UWDAWG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=UWDAWG UWDAWG'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/ Had a great Friday the 13th!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969595 I had my yearly appointment with my doctor and she had not seen me since I was 213 pounds!! Normally I hate going to the doctor but I was so excited to show off my 90 pound weight loss! <BR> <BR> She was very proud of me and told me I'm at a good weight now, but I still want to get back to where I was....only 8 pounds to go! Though these last few are taking their sweet time. Ugh! <BR> <BR> After the doctor, my fiance and I ran a bunch of errands and bought a gas grill. I've been wanting a ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 05:50:01 EST Wedding Update!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934221 Since the weight is almost all the way off, and I'm in a better place, physically and emotionally, we've started the wedding planning. Finally!! Unfortunately he proposed right when I got sick and things just kept getting worse. He has been so amazing to stick by me through everything! <BR> <BR> We've set our date - May 25, 2013!! We've booked our venue, photographer, planner, and photo booth. We met with a videographer tonight and will be meeting with another soon. And we started contactin... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 06:48:50 EST Throwing Out the Fat Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928539 When I hit 89 pounds lost, I decided it was time to donate the fat clothes I had to buy over the past two years. What a waste of money - gah! <BR> <BR> It felt so good to purge those clothes. I'm not sure why I was hanging on to them. But it was time for them to go. I tried on a lot of them to see how far I've come and it was truly astonishing. <BR> <BR> Clothes of that size will never, never! be back in this house again. <BR> <BR> I'm fitting back into my jeans from 2 years ago. I stil... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 02:20:53 EST I need to brag for a minute.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877908 I'm at 127 pounds, down 86 total. We'll see what tomorrow's weigh in is. <BR> <BR> But I am 7-12 pounds from my goal. I'm in single digits!!! I seriously cannot believe I'm here. I'ts been a long road, and so much work. Wow - I'm so proud of myself! <BR> <BR> I took some measurements today and my waist is 26 inches and my bust is 34. Only a couple more inches to lose on my waist and I'm back to where I was! I also lost more inches in my thighs and my wrists have gotten a lot smaller. And m... Sat, 12 May 2012 06:11:23 EST Ugh. My first weight gain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829726 Ugh. Made it through over a year of holidays without gaining any weight, and now from this Easter ....I'm up a pound! I find it hard to believe it would show up so fast, but who knows. In fact, throughout this whole journey, 14 months, I haven't gained any weight. So this is hard for me to accept! <BR> <BR> Hopefully it's just water weight. But I did eat quite a bit. Now that I'm closer to goal weight I don't have as much wiggle room. Boo. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty discouraged about it. That's t... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 03:51:11 EST Phase 1 - Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813153 Finished up Phase 1 of Jillian Michaels' Total Body Revolution last night. I start Phase 2 on Sunday - I can't wait! I'm so excited, but so nervous. I have no idea what's coming!! I can really feel my strength increasing and my body is really changing, even though weight loss is slow. <BR> <BR> I've been doing Turbo Fire after the Total Body Revolution workouts and I'm exhausted! Very good workouts!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow night I'm going out to dinner with some friends. Should be good! It's ... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 06:42:15 EST Jillian Michaels Total Body Revolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781100 I started this program on March 5th - the day after my birthday! Just what I needed to kick my bootay with after all the cake I ate! <BR> <BR> The weights workouts for phase 1 have made me sore! I was surprised as I've been working out hard for a bit over a year now, and doing a lot of her videos. But ow! Especially my triceps and chest area. I've been using 10 pound weights, but for a couple exercises, like chair lifts, I have to use 7s. <BR> <BR> After doing her weights workouts I do a ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:28:25 EST My birthday, reflections and 80 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768218 I'm one day away from my 27th birthday and I think it is a good time to reflect on all I've accomplished the past year. <BR> <BR> Last year on my birthday I was 205 pounds. Over 200 pounds!!! I still can't believe I was ever that huge. This year I am 133 pounds. 72 pounds lost in exactly a year. I am so proud of myself. I remember when I was down 8 pounds on my birthday last year and how good I felt - I couldn't even imagine being down another 72. <BR> <BR> I've always been a determined pe... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 08:09:52 EST Depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694030 Ugh, so depressed. Seems this weight loss journey has been pretty easy for me, losing an average of 1-1.5 pounds a week, consistently (down 73.5 pounds). <BR> <BR> I finished 3 weeks of Turbo Fire the other day, and I am totally in a plateau. I thought doing Turbo Fire would really rev my weight loss up -since it's a new program and so intense. But it's not doing anything!! I even measured and I haven't lost any inches. <BR> <BR> I feel so depressed and down about this. I am NOT happy at 13... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:15:34 EST SO Excited!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667629 I'm so excited!!! I hit "healthy" BMI today!!! <BR> <BR> I've been waiting and waiting for this day - I am so pumped! Feels so good to get some more motivation. <BR> <BR> 73 pounds down! <BR> <BR> 10 away from first goal <BR> 25 away from ultimate goal <BR> <BR> Yeahhhh!! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 01:00:12 EST Week 1 of Turbo Fire finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655992 Last night my fiance and I finished week 1 of Turbo Fire! I am exhausted...and tonight we have to do the 45 minute DVD (I am following the class schedule). <BR> <BR> I'm worried we over did the first week....I was panicking that just doing the Turbo Fire wasn't enough for me and I wouldn't lose weight, so I did extra...I would do the TF class DVD and then do another DVD - usually about 45 minutes extra. <BR> <BR> That was probably stupid, as I'm feeling burned out now. And I'm wondering if ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 03:11:00 EST 70 pounds lost and update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642675 Hit 70 pounds lost yesterday!!! I'm so incredibly excited and proud of myself!! My fiance has been on this journey with me as well, and he's lost 45 pounds!! He is already at goal, but he is still tracking his food, paying attention to what he eats and exercising! This is a life style change, not just to get to a certain weight. <BR> <BR> I got Turbo Fire for Christmas, so we started that program last night. It is really fun!! And very high energy. I hope it does good things for me! <BR> <... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 02:17:37 EST This is taking forever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618602 I've hit 65 pounds lost. I'm happy, but impatient. Do you all find, that the closer you get to your goal, the more impatient you become?! Now that I'm so close, I just WANT TO GET THERE!! I'm so close, that each pound seems to take forever (even though it's only a week). <BR> <BR> When I started out, every pound was a huge thing. And when I hit 10 pounds I was ecstatic, so pumped to keep going. Same all the way up to 50 plus. But once I hit 60, it's like c'mon...let's get this over with! <B... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 02:47:33 EST Some Venting and Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589011 Was feeling really good about my weight loss and then those feelings came to a screeching halt. It's amazing how much other people's words/actions can make you feel. <BR> I hit 60 pounds, I'm feeling proud, amazed, dare I say it...happy. I can now wear size 10 pants, buttoned!! and comfortably. So I ordered a pair of dress black pants for the holidays. I was thinking DAYUM! I look good in these. Tried them on for my mom and that feeling of euphoria disappeared in seconds. She looked at me li... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:04:57 EST Cardiologist Appointment!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4544332 I am so happy today. So happy! <BR> <BR> I had my follow up cardiologist appointment today and she took me off beta blockers!! Last year when I put on a ton of weight and suffered from a lot of stress and anxiety, my heart rate went bonkers. I was hospitalized for 4 days and then had appointment after appointment. Nothing could be found wrong, structurally, with my heart, so I was put on a beta blocker to help with my tachycardia and extreme PVCs. <BR> <BR> After being on the beta blocker... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 02:07:41 EST My 50...er 51 pound weight loss blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504112 I did it. I finally reached the OVER halfway point! 50 pounds!!! Well, today I actually reached 51 pounds lost. <BR> <BR> To be my true goal weight I still need to lose 47 pounds. To be a "happy with myself" weight, I need to lose 42. <BR> <BR> I cannot believe I'm down to the 40s. When I started this journey it seemed so incredibly far away. And well, it was. Almost 8 months later here I am. And believe it or not, though I want the end result so badly, these 8 months have flown by. I think... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 03:02:49 EST I am so not into this right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329779 I'm feeling really depressed tonight. I tried to work out and my low blood sugar was so bad I could only do 10 minutes and I had a hypoglycemic attack, so now I feel very weak and sick. I always feel like such a failure when I can't work out. <BR> <BR> Because of the failed work out tonight, I started being down on myself. I haven't lost much weight this month, only 4 pounds. I'm 8 pounds off the pace I want to be, which is 2 pounds per week. I also haven't lost any inches this month. <BR> ... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 03:18:57 EST Pity Party Turned Upside Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4211401 I am having a meltdown, with tears streaming down my face as I write this. My low blood sugar has been so whack lately, my exercise and diet have suffered. I had gotten a better handle on my low blood sugar and was working out 6 days a week, burning over 2,300 (estimated) calories a week. This past week I've barely been able to exercise. <BR> <BR> Due to my current mental state, I thought instead of dwelling on how overwhelmed I feel and down on myself I am right now, I should write a blog ... Thu, 5 May 2011 03:30:29 EST I am now a chef! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4175964 I'm so bad at this blogging thing!! I keep meaning to blog and then I just put it off. I know this is an incredibly valuable tool to aid in my weight loss and mental health. <BR> <BR> I have always disliked cooking so I rarely ate home cooked meals. I ate a lot of take out and prepared/frozen meals. <BR> <BR> Well...I LOVE cooking now!! I do easier recipes that don't take 4 hours, but are healthy, low calorie and full of nutrients and fresh food. The past couple of weeks I've made cheddar-a... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:54:25 EST Woohooo!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4114352 Slacked in my blog entries. Woops! Life got busy. <BR> <BR> I celebrated a birthday earlier this month. I know this year will be better. I will make it be better. Last year was a horrible blip, and I refuse to repeat history. I felt very optimistic this year on my birthday. Last year was filled with depression, despair and feelings of being completely overwhelmed. This year's birthday was joyous and fun! I had three parties and celebrated with friends and family. Being happy was so nice! Som... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 03:06:08 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059431 So sore from working out....but it also feels sooooo good!!! Did 30 minutes tonight of cardio. It included lots of leg work - and they were so tired and sore from last night. It was tough, but I pushed through! <BR> <BR> I'm down 7 pounds!!! 6 pounds away from being back in the 100s. That will be such an amazing moment! I can't wait for it!! :) <BR> <BR> I ate well today. I'm hungry. lol Here's my food log: <BR> <BR> Breakfast - Ensure <BR> Snack - Multigrain english muffin with 1 tablesp... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 02:48:17 EST Guess it's Time to Start Bloggin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4056267 I've been using Spark People for 25 days now. My first weigh-in was 3 pounds lighter than in actuality since that scale was off by 3 pounds. I'm now going by my new scale, so I've lost 6 pounds, but instead of weighing 203, I'm actually 206. I tried to go back and change my starting weight, but I couldn't figure out how to do it. <BR> <BR> I've been good about keeping my calories between 1200 and 1550. It took a week or so for me to get below 1550, but now that I've gotten there, it isn't ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 02:09:33 EST