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  • Happy Halloween

    10/31/2014 11:04:46 AM, by BETHLS79

    Happy Halloween, Sparkfriends! This holiday is probably a challenge for a lot of people, but since I don't get trick-or-treaters we don't have candy in the house, so it's not too hard for me and I can just enjoy it. I have... Read more

  • Back in touch

    10/28/2014 2:23:58 PM, by BETHLS79

    I've been out of touch recently and it's failing me miserably. Friday and yesterday were pretty bad days for calories. At least yesterday I was able to go for a walk on my lunch break, something I will do again today. Instead of getting discouraged with myself, I made a list of 11 things I am doi... Read more

  • Sometimes it's okay to hit the reset button

    10/25/2014 7:37:23 PM, by AMAZONIAN_QUEEN

    Initially I wanted to entirely delete my account, delete my blogs, and just start fresh. I don't like seeing all the progress I made, only to realize I fell off for over a month. Then I realized "Hey, I'm human. It's ok, what's important is I'm committed again" So, here I am after being a... Read more

  • Breaking the Cycle

    10/24/2014 11:15:08 AM, by MJJB19

    I just reread my blog post from November 2013. Sigh. Looks like history continues to repeat itself. Here I am, one year later and basically at the same weight. I suppose it is better than being 10-pounds heavier! Saw the doctor a ... Read more

  • Forgot to add:

    10/24/2014 9:42:16 AM, by BETHLS79

    Mine eyes have seen the glory and that glory is PB2. I am a peanut butter junkie, but it's so high in calories that I tend to avoid it. PB2, though is only 45 calories in 2 tbsp. If you've never heard of PB2, it's basically powered peanut butter. The peanuts are pressed to "squeeze" out the oils... Read more

  • Victorious

    10/24/2014 9:33:53 AM, by BETHLS79

    What an excellent few days I've had!!! I've been out of my office to attend a seminar, so I was out of my usual routine. The seminar was at a hotel downtown, so I took the bus. The walk to the hotel took me past a Dunkin' Donuts, a Bruegger's Bagels and a Starbucks. The Starbucks was actually in... Read more

  • Aunt's healthy clinic

    10/23/2014 12:27:39 PM, by SILLYGOOSE79

    The newspaper did an article on my aunt's health clinic she runs in Honduras! It was front page of the Life/Healthy section! That is amazing! About me - fair day yestereday! I did exercise 20 mins and met steps goal. I went a little over with having some pumpkin seeds not on my plan/men... Read more

  • What's up Wednesday?

    10/22/2014 2:19:00 PM, by SILLYGOOSE79

    I did make it through the field trip yesterday without splurging on a burger and fries and shake. I did get a salad which was about 517 calories - so about 400 more than the one I packed, but I thought that was fair and I altgered my dinner to a lighter dinner so I stayed within range :) My mi... Read more

  • Field Trip Tuesday

    10/21/2014 9:33:10 AM, by SILLYGOOSE79

    I made it through Monday successfully! A success to me is not binging. It is staying within range. I got 12 minues of exercise in. Gotta start somewhere! I think posting the blog helped me out. I got some things off my mind. I got some ideas. I got the support I need. Today I am goi... Read more

  • Out of the office

    10/21/2014 9:28:19 AM, by BETHLS79

    Good morning, Sparkfriends! I have to be honest, because that's part of the deal, right? My official weigh-in isn't until tomorrow, but I stepped on the scale this morning and I'm at 261.6. WTH? I know it's likely muscle gain, but still...that sucks. It's hard to not be depresse... Read more

  • A Case of the Mondays

    10/20/2014 2:29:35 PM, by BETHLS79

    Monday...blah! Nothing much to report from yesterday, except that I didn't stick to it like I should have. I didn't get any cardio in like I'd planned, because I was pretty sore from my walk on Saturday and from dancing Saturday night. I didn't want to push it too much. This is really goin... Read more

  • Here I go

    10/20/2014 9:14:56 AM, by SILLYGOOSE79

    I was looking all around at an 'easy' way out of this obesity. I heard a commercial - call us we can work with your insurance.... we take payments... Now, some may say a lapband is not an easy way out, but for me it would be. I know how to do this. I just like to eat. I like sugar. I like fatt... Read more

  • And we danced...

    10/19/2014 10:15:52 AM, by BETHLS79

    The wedding was an absolute blast! Ceremony was short and sweet, there was a two hour cocktail hour with an open bar and hors d'ouvres, and dinner/desserts were amazing! I'm so happy for my friends. The bride looked so beautiful. The best part of it is I don't feel in the least bit guilty about ... Read more

  • I did it!

    10/18/2014 1:45:28 PM, by BETHLS79

    Six miles. I walked six miles this morning in 2 hours. It was kind of funny because I was tired and huffing when I got to the cemetery and I was thinking "It's a good thing I walked to a cemetery because I'm gonna die." But once I was through the gate I got my second wind. My husband was wrong..... Read more

  • YES!!

    10/17/2014 8:43:27 PM, by BETHLS79

    FINALLY was able to get some cardio in! I'm stinkin' from 45 minutes on the rowing machine. Whew! It should be easier to workout the next few days, obviously, since I don't have that pesky job to go to. My husband seems to think I'm not going to make it to the cemetery and back. I'll show him. ... Read more

  • One Month Post Op Gastric Sleeve

    10/17/2014 9:22:38 AM, by ANNABELLISABEL

    Yesterday I was officially one month post-op from my gastric sleeve surgery. I weighed in at 267.6 lbs. I am down 24 pounds in one month. I didn't have a number goal for the first month but I would say that is pretty great for me, can't say I ever lost 24 pounds in one month before. I have beg... Read more

  • Today is a new day

    10/17/2014 9:14:50 AM, by BETHLS79

    Yesterday I was feeling pretty badly about overdoing the food and alcohol. But a comment from a Sparkfriend made me realize that life will happen. And I shouldn't feel bad about having a good time. What I should do instead, is think about how I felt yesterday and adjust my behavior based on those... Read more

  • Ugh...

    10/16/2014 8:07:27 AM, by BETHLS79

    So, yesterday was an epic failure. There was cake and macaroons at work and I caved, thinking that just one macaroon and a small slice of cake wouldn't hurt. And it probably wouldn't have, but we also ate out last night. One of my very good friends is getting married on Saturday and he asked us t... Read more

  • So exciting!!!

    10/15/2014 10:50:45 AM, by BETHLS79

    Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in (say that five times fast) and I am down 6.4 lbs from last week. I'm trying not to get too excited about that because it's my TOM and some of it, I'm sure, was water weight. However, my last weigh-in before TOM, I was at 260.2. Today I am at 257.6. So that would still b... Read more

  • 3.5 weeks Post-OP

    10/12/2014 1:27:00 PM, by ANNABELLISABEL

    Hi All! So Tuesday will be 4 weeks since my gastric sleeve surgery. Day of surgery, I weighed in at 291.6, in the first 2.5 weeks, I had a rapid weight loss and weighed in at 271.0, where I have now been stuck for 8 days... I go down to about 269, but then right back up to 271 the next day. It ... Read more

  • Day 331 - Day 4 and 5 Of Whole30

    10/5/2014 10:20:34 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Things are still going pretty well on Whole30 and in a lot of ways it's getting much easier. Yesterday and today have been a little rough because I hadn't taken much effort to cook much so I pretty much lived off eggs and beans and any variation of the two. I finally had enough so tonight I started ... Read more

  • Day 329 (Part 2) - Day 3 Of Whole30

    10/3/2014 7:44:13 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Today was certainly the easiest of my first three days. (Having a 1.6 pound loss on the scale this morning didn't hurt either.) At this rate, I feel like if I keep going then by the time I reach day 30 I'll be a pro. Having beans was a huge help. I also didn't realize how quickly I'd blow through th... Read more

  • Day 329 (Part 1) - I Have A Fear

    10/3/2014 1:22:38 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    I have a fear... ...of always being the fat kid. ...of never getting to my goal weight. ...of never being happy with myself. ...that if I do manage to get all 50 pounds off, I won't be able to maintain and all the weight will come back on. ...that all of my insecurities will never leave... Read more

  • Day 328 - Day 2 of Whole30

    10/2/2014 7:49:29 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    I have to admit, with the way yesterday went I was ready to throw in the towel with Whole30. I was incredibly hungry, cranky, and my cravings were ridiculous. It just didn't seem worth it at all to me. When I went to bed last night I was on the fence. I was very tempted to wake up and go back to eat... Read more

  • Negative Nancy No More

    10/2/2014 3:28:53 PM, by BETHLS79

    Thanks to everyone for the encouragement on my last blog post, and I'm sorry for being so negative. I realize that all of this is in my hands, and the only person who can change things is me. I weighed in on Wednesday and I'm down 2 lbs this week, in spite of not eating all that well. All the exe... Read more

  • Day 327 - Day 1 of Whole30

    10/1/2014 8:07:11 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Today has definitely been a learning experience, to say the least. It was day 1 of Whole30 and, despite the amount of planning and forethought I put into this next month, there was still a lot that I didn't account for. For example, I didn't pay close enough attention to how many peppers I needed so... Read more