SWEETERINA71's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEETERINA71 SWEETERINA71'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/ Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455394 I’ve been trying to remember back to the time three years ago when I was truly ready to start losing weight. What made it finally click after decades of being 100 lbs overweight? Something in my mind said “You’re ready, Erin.” And I was. <BR> <BR> In a year, I lost 110 lbs and reached my weight goal. I hadn’t been 140 lbs since I was 18 years old. My body felt foreign and I couldn’t stop looking at my reflection as I passed by store windows. It was as though I had to keep checking to make su... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:40:28 EST Not Gonna Beat Myself Up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093908 For the last six months I have been starting back up on SP and then falling off the wagon over and over. I had come so far in my weight loss journey and had managed to keep it off for more than a year. WHY did I let it creep back on and WHY wasn't I doing something about it? <BR> I know what it takes to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off. WHY was I choosing to get fatter instead? The fact is... It doesn't matter. <BR> What matters is the fact that I'm doing something about i... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:26:14 EST A View From The Finish Line... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625914 Exactly one year later... I've lost 100 lbs., gained a crap load of self-esteem, was inspired by many and have hopefully inspired others, became a much happier person, changed many things in my personal life that have made me feel more comfortable in my own skin, and have learned things about myself that I wish I had known earlier in life. <BR> I'm grateful for SP and the people who have helped me along my journey. <BR> It's not over of course. Many people gain the weight back. Am I worried... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 17:24:03 EST Most Recent Before/After Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379662 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551074670.jpg"> Jan 20, 2009 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l50937390.jpg"> Jun 11, 2010 <BR> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:31:14 EST More Before/After Pics. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2749615 This is FUN! If I wasn't so gosh darned amazed at the difference, I wouldn't be boring you with more pictures. Plus, the Before pic was taken on 10/26. More than a month AFTER I started here on SparkPeople. So, these are only 11.5 weeks apart. Cool, hu? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/9/b294223499.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/5/b257724479.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/1/b917606005.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:54:31 EST I'm Not The Resolutionary Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2683680 The original intention of this blog was to state my resolutions for the new year. To tell you the truth, I don't really agree with resolutions. Especially if you plan on starting them January 1st. Who actually sticks to them for more than a month anyway? I guess some people do, but they're definitely not the norm. <BR> I purposely started my weight loss program before the holidays and before the new year. <BR> In previous years, I would write out my ridiculous little list. It was always FA... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:56:25 EST How We Operate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2649267 Two years ago, life was good. My husband and I owned a small advertising agency in downtown Sacramento. Although the hours were long, it afforded us a reasonably comfortable lifestyle. We purchased a new home and a new car. We ate out pretty much all the time. <BR> One thing about owning your own business is that you need to know what you're doing when it comes to the financial side of things. We did not. Instead of hiring someone to figure that stuff out for us, we decided to wing it. We ke... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:03:24 EST Where Is My Mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2638789 Here we go. (Yep. Here we go.) <BR> Are you sure you wanna bump it up to level 5 today? (Yes, I'm sure.) <BR> OK, hot shot. Let's see what you can do. <BR> Awwww! Your iPod fell on the floor and it's only been 4 minutes. Do you want to stop? (No.) <BR> Sweating already? (That's a good thing.) <BR> Your left knee is hurting pretty badly. Maybe you should stop. (No flippen way.) <BR> Ten minutes. You're a third of the way done. Maybe there's hope for you afterall. (I told you I'm serious.) <BR... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 18:59:23 EST Before & After Pictures... 3 Months On SparkPeople/30 lbs Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2627951 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/0/b608510355.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/8/b187710128.jpg"> <BR> I always lose weight in my face first. My body (especially my stomach) takes a while to catch up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/6/b266491189.jpg"> <BR> I'm on the far right if you haven't already guessed it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/2/b820217390.jpg"> <BR> For obvious reasons, I don't have many full len... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:45:35 EST Going Out East http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2626711 When I first signed on to this whole losing weight mumbo jumbo, one of the first thoughts I had was, I can't wait for my family to see me thin. <BR> I've been overweight for most of my adult life. I had a baby when I was 18 and gained a lot of weight with my pregnancy. After my son was born, I hovered around 180 for about 8 years. After that, I went up to about 230 and stayed there for a couple more years. <BR> Then I joined Weight Watchers and lost around 40 lbs. The weight wasn't coming o... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 11:09:39 EST Reasons For Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2611549 So, last night I decided to write a blog. It's been a while and these blogs have actually been a great way for me to work on the mental part of my weight loss. <BR> I typed away and edited my little masterpiece for close to two hours. <BR> When I was about ready to wrap things up, I heard a small pop and all of the electricity in my neighborhood went out. I sat there in the dark for a second while the realization of losing my work washed over me. Are you #*&%$ kidding me? <BR> Instead of rew... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 07:43:17 EST The Non-Runner's Marathon Guide For Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2568953 I'm not really sure why I've always wanted to complete a marathon, I just have. Maybe it's simply proving to myself that I can do it? Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment? <BR> Running is kind of a strange hobby when you think about it, but for some reason, I envy those people. Them in their cute little running outfits, listening to their iPods, sweating up a storm while they run around in circles at the local park. There's definitely something zen about it. <BR> Well, I'm no where NEAR being a... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:42:20 EST Maybe It Does Amount To A Hill Of Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2553746 When my husband and I started up on SparkPeople about 8 weeks ago, we figured out how many pounds the two of us needed to lose. I took the combined number and counted out that many beans to put in a jar. Every Monday, he and I weigh in and if we've lost any weight, we take that many beans out of the jar. <BR> It's kind of a cool little visual to help us see the progress we're making. So far, we have only had to ADD beans once. And that was after a weekend in wine country for our anniversary.... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 15:24:56 EST The Seven Week Itch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2551143 I guess it happens to everyone at some point. The weight loss isn't happening as quickly as I hoped it would. But I DO know why. I'm not exercising enough... period. <BR> I'm doing really well with the food. My cravings haven't been bad at all. Since the time change, my routine of walking around the neighborhood has come to a screeching halt. I don't live in the greatest neighborhood, so walking in the dark isn't very safe. It's dark when I leave for work, it's dark when I get home. My hous... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:48:35 EST I'll Start Again On Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2535357 This blog entry isn't me being preachy. It's more like me talking to myself. Most of my blogs will be like that. It's therapeutic to get these thoughts down. I'm no expert. I'm just trying to figure out how I got here and how I can continue to change my life for the better. <BR> <BR> The last seven or so years have been a series of false starts for me and my husband. <BR> "We'll start on Monday." should have been tattooed on our foreheads. <BR> Do you ever pig out on unhealthy foods with t... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 21:37:11 EST It's Not Rocket Surgery. Or Is It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2440185 Well, my husband and I are half way through our third week. We haven't had fast food, haven't gone over our daily caloric goals, and haven't had to eat out... Until now. <BR> My father-in-law lives by himself and really enjoys cooking for other people. He invited us over for dinner tonight. My husband warned him ahead of time that we are now eating right and trying to lose weight, and he agreed to make something healthy for us. <BR> Normally, my father-in-law cooks the most amazing but extrem... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 01:59:07 EST That's 44 Sticks Of Butter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2436320 I've lost 11 pounds so far since starting this journey 2 weeks ago. <BR> And because 1 lb. is equal to 4 sticks of butter, I've lost an equivalent of 44 sticks of butter. That always sounds far more impressive. <BR> Realistically, I've lost about 44 sticks of water, but still. <BR> The food part hasn't been very tough at all. There was one moment though, when I drove by Ford's Burgers and craved a banana milkshake (my cryptonite). That feeling stayed with me for maybe 10 minutes. No biggie. ... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 18:49:31 EST So, That's Where My Kitchen Is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2423739 Mmmmmm fast food. It's convenient, it's cheap, the kids love it, you can eat it in the car (dangerous as that may be), the commercials are constantly telling us we NEED it, and you don't have to do the dishes afterward. It's perfect for the family on the go! Right? <BR> Kind of like cigarettes, we know fast food is bad for us. Yet, again like cigarettes, it's a multi billion dollar a year industry. <BR> It's actually pretty sickening how many ads we are subjected to daily that tell us to eat... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 17:56:39 EST Umm, ok. I'm a moron. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2412604 Today is day 6! Yay me!! <BR> I've done a pretty good job about staying on track with my food. One of the days I did go over my calorie limit, but that was because I had one more piece of whole wheat bread than I should have. <BR> I've only added exercise to my daily regime over the last 2 days. My dogs are completely psyched to see what the world looks like outside of our backyard. Google says that I only burned 100 calories in a half an hour walking the dogs. Well, Google, unfortunately my ... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 16:18:17 EST Day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2406294 Well, I did better on my water today. Just one glass short of making goal. <BR> I didn't exercise, yet again. Didn't I swear that I would today in yesterday's blog? LAME! <BR> My calories did go over today by about 100. It's the bread that's killing me. I had 4 pieces. It's open faced sandwiches from now on! <BR> It's 10:30 at night and I'm hungry. That's not good. But I don't want to eat this late. Guess I should go to bed. Goodnight everyone! =) Thu, 17 Sep 2009 01:36:50 EST Day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2403448 This morning I woke up with a headache. That's actually pretty common for me, but it made the first part of my day kinda crappy. <BR> My husband made me scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast (we used to stop at Del Taco every morning for burritos and coffee). He also packed my food for me to take to work. My food plan includes 6 small meals a day, eaten about 2-3 hours apart. I was supposed to eat again at around 10:00 this morning but didn't eat until about 12:30. Then I ate again at 3:00 ... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:51:35 EST The First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2400520 Today wasn't too bad at all. Because I'm not in the habit of eating right, I kept forgetting that I was trying to stay on track. I would think about getting ice cream on the way home or drinking some of the sugary lemonade that I have sitting in the refrigerator. But I didn't. Luckily I remembered the promise I made to myself before I put anything bad in my mouth. <BR> The evenings are hard. That's when the cravings kick into high gear. Tonight wasn't too bad, but I did open the fridge a coup... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 01:18:49 EST