~INDYGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%7EINDYGIRL ~INDYGIRL'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/ BEWARE THE CRABS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735817 I love a good inspirational anecdote and one that I have never forgotten is the story of the crabs in the bucket. <BR> <BR> When fishermen trap crabs, they just dump them in a bucket on the pier. No lid. Nothing to trap the crabs and keep them inside. Why? Because if any crab tries to climb out of the bucket and escape, the others will pull it back inside. <BR> <BR> Many of us, when we decide to become professional about achieving success face “crabs in the bucket.” They often look a lot li... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:48:31 EST Super Losers YOU Should Read About http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734446 Check out these people who have all lost weight without the help of weight loss surgery! <BR> Now I don't say that because I am against weight loss surgery, I say that because it gives people like me hope too, people who cannot afford it, don't want it, are scared of it... These are some of my weight loss heros! <BR> <BR> JMerlau- "Fat guy to runner" in his own words= runs huge marathons <BR> Kitt52- Lost over 200 pounds <BR> Wspdave- lost over 250 pounds <BR> Crazymama46- Lost over 220 pou... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:59:35 EST Get Better- Go For That Goal! It's NOT Impossible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733582 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501193932.jpg"> <BR> I am not skinny by any means, and I don't plan to be skinny. I plan to be fitter. Slinny just means no body fat. I want curves and muscles and abundant health! Think about what you really want. Do you want to look like a sack of skin falling off some bones when you are done losing weight? If not, then lose it slowly and by eating healthy foods and exercising. Moisturize with pure coconut oil to keep your skin elas... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:48:16 EST How to Build YOUR Custom Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1887043211.jpg">Had to have 2 more steroid shots, so my weight jumped up a bit. Had to fight it back down. How? Fresh fruits and veggies and lots of lean protein sources. I cut out the fake carbs and stick to natural carbs like fruit, potato, peas, you get the drift. It isn't that I say NEVER to fake foods... processed foods. I say sometimes. I just don't let them into the house and make myself go out of the house to get them and eat them th... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:36:18 EST This Will Motivate You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713631 Break It Down! It may seem like you have a lot to lose, but not if you do the math. Don't look so hard at the great big picture. If you lose 1 pound a week, over a year you will be 52 pounds thinner. in a year, losing 1.5 pounds a week average you could be 78 pounds thinner, and losing 2 pounds a week would have you losing 104 pounds in 1 year! <BR> <BR> So go get a calendar, a special one, just for your weight loss goals. Write down your one year date and what you want to weigh. Break... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:17:52 EST How I Handle Foods I Know Will Start A Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711034 I was asked about this by a very dear Spark Friend, Gloria. <BR> <BR> How I handle these times when I crave foods I know I will binge on or I'm going somewhere that I know that there will be binge triggers: <BR> <BR> ~I eat a bunch of healthy food before I let myself have the binge food, so I start off full. It's harder to fit that binge food in when you're full of the healthy stuff. <BR> <BR> ~I drink a ton of water to stay full and help keep me extra full while eating the binge food. <B... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:37:20 EST Making My Dreams Happen NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700648 Okay, so I'm not skinny. BUT, Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. I've lost 230 pounds without weight loss surgery and have coached others for awhile now. I decided to get my life coaching certification specializing in weight management this summer! I am so excited. People like OnToVictory, Sparkgirl32 and Coach_Krystie are great inspirations of mine that have posted about their certifications that they have earned while still losing weight. <BR> <BR> You don't have to be p... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:01:00 EST My Motivation Bracelet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698449 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28961251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got a Pandora bracelet with the first charm being VIP- Very important person. You have to remember that on your journey- that you ARE important and worth the time and effort. Your world and the ones you love depend on you, but so so you! So treat yourself well. Think of the analogy of the oxygen mask on an airplane. They tell you to put yours on first before helping others. Why? You can't help others if you... Mon, 19 May 2014 12:37:44 EST CAN instead of Can't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694431 Replace your CAN'T list with a CAN list. <BR> <BR> What CAN you do right now as you are? <BR> <BR> No matter how big or how small that thing is, it is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> I started losing weight by lifting shampoo bottles in bed and using an arm bike for a few minutes in bed because my legs didn't work. I've lost over 200 pounds without weight loss surgery to date using SparkPeople. I'm disabled with low thyroid and have many reasons not to... Read my story on my page. I ha... Tue, 13 May 2014 21:13:21 EST My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678036 I'm no longer who I was, but I still have a nagging feeling sometimes that makes me want to eat when I'm not hungry, when I'm full, when I'm emotional, just when... That nagging is my "inner fat girl" trying to surface again. Don't get me wrong. I am still a fat girl and yes, she (the inner voice) will always be a part of me, part of who I was, but not part of who I am now. That's what is important. When you take on a new lifestyle, you have to think of yourself as a new creation, not th... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:04:35 EST A Winner is Just a Loser Who Tried One More Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675686 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092151729.jpg">That is so true! So many people have told me that they could never do what I have done, but I don't believe it. Why? Because I didn't believe I could have done what I did even while I was doing it. To say I amazed even myself is an understatement because I had literally tried so much out there and nothing worked. I tried Jenny, Nutrisystem, LA Weightloss, Physician's Weight Loss, prescription diet pills, hypnosis tapes, ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:49:38 EST Regaining Weight Can Be Overcome- Here's HOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668870 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909767353.jpg">So you think you might be in trouble or regaining weight. Guess what? I do it too, and I lose it again and then some. I've done it for 9 years now on SparkPeople. It really isn't the end of weight loss as you know it and you aren't necessarily going to gain back all of your weight with extra pounds, UNLESS you give up. My motto, NEVER GIVE UP. That is the only time you can fail. <BR> <BR> I'm going to write about 2 ki... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:44:45 EST How Will Getting Fat (Again) Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663340 I received a comment on my blog that was GENIUS! Just what I needed to ask myself to give myself strength when fighting emotional eating- I call it emo eating. <BR> <BR> How will getting fat (again) help? <BR> <BR> WOW POWERFUL! I thought about the situations that are getting me down and none of them would be easier if I gained weight. They would be harder. Why? Because I recently regained my ability to walk and my freedom from a wheelchair. I need to stay thinner to take care of myse... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:58:51 EST Ooops, I Forgot Not To Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636195 I've been stuck on a plateau, as many of you know. So what did I do, I went on a diet... DUH! Life has been heck. Yes, I lost some weight, but I'm miserable. <BR> <BR> What did I do to lose weight in the first place? I ate more whole foods and less refined ones, had smaller portions, checked my hunger more carefully, drank water more diligently, ate from smaller plates, ate meat and dairy with no added hormones, and added more fruits and vegetables. So basically I ADDED foods to my p... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:14:01 EST What I Do When I'm UNmotivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632594 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223138650.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720931394.jpg">Feeling super UNmotivated to do the things I need to do today. So I put on very upbeat music, some workout clothes and make a plan of breaking things into chunks of work. A surgeon of mine, once telling me about how rough a recovery I would have and how many more surgeries I would need, gave me a good analogy. He asked, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:53 EST Getting My Coaching Certification http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629618 I officially start coaching training in July. I'm so excited! YAY! I never dreamed my life could really change like this. Wish me luck! I'm studying to be a life coach specializing in weight loss. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:39:17 EST Need Your Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626167 I need some REALLY upbeat songs for a playlist to get me past stress and depression to exercise. I like classic rock, alternative, punk, 80's, 90's, 70's, pop, only rap I like is Eminem and that is only a few songs, no country please. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:53:43 EST Your WHY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625356 Sometimes just losing weight or threats from your doctor or your failing health just aren't enough. Those things were NEVER enough for me. I waited for the stars to align with motivation and for inspiration to come. I waited for God and His infinite goodness to help me. Nothing happened until I gave up the fight. I told God that I was done. And in being done I was then ready to accept anything. I was no longer looking for the fast loss or the miracle diet anymore. I found that making ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:52:00 EST My Motivation Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619026 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958227848.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my motivation jar that I made. The idea is to decorate a glass or jar and then put an aquarium rock, marble or pretty object in it for every pound you lose. Count out how ever many pounds you want to lose and have that many objects set aside for the task. Have those set aside in a separate dish and watch your progress as you move the items. It's a great technique for visualization. <BR> <BR> The butte... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 22:35:35 EST My New Vision/Dream Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593395 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l939949752.jpg"> <BR> It says things like: <BR> <BR> Outlast the Playlist <BR> I don't curb my sweet tooth, I outsmart it <BR> Kiss Apeel <BR> We are Wariorrs <BR> This Is The Best Hour of My Day <BR> Outdoor Fitness <BR> Tierra Azul <BR> Spa <BR> Wow <BR> Kick butt <BR> Intense <BR> Dare to Go Longer and Stronger <BR> Dare Yourself <BR> Delight Your Senses <BR> and Healthier and Hotter <BR> <BR> I have a pic of Gwen Stephani on there becau... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:19:32 EST How To Get Started, From Someone Who Has Been Where You Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589166 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkrad<BR>io.asp </link> <BR> My Interview is on Spark Radio, Listen in under the title "How To Get Started, From Someone Who Has Been Where You Are." It's under the segment Rock Your Resolutions. <BR> <BR> I've lost 240 pounds without weight loss surgery with the help of SparkPeople, so have hope that you can do this! <BR> <BR> Beth Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:02:42 EST The People of SparkPeople Inspire Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581805 I have never been so inspired to get fit! Nothing any doctor has told me has made such a dent as the messages that I get from you out there in Spark World! The responses to my blogs, posts on my page, goodies, Sparkmails... and I can't keep up! <BR> <BR> You all make me feel like an emerging butterfly and make me want to be a role model. That's why I put such effort into my blogs and Spark Rallies and meetings here in Indianapolis. <BR> <BR> You each have such a unique story to tell an... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:25:24 EST I Still Am a "Fat Girl" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574323 But I don't let that define me anymore. I don't like the word "Fat." It is limiting and stereo-typing. People look at me and see an overweight person, but so they know I used to weigh 460 pounds? No! Even doctors try -at first- to tell me I need to lose weight until I pull out my phone and show them before and after pics, then we get on the same page. It's like I'm suddenly a different person to them. <BR> <BR> Just the same, I fight with my inner fat girl on everything every day. S... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 05:35:34 EST My New Before Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620887751.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146967807.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l368748627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In 2014 I want to break the 200 barrier and get out of the 210-220 range that I've been in since 2012. I want to be fearless and get into the a better lifestyle than I have now. Yes, I am better than I was at 460 pounds, but I have rested on my laurels long enough. It... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 08:40:31 EST The Man Behind The ~Indygirl (Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330580 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l180561244.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l718825026.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1626349848.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230086442.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859891260.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l725655874.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1987059975.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:29:48 EST My Personal View of Weight Loss Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284870 I get put in a position every time I say that my personal journey was without weight loss surgery. People assume that means I am against it all together and look down upon those who had it. In fact, I am simply trying to encourage people like myself that tried for the surgery and chose not to have it because of fear or medical or insurance reasons. People that cannot have or are afraid of the surgery need hope too. <BR> <BR> I tried 4 times for the surgery and was finally approved. When ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:37:34 EST 250 lbs Lost Without Weight Loss Surgery PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282516 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1441955488.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213392427.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609132871.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47179362.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611459399.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528490827.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580943561.jpg"> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:29:18 EST Video of My First 100 Pound Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195545 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jkn68e4p7I </link> Click on the blue link to watch the video. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you like my blogs, you might like my team, Team ~Indygirl <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=50783 </link> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:38:46 EST Pictures of a Disabled Exerciser Losing 236 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133980 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1746898706.jpg"> 2012 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2133364480.jpg"> 2005 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2038271748.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1306758951.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531393180.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422448976.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286213416.jpg"> <img src="h... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:12:41 EST My First Pair Of Jeans In Over 25 Years/ B4 and after http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031529 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556127355.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553718314.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me before I started losing weight at 460 pounds and wheelchair bound. <BR> The second picture is me in my new jeans! I haven't been able to wear jeans in 25 years. Woohoo! Thank you SparkPeople for helping me lose 224 pounds without weight loss surgery. You saved my life. <BR> <BR> (yes I know I'm top heavy, please stop writing to me ab... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:43:43 EST I officially lost 200 Pounds today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664155279.jpg"> <BR> 460 to 259.2 Woohoo!!! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:31:22 EST