SWEETRAVIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEETRAVIN SWEETRAVIN'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/ Getting ready for my Disney 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130503 I started doing the couch to 5k plan and now I'm finally seeing the scale move! I'm so excited about it. I havent really had any real losses for months- Just lots of fluctuating up and down. <BR> <BR> It's been really tough for me to run just one minute. It makes me realize how much I need to be doing this! I got the 5k app for my iphone. So far it's great to just have that extra motivation. I need to see if I can fix some things with it though. I don't like that the screen is const... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:48:05 EST My first 50k bike ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124685 At the beginning of last week we attempted to do the bike ride to get familiar with the terrain. I was in for a shocker. We had practiced before that going down the riverbed for 40 miles, which had very little elevation, and this ride had 2154 feet of elevation gain over the course. I wound up after 7 miles having a panic attack going up the hill. I wanted to keep going but my sweet husband was concerned since my blood pressure had been high this week- so he pretended he couldn't make it ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:22:39 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114448 I got the new bodymedia and I love it. It works great with my phone so as I'm working out I can see my progress. I really love how it also measures your effective sleep. <BR> I've been training for the last couple months for the dino dash cycling event I'm doing next week (Nov 4th). I finally have gotten my groove on the bike. My sweet husband has been so supportive of this fit journey. We bought two really nice used road bikes for the event. We try to ride to the beach and back a cou... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:03:11 EST Weight loss plateu for 3 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052504 I've been on a long slump. According to sparks I have a deficit every day but I can't seem to loose any weight. I have a fatty liver so I'm guessing that it has to do with that. I'm trying not to loose my resolve but every time I step on the scale and keep seeing a gain it can't help but hurt a little bit. I've been exercising at least 3-5 times a week and keeping my calories below 1800 calories which is supposed to be a deficit for my weight. I haven't been able to fully let go of food... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:21:32 EST 11 pounds of water weight?!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030293 Last weekend I went to my mom's house for a belated birthday dinner. She insisted that I have some of her brazilian fish. And I couldn't help myself from having double helpings for just this once. It was amazing by the way- But when I got home on Monday I stepped on the scale to see I had gained everything I had lost for the last 3 months. 11 pounds! Needless to say I was so upset. My sweet husband just kept telling me it was impossible to gain that much on a weekend and plus I was just ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:33:07 EST New Recumbent bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976153 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145970549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yay! I finally got myself a new fitness bike. It was a great deal and it seems to work great. $100 used. This will be a great tool to help me get ready for Dino bike tour. Trying to get my stamina up so that I can do the 30+ miles required. Lots of work to do before November! <BR> <BR> Just did 45 mins- time flies while you are on it. I just put on a show and forget that I'm riding, but still breaking a s... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:46:13 EST haircut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971187 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l139256683.jpg"> <BR> -15 inches of hair <BR> <BR> I got an itch to donate my hair to locks of love in dedication to my dad. I just took a look at myself in the mirror- saw the scissor on the counter- put my hair in a ponytail and chopped it off. It would have been cooler if I did it with a sword, like in those samurai movies. But the feeling was the same. I wanted to mark a time of change. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:03:30 EST Back on the Road I started several years ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967601 It seems like I'm revisiting some road I've passed by before, but I'm grateful to have to not start from where I've been. Back in 2007 I weighed 285 pounds. I was in a dark place. I lost my best friend, that I had known half my life. She was so ambitious and just full of life. I wondered why someone like her could just be taken so suddenly. She was the starter of all our adventures- the girl who was just so full of life and gladly pulled me along with her. My highest weight gain happene... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:03:50 EST High blood pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3995176 A while ago I tried to give blood in honor of my dad, who as often as he could gave blood. They couldn't take my blood because my blood pressure was crazy high, which I connected to the stress of loosing my dad, but i set up an appointment and found that I indeed have a problem. I also had bloodwork done and found that I have high cholesterol and high glucose levels. So all things are not looking good. They put me on two meds for my blood pressure and said they will check me again and put ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 13:29:58 EST Rise or fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940565 I'm at a point in my life where I either can fall and give up or become empowered and rise up. <BR> <BR> I love my dad so very much and miss him everyday. <BR> <BR> I realize I need to be empowered by what he has shown me- to honor him. Life is precious, and I can't continue to watch it slip by. <BR> <BR> That's why today I take ownership for who I am and take control of my life. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:48:44 EST My Dad's Eulogy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3940544 Thank you all for being here to support the memory and life of such a great man. <BR> <BR> My dad has been the glue for our family for so long. Family has always been and is what my father believes in. I'm talking in the present because I believe that love never dies. And my fathers love for us and all his dear friends will always be here. <BR> <BR> No matter our families differences and our spats my father reminded us that our family was beautiful and glorious in its imperfection. Fami... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:43:36 EST My plateu is over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269711 All the sudden I'm loosing weight, after over a month of exercise and calorie deficits. The strange thing is that this week must be the worst week I've had as far as deficits but it looks like my body has finally let go of its greedy hold on the fat. lol I'm so happy to see some progress now. <BR> <BR> Could it be that my fatty liver is a bit healthier now? That in itself is something to celebrate! This has really given me a boost. <BR> <BR> Jen Wed, 26 May 2010 10:38:17 EST fatty liver blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3225571 I guess I'm feeling down because I havent seen any weightloss for about a month. This is most likely because of my fatty liver. It makes me worry about if the effort I'm putting in is ever going to show on the scale. I know I need to stay positive and work through it. <BR> <BR> I think I just may need to lower my calories more. Right now my deficit is mainly due to exercise. (thank you bodybugg) So maybe I need to change the balance a bit. <BR> <BR> On any case I just need to dust my... Thu, 13 May 2010 11:20:31 EST exercise addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3214698 I think I'm actually getting addicted to exercise. I like going to bed feeling I had a hard days work of accomplishments. I like feeling the pain the next day and saying oh yeah- that was from yesterdays hour on the eliptical. I could get used to this. :D Mon, 10 May 2010 14:07:05 EST Woohoo in the 240's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166329 I finally broke the 250ish line. It's really given me a spark and I hope to get in the 230's next month. It's important that I made it through that- it seemed to be my brick wall for a long time. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:55:57 EST Staying committed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2446553 This has always been the hardest thing for me. Theres always some event I have to go to that has lots of NO NO foods. And I so willingly just let go of whats the most important thing I have going for me. <BR> <BR> I've got to put my health as my number one priority. I need to do it for myself and for my husband who I love dearly. I want to be here 20 yrs from now. I want to grow old with him. And most importantly I want to LIVE life as best I can with him. <BR> <BR> I'm loosing my y... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 10:31:56 EST Is it worth it? YES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2139259 YES YES YES YES! Now lets get moving! Wed, 10 Jun 2009 10:13:15 EST Married life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1498248 I couldn't be happier. I had such a beautiful wedding and have my best friend as my husband. I'm a very lucky girl. Now I want to get in shape so that we can have an exciting life together. I took a long break from sparks- and gained back a few pounds. I know I need to keep this as a lifestyle change so I'm back and ready to to meet all my goals and keep the healthy lifestyle. Mon, 6 Oct 2008 17:40:08 EST Start living now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=811419 I've discovered that I keep planning on living in the future- when I accomplish my goals. I know I have to change my mind set. I need to live in the now and make every effort to have the life that I want at this moment. I joined a tae kwon do class a couple weeks ago. Yesterday I was kind of forced to be singled out- which is something I avoid like the plague. I like to be the girl in the back ground. The girl that usually is an observer and not seen. It is my comfort zone. But since m... Fri, 2 Nov 2007 12:11:01 EST Fires in California http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=799860 It's so overwhelming all that is going on with the fires here. So many people around me are loosing everything they worked so hard for, and it's so scarey to see something happen like this so close to home. As far as I'm concerned anyone who could purposely start a fire is a murderer, and destroyer of peoples lively hoods. Please send your prayers to the people that are effected by this. <BR> <BR> The sky's are just full of ash- it's just an overall gloomy feeling here at the moment. <B... Wed, 24 Oct 2007 12:51:03 EST Woohoo 240's!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=754848 Well its been a long and stressful trip with the 250's! I'm glad to say that I left it behind. Plateaus can definitely be frustrating but I trudged my way through. Now that I've hit the 240's It's a great time to renew what I'm doing. I'm now closer to 200 and it feels great. I know at this point the weight loss will show alot more then it did previously. Particularly in my face. I really miss my thinner face- it was easier to smile then- now with this weight it always looks like I'm fr... Fri, 21 Sep 2007 12:31:32 EST Amazed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=739056 Well I was completely shocked about how much I changed with a 10 lb loss. I was so obsessive over my scale and how slow it was moving that I didn't notice any physical changes in my body until I took another picture. Still at that point I couldnt tell if there was a change until I overlapped the images and really saw the differences. The exercise I've been doing seems to have payed off. My body is transforming. I'm gaining muscle and getting a better posture. Those are things to be so p... Mon, 10 Sep 2007 12:58:53 EST Swept away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=696400 Well this is an unexpected weekend. My Jason got an ich for adventure. Right now I'm at a travelodge motel somewhere between Orange County and San francisco. We are getting wireless internet somehow, which I am greatful for. It should be a fun time. I'm hoping I am able to keep my nutrition right on this suprise road trip. <BR> <BR> Jason and I were just talking about our future together, and he became all romantic and said we should run away together, be spontaneous. Take off not kn... Sat, 11 Aug 2007 12:33:35 EST In the 250's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=695617 Well this is a bit belated but I am still excited about it. Next stop- the 240's! I'm going to have to celebrate that one. I'm not sure exactly how, but I'm sure I'll figure it out! That number will bring me closer to the 200's and further away from the 300's which is a cause to celebrate! Fri, 10 Aug 2007 19:02:10 EST Little Red Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=664909 Well perhaps it's not so little it's a size Large. It's my first Goal Dress. It's still a long way until I can fit in it. But to me it symbolizes my commitment, because I know that I will fit into it. I hung it in front of my elliptical trainer. It's a strong visualizer for me. Right now Im a size 20-22, somewhere around there. To get out of the xxxx Larges will be a great accomplishment. I will just have to be patient for it. For now I'm concentrating on hitting the 250's. It's so ... Sun, 22 Jul 2007 00:59:46 EST Elliptical Trainer! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=649877 Well for several weeks now, I've been feinding for an elliptical machine. I found one on craigslist for a great deal. It's worth at least 370, I payed 140 for it, though the guy only wanted 125. It seems to be in perfect working condition and Really quiet which is a big plus. He got it for his wife, but I guess she didn't use it, and it was just taking up space. Well I plan on using it big time. I've been using the treadmill at our facility gym, but my knees are getting sore from running... Thu, 12 Jul 2007 12:47:01 EST I'm now in the 260's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=644153 Just barely! But it's something to celebrate! Im saying goodbye to the 270's and 280's! I won't see them again. I'm hoping by September I will loose 20 more pounds and I will be closer to 200 then 300. I will just be patient and for now celebrate the accomplishments of today. I am really pushing for it this time, and I'm well worth the effort. I'm tired of letting life pass me by. I need to do this for myself and for my sweet Jason. Theres so much out there that I haven't done because... Mon, 9 Jul 2007 11:43:47 EST my first journal entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=640715 I feel very strongly about my resolve to get to my goals. Being overweight was never because I didn't try to loose weight. I was always dieting off and on. Doing whatever fad diet made the weight drop off quickly, but never staying off. This time around it will be different. Because it's not going to be a quick fix. It's going to be a lifestyle change. I did successfully loose weight the healthy way, but I spoiled it and because I wasn't seeing success right away.. being on a plateau- ... Sat, 7 Jul 2007 02:24:21 EST The 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=638600 This is the first time I really got off course on my diet. But it has really taught me the values of foods. Such a small amount of junk food really makes my calorie intake huge. I'm taking the falling off of the wagon as a learning lesson. It was not that I really craved the food, because I enjoy the healthy food just as much. It's just that it was available, and I felt like I needed to celebrate the 4th of July a long with everyone else. <BR> <BR> It's normal to occasionally have unh... Thu, 5 Jul 2007 17:02:05 EST