STELLASMYBEBE's SparkPeople Blog STELLASMYBEBE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Year in Review So, it's been a year since taking a leave of absence from Spark People. What a year! I have missed spark people. <BR> I decided to do Weight Watchers Online. It was a great program. I only lost a couple pounds. I think I should have taken more advantage of the resources. But, in a busy, often hectic day, there's just no time. So, over the summer, the husband and I decided to join a gym and I started using their online tool. I would go when I could, but enjoyed walking/biking/hiking ou... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:22:28 EST Fixed the wagon wheel now taking LOA So.. after jumping off and on the wagon.. I have decided to take a leave of absence. <BR> I have stuck to the same eating habits but with the holidays and hectic schedules, I was not sticking to my tracking. I am getting back on the wagon. <BR> Unfortunately, it will not be with SP. I have decided to do weight watchers online. I have come to the realization that SP isn't working for me. :( It is completely my fault. I have been doing the same thing day in and day out. It just became a r... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:05:55 EST I just don't get it.. I have continuously worked out every week for the past 5 weeks. At least 5 days a week switching between bicycling, running, aerobics, walking, stationary bike.. My calories in have ranged 900-1500. I have managed to drop my fat intake down, but I am still low on protein. <BR> Now, all this said and done.... not one pound lost! <BR> I stopped taking the chronic pain meds, I decided that the cons far outweighed the pros. I stopped taking my BC pills since the last time I dropped 80+ pound... Thu, 2 May 2013 10:07:19 EST Does it count if it's chemically induced? I went to the doctor several weeks ago for back pain that hasn’t eased up in 4+ years. I was sent to radiology and the lab to get a work up. In the meantime, the doc gave me a prescription for medication used to treat chronic pain. That bummed me out. To me it seems like they are writing it off as ‘imaginary pain’. <BR> <BR> I was reluctant because I don’t like taking medication. But, I thought… Well, maybe it is imaginary... If the pain goes away? Cool. I started the pills. Each ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:35:46 EST I did it! So, I had talked about adding some movement here in there to the week. Just anything to get used to moving more. Maybe walk up the stairs to work or around the block at lunch, a walk at home with the little one. I forgot to take the stairs yesterday :( and didn't do much of anything since I was recovering from a 2 mile walk/jog the day before. <BR> <BR> Then this morning, got to work and was about to push the elevator button when... wouldn't ya know it.. The door to the stairwell was wid... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:27:46 EST I'll admit it... It'll be selfish.. This year, I have decided to try and have more ME time. Maybe in taking a few minutes to read my book on Sunday before everyone wakes up.. Or try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.. Or not feel guilty about doing something that doesn't center around someone in my family. This brings me to why I want to loose weight this time. I moved from San Diego in December 2011. Since I have been gone, I have updated my friends on Facebook on the goings-on for me and my family. I post pics of our outi... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:59:36 EST Lessons to the little one I have always tried to teach my children the importance of giving. Not just during the holidays, but all year long. It took awhile for my youngest (we call her Bebe) to understand why we were donating her old clothes/toys to Goodwill, as well as Mommy and Daddy's items. Every time we drive by the donation spot, she asks about the toys and why the kids don't have any.. <BR> <BR> This holiday season we have taken on a lot. We are hosting a Toy Drive party on Saturday for a local charity ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:06:57 EST I'm claiming those 3! So, I had lost another 3 pounds a couple weeks ago. I didn't want to claim it on my tracker because I know from past experience that with water weight... those couple pounds here and there are temporary. Well, with this lifestyle change, my water retention has been nil. With the once a month cheat meal, I sometimes have tight hands and water weight, but nothing like before. <BR> Now, I have maintained those 3 pounds (would probably be more if I could keep the sporadic motivation EVERY wee... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:39:03 EST The start of a new week Ok.. so I lost 18 pounds with the lifestyle changed and have maintained it! I know with some exercise, more will melt off. <BR> Yesterday was the start of a new week, so, what better time to start? My sister bought me a jump rope. Even after I spent the last month making excuses as to why jump-roping wouldn't work for me. I have bad knees, a bad back, and thanks to my little 3yo.... a weak bladder. <BR> Well, she didn't listen and bought me one anyway. <BR> Monday, I jump-roped. I had t... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:29:18 EST Fibro pain is the devil.. Thought I was on the road to finding my motivation to work out. I have been on the new lifestyle change for close to 3 months. Lost 15 pounds and have kept it off. That is all without exercise. I think of the possibilities if only I were to get some movement in my daily routine.. Always tomorrow. I will go for a walk with the little one. <BR> Tomorrow comes, I hurt. Maybe the next day will be better. I am just having one of those days. <BR> The next day comes, I hurt. Am I having ano... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:14:32 EST Week 3 Completed Ok, it is the end of 21 day Primal challenge. What can I say.... I feel fabulous!! I am down a total of 10 pounds. Now, on to the maintenance of this lifestyle. The 21 days were not too difficult. Had a couple cravings total, but after all was said and done? I feel accomplished and pretty positive that it is something we will maintain. My husband was excited because he lost +10 pounds. I can see the difference with my teenager as well. She may have had the toughest time. She has a h... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:21:14 EST Week 2 Completed Sunday marked the end of week 2 on this journey to healthy living. I feel great! I am down 5 pounds. I wish I had taken measurements as well. I look in the mirror and I can see the difference. It isn't the 5 pounds that is making a difference. It is lack of circles under my eyes, the flatter abdomen that isn't protruding each time I eat and remains that way for hours. It's the lessening of what I like to call my 'chin pillow', or what others may call the 'double chin'. I smile more an... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:39:49 EST Week 1 completed Well, Sunday marked the end of week 1 on the new lifestyle change. My whole family has decided to go Paleo. My sister had stumbled across it while searching for remedies for the loose skin she has from loosing 120 pounds. She doesn't want surgery and wasn't a candidate for laser. <BR> She came across the site and found others that reminded her of me. Stomach issues, feeling ill, lethargic, etc etc but no 'diagnosis' from the doctor. I read the site and was shocked as well. And excited... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 13:13:12 EST Starting a new lifestyle Last night I took my before pictures... It was a little devastating. I knew I had put on quite a bit of weight. But I always convinced myself that I carry it differently, so I didn't look that bad. Well, what a rude awakening. <BR> <BR> My whole family will be starting a new lifestyle and I wanted to have a 'starting point'. Mainly to hold myself accountable and have something to compare. I will be doing my measurements tonight. I couldn't handle all the 'reality' in one evening. <B... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:41:44 EST July's Excuses for not Working out So far this month, I have walked once, maybe twice... and went to two of my dance classes. I thought back on the reasons for my not getting some physical activity and came up with: <BR> 1. I am too tired <BR> 2. It's too hot <BR> 3. I have too many errands <BR> 4. I want to chill with my little one <BR> 5. I am too tired <BR> 6. I am too down <BR> 7. My back hurts <BR> 8. I have cramps <BR> 9. I am too tired <BR> 10. I will do it tomorrow <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do and what I should... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:35:32 EST Where Am I.... part 2 ...continued <BR> <BR> The pregnancy went pretty well. A minor scare with the umbilical cord attachment. I gained 50 pounds with the pregnancy and all of it after the 6th month. I knew a lot of it would come off after she was born, with the breast feeding and since I had done it before. <BR> Well, I was wrong. I lost 15 pounds right after she was born. I fluctuated a little the first year but decided not to stress about it because I was so involved with being a new mom. I never knew ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:41:28 EST Where am I.. I have decided to start blogging in hopes that maybe I will hold myself accountable.. Maybe no one will read this.. (secretly hopes so since I have never been one to talk about myself), but if you do, be patient, I will only do a little at a time. This is a huge step for me, to put it all out there.. getting a little sick to my stomach and fighting the urge to click on the little red X. <BR> <BR> My story starts out the same. Years are battling the weight. Unhealthy choices growing up. E... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:04:20 EST