Sun, 12 May 2013 14:59:53 EST It's all about balance. A pretty good week so far. Sat, 11 May 2013 15:33:03 EST It's the small things that I am proud of day to day. Wed, 8 May 2013 19:03:52 EST If at first you don't succeed... try, try again. Mon, 6 May 2013 14:06:33 EST I guess what I'm saying is....I need help So I am a little unsure of where to start. I feel like I've fallen so far off the bandwagon it is out of my sight. And it's true, I have. I went from, the summer of 2011 thinking I could hit 200lbs by the end of the summer, to now, over a year later, weighing over 270lbs. <BR> <BR> I hate to say it, but I hate myself. I always promised that I would never let myself get so big that I couldn't see my feet, and here I am almost to that point. It was never such a big concern until recently. <BR... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:23:16 EST It IS hard. this is the hard that i am choosing Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:00:55 EST Boot Camp is too hard, but not really. 2 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:30:11 EST For You PIICHII I didn't want to, but I did work out. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:43:17 EST On Track i'm right on track i feel. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:36:54 EST