~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/ I’m Already Huge, So Why Bother? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430396 I’m Already Huge, So Why Bother? I used to feel that way and STILL have those days! At 460 pounds, I honestly thought that something was so wrong with my body that I was totally incapable of losing weight. Yes, I dieted. It never worked for long, if at all. I have low thyroid and big problems in my back, knees and shoulders that keep me from moving as I want to. At 460, I was bedridden and saw NO way out. How could I lose weight if I couldn't stop eating and couldn't move? Why bother ... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:15:29 EST Holiday Eating 101 Idea 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430387 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2506ddaf-2b0a-4629-af20-9d601e74fec3.jpg"> Holiday Eating 101: Idea Number One Holidays are not a full month of eating. Holiday eating involves a few meals and snacks really. Pick and choose THOSE FEW meals and snacks to indulge and you will be on the successful side! Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:41:22 EST 200+ lbs Lost & Why I Chose Not To Have Weight Loss Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419989 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceea86d1-b5b7-471c-bc4c-d9f08d80a15a.jpg"> Many people are surprised, but most of what REALLY helps you lose weight is in your head. That’s why many times, weight loss attempts and surgeries fail. We don’t change our thinking. I think, personally, that realizing it was more head work than just a diet was crucial for me. It came to me when I had applied and got accepted for weight loss surgery. I was listening to the people in the pre surgery ... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:03:20 EST Milk Experiment Results. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412255 Well, definitely weight loss happens if you trade in 120 calorie 2% dairy milk for 30 calorie almond milk. <BR> <BR> Was it the hormones? Was it that I drank less? Was it the calorie deficit? <BR> I think all of the above. <BR> <BR> End decision- I can't stand drinking almond milk lol! I would rather drink less milk to no milk and get my calcium elsewhere in my food plan. <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:59:54 EST Milk Experiment Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409585 Update: After day 1, I lost 3 pounds! Future updates will be posted. If you read my blog yesterday, you know now that I binge on dairy, especially milk. I found out that milk has addictive quailities in it that are like opiates to some people. Therefore, I'm trying unsweetened almond milk and maybe coconut milk for a month to see the impact it has on my weight. I'm going to be brutally honest here. I can drink over a half a gallon of milk in a day easily if I get on a bender. I have to ... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:12:39 EST New Streak Starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409361 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19590260-9b47-4eba-a73b-2b2c4a36c79c.jpg"> I've realized that I crave far too much dairy. Milk is my number one binge food. Yes, you actually heard me say that right. I would rather have milk than just about anything. I've heard that there is really a thing called milk addiction. It has to do with the milk proteins being somewhat like opiates to some people. That being said, I decided to switch to unsweetened almond milk for one month a... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 13:53:09 EST Inspire Others by How You Deal with Your Imperfections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409111 It really isn't about being perfect. Nobody is perfect, despite appearances. Everyone has flaws and many people who we think would just love themselves, don't. <BR> <BR> It's all in how we deal with our imperfections that is inspiring to people. It's real. We can even inspire ourselves with our own "realness" by owning our imperfections and moving toward reachable goals instead of perfection. <BR> <BR> Progress is always possible. Perfection is a lie. Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:46:56 EST Getting Started Without Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401267 You need to start with momentum when motivation is evasive. Momentum is the force of motion. FORCE of motion. Motion has force behind it. So start moving- doing. What are you going to do to change your life? Start with the baby steps and get going. <BR> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:10:36 EST Total Knee Replacement is Scheduled for October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400931 My knee replacement is finally scheduled for October and I am looking forward to getting to the healing side. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got 😬 braces. Yes, at 52, I needed braces because of a bad occlusion. <BR> <BR> I had a massage that really helped my back the other day. I found a fantastic coupon on this website called GROUPON. Just type in the service or item you're looking for and it comes up with a great deal for you. I think I paid $85 for two hour long aromatherapy massages! <BR>... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:49:09 EST I'm Losing Weight Again! You can too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396364 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49bdce1b-705a-4d91-855c-ab9d2efee74d.JPG"> <BR> My vacation from weight loss is over. I officially weighed 266.5 at the doctor's office and was too embarrassed to say it. I'm also embarrassed that I weigh 256.2 today, but hey, I've lost over 10 pounds since I saw the EVIL number on the scale. <BR> <BR> What that evil number said to me? My original weight was 460- I had no longer lost 200 pounds. My weight was REALLY going to come back on i... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 15:58:21 EST How to Tell You're Making Progress When The Scale Won't Budge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391021 Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are! <BR> <BR> You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obviously ready for new challenges that you weren’t ready for before you became fitter. <BR> <BR> You notice a new pep in your step. Things are becoming easier for you. Gravity isn... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:29:34 EST You Go For It- Naysayers are Crabs in a Bucket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390491 I have written about this before, but for those who don't know me yet... <BR> <BR> You do you! Don't listen to the people who tell you what you can't do. I didn't. I've lost and maintained a 200 plus loss beginning in 2006 and made it from bed ridden to walking. Yes, even doctors said I never could do it. <BR> <BR> Naysayers are crabs in a bucket. Crabs, when in a bucket, will never let another crab climb out and escape. As soon as one tries to, the others pull it back down, so they... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:47:03 EST My Story of Losing 200+ lbs Without Surgery or Crazy Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389843 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6270a995-bc0e-4e92-9e13-6cdff056513b.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1314c9c8-aab0-4f54-88b8-1f356b075249.PNG"> <BR> If you are reading this thinking YOU can't lose weight and get healthy because you're disabled or so far gone and hopeless... I'm talking to you... <BR> Have Hope! It really can be done! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we feel like we are just going to fail another time, so why even try? It can feel worse... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:44:16 EST THIS Does Not Happen Overnight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389308 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8211136a-7164-4a84-87e2-5a7c4cd414b1.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f11b340d-9eb2-4bd5-827a-683064d228ac.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99c7ed64-70c7-43fc-a98c-3a92f730300a.jpg"> <BR> Or even in 1 year... <BR> <BR> It also can come back fast if lost fast. <BR> We all want to lose weight immediately. <BR> I wanted it so badly. <BR> When I finally made healthy habits a priority... <BR> ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:54:27 EST Big Revelation This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388563 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d33f9c8c-a83e-4b00-8a0a-2edc6a37bb6f.JPG"> <BR> I had a revelation this morning! TWO is the answer for me and many out there who struggle with middle age weight gain and a slower metabolism. <BR> <BR> It isn't the typical two pounds a week that I'm talking about, it's two pounds a month! Now, hear me out. At this sort of age or with a sluggish metabolism, we easily put on 10-20 pounds a year, right? Imagine losing that and then some! It... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:29:34 EST Today's Struggles and Triumphs by ~Indygirl 7-14-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387445 Today I was at the store and very hungry- imagining burgers and donuts to the point of tasting them and almost doing a Homer Simpson drool in public. I kept telling myself to get out of the store! I knew, I just knew I was going to buy more than I should, and I did. It was healthy food and drink though. <BR> <BR> When I got into my car, I did not go to the drive thru like I wanted. I went for the bag of baby carrots and some herbed chicken that was pre-cooked. I made it. Whew! <BR> <... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:36:07 EST Struggling- Too Legit to Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383982 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89be4996-3f54-46e5-929a-efd681fdb028.JPG"> <BR> I've been struggling since 2013 in the Spring, when my meds started changing around and I started getting cortisone shots again. I had lost 250 pounds total before that and now that number is 203. Still, 5-6 years of holding an over 200 pound weight loss is phenomenal in my book, no matter what. <BR> <BR> I keep working at it and NEVER GIVE UP. I remember that although there are reasons that t... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 09:17:56 EST In Your Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382262 Looking in reflections, <BR> I never seem to see, <BR> Anything I want to, <BR> Nor what I want to be, <BR> Looking through your eyes, <BR> I can see me glow, <BR> Sun, moon, stars and sky, <BR> All putting on a show, <BR> I wish I had your perspective, <BR> I wish I had your view, <BR> But I can walk a million miles, <BR> Beside you in your shoes. <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan Sun, 2 Jul 2017 04:26:46 EST JUST YAY!!! I GOT IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767881 From Wheelchair to Coach in pictures... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l3470052.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110523103.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080843010.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789856272.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116585984.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l61278817.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:52:07 EST 250 lbs Lost Without WL Surgery/ Crazy Diets PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282516 <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://photos-ak... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:29:18 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