SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard We want to recognize your accomplishments, however big or small. Let us celebrate with you! SparkPeople Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success! Messageboard Starting to lose! I weighed myself yesterday and found out I am starting to lose weight. It is happening really slow, but it is happening. The bad news is this was after gaining weight last month, so I am right back to where I started at when I started with Sparks and THM. Well I guess focus on that the scale is now showing a change in a positive direction. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2018 11:40:26 EST Ah-ha Moment I've been doing nothing for a long time - mostly sitting, watching TV and knitting. Retirement may not be good for me. I thought I would use the time to get healthy. It just dawned on me that I am not! I just found out about an opening at the school I worked at and dearly love. So I decided to give it a try for the rest of the year. Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:36:33 EST 30,000 Points Yes ! Sun, 4 Mar 2018 16:36:44 EST I'm halfway there!!! I logged my weight and looked at my ticker and realized I'm halfway to my goal weight. <BR> WHOO-HEE!!!!!!! Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:36:37 EST 250-Minute Monthly Fitness Trophy I got a fitness trophy for this month! I'm very excited about that because I haven't earned one in a long time. I feel like this is finally all coming together for me. I have a long journey in front of me, but I finally have the confidence to know I can do it. <BR> <em>236</em> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:57:59 EST Walk/Run turns into RUN! Today I went for a walk/run, but when I started the first segment of running I just kept going. I ended up running 2.5 miles! Woo Hoo! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 20:50:36 EST the wedding dress fits! I ordered my wedding dress back in October -- at the time the size I ordered was a little tight. Just got it and -- it fits! It may even be slightly big. Taking it in to get tailored in two weeks so I will halt my weight loss plan until after the wedding so that it's not too big on the day of, but I think I will be close to my goal by then anyway, just those pesky last 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> Pleased with myself! Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:26:43 EST Loving life Back on track , and the treadmill ! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Feb 2018 12:55:46 EST Sparkpeople really works When I started on Spark People i weighed 65 lbs more than I do now. I needed a place to track my food so I downloaded their app and the rest is history. I lost my 65 lbs and this March it will be 6 years that I have maintained my healthy weight. I still use their trackers and love their articles and teams of helpful, supportive people. This place is the best! Thu, 1 Feb 2018 19:42:02 EST It took me a while, but I'm here NOW Added a strength routine. My reward is a massage, which I will have tomorrow!! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 23:41:49 EST One week success I have lost two pounds in my first week. Plus today I walked away from basketball popcorn and chose a handful of raw almonds instead. I like these changes with using Sparkpeople and Trim, healthy mama. Love the ease and results! Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:25:33 EST Level 20! Finally got my 100,000 points to reach level 20! <em>244</em> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:30:49 EST Let us love one another @sizeunknown <BR> I also find it sooo easy to believe all the bad, negative things said about me. I also find it soooo easy to reject and not believe any positives said about me. <BR> I have come to realize that we are each responsible for our own attitudes. <BR> Noone Can Make You Inferior Without Your Permission!!!!!! <BR> Let's believe in ourselves! We are all human and flawed. Yes, everyone has flaws. <BR> We all have positive and negative traits. <BR> Lets learn to focus on the positive... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:29:16 EST Struggling to lose I am becoming increasingly frustrated because I eat well, measure, track and workout with barely a budge on the scale. The minute I stopped all of this hard work keeping track of my calories I immediately pack on the pounds. It seems I can't win no matter what I do. Any advise? <em>593</em> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:19:48 EST No Soda since 12/25 I haven't had any sodas since 12/25. My boyfriend bought me a sodastream machine so I could make my own sparkling water. I really don't crave sodas, just the carbonation. Mon, 8 Jan 2018 23:30:07 EST I step back 2 steps forward Yes it is usually the other way around. I am learning to do this one meal/snack at a time. One fitness activity at a time. Yesterday I fell off the diet soda wagon. I had one can. When I was a heavy soda drinker it would be 3-4 cans a day. I see that as progress! Sat, 6 Jan 2018 10:40:13 EST New Year Determination I have rededicated my life to focusing more on my healthy lifestyle journey. So far, I have managed to avoid the nagging little voices that continue to tell me I am hungry when I am just bored or anxious. Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:46:28 EST Do I have to reward myself? In 3 days I will have completed a 30 day challenge to walk for at least 5 times in a week. I wonder, is it really necessary for me to come up with a reward for myself for completing this challenge, or is just acknowledging "yay, I did this" enough? Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:33:44 EST Celebration! Feeling great today! In spite of fighting of a cold I got in my strength training workout. Hooray for me I am down 15 pounds since August! On target to hit my goals and loving the changes I've made to my lifestyle. <em>9</em> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:48:15 EST 10 (almost 11) pounds down! I (re)joined SP weighing 158.2 the week before Halloween and as of today I'm 147.4! That comes to an average loss of 1.4 lbs a week over these 7 weeks. <em>521</em> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:27:32 EST Made it through a pot luck! This is a true miracle because there was a lot of good food but I took small portions and stayed within my calorie range! Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:52:58 EST Let’s Celebrate Ourselves We need to celebrate ourselves every day. We need to know we are so much more than the size of our bodies, and give ourselves credit for all that we do on a daily basis towards our heI am a person who spent the first 29 years of my life, at war with my body. I went from chronic dieting to anorexia, to bulimia, to binge eating , and I was every weight between 103 and 266 pounds. What I realized was during that time, no matter how thin I was , I never thought I was thin enough and I never liked... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:28:30 EST Stayed on Track Yesterday The good news is that yesterday (Monday) I stayed on track. I didn't have any artificial sweeteners either. I'm feeling the withdrawal symptoms, but I'm gonna push through it because I know I will be better off. I really feel like I need to start eating a lot cleaner than I have been. I find I've been eating too many low point snack items, and I need to get back to eating more foods from the food pyramid. <BR> <BR> I'm also keeping track of my calories to make sure I'm not eating too m... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 14:12:35 EST Smoking Currently1 week cigarette free after20 years Mon, 4 Dec 2017 18:52:12 EST First time ever - swam 1 mile My Fitness Center started a monthly triathlon contest in January to encourage gym users to try their water program. So, I did. First time I swam laps, I thought I was going to DIE at lap 1-1/2. Been working on building up strength and endurance with lap swimming. Today, I swam 36 laps non-stop. That's 1 mile!!!! I'm so excited and proud of this accomplishment. Sat, 2 Dec 2017 07:22:58 EST Weight Loss Journey I started the Ketogenics diet 9/25/17. I weighed 161 pounds. I need to weigh about 135 or less. The first week I was down 5 pounds. The second week, I started with the keto flu! (It's like going thru withdrawals). Just lovely! NOT! I have now cut out all sugar and carbs. In the past I could eat sugary foods and not feel full. I always seemed to want more food after I've eaten. Now with eating correctly, getting enough proteins and staying away from breads, rice, pasta etc. I have lost... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:06:36 EST Over 17,000 steps yesterday Over 17,000 steps yesterday, aim for it again today. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:08:50 EST Weight Loss Goals Weighed in today, down 145 pounds! YAY !! Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:39:07 EST Mondays.... :) Today was the second consecutive Monday that I got up at 04:40 and went to the gym! I have been struggling to motivate myself out of bed on a Monday morning for months, but I've finally kicked myself in the butt to stop making excuses and just GET UP! <BR> <BR> Now I can work hard through a routine of strength training on Mondays and Fridays, with Tuesdays and Thursdays being reserved for cardio. Weekends are family time while being active! <BR> <BR> Are there any days of the week on ... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:16:05 EST Lost 10 lb! Have reached my first goal! My jar of pounds lost is getting fuller and pounds to lose is getting smaller.... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:59:58 EST lost I was so happy to step on the scale this morning and I was down another 1 lb. I thought the scale was stuck. I'm now in the 100's woo hoo! <BR> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:36:41 EST Yeah Water Aerobics I signed up for two water aerobics classes , one is at 7 am, the other is at 9 am. I absolutely love, love love them. I'm psyched driving to the facility and I feel great when I get home. I actually think my joints are starting to like it also. The last 8 week session it was just one class and I could hardly move the next day. This 8 week session so far I'm just a little sore, so very happy for that. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 08:26:06 EST Stuck to my fitness plan today despite feeling low Managed to complete a 25 minute yoga video, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. but I was feeling a bit low when I got home, so it was extra hard to get moving. <BR> <BR> Reminders to myself: <BR> 1) Read spark people boards for motivation. <BR> 2) Put on workout clothes, have to workout before getting out of them again. <BR> 3) Just commit to 10 minutes, you'll want to do more once youre started. <BR> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:25:31 EST No takeaway! I'm quite proud tonight - got home from work pretty tired and it's Friday. A lot of the times, weeks in a row on Friday and the weekend, I'd order take away and then not really enjoy it because I always over order. <BR> <BR> Tonight I had the food in the online basket, then emptied it and decided to just cook the food I had in the fridge. Which will still take me a bit over the daily calories, but nothing major and actually I feel very pleased regardless. <BR> <BR> :D Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:43:11 EST Sugar! One week of no refined sugar - not as easy as I thought it would be..................but one week is one week - on to week two! Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:23:08 EST 30 pounds down—4 more to go for first goal! After 6 1/2 months of many days of 120 minutes of exercise, I have lost inches and pounds. I am almost to my first goal. Thanks to Spark for food tracking tools, the supportive community, and Spark Coach! Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:45:44 EST Whoooooo Hooooooo I made it! I hit my goal weight, 140 lbs! I weighed myself 3 times, just to be sure! lol I am overjoyed! Thank you SP for motivating me! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>9</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:44:01 EST Been waiting and working a long time to say this.. I AM AN IRONMAN! <BR> <BR> 5.5 years ago, I signed on here. I weighed 305 lbs. I'd been doing a little exercise bike. I had done some of it before and lost some weight, but then stopped. For some reason I started again. Then I read an article about Sparkpeople and signed on and started food tracking. <BR> <BR> I amped up my fitness. Joined Planet Fitness and kept losing 2 lbs. here, 3 lbs. there. Sometimes 4. Sometimes less. In a little over a year, I had lost over 100 lbs. and was fit. <BR... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:07:29 EST Ate 10 fruits & veggies today Well if you count pickles as veggies. I do. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:05:04 EST My Woo Hoo Moment I have COPD which means my lungs don't work as well as they should. Exercise helps me continue to stay off oxygen. For the first time in years, I was able to walk the hill back to my house without stopping. Since I rededicated myself to SP on 1 September, I have only missed a few days of a 30 minute exercise. I see now what a difference it is making with my health, not just the weight loss. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 10:35:45 EST 26 pound loss i have lose 26 pound so far Thu, 5 Oct 2017 23:09:55 EST New exercise routine WOO HOO Did my new workout this morning with 5-pound dumb bells. I enjoyed it. 16 minutes. <BR> Read my two blog posts about my doctor's visit yesterday. Lots of WOO HOO in them. <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:48:45 EST Weekend went well My down fall is the weekend. I eat and drink too much. This weekend I didn't mess up. Counted my drinks and I restarted spark people so I saw a morning mess up and thought around it all day. Now it's the week. I'm more disciplined because just enough food gives me more energy at work and help's me save money. Cheers! Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:32:07 EST Doctor's appointment I went to the Doctor's today, and I had a good checkup. This afternoon I got out and did a 18 minute walk, and did some housework. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:20:29 EST Trying something new So like everyone I struggle. I find my biggest challenge comes towards the end of my work day, I get a sweet tooth and give in to the jellybean machine at work, and it escalates and then I hit it again and again and by the time I get home I feel like such a loser I keep binging and go to bed feeling yucky, all my good work early in the day is blown. <BR> But this week is going to be different. For the first time ever I actually truly did meal prep. I went to the store last night and bought IN... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:51:11 EST Exercise - Not Something to H8? I'm sooo exercise resistant. But these days I'm noticing that I am eager to get moving. <BR> <BR> What? <BR> <BR> As a large, middle-aged woman, that's a huge Woo Hoo for me! <BR> <BR> <em>355</em> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:13:38 EST 2 p0unds is something Managed to lose 2 pounds. i want to minimize, Like this ' i stilll weigh over 200 pounds But I managed to use up 7000 cal of fat. I haven't been consistent with tracking. But I'm really trying to exercise every day. and love myself. I plan on losing one more pound nest week . Mon, 11 Sep 2017 03:05:18 EST Ticker Shock I lost another 3 pounds this week and am now only 5.8 pounds from goal. I haven't weighed this little in ... I hate to think how long ... 20 years? I'm finally giving myself the body and fitness level I've always wanted. Yay me! :) <BR> <BR> Hope you all have something great to celebrate today! Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:15:22 EST Yes!! I've finally done it! After having been drinking any kind of soda (whether diet/"zero" or regular) almost every day of the week for, I think, months if not longer, I'm finally only having it 2 days a week and that's on the weekends! I've done this for at least the past 3 weeks now! I'm rather proud of myself that I finally have pulled this off! And, I'm drinking a lot more water now, too, during the day. <BR> <BR> I mean, where I work is within a short walking distance from a grocery store, so I would almost alwa... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 16:16:09 EST I can't believe it! I'm so excited! I only have 4 more pounds to lose and I'll be at my goal weight! Fri, 8 Sep 2017 23:34:35 EST The Plateau I have been stuck between an 83-85 lb. weight loss plateau for the last two months. While I have been happily celebrating my success to date, it is still frustrating when I can't get things going forward again. On the same note, I have taken great pride in clothing myself during my weight loss on a budget. Other than undergarments and a few pairs of crop leggings, I have bought nothing new and found really cute items second hand. Well, with fall coming I took the plunge and put in a Kohls... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 22:22:17 EST Reached 30 Lb Loss Today, Yoo Hoo! I was so surprised this morning, I had to weigh myself 3 times. <BR> Still have a long way to go, but one day at a time and witht he help of Spark People, gettiing the desired results. Breaking down into 10 lb blocks so it is manageable emotionally. I am happy!! <img src=""> Mon, 4 Sep 2017 10:14:36 EST Back in the Game Three weeks, six and a half pounds, first day of the fourth week on target with calories and workout. Fri, 1 Sep 2017 01:18:55 EST Daily Steps I've had trouble getting my Fitbit steps to log on to Spark, but I've gotten in well over 10,000 steps every day since I started tracking almost two weeks ago. The majority of the steps are consistent long walks. Getting up and walking is almost as routine as brushing my teeth. <em>311</em> <em>41</em> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:06:58 EST Had my cup of ice cream despite The musical sounds of the ice cream cruising the neighborhood looking for victims. Not I alas no I didn't give in.... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:52:00 EST Almost... Once I lose F-O-U-R more pounds I will officially be considered "Overweight" instead of "Obese" as calculated by my BMI !!!!!!!!!!! I have lost 34 pounds (and counting) - never thought I would be saying THAT! I am actually UNDER 160 again!!!! YYYYAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!! Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:42:23 EST A small victory I am a stage 3 breast cancer survivor who has to take arimidex daily. My doctor forewarned me it would make me gain weight. He was definitely right. I have been on it 2 and a half years. Five weeks ago, I got a change of thinking and decided regardless of what the meds did concerning weight I would be more healthy if I made exercising a daily habit and charted my food. I thought if I do my part to improve maybe the Lord can help me lose. I set a goal to lose a lb. a week. After 5 weeks of fai... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 05:28:31 EST Celebrating Weight Loss I've lost 15 pounds since July 24th. Woo-hoo! Sat, 26 Aug 2017 19:39:59 EST NO MORE INSULIN Lost 30 pounds and was taken of insulin last week. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:19:28 EST I Didn't Work Out Today Fridays I have an early morning Body Pump Class. This means I get up at 4:30am to get to the gym by 5a to get set up for the 5:30a class. <BR> <BR> I went to bed early last night, but despite taking an OTC sleeping pill, I tossed and turned, fussed and fretted, kept checking the clock, wondering if I should get up to go to the bathroom, and got more and more angry. <BR> <BR> Finally, at 1a, I decided there was no way I was going to be able to function at work with only three and a half hou... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:20:46 EST Kids are back to school! Treated myself to seared ahi and seaweed salad for lunch. Kids wouldn't have appreciated it anyways. I love grocery shopping day! Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:02:54 EST healthy eats this week this week I made quinoa, roasted tomatoes, ate more beans and rinsed the canned ones. made homemade quacamole etc. I am proud of myself for applying what I have learned on here!!! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:30:07 EST I'm a quarter of the way to my goal 23.5 pounds down since the first of July. Just 15 more pounds of "obesity" fat to get rid of and then I'll "only" be overweight! Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:56:21 EST 43 lbs down since 2/24/2017 So proud I've lost this much! Onward and upward. More to go!! Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:48:15 EST I managed to workout 5 days a week! I am slowly getting in the routine and I see some positive trends in my body. After a back ache which threw me out of action I went back to gym and managed to workout all 5 days a week. Makes me feel awesome!!!!! Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:54:55 EST Dialing it back Over the weekend I hosted an event that had been in the planning stages for many months. It went very well. I did notice though that I've been eating less carefully probably due to the stress of getting the event actually launched. <BR> <BR> As with anything, it's not easy to stop and make a 180 degree turn back to strict healthy eating. I feel like I am making a wide arc but I am turning it around. And more importantly, I realized that I needed a bit of a break after the event wound down. I... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 05:49:00 EST 10000 steps My first day at walking 10000 steps. My first mini success story. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 01:04:40 EST Small Changes Make a Difference! Staying on track in 3 small areas: tracking, water consumption, and walking daily. This is my woo hoo moment! I haven't given up even though I am not where I would like to be in terms of eating and weight loss. This too will come into control at some point! Mon, 7 Aug 2017 17:33:38 EST Believe Most things in life worth having require some effort to obtain. For me the easiest way to success starts with the mind. If you truly believe in yourself and your ability to make things happen, you are on your way to good things. Believe and achieve your dreams! Mon, 7 Aug 2017 10:44:54 EST I celebrate my success in making tasty foods I made healthy, tasty foods to eat today. My regular routine of eating, basically, the same types of meals each day, had to change, and change it did. I'm adding more cheese, nuts, legumes, and a bigger variety of fruit such as, I bought cherries. Cherries are so healthy and delicious. I really enjoyed some today. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 19:51:44 EST Happy with blood work results! I had a physical today and the nurse practitioner tested my blood glucose and a lipid panel (cholesterol and triglycerides). My glucose was good, and my lipids were not just good, but better than optimal! Goes to show that healthy changes make a big difference even without significant weight loss--it's about more than the numbers on the scale! <BR> <BR> My blood pressure had been hovering in the borderline-high range for a while, but I have cut back on caffeine and started exercising more/ha... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:06:03 EST Vacation wt loss Had to go to my doc a day before vacation. His challenge was for me to be down 20lbs when I saw him. I was down 27.5lbs which was great. I told him I was leaving for a week the next day & was going to eat what I wanted for a week & get back on it when I returned. Apparently my new habits have kicked in because I didn't eat great, but I didn't eat like the past either. Did a lot of walking while away which helped I think. <BR> Had to go back for a recheck on something today & Doc tells me I ha... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:19:36 EST Plateau Blues I finally went down a pound after one week. Phew, made my Tuesday!! <em>26</em> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:51:46 EST Egg Diet Positive thinking and doing works. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:44:33 EST walking I took a 35 minute walk today, and it felt good. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:01:52 EST Finally SUCCESS! I am sooooo happy that I have finally lost 25 lbs AND on my OWN! Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:04:13 EST 5lbs off my first week :-) So my first week was completed yesterday and 5lbs gone :-) <BR> <BR> so pleased Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:11:41 EST Getting there! Lost 5 pounds this week and am feeling so much energy. So grateful. This site makes it fun! Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:38:27 EST 10 pounds gone Today was scale day, I had dreaded it. I was surprised to learn that I have lost 10 pounds since July 3rd. Now to add exercise with my diet changes. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:55:52 EST No cheesecake for me, thank you. I turned down the strawberry cheesecake that my mother-n-law offered me. She offered me chocolates, ice cream, and many other desserts. I had sliced cantaloupe instead. I have no regrets, I didn't even feel bad about politely turning her down. <BR> <BR> This may seem like a minor accomplishment, but when I go to my ML house I'm use to eating sinfully delicious desserts. It's a hard habit to break. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 00:21:41 EST Yay!!! I have lost 6lbs feel really good just need to keep up the good work now xx <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 04:06:29 EST 50 pounds gone! It has been a long, sometimes difficult road but a big goal reached! Still have a long way to go but woot! Looking for the 50 pound lost sign to put on profile pic. Anyone know where it is? Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:33:34 EST No clue... No clue if I've lost weight. We're on a working vacation in Germany and away from home. However, we've only missed 2 days in 19 in walking LOTS! Far more than we do at home, and more than we thought we could. DH now has a sinus infection, but we're still going. So much to see, and trying to stay clear of the G20 demonstrations. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 15:00:33 EST Advanced Kettlebell DVD I ALMOST got through it I almost made it through my advanced Kettlebell dvd for the first time today, after I had already been out on my bike hitting the hills for an hour. I had to take longer rests and I had to modify it a couple times but I am an almost 55 year old woman with asthma, so I feel like I accomplished something! I am pretty happy even though my legs feel like logs. If I keep this up surely the scale will start moving again or some inches will come off. <em>244</em> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 19:18:22 EST "2 lbs. lost + inches" I am very pleased to say that I have lost another 2 lbs. for this week and that, <BR> makes me at #73 lbs. lost for my overall loss. <BR> <BR> "And I also lost 20 inches as well off my body" (happy) <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>7</em> <em>104</em> Sun, 2 Jul 2017 14:37:20 EST I am grateful! This morning I am so grateful of my body, all 257lbs of it! Can I run a marathon yet? No but I can walk 4 miles a day, I can weight lift for 45-60 minutes at a time! <BR> Yesterday I Kayaked for over an hour on a lake that was pretty rough (A LOT of boaters and jet skis) so yes I am proud and grateful. <BR> I would also like to apologize to said body above for all the crap I shoveled into it over the years, but I am trying to make some changes to give you more fuel and less garbage! <BR> <BR... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 11:02:25 EST I made healthy food choices We went out to lunch, I already committed to myself that I was going to have a salad, we went to a bbq place for lunch and I stayed accountable to myself and ordered a wonderful salad and enjoyed every bite!!! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 10:35:53 EST Surprise Loss of 5 lbs since last week I was very surprised when I weighed myself today, because been on a pleateau. 5 lbs. Feel it in my clothes just a little and my face and shoulders seem a little thinner. Every pound I lose helps ease pain on my joints. Yipeee. very pleased tonight. <em>198</em> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 23:39:22 EST Woo Hoo I have been using SparkPeople program for over 90 days now. The support and information I have gotten from it have helped me meet my first weight loss goals. It has also taught me a great deal about setting goals. I subscribe to the premium package. It is a bargain. How much is your health and well being worth? Think about that. Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:08:51 EST 453 Days logging in! <img src=""> I'm about to go away on a holiday and so proud of myself for logging in for all this time. Not sure if I'll be able to keep up the streak but that's okay. I'm now six months on maintenance. Woo Hoo! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:14:36 EST Positive Steps I've Taken Today I've been feeling a little down and afraid of failing at this wellness journey, so decided to focus on the positive steps (and writing them down in my journal) I'm taking each day. Its seems to be helping - 2.8 lbs down this week and only 3 lbs away from my next milestone! I say that was a <em>244</em> moment! <em>252</em> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:04:35 EST "71 lbs. Gone" I am so proud of how far I have come as my weigh in was today and it said, <BR> that I lost another 2 lbs. for this week and that made me Happy today, <BR> because my overall loss as of today is =71 lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <em>590</em> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:12:17 EST I lost 10 pounds without exercise! From March to mid June, I ate healthy but didn't workout. Turns out I still managed to lose 10 pounds. So delighted and I've just started working out again. Looking forward to more great results. <em>9</em> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:38:56 EST Passed a milestone without even trying I've been keeping a journal since the beginning of the year, and each month I build myself a little graph where I can track whether or not I achieved a personal goal that day. Things like make the bed, work out, avoid soda/alcohol... all kinds of things. <BR> <BR> Sodas are one of those things I'm just addicted to: I can easily drink 3 in a day so I try to avoid them entirely. So today I looked at my journal and realized I hadn't had one all this month. And I looked back and realized ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:08:30 EST I'm a Loser! Just weighed and I'm down 11 lbs.! I really didn't think I could lose weight at my age. I've got a long way to go, but I'm feeling encouraged. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:44:37 EST Back on Track after Beach trip <em>521</em> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:32:42 EST I went up a level today I moved up to level 7 today. <em>250</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:36:24 EST Another great day!! Right on track to hit my 10,000 + steps 6 days in a row Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:20:17 EST Slow and steady Down 8 pounds in 60 days...slow and steady.... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:44:47 EST Got a morning workout in Today I decided to ride the bike in the 10 miles in before work and will probably do at least another 5 miles when I get home from work tonight. It feels good to have some of it accomplished <em>244</em> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:08:43 EST Walking I started walking at the high school track early mornings. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:43:46 EST Made it to week 2 of my Zombie 5K program! Luckily I am still motivated. Will finish this time. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:18:50 EST Onederland is here <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 198.6! Mon, 5 Jun 2017 13:04:40 EST Very Nearly Normal! After spending YEARS wearing nothing but plus sized clothing... I am now very nearly normal! <BR> <BR> I'm down to a sixe 1XL, or occassionally an XL! <BR> <BR> My goal of getting completely out of plus sizes by Christmas seems very much doable! <BR> <BR> My body has come so far from where it was when I started, and I am so prouc of all I have achieved! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:14:15 EST Yea Me I can't say that I have been doing as much exercise as I should have but as of yesterday that has changed. I now have a We Go tracker which records my exercise steps, etc. Won't sync with Spark People but I can get numbers and manually put them on the site. Made my 10000 goals. <BR> <BR> I am eating much healthier than I used to. So I can honestly say Yea Me on all fronts. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Tue, 30 May 2017 13:35:02 EST Paleo, 2 months in and doing Great! Never thought I would say this but, not missing bread nor white potatoes. Raised in a meat and potatoes family and married into the same. Management of Diabetes was not consistent. Along came Paleo and for the past 2 months Blood Sugars are consistent and I'm not going hungry and Life is finally looking up once again! Tue, 30 May 2017 12:47:06 EST Below 100! Had another below 100 glucose reading...94! Might not seem like much to some but it is to me. Been below 120 for several days- FG. Tue, 30 May 2017 09:05:22 EST another 1.6 lb gone Kicked another 1.6 lb to the curb for trash pickup <em>334</em> Sun, 28 May 2017 23:35:51 EST First month Ketogenic WOE I was afraid when I started this way of eating that it would be too hard. I am amazed at how easy it's been, even with a lot of travel it was pretty easy. It has been expensive to set up pantry, buy cook books and some new tools, but the food is great, I have not been hungry or bored with what I am eating. Lots of cooking on weekends but I did that anyway just a bit more with this as I have made sure I have the right snacks on hand as well as meals. As of today I have lost 14 lbs in 1 month... Sun, 28 May 2017 10:26:15 EST Starting Over So I'm starting over again and I really want to dedicate myself to a healthier lifestyle. I want to do this for me and my husband so we both live long happy lives together! I also want to hike a mountain and do a 5K so I need to be in shape for those! Thu, 25 May 2017 22:46:06 EST I officially don't care any more! I know this sounds like a negative post rather than something for the celebration boards, but it's not, because this morning I realised this morning that I officially genuinely do not care about my number on the scale any more woo hoo! I weighed myself this morning out of curiosity, and realised that it just doesn't have a hold over me any more - I'm fitting clothes that before I only fitted when I was at least 10 pounds lighter! <BR> <BR> I weight train 3 times a week, and the satisfaction ... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:44:45 EST Diebetes-the fine balance between diet and exercis Lost 42 lbs. and was removed from my meal time insulin, working to get off of night-time insulin. Tue, 16 May 2017 11:42:58 EST So excited about my progress Started my journey on April 3rd. weighed in at 238. Today I am down to 214. Life is good especially when you don't let yourself give in to set backs. Mon, 15 May 2017 09:42:41 EST I've lost 15 pounds in 15 weeks!!!! And all with just a few small diet changes!!!! I can't imagine how much more it could have been if I had actually been intentionally exercising along with the dietary changes!!! <BR> <BR> This was the kick-start I needed to actually get motivated :) <BR> YAY!! Mon, 8 May 2017 16:36:51 EST Slow and steady 6 Month anniversary down 30lbs... 4-5 lbs a month the way to go. Not stressing the inside and outside. 6 months to go.. Stay Motivated Sun, 7 May 2017 15:38:11 EST Personal Milestone My healthy mindset has finally taken over. A coworker brought in Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits (used to be one of my major weaknesses) for breakfast this morning and offered me one. With bag open and the aroma wafting toward me, I was confidently able to say "no thank you" and proceeded to happily eat the healthy breakfast I brought from home. <BR> My choices have now allowed me to lose 15 pounds in the last month and I couldn't be more excited! Mon, 1 May 2017 14:48:17 EST "I lost" I just wanna share my success with you all that for this week I did good, <BR> by losing my 6 lbs. for the week and I am very happy with those pounds, <BR> lost and so to get me to my first goal I need 72 more lbs. to go by the end, <BR> of the year and I am hoping close to it or at it. <BR> <BR> "Anyway 6 lbs. out the door...I did it" <em>590</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 1 May 2017 12:52:16 EST Lost 100 pounds!! Finally, hit my first target of 100lbs. It felt like such a daunting goal when I first started on my journey, but I'm so glad I took it on. I now weight 176, and have set 150 as my next mission. Wish me luck... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:41:19 EST Surprise on the scales this morning I hit a plateau a few weeks ago and didn't think it would ever break. I joined the plateau busting challenge and have followed it worked! I stepped on the scales this morning and finally moved... a lot! Today I am able to celebrate losing my first 20 lbs. At 52 years old, I didn't think it was going to happen. I still have more to lose, but this is huge for me. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:59:49 EST I am so happy Started trying to better my health about 1 month ago. I started at 286 and was very sedentary. I bought a bike and started doing simple 10 minute exercise video routines every other day. I have lost 4 inches in my waist, 3 inches in my hips, 1 inch in my thighs, and gained a 1/2 inch in my upper arms. I now weight 271.6, a grand total of 14.4 pounds lost! 11 pounds left until my first goal is met, 21 until my second goal. 71.6 until final goal! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:54:19 EST Kept a Plank for 1 minute I am so pleased with my effort. This time last year I could only hold a plank for 20 seconds. Today I kept it for 1 minute with good form. <em>320</em> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:50:00 EST Made it past 10,000 steps 2x I've reached 10,000 plus steps 2xs now. Very happy!! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:48:34 EST I didn't give up & I'm back on track. -80 pounds In the past I was bouncing on the yo-yo string. In 2015 I started a plant based eating plan and shed 80 pounds. Then I moved and got caught up in trying all the restaurants in my new town. Needless to say I stalled out and even gained 20 pounds back. (Who knew you can gain weight as a vegan. lol) In the past I would have spun off my plan completely and gained it all back and then some. This time I re-committed to my plan and I've shed the 20 and I'm still going strong. I'm sad when I ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:04 EST Great News!!!! I am sooo Happy!!!!! <BR> <BR> My Eprex injections has been decreased by 2 jabs a week!!! Which means I only require 4 jabs a week, not 6 anymore! This means a savings of at least RM200 a month!!! <BR> <BR> I have been taking my Iberet Folic religiously, that's why my bloodwork has tremendously improved!!! My cholesterol and trigliceride levels are excellent too!!! This means I have been eating healthier!!! I have stopped Mcd's cold turkey!!! No more pizza too!!! <BR> <BR> For those who... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:50:33 EST I Showed Guts..... I posted A Video of Me To Facebook.... I'm The Person Behind a Camera, Or Video. <BR> I Don't put Video out for God and Everyone to See. Well Today I Did. I Want to See <BR> me Change . I want To keep Me Going, I Have Messed up so Bad, Smoking For 23years, and being Obese for Longer. I want to Just Feel Better. I Can't Reverse time but I Can Be Stronger, Healthier and Lighter. I'm Going to put one up every month. I Hope I will See Big Changes in 6 Months... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:26:56 EST Ketosis, I am in you Woohoo! Down 4 lbs in 2 weeks from low-carb, kicking it up a notch with a full keto plan. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:01:22 EST Whooo hoooo! I can't believe it! I am back in my size 8 jeans! At last, SUCCESS! <em>9</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:13:09 EST 21 day Reset, down 6 lbs Been stuck for awhile on this plareau. Decided for 21 days to cut out alcohol, wheat, dairy and added sugar! Wish I had done that sooner. Basically I cut out almost all processed foods! Ladt time I did that I lost 60lbs, so I know it works. More alert, more energy and generally feel better! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:29:14 EST I'm back and ready to have SUCCESS! <img src=""> <BR> It has been a LONG time since I have been motivated to try to REALLY work at trying to achieve my goals.....Coming back to Sparks is sure a step in the right direction! <BR> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 14:31:14 EST Noticing when I'm comfortably full I noticed today that I actually get full pretty quickly and don't need nearly as much as my mind tells me to eat sometimes. It's kind of a huge realization for someone like me who tends to eat for a lot of reasons other than hunger. I think my poor body couldn't even tell it was full anymore. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 01:47:31 EST Rewards :) I moved this question over to the Staying Motivated board. Sorry all, but I don't know how to delete completely :) Wed, 5 Apr 2017 10:02:01 EST Finished the Challenge!!! Today is my last day on the "Walk your way 5K" challenge. I always start out to hard, get burned out and quit, so this time I took it easy and followed the plan. I am going to restart the challenge tomorrow and really kick it hard this time. Then I will move on to the Walk/Jog challenge. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:40:15 EST Thanks again to Music2HisEars' encouragement I've been on SP sporadically since 2009! I'd see little improvements for the little effort I was exerting, and impatient me fell off the wagon over and over in lieu of instant gratification. This week is our Spring Break at school, and I though it would be a good time to get a little obsessive about my health again. I'd already gone back to the Dr. and discovered sugars, cholesterol, and all the other bad stuff is higher than my last report, and I'd gone back to chiro and massage therapist f... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:26:19 EST Hooray for a great first week! It's a small success, I haven't even weighed myself to see if I've lost anything but I have tracked my food everyday, stayed within 1200 cal everyday this week and worked out 6 days out of the week, so hooray for me!! Today was a little hard because I didn't get much sleep but I did my workout and tracked my food anyway. I ate a little more than the other days (close to 1300) but I didn't get out of control. I'm feeling pretty good about this:) Tue, 4 Apr 2017 01:30:18 EST Doctor visit Blood pressure NORMAL! I'm 51 years old, and I've always had high blood pressure--till now! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 20:53:14 EST Grateful for SP! What a tremendous program and community at SP! Down 6# in 6 weeks!.....losing slowly helps you to appreciate the effort and understanding of the journey! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:27:39 EST Personal best I jogged a mile today, start to finish, a first. I also finished 3.7 miles of walking/jogging in under 55 minutes, personal best time. When I thought back to where I was one year ago, and how I struggled to finish walking one mile in that same park, I cried. I sat and stretched and looked at my time and I wept like a baby and thanked God for giving me a chance to change my life. And thanks to Sparkpeople for being there for me, I COULD NOT have done any of it without this site. Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:20:19 EST Weight loss is happening with lower body fat! I'm finally seeing the scale move down and with three weeks of consistent workouts my body fat percentage is finally in the 20s not the 30s! I've calculated I've lost five pounds of just fat so far. Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:54:37 EST Streak continues Been following my streak of tracking, drinking 8 cups of water, and exercising every day for 38 days now. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:29:31 EST My Blue Jeans!!!! I am wearing my size 12 blue jeans!!! <BR> And they FIT!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I haven't been able to zip these jeans up for the past year :) <BR> <BR> Whoo-hoo!!!! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:41:18 EST Worked out everyday for 2 weeks straght and my food choices have been on target! Feeling good about that. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:40:03 EST Passed on the donuts! I'm in training all this week. As in 8 am to 5 pm... They brought it doughnuts today and I passed them right on by! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:51:03 EST Cholesterol still under control I've been off Crestor for over 3 months now, and a recent blood test showed that my cholesterol readings are all good. Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:55:25 EST Small victory! I am only one pound away from getting out of "obese" and into "overweight". The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned on. It's faint, and I have to squint to see it, but it's there! :) Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:50:23 EST Exceeded my Challenge! My 5% challenge was to lose 9 pounds in 8 weeks. I lost 12 pounds! Total loss:39 pounds! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:18:44 EST back on Track- Yay! Hey! Just so happy- lost 2 kilos these 10 days- I am back on track and there is where I'll stay!!! Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:31:38 EST finally made it Finally have seen the scale move after 2 years. About 5 pounds but Ill take it. Switched to fat and eating no white grains or cheese. Made a difference. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 01:38:45 EST Getting Started I'm a 57 year old, unmotivated african american women. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting started. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:01:24 EST Just 4 more pounds to go! I'm so excited. I am just 4 lbs away from my first goal. Granted that is just the first of 3 goals, but still. After struggling mentally with getting my stuff together and making some changes in my life to lose the weight I've been steadily gaining for years, I'm finally moving in the right direction. I haven't taken my health seriously in almost a decade so to see results and see myself moving in the right direction feels phenomenal! I'm looking better in my clothes, and even getting too... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:22:12 EST So Happy! In less than two weeks, I have dropped 8 pounds! I have been walking/jogging at least 4 times a week if not more and been not going over my calorie limit. Ive went out to eat two times this week. The first time was at a pizza/ pasta place and I got a half order of pasta, a salad( with light dressing) and water. When before, I would have gotten a full bowl of Pasta, salad with regular dressing and a Dr. Pepper. Yay! Then tonight a friend wanted to go out so instead of a burger, fries and shake... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 23:06:43 EST The Dance of the Scales I've had a certain weight marker on the scale that's held me at a plateau off and on for a long time (we're not talking months)! Today, I broke it and beat the scale at its own dance. <BR> <BR> I give partial credit to SparkPeople's 21-Day Sugar Challenge. Sugar has always been my weakness. I'm not a believer in deprivation. If I can't EVER have something, it makes me want it more, especially sugar. I went through this challenge four times. It helped me land with a plan that works for me. S... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:57:39 EST Tracked Food I went back to tracking food and figured out my problem with maintenance yesterday! Woohoo! Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:02:16 EST SO proud of my goals! goal start: 1/8/17 <BR> goal end: 3/5/17 <BR> Goal weight to lose: 10 lbs or 10 inches (4.5kg / 25.4cm) <BR> To date: 6.4 lbs / 11 inches <BR> 3.6lbs more to lose by 3/5! <BR> ________________ <BR> <BR> <BR> Next goal: 1/8-6/4 <BR> Goal: 30 inches or 30 lbs lost <BR> ________________ <BR> Have only worked this week, no gym..... I had the stomach flu for 2 days and lost an entire pound. <BR> 1/8/17 :..............297 lbs <BR> 2/19/17: ............291 lbs <BR> <BR> VERY happy, again... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:55:59 EST Contrave Anyone currently taking Contrave? Any success stories? I just started today. Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:21:09 EST Staying Consistent WooHoo! I'm on my 5th straight week of working out 5 days/week. I'm keeping my promise to myself and feeling stronger for it! <em>521</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:27:22 EST No alcohol for 32 days! I have decided to stop drinking any alcohol altogether. I think this should help significantly in my efforts to get healthier. Sparkling water "Cheers!" to ALL! <BR> <em>274</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 22:16:45 EST The process works! Have tracked my food and exercise since 1/2/17 and am down first 10lbs! The first time in years I have truly been accountable and it is working! We can do this! <em>381</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:09:02 EST Braved the weight room today!!! I joined a small local gym that offers a indoor track, gymnasium, and a small weight room. I started this journey last January but have not hit the gym. At first I just need to lose some weight so I could move better but even after I lost 80 lbs I still did not go to the gym. I have a lot of anxiety, and going to a new place and working out with strangers seemed to be more than I could take. However, after i peeked into the weight room yesterday and saw that they offered mostly barbells a... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 21:02:26 EST Proud of new habits While I am thrilled to be within a few pounds of my goal weight, what I am really proud of is the healthy habits I have developed over the last year. I was disciplined about taking it easy with my exercise when I began, and adding challenge as I got stronger. I faithfully tracked my food intake - even on "cheat days." Now I am able to do challenging workouts most days of the week and feel as energetic as I did 30 years ago. I am so grateful to Sparkpeople for creating such a great trackin... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:07:33 EST First 10 Pounds Gone! I've been struggling FOREVER to finally commit to the hard work of losing weight. Because I have a lot to lose (60 pounds total, now 50), I've become overwhelmed and easily discouraged each time. Finally, I realized that 60 pounds seems insurmountable, but losing one pound 60 times is much easier...sounds strange, but it works for me! Today, and every day, I am only focused on losing that next ONE pound. I'm so grateful to Spark People for all the support and resources that are available! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 07:19:36 EST NO fast food Today marks three straight weeks with no fast food at all. Haven to gone this long without fast food in years Mon, 7 Nov 2016 14:30:29 EST How much do you weigh and what size do you wear? I weigh 177 and I wear a 14. Hoping I will get down to a 10! Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:13:57 EST