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 QUOTED TWICE in TOP STORY on SP ~12/6/16!!! Imagine my surprise when a friend,SEAJESS, says on my page,"WOW,you've have been QUOTED in a Spark TOP STORY!" Well, I did not believe her {shame on me~sorry,SEAJESS!} and went to read it and sure enough,not once,but TWICE QUOTED from my blogs in "What it Feels Like to be Skinny" {and , of this date, I have 10 lbs. to go!~LOST 16 and maintained that for a year}. SO ,this was really a DOUBLE WOOHOO WOO HOO day!!!!}.LOVE it when things like this happen and they do not every day!!! It FEELS <... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:24:26 EST It fits I wore a skirt that I haven't been able to wear in 4 years! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 21:44:19 EST Skin? Congrats to all those who have lost enough weight to have new and exciting problems to focus on, i.e., skin. Please advise how you are accommodating/addressing your new found empty bags of skin hanging off of you. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:37:49 EST 80 lbs down!! 2011 I was 300 lbs. It has taken me 5 years but I'm down to 220lbs!! Yay!! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:13:08 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 Changed obesity Class I just noticed that with this morning's weigh in I am officially no longer Class 2 obese. I moved up to Class 1! Hey... I take joy where I can find it ha ha. I started at 38.7 BMI and I am now 34.8. One step at a time, baby. <BR> <BR> I was not monitoring it but my MonitorYourWeight app let me know. Glad to see it. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 11.7 kilos down - 17.8 to my goal. Then... we shall see... <BR> <BR> If my lazy butt can do it then we all can! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:03:26 EST Survived Spin Class Last week after a gap of a year and weighing 10 kilos more I attended the Spin class and very much wanted to be carried on the stretcher afterwards. after close to working out regularly for two weeks I dared to go for another spin class. And I could do it till end without stopping. Of course I was the slowest in my class but boy what a feeling! Its amazing how our bodies adapt !!!!! <em>224</em> <em>324</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:19:51 EST 23 lbs gone Wooooohoooo.. Down 23lbs I can't believe it. About 4 months ago I started martial arts and not for my health either.. Its because I love it. It made me watch what I put in my body and I honestly loved every second of it. Here's to losing another 23!!! I am doing it! Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:36:38 EST my atta girl to me I went for my 6 month check up at the Dr's and I was down 22 pounds my BP was 128 over 80 (it is normally very high ) and I am cancer free I just had to share <BR> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:27:01 EST I can cross my legs! I know that this seems silly. For the longest time, I could only cross my legs at the ankle. But I now can cross them easily. On both sides. While I know it isn't good for you for extended periods, but I find myself doing it from time to time just to do it. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:59:41 EST Biggest Loser Fall 2016 Challenge Completed with a total weight loss of 12 lbs! Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:02:31 EST My WOO HOO for me moment Today I am 9 years SMOKE FREE! No looking back. Yes I gained a "little weight", got diabetes, high blood pressure and a thyroid condition after I quit. My nose is super sensitive and I can smell things others can't. <BR> <BR> YAY ME! <BR> <em>594</em> <em>595</em> <em>592</em> <em>590</em> <em>270</em> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 03:23:23 EST My Woohoo Moment I recently experienced a WooHoo Moment. My friend and I went to a church revival. Afterwards, she suggested that we go to McDonalds for Ice Cream. My WooHoo moment was when I actually said, I'll have a glass of water instead and you can have the ice cream! Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:08:20 EST Exercise Streak This week is 203 consecutive weeks of exercising at least 90 minutes a week. Hard to believe I'm the same woman as the one 5 years ago whose butt was glued to the couch most of the time, and was out of breath with any activity. Keeping active does feel so much better, and having a fitness tracker makes it much easier to maintain the streak, so I don't have to remember to track manually. I have to say this streak is very motivating for me. Even when I have a crazy busy week, towards the e... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:31:31 EST Back on Track! Back at sparkpeople after months off. Today was day five of eating right and exercising, day two of tracking with sparkpeople and day one of using my fitbit again. I think I can officially say I am back on track! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:09:45 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 Birthday Party Had a birthday day dinner for my 93 year old mom. I was careful not to over eat and I lost 6 tenths. WooHoo <em>383</em> Mon, 7 Nov 2016 07:38:16 EST Little Victories!!! After many months of effort, I can fit into my jeans comfortably again and have the beginnings of a 6 pack and a smaller belly roll. <BR> <BR> Nowadays even when I am seated like in church, I will do invisible ab exercises, like sitting upright and tensing my ab muscles for a few seconds then releasing. I also sit upright without resting on the backrest of the chair. And while standing up to sing, I do calf raises! Sun, 6 Nov 2016 06:34:04 EST 25% lost this year I have lost 25% of my weight since February 1 and gone down from 191-143 pounds as well as 10.5 inches off my waist. I have 50% kidney function with my chronic kidney disease,a blood clot in one lung a 1 inch lump in the other that I get checked in 4 weeks as well as no hormones from my kidneys to replace red blood cells. I was given a hormone replacement shot and Iron pills with hemoglobin as I have little of to help my severe anemia. <BR> I start a new exercise program in one week with a s... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:39:08 EST First major milestone met! Well, I now have less than 50 pounds to lose! Granted, I only needed to lose about 65 to begin with... but a good start is still good. I must say it is has reinvigorated my motivation. Been dieting for 2 months, on Spark for 1 month. Thanks for all the support so far. <BR> <BR> I do everything in kilos now, but grew up on pounds. So saying 49 pounds means more, on an emotional level, than 22 kilos ha ha Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:14:15 EST Weight loss I'm down 48 pounds which makes me 20 pounds from my goal! Getting closer!!! <em>244</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:33:19 EST Inches and clothes size work too!! I'm losing inches and clothing sizes faster than the scale is moving down. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure this is better FOR ME, because I DO want more muscle! <BR> <BR> I don't want the scale to plummet because I've lost muscle mass. So I'll just keep taking time, stick with my nutrition and supplements, and workout plan, and look forward to body transformation in the coming weeks and months. <BR> <BR> I'm able to comfortably wear a pair of slacks that I haven't worn for, like, two years. I'... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:26:08 EST Sparktastic! I just completed my first 5k walk. Over 12,000 people walked for breast cancer awareness. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:53:25 EST From 287 to 219 I'm so proud of my self that I dropped so much weight. Even dealing with all I do with the depression, fibromyalgia, teenagers and just life. I kept on pushing. A lot of people motivate me. Especially here on spark. I just keep trucking along with hopes of seeing my goal weight. I wish everyone here the very best. <em>381</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:08:06 EST Migraine pit fall averted! Normally when I get a migraine I get horrid cravings for coke and Mcdonalds (pretty much anything greasy!) Today when I got my ravenous appetite that comes with my migraines I decided I wanted mac and cheese. As it was cooking I glanced at the calories, sodium and over all lack of nutrition so I only ate a little plate of it but added in broccoli and light tuna in water for a nutrition boost and didn't have to feel guilty! <BR> Migraine is all but gone now (lasted about 14 hours) and I think... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:19:43 EST Happy button Met my fiber goals for 1st time. Keep on keeping on <em>465</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:27:21 EST 130 Lbs down - Couch To 5K & Paleo (Before/After) Just wanted to drop by and share my success. I was hiking in England through a castle last year and I couldn't breath. I had hated how far I had drifted into unhealthiness. I decided to make a change. I couldn't run for 60 seconds when I started. 4 months later I ran a 5K in 23 minutes. It can be done. DIG FOR IT!! <BR> <BR> I'm on Facebook as Steve Coma Hall <BR> <BR> I tried to embed a photo here, but it says "No Links". I put my Before/After as my profile image. <BR> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:39:40 EST Staying motivated I was so tired tonight, but I still needed to ride my cardio bike. I rode for 25 mins. <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:05:52 EST Was plateauing, but losing again :D So (I started BEFORE Sparkpeople) I started at 194, as of today I am 161 and feeling FANTASTIC. I'm running 25-30 miles a week, have TONS of energy...strange, I hit a plateau for about two weeks, THEN I tried ADDING calories (added 200 to my regular) and low and behold I started losing weight again, the body is a strange animal <em>18</em> I'm SO glad to have found Sparkpeople. One of the things, I'm autistic and also have the congenital brain defect Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum...b... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 04:38:31 EST walking away the pounds An outside walk and walking in place while watching tv (on the computer) has helped me lose 2 pounds this week. Woohoo! Sat, 8 Oct 2016 14:42:09 EST Beat My Cravings! Last night I had a little more than enough calories left to enjoy a treat of some blueberry frozen yogurt ice cream (YUM!). It was definitely a comfort after coming home from work exhausted, a feeling that took hold of my entire night. After I had finished my portioned bowl and was getting ready to lay down with a book (Dracula), my miserable energy levels made me think, "I've been so good lately, I want the rest of that ice cream, darn it!!!" With 2 servings left in the container, the impact... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 14:17:39 EST Weight Creep I let loose this summer and kept lying to myself saying "only gained a few". I decided use the tightness of my pants to gauge how I was doing, my pants kept getting tighter but ignored and kept on my partying ways. Got on the scale and 21lbs off my lowest weight. I'm back on the scale and back to logging and keeping track of everything I eat. I'm pissed off at myself for letting this happen. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:40:29 EST 50 days!! I know it's a little thing - but for 50 days I have logged in, done some exercise daily, tracked food, drank my water... all things I have never been consistent with - and that has led me to lose 30 pounds (faster than I even thought I would). Here's to consistency (my past arch-nemesis?) Mon, 3 Oct 2016 20:57:40 EST exercise change So I decided to try a personal trainer. I go to a park district gym and they have several personal trainers you can hire. So I went all in and went for the six hour session package. My Trainer Emily is a doll, she worked my butt off for an hour and was so encouraging. I did all the circuits she designed for me and I feel very proud of myself. I am already stiff and probably will be achy tomorrow, but I am so happy I did it. I plan on keeping it up. She said she was surprised she didn't... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:08:23 EST 41 pounds gone! Woo Hoo!!! down 41 pounds. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 17:47:33 EST Celebrating the little stuff I've been struggling for the last few weeks - no change on the scale whatsoever, after losing 4 pounds really quickly, so I was feeling down. <BR> <BR> Then when I spoke to DH about it last night I realized that I was focusing on the one thing I'd promised myself I wouldn't -- the number on the scale. When I started SparkPeople I had told myself that my goal was to make small changes over a long period of time. So my first change was to add in regular exercise. I have now had a streak of a... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 12:11:55 EST Finally hit my goal weight! For the first time this morning I saw the magical numbers, 135 lbs.! Ok, my weight is 135.8, close enough to 135! Now, it's maintenance mode! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 07:23:36 EST Just saying hi! I just want to say hi! I started two weeks ago and have so far lost 2.5 pounds. I hope to lose 1 pound a week. So far, so good. It's now 11:30 pm, so I'll also say goodnight Sparklers! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:29:12 EST Onederland Continues Last month my mini goal was Onederland ( under 200 lbs) by 9/1. Made that goal and set a new mini goal under 190 by 10/1. Made that goal today at weigh in..189 <BR> WooHooo. <BR> New exercise clothes coming my way. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:34:43 EST I'm still here That I am still here at Sparkpeople is an achievement. There are so many resources on this website. I'm still discovering them. <BR> <BR> There are so many people here who share their stories and achievements and pain and support- Indygirl's, Bobcatgirl76, Onekidsmom, and on and on. They have helped me realize the journey we're on is worth it. <BR> <BR> The menu plans helped me start losing weight. (Turn on the meal plans and use the food substitution lists. On the website, just click... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:15:01 EST Works for Me I'm so pleased. After 40+ years of dieting and/or not dieting, but thinking about it, I think I've found a lifestyle that works for me. It definitely helps that I'm retired now and not stressing about work. The 5:2 plan is perfect for my temperament. I was forced to walk my dogs routinely even when I didn't feel like it because of not having a fenced-in yard. The small walks strengthened my ankle and today we walked about four miles without it giving out on me. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:24:52 EST I guess I did it! I thought I had 4 more pounds to go but according to Fitbit, my BMI is now overweight and no longer obese! Yay!!! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:30:29 EST Down 40 pounds! I'm really pleased with myself! Down 40 pounds since I started tracking May 18th! And instead of having a lazy, celebratory day, I got in a 4.5 mile, moderately challenging hike this morning and did a bunch of more challenging hula hooping this afternoon. My first day to break 15,000 steps. The loss is slower now, since I started so overweight and out of shape, but I feel so much better. Healthier, happier, stronger, fitter and lighter. I mostly have figured out what works for me and it's fee... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:14:55 EST Finally, I thought that pound would never go! Ugh it's hard to get stuck. Dang scale, go down, go up, go somewhere!!! Finally got off that stubborn stuck weight. Now, onward! <em>198</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:28:39 EST 36 percent I have now lost 36 percent of ME! Its crazy. I really knew I would not quit but I never really looked this far forward. I started at 338 and am now at 215. I'm still obese but I'm getting closer to being overweight. Who would have thought that would be exciting. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:04:37 EST broke 170 I'm so excited. The scale was stuck at 170.8 for too long, and then finally I busted through to 170.2. I just wanted to be in the 160's!!! Today it happened. 169.2!!!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:46:46 EST Down 30 lbs My wahoo moment came today when my health provider weighed and measured me today. I'm down 30 lbs and 7 inches in my waist. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:18:05 EST Any progress is success I lost over one hundred pounds with the Spark. I though I was invincible. Now that I have gained back fifty, it is time to go back to the basics. This week I will track every bite and drink eight glasses a day. <BR> <BR> Anything well begun is success. I refuse to call a mistake a failure, even if I let it go on a little too long. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:54:24 EST Lost 2 more pounds I can't believe I'm down two more pounds. Yesterday, I went with our lesson students to the 4-H Horse Show all day and I even had to eat out. I tried to pick items that were lower in calories, not easy at fast food restaurant. I did a lot of walking and I think that offset the fast food. Next weekend, I will just pack a lunch. <BR> <BR> Modify and Adjust Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:03:41 EST 46 lbs gone...went shopping in my closet Went shopping in my closet and a pair of jeans I have not worn in a five years were loose! yES! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:03:06 EST Five pounds down! They're not "lost", they're "gone". <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I almost feel silly posting this under the previous entry where someone dropped 95 pounds (go you!), but I decided to do it anyway, because it feels great. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:30:01 EST I had a long talk to myself First, Thank you all for answering my last post. I did discuss with my DD that she can bake but has to put the goodies away. I froze a couple pieces of pie and will have them sometime. I went to the gym today and did an hour on the bike, but more important, I spoke to one of the trainers and got information to get a few sessions. I needed to discuss it with DH before spending the money, but he was all for it and I will sign up tomorrow when I go to the gym. I decided I was worth the cost... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:42:02 EST Being recognized This is a spark coach assignment. About 9 months ago we went to a funeral were we used to live and go to church. The pastor showed my hubby around the new building but I did not have the stamina to join them. I went to the sanctuary by myself. There were all these people that I knew but nobody recognized me. Eventually, a friend figured out who I was. Then people heard my voice and came to greet me. There were reasons for me not to be recognized. I would look in the mirror, and say that... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:54:44 EST Not for me... This weekend I was at my son's cross country meet and I was watching the people around me (I am SUCH a people watcher) when I was in school I was not an athlete, and I didn't join much as for as activities went. So over the years of raising my kids and now my step kids I love watching the support these kids give each other. <BR> I saw what I usually see, teams pumping each other up. Motivating their team mates to do well but I watched a little closer. I saw one of the boys who was one of the ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:10:37 EST Ultramarathon! I ran my 5th ultra (50k) today in 9:22. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:11:45 EST Accomplishments Continuing to lose weight now that back home in routine, major cleaning getting done, Enjoying art classes, planning podcast, feeling positive. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:17:34 EST Physical Activity Getting exercise even though I am working and tired at the end of the day! I am scheduling this in and doing it! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:43:20 EST 70 Pounds Down & Off Meds I have lost 70 pounds and with doctor's orders have been able to go off my beta blocker and blood pressure meds and have cut my cholesterol med in half. Not bad for being 69 years old. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:44:57 EST Awesome moment Walked into the clinic yesterday and the nurse made a comment on how great and fit I looked. That rocked! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:31:36 EST Reached My Goal Weight! After years and years (and more years) of yo-yo dieting, I finally reached my goal weight - and even exceeded it. I started this year at 196 with a goal of 145. I am now at 138 lbs. Woo hoo! My new challenge is to keep the weight off and continue eating healthy. Will try to stay between 135 and 140. <BR> <BR> What did I do differently? I adopted a whole foods plant-based diet and made a commitment to eating high quality vegetables and fruit every single day - lots of leafy greens, beans, b... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:17:21 EST 45 pounds lost this year I have lost 45 pounds in 7 months. I have gone from size 16 to size 10 and lost 10.5 inches off my waist and 15% body fat. I am 53 years old and 146 pounds and the same size as in High School. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 04:25:42 EST Week One Success with Spark People! Woo Hoo I was down 7.2 pounds at my WW weigh in last night at 7 pm. How's that for week one here learning the ropes? Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:24:13 EST WHOOT WHOOT Down 5 Pounds in a Month yaaaaaaa Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:42:28 EST Binge Free Still! Excited about having a 9 day streak of being binge-free AND of doing morning exercise. Yay me! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:44:37 EST Gym day 1 Made it to the gym: first time ever...I have 2 more days on a 3 day pass...then we will decide if we are going to go for the membership or not. <BR> <BR> But day one down and 2 to go!! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:39:15 EST Woot! skinny me here I come. I actually walked today! I started yesterday day by walking 1 1/2 miles. I walked today for a mile and was almost ti my house when my daughter, (who I have been trying to motivate to join me in this change of life style) walked me to see if I had a bottle of water she could get. she was headed to the park to walk the trail with a friend! My youngest daughter and i joined her. so I walked another mile. 2 1/2 miles! Woot! Doing a happy dance. Just a short dance because my calves are tired. <em... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:44:01 EST Binge Eating Disorder I have BED. I believe I've had it all my life, but it has not been identified properly as an eating disorder and in fact, they are still doing research on what causes it and how to treat it. I am excited because I've been BINGE-FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS! Doing all the right things to show love to myself and it feels great! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:20:34 EST Review: 30 Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge I completed the 30 Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge today. Today's challenge was to plan the next thirty days of workouts which I've already planned on the 30 Day Plateau Busting Challenge so that's easily done. In addition I still plan on doing the usual cardio, and I'll redo one of the challenges' core workouts for strength training. The core was always the hardest. One strength training move that I discovered during this challenge and like is the lying triceps extension: <link>www.sp... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:32:37 EST Yay Goodbye 25lbs I started my healthy lifestyle change in the beginning of July and I am now officially 25 lbs lighter. I am so excited I hit 200 lbs and I can't wait to be out of the 2's . I feel so motivated to keep pushing to reach my goal! <em>244</em> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:05:50 EST Double digits! I weighed myself this morning and found I have lost 10 lbs overall! To celebrate I bought myself a colorful bouquet of flowers. Here's to a great beginning and many more bouquets of flowers! <img src=""> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:25:32 EST The scale finally showed me good news! We are having a wellness/fitness challenge at work. FINALLY the scale showed me that I lost weight. I had been retaining water (I am on a medication for that) and wasn't having bowel movements as frequently as I normally do (and I drink plenty of water - well in excess of 100 oz a day usually, as well has consume plenty of fruits and veggies each day). <BR> <BR> I was thrilled to finally see some results on the scale. Now I just have to keep going, and stay motivated! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:40:09 EST 2 pounds! In one week! Go me! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:40:43 EST Loving this Progress! I just have to share... <BR> <BR> When I started this journey in late January of this year, I was just shy of 450lbs. I could barely walk the city block between my company's buildings and often had to rest at the bus stop in the middle block. <BR> <BR> Each morning, by the time I walked from my car to my desk, I needed my fan, was sweaty, and completely winded. <BR> <BR> I was ECSTATIC in June when I broke out of the 400s and into the 300s. I was even able to walk a little over a quarter m... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 14:37:47 EST 24 lbs/6 months-here's how I changed my diet Here is some of my diet info for anyone interested: <BR> <BR> The very first thing I did was to cut out of my diet anything that is processed like junk food and most things that come in a box, and anything with wheat in it especially. (very vaguely following Wheat Belly) <BR> <BR> I started having a smoothie every morning with Chia Seeds in it and I have a boiled egg a little while after that - salad for lunch with protein in it like beans or meat or eggs (with olive oil and balsamic vinega... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:00:17 EST 24 lbs/6 months-here's how #1 I Make My Own Rules! Let me tell you baby it feels good to be wearing size 10 again (from a size 16)! I still have another 34 pounds to go to get down to 140, which is my ultimate goal. <BR> <BR> If I were to point out exactly what has worked for me so far this time it's this: <BR> • I make my own rules <BR> • I am under no pressure because I'm doing this for me <BR> • I push myself to move my body as much as I can each day <BR> • I do planks etc. almost every night along with stretching/yoga, push ups <BR> • I... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:28:32 EST Trying to find the point! Two years ago I had Vertical Sleeve surgery, lost 50 pounds and have been slowly gaining back for the last year. I moved to another state and haven't been going to a bariatric doctor here. I have been in therapy for depression and am slowly improving my attitude. However, I will be 70 this year and every time I think about getting serious, eating right and exercising, my voices inside say, "What difference does it make? Even if you lose the weight you'll be old and baggy and probably won'... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:38:03 EST Finding Motivation Again I reached my goal weight my first year with Sparkpeople, losing 50+ pounds. In the last four years I've struggled to stay there but recently I gained 12 pounds and couldn't seem to stick to a healthy plan. With the help of a Spark friend, I found my motivation last week, and have been on track six of the last seven days. It feels good! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:33:27 EST lost 7lbs. So I started a 30 day fitness thing at my local gym. It ends on Sunday. I haven't weighed my self at all as I was discouraged by their number of 151. <BR> Well I got curious today and weighed myself. I now weigh 144. 5more pounds and I will be where I was prior to getting sick. What a treat to see I had lost so much in 30 days well not quite. Sticking to a program works specially when you are having fun too. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:20:47 EST Finally under 200 WooHoo!!!!! For the first time in years I am just under the 200 mark - 199.4! I feel so incredibly happy and confidant that this is only the beginning. I've hit 4 of my initial goals: 10 lbs lost, 20 lbs lost, 10% of my weight gone, and under 200 lbs. <BR> All thanks to SparkPeople, the tools I have learned and put into practice and the encouragement from the SP community. I'm so excited! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:32:43 EST Meeting goals early! I wanted to start getting up earlier to walk for 30 minutes/day before work. Today I was able to get up early enough to walk for 60 minutes before work! I know it isn't a "major" accomplishment, but it felt great! <BR> <BR> I have found that even 20 minutes of walking in the morning gets me off to a great start. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:28:49 EST 30 pounds, gone I have officially lost 31 pounds. It feels good to be in the 280's. Sad that the weight loss is still unnoticeable. I can't wait until I lose enough weight for someone to say, "hey, you look pretty", or "wow, you look good, are you working out?" Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:01:51 EST Measurements The scale has been slow to move lately so I decided to take measurements. I didn't take them when I began on Spark, so going from when I first measured, about a month after I started, I've lost 22 inches overall, from bust, waist and hips. <BR> I'm gradually nearing that magic land of 'overweight', and out of 'obese', only a few more points to go. <em>521</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:19:24 EST First Legs class at gym Had my first legs class at the gym I go to and it didn't kill me. The trainer even said my legs are very strong already. I love the gym Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:53:13 EST Looking much better! Yay! Hi all! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I haven't lost much in the past three months. Approximately 7 lbs, but I look entirely different! My belly is not sticking out nearly as much which thrills me to no end! When I look at myself in the mirror I see myself standing erect and not slumped over. It's nice to see me like this. I'm starting to look pretty strong and healthy. All the exercise and clean eating is paying off for sure! <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <em>41</em>... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:19:52 EST One donut instead of five! ...or a doz!! <BR> Firm believer in lifestyle vs diet. <BR> I really, REALLY wanted an apple fritter this morning. <BR> <BR> My old MO would be to get that fritter and while I was there, I'd take this, and that, and that over there, etc. Pretty soon I'd be walking out w/ a big box. <BR> <BR> Not today! I had ONE, enjoyed the heck out of it, and will eat decently the rest of the day - happy and satisfied. I'm calling it a victory! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Aug 2016 13:59:38 EST Non-Scale Victories! 1. Do not need a seat belt extender! <BR> 2. Can fit into ANY restaurant booth! <BR> 3. Had to pull seat closer to dash! <BR> 4. Someone asked me how much weight I'd lost! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:29:37 EST messaging to see my tracker... i don't know how else to see my ticker! LOL I don't always enter my weight, but I'm back down to 190 !!! :D <BR> <BR> edited to add... <BR> <BR> as I don't remember my starting weight, it's been way too long, I don't remember where that puts me. down 25 lbs! wooohoo! hooray for sp ticker! LOL :D Thu, 4 Aug 2016 04:01:53 EST 40 lbs. gone! Go me! <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:17:17 EST "Milestone" I am so happy that I have met another milestone and that makes me, <BR> excited to say hey guess what I can take a bath every-night now and that, <BR> pleases me a lot because I haven't took a bath in years it has always, <BR> been showers and man it is so nice to take a bath I can now fit into out tub. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:35:12 EST 3 months of Sparking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Same shirt thought not the same pose or lighting. Can you tell a difference? I can! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:50:16 EST 5 months of Progress...and feeling GREAT!!! I didn't forget about my journey. I promised here it is, 5 months of progress. I started the beginning of March, taking first pictures end of March. A reminder of my goals: <BR> 1. Beat diabetes <BR> 2. Not sweat the number on the scale, but the fat vs. muscle on the body. <BR> 3. Get healthy, live longer. <BR> <BR> I have had 80% of diabetes medications cut and looking forward to my next blood draw, I am confident I will be medicine free for diabetes. <BR> <BR> I have li... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:50:28 EST More Tangible Results! Woohoo! Ran into an old coworker and friend today on my hike/bike trail. She didn't even recognize me at first because I had lost so much weight since I last saw her (50 lbs, saw her about 2 yrs ago)! he, he! I just LOVE those kind of greetings! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:34:09 EST Good Bye 30! I am four days shy of being on Spark People for four months and I hit the 30lb. lost mark today! A bit over 7lbs lost per month...I can handle that! Already dropped a size and it won't be long before I can drop one more. I have lots of too small fall/winter clothing in my closet that I will be able to enjoy again! YEAH! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:07:04 EST Health alternative I used a spark recipe for the Wendy's Frosty knock off , then added instant coffee to make a 20oz Frappuccino with only 110 calories ! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:10:12 EST Our Fitness Documentary is on iTunes! Several SparkPeople community members were part of a team of twelve people that lost, combined, over 1200 pounds. And then we ran the Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West, Florida, to celebrate our weight loss. <BR> <BR> Our journey was captured in the documentary, "From Fat To Finish Line." We were featured on the Today Show, in Runner's World Magazine, and several times here on Spark <BR><BR>?post=sparkpeople_members_in_runners_w<BR>orld... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:40:39 EST I lost moweight I am down another two pounds, for a total of 22. Woo hoo! Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:20:01 EST Hit my Goal Weight! At the start of 2016 I set a goal weight of 147 by July 26th...made it nine days early. Go meeeee! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:12:56 EST Dropped NINE inches in one month! I measured on June 15 and again today. Lost NINE inches in one month. Lost 3.5 inches off of my waist! <em>7</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 17:33:57 EST 100K SparkPoints! YAY!! I did it!!! <BR> I try to hit 100 a minimum of 100 SparkPoints per day! I have learned so much in doing so! <BR> Thank you to all my SparkFriends who have helped me along the way! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:54:17 EST Just lost my first 3 pounds on SP! :) Just lost my first 3 pounds on SP, bringing me to a total of six since a month ago when I came home from a work trip and realized how much happier I'd be if I were lighter and stronger. <BR> <BR> I'm particularly proud that I'm finding out what works for me in terms of daily calories and macronutrient ratios, and that I'm staying focused on what I want to be able to DO with my body, and not how I look. (That's not to judge anyone else whose circumstances are different than mine. I just kn... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:16:45 EST Good For You <BR> That is the best feeling when you can wear something that has been off your choices for a while. <em>9</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:58:35 EST Halfway! I am SO excited - today's weigh-in puts me just over halfway in my journey! I have lost a total of 58.4lbs since January with just 56.0 more to goal!! <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:47:46 EST NSV I am conquering the mid afternoon slump! Since rehauling my diet, I have noticed I don't feel the need to have a nap around 3-4pm! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:09:42 EST 10 pounds closer to my goal As of this morning I have reached my 10 pounds lost mark. (re)Started my healthy lifestyle on June 06- so a little over a month and 10 pounds lighter. <BR> <BR> Aiming to lose another 10 pounds by August 06! Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:56:53 EST 50 lbs. lost in 6 months I have lost 50 lbs. in 6 months and I feel awesome and I will do a 2nd challenge, <BR> to see if I can lose another 50 lbs. again or close to it...I am hoping by the end, <BR> of the year of 2016 that I can make it under 300 lbs. or @ 270 lbs. is my goal. <BR> I have been working @ this for awhile because I am a type 2 diabetic and I think, <BR> its time to get myself a lot healthier and doing that means lots of work and, <BR> determination and motivation and I need lots of support to keep me... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:15:59 EST I cannot believe I am making progress!!! I currently have lost 59 pounds! I have about 120 or so to go but I can say I am making progress in my weight loss journey. Sadly it hasn't been in the best way (I stay sick and in the hospital a lot) but it's a major difference in my eyes and thats what matters. I even went on 3 walks today. I'm so proud of myself. I just had to get this out there because I'm so proud of how far I've come. <BR> <BR> I'd love to have friends on here and people to talk to me and leave comments on my page yet ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 03:58:05 EST small woo hoo moment!! So, today at work, was having some issues with my dress. it wasn't fitting right, my bra was sticking out, I looked a hot mess. I go into the bathroom stall and strip! I ended up tightening up the shoulder straps on the dress and the bra, and then tightening up the back strap on the bra! It is as tight as it can get! So I'm thinking to myself, are my clothes stretched out, losing elasticity?! <BR> <BR> But....While the dress is a few years old, the bra is only a few months old and har... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 14:15:39 EST 50 lbs. Gone I am so happy with what I have lost so far but more to lose down this long, <BR> winding road and so 50 lbs. gone and 170 lbs. to go. <BR> <BR> I started out @ 370 lbs.-50 =320 lbs. lost it in 6 months. <BR> now lets see if I can lose another 50 lbs. for the next 6 months that would, <BR> take me to the first of the year of 2017. but if I don't lose 50 lbs. that's ok, <BR> to because I will lose something close to that weight as long as I can get, <BR> to a weight under 300 lbs. I would be v... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:01:19 EST Whoo Hoo--and Help! I've now lost 62 lbs from my highest weight. That's a major WHOO HOO!!! <BR> <BR> BUT--here's where I need some words of wisdom. <BR> <BR> I feel SO much better/thinner/more fit than I used to that I'm really struggling breaking through the 180 mark and beyond. I still have 40 lbs to lose (I'm 5'4" and 180.5 lbs, down from 242.5)--yet apparently I think I'm "done" just because the compliments are still rolling in and I'm feeling great. <BR> <BR> I'd really like to do a mental "reset", ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 20:58:25 EST Exercise can be fun! I am subscribing to Your Daily Walk by Leslie Sansone. each day brings another routine, usually a different way to do her four basic steps. She is very encouraging and I find that the 15-20 minute mile goes by quickly. Sun, 3 Jul 2016 23:45:38 EST 25 pounds down as of today! Officially, I am 25 pounds down since I returned to Spark People! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> <em>9</em> <em>252</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:20:38 EST onward and upward (or downward?) This is my 3rd day of tracking and I have lost 4 pounds. I had eaten several toxic foods that made me remember how horrible I used to feel daily - so I started tracking and saw instant results. I resisted eating a cookie yesterday because I knew it would put me over my tracking goals. That is an amazing feat for a food addict like me. GOOD JOB, ME! Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:43:12 EST How much I weigh I am 5"7 and I weigh 180 I wear size 9/10 on jeans and medium or large shirts Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:21:12 EST Month 4!!! Beast mode activated! So this time around I said my goals are: <BR> 1. Beat diabetes <BR> 2. Gain lean muscle <BR> 3. Lose body fat <BR> 4. Not stress over a damn number on a scale <BR> <BR> Today marks month four of my journey (ok tomorrow, but I was excited). So far I have: <BR> * Cut my diabetes meds in half and made great strides at improving my over all health. <BR> * I have lost a lot of body fat through cardio and weight training. Dropped both a shirt size, and pants size while feeling my sleeves ge... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:53:41 EST Healthier me I'm not diabetic, but before SP, my fasting blood sugar was pre-diabetic range- 101. I cut out sugar & white flour & now it's about 85! <em>252</em> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:13:02 EST exercise I realize that I need to make exercise a priority for myself. Not just something that I know I should do but put off because other things are more important to me. Really, my health is important Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:39:18 EST feeling motivated and losing weight 9lb off in 4 weeks very happy :) Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:33:31 EST When you LOST ANY amt. of a pound! I have officially LOST 17 POUNDS today! ~I am on the 5% Summer Challenge~started 6/25/16 @ 186.8 and lost .4 of a pound to get to 186.4 <em>9</em> ~on this day 6/27/16~~my LOWEST in 6 yrs.~ <em>224</em> and am almost to 183 lbs. which will be THE HEALTHY RANGE for my BMI~Body Mass Index!!!! YAY!!!!! <BR> PS~I am ONLY 9 .4 lbs. TO GOAL WEIGHT!!! <em>334</em> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:28:13 EST I zipped my pants today!! I've been steadily gaining weight for 12 years, tried several times to get in the healthy bandwagon but inevitably would give up after a few months. Well 2 weeks ago I went for my annual checkup and found out I'm prediabetic! The doctor wanted to our le on medication and I asked for some time and try and get my levels down through diet and exercise. He gave me 3 months so here I am. This morning I selected a pair of pants that I were very hard to zip up a month ago and they zipped with no pro... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:00:59 EST Walking in the rain It started raining and I almost did not go for my walk, got soaked (I guess my jacket is not waterproof) but glad I pushed through. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:09:18 EST 25% GONE! Weighed in this morning and I am at 26 pounds gone! That is a quarter of my goal accomplished since I started at the beginning of March! Bring on the next 25!!! Time to go bra shopping....I noticed things are getting a little loosey goosey with the girls. <em>9</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:45:37 EST Shredded 12 pounds I have lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:33:31 EST Tried on a pair of my old shorts. 52lbs down yay!! <img src=""> Tried on a pair of my old shorts. I feel so much better without all that extra weight. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:22:59 EST 4 pounds down in one month! My plateau is officially busted thanks to Sparkpeople! I was at 189 for months not losing despite great efforts and then boom, joined sparkpeople and voila, losing again consistently each week! Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:34:02 EST 95 pounds down I'm down 95 pounds and getting closer to my goal. I still have 44 pounds to go. I wonder more and more what it will be like. I figure it took me seven years to gain seventy pounds of this weight. That's less than a pound a month. Will I keep it off? <BR> I do have a plan. I do have a plan. This time will be different. I'm much older, soon to be 58. I can keep it off. For this reason, being more aware, I do believe I can keep it off. My plan is to continue to log my food here on SparkPeople... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:41:13 EST Healthier BMI Hit 185 and officially now in the overweight range instead of obese!!! Woo hoo! <em>252</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:18:09 EST Helpful quote " A belief is only a thought you keep thinking. Habit are only actions you keep doing." <BR> This concept has been so helpful in my weight loss. Even a 5% change in belief and action every day changes everything over time! Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:36:35 EST Shopping in my Closet I randomly pulled out a pair of capri pants yesterday morning that I had stashed away in the "someday" pile. You know that pile...everyone has one! Well my pile of pants was pretty tall and many of them I have not been able to fit into for the last two summers. The pair I picked fit!! I wore them to work and everyone commented on how cute I looked, guess it was because I wasn't hiding in my fat clothes for a change. Today I tackled the rest of the pile. I pulled three pair out of my cur... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:21:28 EST yay to weight loss!! I went to weigh myself today and I was amazed i was down to 132!! i thought i was in my 140s cause i felt i have fallen off track with my drinking and smoking. so i was very happy. this was the boost i needed to help me complete my goal and slow down on my unhealthy lifestyle. Wed, 8 Jun 2016 18:53:01 EST Had Dairy Queen but worked it off! I couldn't resist the craving for ice cream.. it was too real! I haven't had ice cream in about a month so I splurged. It was a 450 calorie dq blizzard.. but alas I worked harder than I ever did yesterday and plan on getting in some extra minutes today! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:16:12 EST RECOVERY I have almost fully recovered from hip surgery. I have my strength and energy back and am doing most of the things I used to do. I still have to be careful not to bend past 90 degrees and not to cross my legs for 6 more months. <em>244</em> <BR> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:43:10 EST Effective trick I've been using an effective trick to eating less. It's eating less of anything I want. Usually it's healthy but sometimes not and that's ok because it's a small amount. I feel so much better physically and mentally. Our stomachs are only the size of a fist, so I just eat later if I want to. Yaye! Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:16:41 EST 50 lbs down. Half way to my goal to loose 100 lbs Today I hit 50 lbs lost. I started on January 14th 2016, with a plan to loose 100lbs by January 14 2017. It's a fairly ambitious goal, but I'm half way there in less than half a year. I'm hopeful that I can come back here on Jan 14th to celebrate the big 1-0-0 <em>30</em> Sun, 5 Jun 2016 17:58:34 EST fun times did a 5k with my son today he placed first and I finished in the middle and not last hoorah Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:21:45 EST Exercise There a lot of different (including seated) free exercise videos on your computer or I-Pad so you can enjoy a variety and not get bored. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 23:16:25 EST Ran 2 mi w\o stopping 1st time in whole life!!! :) OVER THE MOON SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I RAN 2 FULL MILES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY WHOLE LIFE TODAY, not to add that they were on hills!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> ahhh!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) <BR> I had basically given up on myself b\c I was running on a much harder route. but when I tried on a dif route, 1 mile was a breeze :) :) <BR> SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo happy! WOOHOO! Mon, 30 May 2016 22:00:24 EST 7 down 7lbs down after 3 weeks! I'm ecstatic! Mon, 30 May 2016 20:13:56 EST Lost 29 pounds I had gained much of the weight back after successfully reaching maintenance. I do not weigh often and when I weighted this week, I have 29 of the weight I had regained. <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 07:02:55 EST Weight loss Been using the sparkpeople site and I lost 3.5 lbs in 2 months. A little at a time it will make the fat melt. <em>380</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:22:08 EST Plateau I have always had a mental block at 150 pounds, I could never get below it, and always gave up after a couple weeks. Stuck to my guns, though. After being the same weight for 4 weeks, I finally broke the plateau! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:28:28 EST Walked 5k for the first time yesterday! I normally stop at 3 to 4k but I decided to push myself yesterday! <BR> <BR> The cold shower afterwards felt soooo good! And I feel good abt the exercise to! And I did it in 1 hour 6 minutes. <BR> <BR> Next goal, try to hit 5k in exactly one hour! Thu, 26 May 2016 19:20:50 EST 20 Down! <em>252</em> 20 pounds down. Moving slowly closer to ONEderland! <em>521</em> Wed, 25 May 2016 12:08:02 EST Finally figured out how add my photo All just part of the journey for me. I always have to laugh at myself. AND down 7 lbs.!! Mon, 23 May 2016 12:12:44 EST Descended to pre binge weight Hi you amazing people <BR> <BR> Since I figured I'v cribbed so much on the panic forum when I was down, thought I was obligated to share the good news you all helped me achieve in the celebration one :) <BR> <BR> After the terrible binge, I'm now tracking back to place and am almost down to my pre-binge weight. <BR> <BR> Thank you all immensely!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 23 May 2016 00:49:04 EST Losing that first bit of weight Lost my first 4 pounds since starting! Yay!!! Sat, 21 May 2016 15:11:37 EST 45 lbs. Gone Just wanna say that today was my weigh in day and I lost 3 lbs. <BR> but my over-all loss is 45 lbs. gone and I am happy with that number, <BR> that's a big "Woohoo" <BR> <BR> 45 lbs. lost <BR> 39.5 inches lost <BR> <BR> But I have a question even though I have lost when I see myself in the, <BR> mirror I still see the same ole me its like I see the same Big Person, <BR> and it seems like I ain't getting No where with this. <BR> <BR> But my clothes are so baggie and that is what I see now... Fri, 20 May 2016 22:28:04 EST 20 Pounds Gone! My woo hoo moment was when I focused on the 20 pounds I lost rather focusing on how many I left to lose or how long it took me to get there. Even better than the weight loss, I have more energy, and I feel better about myself. I can't wait to see what amazing and surprising changes will come on the rest of my journey. Fri, 20 May 2016 13:41:13 EST 5 lbs. After months of bemoaning menopausal weight gain I finally have the scale moving in the other direction. 55 lbs to go, but that first five is outta here! Fri, 20 May 2016 12:39:23 EST 90 Days & Counting Celebrating my 90 Milestone! Whoot Whoot! <BR> <BR> I'm overcoming some big challenges: physical disability, unemployment, limited finances, lack of transportation, isolation from friends scattered around the world. <BR> <BR> But, I'm moving past all that to achieve my goals! Being strong mentally, emotionally & physically is a personal mantra - and I was adrift from my goals. Hallelujah! I'm getting back on track! Thu, 19 May 2016 06:48:38 EST Lost weight! So, I feel so much better after just losing a couple pounds! Yipee! Wed, 18 May 2016 14:39:01 EST lost 8 lbs! WooHOO!! Since i have started SP i have lost 8 lbs. Feeling so much better!! Realizing my journey has only just begun. Excited to see what the future holds. I am going to keep moving forward. WOOHOO!! Tue, 17 May 2016 10:18:02 EST 31# and 21" down I began this journey for the final time on November 10th 2015. I hoped I would have similar success as before, but I didn't. It's taking longer than anticipated and more working out, but I am down 31.4# as of yesterday. I started out at 226.2 in November, yesterday I hit 194.8!!!! Praise Jesus :) I am making progress :) the inches have fallen off quicker than I thought possible, which is motivating :) my clothes have gone down a few sizes, I'm wearing pants I haven't wore in 8 years, my shirt... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:36:37 EST My Who Moment Narrowed in on a new smaller goal to focus on, restarting my forward motion towards a healthier lifestyle. Sat, 14 May 2016 05:52:23 EST Down 3.2 and inches gone! Woo hoo! I am so happy to say I have lost 3.2 pounds and I measured myself I lost 1' on my hips and .75" on my waist too! Actually I should say OFF my waist and hips - ha ha! Anyways - feels so great and I have a binder set up to track my progress so that I can't just slough it off - but actually celebrate each little bit of progress I make I move along. We can do this!!!! <em>381</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:30:28 EST 5% Goals - Hit! 5% inches lost goal - min. 3 inches <BR> [lost 4.5 in one month] <BR> <BR> 5% pounds lost goal - 5lbs. <BR> [lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks] <BR> <BR> that's something! Goal is to hit 50% goals by the end of the year, at least. Fri, 13 May 2016 16:12:07 EST Loving Me I have lost 4.5kg and have more energy and have thrown away my bra extenders!!! Thu, 12 May 2016 18:08:26 EST Hit first goal! 20# gone, 10% bodyweight GONE! Now to do this 9 more! <em>334</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 17:46:16 EST Answers at last! I hit my goal weight weeks ago, but haven't been on sparkpeople. I wasn't happy about it, and didn't care because I was still feeling miserable. Suffering with migraines and exhausted from them. <BR> <BR> Well, today I got some test results back from a visit to the neurologist (and boy was I lucky someone canceled - my *actual* appointment wasn't until June 21!) and it turns out I have a vitamin D deficiency that has been causing the headaches. I was almost in tears of joy that something... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:01:15 EST Up to 6000 and climbing I used to walk 10,000 steps or more a day. Then I got off the routine and got sick. But now I am back up to 6000. My Fitbit goal is set to 7500. When I get there consistently, then I will set it back to 10,000. Mon, 9 May 2016 08:08:44 EST I can still do it! As of today I've lost 20 lbs. At my age, and in only 8 weeks, I feel quite pleased with myself, in addition to just feeling better overall. Sun, 8 May 2016 09:07:13 EST Finally am in health BMI range! used to be 29 for BMI, now I'm 24.8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 7 May 2016 11:35:26 EST I haven't been this weight since 2 years ago! Finally am lower than 150!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sat, 7 May 2016 11:00:36 EST FINALLY ~the LOST 15 POUNDS w Sparkpeople is MINE~ It took EXACTLY the SAME amount of TIME as when I lost the 15 # six years ago,but on the LAST DAY of April, I won the LOST 15 POUNDS with Sparkpeople icon award to put on my page! WOO HOO! <em>9</em> Sat, 7 May 2016 01:48:00 EST It's nice when people notice My daughter told me today, "Your posture has continued to change for the better! You don't stand the way you used to and it makes you look completely different." <BR> <BR> I hadn't been thinking about how I was standing, until she said that. Then I noticed that I was using fantastic posture. At the beginning of the year I could not stand up straight. I was hunched to the front left, limping badly, and looking like I was 25 years older. <BR> <BR> My goal here at Spark is strength, not ... Fri, 6 May 2016 18:16:42 EST April 11th I'm pretty excited. I started this life reset on April 11th. As of today May 6th, I'm down 10 lbs. My goal for the month of May is to be out of the 200's. 7 pounds, so doable. <BR> <BR> 5:30 mornings for the gym have been completely worth it. <BR> <BR> Everyone on this site is so positive and friendly too, that helps and I just want to say thanks!! Fri, 6 May 2016 10:13:34 EST 23 Pounds baby! I am shocked I have lost that much. I have never succeeded on a diet before, ever.. I am very happy. I wish I could say that all of my ache's and pains are gone, but no. Still, I am very proud of myself! Thu, 5 May 2016 20:17:57 EST Lost 4kg WooHoo I've lost 4kg! Thu, 5 May 2016 19:51:42 EST Keeping my weight right where is should be! My weight right now goes between 121 to 123 pounds. I feel fantastic. Today I was busy, but I got out and walked 22 minutes! Thu, 5 May 2016 17:38:42 EST I jogged! I like walking but dislike jogging or running. We live on a caliche road. I went out and counted the electricity post, walked 5 posts and jog 1. Ended up jogging 5 times in 30 min. Woo hoo! Wed, 4 May 2016 23:59:21 EST got to 3 miles yesterday Finally, got back to walking 3 miles, but pain at night on my bad ankle. Walked at a 3 MPH. Will have to cut time to about 2-2.5 MPH. Have a great day!! Wed, 4 May 2016 23:59:14 EST I get up after getting nocked down. Well it has been a one year ago that I have broke my neck and nearly lost my mobility but thank God and my family I am practically good as new. <BR> Now if my neck is a little bet sore or stiff I remember the time that I could not move or walk and a worm happy feeling comes to me and I am so happy the way I am today. <BR> I kept up my walking program soon after my accident and now I do 10000 steps+ each day and started to ride my bicycle again. (It was a bicycle that I had my accident on.) Wh... Mon, 2 May 2016 13:04:34 EST 10K steps 10K steps and all before 9 am. I'm rocking and rolling today!! and I feel great :) Mon, 2 May 2016 09:10:37 EST I am at 300 pounds now! I am at 300 pounds now, 29 less than I was in mid December. I wrote it in my blog entry and really don't feel like writing it again so you can read it here: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154045 Sun, 1 May 2016 13:04:16 EST Couldnt find my old account Hi all, <BR> It has been a long while since I had accessed my account but couldnt access it since I had to change my email address. The last time I was in here, I had started at 385 pounds, but am down to 237 now. I have lost 148 pounds on my own. I have about 87 more to go before I get to my ultimate goal weight of 150 pounds. Since July of 2014, I have lost 104 pounds. I have rewarded myself with smaller size clothes and two trips. I went from a size 30/32 down to a size 18/20 and idk how m... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:45:48 EST Finally back on track! After months of dithering I'm finally doing those things I know work. It has only been a few days, but it's feeling like I'm back to myself. If I can keep it up a few weeks I'll be back to my old habits- the healthy ones! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:53:16 EST Week 3 I've been steadily going to the gym 1 hour a day for the last 3 weeks. Then through the rest of the day make sure that I get over 20k steps. Some days it's 22-24 thousand. <BR> <BR> It's paying off!!!! 2 people at work today asked me if I was losing weight!!!! Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:57:54 EST Light at the End of the Tunnel I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have been exercising and trying to stick to my meal plan for 9 weeks now. I have more energy and I am more motivated than before. Challenging days still happen but they don't drain me like before. My "Woo-Hoo" moment was realizing the food I put into my body affects many aspects of me. My energy, my mood, my health, my weight, and dealing with everyday stresses has changed for the better. I am grateful for Sparks being there for me. How has Spa... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:38:00 EST The scales are finally moving again.The right way Hi everyone, <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I'm so pleased this is workinig. I've been in a bit of a rut weight-wise for a few weeks now. <BR> <BR> And thanks to joining this site, I'm already seeing results. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Today my weight is 133.3 lbs (60.8kgs) <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Monday 25 April : 136 lbs (61.8kgs) <BR> Tuesday 26 April : 134.2 lbs (61gs) <BR> <BR> Thank you anyone who's able to stop by my blog and encourage me. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Good luck to you... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:53:07 EST Woohoo! First week back and lost 2 pounds! yay! <em>224</em> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:15:40 EST 9 weeks -- 14 pounds! Since coming back to Spark People -- I've lost 14 pounds! <em>9</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:38:39 EST I'm so happy I lost total 50 pounds today and that a big success. Keeping it off too and eating healthier. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 23:16:12 EST Just knowing that can. Have to not try fads etc. Always did try different diet tricks, most of which did not last. So I tried the starving diets, the add this and that and they don't work. And now I'm just trying to not eat so many carbs, starchy foods, have more protein and salads too. Also fruits, plenty of fiber too. Somehow it just seems to be the right way. Also not to jump on the bandwagon that says "there's shortcuts", fast, try an expensive diet etc. Just say now to this. <em>244</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:43:20 EST MY WHOOHOO 7 weeks after haviing a baby I am now in my pre pregnancy jeans even though I still have about 8 pounds to lose before I am back down my weight. Still have more to lose after that but it is a huge accomplishment. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:10:31 EST Almost there! Only 3 lbs away from goal weight! Yoohoo! Just sayin'. :) Mon, 25 Apr 2016 06:07:18 EST 1 month in 17.4 lbs and 26 inches GONE! Woohoo! <em>334</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:18:27 EST First month - lost 10 lbs! <em>244</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 23:06:49 EST Point 4 pounds left!! I am so happy right now! :) I am ALMOST at my goal exactly! I mean technically I am at 215, but that point 4 after it is messin' me up! Should I just update my ticker and set a new goal? That's what I'm thinkin'...Hello and good bye 215 lbs! I'm on my way down to 200. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:28:15 EST I lost 96 pounds in 3 years! 4/20/13 is my unofficial start day of when I started to make changes to regain my health. It felt totally overwhelming to need to lose so much weight but I was scared of ending up in a wheelchair. I needed to start moving so I started out in the pool and would exercise and swim. <BR> One of the best things I started to do was eating breakfast. My goal was to eat more real foods in my diet. I cook more from scratch avoiding all the chemical process crap; Americans call food. Unfortunately I l... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 23:08:41 EST Yay! Finally down to 150-something! I still have a ways to go but I've lost 10% of my weight so far. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:51:51 EST I can:t believe I lost pounds. The first week dropped 5 pounds 2nd week 1 pound third, gained 1, forth week lost 3, fifth week (drum roll please) I lost five pounds. So please celebrate with me. It was not looking so good at first. To all SP members you guys inspire me. Keep up the good work. You can do it and don't 4 get be go-getters. (I gotta feeling. That tonite is gonna be a good good-nite) song Black Eyed Peas. Lets GO! <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:05:43 EST Made it to onederland :) After weeks of being 205 I'm finally at my second goal of 199! 26.7# gone since nI've,beer 10th! I still can't believe I'm finally here! 20more pounds and I will weigh less than I did the day I got married :) I can do it! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:55:07 EST 20k a day for 20 days Set a little personal goal for myself. 20,000 steps a day for 20 days. I'm doing great with 6 days out of 7 making it. I plan on fixing that at the end! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:43:05 EST Jenny Craig works Jan 27 depressed at a low point 20 pounds gained over holiday <BR> I need to do something can't do this but myself <BR> Jenny Craig commercial yes I've done this before! <BR> 50 miles to nearest facility! I can do this every two weeks ,keep food cost at 100 every two weeks <BR> 19 pounds gone not lost but gone <em>104</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:28:14 EST In the past couple of weeks I am back on track I had my weight down to within 5 lb of my ultimate target, then went off track with trips away. While visiting friends was great, dining out and less exercise made me put on 12 lb over 3 months. I realized I needed to get back to the program. I am not perfect but have managed to lose 5 lb and feel like I'm going to be successful at sticking with this and achieving my goals. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:01:11 EST garden food eat your own garden food it that time of the year again . Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:58:50 EST a small loss is still a loss! I weighed in at my weight loss meeting this week down 1.8...I will take it! Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:00:27 EST 50 pounds!!! As of this morning I am down 50 pounds. It's kind of a mind-boggling number. Having a hard time wrapping my head around it. <BR> <BR> Feels great, though! Onward to the next goal! Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:48:26 EST losing I've lost 18 lbs since the beginning of December. And, the bulk of that was over the holidays!!! Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:27:21 EST power up Picked up the pace during my evening workout. Usually run at 4.0. Upped it to 5.4. Ran for a couple tenths of a mile to begin with. Couldn't believe I did it. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:28:39 EST Flash Mob America is dancing 4-15-16 in Las Vegas! <em>524</em> I just found out there is a HUGE Flash Mob <em>354</em> next Friday April 15, free registration starts @ 10 am. Freemont Experience. Mary Murphy, from "So You Think You Can Dance" wants to be in the Guinness World records, largest 'Merengue' lesson! If you are in Las Vegas- I plan on being there, too! I also will be promoting Spark People! Please spread the word!!!! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Contact 312-228-6870 or email: (not mine) <BR> <BR> Hop... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:40:15 EST Yippee! Still managed to lose 1 pound ... this week even though I've had a horrible cold and not able to do as much exercise as usual. I've just been walking the dog when I can and not doing any intense exercise at all. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to it next week. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 12:58:43 EST Faster run Ran my 2 miles in a little over 30 min. Last run of 2 miles was over 33 min. I sweat out all my tension. Calmness took over. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:47:51 EST obese to overweight Calibrated today. BMI down to 29. First recording was over 40. So excited. Need to buy a smaller pair of jeans. Down to size 12. So motivated. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 22:57:48 EST I'm taller than I thought! This is so funny and so silly I'll only share it here. The last time I measured my height was in high school (over 20 years ago). I was measuring some furniture for my house, and while I had the tape measure out, I thought I'd see how tall I was. It turns out, I'm an inch taller than I thought! I must have grown an inch during college and just never noticed. :) Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:09:29 EST A new beginning and a reason to celebrate! I have been battling with weight loss for the past several years. I have been fighting with several heart arrhythmias and I was on heart medication for years. Unfortunately, a side effect of these medications is weight gain and sluggishness because it keeps your heart rate low. So no matter what I tried to do or tried to eat, I could NOT lose weight. I was frustrated and depressed and hated myself. I gave up and quit more times than I could count. I was sick of running on the literal and meta... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:32:13 EST I'm Below 220 for the first time in a long time! It's been over 15 years since I dropped into the 2-teens! <BR> Damn, I feel good!!! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:24:05 EST lowest weight in years Wow, after hitting goals twice, and going into maintain mode for a couple weeks... I decided to make one last push and hit my final revised goal.. get into 170s for first time in 40 years... lost 6 lbs in 3 days... at 184 now... my low point in a long time. I can feel it.. almost there... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 09:37:18 EST Succeeding! Two weeks ago I had finally had enough and decided to rejoin SparkPeople. After 2 weeks of diligently logging my food, exercising regularly and drinking my water. I am down just over 8lbs. The best part is never once did I feel like I was depriving myself of something. I ate mindfully rather than mindlessly and got my exercise in. I feel so hopeful that this will finally be the time that I succeed! Mon, 4 Apr 2016 16:11:04 EST 13 pounds in 7 weeks! I am back on track for success and I've lost 13 pounds in 7 weeks! <em>9</em> Mon, 4 Apr 2016 13:26:22 EST I'm 5'1" a 196 lbs Jean size? I'm 5'1" and weigh 196lbs. My weight fluctuates 10-17 pounds either way? I can never find the right size jeans....HELP!! They are either to long or the waist is "Erkle like". Any have advice on what type of jeans? Currently I wear size 15 in one Jean and 18 in others actually the size 15 is the best and sometimes size 14! Just want something that fits the waist and length. Thanks for any and all help Mon, 4 Apr 2016 10:04:19 EST Weight loss! 2 lbs down, 47 total!! Sun, 3 Apr 2016 03:29:11 EST weight loss I have lost 27 pounds started out at 230 now I am down to 203 <BR> my goal is 116 lets see if I can do it :) I am confident that I most certainly can and will Sat, 2 Apr 2016 16:18:51 EST Weight Lost!!! My first weigh in since I started last Friday and I lost 5 pounds!!! Yayyyy! So happy to see results after having such a good week! Thank you SparkPeople for offering community and support! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:06:56 EST I logged in! ...for the first time in over a year! WooHoo! <BR> <BR> Now to turn it into a streak . . . Fri, 1 Apr 2016 18:39:49 EST Results!! Down 14lbs in 4 weeks!! I couldn't believe the scale this morning. Woooo! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:39:48 EST 63lbs Down and Counting Lost 63lbs in 4 months now back on SP to stay on track and motivated Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:25:28 EST Birthday goal Today is my 48th birthday and my goal for this date in 2018 is to be in a size 18-20. That's how I plan to celebrate my 50th birthday. <BR> Time to really put my feet to the asphalt! <BR> I plan on having an amazing birthday then and now. <em>383</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 07:25:03 EST almost down to normal weight Only have 1 more point to normal BMI . I weighed 141 on the scale Yesteray. But stil have 5 pounds to goal. <em>311</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:22:50 EST Working out I rode my recumbent bike for 10 minutes and lifted weights three times this week. It has been a while since I have been able to do this. Sat, 26 Mar 2016 21:13:16 EST I poured out a Starbucks My young sons got on an airplane very, very early this morning to visit their dad for spring break. Lots of emotion + little sleep = vulnerable. I stopped for a sugar-filled latte on the way into work. <BR> <BR> But 1/3rd of the way through it, I realized it was only "okay" tasting and that I wasn't getting any emotional payout anyway. So I poured it out. Yay me! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:04:31 EST Down 3 lbs/ a week with no soda! I'm super excited that I just started the program on the 16th and I'm already down 3lbs and I haven't had a single soda in a whole week! I can't remember the last time I've not had soda and not even thought about it! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:01:01 EST I'm hanging in there ! <BR> In spite of my medical issues and current physical limitations I am still going strong - eating healthy foods, using portion control and doing the exercises allowed. I am happy just to be alive. <BR> <BR> P.S. I believe in rainbows and butterflies. <em>88</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:27:52 EST Walked with weights I just finished walking 2.79 miles with my 3 lb weights. This is my first time walking with my weights. I have casually walked but not with my weights. <BR> I walked earlier today to the bus stop after my appointment but that was casual walking. So grand total today with casual walking and weight walking was a total of 2.9 miles and 8,118 steps. I'm happily tired! Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:55:56 EST 150s...havent seen that number for years I started my journey at almost 200 pounds, I am now officially in the 150s and am beyond excited!!! I still have work to do but that number just proves what I'm doing is working, I am over the moon! :) Mon, 21 Mar 2016 17:56:17 EST I'm doing great Hi All <BR> <BR> I'm doing fairly well with spark. I've lost a total of 51 pounds. I'm doing it for my family my lord and for me. It feels really good that at the end of the day when I go to sleep to know I did all I could. Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:29:13 EST I think I've broken the plateau Down another pound this morning. Been doing IF (16 hours, not hard with the time change and sleeping later), and following a LCHF eating style. I have more energy than I have in awhile, and I also have lost the afternoon snacking desire. I'm sure it's the high fat (butter, mostly) that is keeping me from blood sugar spikes and full. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:28:00 EST Weigh in day!! So happy to see the scale go down today!!! <BR> Down 3#`s from last week!! <em>224</em> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:36:10 EST My doc was very happy Went to the doctor's today and he was very happy with my weigh in. The last time I saw him (in early December) I was 329. Today I am 310. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I do feel much better too. A friend who hadn't seen me in a few months actually said I looked like I was losing weight. <em>244</em> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 23:12:02 EST WOO HOO! Reached level 13 today! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:03:06 EST Weight loss Under 200 lose 10 pounds Mon, 14 Mar 2016 20:18:18 EST A streak of 175 days! To meet today's Consistency & Motivation Program challenge, I have to toot my own horn, that's why I'm proud to say that I faithfully track my food and exercises for a streak of 175 days! <BR> Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:17:59 EST Small success! Today is day 8 and I am already seeing changes! <BR> <BR> I have never really "tried" to lose weight in the past but my husband motivated me about 2 weeks ago when he said it was time for him to make a change with himself. I have been upset with my body for quite some time but have always been unmotivated to make a change. I like soda! I like my wine! I love fatty foods! BUT! enough is enough! <BR> <BR> Since I never thought I could do it, I am so thrilled this morning after 7 full days of ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:47:15 EST You look like you've lost weight My father looked at me today and said, "you look like you've lost weight". I am just excited that someone noticed. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:58:48 EST First workout Did my first work out in years I'm down 23lbs from changing my eating habits and more sleep I have 29 more lbs to lose and have been doing crunches for past 3 nights and today added Jillian Michaels 30 day shed level 1 and I sweated so much and I know it will get easier each day I can't wait until I'm at my goal weight of 135 and plan to reach it by the first of July ...5 kids late I'm ready to be a New Healthier Sexier version of me !! Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:03:53 EST I fit I know it sounds silly, but I can sit in the kitchen chair. We have a beautiful chair that has arms at the table. Last month I couldn't fit my hips between the arms of that chair . Today, I was able to sit in it. I am thrilled! Wed, 9 Mar 2016 18:05:25 EST I lost 3 kilos in 9 days :D Who else has had a big loss in a short amount of time? <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 06:17:38 EST Prevented a Binge I know its no biggie, but this is the FIRST time in 5 years I was able to prevent going on a full blown binge, and managed to go just 1000 calories over my upper limit last 2 days. I feel a wee bit more sorted now :). Wed, 9 Mar 2016 00:46:34 EST New Best Today I fought to even get to the gym but at almost 9pm i drug myself there anyway under the lie of just 30 minutes and out. I kept asking myself do you have 5 more minutes in you? I ended up doing an hour. I did 7 miles, one mile beyond my previous best of 6 mile, even better I got a new best mile time. 7 miles closer to looking my best in my wedding dress. Tue, 8 Mar 2016 22:41:23 EST I've lost 5 pounds! So it's been a month since I started out on whatever you wanna call what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> The only real changes are that I've stopped drinking pop (or soda as some like to call it) and I've started walking, every day, for 10 minutes (or a half a mile). Apparently something is working! <BR> <BR> I've recently been unable to walk because of sickness. I think bronchitis. I had a fever last Thursday and Friday and was down and out for four days. I'm still having trouble breathing and ge... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 19:56:31 EST I'm at my healthy BMI! After a couple of weeks of discouraging weigh-ins, it has all paid off today! In the past I would have gotten frustrated, or binged, but this time I just kept at it and now I've lost over ten pounds and am within my healthy BMI range again, just as I was before I had the kiddo! :-) <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 15:24:46 EST Lost 3 Pounds! <em>321</em> I lost three pounds! <em>321</em> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 13:08:27 EST Lost 5 I went to the doctor today and I found out that I have lost 5lbs. I'm so proud. <BR> I'm still overweight but I have lost some! I bought a bike and yesterday I rode it for the first time. I was tired when I finished but I did some exercise. I don't know how far I rode because I don't have a way to measure my distance but I rode for about 30-40 minutes. <BR> I'm proud of me! Yay! <em>521</em> Sat, 5 Mar 2016 15:49:46 EST done with week 2 of c25k I am done with week 2 of my couch to 5k program! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:42:15 EST 6 Minutes !!! I did 6 minutes without stopping on the treadmill this morning ! That is a big deal for me :) I was able to do 4 minutes about a week and a half ago, I fell on ice and hurt myself and havn't been doing much until today. Still a little sore from the fall but I did 6 minutes! Yea me!!! And also, I lost 4 pounds !!! <BR> Baby steps, i'm headed in the right direction ! Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:56:01 EST I can see my CHEEK BONES!!! Woke up this morning and could see my cheekbones!!! This has been a long time coming... haven't seen them in years!!! It's only 7:30 but I'm putting on some blush... now where did I put it??? Fri, 4 Mar 2016 10:24:32 EST reached a healthy weight So i weighed in this morning and am now for my height at what is considered a healthy weight. I now weigh 139 and am 5 foot 3 inches tall. I have succeeded for the first time in my life at weight loss. I have a few pounds more to lose and know it will get harder from here, My coach in this journey has already warned me Wed, 2 Mar 2016 17:41:13 EST Lost 7 pounds in 3 weeks I usually celebrate every 5 pounds and especially 10 pounds lost, but I'm so happy that the scale is now finally moving in the right direction after creeping up for a long time. I'm most happy that I don't have to buy yet another pair of larger pants. My pants that I could just barely zip up a few weeks ago now zip up just fine. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:33:47 EST Becoming a Body Pump Instructor I posted this on the fitness board but I have to toot my own horn and tell the world that I signed up for a Body Pump instructor initial training today! I've been thinking about it alot because I really enjoy the classes and I finally did it. It's going to be very challenging and def not easy but I never thought I would do this. Body Pump is the first fitness class I went to at my local YMCA in high school. It gave me the confidence to feel strong and finally go into the "scary/intimidating" ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 13:33:04 EST 21 pounds down! Today I am 21 pounds down from my starting weight of 219. I started my weight loss journey in November of 2014. <em>521</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:34:26 EST Down 10 Pounds! Started out Feb 1... Down 10 pounds :) <em>381</em> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:15:43 EST Yippy I made it through week 1 with a 5 pound weight loss. <em>104</em> . In the begining I was expecting 1# so I was very happy with the 4 extra pounds. Shows that <em>521</em> . Congradulations to anyone else that has has a weight loss this week no matter the number. Each number is a pound closer to your goal. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:28:13 EST 5 lbs at a time ! My thought process in losing weight helped me lose 20 lbs so far, since I started my " Live It " program, instead of saying diet.. I am walking 2 miles a day and eating lots of vegetables, salads, and fruits.. Love the chicken stir fry.. I feel so much better and am looking forward to that next 5 lb drop even if it's 1 lb at a time.. When I reach that even number heading down I get so excited.. Especially when the pants size drops.. Yippi !! Thank you SparkPeople for offering this wonderful ... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:04:44 EST total miles walked this month I was amazed when I totaled my walks up for the month at 32.85 miles for febuary. an increase of 10 miles in janury. I lost from 152.5 down to 147 doing it. Not as much as I wanted to but I'll take it. the walking doesn't burn as many calories as it once did. I'll be riding my new bike in a few days so the weight loss will pick up next month. My husband loss 5 pounds riding his last week. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:05:21 EST Size 10 Jeans! Just bought my first pair of size 10 jeans in -- EVER! 6 kids and getting smaller than I was before I had them. :) <em>9</em> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 20:04:20 EST Like A Train Have gone backwards for awhile but am starting to go in the opposite direction. Like a train, I'm getting back on track and hoping for a great week. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:52:23 EST Tracked Fitness today ! 1 -15 minute mile ! Thu, 25 Feb 2016 07:57:32 EST Almost 50 but back in my 20's body again finally!! <img src=""> <img src="">I have been working at losing weight off and on since before I retired from the Army back in 2010, but I could never stick with anything and the jobs I worked were not really great for getting myself to set aside the time. Well I made many changes, but at the same time didn't change many things. Sounds confusing... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:35:54 EST down 14 lbs.!! I weigh in @ the Dr.'s each month. I joined SP on Jan. 11th...weighed in at Dr.'s 14 pounds less on Feb. 22. I really have enjoyed following SP. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:45:30 EST Survived Double Zumba Made it through back to back zumba classes this morning!!!! :D Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:48:24 EST new pants when I started I was wearing pants size 18. I bought size 12 today. I'm hoping these ones last for awhile. some of the ones I bought while loosing weight only lasted for 2 weeks before they wouldn't stay up. It's not too cool to walk around holding your pants up. I have alway just wore sweat pants and find I'm finally comforable wearing ladies pants. good thing there are 2 thrift stores near here. The one I went to this morning sells their things for $1 each. Good thing since I'm going to n... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 20:03:19 EST Getting my health back After a few rough years I'm back and starting strong. Posted pictures of the progress since Jan 4th on my blog :D Hope everyone has an awesome week!! Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:33:06 EST first C25K workout done Today I did my first C25K workout. I have never run before in my life so it was a challenge but I did it. I was so dizzy afterwards I had to sit in the locker room for 10 minutes. Now an hour later I have so much energy. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:44:57 EST 4 more pounds! I lost another 4 pounds since last week. <em>334</em> After sitting idle on one weight for a few weeks this was a great thing to see on my scale this morning. My BP was good, too. 116/66. I'm halfway to my first goal. When I reach it I will set another goal for another 25 pounds. <BR> <BR> I should have added this at the beginning. I lost 3" at my waist and 4" in my hips. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:45:57 EST As of this morning . . . I am officially down 40 lb!! Still a long, long way to go, but I am pleased. <BR> <BR> My clothes fit strangely, and I feel a little frumpy most of the time, because I am still in between sizes and it is hard to dress my changing body. But I am not letting that get to me. <BR> <BR> I keep running my hands over my body because it feels strange. In places where there were bulges and lumps, it is starting to feel smooth. I can actually see some muscle definition in my calves for the first... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 06:57:48 EST Many successes! I feel like tomorrow morning's weigh-in is not going to go as well as I would like, so I'm thinking about my other successes I've had this week to help myself sleep tonight (lol!) <BR> <BR> I made my own lunch for work four days this week. I met my fitness goal. I STILL HAVE SOME TRUFFLES LEFT from my box of Valentine's Day chocolate, although I sort of regret that - I feel like the joy of the box of chocolate is sitting and enjoying all the different flavors while relaxing with a book and... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 23:46:45 EST Emergency Room I managed to follow my diet and exercise a little despite ending up in the emergency room due to side effects of the medications I take. The Dr. said I need these medications and have tried several different kinds of some of them. Fri, 19 Feb 2016 22:37:51 EST I found that my wedding ring fits! after 10 years Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:13:05 EST Took a walk! So I took a walk today. It was a half a mile and took me about 10 minutes but I'm so proud of myself! I know it's not a big huge deal or all that great of a workout. But for someone that hasn't done crap in the past few years, it's a step out there. <BR> <BR> I've decided to start a couple of 30 day challenges (decided while I was laying in bed last night). Gonna try and take the dog a walk to the end of our road (the above walk I'm proud of) and not gonna drink pop for 30 days. If I me... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:03:34 EST finally under 150 Since I started this I have set goals at 170, 156, 160, under 150, the last few weeks I've been bouncing up and down from 152 1/2 to 151 . finally this morning when I weighed in the scale saie 151 1/2 for a loss of 2 1/2 pounds for the week' <BR> I was going to drop my callories if I didn't loose more this week. Now I am happy to stay where I am. <BR> Next goal is to hit 130. After that I think I'll be very happy at 135. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:32:33 EST I've lost 72lbs!!!! I can't believe I've come this far. It almost gives me tears of joy. This has been a long journey that has had a lot of ups and downs. I'm a slow loser but sometimes maintaining during the journey is an important step. I am now 9lbs from my next goal of hitting onederland!!!! Plus now people are starting to ask me how I've done it so far, which can make a girl feel good. <em>244</em> Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:40:24 EST Inches Goal - Met! My goal is to lose 2 inches, anywhere, within each week. 3 inches would be fabulous, but 2 inches is my do-able goal. <BR> <BR> I met it! Week one and down 2.5 inches! Hoping to work on myself more. On facebook a picture is being shown of regions one gains weight. According to it, I'm gaining mostly in my stomach towards my neck, including back, due not to lack of exercise but portion control. My boyfriend has a very tight back and mostly muscle in his thighs and calves. True enough, it show... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:23:21 EST 35 Pound loss! [female] [19] I'm new to this site but just wanted to pop in and say hello, give ya'll a bit of motivation! I lost a total of 35 pounds in one year :) It was hard work but when your dedicated and know the right way to go about it, success is a walk in the park!! I'm not trying to work on building up muscle to get that toned/fit physique. Long way to go yet. <BR> <BR> Apparently im not allowed to post links (tried upload a photo through here but it says its a link..hmm) but if you click on my name you'll ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:33:16 EST Steps I actually got in my 10,000 steps each day, Monday through Thursday! Plus I made sure to get in 12-28 flights of stairs at work, Monday through Friday!! Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:59:13 EST 20 pounds lost! I have lost 20 pounds since January 1st. I have set mini goals and as I meet these goals I set more. Currently I am trying to get moving more, I am a school teacher and I take 3,000-5,000 steps daily just teaching and going about my daily routine. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:53:00 EST WOOT! Poundage loss Well, when i wrote about 1st week of healthier eating and exercise I didn't see a change on the scale but then i remembered, and this will sound so Blonde of me, but it's so cold in my office that I wear 2 to 3 layers of clothing. You know what that means right? Well I just weighed myself and it was 3 notches less than 240 and that means I HAVE LOST SOME POUNDS!!! tho i'm not sure how many. I am just feeling really good about my self right now!!! YAY Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:43:18 EST compliment When I was working out with my trainer today he complimented me on my deadlift technique and said that I wasn't the beginner he thought I was. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:12:11 EST 3 weeks weigh in Okay am on a roll has gone down 11 lbs. in 21 days!!! Woot,Woot!! <BR> Now gotta get with the exercise videos!!! <em>521</em> Allie Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:00:36 EST weight loss buddy isn't eating daily calories I'm talking about a 6" 2' 250 pound grown man so I cann't just tell him what to do Or how to do it. He has lost 16 pounds so thats good. but he is diabetic and 1500 calories doesn't keep him from getting low blood sugar and he is moody all the time. He has to get glasses of juice to stop the shakes. And wakes in the morning very pale and soaked with sweat. he has cut his insulin from 100 to 80, which is tgood. But I am afraid one of these times during one of our 2 mile walks he'll pass out o... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:53:08 EST Day 1: ate healthy & exercised (& feeling FAB!!!) Who else has had a successful day (whether it be your first day or 100th day)? <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:19:13 EST First Month of Success After 1 month of using Sparkpeople, I am happy to report that I have lost 9lbs. My goal is to loose 32 more lbs. I LOVE Sparkpeople, especially the food tracker. It is helping me to make healthy food choices as I track my carbs, fat and protein intake. What a way to start the new year. I am motivated to continue. Fitness and healthy eating is not a diet, its a way of life!!! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:06:49 EST 25 down !!!! I have lost 25 pounds at last. To reach my goal of 110 that means i have 29 left. May bo lower who knows. Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:35:06 EST First week weigh-in a success! <em>9</em> Weighed in today after my first week back at Sparkpeople in years, which means it's also my first week tracking and focusing on my health and nutrition in years. I'm down 6.5 pounds! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I know that I can't expect to lose this much every week, and a lot of that (most) is water weight and bloat, but still, it's great motivation to continue. It's also a great reminder of how horribly, and how much, I was eating before I started Spark. I certainly wasn't perf... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:37:39 EST I got back on the horse! Sounds bad but yesterday I ate wayyyy too much. Now this would usual result in my throwing in the towel and resuming bad eating habits long term. <BR> Not this time! So I slipped up. Hey, I'm not a saint. I've dusted myself off and I'm right back at it. <BR> Woohoo! Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:22:38 EST 1 Month and 18 Lbs Lighter I began dieting and exercising the 1st of January. Today I weighed my self for the final time this month and I am down a total of 18 pounds. My energy is up, stress is down and I feel great. So glad I stuck with it and can't wait to keep going! Only 32 more pounds to go. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:01:53 EST 20 lbs gone!!! 20 lbs gone since September!!! :) woop woop. Now if only I was just as motivated to have a workout ritual with counting calories and clean eatting, sigh. Will get there soon! Still haven't dropped a pant size yet and the weight loss is not it's not very noticeable yet. But I can feel it happening and it's a great feeling!!!!! Keep up the good work spark friends! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:49:59 EST I can't believe I'm doing this! I'm getting healthy and I'm not hungry all the time. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:43:37 EST Going down down down I have lost 7 pounds since Jan 1st. I was telling this to my niece and how I wish it was more. She reminded me that it was 1 or 2 pounds a week so I guess this is a 'woo-hoo' moment. <BR> <BR> Second, when I got behind the wheel in the car today I noticed the steering wheel was further away from my stomach. My stomach used to be right up at the steering wheel. Today I could put my fingers between my stomach and the steering wheel. So another 'woo-hoo' moment! I wish I could find my measuring... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:28:14 EST 21 Day Challenge Started a 21 day challenge with my nutritionalist. Haven't had any breads, pastasbut did purchase a Spiralizer and hav eused it to make many different veggie noodles, works awesome. At Wal-mart for $24.99. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:37:08 EST first week back weigh in OM goodness down 8 lbs. since last week and feel like shouting it to the world!! I know it's not typical to loose this much first week.But have been retaining lots of water. <BR> Hope everyone feels as great as I do this week!!! WAHOO ,let the happy dance begin!!! <em>224</em> <BR> Allie Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:42:02 EST 50,000 sparkpoints soon. I'm excited that I'm going to reach this milestone!!! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> P.s. I got my 100 sparkpoints goal for the day. I try to do that every day. so far so good. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:46:01 EST Skipped my daily chocolate! My husband bought me a 50 piece box of chocolates for my birthday a week and a half ago. After eating half the box in five days, I decided to limit myself to just one piece per day. I was doing well on that all of last week, and then last night.. I declined my chocolate! Normally I would have eaten it just for the sake of chocolate, but I wasn't really in the mood so I didn't. <BR> <BR> I will always eat chocolate when I truly want it, but it's a new thing for me to NOT eat it when it's rig... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:55:14 EST finally got past level 13!!! Now don't get overjoyed, but keep on. Stay focused. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:27:43 EST Losing Weight! I have lost 5 pounds so far!!!! Not only that, my clothes are fitting much better as well! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:47:06 EST JSV On Week 3 of Jessica Smith's new video series. <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:56:59 EST Weigh In day Yeah, I lost 3 pounds. I got this and so do the rest of you lovely sparkers. <em>381</em> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:38:06 EST I Beat the Temptation Monster Last Night Yesterday someone really stressed me out. Any time something upset me I always turn to sweets (donuts, pie, pastry, ice cream) and yesterday the temptation was so strong but by the grace of God I was able to remain strong and today I do not hate myself for being derailed. I drank some coconut water instead. <BR> <BR> That was such a hard task and I am really proud of myself for getting through a tough situation without turning to bad food. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:40:18 EST Down a size! I was a tight 3x but when I ordered clothing from the catalog I usually do I measured and it said I was a 2x. So I ordered a 2x and thought, "this is never going to fit". Well the clothing came today and it not only fits but I have to take in the pants a bit. <em>41</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:56:19 EST First week Weighed in this morning at the end of week 1. I am down 6 pounds. I am very pleased with this. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:48:40 EST 8.5 inches gone! So, the scale hasn't budged. Oh sure, a pound down, a pound back up, but no great movement. Today I finally got around to measuring myself. I knew that my jeans felt looser but did not think that I had lost 3.5 inches from my hips! 8.5 inches from all my measurements! This is over about 5 months and my big change was walking, and walking, and walking! I have a pedometer on my smart phone and it really motivates me to get walking! One school that I work at is a quarter of a mile from on... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:39:15 EST Re-discovering a Reason to Celebrate! I started an account on Spark People way back in 2010, when I first decided I needed to make my health a priority. I have had lots of ups and downs since then, and unfortunately at the time, lost track of my page here. <BR> <BR> I've come a long way since! I'm about 60lbs lighter, so much healthier, and a whole lot happier! I am still continuing my journey of working on my health, which is what brought me back here, but when I saw the picture of me from when I started an account here and the... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:58:36 EST