THEOTHERJESSICA's SparkPeople Blog THEOTHERJESSICA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A little slip up/ back on track! I remember how I felt when I first started my weight loss journey in April of 2013. I was determined, committed to the core, and ready to take on the world. I also lived in the home I owned, in a town I like in the Bay Area, that has sidewalks, safe running paths, and a supportive family. It helped me drop 40 lbs! <BR> <BR> Fast forward to August/September when we moved to Northern California (near the Oregon border) for a one year rotation, in a town with inconsistent sidewalks (if any at a... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:53:42 EST Sept Challenge Going Well! The little fitness challenge I set for myself this month is going wonderfully! I am excited to finish all of my assigned workouts, and I even find myself wanting to do extra stuff. <BR> I'm not really "feeling the burn" yet, but I DO feel stronger; I can actually do a few push-ups without stopping! YAY! <BR> <BR> I even started walking/jogging again after not doing it in months. It feels great to get out and move! I wish I would have started sooner, but at least I've started at all. Tomorro... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:49:56 EST 40 lbs down, happy and healthier! I am pleased, and a little shocked, to say that I am down 40 lbs since starting to change my diet and lifestyle. These past 4 months have been amazing for my health, self-esteem, and credit card (lol I can't stop buying new clothes!). I keep thinking to myself that I look exactly the same, but then I try on size 8-10 pants and they fit, or I catch sight of some old picture of me that makes me do a double take. I never felt huge before, I just felt chubby. But man, I've come a long way and I f... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:29:21 EST The rambling of a crazy woman. I don't know what it is, but I cannot stick with an exercise regimen! I get super excited about doing stuff, then just taper off to doing nothing. I want to work out more, but it gets overwhelming with a 13 month old baby wanting to nurse and be held all the time. <BR> <BR> I regret letting certain people know that I'm working on losing weight. Some of them have either ignored my blatant progress, or say snide things that make me feel like I haven't made any progress. I know I don't need a... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:49:31 EST 17 lbs!? WHAT?! If you'd have told me a month and a half ago that I'd lose 17 lbs by early June, I would've laughed in your face! Not that I'm a major downer, but that's a big number! Well, I have lost that much, and I'm SHOCKED. <BR> <BR> Cutting calories has saved my life, and tracking my food has been an eye opener! I can't believe how many calories per day I was eating! Probably 3-4 thousand. Sounds crazy, but it's pretty easy (and some days I ate more than that). <BR> I wouldn't have been able to make... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 01:45:30 EST Binge Eating Past and 2 Pounds Down I don't mean to sound ungrateful to my body, but how the heck did I lose 2 pounds? I just weighed myself on Monday and there was no change. I'm a little nervous to be excited about this because I'm worried the fat that will find its way back just as quickly as it left. <BR> I've been tracking my calories and staying on track, but I can't seem to feel fully satisfied after I'm done eating. Maybe that's the binge eater in me. For the past 6 months I've been over eating like crazy; and no matte... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:47:06 EST Day 2, feeling good! Today was my second day tracking calories and being productive! It was nice eating well and feeling proud of myself! Although, I have to say, yesterday I went to bed much fuller than I'm going tonight. Today I tracked my calories and ate amazingly, so I had like 700-900 for dinner. Then I wasted them on one burrito and a cup of beans at taco bell. If I planned a little better, I could have gotten something more filling, and left room for a snack before bed. <BR> My husband and I are definite... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 01:28:28 EST A New Me Today I went to a weight management class with my husband. I heard a lot of things I've heard before, but some of it was new. The main thing I gained in that class was a determination to get my life in order and lose some weight! <BR> I'm not counting today as day 1, because I ate a horrible breakfast in defiance of the upcoming class, and because I ate a horrible dinner as a last hurrah. I suck, but at least I'm ready to go! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be Day 1, the day I start my new l... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:37:16 EST