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 I ran 5k! I've never been a 'runner', but last year I was turned on to the C25k program. Like a lot of people, I never completed the program. This year I kept pushing myself toward that goal and made it. My new goal is to reach 10k. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:31:59 EST July goals MET 1200 minutes exercising: CHECK <BR> minimum 10 pounds lost: CHECK <BR> <BR> and counting the last 4 days of June (started 6/26), total 13 pounds lost! <BR> <BR> Not too shabby considering I was sick for a week in there and was regulated to bed rest Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:38:51 EST I made it! Hit my goal weight---now for maintenance! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:00:39 EST Goal Met: Lost 100 pounds in 1 Year Following a visit from a childhood friend with a 20 inch waist and needing to use a cane during her visit to manage weight related arthritic pain----I am thrilled to announce that I have lost 100 pounds in a year; with the help of all my friends and motivational tools on Spark People! I started July 9, 2013 at 283; and now am 183. I started out at size 24 and now am a size 14 pant and Medium Top. <BR> I used the treadmill at my work fitness center to walk 3-4 times a week for an hour. I have... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:05:28 EST As of today I'm down 60 lbs I started here (Again) March 1st 2014 weighing 308 lbs, and as of this morning I just hit 248 lbs. 60 lbs!!! <BR> <BR> Crazy! On one hand it's hard to believe and on the other I can't believe I waited so long to do it as it wasn't that hard, really. <BR> <BR> Onward and downward. <em>334</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:14:22 EST Milestone Met !!! Yahoo. I hit an important milestone just now. I cracked the 200 pound barrier. The scale read 199. I had to check it twice to be sure. I haven't been below 200 pounds since 2003. <em>30</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:36:54 EST I shocked myself! I have been having a hard time doing my workout videos. Between the cardio being hard to do and my son making me nervous by getting to close to me while I'm working out with weights, and my husband being deployed so I can't say "Hey, I'm going to go exercise!" And being ALONE to do so....I've been very frustrated. <BR> <BR> I bought a treadmill. No swinging weights, it works on my cardio, and instead of killing myself without sleep to workout, I can do it anytime and my son only messed arou... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:18:45 EST Met my 2nd goal! Today I met my 2nd 5% goal!! Woohoo! Also, so far my BMI has gone from 44.4 to 40.1...slowly getting healthier! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:39:25 EST Not much to you BUT..... I know this is the place to 'large it up' (excuse the pun) and I know this wont mean much to anyone but me, so apologies in advance for not really being that interesting BUT today I bought my very first pair of 'dress' trousers that bore the tag of a size 16! I also did not have to do the 'sit down' test (trousers would in the past fit me and then I would get home with them and the first instance I sat down the button would fly off them and the zip would burst) they just glided on. I beamed f... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:45:14 EST 4 months with Spark People I am almost at 4 months with Spark People. I love the flexibility and accountability that the program offers. I am losing weight and I am not on a diet. This is a new way of life for me and I am so blessed to have been referred to Spark People! Thank you for your support! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:55:04 EST Some hoorays and some questions. I am sitting here typing this in jeans. That's a big hooray. My jeans fit. HOORAY! (ANd my butt looks pretty decent in them, too.) <BR> <BR> So I am losing weight. I am feeling more energetic. My body fat is down. And all of my measurements are down. Hooray. <BR> <BR> Well, all except for one. For some reason, my waist measurement is bigger. THis is totally unexpected, and strange. And from what I've read, the hip:waist ratio is an important indicator of health. Should I be concerned? What ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:14:04 EST I feel great today I am nearly in my goal I did it again. 2lbs out! and it is a big deal for me... yepeeeeyyy! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:50:35 EST 15 pounds gone I have lost 15 pounds, I never want to see again. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:31:14 EST DOWN 35 YAHHHH,down 35 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I also measured myself am down by 37 in. OMG!!! <BR> My starting BMI =50.9 <BR> Now BMI= 44.7 <BR> STILL VERY OBESE BUT GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!! <BR> Allie <em>9</em> <em>521</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:04:33 EST Overcoming an obstacle One of my biggest challenges was going to the grocery with my healthy list and trying to stay on track. I would buy what was on the list, but I would also end up with a cart full of junk and fatty foods. Today I went to the grocery and bought only what was on the list. I know this does not sound like much, but I feel like I overcame one of my biggest obstacles. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:49:28 EST Jeans Wow, it's been so hot that it has been weeks since I've worn long pants. It was finally raining this morning so I reach for my favorite jeans. As I snapped and zipped them I noticed that they promptly slid down around my hips. My husband said they were looking so loose they looked like clown pants. It's the little WOOHOOs that makes me know that I am making slow and steady progress.Yea!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:53 EST 24 LBS Down 3 months ago I weighed 251. I am now down to 227.2 and feeling great. I started a weight loss journey with my husband on June 20th and we are losing together he started out at 237 he is now down to 222 and I started at 242. we are doing one month at a time and our goal is to get under 200 lbs. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:43:31 EST Back ...again Yesterday I did it all... <BR> Weighed <BR> Logged all my food <BR> Went to the gym before work <BR> Drank 8 cup of water <BR> Stayed within range <BR> Ate 5 servings of fruits and veggies <BR> <BR> Today I am on the right track <BR> By 10 am I have... <BR> Weighed <BR> Logged my breakfast <BR> Gone to the gym <BR> Drank 4 cups of water <BR> Had a very healthy and filling breakfast with four servings of vegetables for under 300 cal. <BR> <BR> I can do this! <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:57:19 EST Goal achieved- what worked for me About 2 years after I moved to another country I started to gain weight. I ended up with about 18 kilos more ! In January 2014, I had a New Year resolution: to get back into my old sexy clothes and look good in the next holiday pictures :). <BR> I started tracking calories with sparkpeople but after a while I got lazy doing it. I lost though about 3.5 kilos. <BR> Beginning of May, I went on holiday for a weekend to France and I got from a local farmer apple cider vinegar. When I got back hom... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:51:36 EST I wore a tank top to class!!!! I've been on a hell of a rollercoaster when it comes to weight loss and everything that goes with it, for the past couple of years. One of the things I HATED to wear was tank tops. Even when I was 210 pounds! I hated them because I hated my thick flabby arms!!! Well, they are still flabby but they definitely aren't as thick as before. I finally started wearing tank tops outdoors last summer but I felt sooo uncomfortable being around other people. This summer it's all I wear anywhere! They are... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:11:47 EST Finally After a very long plateau and going on anyway, the scale moved not one, not two not even three but 5 pounds! I would tell anyone stay the course because eventually "Payday" is coming!! <em>104</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:14:48 EST Lowest weight in years! Thanks to Sparkpeople and my Sparkfriends. I am now at my lowest weight in years! At least 6. <BR> <BR> I feel so great! <em>345</em> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Ally Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:13:05 EST Wow,I'm so proud!! I have not been tracking since Thursday after my spinal tap!! <BR> Been so sick and migraines ever since it was done!!! <BR> But I put in everything from yesterday and today,much to my surprise I have been on track with staying with in my caloric intake..Yahhh,so happy!!! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Allie Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:33:45 EST 15 pounds gone! I began my journey to just eat healthier and walk on April 15, 2014. In just 3 months I have lost 15 pounds. <BR> <BR> Benefits: my skin is clearer thanks to drinking more water and eating clean, (no sugar); sleeping more, (still need to get a sleep pattern down though), and fitting into smaller sized jeans. <BR> <BR> I feel so motivated just using the Spark Activity Tracker. It saves me a lot of time! <BR> <BR> Not only that, but my blood pressure is going down as well. One day, I may no ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:20:32 EST Week one complete! Weigh in day and 6 pounds lost this week! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:10:27 EST I've arrived at my destination: ONEderland!!! Okay..I was sooo excited this morning. The scale said 199.5!!!! <BR> <BR> So, I decided to take a celebratory photo of myself to mark this milestone. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to my photo/blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741497 </link> <BR> <BR> I feel amazing! I haven't been under 200 since my pre-teen days! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:18:38 EST pennies It is great being able to bend over and pick them pennies up I used to have to pass by. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:23:09 EST It's not worth it. It took me a long time to figure out, but watching tv is not worth it. It is not worth how it distracts me from connecting with my family, or attending to work projects, or even from completing the errands and housekeeping of everyday life. <BR> <BR> I grew up on tv. I watched tv while doing homework and I did quite well. In fact, I've done alright all my life in many things. I can't help but wonder how much better I would have done if I had been paying attention. And, I might remember it ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:25:56 EST exercise streak!!! proud of myself for maintaining an exercise streak for almost 7 weeks now!!! woohoo!!! starting to realize the non weight loss successes but other successes along the way!!!thank you SP!!! Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:11:45 EST family & friends had a day with 9 teenagers and adults, pizza for dinner , god is good Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:57:08 EST Day 229 - 74.5 lbs off (so far) Lessons learned This is not my first trip down the scales, and I am hopeful it will be my last. I've learned a lot on previous journeys: <BR> <BR> 1998/1999 Lost 92 pounds following exchange program with TOPS, Then, went to Vegas in May 1999 to renew our vows for our 25 anniversary, started a new position with our company the following week, which led to eating out more, or eating more fast foods, stress eating, guilt over modest weight gain, led to eating away the guilt (DOH!) and of course more weight ga... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:46:53 EST MADE IT !!!! I can't believe i made it to my goal ....I keep going back to my ticker looking at the scale saying to myself " is this true , did i really make it to my weight lost goal " ? I'm going to try to enjoy and keep the spark going . Now i just have to tone my body and keep fit . <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:21:33 EST 10 lbs! Woo Hoo! I finally dropped 10lbs! I have 30 more to go but I an a 1/4 of the way there. <BR> It has also been a month since I have had a Pepsi. Which might not sound like a big deal but is for me. <BR> Just wanted to celebrate my little successes. :) Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:02:20 EST Woo Hoo! 5lbs down! I'm been on the site two weeks and already down 5 pounds. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:07:27 EST I did it! My first 5k of the year! Did it in. 53 mins! <em>364</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:49:35 EST off to a good start! I don't have a home computer and have to make entries from work! I was so excited to log my success today. Im motivating myself, and that's a plus! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:34:02 EST NSV So this morning I tried on jeans I haven't worn in 4 yrs. and to my surprise they were easy to get up no laying down to zip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWEET!!! Finally feeling some success!!! YAHHHHH!!! <em>521</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:47:01 EST 1/2 way I am 1/2 way to my weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:09:32 EST Woo hoo! I was feeling like a Negative Nancy before getting on the scale this morning but I did it anyway and low and behold: my BMI is no longer obese...nor is it any longer is now HEALTHY! Woo!!! <BR> <BR> My body fat % dropped from 48% to 27% since January & I'm down 3 sizes! Thanks to eating better, cardio kickboxing, ultimate frisbee & couch25k! Now I crave exercise! I think I'll be adding some yoga into my routine to switch things up a bit. <BR> <BR> 34 down 17 to go!...I have... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:26:32 EST weight loss more positive keep going Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:09:45 EST excerise have done a positive thing for myself, exercise Mon, Wed, curves and Julian Micheals, video, Tues weights at home, water at grove one day this week. now church this evening, thank you lord for saving my soul. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 18:20:23 EST 40lbs. in 6 months I started my weight loss journey at the beginning of the year. My boyfriend & I decided on healthier eating after his mother passed away in November. I used techniques that I learned from Nutrisystem a few years ago. With low calories & exercise, I started losing weight. After a few months I found the Venus Factor & started strength training. Now I have found Spark with lots of great recipes & support to help me maintain. <em>104</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:13:39 EST tracker Tracker sync is green like it is about to start working again. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:32:13 EST Thank You SparkPeople and SparkFriends Since I've reconnected to SparkPeople I've lost 16 pounds, what a difference it makes once you've made up your mind you've had it with being overweight {in my case obese}. I Don't have family or friends in the state where I live so I turned to Spark. <BR> <BR> I'm committed to reaching the finish line <em>185</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:07:47 EST 100 POUNDS GONE FOREVER!! When I started my journey on sparkpeople a little over two years ago, I weighed 283 pounds and it took me an hour and fifteen minutes to "run" (with my best effort) a 5k. This morning I weighed myself and I am 182.8 pounds!! I'm so shocked and happy it hasn't even sunk in yet. I can run a 5k in 33 minutes now. I am strong and eat good foods all the time without a second thought. <BR> <BR> I'm getting myself a pair of gold hoop earrings with diamonds as a gift to myself to commemorate t... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:15:53 EST MAINTAINING GOAL WEIGHT Are there any particular topic here on Spark pertaining to Maintaining your goal weight ????? <BR> Almost there 1 pound to go, now to maintain !! <em>9</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:09:15 EST continue growth be a strong person, this week by making good choices Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:11:46 EST continue growth be a strong person, this week by making good choices Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:11:30 EST Just starting my own journey! I know nothing tastes as good as thin feels. I remember those days although many many years and many children later I am older and fat. I have been reading these blogs and they are helping me get started again. So thank you everyone for you life messages. This is day one for me. More later. Thanks Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:30:15 EST 10% Goal Reached! Today, I have officially LOST 10% of my starting weight of 291 pounds! I now weigh 262 pounds -- a 29 pound loss!!! <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> On to my second 10% challenge -- to lose 26 pounds and go down to 236 pounds. Please wish me luck -- I cannot do this without the support of fellow SP members! <em>252</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:43:48 EST Sharing My Story... Just wanted to share my story <BR> Love, Meg Marie <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:12:47 EST Lost 5 pounds This is the first time I have gotten through more than 3 days of "dieting" without giving up and bingeing out and planning to "start over" again on Monday. I think I've done that horrible cycle about 1000 times over almost 20 years. I lost 5 pounds this week, I haven't been stressed about food--I've enjoyed my meals, and happy about how I've done. The fact that I haven't been *perfect*, yet kept up with it is nothing short of a miracle. Yay! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:49:46 EST blood work great blood work great now to start getting pounds off Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:32:16 EST Waving goodbye to 10 pounds!!! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> As of today, I have officially hit the 10 pound loss mark!! I'm hoping next week to wave goodbye to the 280's, and say hello to the 270s!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:09:42 EST answered prayer my husband was blessed with surgery today they got all the basil cancer thank you for all the. prayers, busy week and my blood work yesterday was fantastic thank you lord for having the healing faith, now get back on track wit h exercise and thank you lord for the remodel of the house god is good when we believe., Thu, 3 Jul 2014 19:38:45 EST I GOT THIS MOMENT!!! So been waiting for years and finally got back into my size 18w jean shorts!!!!!!!!! Albeit they have small amt. of stretch in them I haven't worn them in 6 yrs. <BR> I was sooo tired today up literally from 1am to 5am with 3yr. old grandchild(mommy is sick),she went to bed early which concerned me some as she didn't eat dinner(worried she was coming down with something). I ck'd on her every hour and finally went to bed myself at midnight!!! Only to here her calling out looking through the ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:42:24 EST Who knew a lifestyle change could be so awesome! I am 3 weeks into my lifestyle overhaul and as of yesterday was 10 WHOLE POUNDS DOWN and 6.5 inches down!! I have cut out a lot of horribly unhealthy habits and aside from my weight changing, I feel so much better!!! My energy is up, my confidence is up, I just feel overall GREAT!! Until I started using Spark, I had no idea how unhealthy my habits were. I get sick now just thinking about some of the things I used to eat and can see clearly why I've had such a hard time loosing weight. Without... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:40:56 EST success of blood work good results Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:32:35 EST Lost 5 pounds <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So this is a new account...I made it, left it sit for gods know how long and I decided to come back today because I really want to get back into it. I did a little zumba and then decided to weigh myself and found out I'd lost 5 pounds since I last did so! That was without really trying, too. The only thing I did was cut down on my soda intake. It's amazing what something so small can accomplish! I'm so proud of myself and it feels good to be so. I've been so d... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:09:26 EST I tried a spin class today! After an hour long yoga class I got encouraged to try a spin class. I could only stay for half of it but I did that! Woohoo! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:12:37 EST A scent changed my mood. Just gotta share. Never happened before. Will probably never happen again (hope it does, though). I was in a funky mood and was preparing dinner. I smelled some basil from a spice jar as I was making dinner, and my mood INSTANTLY changed from "funky" to "just fine, thank you. Never felt better"! It was the weirdest yet wonderful, most bizarre yet awesome, instantaneous thing that has ever happened to me. Has any of you had a similar positive experience with a scent? <BR> <BR> Spark On! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:59:52 EST How Long Have You Been On SP? I can not be more proud of myself for checking in with SP & my Spark Coach for 30 consecutive days! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:16:46 EST "Released" another 2 pounds this week!!! Such a journey it has been. I am so proud of myself for sticking to it this time around. This time it is for life! <BR> <BR> (I like to say "released" because it sounds more positive than "lost" or "dropped") <BR> <BR> Now ... to get to those palm trees!!! I'm on it ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:22:48 EST I just reached 1,000 fitness minutes for June! I just reached my fitness minutes goal for June! Today I logged my daily minutes and reached 1, 015 AND there is one day left. I can't believe how fun an easy it was. I met up with friends for <BR> <BR> I even had a week where it seemed like I gave up on exercise, but I hopped back on. Really, I didn't know I could do this regularly. <BR> <BR> Next month I am hoping to do 1,125 mintues. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 01:40:50 EST Going to ditch all the alcohol from this point on Have very little wine once a week but Im going to give it up as of today because I want to be more successful. A good way to give up a few more calories a week. I maintained this week while on vacation so Im glad I didn't gain but am still so slow on the weight loss. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:43:06 EST NSV <em>244</em> <em>8</em> One of my biggest problems was going to the grocery store. I would make out my list of healthy foods, but would end up with a cart full of junk foods. Today I went to the grocery determined to get only what was on my list. I left the grocery with my healthy choices; no junk. Now that I've showed myself that I can do it, no more junk is going into my cart. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:50:37 EST Reached my weight goal I've lost seven pounds over the past three months (through eating healthier and adding strength training to my workouts). Seven pounds doesn't sound like a lot but I had been plateaued for quite awhile before that. I've also gained muscle so I think I've lost more than seven pounds of fat. I am very pleased, and I'm trying not to feel guilty about indulging this weekend. Trying to believe that can have the occasional day where I eat whatever I want, and still maintain my body fat and muscle p... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:36:58 EST 10 pounds gone 10 pounds gone. Never want to you again Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:07:02 EST Return I found the courage to return to Spark People program. I have no will power and very little energy. I eat all the wrong things even tho in small quantities. I need help from all my former friends at SP. <BR> I hope this time next week I will have something to celebrate. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:47:17 EST 10lbs lighter So I know it's not much but after 2 and half months, half of which I wondered if anything was even working, I'm finally showing I'm consistently 10lbs lighter yay Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:06:29 EST Fibro can't stop me! I'm celebrating the fact that I didn't quit when this time last year I was doing great and going great guns, exercising by walking, stretching, cardio and losing weight, eating right, drinking my water... then some family stuff happened and I hit a flare and it put me down and out. It has taken me this long to come back, almost a full year, but I'm back! I wasn't able to exercise, but I could still eat healthy. I'm not back to where I was, but I can exercise again and I'm very happy and e... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:52:50 EST 9 pounds gone I have lost 9 pounds in the past 5 days. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:55:16 EST Stuck yet I'm still proud... I lost 40 pounds in 2013 and have been able to keep it off. For that I am very proud. I've been stuck at that since November of last year. A big reason was health issues (I could barely walk across the room without pain). I've been slowly fighting back since then and can now go for walks without pain. I'm working up to more exercise but I have to be very careful. I haven't controlled my food like I should but I started fresh yesterday (could have sooner, not as proud of a moment). I logged ev... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:02:06 EST Me? RUN?! YES!! I am SO proud of myself!!! Take notice that I am a very sedentary person, my job is sitting down. I started living healthier mid-may of this year - at that time I could barely run for 30 seconds without gasping for breath with side cramps (wish I was joking). Tonight I RAN - 3 MILES!!! -. I still can't believe it! Granted it was on a treadmill, only 3% incline and at 4.3MPH but I DID IT!!!! <em>334</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:36:32 EST Cravings I sooo wanted a Dunkin Donut this mornig,just one and OMG I passed by it 3 times today during errands and decided it is so not worth the sugar and calories for a 3 min. fix!!!!! <BR> <BR> Soooo glad I passed it up!!! <BR> <BR> Allie Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:38:12 EST First Monday of this summer! Enjoying this morning. Hope you do, too. Happy Monday! Have a good week! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:07:41 EST Weight I am almost out of the 200's, just a couple of more pounds to go. I did my weekly weigh-in this morning, I weighed 202 and I lost a total of 3 pounds from being 205 to 202 now. I am very ecstatic with my lifestyle changes I have been making, but I am not quitting now. I still need to get to my goal weight by January of next year. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:06:18 EST Goal achieved Reach my goal this week - a week ahead of schedule. Feeling really good and just a little proud of myself. Thanks to Spark People for all the motivation and good info. I've recommended it to several friends who have asked me how I've lost 35 pounds. Guess I'll know who was paying attention later!! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:34:37 EST two days in a row I quit for 3 weeks and I am back and gained less than 2 pounds of 20 lost this year! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:03:51 EST Thanks Spark Friends I lost 8 pounds since May 29th 2014, my birthday is next month I would like to be under or at 260 pounds. I will continue to excise on my Wii Fit Plus I will work at being on Wii Fit Plus for 45minutes instead of 30 minutes. Walk more than 20 minutes. <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:36:22 EST 12.8 pounds lost since June 1st, 2014 <em>244</em> I started June 1st, 2014 at 356.6 pounds, today I weigh 343.6 pounds! 1st time I've been under 350 in over a year!! <em>345</em> I have remained faithful to my food and exercise trackers, and while staying in my low calorie range I've also managed to exercise at least 5 days a week for at least 60-120 Mins. the results so far 12.8 pounds gone, sleeping 10X's better than before, more energy during the day, less heartburn, mood and attitude super positive, AND I'M NOT HUNGRY A... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:34:54 EST Indulging a little without losing control I am pleased to report that over these past couple of weeks, I've been able to have a day here and there where I indulge a little (eating more than my usual calorie level or having a drink or two) without slipping into an all-or-nothing mentality and just bingeing. This has been a key problem for me for a long time (the all-or-nothing mentality) and has prevented me from making real progress towards the healthy body I want to have. I'm starting to realize that indulging in moderation, while i... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:38:35 EST afraid to weigh myself I have had so much trouble in the past flooding weight that since I started this diet I have been petrified to get on the scales to see how I am doing. I haven't checked since the 3 day. I have in the past tried so hard to loose weight and it didn't work. So after a couple weeks I would quit. I lost 120 lbs easily 12 years ago, and kept it off for several years until my medication was changed. Since then I have gained back 40 lbs and I don't feel good about it. It's hard on my back, li... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:38:44 EST Lost 8 pounds in the last 2 weeks I had my check-in today and lost a total of 8.2 pounds in the last two weeks. I think I feel motivated enough to make it through another....... I hope! (crossing fingers) <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Trying the food tracker out finally. If I can remember to enter my foods in, I'll be doing good. Do most of you use it and/or do you enter it in as you eat or all at the end of the day? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:31:47 EST Spending time with my grandson I have been following the SparkCoach program now for about six weeks and lost 10 pounds so far. On this past Sunday my almost 4yo grandson wanted me to see what he called 'the forest', an area of rather high flowers, foliage and a couple volunteer tree seedlings in our yard. He was sure there must be a dinosaur and penguin in there. As I stood with him talking for about 20 minutes, I realized my back wasn't screaming at me to sit down, and this was right after a 15 minute half-mile walk. Woo-... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:58:03 EST I have been exercising for 2 weeks straight!! Everyday I manage to get in some exercise even if its for 20 minutes. Perhaps its later in the evening but I still have been doing it. I want the trophy for the exercise challenge so I've been trying really hard. Two more weeks to go. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:49:01 EST I can ride 8 miles and walk 4 without much strain walking: 4 miles <BR> biking: 8 miles <BR> DVD kickbox workout: 40 minutes. Flexibility and agility is back like before. <BR> Lost 3 pounds in a two weeks <BR> Am happy and looking good. <BR> Got over a bout of Asthma. <BR> <BR> Feel great!!! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:13:39 EST lost 11 lbs <em>224</em> <em>224</em> Seriously started new lifestyle about, 5 wks ago. and have lost 11 lbs. This "SPARK STUFF" REALLY works !!! feeling good about my commitment and so glad to have a site like the Sparkpeople: site to help me along the way I've got about 35 lbs or maybe a bit more to go.. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:52:59 EST fantastic I lost 8 pounds Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:23:41 EST My novel is now published <em>345</em> <BR> After many hears of writing, I have a novel on Amazon..It is titled The Violet Shawl and is taken from a true story told to me by an Italian Innkeeper. It seems that on an American couple's honeymoon, <BR> the bride was stolen from her groom in Florence Italy. I asked the hotel manager, what happened next and she did not know...So I had to write 'the rest of the story' <BR> <BR> Look it up on Amazon and if it interests a copy...I would really like that....Doris Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:06:44 EST my journey I started this journey on 5/5/14 I weigh n every two weeks. My first weigh in I lost 7lbs. as well as my 2nd weigh in. I am due on Monday for my 3rd weigh in and Im kind of nervous. sometime I think what if I didn't do so well what if I gained a pound. I been exercising and eating the best I can, but sometimes abuse nuts. <em>39</em> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:12:00 EST lost 5 kgs hello this is my first time on here it is amazing to see so many people on here it gives me a lot of confidence that there is a lot of support on here..I have only started today and it is an encouraging way for me to keep up with my weight loss ..on April 11 I weighed in at 113 kgs and today I weighed in at 108..Its is great to know I've accomplished something but it is definitly not the end of my journey..I have been here before and stumbled along the way going backwards but I need to find w... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:25:32 EST Down 5.6 pounds :) I've been trying to lose weight (through diet alone so far) since Jan. In total, I've lost 16.8 pounds, with many ups and downs over the last few months. Since re-starting with SparkPeople again, this last week was the largest amount I've lost in a week so far. SparkPeople works! I am thrilled! I know I still have a long way to go, and I can't expect similar results each week, but it is a wonderful reminder to keep logging my nutrition in order to keep me accountable. <em>224</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:44:44 EST 99 POUNDS I have been going to the gym for 5 months now and over all since I started losing weight a few years ago I have now lost 99 lbs!! Waiting for the big 100 any day now. I've gone from a size 28 to a 14. I was a red head and now a blonde. So much to be grateful for! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:29:32 EST Fantastic Four 1. I can drink 3 litres of water a day <BR> 2. I can do 1 hour of spin and not feel as though I am gong to die. <BR> 3. I can do over 10,000.00 steps a day. <BR> 4. I can go to the gym twice in a day if I choose to. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:08:37 EST half way to goal I set a goal to lose 98 pounds by Dec. 30th this year I started on January 12th and have reached the half way point 2 months earlier than expected. I bought new summer clothes this week that were 2 - 3 sizes smaller. . <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:50:20 EST I can run 3 miles without stopping! I want to be able to run a 5K so it's been my goal to get up to running three miles and I can now successfully run that far. I ran 3 miles on hilly road in 41 minutes :D Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:01:31 EST 4lbs in two weeks!!! I know that's more than the recommended average, but I'm not doing anything out of the ordinary. I'm SO EXCITED! I'll take any victory I can get!!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:22:25 EST 4.6 lbs Lost My first week into this I am so thrilled with the 4.6 lbs lost and have been keeping myself accountable for everything I am eating. I know this is not a real big woo hoo moment by far, but maybe by seeing this it will help me to continue my journey and keep me motivated. I do feel a little better than last week and hope to feel a lot better when I meet my 1/4 mark. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:51:34 EST Lost 14 1/2 Inches so far Can't Believe it!! In just 3 weeks of hard work and new healthy eating!! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:37:06 EST Second 5K I did my second 5k this weekend. I still can't run the whole thing but I try my best. I'm very proud of myself, even though I continue to fall off the wagon I am still moving forward at a slow pace and I'm excited to say that I may do another 5k this weekend. YAY Me!! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:58:06 EST No gain! I started a new job at a hospital and I was fully expecting to go to my old ways. I was upset at first, but I noticed one thing that didn't change -- my portions. They didn't increase! I would pack an apple a small carb and grapes (or something similar). I still lost a few pounds with my new job and I feel great. I do hope to get back into my yoga..that did wonders for me (mentally & physically). <BR> <BR> Great job to anyone else that got a new job and was able to keep losing! Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:59:04 EST My first NSV! I started the journey towards a more healthy me a long time ago. However, just recently I have started to eliminate processed foods from my diet - not completely there yet but I am making progress. <BR> <BR> I had my first NSV, though. <BR> <BR> Usually I wear wide shoes... have since I was in high school and only weighed 180 pounds... <BR> <BR> But last week I went shoe shopping. I am now wearing a normal width shoe! I don't really understand HOW considering I am 276 pounds but I will tak... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:26:37 EST Less gut, more guts! :D 18 months ago, I bought a sexy maxi dress for myself for my birthday. It was my inspiration to work hard for the body I want. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wore that dress to my daughter's graduation!!! <BR> <BR> You know that super confident woman in that gorgeous dress....yeah, that was me yesterday! And daaaaaamn it felt good! I've always wanted to be her! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 23:14:20 EST One year maintenance. Oh yeah .... :D Thu, 5 Jun 2014 19:38:24 EST Starting to run I was born with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Walking, let alone running, has always been painful for me. I have been walking for quite some time building up my resistance to pain and i just started jogging. <BR> Granted i can only go for four minutes right now with a break in the middle, but I"M jogging! <BR> WOO-HOO! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 13:12:23 EST The gym made my week less awful This week has been difficult for a variety of reasons: self-caused laryngitis, sleep deprivation, work, etc. BUT today I dragged my butt to the gym and felt good for the length of my workout and for about 30 minutes afterwards before going back to feeling like I was run over by a semi. Right now the memory of feeling powerful and accomplished and fit is enough to get me through this day. Small victories, amirite? Thu, 5 Jun 2014 08:37:56 EST Non scale victory when the scale is the same Compared to last summer, I only weigh 4 or 5 pounds less. But when I was getting my capri jeans and shorts out, I noticed that my comfortable size 16W capris feel too big, while the ones that were too tight last summer, size 12-14, fit comfortably! <BR> <BR> This was a brutal, long cold winter, and we had a snowy cold spring, and the past winters I gain, but this year I stayed pretty much the same! The slight loss started in spring when I started getting out walking again. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:08:04 EST believing in your self may god give me control to love and understand a unloving granddaughter who is very lost in sin, and not knowing she has drugs please help me lord. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:09:27 EST allegeries sinus need good night sleep and a good day tomorrow, may our god be in control Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:06:32 EST just bought new pants online . . . I decided to get some killer pants for travel and really splurged and gambled on a size smaller.. They came today and after a small tug to get everything to fit, that Woo Hoo moment happened. I've still got lots to go -- but even after two months am looking really good in these new pants!!!!!! <BR> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:24:53 EST Back on Line <em>244</em> My dead computers have been replaced and I can now continue to Spark! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 02:36:08 EST lost 15 lbs! So i went to my dr today. I have to do a 3 month diet before my insurance will approve my surgery. I just finished my first month and found out i lost 15 lbs!! My dr congratulated me and told me that is the most she's had a patient lose in the first month. I'm so proud of myself and just wanted to share this with y'all. (: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:49:38 EST Successful Travel! The extensive travel that is part of my life has been a constant struggle for me. Lose 3 pounds/ gain 4 while I travel, lose 2 pounds/gain 1 while I travel, etc. It has resulted in a net loss, but a much smaller one than I would hope for after several months. The exciting news is that I have pressed on and I finally found a tool that seems to work for eating while I travel (restaurant food, airport food, other people's homes, etc). 1/2 plate fruit and veggies, 1/4 plate protein, 1/4 plate... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:27:54 EST 90 lbs Gone since July 9, 2013 I will allow my self a slight pat on the back as I met my June 1 goal of reaching 190, which represents pound 93 gone of a total of 123 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> At this point, every pound is significant and I can feel it when I have lost another one. <BR> <BR> My HGB AIC is also normal after being elevated for 2 years. <BR> What am I doing--Low Carb (I eat Veggies, lean proteins, and some dairy); and severely restrict starchy and sugar carbs. <BR> I also have been doing treadmill walking ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:56:36 EST 111 gone Another 10 sent on its way and I'm not just saying it feels good but it really does feel GOOD. I have started walking and can finally make it a couple blocks before I think the "end is near", but still a long ways to go. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:04:34 EST Working out for 3 months I am very excited, because I set a goal and I have stayed with it for three months. My weight hasn't gone down every week, but my confidence and ability to move faster keeps me going. I am looking forward to things to come. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 06:14:55 EST Going DOWN! 7 consecutive weeks! 7 consecutive weeks losing weight! Going DOWN! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:40:56 EST Yearly fitness minute goal already met!!! At the beginning of the year I set a fitness goal of 9000 minutes for the year, thinking that 750 mins a month would be realistic, but I have consistently hit 1500- 2000 a month. Since Sept I have gone from a size 14 being almost too tight, to now a size 6 is a perfect fit. The fact that I have been able to do this for 9 months is amazing, b/c in the past, I would go for 3-4 months and then slip right back into old habits. Truly trying to make this a lifestyle change vs a diet. Thanks SP for ... Sat, 31 May 2014 11:24:20 EST Big Victory For Me I found a dress in my closet that I bought two years ago that I could not wear when I bought it Lol!! (was in denial). Tried it on and it fits and looks wonderful on me. I am going to wear it to my nephews wedding today. I also tried on a skirt while shopping yesterday it was an XL and I could also wear it. <em>244</em> Thank God for the Victory!!!! Sat, 31 May 2014 10:43:08 EST It's working! Have started drinking 4 glasses of water on waking up in the morning before eating any food. I am eating fresh food and around 1200 calories worth. <BR> 1Kilogram down in 1 week. <em>224</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 01:10:58 EST Couch to 5K I started Couch to 5K today and I was actually able to run the 1 minute intervals. This is huge for me since I have never really been able to run for more the 30 seconds at a time and never repeatedly. <BR> <BR> In related news, I am down 3 sizes in pants/shorts to a place I have never been before. I swear I went from a girls 6x to a women's 14 and never hit anything in between <em>9</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:21:40 EST No more plus size department YAY I can't believe it, I was trying on clothes in the plus size department, like always and I was finding clothes were a little to big, so just for fun I thought I would shoot over to the misses and try some over there and wouldn't you know it, they fit. YAY!!! Can't believe it, I have been shopping in the plus size department for YEARS, I am soooo thrilled. I still have a ways to go, but I am feeling soooo good today. <BR> Fri, 30 May 2014 11:39:28 EST successful I have had three incredibly good days following my food plan. Actually looking forward to Saturday weigh-in Thu, 29 May 2014 22:11:52 EST weight goals, travel made a trip to Ohio safely, and home all in one piece, thank the lord and all the prayers that were said. I am so blessed to have friends family to pray for the answered my church who is always full of grace and faithful. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:24:09 EST Big Loss I'm excited to say that I am -50lbs down as of today! My husband and I started this journey on February 10, 2010 and we're feeling so fabulous now! Our journey is far from over, but we're making an effort everyday to be healthier! I've got pics of me and my partial transformation on my page! Stoked to lose more weight! <em>381</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:14:59 EST trip to Ohio another trip with the lord help, safe and sound, and pick up my husband at airport in Dayton, and full week of cleaning, graduation, and back to Alabama, safe sound, church this evening, now for regular schedule. please remember my granddaughter for her life. god bless Wed, 28 May 2014 22:35:18 EST Day 6 No pop (cola) Day 6 almost over -- no diet pop <BR> <BR> I'm addicted so this means a lot to me. <BR> <BR> I've gone 80 days -- and given in .... and it just consumes me! Wed, 28 May 2014 15:30:00 EST Compliment I have been struggling lately and do not like how the scale is treating me. I visited a friend yesterday that I haven't seen in a couple of months or so and she said she could see my loss and that I looked thinner than the last time she saw me. That gives me incentive to keep on doing what I am doing cause I know I am eating healthier and moving more than I ever did. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:54:29 EST My 1st Month review with the program I'm using I'm not trying to promote Turbo Fire. I'm not a coach, just a person who found the right progrma that is working for me! <BR> <BR> So, even though I've had a few "rest days" from feeling pretty sick, that's life! This is my Turbo Fire 30 day review! I wish Turbo Fire had came out when I was in middle school, but I am glad I discovered it. Chalene Johnson made this workout program, 4 years ago I believe, and I'm glad I have found it when I did. <BR> In October, Darin and I both quit drinking ... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:21:03 EST Awards It makes me feel like I accomplished something when I get an award. <em>248</em> I feel better Thank You <em>252</em> Linda Tue, 27 May 2014 21:56:30 EST 170.8!!!!! 106's here i come!!!! wooo hooo! I'm so excited to finally be making this happen. I'm down 38 pounds on my way to my goal! Yeaaaaaaaaaah!!!!! :) Tue, 27 May 2014 17:46:10 EST RUNNING ACCOMPLISHMENT Ran the Wounded Warrior 10K race in 1:00:33 at 9:45 minute pace. Placed 4th in my division. <BR> <BR> Shooting for a sub-two hour half marathon in October Tue, 27 May 2014 16:00:02 EST Dress shopping! I went dress shopping this weekend and bought 4 new dresses! The best part was that when I tried on my normal size, XL, it was too big. Got myself some size L dresses for the first time in a long time! Tue, 27 May 2014 15:00:13 EST 1 pound down this week! Every pound lost is a victory! <em>192</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 12:51:41 EST YAHOOOO! down 100 Pounds !!!! I am finally down 100 pounds of weight loss. My goal puts me at another 50 Lb more so over half way to my goal and there is no stopping me from getting there. I feel great I sleep better I have way more energy. Tue, 27 May 2014 09:41:40 EST Goodbye 3X, welcome size 2X! Wearing my new size 2X jeans... they fit perfectly and I so happy! <em>9</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 15:36:20 EST I feel so much better It has been almost 4 months now since i started exercising and dieting I have lost a total of 32 pounds I am very happy and hope I stay motivated to continue the hard work cause it is paying off Mon, 26 May 2014 14:51:38 EST Reached My 1/2 Way Mark Goal I set a goal for myself to lose 40 pounds by October 2014 and this morning I met the 1/2 way mark losing 20 pounds. I'm feeling Energized!! <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:50:14 EST MY MOTHER WENT FOR A WALK WITH ME! My mother has been struggling with her weight even since she was pregnant with me. I feel slightly guilty, but I know it's not entirely my fault. Today, we went for a walk. Over two and a half miles and we only had to stop once for her to sit down, which is amazing for a 65-yo woman with chronic pain. I'm so proud of my mommy! <BR> <em>26</em> <em>48</em> <em>26</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:18:18 EST Wow Lost 15 pounds! I've been in and out on all workouts. But now that I'm ready to actually put forth my best effort. I was shocked and thrilled when I found out I lost 15 pounds so far this year! Now I'm ready to take it to the next level. I still need to learn how to do the food thing (eat what cook what so on) and I'm hoping I'll learn a lot here and have a great time doing it! Sun, 25 May 2014 15:20:10 EST I am SO proud of myself....I got this!!! I am so proud of myself...Today I complete week 6 of life changing eating habits...unbelievable... <BR> I am simply taking baby steps...eating and creating recipes that I love...moving more...eating more vegetables and fruit... <BR> <BR> The biggie: I completely gutted my kitchen of all unwanted foods....who knew Sun, 25 May 2014 08:08:30 EST Check mark Today I am under 230 pounds! Sat, 24 May 2014 22:49:38 EST 1 did it! I lost the 22 pounds I was starting to think I was stuck with for life. Sat, 24 May 2014 12:43:25 EST 25 lbs lost, almost to half way When I stepped on the scale yesterday for weighing in to my surprise I had lost 2 more lbs, and passed a milestone, 25 lbs lost. I have to say I didn't think it would go this fast as I am not a young chick anymore and have some slight physical limitations. I have been motivated to get out and walk and hike more and make sure my steps for the day are over 10K. I can feel the difference when I hike, I don't get so out of breath anymore and it is much easier. I have started strength training... Thu, 22 May 2014 16:07:24 EST Recovering from Surgery I was already struggling with Diabetes and underactive Thyroid. My weight has been an issue for a long time. I had to had back surgery last October, then got a hospital born infection a month later that landed me in the hospital for 6 days. I was sent home with a pic line to take antibiotics by IV. That lasted another month then 2 weeks of oral antibiotics. Then had to wait until incision stopped draining to start physical therapy. I finally went back to work in march. It is a very physical j... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:50:37 EST Was NOT expecting this! Doing a Biggest Loser challenge at work. Weighed in over a month ago at 217...and thought I was well on my way to losing the contest before losing the weight. Weigh in next week....and at the Doctor today I find that I am down to 208! I am one pound away from the 10 pound minimum of getting either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd! Wed, 21 May 2014 19:33:01 EST 3 weeks done! I started exercising 3 weeks ago religiously * lol. and I already feel great, sleeping better at night, and the baby is too. I feel better, I still weigh the same but some of the workouts are strength training. Tue, 20 May 2014 07:49:42 EST I lost my first 5! As celebration, I plan on going to PetSmart and getting my cat a new toy and I plan on doing to for every 5lb. mark I hit. <BR> <BR> -does a little dance- <em>521</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 17:22:21 EST Six weeks... 16 pounds! In six weeks (four back at SP), I've lost 16 pounds!!! <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 14:36:39 EST My First 5K Walk Today I participated in my first official 5K walk and I did it!! I even got a first place ribbon for my age group!! Please take a moment to read about it in my blog. I hope you will find it encouraging. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 17:09:37 EST The Hidden Changes I have come a long way with the help of Spark People and my Spark Friends. I started out at 222 lbs., and now weigh 180 lbs. I am down two sizes in my clothing, and I came off of six medications, so far. I am still a work in progress, but I improve more each week. Even though these are great accomplishments, especially for me, there has been far more changes that can easily go unnoticed. Be sure to stop and see all the other changes occurring within yourself, as these are the "hidden" on... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:20:38 EST First week 8 lbs WoooHoooooooo! Can't believe I am down 8 lbs , ok I know the first week is always the best. What a great motivator to keep changing and growing -- in a good way <em>521</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 10:08:15 EST No more Soda! I have finally went an entire week without one soda! This may not be a huge feat to some but for me it was very difficult. I was an avid Mt. Dew drinker and I do not mean diet Mt Dew either. When I came back to SparkPeople, I was drinking between 2 or 3 Mt. Dews a day (20 Oz. bottles) and I was a sipper not a drinker... <BR> <BR> Now I drink nothing but water and juices after switching to diet Mt. Dew for 3 weeks and gradually increasing my water intake. I never thought I could do it but i a... Thu, 15 May 2014 16:19:06 EST I Did Good Since being diagnosed with diabetes I've had to make a lot of quick changes and adjustments to my life and diet. I am Happy to report that I did good. <BR> <BR> My diabetic nurse was very pleased and excited about how fast I progressed in getting my numbers down and under control. <BR> <BR> It is so when you know you're doing everything you can to have it pay off by your Dr or nurse singing your praise. <BR> <BR> The reason this is a <em>244</em> moment for me is that I've done all ... Thu, 15 May 2014 05:20:50 EST First weigh-in So I went to the doctor today for my monthly weigh in and I have lost 6 pounds :) Even after I had a huge celebratory graduation weekend. Pushed me to add extra time on the track today also. Wed, 14 May 2014 20:50:45 EST Hit my first 25 pound weight loss goal. I am starting a long journey to lose a lot (150 pounds). I decided to set 25 pound loss goals to celebrate. I intend to buy myself some flowers. Then Hawaii here I come at the end. Wed, 14 May 2014 09:04:40 EST nice mother day had a nice week end, now ready to go to Ohio please pray for safe travel, Tue, 13 May 2014 15:20:11 EST Learning By Doing It I'm 15 days in the Turbo Fire workout of the 90 day challenge. I'm excited to say this has become a habit already and most days I look forwrad to working out. Sundays are my day off and I try to save laundry for that day, but by then, I need to do some of it during the week too! Trying to stay more active around the house. <BR> <BR> At first I focused on the food end of losing weight (and the scale). I wasn't seeing results. Well once I decided to focus on the cardio end of it all, I've noti... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:34:11 EST I Did It! On Saturday May 10th I participated in my first ever 5K! <BR> Show & Glow on the Bow - glow in the dark 5K supporting cancer research in Calgary Alberta. <BR> I walked it...and I was pretty much last BUT I DID IT ALL BY MYSELF! <BR> Then I went to the after party and danced for another 3-hours! <BR> Feeling sore today but very proud I overcame my social anxiety and did it! Mon, 12 May 2014 14:18:33 EST vacation I was on vacation for two weeks and still lost 2 Lbs.I guess I have learned a little from Spark People.Yea Me.down 28Lbs since March 14 <BR> Sun, 11 May 2014 10:21:57 EST 21 lbs down As of this morning I am down 21 lbs. What great feeling. I still have about 26 lbs to go, but I am confident that this can be done. Fri, 9 May 2014 15:35:35 EST 100 gone Today I hit 100 Lbs lost and it feels good, and with this lost I can reach my back to pat it. <BR> Still a long ways to go but I'm feeling better about it with every pound that vanishes. Fri, 9 May 2014 11:57:50 EST Lost 8 pounds in 8 days Yay me. <em>104</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 21:45:55 EST Woo Hoo! Button to Celebrate Success First weigh in and I've lost 13 pounds Thu, 8 May 2014 07:03:04 EST Finally <em>243</em> Ive lost over 100lbs. I never thought this would be something i could accomplish but i did. This site and the good people ive met here have helped a lot along the way. <em>104</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 10:33:44 EST excerise pool tomorrow Tues morning first thing curves, and then pool here at the grove, sister in law coming from Ohio, and then I am going to Ohio for graduation for my grandson, and some family time. God Bless <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 22:56:49 EST shopping & lunch a very busy day shopping new bedspread, and towels, and lunch at Applebee's less then 600 calories. 3 water to drink. and salad and thin veg pizza for dinner, a lot of walking today with shopping. time to wine down for tonight. company coming tomorrow. god bless. Mon, 5 May 2014 22:51:35 EST You Guys Are Great <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> , <em>304</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 14:16:50 EST My fantastic four! 1. I've faithfully completed 2 weeks of p90x, something I never dreamed I could do. <BR> <BR> 2. I've lost 8 pounds! <BR> <BR> 3. I can run (my true love) over 3 miles without my legs taking a beating. <BR> <BR> 4. I can fit into my favorite, old jeans again. And they look good! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 10:04:49 EST This is Major for me! Yesterday I spent 4 hours digging my garden to get it ready to plant vegetables. Four hours! Last year I watched my daughter do it for me. Now - with about 20 less pounds and many months of fitness exercises under my belt, I did it!! Mon, 5 May 2014 08:56:09 EST We Can Do It!! I am very happy. I am still losing slowly but surely. The Lord has given me the strength that I need to do what I need to do. He says that "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" Mon, 5 May 2014 08:54:31 EST mon may 5, 85 degrees, tomorrow exercise, curves. and may be the pool again, and then sister in law coming Tuesday , will have some special time with her. and give god the glory. Sun, 4 May 2014 22:44:10 EST sunshine a beautiful Sunday, church this morning a lunch at home, laundry done and a 2 hour fun time here at the grove swimming pool, and enjoy the sun, and talk to others about the lord savior, and this evening worship with other believers, praise god, It makes the whole week start right, looking forward to trip to Ohio for graduation, thank you lord for good health and exercise, and being there for me as your child,love you lord and love abiding love fellowship. god bless. <BR> , Sun, 4 May 2014 22:38:52 EST But you CAN do it! Don't let anyone, not even yourself tell you that you cannot do something, anything is possible. <BR> I was born a premature baby- 1 pound, 7 ounces, I was sick ALL the time, I had to have laser eye surgery because I was nearly blind. The doctors told everyone that I would have a lot of issues..blah..blah..When I hit middle school I started gaining a lot of weight, my highest weight was 170 in High school. <BR> <BR> But I CAN do it, and I DID do it! <BR> <BR> I can see <BR> I dont have any... Sat, 3 May 2014 19:20:50 EST Climbed the CN Tower! I had so much fun today doing a charity event, climbing the stairs to the top of the CN Tower. I climbed with my dad, who had a heart attack less than 2 years ago. I'm super proud of him! Sat, 3 May 2014 17:51:15 EST Tracker Success I have spent the last week measuring and tracking every morsel that passed my lips! I even measured my glass of wine instead of the ol' eyeball it trick. I love the new Spark app. <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 May 2014 12:47:55 EST grandaughter still asking prayer for my granddaughter does not want to talk to her family, im not sure where she is living, please pray tonight if you see this I know our father in heaven can give me peace thank you holy spirit. Fri, 2 May 2014 23:19:29 EST to move mountains we must pray, have faith, honor the lord with our body excerise and what we eat. thank you all who has prayed for me , god bless Fri, 2 May 2014 23:15:56 EST moving on today was a day of praise I got up this morning, and my weight said 178.2 it was 180.6 yesterday, I hope I can keep doing this, do not know exactly why maybe calories yesterday and talking with the lord1 john 5 verses 14 & 15 and sodium intake I will receive what the holy spirit leads me . god bless Fri, 2 May 2014 23:13:15 EST Got past a binge! Yesterday I reached a point where I was hungry and craving some unhealthy foods. I was so close to a binge, but fortunately I couldn't find anything good to eat! I told myself that I could allow myself to eat more. I tend to stay near the bottom of my calories range, and for some reason I hate being near the middle or top end. So I redid my nutrition plan for the rest of the day, allowing myself to be at the top of my ranges. By the end of the day, I hadn't gone over and I managed to find a w... Fri, 2 May 2014 19:01:35 EST Feelin Good I was so discouraged, i was ready to give up. I lost 2 more pounds. I am on track. <em>30</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 12:21:39 EST 30 lbs gone! I began on March 5th and this morning I hit the 30lb weight loss mark! What's even better is that I'm starting to experience the changes that I've been making as habits, as my natural, preset way to do things instead of something I have to fight and remind myself to do. I ate 1 (and only one) serving of chocolate yesterday. I ate it and didn't have to fight myself to not eat more. 70lbs to go, but I'm well on my way! Fri, 2 May 2014 09:06:04 EST My first weigh in! 3.75lbs gone and 1 inch from waist! <BR> <BR> Danke! Danke! Danke! <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 13:28:49 EST back on track today I have been off track for about two weeks and as of Monday I gained 2.5 pounds back. I was feeling really bad about myself because of how much I was eating and I was eating more to numb those feelings. I was kind of in a downward-spiral, but today I said ENOUGH. I am back on track and I feel so much better. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:32:44 EST Just fit into my old jeans using that crazy wrap! Have you heard of the crazy wrap thing? Made with natural ingredients... I used 2 wraps, lost two inches (some people can lose 4 inches!) <BR> <BR> Has anyone else gained better/different results? <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:37:02 EST Small Steps will end with great success I have been on and off track since before I was pregnant with my 4 year old. <BR> <BR> I enjoy high intensity workouts, and in October I discovered Turbo Fire. I quickly got away from it with life events, etc. things just kept getting in the way, and I didn't make exercise part of my day, it was me trying to fit it into my lazy schedule. Now, I'm happy that I have successfully made it 2 days exercising with Turbo Fire. Yeah, don't laugh, every small step is success and I'm not going to let ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:26:55 EST List of successes I weigh in tomorrow and in preparation I just want to jot down a few of my most recent successes to remind myself. :) <BR> <BR> - since December I have logged over 250km walking and running <BR> - in April alone I logged 62km <BR> - got myself a new pair of funky shoes as a reward <BR> - stayed within calorie range over 90% of the time (as calculated with my on-the-fly math) <BR> - fit into another pair of non-maternity pants <BR> - moved my new belt up another notch <BR> - lost 10 pounds <... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:18:22 EST GREAT doc appointment! I started my journey with a doctor's appointment three weeks ago. I have not weighed since that first appointment and when I went in for a follow up, I have lost 12 lbs. !!! I also found out my thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar and triglycerides are all in the normal range! It was such a validating appointment that the changes I have made are making a difference. YAY!!!!! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:32:59 EST I'm halfway there! Got on the scale this morning and it read 215.5...I'm halfway to my goal weight! <BR> <BR> I just recently started cardio and strength training and lost these last couple pounds with that, but so far it has been my diet and portion control that has lead me here to this point. <BR> <BR> We can do this, all! <BR> <BR> Even though I heard losing the last few pounds can take a while, I think it will take me less time to lose this last half because I already made a lifestyle change that works f... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:04:37 EST Celebrating My Birthday! I have been my illnesses through the years, and not expected to live, so I'm thankful for life. I will donate to Feeding America for my birthday! I will not use this day as an excuse to overeat. And yes, I will exercise, and dance a little longer! I'm celebrating! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:47:40 EST whaaaaat!? I just finished week one of P90X!!! By the end of the week, I was keeping up with no modifications! Wow!!! 35 year old mother of four & I'm in the best shape I've ever been in! <BR> <BR> I feel amazing! :D Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:12:50 EST be happy be happy with today Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:45:12 EST Need Life Advice Hi, im finishing my second year of university and im enrolled as an applied mathematics major. So far, i'd say i'm doing pretty well in grades and im having a good time with the program. However, im constantly wondering and asked what kind of career i'd like to pursue after i graduate. Typically, math majors are known to be teachers, finanial and data analysts, statisticians, or programmers. Out of these, statistician is the only job im thinking about and that career even seems a little dull ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:36:11 EST Hit my 5k Goal A week ago I had a very long list of all the reasons I was NOT going to run the 5k I planned several months ago. I didn't have the reservations yet, I didn't do all the training runs I planned, I didn't get a new pair of shoes last month, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't. On Wednesday, I focused on my earlier realization (thanks SP) that I often let my perfect plans get in the way of what I want. I wanted to do a 5k with my nephew and there was nothing I could do about the 100 details I had b... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:08:28 EST -5lbs this week!! Week one and 5lbs are gone! Woohoo! I'm not even exercising due to being home with my very ill young kiddo....just tracking my food and making smarter choices. <BR> <BR> I know progress this dramatic won't happen every week, but it sure is nice to have a great headstart! :) Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:35:40 EST to hear is a blessing with hearing aids thank you for a wounderfull doctor here in foley god has blessed me Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:40:28 EST church sunday invite others tomorrow is the lord day, to be with brothers ,sisters in the lord and see healing, and faith, and the true love of god abiding love fellowship foley al. 36535 .pray for all things thank you have a blessed sunday. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:38:13 EST for guidence to be a strong person with not knowing where my oldest granddaughter is at and if she is safe need every one prayer looking for this vision from the holy spirit . and praying people god bless. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:31:16 EST weight loss make a commitment with the lord today not to be negative, and seek him more, and excerise at least 4 days a week,and continue with weight lost. may is coming I have grandson to see graduate and a 13 hour drive need your support and prayers. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:27:06 EST more progress because of new hearing aids. to be able to watch calories, grow with curves and julianna from biggest looser , and my faith in the lord and bible scriptures. god bless Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:20:58 EST 168.2 lbs!!!! DOWN 7 lbs from start weight!! <em>244</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:19:47 EST NEW GOAL REACHED IN OVER 2 YEARS It has been well over two years since I have weighed under 180 pounds! and yesterday morning my scale finally read 179 pounds..... I cried. But, I was nervous... so it wasn't until this morning when I anxiously stepped on the scale and it once again read 179 pounds that I jumped up and yelled and shouted and looked in the mirror and said "we did it"!!! So, I immediately went to my PC to post my weight loss on Sparks... I am now really 'motivated'. I have a long way to go, but I am really goin... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:29:39 EST 29 pounds lost to date, 39 more to go Started this journey February 1st and lost 29 pounds so far. Want to lose 39 more by year's end! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:19:48 EST Happy lost weight but... I just had my first weigh in since joining, and lost 2.5 lbs!! Whoo Hooo! But, for some reason on my start page it just says "lost 2 lbs"… how come it doesn't say the half pound too? <BR> <BR> I AM happy though, don't get me wrong! :) Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:01:53 EST new to this I am new, can someone fill me in on how this all works. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:06:17 EST Colonoscopy If any readers have one scheduled, or need to schedule one, please do it. My second one is tomorrow. Had one at 50, no problems. Darn, those 10 years fly by and time for another. I DREADED the am I gonna go without food? How can I drink all that Gatorade? Well, it's the night before & I'm doing ok. Had tea, juice, broth today and I'm surviving. If you've been putting it off, please schedule one too. Now that we have Health Care Reform, they are covered under Wellness for ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:43:19 EST How many freegies today?? so far….. 8 for me, and it's only lunch time! <em>551</em> <em>373</em> <em>371</em> <em>291</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:36:20 EST Success in many ways My success is that I am tracking my food and my exercise. I always weight myself but this morning I said "It's not about the scale, it's about living a healthy life style". I will continue to weight myself because if I start gaining weight then I have the means now to look at the food I have been eating and if I am exercising. If I am doing all that I am suppose to be doing then I won't worry about what the scale says. If I am not doing what I am suppose to be doing then I will be gaining... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:31:43 EST 2 pounds down this week. <em>9</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:19:23 EST Weight Loss is Happening! Very excited. I am down 11 pounds! <em>521</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:09:58 EST BREAD I love bread and I have been eating a lot of it, plus to much of other fatty foods . I weighed a few days ago and weighed 165. So I decided to stop eating so much bread and cut down on how much I'm eating. I ate 2 slices of bread yesterday and I 'm using a much smaller plate, I weighed this morning and I weighed 159.6. <em>224</em> .I just hope and pray I can stick with it. Good luck to everyone out there on your weight loss journal. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:27:43 EST Lost 57 lbs, still not satisfied. Hello <BR> I lost 57 lbs but I still feel bad about my body. I think it's because of all the stretch marks and the loose skin (the loose skin isn't as bad as the stretchmarks though). I still have a few pounds to go but I'm very sad that no matter how much I'm going to lose, my body is never going to look perfect like it used to. I've ruined my body and I'm only 21. Even though I have a nice body now, I try to hide it because I don't want anyone to see my skin. I feel like I'm "damaged goods"... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:37:10 EST Celebrating my return to SP After too much time (and weight) away, I'm celebrating my first week back at Spark People! <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:42:50 EST I made a good choice! I'd already eaten all of my calories for the day by the time it hit early evening so I didn't feel like eating because I wasn't hungry. Didn't bother with dinner. <BR> Come a couple of hours later and I of course had a rumbly tummy. Instead of heading the siren call of the massive bowl of Easter eggs on our counter, I steamed some broccolini and dressed it with a light dusting of shaved Parmesan cheese. <BR> <BR> Potential caloric intake? I'm guessing at 6-8 small solid eggs, approximately 2... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:59:53 EST Ding, ding...round two! After my struggle with quitting smoking consuming my life for the past year, I'm back on track with my other goals FINALLY!!! I'm eating all kinds of good stuff, running & feeling amazing! <BR> <BR> Even started p90x today. :D <BR> <BR> I'm back! And better than ever because it's been 475 days since I've smoked a cigarette & I'm more focused than I've ever been! Let's do this! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:35:02 EST I lost 5 pounds last week! In addition to being very careful about how many calories I eat, I have been getting quite a bit of exercise (at least for a 62-year-old; I would not have been impressed 30 years ago!), but the final trick has been to limit salt. Since I have high blood pressure, even though it is controlled by medication, I should stay below 1500 mg of sodium per day, and that has done the trick! Since I started limiting sodium (in addition to calories and exercise), I have lost 11 pounds in 5 weeks. Hooray!... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:50:32 EST Worked out for 60 minutes! I can't believe I worked out for 60 minutes! Yay <em>319</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:07:41 EST 90 lbs Today I reached a weight loss of 90 lbs, It's feels good that I've kept at it, Still have a long way to go but when I can blow my horn on here it gives me a "way to go" feeling because I tell no one I know how much I've lost and enjoy listening to them guess. Thanks Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:43:24 EST weight/ inches lost 2 more pounds and another inch. feeling really good Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:25:57 EST From tortoise to hare! The past four runs I've done, I have FINALLY gotten under the 10min a mile mark. Todays run I completed at a 9:36min per mile pace. SO pleased with myself. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:54:28 EST Using My Silver Sneaker Card!!! I have had my Silver Sneaker card for over a year now and I finally used it to join the YMCA. I've already taken 5 classes since joining. I can't believe I waited so long to take advantage of a free membership. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:14:51 EST weight/ measurements weight, losing about a pound a week, nice and slow but also lost 10 inches in the mid sections of the body. <em>244</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:49:01 EST Accepted my scholarship! So excited! I won the top amount in a scholarship!!! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:11:00 EST 50 mins of mat pilates and a 1 hour walk! whoohoo! I didn't really feel like exercising but I turned on my PC and went to youtube. I started with working my thighs for 10 minutes, then my butt for another 10 minutes, then my obliques, then my lower abs, then my abs and lo and behold, I had done a 50 minute mat pilates workout! <BR> <BR> Then I took a break and read some mags. About one hour later, I laced up my sneakers and headed outside for a walk. Before I knew it, I had walked briskly for one hour! I was sweating both times! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:27:58 EST Back On Track DOWN 2 POUNDS! 2.5 FOR WEEK SO FAR! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:34:29 EST WOW!!! I Have Lost 3 Inches off of my Waist, Hips and Thighs in a Months time. I knew my clothes were getting bigger although the scales are not doing much. I Am So Excited!! <em>9</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:51:50 EST something was too sweet! I've been working on a diet change since the beginning of march. Yesterday evening was an "anything I want to eat meal" (but not everything I want to eat meal!) And so I chose sushi and a cupcake. The frosting was too sweet for me! I have NEVER eaten anything that was too sweet for me! It means that my taste buds are changing! Woohoo!!!!!! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:19:02 EST Not where I want to be but small steps I haven't gone "full blown" lifestyle change (I don't like the d word), but I am slowly getting better. I lost 40 pounds in 2013 and at the end of the year had some health issues that made many things difficult. Through it, I was able to maintain my weight loss but I am trying to get back on track to lose the rest. Here is where I am now... <BR> <BR> I am logging my food and getting closer to my goal ranges. <BR> I am drinking more water again. <BR> I am cooking more again (big help to cont... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:46:13 EST 7 Pounds in 10 days!! I cannot believe it. I starting eating healthy green smoothies in the morning 10 days ago and I weighed myself yesterday and I couldn't believe it. I got on another scale today and it confirmed the weight loss! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:09:20 EST Gettin' my guns! 140 lbs down :) woot! Took my first selfie of the hard work I have been putting in at the gym since January... Feeling super proud! I have never been proud of how I looked in pictures... But now, after working so hard, I can't help myself :) <BR> <BR> I don't know how to attach a pic to this post... But I made the picture my profile picture :) <BR> <BR> Also... I'm in my second week of vegan/gluten free living... Also feeling great at my progress with that! Maintaining proper nutrition and working out has been ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:23:29 EST congratulations FOR Congradulations for the glow getters and for the rest of us who are moving more and more : )) <em>386</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:41:18 EST back down today I weighed in after gaining 4 pounds back on apr. 3, I lost 4 pounds so I am back at 220. 12 pounds down since jan 1. woohoo Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:38:37 EST Today's 5K I ran a 5K this morning, two weeks after hurting my back and less than a week after an awful stomach flu, which is cause enough to celebrate. <BR> <BR> BUT. <BR> <BR> I also got my fastest 5K time ever, my first average mile under 17 minutes, AND it's the first time none of my splits have been over 18 minutes. <BR> <BR> Woooooo! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:48:04 EST Streak is alive I have worked out for at least 20 minutes every day since January 1st. My goal is to make it through the entire year. <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:51:39 EST My A1c levels are down! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> A year ago, I was quite a few pounds heavier and my A1c was through the roof. I finally took the right medication and I'm proud to say that my appetite, weight, and A1c is DOWN! <BR> <BR> Right now I'm actually more excited about my A1c than anything. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 20 and it has been downhill since this year. <BR> <BR> My A1c: <BR> <BR> March 2013: 8.6% <BR> August 2013: 8.8% (i know..horrible!) <BR> March 2014: 7.1% <BR> <BR> This... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:25:42 EST 20 pounds lighter Whoo hoo! I have stuck to the program and tracked and here I am celebrating! I have 5 more pounds until my goal is reached. I love how easy the journey has been using Spark People. I know I will be able to maintain once I reach my goal. I have a new life and it is Sparking Awesome! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:30:39 EST Snow is Gone! The snow is finally gone and I got to walk in my favorite park today!!! Very motivating to be able to get outside again!! <em>244</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:47:59 EST 50lbs Today marks the day that I am 50 lbs lighter! I am currently at 150lbs now my next goal is 135 and then down to 120. <BR> <BR> This is a huge moment I've been in happy tears all morning. This journey has been so fricken hard with so many ups and downs and stupid choices. But I'm finally here and I feel like I can do anything! <BR> <BR> I would like to thank Spark People for the free tracking .. it has made me realize just how many and how bad my some of my choices were. When I stood for mo... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:27:40 EST Holy Freaking Crap! I was just going through my exercise diaries and realized that on my birthday this year, I weighed less than I did on my birthday last year. Do you know the last time this happened to me? Exactly NEVER! WOOHOO! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:29:01 EST Lost 70 pounds in 6 months! I am so happy......I just hit 70 pounds lost today and my 6 month anniversary with Spark People is April 15th! Just wanted to on to the next mini-goal as I make my way to goal over the next few months. Going to get a nice pedicure this weekend to celebrate!! <em>381</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:52:23 EST Did Zumba for the first time I did it! I finally tried Zumba - and I liked it! I wasn't able to follow along the best but I tried and I figure that will come with experience. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:20:19 EST Down 8 lbs Im down 8 lbs and im so excited I am getting married in 2 weeks and I tried on my dress today and it looks so good!!!! I still have a lot of work to do to get to my goal weight but im just so thrilled i lost 8 lbs :) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:18:52 EST weight loss I have lost 21 pounds in three months and 41 pounds since October!! my a1c level has dropped and all my cholesterol levels has dropped!!! wooooohhooooo!!! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:34:10 EST Walking My Golf Course I'm an avid golfer. Today, while I played 18 holes, I used a push cart to carry my golf clubs. I'd say I walked about 5 miles. pushing that cart around the course. Anyone else out there also walking their golf course? Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:50:34 EST 30 seconds I actually jogged 30 seconds. I hadn't jogged in a decade. Today, I jogged. <BR> And I walked 30 minutes so there was some real actual exercise in my day. <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:51:31 EST feeling good I have lost 11 pounds now which is and isn't good. I am feeling good though and so excited to have a little loss. The last couple of days people were noticing that didn't even know I was dieting. This weekend I bought a new pair of jeans and had to take them back too big. I bought the smaller size but have not tried on yet. Thanks Spark people for all the support now on to my next ten. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:23:03 EST Today's celebration: actively rejoining SparkPeopl Had surgery last summer that basically involved all weightbearing for 12 weeks. You'd think going up and down 28 steps using crutches would keep the weight off. <BR> <BR> No, I had to make myself feel better with some junk food. <BR> <BR> So here I am, ready to start to get rid of that extra weight. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:45:54 EST 8 lbs down! I'm down 8 lbs in 3 weeks! I know at least 2 lbs of that has to be water weight because the numbers don't add up, but it doesn't stop me from being incredibly happy about it. I'm doing what they told me couldn't be done. And I'm really friggan happy I did. <BR> <BR> I'm actually changing my whole lifestyle. I love getting fit, exercising isn't such a pain in the butt anymore, my habits are getting better. I'm making time for me, and I love it. I'm so ridiculously happy. There's nowhere to go... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:59:16 EST making it A loss of 80 lbs today and down to 358. Still a long ways to go but feeling good although the loss seems to be coming off harder and I'm getting weak and light headed. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:28:45 EST Through SP confidence, my 1st novel is on Amazon! Ever since i was five years old, i have always wanted to become a writer. I wrote poems, short stories and even penned a few silly songs. Finally i started writhing a novel. <BR> <BR> I have been writing this novel for a couple of years. I have toiled, changed and rewrote the book a couple of times. <BR> <BR> Finally, i gained the confidence through SparkPeople to not only finish the novel, but I also took the steps to get it posted to Amazon! Now i am writing the next novel in the series ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:30:12 EST not feeling well I am feeling lousy today, just completely drained and all I really wanted to do was go to bed! Instead I did my strength training and I am about to do some cardio. I don't feel any better physically but at the end of the week I know I will be glad I pushed through! <BR> I KNOW a lot of my aches pains and illness are weight related so I have to keep moving forward if I wanna start feeling better! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:46:49 EST Got a book deal! I landed a book deal with a major history publisher last week. Woo-hoo!!! With that foremost in my mind, I plan to use my solo walks to plan the book and figure out where I'm going to go with it. Not sure logistically how to pull this off unless I record ideas into a phone app or something...but I'm open to suggestions! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:07:38 EST SAT I guess I am behind the times since I just began checking in again and using my tracker. I read someone's post about using a SAT..................what is it and if it is something like the trackers you wear I would love to get one. thanks everyone, keep up the good work. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 10:41:31 EST motivating others motivating me I am motivating others which is in turn motivated me. I've been doing little bits here and there fir years. Recently I have been walking with a friend, encouraging her to drink water, etc. She has in turn encouraged me to sign up for a couple races and now I'm super motivated. <BR> <BR> Motivation is a circle, coming and going. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:44:04 EST Bigger Clothes! Well, life is great! I have lost 28 pounds since the beginning on the year and have gone from a soooooper tight size 16 to a soooooper comfortable size 14, and even a some 12s. No longer do XLs fit me. As I go through my closet pulling out things that no longer fit, I find that I am struggling with what to do with them. I even have a few articles that are brand new that I got right after Christmas as they were putting out Spring things. Conventional wisdom says, "donate, donate, donate",... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:47:18 EST Check me out! Only .6 lbs away from my goal! That's right! I'm a tiny .6 pounds away from my goal of 160lbs. Of course, this doesn't mean I'm going back to my old ways EVER. LOL This is not a diet, this is all about healthy choices. What it does mean is cutting back on my daily cardio and instead focusing more on strength training (which I generally enjoy more). Once I've lost that extra half pound I'm saying bye bye running - I don't enjoy running! ;) But yeah! yay me! Started in January and am down 27.4 pounds all through he... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:35:59 EST Getting There!!! 25 lbs off since October with 42 lbs to go to get to the goal I set by summers end. With the help of the Lord, I will make it!!! I'm so determined <em>521</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:51:01 EST Lost 5 more lbs I lost another 5lbs for a total of 10 lbs lost in a month. I think I am on the right path and really getting things in gear. Now I just need to get more consisten with my exercise and it will be interesting to see how much more that helps. I never knew I could lose weight just by slowly changing my eating habits and getting off my rump. I feel healthier and people are already telling me it is obvious that I have lost weight. I love this feeling!!! <BR> <BR> In peace, <BR> Karin <BR> <... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:46:58 EST Exercise Exercised 5 days in a row! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:24:02 EST First day to exercise today is my 4th or 5th day here and I got some conscious exercise in. Woo! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:21:55 EST A Bigger Success! So I told my accountability buddies, but I feel so awesome about this that I felt the need to share it and see what other people think. Yesterday my hubby and I walked a trail in my local area that had mile markers on it. We set the timer for a half hour so we knew when to turn around so that we would have time to go shopping afterwards but still get an hour of activity in. We were coming up on the mile marker when we noticed it hadn't gone off yet. In fact, it didn't go off till we were half... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:25 EST Back on the wagon So, last summer I was doing Insanity, I was eating well and I was down to 145. Enter my husband coming back from deployment and all the wheels came off the cart. That was Sept. It took me a while but I am back on the wagon. During all of my weight loss ups and downs I have never really done the community connection aspect like this. So, as of today this is day one of my continued journey and I am feeling good. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:54:32 EST My weights feel too light! When I started strength training with 3 and 5 pound weights they were very hard for me to use. Today when I did my strength training dvd's I noticed that they were too light! <BR> I am so happy! one of my goals is to get stronger, and it felt like I was getting nowhere with that goal. YAY! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:47:13 EST First Goal Hit my fist goal of 33 lbs and a little over a month early. Established my second goal to lose an additional 25 lbs by the end of summer. BRING IT ON!!! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:40:01 EST Hit 150 lbs LOST!!! Not done, but this is a big one! Feeling proud - and challenging myself to keep it going!! Thanks, Sparkers! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:03:31 EST Reached "Overweight BMI" level-Woohoo! First time since 2008 that I am out of the Obese BMI level!!! <BR> It has taken me nearly 6 months to get here but I am so glad and feeling so much better!!! <BR> Onward now to my normal BMI level --- hope to be there in three more months <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>521</em> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:51:10 EST Walking a 5K!!! I'm so happy to report that I am overcoming fear of failure and my own idea that I don't belong in 'fitness events". Tomorrow, I will be joining hundreds of other people in my city to walk 5 kilometers, 3.1 miles, in a fun color dash. I am so excited. I have been training for this for a month or so, and I know that I can walk the distance without dying. It is a huge celebration of my life to be doing this. WOO HOO!!!!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:41:02 EST I got in a good workout!! Finally, I got myself breathing hard today, lol, funny tho, I can't say I sweated but I sure was sucking in some oxygen!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:45:46 EST I got in a good workout!! Finally, I got myself breathing hard today, lol, funny tho, I can't say I sweated but I sure was sucking in some oxygen!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:41:54 EST I had a great week! I decided it was time to get back on track and I had an excellent exercise week!!! I got 25 walking miles in 3 days of weight training and feel AWESOME!! <BR> My goal for next week? Keep up on the exercise and work a little more on the eating correctly!! <BR> It is great to be sparking again!! <BR> <BR> Go Meeee! <em>104</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:16:27 EST I hit 60lbs off today!!! Grand total lost since August 2013: 60lbs!! (23 of those pounds lost since joining SparkPeople in the New Year.) Getting close to my goal now.... <BR> <BR> Happy Dance!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:02:38 EST 18.8 lbs Gone !!! I started this journey on March 10th, I have gone rom 361 to 342.2 ! <BR> I am following the Daniel plan which is pretty simple, no gimmicks ! I eat 5 times a day ! I eat real foods, try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible, lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean meat and fish and of course lots of water!!!! <BR> Very doable. <BR> I am so excited !!!! Yay me :) Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:04:56 EST 67 lbs. Lost! I joined SparkPeople back in April of off to a good start and kept a lot of the initial weight lost off. Started resting on my laurels and lapsed into gaining back 20 lbs.!!! So sad...but I got back on the SparkPeople horse on March 17th and lost 6.5 lbs the first week!!! <BR> Can't wait for my weigh in this coming Monday!!! So excited...67 lbs lost so far...WOO HOO!!! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:17:08 EST The choice I made! Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> I am celebrating a final choice to not only change but to change for life and make the changes not for weight loss, but for health and happiness. It has been a real eye opener and a real turning point for me! <BR> <BR> I would love for you to read about it in my blog: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658650 <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Kat Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:54:13 EST A Small Victory I'm sure at least a few of you have read in the forums here about my ongoing struggle with my medication for migraines and the voracious side effects it puts on me. I've been veg for about a month now, and it was the oddest thing...when I took my meds today for a horrid headache, I ended up craving something shockingly healthy: artichoke! It was delightful to steam it and dip each leaf in the homemade aioli (which I measured out 2 tbsp of and checked my tracker to see if I had room for) and I... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:33:02 EST Almost there! I am so happy to say that I have lost 13 lbs so far! I started using this site again in October but gained 3 lbs right after joining. Oops. But here I am! I set a goal to lose 15 by April 1. I know I wont reach it in time, but I dont even care. Thank you all for being here. I wont be stopping anytime soon. <em>30</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:50:48 EST 30 pounds gone! Joined Weight Watchers 1/9/2014 but track on SparkPeople also and as of today have lost a total of 30 pounds! <BR> <BR> I am SUPER pleased! Yay me! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:38:07 EST Lost inches Woo Hoo have lost 2 inches in my hips!! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:32:44 EST weight lost I lost 2 more pounds bringing me to 20 pounds gone..Im feeling optimistic... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:25:16 EST "Healthy" Again!!!! Okay, so between going to job interviews and losing my gym key card I hadn't been to the gym in over a week and I missed my normal weigh in day. I have been staying in my calories but have gotten very minimal exercise for the past week and a half so I was hoping to have lost a pound or two. Today I finally got in there and got my new key card and stepped on the scale. I was happily surprised to find that the scale has gone down 5 pounds in the nine days since I had last checked! Five pounds! ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:59:47 EST 25 POUNDS DOWN!! I already surpassed my May 8th goal of losing 25 pounds! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy and proud! <BR> <BR> 60 pounds to go! BRING IT ON!! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:12:43 EST Use your bonus spins, people! I racked up 180 points today spinning for my SparkTeams and now I'm at level 20! I joined SP in April, 2008. It took me almost six years to get to this level. <BR> <BR> But it's not about the points. It's about the camaraderie, the support, and the delight I have in how I can meet and exceed my goals. I've kept the weight off, become more fit, beaten breast cancer, earned an MBA, and am an active member of Toastmasters. If you had told me six years ago this is where I would be now, I wo... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:23:33 EST What weight best corresponds to a size 10, 5'4? I am 5'4 and currently 214. I am trying to set a goal of 140 pounds and would like to know from those that are close in height, what clothing size in general are you wearing at 140 pounds? I mostly shop at Loft, Banana Republic and JCP. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:08:23 EST strength training again= weightloss I am back to doing strength training again since last Wednesday after a 6 week break from it because of medical reasons. I have already lost 3.5 pounds! so excited! I know not to expect this every week but it is still nice to see such a big change Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:22:13 EST Awesome week!! Woo hoo... I went to Weight Watchers this morning for my "official" weekly weigh in....and I lost 4.2lbs!!! Im sooo happy! <em>334</em> I celebrated by going for a 2.5 mile walk on the beach after breakfast. :-) We walked 1mile before our meeting too...even though it was raining. A year ago I would have said not walking b/c its raining. Halfway through our walk it stopped raining and got to be fairly nice...over all a pleasant day!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:40:22 EST OMGoodness - Blown Away! I measured 95% of my meals and didn't miss a workout...I lost 9 pounds this week! <BR> <BR> I have learned from the past that weekly loses are not always this big, I see"1 pound lost" most often followed by 2-3 gained. <BR> <BR> Feels magical or something unreal... in. sane. <BR> <BR> Also celebrating 151 workouts since May 20th of last year! <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 10:49:16 EST A good weigh-in After avoiding the scale like the plague for nearly a month (since I easily get disappointed if the weight isn't coming off quickly enough), I finally weighed myself. I've lost 11 pounds since getting serious about my exercise and healthy eating routine in January. Only 7 pounds away from my goal weight and feeling great! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:38:53 EST NSV - My Blood Sugars are beautiful I changed my diet became vegan on the first day of Lent, meditated, added yoga and my fasting blood sugars have been normal - 60-77. Yesterday, I took half of my medication and it was 67this morning . I am taking the same meds, and have never had these results. I am feeling well and the inflammation in my body is also going down. I won't turn back and I am so grateful for this victory. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 04:39:36 EST Today: Did 17 Minutes of Kettlebell Swings! I love my kettlebells. Today I did 17 minutes of one-arm swings and switch-offs (from hand to hand). This kettlebell is 20 lbs. It's been my heaviest bell for about 2 years. I'm ready to move up, maybe to 30 lbs. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:42:18 EST 40 pounds Gone! YAY! Finally hit 40 pounds gone, almost 18 months later. But I did it, and I have more to go. But it is a start, I can see a real difference and so can people around me. It is wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:25:30 EST Take Back Your Temple My church weight lose group met last night. I am blessed to have an awesome support system. My mom, dad, and brother are what keep me going to lose weight and get healthy. I know with the Lord above I can lose the weight. I am taking back my temple (body) for the service of the Lord. I lost 1 pound last week. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:24:49 EST Great News!!! Went to see my doctor yesterday. My numbers looked really good. She was impressed with the weight loss. I still have a ways to go but it is progress. She also told me that my Blood Pressure is looking excellent and by the next visit which is in 6 mths she may have to take one away. <em>244</em> I am so excited. Thank God for the Victories Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:15:34 EST 1 year ago! 1 year ago March 20th 2013 I weighed in at 203.4 lbs, I now weigh 177.0!! So happy!! thats 26.4lbs lost. But I should say that I did not take my weight loss seriously til last November when I started insanity. Today I start P90X Lean and Im excited to see how I end up in summer!! I hope I see the numbers change, but at the same time gain muscle. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:12:50 EST Jogged 2.2 miles tonight! I know, I know, that's hardly far at all. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> But it's a lifetime record for me; even in the days of my wayward youth, I never managed to run so far. I barely managed to stagger through a mile in PE when I was 12, and that was the furthest I ever ran before the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> Even though it isn't much of an accomplishment, I'm super proud of myself. <em>224</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:11:50 EST Back At It! I started back exercising today after a few months of vegetating. It felt so good. I did 15 min on the treadmill, 10 min on the elliptical and 25 min with weights. <em>30</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:51:04 EST finally moving in the right direction I know to a lot of people out there my number seems like a small amount but I have lost eight pounds. And I feel soo good about it. Now on to the next ten. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:22:09 EST Believe In Yourself! My success isn't on the scale all the time. <BR> First, It is when my clothes are so big on me, and the belt isn't working. <BR> Second, It is when you have so much energy, you don't know what to with all, maybe some spring cleaning or exercise. <BR> Third, It's feeling good about yourself in reaching your goals. <BR> I feel like I can climb a mountain, there's no looking back, move forward! <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <em>375</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:10:49 EST The Agony of Da Feet! Last year, I entered a world previously unbeknownst to me, the world of the 5K. I have a good friend who convinced me to train with him and I balked for a while and then thought, it would def get me off the couch (where I spent way too much time). So we spent I think it was 10 weeks training and the first 5K was the following weekend. It was called the Urban Cow. It took me 1hr and 35 minutes to complete it. I was very ashamed of myself because I was slow and so overweight, but I did it. ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:39:27 EST S excited !!! I lost 9 lbs this week ! I have decided to take the advice given to me by my spark friends do the baby steps when it comes to making changes in my lifestyle habits, learning to accept I don't have to be perfect and it is working :) I truly believe this is going to be a lifestyle I can live with. I am learning all about moderation, not giving in to my all or nothing mentality. <BR> Looking forward to taking more of those baby steps towards a healthier me ! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:37:30 EST