VIRGO_QUEEN's SparkPeople Blog VIRGO_QUEEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Oh Sparkpeople...Its been too long! Hey everyone!!! Its been too long! I stopped my Sparking journey at the beginning of the year. Reason being, i was not getting the results i wanted. I have been on sparkpeople since 2008 (roughly) and i have not lost any weight. But of course, its not SP's fault! it was my own. For some reason, i have always compared my success to that of others, in everything i did. so i get on SP and read so many success stories and always ask myself "why can't i do that? what's wrong with me?" NOTHI... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 16:34:24 EST It Ain't Easy.... That's for sure. One thing I'm realizing is that weight loss is different from everyone. I look on Youtube and on SP blogs and I see so many success stories and tips on how to lose weight and keep it off for good... <BR> <BR> But one thing I have finally come to terms with is that what works for them does not work for me. I have tried tips from others and tried to follow diet plans, all to no avail. Before, I always used to question myself, "What's wrong with me? What is the difference ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:09:39 EST Feb. 16 Today was a pretty good day. I ate pretty well and spaced my meals out. I'm slightly stressed b/c i have an oral argument at school this weekend and I'm nervous....but im trying to cope w/ my nerves through other outlets besides food...we'll see how tomorrow goes! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:44:12 EST I'M BA-ACK! It's been a while since i've blogged...actually since i've been active on SP at all really. Things are really crazy right now. Some updates.... <BR> <BR> *I'm in my second semester in law school and its kicking my butt!!! (in a good way). Even though its a ton of work and i have no life (lol) i love it!!!! Do you ever get to a place where you're like, "im meant to be here."? That's how i feel!!! I know this is my calling and I promised myself im gonna excel at it!!! <BR> <BR> *Over the p... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:51:53 EST Struggling... Its been so long since I've been on SP....Missed you all! Life is hectic right now and I'm working on finding a balance. So here's the deal... <BR> I just started law school (yay me!) I am so proud of my accomplishment. I'm about a month in and things are crazy. It's a lot different from undergrad. The work is harder and the workload is much heavier. On top of that, I work as well. So i leave my house around 7 in the morning and dont come back home until around 9 pm. Crazy right? <BR> ... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:15:09 EST August Goals 1. Lose at least 8 pounds this month <BR> 2. Aim for at least 5-7 servings of Freggies daily <BR> 3. 8 cups of water each day <BR> 4. Limit "junk" foods to 5 servings a week. Definition of junk food: anything overly processed such as ice cream, chocolates, chips, cookies, etc <BR> 5. Staying within my calorie range 5-7 days a week. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:32:46 EST "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!" Remember when we were kids, and you would see your friend do something amazing, awesome and at that time difficult to do? Like hang upside down on the monkey bars or jump from a high rung on the jungle gym down to the ground. Then, he/she would tell you, "Betcha can't do that!" Then you would say that infamous child slogan, "Anything you can do, i can do better!" Not only would you do it, but you would do your best to out-do what she did. At the time, we didn't know it, but we had determina... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:42:15 EST Do I Really Need to Eat Every 3 Hours? Okay so here's what's been on my mind.... <BR> Throughout my struggle with weight loss, i have read (and I'm sure you all have too) countless articles and books suggesting that the key to weight loss is to eat every three hours. This helps keep your metabolism up and prevents you from getting hungry. <BR> <BR> Now the other day, i was thinking...I'm supposed to eat by the clock? Is this right? To me, it seems a bit backwards from what weigh loss is about. I though losing weight is about e... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 16:57:17 EST Day 21 Hey everyone.... <BR> Okay today was a good day, except.....I did go over my treat calories. I limit myself to 200-250 daily calories of whatever I want. Today, I went over because I ate some chocolates, chips and full fat ranch dressing. I was over by around 100. But tomorrow will be better! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:30:09 EST Day 13 Okay, great day again today. Ate well and did two workouts! OH YEAH! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 22:35:03 EST Day 8 Okay so I did okay in the food department until.....around 9 pm. Then I got hungry and ate just about everything in sight: two poptarts, some ritz crackers, buffalo wings and cereal... <BR> I don't know what came over me...but the thing is...when I usually binge, I don't blog or acknowledge it. But i'm forcing myself to be accountable for what i eat....I do feel better...I promise to do better tomorrow.... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:37:09 EST Day 8: Rough day I understand that there will be good days and bad days...well today was a bad day....As you can see in my tracker, I went way over my calories, starting at lunch...but tomorrow's another day! <BR> <BR> Now that school is over and I'm waiting for law school to start in August, my days are quite empty. I need a few projects to keep my mind occupied and keep me out of the kitchen. We'll see what happens... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 21:33:04 EST Day 7 Today was pretty good. I did yoga for the first time in months and i definitely felt it! But all in a all a great day! Mon, 6 Jun 2011 21:19:01 EST Day 5/ Random Ramblings/Weekly Overview So today was another good day. I ate enough calories, but technically, I didn't eat all the right foods. I did eat some chips today among other things. But all in all, it was not so bad. I have a workout I need to squeeze in later....I'm thinking Turbo Jam! <BR> <BR> As far as this week goes, I have to give myself a 60% out of 100%. I definitely didn't give my all this week, but I have done better overall then in previous week. I'm excited for the start of next week. <BR> <BR> The ot... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 19:44:37 EST Day 3: Another great day Today was Taebo day and I loved every minute of it. For those of you who have never tried taebo with billy blanks, GO FOR IT! There are a lot of other kickboxing DVDs out there, but there is nothing like the original Taebo with Billy Blanks. He's a great motivator and pushes you to your limit. <BR> <BR> As for the food, I won't list everything I ate today because it is on my tracker. But it was a great eating day. I ate enough and I don't feel hungry at all. SP gives a calorie range. Befor... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 21:55:12 EST Day 2/Goals for June/ random ramblings.... Okay here's what I ate today: <BR> 8 am: 1 cup oatmeal squares cereal w/ 1/2 cup 1% milk; 1 navel orange <BR> 10:30: 6 oz chobani yogart, 6 triscuit <BR> 12:30: turkey sandwich (1 slices light honey wheat bread, 3 oz turkey breast, 1/2 cup spring mix, 1 tbsp light mayo) 1/2 cup fresh pineapple; 1 chex mix chocolate bar <BR> 3 pm: 1 oz mozzarella cheese <BR> 6 pm: I baked chicken leg; 1 large salad (2 cups baby spinach, 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers, 2 tbsp ranch dressing) ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 21:15:59 EST Today was a great day! Today was a great eating and fitness day. I stayed within my caloric range and got in my hour of cardio. I recently bought a heart rate monitor and it pushes me like never before. It motivates me to stay within my target zone. I love it! Hopefully tomorrow will be just as productive! Wed, 25 May 2011 21:37:12 EST Re-evaluating the people in my life. Ever since I was little, I have always wanted others to be happy. I'm the type of person who likes peace and happiness to surround me. I don't like a lot of fighting and confrontation between people that I love. Since this is the type of person that I am, its hard for me to let go of unhealthy relationships and friendships. I'd rather keep people in my life who are not beneficial to me than to tell them how i really feel and cut them off completely. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to realize th... Tue, 24 May 2011 22:18:46 EST Updates and Goals Its been so long since I've been active on SP (about a month). In that time, Ive been studying for finals, doing projects and writing papers. I've been so busy with school, I haven't even had any ME time. But the good news...I'VE GRADUATED! I graduated on Sunday May 15th with my B.S. in Accounting. Now it's off to law school in the fall! I'm so happy that undergrad is over. I'm really looking forward to law school. <BR> <BR> Now that I've graduated and school is over for the time being, ... Tue, 17 May 2011 11:46:47 EST Plans for the next 10 days Okay, here is my eating plan for the next 10 days. I doing this challenge to prove to myself that I can do it. <BR> <BR> *The only foods I can eat are fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. <BR> *Lean proteins include: chicken, fish, turkey, lean beef, almonds, beans, and the like <BR> *No dairy (except for the 1/2 cup I use to make my oatmeal) <BR> * One to two servings of complex carbs, usually in the morning to give me energy to start the day <BR> *One cheat meal over the next 10 days, so ... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:16:50 EST Frustrated... The weight is not going anywhere. And I'm not going to kid myself and say that I don't know why. Its because I can't stick to good eating habits. I have good days and bad days, mostly bad days. I'm still working on finding balance. It's taking a lot longer than I thought it would to lose this weight. Everything else in life that I set out to do, I get it done...everything except losing weight... <BR> <BR> It is just so FRUSTRATING! I know what I need to do, it just getting it done... <BR... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 21:53:19 EST Goals for April Well since it's the first day of a new month, here is what I'm going to concentrate on: <BR> <BR> Food Goals: <BR> *Eating Clean with an 80/20 balance. Balance is good for everything in life and I'm trying to find balance in my eating. <BR> *Stay within my calorie ranges. I tend to not put EVERYTHING I eat, but this month, I plan on tracking everything I eat while staying within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Fitness Goals: <BR> *Get rid of my gym membership: i never go to the gym. I usu... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:42:47 EST Slowly but surely Okay, so I'm starting to get the hang of this clean eating. I'm not all the way where I would like to be, but I'm making progress. I am trying to find a balance between eating clean and eating foods I really like. I think part of the problem is that I eat the same things over and over. i get bored easily so I need to explore more clean eating cookbooks. <BR> <BR> But I definitely don't see myself giving up on eating clean, even after i reach my goal weight. When i eat clean (or semi cl... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:36:09 EST Day 1 So I've always heard that it takes 21 days (3 weeks) to break a bad habit and create new ones. So I have made a promise to myself to commit 100% of these next three weeks (starting today) to change my life. I'm actually looking forward to the challenge. I mainly aim to cut out the mindless munching and the overeating. Also I'm committed to eating clean. I love the way it makes me feel. Today was a good day! I stayed within my calorie range, ate 90% clean and I'm feeling good! Looking fo... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:46:28 EST Cutting Myself Some Slack I'm so used to being hard on myself about eating unhealthy foods. I've been beating myself up for so long, its hard to cut myself some slack. I am committed to making a LIFESTYLE CHANGE, not to go on a diet. So fun foods should be incorporated. I've been doing great this entire week, so today was a cheat day (I've had a craving for a cheeseburger). Even though I've been doing well this week, I still feel some of that guilt creeping back up on me. I'm used to being so hard on myself, so i... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 21:14:29 EST Letting go.... How do you let go of someone who is a burden? I have a friend that I have been best friends with for almost 10 years, since 8th grade. Lately, I have been on this journey to discover myself, to find out who I really am. And I have realized that this person is not really my friend. For the past 10 years, this friendship has been one-sided; I have always been there for him, but he has never been there for me. I feel like I'm his shoulder to lean on, but when I have a problem or when I need... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 21:55:35 EST Feeling Good/What to give up for Lent? Well today was a semi good eating day. Ate my oatmeal, got my fruits and veggies in and my water. <BR> <BR> But what's really weighing on my mind is what should I give up for Lent? Junk food? I don't think that will work, knowing my history with cutting out junk food completely. Okay, what about eating out? This is do-able... But a lot my friends have birthdays in the next few weeks and restaurants will be a part of the plan. I'm thinking about giving up eating after a certain time. Thi... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:57:57 EST Healthy Lifestyle Change: Day 1 Today was a good day! I ate clean (except for one serving of sugar free, fat free chocolate pudding). It feels good to be able to say this! I'm proud! Here's a run down of what I ate: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal made with milk, one egg and one egg white, 1/2 cup of fruit <BR> Lunch: Grilled chicken wrap (with honey mustard) 6 oz. nonfat yogurt with 1/2 cup fruit <BR> Snack: String cheese with a banana <BR> Dinner: Whole wheat pasta with roasted turkey and collard greens <BR> Snack:... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:14:38 EST Plans for the Rest of March Summer is right around the corner! And after summer is my BIRTHDAY! So to look good and prepare for my day, here are my plans for the rest of this month: <BR> <BR> *Eat 80% - 90% clean during the week (either Monday thru Friday or Sunday thru Thursday) Starting out, I won't eat "treats" during the week. I'm going to focus on eating clean. Maybe in April or May I will incorporate small treats everyday. <BR> *Relax my eating habits during the weekend (Saturday and Sunday or Friday and Satur... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 10:55:47 EST Starting Over....Once Again.... So here I am, back to the drawing board. But I won't get frustrated. Reason being...I know what DOESN'T work for me. I know that I can't cut out sweets completely, because when I do, I going on these binging exploits where I eat cookies, poptarts, and more cookies. Then I feel bloated and worn out. So I have decided to treat myself daily. The thing is, I need to eat them in MODERATION! I'm going to ration out 150-200 calories a day to satisfy my sweet tooth. The rest of the time, I'm ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:54:12 EST My Eat Clean Diet Starts Tomorrow!!! So I ordered my copy of "The Eat Clean Diet: Recharged!" by Tosca Reno about 2 weeks ago. I had heard a lot of great reviews on this book and Tosca herself as a motivator so I figured it wouldn't hurt to read it and see what all the fuss was about. Well turns out...I fell in LOVE with this book. It's not your typical diet manual. Tosca herself has been where many of us are (or were) and she know where we are coming from. I know it sounds cliche, but this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle ch... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 21:32:43 EST Year 2011 It's been so long since I've been on SparkPeople (about a week) and a lot has been going through my mind in regards to my diet and exercise. Now that the holidays are over, I can concentrate and get back on track before school starts. <BR> <BR> So today is day 1 of the Abs diet for women. I feel really good about this diet because is so easy to follow and does not deprive me of anything I want. Also, it allows you one cheat meal a week. So anytime I get a craving, I don't have to say t... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 13:09:19 EST Goals for this week and the New Year So, this week, I'm going to concentrate on tracking everything I eat. A lot of times, I don't add every single thing that I eat. But I'm only cheating myself. So that's my goal for this week, along with working out at least 40 minutes six days a week. <BR> <BR> For the new year, I plan on doing the 5K 101 plan. They have podcasts that I can listen to while on the treadmill at the gym. Also, I read another blog yesterday talking about the Flat Abs Diet for Women. I might look into that... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:06:04 EST Goals this week... Okay so I definitley need to get back on track. I think I'm trying to concentrate on too many things at one time (drinking all my water, eating right, staying away from junk, working out consistently, etc) So I'm going to set two goals for myself, and once I master that, I'll add two more... <BR> <BR> So this week, my goals are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and working out at least 40 minutes 6 times a week. So far so good....Drank all my water and worked out today and yesterd... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:18:13 EST The Small Victories =) I'm a firm believer that people should celebrate small triumphs as well as the big ones, so here goes.... <BR> <BR> On Thursday, I was at work. And since its Christmas time, there's chocolate galore all over the place. Hershey kisses, reeses cups, small hershey bars, and anything else you can imagine. When I went to work, I said I'm going to limit my self to just three Hershey Kisses. Now, in the past, when I have set boundaries for myself, I always go way overboard. So after I ate my th... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 11:04:22 EST Stressful Week Ahead! Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> I know, I know, its been a minute since I've blogged, but I've been so consumed with school and work. Anyway, I have finals exams this week and next week. Usually under stressful circumstances, I turn to food. But not this time! I'm going to track, track, track this week (and my tracker can be seen on my page so I'll be held accountable!) and exercise everyday to handle my stress. I'll definitely let you know how it goes! Love u guys! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 19:52:21 EST Day 9 - Confession It's only 1 p.m. and I have eaten a lot today. I ate some cookies, some chicken wings, and had burger king for lunch. I went to the gym this morning and hit the treadmill, determined to have a healthy day (I had been doing well this week so far). But then, cravings began to hit and I....lost control, I guess. I'm going to squeeze in another hour of circuit training tonight. I'll feel much better. But I'm going to remember how crappy I feel right now the next time I want to binge. Becau... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:17:26 EST Day 6 Still going strong! My eating today was very good (no overeating and I drank my water). <BR> <BR> Food is fuel...When I was younger, I was so worried about what other people thought of me, that I could never be myself. So I turned to food. Food never judged me. Food never talked about me behind my back. Food would never stop being my friend. Food was always there for me when I needed it (and didn't need it!). I turned to food for comfort. It's a habit I have had for many years (ever sin... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:14:14 EST My Weight Loss Plan Here is a general idea of how I'm going to lose the weight. If I put it in writing, I'm more likely to stick to it! <BR> <BR> 1. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day (one at each meal and snack) <BR> 2. Log at least 300 fitness minutes every week <BR> 3. Go to the gym 3 days a week, do yoga one day a week and strength train 2 times a week; anything else is bonus <BR> 4. Track EVERYTHING I eat on Spark People. Sometimes, when I snack on something absentmindedly, I tell m... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:02:53 EST 20 pounds by New Year's 2011 - Day 3 Not a very good eating day! I ate a whole bag of those honey mustard and onion pretzels (they are soooooo good!) I know I can still lose these pounds and reach my goal by new years. I don't know why I ate those pretzels. Maybe because I tend to eat the same things over and over. I need more variety in my diet. That way, I won't feel deprived. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:42:31 EST 20 pounds by New Year's 2011 - Day 1 So, as you can probably tell from the title of this blog, my goal is to lose between 15 to 20 pounds by the time New Years rolls around. It seems like a lot but I know I can do it. The best thing to for me to do is to log onto SP everyday (of course lol) and blog. This way I can keep track of my progress and vent (which is the best part) Day 1 went okay (i did have some cheese curls, but i ended up staying within my calorie budget, which was a good thing). I'm going to start eating 5 serv... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 22:58:58 EST Goals for November Since I'm blogging this for the world to see, I guess I have to live up to these! Here goes... <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 glasses of water every day. During the end of October, I started to slack on my water intake. <BR> <BR> 2. Limit diet soda to 1 a week. <BR> <BR> 3. Eat at least 6 servings of fruits/veggies a week. Maybe I'll do one serving with every meal/snack. <BR> <BR> 4. Become financially organized. I'm accustomed to spending money if I have it, but after reading some of the fi... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 07:56:46 EST Self Esteem (or lack thereof) Prior to joining (and actually using) SP, I used to put others before myself. My self esteem was so low (mainly because of my weight) that I relied on people liking me. So I started doing for others before myself, following behind people and not having an opinion of my own. I was so desperate for others to like me that I did what I could, often letting my "friends" walk over me. I was miserable living like this. <BR> <BR> But NO MORE! I don't even know who that person is anymore. By joi... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 22:43:16 EST Just Talking.... So this week has not been all that great health-wise. I haven't been drinking my water, I haven't been getting my 8 hours of sleep and I haven't worked out as much as I would have liked. And because of that, it's now the end of the week and I Not good, not great, but not all that bad. But I know feeling this way is leading to me going back down that road of not working out and eating whatever I want. Not gonna let that happen. I feel good when I work out and eat well. So to... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 23:14:19 EST Today was a good day! Today was great! I was able to stay within my calorie range AND squeeze in an ice cream treat! On top of that, I got in two workouts today! Yeah, I'm feelin' good! Now that I've done it, I know it can been done. It feels good to go to bed with no regrets! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 22:29:00 EST I just don't know anymore! Soooooo frustrated! I'm starting to lose my confidence in the fact that I can do this. I have always considered myself a strong person, food stronger than me? Can I really do this? I just feel like I have been trying to lose weight forever and every time is another let down. Am I really strong enough to do it? <BR> <BR> Of course, I will continue to try because I hate being fat, but honestly, I'm starting to get discouraged. When I look at the success stories on SP and visit ... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 22:17:08 EST Official Better Sleep Challenge - Week 1 Okay so I'm starting this sleep challenge mainly because I always wake up tired and stay tired throughout the day. Sometimes it's because I stay up late catching up on homework, or I'm always talking on the phone catching up with friends. But I need to put my health first. I have the entire day to get everything done so there is no excuse as to why it can't be done. Hopefully this challenge will allow me to sleep better and wake up feeling invigorated and ready take on the day! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:40:14 EST Yet another set back... So last week was my 21st birthday (yes!) and you know when birthdays come around, so does the food and outings to restaurants. So I've been eating like crazy! Everytime I have a set back, I tell myself, "This is the last one! I won't do this again." Then a few weeks down the line, I have another set back. I don't know what to do. How do you stop the set backs? How do you get over that hump where food controls you and cross over to the side where you control food? Any advice will be helpfu... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:40:48 EST Feeling Good Today! Today is a good day so far. I think the reason I'm feeling so emotionally well is because tomorrow is my 21st Birthday! Whooooo! I'm more excited than I let on lol. But this past year has been good overall. I had a few rough patches and a few emotional breakdowns, but i can feel that this coming year is going to be great! I graduate from college in May, I'm becoming a responsible, intelligent, healthy young woman. And SP definitely has a hand in that! Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:27:30 EST Ehhhh.... Today, I feel...ehhh...not good but definitely not bad. I still am eating well and drinking lots of water, got my workout in this morning. But for some reason, on weekends, i'm not as motivated as I usually am during the week. What to do? Sun, 19 Sep 2010 17:53:40 EST