SZAMO84's SparkPeople Blog SZAMO84's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back Gained 2lbs back while on vacation. Not so bad considering how much I ate and drank! Being honest about it and changing my tracker to reflect the gain. Back on the diet wagon today. Though there are some cupcakes at home that I might have to partake in later this evening. :) Mon, 23 Apr 2012 17:40:28 EST You know you've lost a significant amount of weight when... You have to get your rings re-sized! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:19:03 EST Competition We are starting the obligatory summer weight loss competition at work this Thursday. For the first time I am actually looking forward to it. It is going until August and it is going to be a fight. I could win over $100 if I kick everyone's butt. I want to see if I can lose 20lbs using Spark. That would be another 10% weight loss! I have a vacation in April so I'll have to try and keep up a little bit while on the beach in Mexico (shouldn't be hard!) Lets hear it for winning some dough! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:56:05 EST 209 After a year and 1 month I have gone from 258-209. One more pound and I'll have hit a 50 loss! I am stoked to say the least! WOOT Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:10:24 EST DINK dilemma We don't have kids. <BR> We don't have plans for kids. <BR> We don't even want kids right now or maybe even ever. <BR> Why does this make us bad people? <BR> <BR> I went on to The Nest today which you would assume would be for married couples just starting out and not The Bump (all about baby's). <BR> <BR> I posted a thread in the Colorado section about DINK's looking for other DINK friends. Every reply I got was from people with kids. People with kids telling us to look at Meetup to fin... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:57:33 EST Mother Dearest So I went out to lunch with my mother yesterday since I had a day off from work for Presidents' Day. We went to P.F. Chang's which is always yummy. <BR> <BR> If you've ever read my blog entries you know that sometimes I have a rough time with my family. You know how therapists say that you should discuss your problems with your family and let them know how you have perceived that something that they have done affected you negatively? Yeah? Well, they have never met my mother. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:23:48 EST OMG Stress! Currently massively stressed out! I have been stressed but have been trying to keep it in the back of my mind for the past two weeks but now it is right in my face. We lost one of our people at work because she found a new job. So we are hiring for that possition right now. Another of our case managers got a new job two and will be leaving us tomorrow. Her 27 clients will be split up between 3 of us. We already have case loads of close to 30 and that will really push us over the limit. ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 16:07:24 EST Weekend eating/28-day-bootcamp This weekend was a colossally bad weekend for eating. I mean, hello, I ate a whole medium domino's Hawaiian pizza. Bad idea and I paid for it. Needless to say the husband and I are giving up on pizza unless it is the frozen kind or the kind we make from yummy ingredients from Whole Foods. <BR> Really got to stick to this thing. I want to lose 14 more pounds before April. <BR> I am going to try and actually complete a challenge for the first time in the year that I've been on here. I ha... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:11:03 EST Bad food day I usually leave my bad days to the weekend but today just didn't work out that way. <BR> McD's for breakfast this morning and it was oh so tasty. I haven't done that in a long time but we were on our way to apply for our passports so we needed to eat. I don't really think there is any way back from this oops today. I still have to eat my lunch (250cals) and dinner (???cals) today was not planned out at all. I'll probably need a snack when I get home or else I'll be grouchy pants when my h... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:40:11 EST Hiding So I fell off the face of Spark for the last few weeks but it feels like ages. I avoided anything involving the words "diet" or "exercise". I took a break for Thanksgiving and my Birthday. I didn't do terrible but I did gain back about 4lbs. Most of that is probably water weight since I didn't really drink anything for some reason. During this vacation from my body I thought a little bit about my goals. I have decided to give myself until April 2012 to get down to 190lbs. I decided cut... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 18:48:31 EST 40Lbs Lost! I can't even believe it! <BR> It still freaks me out to think about it. I am only 18Lbs away from my goal for the year. I started this year off weighing 258Lbs and now I am 218Lbs. I can of course notice a difference in my body composition. <BR> -5in off waist <BR> -7in off hips <BR> -6in off thigh <BR> -2in off upper arm <BR> <BR> In total that is a 20 in loss. I've only gone down 2 dress sizes which is bizarre and kind of frustrating but I'll take it! I am really trying to get this ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:44:30 EST PMP Starting Line! Crunches completed in 1 minute: 32 <BR> <BR> Pushups completed in 1 minute: 4 (always been bad at those) <BR> <BR> How long (up to one minute) can you hold a plank plank?: 32 seconds <BR> <BR> Squats (without weights) completed in 1 minute: 22 <BR> <BR> 2. What equipment will be you be using in this challenge? <BR> Gym equip (resistance and/or heavy weight machines) <BR> My own body weight <BR> Resistance bands at home or at the gym. <BR> Giving my Kettle Bell that I bought a year ago a ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 16:54:10 EST Sick Pimp So I am officially sick. I think I have been fighting it for the better part of a week now. It finally caught up with my last night. Sore, achy muscles and the inability to think clearly are a dead give away. I wanted to start the PIMP my (P)Ride challenge today but might have to wait a little bit. I am going to post all my starting figures. They should be really terrible because of the way I am feeling so I should have some kick butt improvements. Push ups are going to be interesting!... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 18:18:49 EST ouch!!! So I tried out some new sneakers for my run on Sunday. They pretty much sucked! They made the outsides of my feet hurt and felt like they were pulling my feet to the outside. Due to this pull I think I pulled something in my knee. The inside of my left knee feels all loosey goosey. It felt better last night so I did a little short run but my calves were so pissed by the time I got to 15mins I had to walk slowly the rest of the way home. To meet my calories I tried out Zumba for 30mins. ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:42:33 EST Heat Diet I am currently on what I call a heat diet. It is too damned hot to eat! It has been a struggle the last few days to get enough calories in through out the day! Hoping for cooler weather so that I don't sabotage myself by eating to little. Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:16:14 EST Frustrated I am honestly not sure that I really want to quit smoking right now. Yeah I know I'll be healthier, I'll feel better, I'll spend less money, I'll smell better. I'm okay with not smoking at work because it makes me more productive. However, all I want to do is eat! It doesn't even need to be yummy food. Just anything! When I am home it is the worst because even though we don't keep a lot of extra snacky food in the house I can find it. Chocolate chips for baking... I'm on 'em! We don't ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:25:33 EST A Letter to My Body: I'm Sorry! To My Body, <BR> <BR> I am truly sorry for all that I have put you through. The abuse started so long ago I can't even remember when. I refused to run and I hated team sports. The excuses we used were: "I am clumsy" and "I'll get picked last." Sure enough I would get picked last because I didn't try when I did make it on a team. <em>299</em> You and I tried out and made C-Team Basketball team in 7th grade. We sucked. We tried harder and we got injured. We quit. <BR> <BR> <em>486<... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:09:42 EST non smoking me Back on the patch again! It is a little scary and I am a little bit edgy today. I just think that my clients see the patch and start acting crazier than usual. I think they just want me to snap and hit one of them. I'm fine with everyone else just not them. I just hope I can make it like I did last time. I want to feel better when I work out and I don't want to spend all that money anymore. <BR> Cheers for getting back on the wagon! <em>249</em> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:29:32 EST Woot No TB! Apparently I am just allergic to the injection... not really shocking, I am allergic to everything! Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:25:58 EST Healthy and ? Had my physical yesterday and got a call back this morning. All of my blood work came back perfect. No high cholesterol, normal blood sugar and normal liver enzymes. While I was there I had a PPD (TB Test) done since I work at a halfway house with people with questionable health backgrounds. About 6hrs after my test I had a red welt around the injection site. I called the after hrs number for my doctors office and got a call back from the on call doctor. I might be positive for having co... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 14:58:54 EST Broke down Last night right before bed I snapped. <BR> I don't know what triggered it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it had something to do with my husband walking into the bedroom eating a cheese stick. <BR> He can eat more cals during the day than I can and he spreads his out during the day. I just kinda snapped and told him that I was jealous of him being able to eat when ever he wants. I told him that I wished he still went to the gym so that I felt that I needed to go to the gym to. I... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 16:10:57 EST the anti-work out! I think that I have found the thing that will pull me through this rut. I am calling it the anti-work out. It's doing things that are so fun that they don't even feel like I am trying to work out. Lately things like this have included playing horse on the b-ball court with the husband. Kicking the soccer ball back and forth on the front lawn. Riding my bike is on the list too. We have also bought hockey sticks and balls so we can play on the tennis court at our complex. We have fun, wo... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:17:01 EST Bouncing Last few weeks have been pretty stagnate. I have been floating around the same 3lb range and it is starting to tick me off! I know why I've stalled (no gym, bad food choices, etc) but I still don't like it. I did however get my butt in gear last night and went to the gym and did some Coach Nichole pilates. Don't know why I've been so lazy lately. I think that it might be some combo of the heat, humidity, a little bit of depression/anxiety, and a complete lack of energy. I should be havi... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:48:14 EST Lazy as Sin! I haven't wanted to go to the gym week before last. <BR> Last week couldn't go to the gym due to injury. <BR> This week I am just too lazy to go to the gym. <BR> I wouldn't mind going for a swim at our apartment's pool or for a bike ride. However, Colorado has been unseasonably rainy for the past 2 weeks. Rain isn't so much a problem as the lightening is. <BR> Today I really want to go to the gym but I just don't know if I can do it. I don't have a lot of energy and I have stuff that I w... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 21:25:28 EST Brain Waves Sometimes I really hate the way my brain works. Things are going pretty damned good in my life right now and here I am obsessing about stupid crap. I have an awesome husband, a job that I don't hate 100% of the time, I'm losing weight, I am feel better than I have in a few years, and a bunch of other good stuff. Instead of being happy all the time about this I have taken up my old habit of obsessing over money. I used to do this before my husband got his new job and we were living payche... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 15:23:19 EST Clumsy So on Saturday after a very nice bike ride with my husband I was taking a shower when I slipped and fell right onto the edge of the tub! The photo is of the front of my right hip. Other than muscle soreness and stiffness I am ok. Going to try and get back to the gym tonight! <img src=""> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 16:55:35 EST Allergies.... I just have one thing to say.... I hate cottonwood! Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:42:59 EST New Bike! We went out and bought new seats for our bikes this weekend at Performance Bicycle because they were having a door buster sale. We brought our new seats home to find that my 14 year old bike has a different seat post and the new seat won't work on it. While my husband was putting his new seat on his bike I looked over mine. 14 year old thing that I've had since I was 12, handlebar pads have all but completely peeled off and the frame is so heavy it is hard to pick up. My husband looked up... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:01:56 EST Dress size distortion Apparently I had deluded myself for some time in the clothing department. I have now lost 25lbs. I am really proud of myself for that... however, I have only lost 1 dress size, 20-18. Apparently, I was shoe horning myself into my 20's for some time if this was the case. My size 18 dress pants that I wore even when I was a 20 are looser but still wearable. I feel a little ashamed that I was in so much denial. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:01:17 EST Feeling left out I recently had a friend who did the whole hormone diet thing with the 500cal diet. She lost the same amount of inches, weight, and BMI points that I have in one month that I have in 4. I am not discouraged about how she did it because I feel that she cheated and I know that she will probably gain the weight back. I know that sounds petty but I am just going off the stats here. <BR> Anyway, everyone is mooning over how great she looks and that she has lost so much weight and that they coul... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 15:57:56 EST Slowing down I had a bad allergy week last week and I just felt wiped out from a bit of a cold too. Only made it to the gym 2x last week. My DH and I did go for a walk on Thursday night around the park, 1.38 miles. I haven't lost any weight in almost 2 weeks now. I've done really good up until now. I need to get back on track because I find the lack of loss frustrating. I am going back at the gym 4x this week if my allergies don't wipe me out first. <BR> Still I have lost 22lbs so far in a little ... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 18:10:46 EST Back Pretty much took last week off dieting. I took a week of vacation time from work and just relaxed. Still went to the gym and did a lot of walking around downtown (in the rain). Didn't gain any weight so that is a plus! Thought that we could splurge a bit since it was for our anniversary. I'm not even feeling guilty about it! Back to work this week, both work-work and the gym. I need to get back on the bootcamp track. I am a week off now but I will finish it! Mon, 23 May 2011 16:54:28 EST Keep Rollin' Boot camp is going good! Missed two videos last week because my allergies got me down. I am going to try and do better this week. <BR> Mother's day was a little stressful because of my mother in law. She isn't the same person and now my husband is pretty sure that he doesn't even like her anymore. I can't really blame him. He has always been there for her during all this mess with his father but she still stays with him and Larin just can't deal with that. Because of his father's spen... Mon, 9 May 2011 18:44:13 EST Boot Camp Joined the Official Spring Into Shape Boot Camp Challenge! <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=50382 </link> <BR> Going to kick my butt in gear. I've lost weight but want to start actually seeing more visual results not just what the scale says! <BR> I've started doing push ups this week. (well wall push ups but hey it's a start right?) <BR> I want to get my arm's slimmed down so my tattoo's take up more room on my arm then they already do. I want to hav... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:32:54 EST Losing! (in a good way) So... I haven't meant to eat under my calories this week but that has just how it has worked out with my husband having the stomach flu. I have already lost two Lbs# since Sunday... I don't really know where I am losing it from though. My body comp really hasn't changed in the now 14# loss that I have to date. I've lost some inches but not enough to make a real discernible difference. I guess if I hid my weight well I guess I hide my weight loss well. lol! I know I need to get cracking o... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:14:58 EST Shake shake shake So did something silly today... bought a shake weight. I don't really have time to do anything besides cardio at the gym and want to do more for my arms because they are the only things on me not loosing inches. Sun, 17 Apr 2011 18:01:54 EST Bad weekend My husband and I have been working really hard on being better. We know that there are going to be days when we eat things that we aren't supposed to but that we aren't going to make a habit of them again. Friday was manageable, husband got home at 11 and we went to dinner at Denny's. Didn't eat great but I barely went over my goals for the day. Saturday we did really good. Sunday my husband was hung over because he drank too much vodka and diet red bull. He isn't used to alcohol mixed ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:46:56 EST Stressed today I work in community corrections and it isn't an easy job. They are cutting down on everything here and we are gravely under staffed. One of the lovely parts of my job is that I get to be on call every 5 weeks for 7 days. Today starts my week. I hate every minute of it because I feel like I can't relax all weekend just in case I get that one call saying that I have to come and cover a shift. I just have to live with the feeling of dread an impending doom until next Wednesday.... I really n... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:51:48 EST Oreo Cake Nemesis The chocolate Oreo cake from Safeway is my arch nemesis. I could just eat a bucket of the frosting! Today was one of my coworker's last day so we got the cake (even though our owner has us on a budget so tight we squeak). I am very proud of myself because I only had one 2' x 1' piece of cake! Sooo good but it was a perfect treat. Even though it will make the rest of my day a little tight everything will be good. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 16:52:22 EST Check out my recepies! Making this tonight <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=1554721 <BR> hope it turns out well... not very low in fat but stays within my bounds! Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:16:06 EST Scale So on a whim I bought a food scale last night. That thing is going to come in so handy! I already love it. Weighed my baby carrots this morning. It will make baking sooo much easier! Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:25:00 EST On My Way Got on the scale this morning after a really great weekend and saw that I am down to 251.8#. Those 6# are a big deal right now! I even went out to eat this weekend! I am really proud of myself for how well I am doing right now. I need to do what I can to stay motivated. Right now at the gym I am just using the treadmill to boost my stamina. I like to do a 5% incline and a 20min mile pace. It goes by really fast with my head phones on and reading on my Kindle. My husband is doing really... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:43:58 EST