SUGARVIXEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUGARVIXEN SUGARVIXEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The infomercial is FINALLY out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622129 Last year I was chosen to be in an infomercial weight loss testomonial group and film an embarrassing infomercial! It was a crazy experience! There was a group of twenty of us including me and two of my best friends and out of all twenty women the 3 of us were chosen for the actuall infomercial! You have probably heard me talk about it and it is finally out after a year of anticipation! Here is a link if you want to see it for yourself! (My name's Rachel and I'm in red!) <BR> <BR> http://www... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 13:30:13 EST Summer Dresses!!! So excited!! :D (Pictures!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3306470 As some of you may know, my main goal when first joined SP over a year ago was to lose weight for my July birthday and to be able to wear cute summer dresses with confidence!!! I didn't meet my goal in time for last years birthday, it was in the fall when I finally started to feel more comfortable with my body, so I didn't buy any summer dresses. Well now summer is here again I realized with the 20 lbs I lost last year that I don't have any summer clothes at all!!! I had long ago cleared out ... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 15:38:34 EST Haircut freakout averted, well almost ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2987294 SO... I got my haircut again yesterday! (for those of you who don't know- I got a free haircut for volunteering to be a hair model, always a little risky!) You can't tell from the pictures but there was this whole layer that I had pinned up under my hair! He kinda gave me a Joan Jett/mullet look, <em>32</em> but I liked the rest of the haircut and so I asked them if they could take the bottom layer off. I'm not into looking like Joan Jett!! And I already resemble Kristen Stewart enough I don... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:46:30 EST The life and times of an infomercial star!! ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2858355 I finally posted the infomercial wrap up blog!! <BR> <BR> Full detailed account of my infomercial experience full of great embarrassing moments and the official before and afters and stats!! <BR> <BR> Also Katie and Joanna have posted there before and afters!! <BR> <BR> Check it out!! <BR> Results Not Typical- <BR> <link>theseresultsarenottypical.blogspot.c<BR>om/2010/02/great-infomercial-wrap-up.html </link> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 20:44:18 EST I got chosen for an infomercial weight loss testimonial group!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2391418 I got chosen for an infomercial weight loss testimonial group!!! The program we are testing is called Zone Dancing and it is a dance based workout program , diet and product called the Zone Sculptor (a resistance ring)!! I'm in my first week!! We are working out with a trainer everyday (except for 3) for the next month!!! Her name is Mindy Mylrea and she does workout out videos and trains trainers!! She is going to be in Shape magazine in November's issue, they chose her for the workout DVD o... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:22:48 EST My extensive list of Incentives Goals and Rewards!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2148717 Here is a serious break down of rewards and incentives. It is extensive!! I have broken it down in to categories. I have a lot on here that costs money and I may not be able to do all of them but if I can, I will!!! <BR> <BR> I will also start a money jar to add a dollar into every time I think I have earned it!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/5/b954631990.jpg"> <BR> Sticking with my plan- <BR> 1. Everyday I workout- $1 to spend on a reward for myself!! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 23:53:41 EST Weight and measurements after 3 months with SP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2144400 Here are my measurements -June 11 (started March 12!)- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/0/b404380501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Neck- 13.5 in, 0.75 inches lost <BR> <BR> Bust- 39 in, 2.75 inches lost <BR> <BR> Waist- 32.5 in, 2 inches lost! <BR> <BR> Belly (at button)- 36.5 in, 3.5 inches lost!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Hip- 43 in, 2.5 inches lost!! <BR> <BR> Upper arm (left)- 12.5 in, 0.5 inches lost <BR> <BR> Thigh (right)- 24.5 in, 2 inches lost! <BR> <BR> Weight 156 lbs, 15 lbs lost!!... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 01:41:35 EST Survey from the "Just Do It" group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2114750 PHYSICALITY <BR> <BR> 1. What's your first name? Rachel (Rae, nickname) <BR> <BR> 2. Where do you live? Santa Cruz, California! <BR> <BR> 3. House, apartment, or other? Apartment in a beautiful historic Victorian Mansion! <BR> <BR> 4. Kids? Nope, I'm an Auntie many times over! <BR> <BR> 5. Signifigant Other? Yes! <BR> <BR> 6. Age? 27 <BR> <BR> 7. Hair color/style? Auburn, Long, Vintage. (I want to cut it soon) <BR> <BR> 8. Eye color? Hazel <BR> <BR> 9. Height? 5' 4 <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 01:25:44 EST Weekly weigh in goals, now till goal weight, end of August. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2107055 This is just so I can focus on smaller weigh loss goals instead of focusing on my goal weight months down the road. I have put my goal at 2 lbs a week but I'm aware that I may not lose this quickly and I know that plateaus and flucuations will occur, but this gives me something to work towards. I can also adjust it as time passes. <BR> <BR> Weigh in Saturdays <BR> Current Weight, May 30- 159 lbs <BR> <BR> June 6- <BR> Goal: 157 <BR> Weigh in: 157 <BR> <BR> June 13- <BR> Goal: 155 <BR... Sat, 30 May 2009 13:13:42 EST Trying to keep my head up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2103266 I've been going through a rough time financially for a long time now but lately it's getting worse. I lost my second job about a month ago and I'm only working part time at SwoonBeams. My boyfriend has been out of work for a while now, except for the occasional project here and there. We barely made rent last month and it put us farther behind this month. I don't know where the money is going to come from. I lost my medical insurance because I could no longer pay for it and had to go a while... Fri, 29 May 2009 00:17:46 EST "Before" photos :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2086119 So my boyfriend posted some pictures from our friends wedding last summer and I was excited to see them. But I was shocked when I came across the pictures of me. I knew I was unhappy with my weight but I have a different perspective looking back and I can't believe what I looked like. I don't have many "before" photos because I don't keep them around. I figured I should post a couple of them here to remind me of what I'm doing, a different kind of motivation I guess. I put them into my "Photo... Sat, 23 May 2009 00:47:09 EST Low thyroid is no fun. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2081785 Here is my "week" fitness goal list but I'm coming in late this week!! I didn't have internet at home this week it wasn't working. :( <BR> <BR> BEGINNING OF WEEK GOALS: So far my week has been lazy!! NOT GOOD!! I haven't been feeling good because I've been off my thyroid meds and I'm now feeling the effects. :( All I want to do is sleep! But it's no excuse, I have to push through it. Also I need to exercise MORE when not on my meds because my body's not metabolizing!!! I've already gained a... Thu, 21 May 2009 12:16:09 EST I'm in the newspaper today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2077977 Check it out!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/<BR>ci_12408603 </link> <BR> <BR> there is a little box on the right of the article, if you click on it it has a few pictures!!! I can't wait to see what it looks like in the actual paper!! <BR> <BR> When I got to work and got my paper I was in shock, the picture of me with the chocolate was the feature article frontpage of the Food and Wine section!! The picture of me was HUGE!!! It took up all of the front!!! My face!!... Wed, 20 May 2009 10:07:19 EST End of week fitness goal update- hard week. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2067276 BEGINNING OF WEEK GOALS: To work out at least 3 days this week hopefully 4!! I just want to improve from last week, and not procrastinate so much!!! I also want to get a pilates class in so my body won't be so sore from one workout anymore!! Build those muscles!! Oh, and still try to get in Modified Planks and Push ups here and there!!! <BR> <BR> DAY: Sun May 10 <BR> Intention: Rest and spend some good time with all the Moms in my fam!!! Also try not to eat too many calories at the Moms da... Sat, 16 May 2009 14:27:45 EST Motivational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2066300 Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. <BR> <BR> Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could <BR> <BR> Energy and persistence conquer all things <BR> <BR> It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up <BR> <BR> Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent <BR> <BR> Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up <BR> <BR> The last dejected effort often becomes the ... Sat, 16 May 2009 01:53:53 EST Motivation worksheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2066286 I want to work on this motivation collage, here is the starting worksheet. <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Motivation Worksheet <BR> <BR> List the motivators that you chose by writing them down in the My Major Motivation Points below. The next step is to transform those motivators into something you’ll see and be inspired by every day! <BR> <BR> <BR> My Major Motivation Points: <BR> <BR> <BR> Personal Appearance: I want to: <BR> <BR> •Fit into that dress <BR> •Have my clothes fit better ... Sat, 16 May 2009 01:38:49 EST Shopping in your own closet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2054139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/3/b539268183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a couple of pairs of jeans in the back of my closet that I haven't been able to get into in I don't know how long, years, and I decided to give them a try and they fit!!!!!!!!!! I didn't think they would, but I'm so happy!!! I needed a new pair anyway and don't have the money, so it really helps!! After that success I tried on a sweater and tank top and fit in to those also!!! I just wish I had kept more of my... Mon, 11 May 2009 22:22:36 EST Exercise Goals May 10th- 16th!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2049848 BEGINNING OF WEEK GOALS: To work out at least 3 days this week hopefully 4!! I just want to improve from last week, and not procrastinate so much!!! I also want to get a pilates class in so my body won't be so sore from one workout anymore!! Build those muscles!! Oh, and still try to get in Modified Planks and Push ups here and there!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/6/b460293049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DAY: Sun May 10 <BR> Intention: Rest and spend some good time with all the ... Sun, 10 May 2009 13:06:18 EST May 4th- "celebrating" got in the way of my goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2034152 DAY: Mon May 4 <BR> Intention: Take a morning workout class! 60 min <BR> <BR> Follow-up: I didn't do it!!! I did do some push ups and modified planks in the morning but nowhere near what I planned. I slept in and told myself I would go to the evening class, but then the evening class came around and I made excuses as always!! :( My boyfriend and I decided to celebrate because we didn't know how we were going to pay our rent and feared losing our home and today all the funds came through!!... Tue, 5 May 2009 01:46:37 EST May Day- Weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2024583 Here are my measurements -May 1 (started March 12)- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/0/b404380501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Neck- 13.5 in, 0.75 inches lost <BR> <BR> Bust- 39.5 in, 2.25 inches lost <BR> <BR> Waist- 33 in, 1.5 inches lost <BR> <BR> Belly (at button)- 38 in, 2 inches lost! <BR> <BR> Hip- 43.75 in, 1.75 inches lost <BR> <BR> Upper arm (left)- 12.75 in, 0.25 inches lost <BR> <BR> Thigh (right)- 24.25 in, 2.25 inches lost! <BR> <BR> Weight 159 lbs, 12 lbs lost!! <B... Sat, 2 May 2009 00:57:22 EST My exercise plan for the first week of May!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2024436 BEGINNING OF WEEK GOALS: Workout 4 days a week- Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. And 2 sets Modified Planks in the mornings most days. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/4/b346843964.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DAY: May 1 <BR> Intention: Rest <BR> Follow-up: Did a good job at resting!! ;) <BR> <BR> DAY: SAT May 2 <em>237</em> <BR> Intention: Swim fitness 60 min (cardio and strength) <BR> Follow-up: Went and worked out in the water today!! full 60!! <BR> <BR> DAY: SUN M... Fri, 1 May 2009 23:25:36 EST I'm trying to change my perspective on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1958080 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/8/b489345781.jpg"> <BR> I'm trying to change my perspective on exercising. I think I look at it like something I have to do that I really don't want to and I think that's making me never want to go. I guess that is why I have had this goal on here so long!!! <BR> <BR> So what do I like to do that's exercise? I'm going to start a list that I can add to, and even write things that aren't very good exercise but will help me stay motivated to stay a... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 12:05:25 EST My personal motivational image. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1899869 I found this article here on SP and it was talking about motivational images and it had you close your eyes and picture your self after reaching your goals and what that would feel like. It said to take the most moving picture from your mind and that is your motivational picture. I pictured my self running around on the beach carefree in a vintage summer dress with my hair done in 1940's style hair rolls. It was very much like Gwen in the No Doubt Running video. <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 14:42:55 EST