SOOZ1172's SparkPeople Blog SOOZ1172's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Success continues! I am pleased to announce that I have officially lost 20lbs now. So thrilled to have my "sexy" back! Feeling really good and confidence gets stronger by the day. Cute clothes all fitting again. Why I ever let myself get as heavy as I did is beyond me. Why did I ever decide that eating and sitting on my butt was more important than feeling good about myself? And what's even crazier is that I thought eating and sitting on my butt WAS making me happy but it took 20lbs later for me to finall... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:40:29 EST More awesome progress! I would just like to share that all those cute clothes hanging in my closet that I have not been able to wear for at least two years are starting to fit again! I can't wait to actually be fashionable again and not have to wear the same clothes over and over again. So excited! Few more pounds and everything will fit much much better. Hooray! Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:56:40 EST Cookies I would just like to share that today, while my mom was at work, she asked that I bake chocolate chip cookies for our camping trip this weekend. I would like to state for the record that no cookie dough nor were any cookies consumed at anytime! <BR> <BR> Pretty darn proud of that even though it killed me to just smell the dough or the cookies baking. I WILL NOT eat any of thes cookies period! <BR> <BR> I have chosen a glass of wine a day as my one indulgence and until I meet a few more of... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 13:21:51 EST Another goal met So I am now 16lbs down and so much happier to be at a size where I don't hate my body. Still not at my ultimate goal but ecstatic that I have made this much progress. Finally landed below 150 today. Haven't seen this weight in a year, so I am very excited that at this weight I will have more options in my closet. So many cute clothes from when i was at my best that I have not been able to wear for a few years now, but I am bound and determined that by the start of the school year I will b... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 11:57:42 EST First ten Finally!!!! I lost my first ten pounds. Hardcore clean eating on Cooler Plan 1 and at least a half hour of Turbofire each day seems to be working. The good news I'm just not having bad cravings so staying on track has been pretty easy. Even better, another 4.5 lbs and I will be back in the 140's! I haven't seen anything less than 150 in over a year, much less on 160 since last December. So pleased with the progress but a little concerned about what will happen once summer is over and sc... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:35:48 EST Progress finally Since my last entry so much has happened. The good news is I have lost 7 lbs since my heaviest and so the progress has me motivated. Simply not craving much of anything so that is working in my favor and I'm not eating things I shouldn't be. The bad news is I lost my brother two weeks ago so rightly so I wasn't hungry for anything. And so now school is out for the summer and it's time to move forward. Just a few weeks and I will head back east to be with my family again so we can enjoy o... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:34:32 EST I need help! Who was I fooling? A month ago my spirits were high and I seemed to believe that I wasn't completely dissatisfied with my figure, but ask me the same thing now and I can honestly tell you I am embarrassed by how lumpy I have become and how much weight I have gained. <BR> <BR> I was on such a roll there last month. i was getting up at 5am and doing a 30 minute Turbofire to wake me up and get me hopping and then working out longer after work for the real burn. I felt great and though I wasn... Wed, 30 May 2012 22:11:49 EST PMS derailment Why is it that PMS can make it so difficult to stay on track? Between the extra cravings I seem to get at that time of the month and the lack of energy, I find it very difficult to maintain my good eating habits and workout schedule. Needless to say, I fell off the wagon last week. Now I know that had I exercised last week, I probably would not have felt nearly as tired as I did, but I obviously struggled to even find enough energy to just get up and get going through the week, let alone w... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 15:18:25 EST Week 3 So I have missed my first two workouts of week 3 and my eating has slipped a bit. Still holding at 3 lbs lost since I started. We'll see what kind of progress I make the rest of the week when I get back to counting my calories religiously and workout every day. Somewhat disappointed that I haven't made more progress with my weight, but then again just working out isn't enough. I really have to watch my calories if I want to lose anything and I simply haven't done that. <BR> <BR> I still ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:21:48 EST First week down So I completed my first week of TurboFire and I am very pleased with the amount energy I seem to have now. My mood in general is so much better and I have much less of a tendency to just sit on my butt and be lazy. Doing ok with the eating. Making the change to simply counting calories rather than trying to go cold turkey and use the Eating Clean Cooler 1 Plan was definitely the right choice. I don't feel quite so deprived since I can work in some of my favorite foods into my diet just wi... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:12:58 EST Change of plan Ok so my original plan of eating clean using Cooler Plan 1 is backfiring on me. I'm struggling with basically going "cold turkey" and cutting out everything bad in my diet to eat clean. Even though I tried eating more veggies and protein to keep myself full, by the end of the day I was still craving something sweet or simply something that tasted better. Although I have done Cooler Plan 1 before and found much success, I do find it to be rather bland because the foods are so limited and th... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 14:21:53 EST Progress so far So, I'm doing great with Turbofire and keeping up with my workouts thus far. I feel great and stronger every time I do a workout so I am very pleased with that. There is even a part of me that is starting to look forward to the workouts Struggling with my eating though. I wouldn't say I have fallen completely off the wagon, but I've only managed to eat 100% clean one day out of the 4. I thought for sure I'd be able to jump back on Tosca Reno's Cooler 1 plan without any problem, but my cr... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 22:10:45 EST The plan Eating clean (Cooler Plan 1), TurboFire Inferno Plan, then transition to 9 week plan. <BR> Fridays will be my off day for rest and going out to indulge a little. <BR> <BR> Saturday- Fire 55 EZ + Stretch 10 DONE!!! <BR> Sunday- Fire 45/HIIT 20 + Stretch 10 DONE!!!! <BR> Monday- Fire 55 EZ + Stretch 10 <BR> Tuesday- Fire 45/HIIT 20 + Stretch 10 <BR> Wednesday- Fire 55 and Fire 30 (Last day of Inferno plan and 1st day of 9 week plan) <BR> Thursday- HIIT 15 + Stretch 10 <BR> Friday- Rest <BR... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 18:07:32 EST Time to get back in the game So its been a very long time since I have posted anything on here. That's not to say I haven't been making efforts to get in shape and treat myself right, but for the last year its just been on again off again, lose some and gain it back. No long term effort that's for sure. The good news is that in all that time I haven't been miserable about the shape I am in. More than anything, I'm just frustrated that I have a closet full of cute clothes that just don't fit anymore and I refuse to bu... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 17:52:36 EST Not giving up I'm not giving up on this, but all I can say is that I am so completely overwhelmed with the stress in my life right now that I'm not so sure I am able to commit to much of anything at this time. Between the financial stress and another hugely emotional issue weighing down on my shoulders, I can't seem to find the strength to conquer my week's plan nor the time to do it. Something seems to always get in the way. <BR> <BR> Again, I am not giving up, so I'll keep plugging away each week and ... Sat, 14 May 2011 15:13:46 EST Grr...PMS Ok, here's the plan for this week. <BR> <BR> Saturday- Insanity/Pushups/Dips/AbsX <BR> Done! But had pizza, strawberry shortcake, and a Mike's which were not on the diet plan for today. At any rate, not a bad day. <BR> <BR> Sunday- Gym bike or run <BR> So I didn't exercise, but I did spend 6 hours helping my boyfriend move his furniture to a storage unit. Ouch I'm sore! So I count this as a done day! But still eating is not in line. Wine and M and M's. i never should have bought that b... Tue, 10 May 2011 00:02:38 EST This week's plan Ok, here's the plan for this week. <BR> <BR> Saturday- Insanity/Pushups/Dips/AbsX <BR> Done! But had pizza, strawberry shortcake, and a Mike's which were not on the diet plan for today. At any rate, not a bad day. <BR> <BR> Sunday- Gym bike or run <BR> <BR> Monday-Insanity/Pushups/Dips/AbsX <BR> <BR> Tuesday- Gym bike or run <BR> <BR> Wednesday- Insanity/Pushups/Dips/AbsX <BR> <BR> Thursday- Gym bike or run <BR> <BR> Friday- Off <BR> <BR> Still planning on going hardcore with the... Sun, 8 May 2011 12:59:00 EST Not a good week Ok so I'm feeling like a broken record. I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired. Very frustrated right now with how I look, my eating habits as of late, and my lack of motivation to exercise. <BR> <BR> I can make all of the excuses in the world about how stressed out I am with a personal issue that seems to be consuming me emotionally, but in the end I still don't feel that is any kind of excuse to fall off the wagon. If anything, it is all the more reason to get back on the wago... Sat, 7 May 2011 00:18:58 EST Really great day So yesterday I felt I ate decent. I didn't over eat and I did my first Insanity workout in a while. I also did AbsX and started the 100 push-ups and 150 dips program. A bit sore today, but already just plain feeling better about it. Going for a hike today also. Only trick will be to keep it up the rest of the week. I have a feeling this week is going to be even better than last! Sun, 1 May 2011 11:10:00 EST Days 3, 4, and 5 Sorry I have been incommunicado! Its been a crazy few days. The good news is I managed to get in my run on Wednesday, a bike on Thursday, and Friday is my OFF day anyway. My eating has been fair. NOt over snacking, but still struggling to stay away from the sugar completely. Regardless, I am already feeling better about getting back on track. Hoping this week will be even better! <BR> <BR> Saturday, Monday, Wednesday- Insanity or run, 100 pushups, Abs X <BR> Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday- ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:57:50 EST Day #2 Baby steps, right? So my eating was better today but I knew I most likely wouldn't get a workout in today as it is a hectic week until tomorrow. Pumped to jump start this thing for good starting tomorrow though. Work load and stress will be at a minimum come tomorrow afternoon, so I intend to start my new routine by logging a run after school. Cannot wait to finally get my "ME" time back and stop letting work bog me down! <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 23:48:26 EST Day#1 So day #1 was a bust all the way around, but not giving up yet. After all, I did run the last two days and I am in for a crazy week this week at work that I knew might get in the way, so I'll forgive myself a bit this week. But next week there will be no excuses! At any rate, will still try to do my best for the remainder of the week. Its only just begun!!! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:21:59 EST Here goes! Alright so here is my exercise plan for the week: <BR> <BR> Monday- Run 4 miles or Insanity, 100, and Abs X <BR> Tuesday- OFF or bike at gym <BR> Wednesday- Run 4 miles or Insanity, and Abs X <BR> Thursday- OFF or bike at gym <BR> Friday- OFF <BR> Saturday- Run 5+ miles pending strength, 100 pushups and Abs X <BR> Sunday- Run 3 miles <BR> <BR> Eating- Drink all water, carbs and protein for snacks, and 3 square meals. No sugar snacks. Friday will be my free day f... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:02:59 EST What's my problem? I just cannot seem to stay focused and it is frustrating me to no end. I ran twice this week and was feeling pretty good about the little progress i made over those two days, but then I got lazy, didn't push myself to be better and here I am again. All progress lost and even added on a few. Grrrr! Good news is now I am just plain getting angry about it! <BR> <BR> I couldn't hate the way I look at this weight more than I do now. I'm almost wishing I had a boyfriend who cared too much abo... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 13:48:56 EST Still trying Ok, well I am struggling with that after 3pm hour when my energy is at an all time low and my cravings at an all time high. So needless to say, I started out my days this week right on track but always seemed to end it with a dud. Still not getting out there to run after work and its simply too dark in the morning to do it either. So I have a new plan of attack. This week I will try taking my Insanity DVD's to school with me so that when school gets out I can immediately change up and do ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:00:29 EST Reporting in Ok so Monday, everything went wrong and I ate my way to compensate for all my stress by the end of the day. Oh, and no run. Today was my late day so no run today either but my eating hasn't been that bad. Making progress in baby steps. Just happy I am more self aware. I'll get in control soon enough. Still not liking how i look, so eventually I'll regain full contraol and focus to get this body back in shape. The battle is far from lost let! Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:07:55 EST End of day So I managed to end the day pretty well. Like COOPSM says "Baby Steps" and I'm thinking that needs to be my mantra for now. Today was better than yesterday and I will make tomorrow better than today. <BR> <BR> Although I still did not exercise today, I managed to keep my chocolate almonds as my only treat for the day. Otherwise I felt my remaining meals and snacks were on par. So tomorrow the plan is to run and not overindulge on any treat. If I MUST have one, I need to make it fit into... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 02:19:59 EST First two days Ok, so here I am as promised to discuss my first two days of getting back on track. All I can say is that I failed miserably, but I won't let that get me down. I'm still in the frame of mind that I NEED to do this, so I will try again today. <BR> <BR> I'm in the process of helping my boyfriend move so the last two days have been crazy anyway. All my time and effort is going into him and not me, but life always throws you curveballs so things do sometimes get in the way. Hardly ate at all... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 15:22:45 EST Needing help and support! So I had good intentions to get back on track now that I am on vacation for this week. My weight is reaching its peak again and I am a very unhappy camper about that. Although the recent changes in my life bring me much happiness, I still have demons to fight, that being the food I consume. I spent the last 10 years trying to keep bad food out of the house, but as a consequence would binge horribly at times. Now my better half loves his junk food and treats so it is constantly in my home.... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:51:08 EST I'm baaaaaaack! Greetings Spark friends! Its has been far too long! So much has changed over the last few months. My last post was in mid November when I felt like I was losing control and indeed I was. Too much stress in my life was weighing me down and so by the end of the month I came to the realization that my 10 year relationship with my boyfriend was what was killing me. Its nearly impossible to walk away from someone you have loved for that long, but when you realize that after 10 years its going... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:29:06 EST In a funk You'd think I'd learn. The last several days I have slowly started to spiral into a funk. I'm all emotional, unmotivated, everything irritates me. Why? Because I haven't done one single thing that is good for me this week. No runs, no workouts, no water. I just did not take care of myself this week and now I am behind on my running, so I will have to hit it hard tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to run and lift my spirits again, though I suppose PMS doesn't help either. Ok, lesson learne... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 01:47:41 EST Hurts so bad P90X is kickin' my butt! I am so sore from legs and back the other day. Today's run was rough, but i still made it through once I got warmed up after a mile or so. Hoping tomorrow I won't hurt so bad because I need a long run ASAP. 8 mile would be good but my legs still hurt. Wish I had done more lunges over the last few months. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hope to keep up with 3 days of P90X strength training a week along with my running. Already feeling like I am reaping the benefits. Sometime... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 22:14:52 EST Modifying the plan for the better So I have decided to really up the ante... <BR> <BR> It is now $5 for a sweets cheat day. <BR> $5 for a bottle of wine. <BR> $5 for each P90X strength training session I miss. (3 a week required) <BR> <BR> So my schedule looks like this... <BR> <BR> Saturday: Long Run (7 or more) <BR> Sunday: P90X (Chest and Back) and 5 miles <BR> Monday: 5 miles <BR> Tuesday: P90X (Shoulders and Arms), minimal run/no run <BR> Wednesday: 5 miles <BR> Thursday: P90X (Legs and Back), minimal run/no run <B... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 22:47:37 EST Still working Just thought I would check in since its been a little while. The plan is still working for the most part. Paying out money for my shortcomings to my best friend for her trip to visit me this summer still has me thinking twice about the choices I am making. Paying out a $1 for sweets isn't helping a whole lot so I think I will need to increase the value of a sweet to $2 for every sweet. $1 was ok initially, but I have found that I am easily willing to pay that, so we'll try $2 and if that ... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 13:53:22 EST Modifying the plan So today was nice. Today was a rest day, no run required and I have decided to modify the expectations for my challenge just a bit. I'm not so sure expecting myself to not have sweets nor wine at home EVERY DAY until May is realistic and foresee i could pay out A LOT of money otherwise, so I will allow myself sweets on Friday ONLY and wine at home Friday through Sunday (which means one bottle essentially). Much more realistic. I was realizing that with the sweets I was willing to pay out ... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 01:19:05 EST Survived my first week on the NEW plan So far so good! I ran every day this week (even with work) and logged some serious miles. Slow miles but miles nonetheless. Knowing that I have to pay out $10 bucks for every mile that I fall short this month really makes me think twice about not running and in the end, even when I don't want to, I automatically just put on my gear and head out the door. You see, I left myself NO wiggle room this month. I HAVE to run or I simply won't make my goal, because at this point I can't run more ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:41:05 EST This is SOOO working First work day on my new challenge. As tempted as I was to have peanut butter cookie during my break this morning, but looked at it and said "If I have one I owe my friend $1" and which point ANGRILY kept walking. I was a bit irritated that I didn't feel like I could indulge but at the same time was so very very thankful that I had a reason to think twice and in the end made RIGHT choice. <BR> <BR> Similarly, I got home this afternoon and really did not want to go for a run but i knew I ... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 22:47:36 EST Its working already So the new plan is already working for sure, not just because I went for a run yesterday but more importantly I had two cravings and did NOT give in. Had I not been doing this challenge I would have headed out the grocery store and bought something sweet and a bottle of wine to enjoy at home, but because of the challenge I thought "Is it worth a dollar? I've only just begun and can't give in this quickly!" Hence no cheating yesterday. <BR> <BR> Today will be a little tougher because I hav... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:46:17 EST NEW PLAN!!! I am so excited that I have a new plan that will hopefully prove to be (knock on wood) fool proof! <BR> <BR> I agreed to pay my best friend $10 for every mile that I fall short of my monthly goal. This money will be used to help her come visit me this summer. So basically I agree to pay for her trip to Seattle if I can't stick to my fitness goals. I have also agreed to pay a $1 for every sweet I eat (except on a holiday or birthday) and every glass of wine I indulge in at home. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 15:43:48 EST Old habits die hard So here I am right back to my old habits again. Its been a week since my last run. Since my run after work last Wednesday, I have settled for coming home, sitting on my butt, watching TV, and eating the afternoon away. THIS is how I became so miserable and out of shape last year. I am already starting to feel groggy most days and definitely not as positive or confident as I have been since early September, so I know I cannot continue this. More importantly, I really don't want to allow m... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:57:29 EST Wednesday So I actually ran today after school. Took my gear to work with me (as i have done for the last week, but had yet to use it.) and decided that if I changed while at work, I may feel more inclined to follow through with my run. Decided to not go home, but stop at a park closer to where I work and run from there. It was definitely a nice change of pace and gorgeous day for a run. Too bad I was miserably slow, and I do mean SLOW. According to miles markers I know I did at least 4 miles, bu... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 21:49:17 EST Tuesday So I did my P90X Strength Training today: Shoulders and Arms. Pretty pleased that I was able to squeeze that in, but not pleased that I got out so late that I had to choose, and so I was unable to run. As much as I needed the run to burn the calories, I really didn't want to get behind with P90X. <BR> <BR> So tomorrow is a simple 5 miles and AbRipperX. Can't let that one slip because I can't afford to not run another day. One day off is ok, but two days in a row is one day to many to ta... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 23:10:20 EST Missed day Ok so I didn't run today and i didn't do Ab Ripper, but I can make up for it tomorrow. Correction, I will make up for it tomorrow. Besides I still hurt from the last two days! If I run every other day this week I'll definitely be happy. I would have liked the 5 miles today and I should have changed at work like I had planned, but I thought I'd be ok to come home and change. Yeah, old habits die hard and talked myself into going to the grocery store for a snack instead. That's ok. Tomorr... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 23:16:52 EST Two days down So my plan is working. For the next 3 weeks I am doing a modified P90X plan. I will use only the 3 strength training videos for the first month, and will replace the cardio videos with running. Instead of doing Ab Ripper X on the same day as the strength training and prescribed, I will do it on the opposite day to save time. <BR> <BR> So so far it looks like this for the next 3 weeks: <BR> <BR> Saturday 5 mile run, Ab Ripper X DONE! <BR> Sunday 5 mile run, Chest and Back DONE! <BR> M... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 21:13:38 EST Getting off track So I started the new school year of right. I was running and feeling good. Eating well and staying focused. I felt great! The last two weeks I have started letting school get in the way and letting all of the above slip. I refuse to go through another year like I did last year so I cannot continue down this path. I am already feeling sluggish, getting squishy again, and simply not having the energy or that great feeling about myself anymore. <BR> <BR> So today, I am headed out for a fi... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 17:47:06 EST Size 4's Hooray! I was actually able to wear a pair of my size 4 dress pants! I have not worn my 4's for almost a year. Thank god and I am finally getting back to the shape I was in, oh so long ago. My weight is still 8-10lb over where I should be, but obviously my SHAPE is changing and burning the fat off. Needless to say, I feel FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> Also went for my first run AFTER work now that school is back in session and it was pretty good. Now I just have to keep up and make it habit. ... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 21:35:41 EST UPDATE!! I am doing SOOOO well right now. I am down almost 10lbs since I got back from the east coast. I feel so much better about myself and my self-esteem is starting to soar again. Ran 96 miles in August (should've been 100 but shear laziness interfered) but I am still proud of my accomplishment. Shooting for 125 this month. It will be tough and I will need to log several days over 5 miles or take less days off, but that's the goal in the end anyway is to increase my daily mileage. I want to ... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 13:12:30 EST Checking in Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Just checking in to let you know how I am doing. The running continues to be very consistent although the warm temperatures are really slowing me down. I also took an extra day off last week which meant I had to run 5 miles every day to stay on track to meet my 100 mile goal for this month. Pretty tired from this weeks intense running, so I am very glad to be able to alternate longer and shorter runs throughout this week. <BR> <BR> My eating is ok. I certainly hav... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 21:13:59 EST Feels so good All I can say is it feels so good to be making progress. Ran 3 miles today averaging a 10:05 mile. I feel so good knowing that I am getting closer to where I used to be. If I'm consistently running under a 10 minute mile I'll have met my first goal. Even at my best, my runs would fluctuate between a 9 minute mile and 10:30, so I am definitely making progress on that front. Completed my 25 miles for this week and have a goal to reach 100 by the end of the month. I really was at my best w... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 01:42:11 EST Making progress So I have run 7 out of 8 days now and feel pretty great about that. I can't remember the last time I've been so consistent. I bet its been at least a year. Hard to believe, but true. Finally losing some weight and thrilled to be below 150. Now if I can just keep it below 150. I haven't eaten well, but I am watching my calories. The running is huge though and is really the key piece. When I get myself back in shape, it will be the key that will allow me to STILL enjoy some of my fav... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 15:50:52 EST