TINASWEEP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TINASWEEP TINASWEEP'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/ Out of Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697978 I've had a bit of a breakthrough dealing with the nightly stress eating. I regarded it is stress, avoidance of work at 10pm when I didn't want to be working. I tried using distractions or finding alternate tasks or take my mind off it. It didn't make a difference. I wanted to wait until I didn't have to be working late at night to see if I could stop, but even that hasn't really changed. <BR> <BR> At the start it might have just been a result of stress and avoidance, but it's not anymore. N... Sun, 18 May 2014 22:55:47 EST Living it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682814 This has been an important year. This has been the year I stopped working at maintaining my weight as job to do and instead I've made it my life. <BR> <BR> Working outside the home I spent a long time trying to hold onto old patterns of cooking twice or more a day, tracking all my food on SparkPeople, and working out every day on top of additional work. It was exhausting. I had to step back, reassess, and cut back to what I could manage versus what I wanted to do. <BR> <BR> I tested boundar... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:57:34 EST The End Game in Sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604658 My 3rd year anniversary of maintaining came and passed quietly and happily. The mountainous goals I set out for at the start of everything nearly four years ago have evened out into rolling hills of ups and down, proving challenging at times but manageable. <BR> <BR> My biggest fear used to be gaining back any amount of weight. It was a deathly fear, tantamount to failure, indicative of an inability to remain healthy, of a need to backslide into obesity. My measures of success have relaxed ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:45:31 EST Reserving Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573317 As I round up on my third year maintaining anniversary in January I am fifteen pounds above my goal weight. I continue to believe I am maintaining. It is a little regression, it sucks that my pants don't fit but it's not a complete regression. <BR> <BR> The lesson I'm taking away from 2013 is that work is the biggest roadblock in my life to maintaining my physical and mental wellbeing. I've been working five parttime jobs, 40+ hours a week. I've increased my income by 1.5% over last year and... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:30:14 EST Silver Linings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512732 I made my friends take so many photos of me yesterday, out hiking through a local park in my awesome new Scouting Legion hoodie. It looks so good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433659809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bit-by-bit I'm catching up on sleep and I'm happy to get a few miscellaneous tasks done today like emails and read the latest Attack on Titan chapter and watering the herbs. Soon I need to bring them inside. <BR> <BR> My workout didn't happen today as planne... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 23:00:09 EST The Recap Episode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505498 This blog has been a long time coming, with lots of events and thoughts to report from the spring to summer. It's jam-packed, prepare yourself. <BR> <BR> I cut off all my hair to have fun with my first pixie cut. I’m growing it back out and enjoying all the fun along the way, but another pixie might return in the future. I have also progressively learned how to better apply makeup, I love it. This from the girl who was never brave enough to care about my appearance because I never felt worth... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:24:02 EST A Summer of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380863 The theme at my yoga studio is the Summer of Love right now so it feels like the perfect time to make a new seasonal blog. I would like to post more frequently but life just has a way of using up the time and effort regular blogging would require. <BR> <BR> Among these life moments include a lot of work. Maybe more than I should have taken on because in three months I gained nine pounds. Yep, you heard that right, nine. I have a number of financial goals that I am working towards right now a... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 23:03:03 EST Miracles for Pre-Order http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305809 I have some amazing, fabulous, super groovy news to share. In little over a month on May 7th the new SparkPeople book The Spark Solution will be released. The book features an all-inclusive two-week diet program to improve your total body health as well as tips and stories from actual SparkPeople members, including yours truly! <BR> <BR> When SparkPeople contacted me with the opportunity I was so flattered. I was also eager to share and to give back to this community which has completely cha... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:50:41 EST The Courage to be Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284665 Life has been keeping me busy and I have some happy news to share, but first I want to address some significant concerns that have been on my mind lately. Issues that were relevant to an experience I had this past Sunday at a coffee shop. <BR> <BR> It would have been any other Sunday meeting a friend for coffee and a movie but in this instance a fellow patron approached our table to pay me a lovely compliment on my colorful attire. She said I was the second brightest object she had beheld al... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:15:56 EST The Cake Pusher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220024 There is a very special place reserved in each of my days for sweets and desserts. I love them and I refuse to cut them out of my diet. They are treasured indulgences that I earn. I take a savage pride to be able to both fit sweets into my diet and to maintain my weight. They give me comfort and wellbeing when other areas of my life are difficult. I feel clever over the tricks and corners I can shave so I can indulge in the treats but for fewer calories per serving. I feel justified to includ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:38:50 EST 2nd Year Revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212127 I'm rolling up on my two year maintaining anniversary this Saturday, my weight is right on track, and I have settled into a workable routine and schedule. Looking back on my first year of maintaining I find I used that time to puzzle out what habits I could sustain and needed and which ones were unnecessary to keep a physically healthy body. But there are two sides of the coin and physical health is matched with mental health. <BR> <BR> To that purpose, I have spent much of my second year in... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:10:24 EST Top 3 Eating Pitfalls Revealed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180440 During this splendid Christmas with family I repeated some old patterns of overindulging, I had too much salt, and I did not drink enough water, or get enough exercise. But the mistakes I made this holiday season revealed to me my three biggest potential pitfalls that I can work to prevent and avoid in the future. <BR> <BR> 1) Overeating <BR> <BR> This is fairly obvious as an issue for anyone, particularly during the season of abundance. The best defense is to measure everything and keep my... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:44:48 EST A Manageable Holiday Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174139 This past Thanksgiving I attended an amazing turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the home of a local friend's family in lieu of visiting my own family. I did not necessarily restrict myself but I did measure my portions and track the calories, including a big slice of chocolate pecan pie for dessert. <BR> <BR> As I learn the amounts of realistic serving sizes through repeated experiences and measuring, it has been hard to realize that other people actually manage to eat healthy portion s... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 02:29:27 EST Respecting Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159853 I've been giving a lot of consideration to what maintenance defines for me lately. It's probably something I've thought on in the past, and will think again on in the future, but for this moment to me maintenance is learning and respecting what my body needs as opposed to what it wants. <BR> <BR> I had a great night tonight attending a yoga workshop Yoga & Chocolate. You can guess what that featured and I will admit I didn't need to eat five delicious artisan chocolates (and a cookie!) but I... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 02:27:10 EST Back to Maintenance, Back to Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152771 After 3 months of active weight loss, I am back to maintenance mode! The 3-4 lb gain from a summer of binging has officially been incinerated. <BR> <BR> For the longest time it seemed impossible to lose only 3-4 lbs while living my current, preferred lifestyle. But even though I fell and it took so much time to get back on track again, I learned much about my addiction and more importantly what I need to avoid and prevent certain missteps before they gain momentum. I am better prepared by my... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 16:09:41 EST Proving Myself Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127431 I am so full of emotion this morning. I had a weigh-in that I was dreading desperately. The stress has grown into physical symptoms (constipation) which does not make for a good weigh-in. I've also been concerned with my increased salt intake from yesterday as that always has a negative impact on the scale. <BR> <BR> But these concerns for my physical state were for naught as I weighed in today under goal, with just over half of a pound to go before my moving average reaches goal. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:44:43 EST All Hallow's Eve, Celebrate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117445 I just had to share: I'm so happy with my Halloween costume this year! I felt so good and confident and I never dreamed in the past I could look like this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1560527899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1693139988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not too shabby for a last minute costume idea, I think. <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween everybody! Stay healthy, safe, and spooktacular! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:48:44 EST Confessions: I'm on a Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089019 Here's where I own up to it, I'm on a break...from the scale. <BR> <BR> Shocking, right? Me, a professed scale lover who weighs in every day, on a break from said maintaining tool. The last time I weighed in was last weekend, and I'll probably weigh in tomorrow, but this week has been a no-go. <BR> <BR> All summer the scale has mostly been showing me numbers I don't want to see and that's been wearing at me. I jump on the scale hopeful and step off angry and defeated. This past weekend the ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 13:34:50 EST Binging: 473, Tina: 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077136 Oh my god. Oh my god! I can't believe what I just did. I can't believe it. <BR> <BR> I just followed through on my promise. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645650065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> See all that right there? I just threw that ALL away. Every last bit. <BR> <BR> About a month ago I resolved that should I binge on any food, it will be tossed. Of course it's never as simple as that, though. I waffled, I binged, I told myself I could throw the snacks and candies ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:09:21 EST Constant Vigilance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076597 I feel like somebody needs to be shouting that at me all the time. <BR> <BR> I'm at a weird place where I am both okay with my body weight (1-2 pounds above goal) and I am also so not okay with the repetitious binging and overeating. <BR> <BR> One feeds directly into the other too, as the comfort I feel towards my weight provides my mind an allowance for additional calories. <BR> <BR> I don't know quite what to do to be honest. I want to be okay with my body, but I don't want my allowances... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 02:24:32 EST New Maintenance Level Unlocked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075640 Habits by nature occur as patterns in our day to day lives. There are good habits and bad habits, both of which can greatly impact our abilities to maintain. The good habits are easier to nurture, they are the new patterns we have deliberately developed to facilitate our lifestyle changes, such as checking the nutrition labels in the grocery stores or looking up restaurant menus in advance and more. <BR> <BR> The bad habits though, those are a bit trickier. Sometimes they are immediately ide... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:03:22 EST Maintaining Stratagems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063266 When I began maintaining, I worked to keep my mind open to the possible strategies and techniques to help me achieve my goals. I've picked up bits of knowledge and information to do so but after a certain point I became immersed in the repetitious patterns to my days and it didn't seem possible that there were further strategies to employ, I'd tried it all. <BR> <BR> Wrong, wrong, so wrong. There are always new thoughts and ideas to try, new studies to learn from, new techniques to prevent s... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:11:18 EST Support Systems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062244 I know I often discuss the words and views of my friends and how they affect me. It may seem I take a negative view of what they've said, and I probably have, yet I'm endlessly grateful for having them in my life to talk with and catalyze me into contemplating the issues they bring to light. In so many ways I am becoming a better person because of my friends. <BR> <BR> My friends are a positive influence in my life, no matter the tone of my blogs. They may not always relate but they always l... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:41:56 EST The Flukes of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060632 This morning I woke up, put on my new cold weather workout clothes (even though it was a bit too warm for them), and set out to continue training for the Color Me Rad 5K in October. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I would have never thought I would be training to run a 5K. I hate running. I'm not built for it, I can't run with any amount of endurance or authority, I get stitches every time I try, and I feel like I can't get enough air when trying to breathe into my belly. <BR> <BR> I prefer biking.... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 17:16:09 EST Dear Friends, Family, & Beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060516 There is a particular suggestion that comes up frequently in my life, addressed typically by friends and family or even health-related articles. It comes up enough times that it is often on my mind. This letter to you is an attempt to organize my thoughts on the matter but I would endlessly appreciate if you do read it all the way. <BR> <BR> In discussing my plans for the weekend with a friend I mentioned that I will be reserving calories for a planned social event. My kind friend’s response... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:55:18 EST Privilege and Shame http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041856 There are times on SparkPeople when I feel like the oddball out, swimming against the stream. I don't follow many of the expected practices of healthy living, rather I watch TV constantly, I end up at many positive solutions from a negative approaches, I consume sweets multiple times per day, I exercise inconsistently, and more. I guess I like to rock the boat and this blog is no different. While I wish this journey was always positive, there are bumps, crevasses, potholes, gaps, and caverns ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 00:32:53 EST Dissection of the Binge 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038279 I've been studying up on this subject more than plenty, it has been the summer of binges here (and the scale knows it). As a result I'm working my way through all the variety of triggers that crop up. I've been less successful with solutions but each day I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> I once had a girl ask me how I "cured" myself of binging. Is that even possible? Maybe with years of counseling and learning, a "cure" can be achieved, but as long as I have a biological need to eat I don't see a... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:38:08 EST Measures of Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037821 There are times when I discuss my healthy and weight with my friends, typically at least once a day. That's to be expected, it's on my mind a majority of the time and there's always something new to be learned. <BR> <BR> As I talk about these topics with one friend in particular, I have a feeling she doesn't quite get it. She sees the end result of my body and maybe thinks that's it. At least her lack of understanding does challenge me to think and better clarify my reasoning. For example sh... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:08:02 EST Why Success Generates Unrealistic Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023498 Currently I have been contemplating goals and goal setting as I face the knowledge that in order to achieve what I want my maintenance plan must change. <BR> <BR> As I struggle with this (but I don't want to change, cheese with my whine), I realize that the success of losing 90 pounds has generated expectations to achieving goals that are now simply unrealistic. <BR> <BR> The goal process is just that, a process. The manner in which you approach a goal, the steps you take to achieve it, and... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:24:00 EST Redefining Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021872 Last year when I could afford a membership to my yoga studio, I was speaking with my yoga buddy and instructor regarding the outcomes we sought. My friend was hoping to strength train her upper body, which is reasonable. The instructor mentioned to me opportunities in which I might further my yoga practice. <BR> <BR> It came as a bit of a surprise. I never felt I had much potential for yoga, I just enjoyed it as a form of exercise. Besides that I do not have the funds available for additiona... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:44:13 EST The Most Difficult Part of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020834 I have all of these momentary thoughts and contemplations through my weeks that I want to share but I don't. I jot them down to save them for later, to flesh them out into stories or morals that build depth and character to the issues. Essentially I end up holding myself back from fully addressing and dealing with the issue or thought because it doesn't come wrapped up in a neat package accented by hope. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to shake things up and try something a little more straightforwar... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:13:03 EST The Method to the Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966535 Things have been bad lately. Not physically, I've been staying on track and counting and counting and counting. Rather, the struggle has been over rationalizing my means for staying healthy. I have felt that I've been fighting the good fight, but there hasn't been adequate reason to the method. <BR> <BR> I'm just bungling this up. Let me start over. <BR> <BR> For anyone who might have read my rants before, you may know that to maintain my weight I consume around 1700 calories in six meals p... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 01:28:42 EST Lose Weight Without Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935095 Sounds like a trick, right? Not true because I've actually managed it. <BR> <BR> As I dealt with other areas of my life and lost focus on my long-term maintenance goals, weight gain became a self-perpetuating cycle of binging and gain over the course of a few weeks. By the time I finally found my resolve again a couple of extra pounds had already crept on. <BR> <BR> Though I was determined to lose that weight I had zero interest and time in engaging in consistent exercise to do so. I stuck ... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:13:55 EST 10 Reminders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929118 This is inspired by MAGGIEROSEBOWL's courageous and timely blog. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924818 </link> <BR> <BR> The odds are against me. As a part of the mythology of weight loss, 95% of all people who lose weight regain some or more back within a one to five years. That is alarming, yet I've watched this exact situation happen to those around me. <BR> <BR> What they do regain is a percentage of the total loss, such as 50%, which may ... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 15:10:59 EST Proportion Distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879317 As we all celebrate Mother's Day today, I also celebrate a day finally free of over-the-top binging yesterday. That isn't to say I didn't binge, but it was only four pieces of candy and half a scoop of ice cream as opposed to many, many more plus cookies on top. <BR> <BR> It's just been harder and harder lately to see all that I've accomplished in the mirror. Lately I keep seeing myself as heavier than I actually am. <BR> <BR> I think there's an assumption out there for thin people that whe... Sun, 13 May 2012 11:07:48 EST A Glimpse into My Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4820432 I started the day with my alarm ringing early in order to get up for yoga. But I was depressed but I didn't know why and I was not in the mood to do anything but sit around. I got on the scale and I'm at goal and no longer underweight. I didn't want to shower, I didn't want to go, I didn't want to join my friend for a snack after yoga, I didn't want to do the little various errands I should today, I didn't want to go grocery shopping, I just wanted to sit and be depressed. <BR> <BR> But I w... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:28:14 EST Lifestyle Matters: How to Say No http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797677 As I reminisce on my weight loss and my continued maintenance I find that a key to success in my journey was learning how to say no. To myself. <BR> <BR> The way food is portrayed in our lives through schooling, though media, through advertising, they would have you believe the ideal diet is to eat three meals a day, of any nutritional content though especially high-calorie convenience foods. <BR> <BR> I have learned instead that meals and food are not one-size-fits-all. Food is most effect... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:20:39 EST 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search: Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979617003.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have the results for the maurices Main Street Model Search! <BR> <BR> First off, thank you to all who participated and cast their votes for me. All of your support is endlessly appreciated, and I'm hoping the gift card drawing goes well! <BR> <BR> I was not among the top 100 contestants selected to advance to the next phase, unfortunately. It was a thrill while it lasted, but among 1400+ girls, I walked into th... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:36:27 EST 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search: FINAL DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794790 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980197492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After 22 days of voting, we’re down to the final day and I just cast my FINAL vote! <BR> <BR> Voting closes at noon (MST) TODAY. I'm excited to find out the results, tomorrow, Tuesday the 20th. Please vote and help me reach my latest goal! <BR> <BR> 3/20 update: Voting has ended, thank you for participating! For the results, please click the following link: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urn... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:06:02 EST 2 Days Left! 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793610 We're down to the final 2 days, so only two more chances left to vote for my entry in 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search. <BR> <BR> You know the drill by now probably. Out of the current 1,446 contestants, the top 100 with the most votes will move onto the next phase of the model search. <BR> <BR> When you vote you'll also be entered in a chance to win up to $1,000 in maurices gift cards! <BR> <BR> Voting closes at noon (MST) on March 19th (Monday). The results will be revealed Tuesda... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 16:32:52 EST 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search: 4 days left to vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319979617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Only 4-5 days more left to vote. That’s 4-5 more chances from each person to help me make it to the next phase into the top 100! <BR> <BR> I only wish they hadn’t cropped my feet off from the full body shot, I adore those shoes with this outfit. And they’re maurices brand shoes. <BR> <BR> Please help me attain my latest goal! <BR> <BR> 3/20 update: Voting has ended, thank you for participating! For the results, ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:23:19 EST Point A to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782937 Into March now we're past the first sixty-six days to the year, which is the approximate amount of time it takes for a routine to become habit. You may recall that I began this year attempting to keep four specific resolutions to enhance my daily life: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680572 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say, despite a couple instances where I was blasted with food poisoning or such, I have maintained these routines an... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:34:32 EST 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search: 11 days left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777883 There is a little over a week and a half left to vote for me in the maurices Main Street Model Search! <BR> <BR> I am so touched by the outpouring of support from everybody, but especially here on SparkPeople. You all make one amazing community! There's a reason why I was successful in my weight loss with Spark and it's in part due to every single person who commented on my blogs and my page, everyone who provided their own experiences, everyone who listened and helped. What you can accompli... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:01:16 EST There is Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768943 Today is the final day of the 25th National Eating Disorder Week. In full disclosure for the majority of my adult life I have been engaged in a war against Compulsive Overeating. <BR> <BR> "[Compulsive Overeating] is characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of shame or self-hatred after a binge. People who overe... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 18:22:38 EST 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search: I have my 2 votes in, 19 to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765220 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697709353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have seriously been feeling the incredible power of Spark. Thank you all for aiding me in this new adventure! <BR> <BR> This is my community of support in all I've done to change my life for the better, and I couldn't have asked for a better one. <BR> <BR> I actually went into the contest without much confidence in my chances, but with your help I'm beginning to dream of making it to the top 100! <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:50:19 EST maurices Main Street Model Search 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760409 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l944415635.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life just keeps getting better! I opened my email today to find that I’ve been accepted into the 2012 maurices Main Street Model Search! Last year when they held the first search I wasn't daring enough to enter and I regretted that. In all honesty I didn't think my submission would be accepted this year, but here we are and I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> Twelve lucky women will be awarded a $1,500 maurices Gift Card an... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:00:43 EST On Being Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758843 For a little over a year now, I have been not just thin, but at my goal weight thin. I have a BMI of about 22 and my body fat is around 25% according to my scale. People meeting me now look at me and assume this has been my weight for life. In fact I've had people who, after they found out I lost 95 pounds, shared their first impression of my appearance that I needed to gain weight. <BR> <BR> Obviously they don't know the current status of my health, lifestyle and past history, so it's not a... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 23:11:06 EST The Boredom Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722742 When I speak to other people about weight loss I'm often surprised at the amount of different activities they engage in for their fitness and exercise options. As I was working to lose weight, there were only about four total activities that I engaged in over a total span of 16 months, varying the amounts of time invested as I needed to increase my calorie burn. <BR> <BR> Every day I would get on a Tony Little Gazelle for 45 minutes while watching TV for the first seven months. When that bro... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 23:32:04 EST An Evolution of Weight Loss and Maintenance Tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722203 On my SparkPage under Other Information I have listed a few tools that have aided me in achieving healthy living success. Not all tools are created equal and it's also important to intuitively get a feel for when you choose to incorporate them into your routine. It's like playing a video game in that when you advance in levels, you organically collect new tools to help you on your way depending on the new challenges you are facing. If you try to buy and use them on all at once, you'll never e... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 16:15:58 EST Top 5 SP Articles & Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719621 As I worked my way through 95 pounds and worked to maintain I was absorbing all of the information that I could find, provided at no charge here on SparkPeople. I used the SparkPoints to learn about navigating the site, trained myself to effectively use the SparkPeople tools, and researched all the healthy lifestyle information that happened by, if it was relevant for me or not. <BR> <BR> Among the wide variety of articles and DailySpark blogs I've read, there are five that really stayed wit... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 00:18:42 EST