Towards Motivation and the Magenta Dress
When I started working with a personal trainer I had a lot of weight to lose. I was highly motivated. But as the pounds came off I became increasingly more comfortable in my own skin. As my weight loss slowed, my trainer asked me what was motiva... Read more
What a Difference 4 Years and 80 Released Pounds Makes
In a few short months, I will have been Sparking for FOUR YEARS! I wish today-me could have gone back in time to tell the newly-joined me that there are so many wonderful, life-changing experiences and accomplishments just waiting for her.
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How I Know This Time Is Different
How many times have I started a diet saying, ďThis time itís going to be different. Iím going to lose the weight and THIS time Iím going to keep it off.Ē Well, I can honestly say that Iíve said that every time Iíve ever gone on a diet, includin... Read more
The Cravings Beast: Why Moderation Is Not For Me
Just last week I was approaching the 80-pounds lost mark, bumping up to it, actually, when I went off the rails and gained three pounds in the past week. Granted, some of ... Read more
Exercise Is Good for the Body and the Mind
I cannot believe the responses that I have received from my last blog post. I am overwhelmed in a very good way! I knew SparkPeople is a community of supportive and generous people, but I was still bowled over by the incredible amount of support... Read more
70 Pounds Lighter (70? Really? Yikes!)
(Near my 231.5-pound max.)
At 231.5 pounds, the heaviest Iíd ever been in my entire life, I was a big girl. I knew I was big. But as big as I was, I donít think I saw mys... Read more
I Did the Splits!
I really can't believe it myself!
First, I haven't been able to do the splits since I participated in gymnastics in my youth.
Second, this was a goal of mine for the year. It's only March!
I've slowly been increasing my flexibil... Read more
It Doesn't Have to Be That Hard.
Today I read the perfect quote painted on the wall at the gym:
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
What a great quote. The trick is to get to the point where you don't even have to think about it. Because ... Read more
Goals for 2012
2012: Day 1 Ė 194.5 lbs
My goals for this year are to write a book and reach my goal weight. Big goals, I know, but absolutely doable if I keep focused on the ultimate prize: accomplishment of goals that truly matter to me.
To write ... Read more
I'm Moving, But I'm Still Here (on SparkPeople)!
I can't believe it's been almost two months since I posted a blog. I could say that it's been because I'm really busy, but the truth is that I've been pretty depressed and just didn't want to be a total bummer. Turns out that I wasn't just pre... Read more
I went out to lunch with two colleagues. A particular restaurant has become a favorite of ours because of our mutual delight in perfectly cooked sweet potato fries. True to form, we each got a sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. At th... Read more
5 Calorie Dessert
Sometimes (a lot!) I want something sweet after dinner. I'm not hungry, but still want a little something. I saw a product-placement type embedded commercial on the Biggest Loser suggesting that Extra Dessert Delights gum be chewed when you wa... Read more
"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order."
"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order." Trainer Bob Harper, explaining the three most important elements of weight loss on last night's "The Biggest Loser."
I don't think I've ever heard it said better and more concisely. After t... Read more
Self Respect Instead of Worth
For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to overcome feelings of worthlessness. I strive to be, do, achieve so that I might one day feel like a person of worth. But recently I wondered if there might be another way.
After some se... Read more
I Did Not Get the Job...Again
What irony...my last blog was about working towards happiness. Ha ha...I'm not laughing.
I found out today that I did not get the job I really wanted. I interviewed for the position in late October and was supposed to hear "within 10 busi... Read more
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