THECOOLESTSARAH's SparkPeople Blog THECOOLESTSARAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Orangetheory Fitness - a review from a big girl! Well I did it! And lived! <BR> <BR> I was so scared to try Orangetheory. One of my friends - a superfit vegan - is obsessed with it, and has been telling me about it for a year. I just haven't been in the mindset to hear her. But she recently posted a fb picture of herself with a normal person at orangtheory and I thought - OK! I'm going to try this! <BR> <BR> So I called and scheduled a free class and one of the things that stood out to me was how often the idea of community came up. That'... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:50:06 EST New class - SO SCARY! Have you heard of Orangetheory Fitness? <BR> <BR> I'm about to try it on Saturday. I'm seriously going at 7am because I'm afraid I'll chicken out if I do it any later in the day. I have to open my eyes, put on my shoes, and walk out the door. No excuses! <BR> <BR> The way it works: <BR> You wear a heart rate monitor, and they put your info up on a screen with everybody else. You basically watch the screen and make sure that your heart rate is in the zone they want you to hit during that tim... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 22:38:23 EST Seeking a fun, new SPARK! I posted this blog entry last fall, and it stands true today. I'm still trying to find that motivational pull that keeps me in check. I'm trying to connect with my WHY and get myself in gear. I'm not sure why my readiness seems so hard to grasp onto, but it's frustrating. I want to be better - more consistent, everything. And I have the tools and the knowledge. So what is it about ME that's getting in the way? I'm not sure, but I'm committed to figuring this out. <BR> <BR> And now for some h... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:22:04 EST Desperately seeking new and fun SPARK! I'm looking for a spark that's consistent, reliable, and loyal. It would be great if this spark was into outdoor activities, working out a few times a week, and having lots of fun. I love making new friends, and I'd like it if my new spark and I could do this together. <BR> <BR> Eating healthy is becoming increasingly more important to me, so I'd like to find a spark that is interested in learning new recipes, and cooking together. <BR> <BR> I'd like a spark that challenges me, but also nur... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:44:14 EST so much lemon water! (also, CONSISTENCY!) I'm trying to drink more lemon water because of it's amazing benefits. Plus, it makes me drink more water. I've been trying to get to 64 oz a day this whole week. And today I actually made it at NOON. That means I still have the rest of the day to try for like 32-64 oz MORE. <BR> <BR> I've been to the gym today, I'm eating a delicious kale and spinach salad for lunch, and you know, the water. <BR> <BR> My shoulder has been killing me this week, so it hasn't been my best exercise week, but I... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:25:36 EST Checking in.. Hey Peeps! I am on track! Today I'm focusing on eating 1000 - 1500 calories. I'm at 300 so far for the day. Eep. I had a protein shake and a bowl of oatmeal, so I think that's good so far! <BR> <BR> I've also been to personal training today, and I'm already feeling the outcome of that! <BR> <BR> How are you doing? How are your goals coming along? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:09:47 EST Oh New Year. Gosh, New Year. You really have a way of making all us weight-loss types get in a frenzy. Suddenly I'm in a healthy new year group on Facebook, choosing my accountability partners and taking measurements and (GROAN) before pictures. <BR> <BR> All I can think about is how many people are going to be in the gym with me come Monday morning. It's horrifying. I am considering doing home workouts until March. That was sarcasm. I'm one of those people who has to face the damage that I've done by ge... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:34:30 EST Planning and Personal Training I CAN DO THIS <BR> I CAN DO THIS <BR> I CAN DO THIS <BR> <BR> ...this is the chant I have on repeat right now. <BR> <BR> THE GOAL: <BR> Lose 30 lbs by February (my birthday trip to San Diego, where there will be a swimsuit) <BR> That is roughly 15 weeks from now. 2 lbs per week.. I can do this! (See, there's that chant again) <BR> <BR> THE PLAN: <BR> I plan to GO HARD this time. Alcohol only on special occasions, reduce carbs, 1500 cals per day. <BR> I'm working out 2-3 times per wk with m... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:40:13 EST Weird depression day I had one of those scary days yesterday that reminds me where I've been and where I do not want to be ever again. I just felt... blah. Emotionless. Numb. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend asked me 57 times what was wrong, did I want a root beer, did I want to go out for pizza, did I want to work out, did I want to take a nap. Bless his heart, he tried everything. But all I could do was sit with the kittens on my lap in my pajamas all day. I watched a movie - Meet Joe Black - probably not the best choic... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:33:15 EST Reinvigorating through planning! OK. I need a goal to work for! I am sooooo lazy right now. I can't seem to get my sleeping going, and thus my exercise is sucking, thus I am eating a bunch of crap. That said, I am still wearing my fitbit and keeping track of steps, and I have been really active on the weekends. <BR> <BR> What I need is a PLAN! A GOAL! <BR> 1. sign up for a 5k in Sept and Oct. <BR> 2. sign up for a yoga class or figure out when one is at the gym and put it on my calendar. <BR> 3. Go paddling every weekend.... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:56:09 EST I will not be derailed! Me and sleep do not always get along. <BR> <BR> Last week we had a pretty bad falling out, and I just barely slept the entire week. Why? Heat wave? Kittens in the bed? Fan on or fan off? All of these reasons added up to a perfect storm of insomnia. And when I have insomnia I am barely functioning during the day, much less exercising.. and all I want to eat is junk food that comforts me. <BR> <BR> Yup, it was that bad. <BR> <BR> I'm not even getting on the scale to find out what the damage ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:00:03 EST This Dang Plateau! I'm not sure you can call it a plateau, but I'm not sure you can't. <BR> <BR> In all, I've lost over 150 lbs and also gained like 200. Which should be equally impressive! Bring on the pasta and garlic bread! But what I'm getting at, is that I should be a weight loss GURU by this point. I should probably be on infomercials, touting the best ways to lose weight and maybe the best ways to gain weight. (This ice cream is sooooo good for gaining weight. You should put it on a corn dog if you want... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:57:45 EST Beach vacation = so much walking! I have never walked so much in my life I don't believe. <BR> <BR> Now, granted, I did my long workout on Friday morning before we left because I didn't think I'd get enough mileage over the weekend. Boy, was I pretty wrong! <BR> <BR> My fitbit totals were: <BR> <BR> Friday: 19,651 steps = 9.26 miles <BR> Saturday: 15,558 = 7.1 miles <BR> <BR> I usually average about 10,000 a day when I work at it. So, these totals are way above average for me. I'm TIRED. I was supposed to go out and run... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:57:15 EST a pic reminder - and a box of ice cream bars if I don't lose weight soon I was looking back through old blogs, and I found a before/during picture of myself at 55 lbs lost. I'm now at around 70 lbs lost: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It freaks me out because I look so thin, and I've lost even more weight since this time.. But I feel so fat. I guess it's because I've gotten complacent lately. I mean, I'm back on the horse doing the C25K thing and trying to count calories.. <BR> <BR> But it's been almost ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:21:17 EST Popular Blog Trophy?! Wow! WOW! Thank you everyone! I have been on SP since 2006 and as far as I can remember, I have never, ever, had a Popular Blog Post! I feel so totally honored. The love and support I've gotten from my SP family has gotten me through some tough times, and I am really grateful for this site. <BR> <BR> Why do I write blogs on SP? I think for me it's like a place to vent where people can relate to my struggles. Out there in the real world, it's hard to find this exact mix of people where we're worki... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:52:48 EST the timeline of how SP fixed my day Today was like a whirlwind of emotions. I'll just give you the timeline play by play. <BR> <BR> 8am - I'm awake. It's painful. It's already hot in my bedroom. My heart wants to go out and run, and my body does NOT. <BR> <BR> 8am - 9:45am I try to convince my body that it DOES, in fact, want to go out and run. I get on SP and read articles about motivation. It eventually works. <BR> <BR> 9:45 - 10:30 I have the crappiest workout of all time out in the park. It's hot and no amount of saying... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:50:11 EST c25k week 2 - I must gush My friends and family are getting sick of me hearing how great I feel at the end of every workout, and I can only gush to Facebook so much before someone wants to punch me in the face. So you guys get to hear it! <BR> <BR> Today was probably the best I've felt while running, yet! I'm in the middle of week 2 of C25k, so I'm walking 3.5 mins/running 1.5 x 5 - so for 5 intervals. <BR> <BR> Today I went out into this beautiful wildlife refuge by my house called Oaks Bottom. It has a gravel tra... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:53:08 EST C25k day 3! Blocking out the bad messages. Oh wow I'm tired. My guy moved in with me this weekend and according to my fitbit I got over 10k steps a day. We both took Monday off, supposedly to rest, but it's 5:30pm and we're not even done for the day yet. UGH. But I keep thinking about all the exercise I'm getting. I got up and did my run training, even though I was tired. I'm glad I did. I always feel better. I need to remember that! <BR> <BR> So I'm "running" along, and I am hearing that nasty tape in my mind that is saying how fat... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:38:59 EST hey fat girl running: we've got this! OK today was not as easy. First of all, it's raining. I ran anyway. When I became a runner last time, I totally did all my training on a treadmill, so this outside thing is a whole new experience. But what I learned last time is that when race time comes, if you've trained outside, your body will be much happier. At least I hope so. <BR> <BR> So I'm running in a park by my house. There are many middle-aged ladies who power walk, a couple dudes in their pajamas with dogs, kids going to swim t... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:25:05 EST getting back into things! OK it's day 3 of being back, and I'm drinking all that freaking water I was told to drink. It's getting easier! I'm sore and tired today. I am kind of glad I didn't have to run this morning, but I might try to do a light workout tonight. I worked a 12 hour day yesterday, and ate too many calories. I'm back on the wagon today, and will get it under control! <BR> <BR> I know that what I reallllly need to do is some meal planning and advance preparation. I'm going to cold brew my coffee this w... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:56:12 EST The process, not the product C25K DAY 1 COMPLETE! <BR> <BR> One foot in front of the other - I'm back in! I am looking to become a runner again, even at my very very slow pace that honestly looks way more like walking than running. But one of my very wise running friends told me once that if you at any point move faster than walking - you can call it a run! haha <BR> <BR> So this morning I took my first step towards getting my running life back. I know that slow is good, and that I will be injury free and happy if I ju... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:30:42 EST LET'S DO THIS Oh hello SP! <BR> <BR> I'm back at it! I'm starting a couch to 5k program tomorrow to try and get motivated to run again. I'm also loitering in SP back alleys and team corners. If you see me, ask me when the last time I ran is, or if I would like a glass of water - because I'm supposed to be drinking a LOT of water! How are you guys? What's new? What are your goals and dreams and aspirations? Seriously - knowing your dreams and goals helps make mine more real. I NEED you. And I will try rea... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:07:28 EST Loser. Watching the Biggest Loser makes me feel like the weakest excuse for an exerciser, ever. I vow to kick ass at the gym tomorrow morning because omg if they can do it, I can. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:50:42 EST Dec 2012 This past year has been a tumultuous one to say the least! I'm still working on getting divorced, I had lap band surgery, I finished graduate school, and I've lost a decent amount of weight. I feel fortunate to have not gained weight, and that my depression is still under control. <BR> <BR> My goal for the coming year is to get exercising on a regular basis. I just got a new job downtown, which I'm jazzed about! I'm hoping that the consistency of my new schedule will help me get a regular w... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:50:50 EST Lots to say Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I finally finished graduate school, and I'm doing part-time work to try and make ends meet. My love has moved here from the east coast, and we're doing great! He actually talked me into logging onto SP today, and here I am posting a blog. We went to the gym tonight - my first time in probably a year - and it went pretty well! I'm not sure what I expected, but I'm in better shape than I thought. <BR> <BR> What's not good is that my body is really stiff. By product of g... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:32:18 EST video update! 2/11/12 Hi everyone! Here's another video - it's my 7 week post op lap band surgery, and I forgot to do a video last week.. oops. This is just a "here is my life" kinda video! Thanks for the love! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> -Sarah T Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:27:05 EST The 220s and a crapload of life changes I am two pounds away from 60 lbs lost. I get to put a star charm on my bracelet for every 20 lbs I lose! I'm trying to remember what it felt like to be in the 220s a few years ago - and I can't. Gaining weight back wiped out my memory of past successes, and just made me feel like a giant failure. This time, I'm never going back. I can't believe that this is really happening, even though I am so careful about what goes into my mouth, and I focus so hard on making each day count. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:23:10 EST 55 lbs lost - a photo! This is not a before/after photo. This is an in-progress photo. 55 lbs down and a lot to go! :) I'm enjoying the journey, never fear! August 2011 on the left, January 2012 on the right! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 Feb 2012 19:00:54 EST On location at Tryon Creek State Park! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing well! <BR> <BR> I'm at Week 5 Post Op from my lapband surgery on Dec. 21st. I'm doing awesome! I'm losing weight slowly and steadily, just like I should be. I had my first fill last week, which has helped more than I thought it would. I now have 1cc of saline in my 10cc band. I'm hardly feeling any hunger at all, which makes it hard to eat enough protein when all ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:56:25 EST morning hikes, my accidental New Year's Resolution? I have been having the best time this last week. On New Years Day, for no specific reason other than I felt pretty good, I decided to take a hike at an urban park nearby that I had never been to. I was just feeling adventurous, so I headed over there and tried it out. <BR> <BR> I felt great! SInce I was only 10 days out from surgery, I didn't go far, and the elevation was a bit much. But I took some pictures and I spent some time in the fresh air and got a little exercise. I did about a mile... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 01:44:12 EST 2 weeks Post Op lapband! In case anyone is watching, you are welcome to come visit my youtube channel, where I am keeping a weekly account of my recent journey in weight loss! <BR> <BR> Click here to go check out today's video! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a good week.. Figuring out the eating, the water, and recently got back into walking/hiking! I'm loving the outdoors! Back to the grind next week, I spent most of this video talking about food that I'm excited to eat next week LOL. G... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:36:43 EST Grrrr! Stupid 2 lbs! I am so close to a 50 lb loss. It's driving me insane. Every day I step on the scale because it COULD or could NOT be the day!! I know it will come, and I keep doing what I'm supposed to. I'm just frustrated. But because of my surgery I had a huge loss last week and I'm sure my body is totally freaked out. <BR> <BR> It's just that I have the cutest charm ever to put onto my bracelet when I hit 50 lbs lost, and I'm obsessed. I seriously kiss my bracelet every morning before I step onto the sc... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 02:34:53 EST one week post op and feeling great! Hey gang! I have started a youtube channel to document my journey downward in vlogs! You are welcome to subscribe if you are interested in following along as I lose this weight for the LAST TIME. This is it! I'm never going back! Woo hoo! :) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your incredible support through the last month - and years for some of you. I'm very happy with my decision, and even though I don't have it all totally figured out, I'm feelin... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:21:31 EST Surgery update! Hey there! I'm day 3 post op and doing pretty well. I pretty much sleep, drink water, and try to walk around a little. I don't really have much pain, but I tire easily. I took a nice hot shower yesterday, and some friends took me on a drive. Today I did a quick shopping trip and I'm back in bed resting. So far so good! Thanks for the well-wishes! I have no regrets and I know this was the right choice for me! Love you all and Merry Christmas! Sat, 24 Dec 2011 15:43:14 EST TODAY IS MY SURGERY Hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> I've been super busy with the end of the semester so I haven't been on SP much.. I have been updating my weight though, and I'm happy to report I met my goal of 250 lbs by surgery day! That leaves me with 100 lbs or less to lose after surgery. I'm hoping I might get a big loss over the next two weeks, and then it will be up to me to eat right and exercise.. The lap band is just a tool, it doesn't do the work for me. I'm prepared for a slow, normal weight loss and I t... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:02:21 EST it's getting close! Monday I have my 6th of 6 appointments with the clinic. Then we send all my info from the last 7 months to insurance and I cross my fingers and hope to god I get approved for surgery. I don't know how long I'll have to wait for an answer - could be days or weeks.. But I have my surgery penciled in for Dec. 21st so I'm hoping for the best. <BR> <BR> I've been spending a lot of time reading blogs and trying to figure out how fast people are losing in general with the band. It seems like it jus... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:12:46 EST arrrgh it's not MOVINGGGG (she says whining) I haven't lost a pound in two weeks. I need to get my juju back! I need to tighten up my game a little bit. <BR> <BR> Gym, water, protein, whole foods. These are the things that make me lose. The couple beers here or there - NOT HELPING. The stress-related-dairy-queen-encounters - NOT HELPING. Graduate school - NOT HELPING. lol ok there's not much I can do about graduate school hahaha <BR> <BR> In general, I am working my tail off. I have never worked so hard in my entire life. I'm struggl... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 01:16:53 EST did I seriously say yes? By losing weight, I am trying to recapture my low-weight-lifestyle which is very physically active. Yesterday, I was talking with a friend about my future weight loss, and what it might look like, and she said - "so why don't we circumnavigate Mt. Rainier in August?" And I agreed! Here's what the route looks like: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I KNOW I'm crazy. <BR> <BR> It's a 100 mile, 2 week backpacking trip. I'm pretty sure ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 02:07:52 EST take THAT, meatheads! I used to lift weights, I had a personal trainer and I would show up and do my workouts. Since all my changes I've been feeling very conspicuous at the gym, and totally insecure about getting in there and doing strength training. I KNOW how important it is. But I am a spoiled brat and used to going to a really nice all-women's gym, but since moving I've decided to go to a coed gym closer to my house. <BR> <BR> So last night I unloaded on a friend, and told him all my insecurities about the m... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:42:52 EST Lap Band and support groups For those of you who have known me for a long time, this may come as a surprise, but I am having weight loss surgery in the next couple of months, and I have chosen the Lap Band as my method. I didn't enter into this decision lightly, and I've been through almost a year of preparation, so even though it's new to you, it isn't to me! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot about support, and what that looks like for me at this point in my life. The last couple of years have been interesting. I use... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 13:43:16 EST the fast food diet! Hi gang! I'm mostly better. Actually I'm still sick, but I really need to get back to my life! So tomorrow is the last day I'm allowed to stay in bed. Monday I need to get back into the world and start making waves again! For all you Moms out there, I did go to the doctor and it's just a virus. I have drugs and water and kleenex. <BR> <BR> Onward! <BR> <BR> I've been looking at my goals and just breaking them down a little bit more, kind of allowing myself to dream about what it feels like ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 17:30:42 EST still hereeeee! I am sick. Many of you have been sending me adorable messages to make sure that I am still around and I AM! I'm just not doing anything I should, I'm just laying in bed trying to get over this hateful cold. I got sick Saturday, and it's now Tuesday. Aside from that I'm just busy with grad school. I can't promise perfection, but I promise to try my best every day :) <BR> <BR> Hugs (from 10ft distance) <BR> Sarah T Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:00:55 EST darkness and plans it's so dark! I get up at 5:30am on the days I have to go to my internships and it's so hard! But my deal with myself is to just take each day as it comes and keep putting one foot in front of the other. I'm hoping that I can find a job close to me once I graduate, or if I get a job that isn't - I am moving down the street from the school because this 5:30am stuff is RIDICULOUS! hahaha <BR> <BR> Because I'm getting divorced, I have moved across town. So my internships are all set up around w... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 09:39:28 EST beating depression Hello again! Wow I feel kind of addicted to this again. The response from all of you has been so great that I am thrilled to be back! <BR> <BR> I went to a coffee shop to do my homework today, I can't seem to get it done here at home because there are too many distractions. It feels so good to get things done, and be out in the world. I lost so much of my life to depression, I just have to let the anger go and move forward. Just acknowledge that it happened, hug myself, and move on. <BR> <... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:35:55 EST so much to say.. well it's Sept 2011. I'm staying positive amidst a whirlwind of changes. I'm not even sure most of my old friends are still logging in, but I suppose I will find the ones that are here, and make new friends too. <BR> <BR> I'm back at the beginning, or sort of. There is just so much to say! I won't try to squeeze it all in now, but I'm making a total life change right now and it feels overwhelming and exhilarating all at the same time. Some days I love it, some days I cry. <BR> <BR> I'm bac... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:54:43 EST Take 2.... This time for realz yo. Ok listen. Life can be hard. Really really really hard. But it can also get better! <BR> <BR> I did it once and I can do it again. I'm back up to 273 lbs. I'm not going to let that get me down. I'm going to be glad that I feel normal enough to be ready to work on it again. <BR> <BR> On Thursday I went to the gym for the first time in over a year. I am starting with a personal trainer again 3 times a week. I am here on sparkpeople. I'm ready to start working at it again and I'm going to focu... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 19:46:04 EST Coming Out of the Tunnel I'm sorry friends. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry that I disappeared, that I haven't been there to cheer you on, and if I let you down in any way. <BR> <BR> The last few months have been some of the most difficult I've been through, and part of my illness was being completely unable to communicate. I've struggled with depression off and on throughout my life, but I've never hit bottom quite like I did in March. Some would identify it as a "nervous breakdown" but to me it felt more like hitting a wall... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:56:42 EST "I let go of the past so I can create health now." I'm starting over. <BR> <BR> Today I begin again. <BR> I will log my food. <BR> I will go to the gym. <BR> I will log my exercise. <BR> I will drink my water. <BR> I will start reading "The Spark" and I will actually follow all the directions it gives me. I will do the work this time. <BR> I will follow the example of my friend Botzz - "Eat Less & Move More." <BR> <BR> I think my main problem is an all-or-nothing attitude. It bleeds into other areas of my life too. Comes with being s... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:12:24 EST Some more stuff about me: yet another blog survey 1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:00 am <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? rare to medium rare - depends on how nice the meat is.. are we talking cheap grocery store or fancy meat market? <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Avatar 3D. Loved it. Want to see it again. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? Lost!!! <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I like it a lot where I live - the Pacific Northwest will prob... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:29:03 EST Ouch. My gardening hurts! I cannot kneel. I can't get on my knees at all, or crouch down. I think I might be one of the only people in the world that does not find child's pose (yoga) comfy and relaxing. I find it torturous. <BR> <BR> This weekend I pulled an amazing amount of weeds in my front yard. Not the evil blackberries ("Satanberries" is what my DH calls them) - those are in the back - but the stuff in the front that the neighbors have to look at. We got it about 50% cleaned out. And I raked the gravel. Whoeve... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 22:30:58 EST