WHYWEIGHT552's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WHYWEIGHT552 WHYWEIGHT552'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/ The Dashing Dish Books are available for pre-order!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791898 If you've ready any of my previous blog posts, I'm sure you've heard me mention Dashing Dish. <BR> Katie Farrell is the creator of Dashing Dish, and she has a blog, healthy and clean recipes, helpful videos, and more! <BR> I've been so blessed by Dashing Dish and was so excited to learn last year that she has two books coming out: a cookbook and a devotional!! <BR> I just had to pre-order both books and I can't wait for them to come out! <BR> Plus, when you pre-order the cookbook, you'll rec... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:13:49 EST Bridesmaid Challenge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780428 On August 19, 2014, my friend asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding next year. <BR> <BR> I was so shocked and I'm so honored that she would ask me, of all people! <BR> It's really special because there are only going to be two of us: her maid of honor and me, her bridesmaid. <BR> <BR> As soon as she asked, I thought, I have to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I sure as heck don't want to be a fat bridesmaid (although I will still be, but just a little lighter lol). <BR> <BR> So far I've been d... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:15:53 EST Birthday Challenge.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683570 Today I turned 21 years old YAHOOOO now I can participate in 'grown-up' things such as drinking, gambling, etc. <BR> <BR> JUST JOKING!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm a kid at heart :) <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I remember last year at this time I said I would lose 50 pounds... nope <BR> I said around January I would lose 21 by the time I turn 21... nope <BR> But I'm not disappointed, why? <BR> Because I didn't even try. <BR> I have a gym membership, and I only went once- once! <BR> I went on January 1... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:46:14 EST I'll be honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606186 I was reading through someone's blog posts and she gave tips on how she lost weight. <BR> One of them was being honest with yourself, and to the people on Sparkpeople. <BR> Quite honestly, the only one I'm fooling is myself. <BR> I've mentioned this before but I do think I have an addiction to fast food. <BR> It's really hard for me to eat it only once a week, because, quite honestly, I really don't like to cook/don't really know how, and I don't even know what to cook. <BR> Fast food is tast... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:22:25 EST 21 by the time I turn 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580053 I was reading a weight loss success story (you gotta love those!) and a lady wanted to lose 50 pounds by her 50th birthday <BR> <BR> that gave me an idea: lose 21 pounds by the time I turn 21 this April 29th <BR> <BR> I made a birthday blog on my b-day last year saying I wanted to have lost 50+ pounds <BR> and I'll be honest <BR> that's just not happening <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> but 21 pounds by April 29th? <BR> that's about 5.5 pounds lost a month <BR> it seems doable, attainable <... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:51:27 EST I've done it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574862 Today, I joined Planet Fitness <BR> Never in my life did I think I would ever join a gym <BR> I've always wanted to be one of those people who lost their weight without a gym <BR> but I feel like this is the push I need to get healthy and do something about my weight <BR> plus, I have family members who go there <BR> plus, if I don't have a ride there, I can take a city bus there! <BR> plus, it was a great deal-$99 for one whole year! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to try the machines and the weights... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:01:29 EST Really, Doc? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554418 A few weeks ago, I saw my Doctor again for a follow-up appointment. <BR> He gave me the same advice, but this time it was two rules: <BR> 1) No sugary drinks- drink all the diet soda, juice, etc. I want <BR> and <BR> 2) Fast food only 1 time per week <BR> <BR> I won't lie- the second one is the hardest! <BR> The diet soda/drink rule I'm doing decently with. <BR> And then next time I see him, he wants me to have just maintained my weight, but of course weight loss is welcomed! <BR> <BR> But ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:30:08 EST Thanksgiving Day Race!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554402 I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day! <BR> Can you believe it's December already?! I can't wait until it snows! <BR> <BR> This past Thanksgiving morning, I walked (and also jogged a little bit at the end) the Manchester Road Race. This has been something I've always wanted to do, but of course I would say, maybe next year... when I've lost weight. <BR> <BR> So I decided to quit that excuse and signed up for it this year, and I'm so glad I did! <BR> The race is 4.748 miles and I fin... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:06:17 EST Who wants to take a weight loss quiz?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534708 You can take this Weight Loss Persona quiz here: <BR> <em>334</em> <link>healthdivas.tv/weight_loss_persona_q<BR>uiz/ </link> <BR> <BR> It's really fun! I'm a 'Planner' <BR> I like that for the quiz, she lists what works and what doesn't work for you regarding your weight loss persona. <BR> <BR> Take the quiz and let me know what you got and if it's true to who you are! <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:29:00 EST The coolest success story EVER!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524791 Long story short, last saturday I met a lady who has such an incredible weight loss success story. I'm so thankful to God that I met her!! <BR> <BR> Get this: she hasn't had McDonald's in 20 years!! <BR> <BR> Also, she's kept off 100 pounds for, anyone want to take a guess? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 35 years- 35!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (She'll be 72 years old soon and by the way if you ever saw this lady she looks so good for her age, she l... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:30:48 EST It's been a while! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510920 Hi!! <BR> <BR> It seems like it's been forever since I've been on here! <BR> This summer has zoomed by, and December is right around the corner. (Have you noticed in stores there's already Christmas merchandise out? It's crazy!) <BR> <BR> Anyways, my friend gave me the idea of starting a blog, to post book reviews and such, I also want it to be an extension of my sparkpage. <BR> I think it's taking me a while to get started because I have no clue what to name it! <BR> I'm not a creative per... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:09:14 EST Memorial Day Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369583 Happy Memorial Day! <BR> <BR> No I didn't compete in a memorial day race, but I did get to watch on the sidelines before the parade began. <BR> <BR> And let me just say it was so cool seeing people of all ages in the race- young, old, middle-aged, really little. <BR> It was so inspiring to see them running!! <BR> Plus it was a gorgeous sunny day outside. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I was like, I have to do this next year! <BR> I also want to walk in our thanksgiving race this year ... Mon, 27 May 2013 18:24:10 EST Doctors and Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357781 Here's a cool thing I learned today from my doctor's appointment: even doctors struggle with their weight!!!! <BR> <BR> Let me explain. <BR> So last summer I had a follow up doctor's appointment and I lost weight, and my doctor did also! I asked how he did it and he said he cut out his late night snacks-he lost 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today. <BR> It was my 4 month follow up appointment from January, and I lost a couple of pounds (the best part was that my doctor said to focus... Wed, 15 May 2013 19:16:32 EST Motivation Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342465 <BR> Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> It would be so cool to hear your motivation ideas and what tips and tricks work for you to help you stay on track on your journey to getting healthier! <BR> <BR> Also check out these websites regarding weight loss success stories: <BR> <BR> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/weigh<BR>t-loss/ <BR> <BR> http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/pho<BR>tos/categories/viewer-weight-loss-gall<BR>eries/1654/ <BR> <BR> https://www.facebook.com/Refusing2Fail <BR> <BR> h... Wed, 1 May 2013 20:58:58 EST Birthday goal!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339446 I want to lose 50+ pounds by this date next year! <BR> btw, the cheez its in the background are my sister's not mine! :) <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:23:24 EST Some days it's hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336587 Some days it’s hard <BR> It’s hard to look in the mirror <BR> When all you see is this fat chick staring back at you <BR> When all you see is how much weight you have to lose and how long it’s going to take <BR> When you see all the times you’ve messed up, didn’t track, binged on chips, sugary soda, and the like <BR> When you don’t feel good about yourself <BR> When you try, you try to tell yourself that you’re beautiful but <BR> It just doesn’t cut it <BR> It sounds fake <BR> <BR> Instead y... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:54:41 EST Sparkcoach blog-easy meal ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326855 One of the hardest things for me on my weight loss journey is knowing what to eat <BR> I'm not a huge cook, it seems like it takes me forever to cook something that should really only take 30 minutes but I'm still learning! <BR> <BR> I definitely want to try new recipes soon <BR> <BR> but today's topic for sparkcoach was easy meals so they want me to write a blog for future references <BR> <BR> I really like the plate idea they suggest- I've heard of it before where the plate is divided i... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:36:44 EST Sparkcoach Blog-supermarket habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320065 Sparkcoach has assigned me to write a blog about the pros and cons of my supermarket shopping habits <BR> <BR> Although I don't buy the groceries, I go with my grandpa sometimes <BR> <BR> When I do go, the pros would be that I get to choose what I like to eat, put new foods in the grocery cart, and exploring all the different possibilities of food!! It's also fun when I have a list and gather all the ingredients to make something (like a vegetarian chili I made... last year! lol) <BR> <BR>... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:18:07 EST Mind over Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314983 (Read this blog as if I was writing it on April 6th, not today's date, thanks!) <BR> <BR> How did I do today? <BR> Well if a healthy person were to look at my food choices, they probably wouldn't approve. :( <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> There's so much going on behind the scenes than what's in my food and fitness trackers. <BR> The choices I make <BR> The choices I make to follow through with my personal fastbreak goals <BR> And that's what happened today <BR> <BR> Every Saturday, my Grandma b... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:23:43 EST Please don't... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310550 do what I did in the past when I was trying to lose weight <BR> <BR> I let one day slip into a 9 month downward spiral <BR> 9 MONTHS!!!!! <BR> 9 months I could've continued to lose weight and get healthier <BR> <BR> but no <BR> I let one day, one day of mistakes and pigging out turn into this 9 month junk food bad habit frenzy <BR> <BR> So please <BR> Please <BR> DO stay on track <BR> don't do what I did! <BR> <BR> I know we hear it all the time- don't let one bad day derail your progress... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 19:22:03 EST Hot Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306581 Happy Easter everyone!!! <BR> remember this day- Christ our Lord is risen! He's alive and He saves!!! <BR> Amen! <BR> <BR> <BR> My Easter Dinner today was from Taco Bell <BR> it was good <BR> :D <BR> the people ask if you want any sauce, and our guy asked if we wanted hot sauce and my Grandpa said yes which was unusual because we never really get sauce there <BR> so <BR> on their sauce packets they have sayings on them <BR> and on one of them this saying really stood out to me it said: <BR... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:46:48 EST Box of Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299834 Open up your box of dreams and explore the possibilities that life holds! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1651528470.jpg"> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:57:08 EST Ignorance is not bliss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286885 especially when it comes to eating fast food <BR> and the past two days, I have <BR> and I'm going to be completely honest with you and tell you what I ate and how many calories I ate just from that fast food and let me tell you, it's not good! <BR> <BR> I'd always eat fast food and not even think about what I was choosing. If there was a choice, like if someone was buying it for me then why not get a large of everything?? I didn't care, I just wanted fast food because it's cheap and good. ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:00:55 EST Today I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282822 wanted to come home and pig out on UTZ BBQ chips <BR> I was thinking about it at school <BR> BUT <BR> I came home and went upstairs and thought it over <BR> and then I went downstairs to the kitchen <BR> and <BR> I had me a nice bowl of spinach salad with some lite Italian dressing- and it was good!! <BR> Progress is being made, even by one simple choice! <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> you know you want those chips <BR> <em>43</em> eat the salad, it's good for you and tasty too! <BR> <BR> To... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:44:51 EST What's in a name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273056 All right I thought I'd share what my username means <BR> I wanted to come up with something meaningful <BR> when I was on sparkteens, my username was 'TBLlover429' <BR> standing for 'The Biggest Loser lover' <BR> I mean, I do like The Biggest Loser! <BR> But my username 'WhyWeight552' <BR> means <BR> why weight (like why do I have to be overweight? Sometimes I wish God made us all with fast metabolisms! lol but I know it's all on me for my weight problems) <BR> but also <BR> why wait? <BR> ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:52:13 EST Hooray for Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271420 Spring is almost here! <BR> what's your favorite outdoor activities?? Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:09:48 EST You live, you learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268920 This is just a random thought that popped in my head but you know when you look at weight loss success stories of people (particularly those who lost a lot of weight) you wonder: "how did they do it? how did they get there?" <BR> because they always looks so amazing in their "after" pictures! <BR> <BR> But it always boils down to one thing: eating less and moving more. <BR> How simple! <BR> <BR> But here's what I learned from when I was losing weight: <BR> when you eat less and exercise mor... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:56:59 EST It's Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263858 It's time to stop <BR> to stop eating fast food <BR> to stop buying junk food <BR> to stop thinking about food <BR> it's time <BR> to stop treating food like it's my best friend in the whole wide world <BR> to stop running to food because I'm bored or just because I want to eat <BR> it's time <BR> to stop dwelling on the past and all the mistakes I've made <BR> it's time <BR> to make a choice <BR> and I've got two choices: <BR> 1) I can stay this way, keep gaining weight and feeling even wors... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:05:54 EST "You're Huge!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257705 Lately it seems that my whole family has been commenting on my weight. <BR> My sister was telling me how my grandpa was talking about me and my weight when I wasn't with them of course. <BR> But she told me he made comments like "Renee's getting huge!" and "she must've gained 30 pounds in the past month!" <BR> Also, my sister is always calling my thighs 'elephant trunks' <BR> or my mom and sister both comment on my eating and things like that <BR> But here's the thing: <BR> None of it bothers... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:46:37 EST Some inspiring quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230750 If you're ever feeling low on motivation and need a pick me up, success stories are a good way to go! <BR> I love The Biggest Loser show and on their website they have a Viewer Weight Loss gallery <BR> <BR> http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/pho<BR>tos/categories/viewer-weight-loss-gall<BR>eries/1654/ <BR> <BR> that's the link, scroll down and you'll see many people who've lost all kinds of weight! <BR> <BR> I was looking through it one day and a guy's particular weight loss story stood ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:55:31 EST 1 day @ a time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230738 My grandpa is on Weight Watchers (it does work! he's lost 40 pounds so far :) <BR> and he uses these 3 month tracker notebooks and it contains a lot of motivational tips and some recipes, it's a good resource. <BR> Right now I'm currently looking through the book, trying to find the quote that really stood out to me, but I'm noticing that they have a lot of great things to say! <BR> So maybe I'll post a new one every week! <BR> <BR> Ok I found the quote that I love, here it is: <BR> <BR> Ta... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:47:39 EST Some pics of my weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l142582109.jpg"> <BR> This picture was taken on July 14,2012 around 208 pounds <BR> My 'before' picture, this was during my weight loss <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1977259399.jpg"> <BR> And this is what I look like now <BR> It's kind of scary to post this picture but heck why not? <BR> And it's kind of reverse, this should be my before picture! <BR> Well I guess it is now... <BR> it was taken on Januar... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:13:59 EST My Weight Loss Journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227707 Growing up, I was never ‘fat’ per se, just always a tad chunky. But when I got to the middle school, I became obsessed with losing weight. I would count points on Weight Watchers, and avoid junk food, and walk like crazy up at Wickham Park. But then came the weekends and I would go overboard and pig out on pizza and whatever else. One day I just decided that I was going to eat junk food and think nothing of it. So I did. <BR> <BR> But let me go back all the way to childhood. My sister an... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:07:58 EST Hey there SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224832 This is just an intro video <BR> Right now I'm not doing so well with my weight <BR> Actually, I can use my own advice regarding weight and such <BR> But I do plan on writing a blog about my weight loss journey so far <BR> thanks for watching!!!! <BR> :) Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:47:41 EST TGI... Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224822 All I want to do is eat. That’s it. Food is always on my mind. In fact, right now I’m thinking about going to church with Linda tomorrow and hopefully we’ll go to Friendly’s after or something. <BR> <BR> I hate to admit it, but I’m in love with food. Yes, you heard right. <BR> <BR> I don’t just love food. <BR> <BR> I’m in love with food. <BR> <BR> And thinking about trying to lose weight and how I won’t be able to eat whatever I want of however much I want stinks, totally stinks. <BR> In ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:40:49 EST