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4 Months, 27 Pounds GONE (with pics--eeek!)
I have lost a little over 25 pounds since January, when I really focusing on weight loss. I have been taking progress pictures, and I finally looked at them. The difference is not that noticeable, but there is a difference!
Beginning of Fe... Read more
Old jeans fit!
I've lost a little over 20 pounds so far, and have had some major shape changes over the past few weeks. Yesterday, I pulled on a pair of size 18 jeans and they fit (snuggly--but they fit!)! When I started the SparkDiet in January, I was wearing... Read more
Why I don't let the scale mess with me
I have had a fairly consistent pattern of losing: -4 lbs one week, +1 lbs the next week, -3 lbs the next week, + 0.5 lb the next week...up and down and up and down. I have learned to expect that if I have a big loss one week, I will probably hav... Read more
My experience going back to my boxing gym
I have been on hiatus from my boxing gym for about a year. When I injured my knee a little over a year ago, I started to put on weight because I couldn't work out like before. I cancelled my membership because I needed to rehabilitate my knee. T... Read more
The scale is moving too fast!
Yep, I said it.
I lost 4 pounds the week before and 3 pounds this past week, and have been losing steadily over the past couple of months. There wasn't even any great reason for having such big losses; I ate within my calorie range (on aver... Read more
When I did WeightWatchers 5 years ago, I really did learn a lot about myself and how to take better care of myself. But nothing has changed my relationship with myself like SparkPeople. I have always been a fairly disorganized person, with every... Read more
Kashi GoLean Chocolate n' Peanut Butter Treat
I was craving chocolate and peanut butter last night, so I came up with this recipe, and it was very satisfying! I also had some air-popped popcorn that was drizzled with 2 tsp. of olive oil and sprinkled with a little popcorn salt. Better than ... Read more
A friend of mine, who has lost over 100 pounds, shared an article with me a while ago from O magazine. Dr. Martha Beck, a life coach, had written an article on incorporating relaxation into weight loss plans. She discusses the mnemonic S.O.F.A.R... Read more
Homemade Face Masks
I have really sensitive skin, have acne, and probably have rosacea. I have been experimenting with all-natural face care products over the past year, and have had unfortunate luck with commercial natural products. So, it's time to go back to wha... Read more
When your best friend hurts you
I've done it since I was a child. I always tried to do it in private, I was so embarrassed with my habit. I've kept it hidden since I was very young, stashing stuff all over my bedroom where my mother wouldn't find my stuff. I stole spare change... Read more
We all know we should get enough sleep, we hear it all the time. "Yeah, yeah, sleep is important, got it." But who has time to just lay there and do nothing? Fortunately, SparkPeople has taught me the value of restful sleep.
I now track the... Read more
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in December, 2010. The journey of this degree started almost 15 years ago when I took my first college classes at the University during high school. I was very excited to s... Read more
Back in the "swing" of things...
I graduated with my Bachelor's degree a little over a month ago, and let's just say my fitness and weight loss goals were a little derailed with working full-time and going to school full-time. I am finally feeling a bit more "settled" into a ro... Read more