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  • 10 Weeks Post-Op Gastric Sleeve

    11/25/2014 9:20:21 AM, by ANNABELLISABEL

    Life has been very good to me these past 10 weeks. I am in a fitted size 18 pants, my shirts are all baggy, the next size down will be a non-plus size and I couldn't be more anxious for that. I fit comfortably in a 2x but can squeeze into a 1X. I have fit into a juniors stretch XL again, tight but ... Read more

  • Day 381 - I Can't Believe I Actually Went Rock Climbing!

    11/24/2014 11:02:14 AM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Hey y'all! I am so sore! My arms especially are particularly useless today but it feels great. My muscles haven't been this well used in a while. My friend had a groupon for indoor rock climbing at a local gym. It allowed us unlimited climbs for free. (Usually it costs about $10 for 3 climbs pl... Read more

  • Nine & A Half Weeks Post Op

    11/23/2014 9:14:37 AM, by ANNABELLISABEL

    Happy Thanksgiving Week! I know I have been slacking on posting blogs, I also have a youtube channel (annakaminski) that I haven't updated recently either. Work has been really demanding and then last week my Stepmom's dad passed unexpectedly. I drove to Pennsylvania last weekend (... Read more

  • Day 378 - My "Sickness"

    11/21/2014 11:40:34 AM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Well, guys, it's officially happened. I am on my 8th day of being back on track and I've faced my first disappointment. Even though I wrote a few days ago about how I wouldn't weigh myself everyday, I caved and did it anyway. At first I loved it but then when I stepped on the scale today I saw a gai... Read more

  • Day 376 - When Motivation Fails Stubbornness Works Too

    11/19/2014 5:10:11 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Today has had a few challenges but it's been a pretty good day. At my office there is a table between my set of cubicles and the next set. Unfortunately, I'm also in the cubicle that is directly next to the table. This is bad news because often times coworkers will share tasty treats such as cake, d... Read more

  • Day 374 - It's Always Too Something

    11/17/2014 5:04:31 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    I did some thinking today. I am still trying to look inward to see what my toughest obstacles are in losing weight and I realized a big one: my brain. I know. This is probably going to receive a lot of "Duh!" responses but it's true. Last January I got into running. I've never gotten very good... Read more

  • Day 373 - How Melissa Got Her Groove Back

    11/16/2014 4:47:10 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Today is day 3 of being back on track and I feel like I'm starting to get into a groove. I got up and did my exercise this morning. I am trying RunKeeper's 5K training program and today was the first day of it. I had to go 1.5 miles of any combination of walking and jogging to gauge where my level o... Read more

  • Day 372 - I Did It!

    11/15/2014 12:26:23 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    After about a month and a half of complete and utter sabotage, I finally had my first full day of being back on track. I had gotten so depressed and ashamed of my behavior that, even though I desperately wanted change, I couldn't bring myself to do it. I kept envisioning a healthy, happy, thin, vibr... Read more

  • Day 9 – 30 day challenge

    11/13/2014 3:21:44 PM, by MJJB19

    Quick update – got seriously derailed on day 4 and I’ve been trying to get back on track ever since. So far, day 9 is going well and yesterday went really well until I had a couple of wafer cookies while watching TV. I have been tracking everything, the good and the bad so at leas... Read more

  • Day 368 - Sometimes When You Fall Down You Just Don't Wanna Get Back Up

    11/11/2014 12:06:50 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    I have really been struggling this past month. On October 1st, I began the Whole30 diet plan. I stuck with it for a week and felt pretty good...then I just quit. I tried to preplan my meals and I found countless recipes to get through the month. I honestly felt prepared. Unfortunately, most of what ... Read more

  • My Spark-Anniversary

    11/11/2014 10:03:02 AM, by ANNABELLISABEL

    My Spark-Anniversary I cannot believe it has been a year since I started with sparkpeople. I came here at 308.6 pounds, unsure how to change, but knew I needed to make one. I remember having down time a lot at work and knew I wanted to lose weight. I looked on google “weight loss website” and ... Read more

  • NSV!

    11/10/2014 10:25:47 AM, by ANNABELLISABEL

    Hi All! So I have to share, I went to look for a winter coat because the one from last year is too big, I ordered another one online and that TOO is too big!! I was shopping in Old Navy REGULAR SIZES and found and XXL Coat that fit perfectly! I don't even remember the last time I was in a regular XX... Read more

  • Day 4 of my 30-day challenge

    11/8/2014 7:22:53 AM, by MJJB19

    Yay - day 4 of my sugar-free challenge and I already feel much better. Weight was down a full 2 pounds this morning (162.4). I am looking forward to measuring my waist on day 30! As part of this challenge I have also decided to do Leslie Sansone's 30 day walking challenge video wor... Read more

  • Derailed

    11/6/2014 10:52:21 AM, by BETHLS79

    Working on the kitchen has somehow completely derailed me. I've been struggling since Friday with my food and I just realized I haven't done any cardio since Sunday. I REALLY want to start getting up in the morning before work and getting it done. I just have entirely too much going on in t... Read more

  • 30-day sugar free challenge

    11/5/2014 5:07:04 PM, by MJJB19

    Our end-of-year holiday party is in exactly 31 days from now so I have decided to challenge myself to a 30-day sugar free challenge. Today has gone really well despite the Halloween candy that remains in my desk d... Read more

  • Seven Weeks Post-Op VSG

    11/4/2014 7:24:14 PM, by ANNABELLISABEL

    Today I am seven weeks post my gastric sleeve surgery. I currently weigh 257.6 lbs, down from 291.6 lbs, 34 lbs down since day of surgery! I am extremely excited for this as the weight finally rapidly moving again. I've been working on upping my milk, 20 ounces of milk on average in a day but I... Read more

  • I have time...

    11/4/2014 11:26:49 AM, by BETHLS79

    The drywall is up in the kitchen and it looks great. I'm not done mudding it yet, but if you've ever done work on an old house, just having joints that are flush is a victory. I'm hoping to get back to the mudding this weekend. I did so much work in that room this weekend, and I burned a ton of c... Read more

  • 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