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Thursday, July 30, 2009

7/30/09
I'm going to try to blog every day--if not everyday then every other day--about what's going on in my life. Depending on the circumstances, these entries might be super short or super long, I don't know. I'll be sure to write any progress as far as poundage lost, and just the overall what's going on in my life.
Today I did all of the measurements, you can see them all on my 2 week entries blog. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the outcomes.
Today was a good day. I went for a walk before it started down pouring, which was good. I also did my 12 minute SP Pilates Abs workout. I love that workout. After the first time I was sore a bit, but now I'm not. I only feel the burn when I'm doing it, so that's good. I spent a lot of time with my fiancee Jeremy, that was fun as well. Otherwise today was just an ordinary day.

8/1/09
Hey all,
So these past couple of days have been kinda hectic. I found out that one of my friends from WI, Missy, her sister's baby died in her. They knew it was just a matter of time because there was fluid on the spine. They were told that if the baby did carry to full term, she wouldn't have much time. The funeral is on Monday, and I've been struggling with whether or not I should go because I now live 10hrs away. But I know that if the situation was reversed, Missy would come to me. So as a friend I feel like I need to be there for her and the family. So tomorrow (Sunday) I'll be taking the 10hr drive home and staying there til at least Tuesday, if not Saturday--It all depends on work. So I might not be able to blog until I get back because my mom disconnected the internet about a year ago, so finding internet access may be hard. But I'll blog as I can.
If you would, keep Missy and her sister Hollie, and her sister's husband Michael in your prayers. Just prayers for the Satona family in general would be great. Thank you! emoticon

8/4/09
Hey all,
So the funeral was yesterday. Wow was that...I can't think of the word I want to use. They had pictures of the baby and of course the baby was deformed because it wasn't done developing. There were a couple of poems read and those were what got most people--including me. It's insane how such a baby--who didn't even have a chance to live--had such a big impact. there was a saying on one of the pictures of the babies feet. It said, "No feet are too small to leave an imprint in the world" It is so true!

It has been hard to keep my diet alive while here at home. I find that my eating habits are slumping. I'm still doing good on going for a walk everyday though. Tonight I'm going to my friend Amy's house for a couple of days and she too is on SP and so it should be easier because we have the same goal in mind--LOSE WEIGHT.

8/7/09
I'm back from WI now. The funeral was hard, but I got to see a lot of people I haven't in a long time so that was good. I didn't eat very well this week, but I tried to keep exercising as much as possible. So hopefully it balanced out a little bit. I'm going to weigh in tomorrow and see what happened. emoticon

8/8/09
Hey all,
Today was a pretty good day. I did go over my cal count and my fat count by like 30 but I did an extra walk and an extra SP video to hopefully balance it out. I weigh-in tomorrow (hopefully) and I'm hoping that my trip home didn't set me back.
I started a thread on the "20 somethings with 25-48lbs to lose" called "Lose 10lbs by Sept 6th." That's a little under one month away. Sept 6th is my fiancee and I's one year anniversary and so I really want to look good for that. I think I can do it, and I encourage anyone who wants to join me to do so. We can accomplish anything we set our minds to and actually do the work to make it happen.

8/9/09
Hey all,
I didn't weigh myself today--tomorrow for sure! I have decided, so that I can lose 10lbs by Sept 6th I am going to do enough cardio every day that it will equal out to either 75 minutes or 500 calories. Hopefully, this will ensure the weight loss. I really want to meet this goal. So far today I have worked out for 42 minutes and 243 calories so I'm about half done. I'm going to be taking a long walk with my puppy tonight which will take care of the the rest of it.
I'm super pumped and ready to lose this weight! emoticon

8/10/09
Hey all,
Just got done with my 500calories. I worked out for a total of 98min to burn off those calories. I'm a little worn out, but I feel good about it.
I start up school again next tuesday, I just hope I can keep up with all of my workouts and my studies at the same time. It will be interesting to see how I can do. I"m sure that I can do it though.

8/11/09
Hey all,
I had a weigh in this morning and I lost 1.4lbs YAY! I'm super excited! My initial goal was to be down to 160 by August 25 and I only have 3.4lbs left for that! Also with my lose 10lbs by Sept 6 goal I only have 8.6 left to go! SUPER EXCITED! I usually don't stick with weight loss programs. I'm phsyched about it for 2-3 weeks but then I say screw it and I get back into my old routine. However, I have been on SP for almost a month now, the thing that keeps me motivated to keep going is the numbers on the scale going down. I"m seeing the progress and I feel good about it and want to see more of it.
Here's to losing the rest of this weight!--and at this rate it could be before my origional goal of December 25th. YAY!
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8/12/09
Hey all,
Today was a pretty good day. I went for two walks and did some pilates. I'll end up doing some more pilates tonight to get to the 500cal mark. I'm at 486 now, I think. So it should be just enough.
I know I'm on my way to getting thinner because I'm losing the weight and the last time I took my measurements it said I lost inches, but I don't look like I am. The loss of weight isn't visible yet. I can't wait until it's visible and people can come and ask me, "Did you lose weight?" That's always a comforting question to me. I'm gonna keep on working though because I know that eventually--maybe not tomorrow--I will lose this weight and I will look thinner.

8/13/09
Hey all,
I have a job interview today in a couple of hours. I'm nervous but excited. Other than that, today has been a pretty easy going ordinary day. I got up went for my walk with my puppy, and did some pilates. Tonight I'll probably either go for another walk or I'll do kickboxing and pilates.
I weigh in tomorrow and I can't wait. I really want to see some good changes both on the scale and the measuring tape. I only do my measurements every other friday, tomorrow is the friday that I have to do it. Last time I had some really good news, I hope it's the same for tomorrow as well. Here's hoping!

8/15/09
Hey all,
I weighed myself today again I lost 1.6lbs WOOHOO!
For the August 25 goal--1.8lbs left
For the "Lose 10 by Sept 6" goal--7lbs left
Total lost since I started SP 1 month ago--6.8lbs!
I am happy with the results, for the most part, I wish I was farther along on the Sept 6 goal so that I could realistically make it, but it doesn't look like it. Oh well, I'm still farther along than what I thought I would be at this point. So that's good.

8/16/09
Today at church, the Pastor who had been away for only a week asked me, "Did you lose weight?" I think those are the most rewarding 4 words that a sentence could contain. It proves that changes are happening and that it is visible. I've lost about 7lbs since I started about a month ago on SP. People are noticing now and it makes me feel awesome about myself. In the end, isn't that what it's all about, us feeling good about ourselves?
I know it can be hard to keep motivated in a time where you are worn out from all of the exercising and you are craving the foods that have been cut out of your diets, but those 4 words really motivated me and I'm going to use them to continue to motivate me.

8/19/09
Hey all,
I weighed myself yesterday and I lost 1lb. YAY! I also started school up again yesterday. It's going to be rough trying to go to school, study, work, and exercise. I think what I'll do is I'll do the 600cal/day on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (the days I don't have school) and on Tuesdays and Thursdays get in at least 350 if not more. That's the only way I can think to get everything in.

8/27/09
Hey all,
Wow it's been a while since I've blogged. And my weight relfects it. I didn't make my Aug 25th goal of being down to 160, infact I went up 0.6lbs. When I weighed myself yesterday I was at 161.2. I'm giving myself till Sept 1st to get these last 1.2lbs off. Then I can start on my next mini goal of being down to 155 by Sept 25. I really need to start rocking the boat. I've kind of plateaued and started fluctuating a bit. It's time to see those numbers go down, down, down, and then down some more. I am going to make my December 25th goal of being at 140--my ideal weight. I am going to look good in my wedding dress on August 7th 2010. I am going to look good in that swimsuit next summer. I am! I can do this!

8/28/09
Hey all,
So I didn't make my Aug 25th goal of being at 160. So I extended the goal a little bit to be at 160 by Sept 1. I weighed myself just now and I am at 160.4lbs with 4 days left to go. I CAN DO THIS!
I also did my other measurements like I always do for my 2 week entries. You can see them on my blog "2 Week Entries"
I have lost a total of 8.2lbs since starting SP a little over a month ago.
For my "Lose 7lbs by Sept 25" I'm down to only needing to lose 5.4lbs by Sept 25. Although it wasn't quite 7lbs that I needed to lose by then. It was like 6.4lbs. I just gave it a couple more ounces to really get me going. I really want to lose as much weight as possible before it starts to get really cold out and I can't get outside as much.

SW: 168.6lb (7/17)
CW: 160.4lb (8/28)
GW for Sept 1: 160lb
GW for Sept 25: 155lb
GW for Oct 25: 150lb
GW for Nov 25: 145
GW (and ultimate weight) for CHRISTmas: 140lbs!!!!!!!

I can't wait to see that 140 on the scale. Awesome wedding dress here I come!

9/1/09
I did it. My goal was to be at 160 by today and I'm at 158.2!!!!!!!!YAY! I don't think I've been in the 150's since Freshman year or so of college --almost 5 years ago. I'm so excited!!!!!!!! That leaves me with 3.2lbs left of being at 155 by Sept 25. YAY!!!!!!!! I'm so excited to see the scale keep going down! It's very rewarding. So far I've lost a total of 10.4lbs YAY!

9/10/09
Hey all,
I'm sorry that I've been kind of incognito lately. I went to South Dakota for a Christian Music Festival called Lifelight. I didn't do so well on the diet but there was a lot of walking around while we were there. So hopefully it didn't set me back. I weigh in tomorrow as well as do my other measurements. I guess we'll see then.

9/12/09
Hey all,
I'm up in my weight 1.2 lbs. Icky! I went away and got off of my diet and ate some not so good for me foods, and now I'm seeing the consequences. I'm getting back on track now and it's time to lose that weight!.

9/14/09
Hey all,
I'm really starting to kick butt today. My goal from now to Sept 25 is to take in only 1200-1500 cal/day and lose at least 350 cal/day. I still have approx 5lbs left for the Lose 7lbs by Sept 25 goal and I really want to make it! Time to get my butt in gear and really start to get back on track! I might not get all 5lbs but I want to get close, at least 3 of the 5lbs.

9/15/09
Hey all,
So when I logged in to log some fitness stuff, I saw an ad that said, "drop a jean size in 2 weeks." So I clicked on the link. It lead me to the Special K site. On the site it gives you a meal plan to do the Special K challenge. seeing how I have about 1 1/2 weeks until the lose 7lb by Sept 25 challenge is up, I figured now would be a good time to start it. It's worth giving a try at least right?
What you do is for 2 out of the 3 meals in a day, you eat Speacial K stuff (cereal, waffles, protein bars etc.) and the third meal and beverages you would drink as you do normally. Snacks you can have protien bars, crackers, fruits, etc. I really encourage you to look on the website. I'm sure you could get there by just going to the Special K website if you don't see the ad.
I'm going to give it a try. If you want to join me as an extra boost to the lose 7lb by Sept 25 challenge, I welcome you all.
I weigh in tomorrow--not looking forward to it.

8/17/09
Hey all,
I just weighed myself and I'm down to 156.6! I don't know how because yesterday I did an unofficial weigh in and I was at 161.2 or something like that. I don't know how I could have dropped that much in a day! Maybe yesterday I was fluctuating really bad or something. I don't know. I'm not complaining. I'm so happy to see this number. It's been so long since I've seen the scale this low! Since I started SP 7/17/09 I have lost 12lbs! This gets me really excited and motivated to do more! I have 1.6lbs left for the lose 7lbs by Sept 25 challenge. I can do it! You can too!

9/18/09
Hey all,
I'm still really psyched about yesterday's results. I'm down 12lbs total, seeing numbers on the scale that I haven't in a really long time, and feeling great about it. I'm almost half way done with my goal, I just need to lose 2 more pounds for the half way point. I'm almost there with the "Lose 7lbs by Sept 25" goal. I'm so proud of myself. I find myself recommending Spark People to anyone who expresses to me that they want to lose weight. Thank you Spark People for giving me the motivation and the tools that I need to accomplish this goal. I'm going to keep plugging away until the weight is all gone, and then continue to use Spark People as a way of just maintaining that weight and staying healthy. I'm so happy, happier than I've been for a long time.

8/22/09
Hey all,
I have noticed something, whenever I go a period of not blogging--even if it's just a couple of days--one of two things (or both) happen: my weight reflects it, I get off course with my diet and exercise. I have definately gotten off course with my diet and exercise. I started doing the Special K diet. However, it only really lasted 2 or 3 days when you are supposed to do it for at least 2 weeks. I got tired of eating cereal or power bars (or whatever they are) all day. I got tired of only being able to eat one regular meal a day. As a result, here I am dreading to get on the scale.
I'm supposed to be at 155 by this Friday. I'm not sure if it's going to happen. I have to get back onto the Special K diet and get back into working out more. I haven't been able to work out a lot lately because it's been rainy here. But today looks like a beautiful day, and I plan on taking part in it.
It's time to get back on track and really start losing this weight. I will also keep blogging hopefully every day. If I miss more than one day--please hold me accountable.

8/23/09
Hey all,
So I faced my fear of the scale. I'm up 2.6lbs. I have 3.2lbs left to lose by this Friday for the Sept 25th challenge. YIKES! I don't know if I'll make it. I started another thread, "Lose 8lbs by Oct 25th." My next goal is 150 by Oct 25 and it's about 8lbs away. I'm going to do it. To give me a little bit more motivation, I joined another thread "Lose 20-30lbs by Nov. 25." This one I would really love to see happen. If I lose even 18lbs I'll be at my ideal weight. However, realistically, I may not make it. I'm going to give it a try though. Here we go!

9/28/09
well ladies, it's that totm for me, so my weight is up a bit. Plus, because I'm getting married in under a year, the doc put me on a "the pill" and a side effect is weight gain. I am really nervous about this because I've worked so hard to get where I am. I'm going to have to work extra hard to just to keep the same weight let alone lose more. Here's hoping.

10/8/09
Hey all,
I'm so sorry for not being on the boards lately. I've been ill and previous to that it was that totm for me. So I've been avoiding the scales because when I'm ill I indulge in cravings. However, today I faced my fears (thanks Victoria) and was pleasantly surprised to see that I had lost 3 lbs! I don't know how but I'm not complaining. I might be able to make it to the 8lb challenge, I just have to work hard from here on out. I haven't been dieting or exercising lately because I was ill and didn't have the strength to. But today I might go for a walk. It probably won't be as long or as fast because I'm still not feeling up to par, but it will be something to get me going again. Here's to losing the last 5lb.

10/20/09
Hey all,
So I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I was right, the weigh in the other day was inaccurate. When I weighed myself the other day I had my clothes on, I had eaten a lot, and it wasn't at the usual weigh in time, all of which factored into an inaccurate reading of 159.2. Today I weighed myself the right way and I had a much better reading of 155.6. That's the good news.
The bad news is that I won't make the 8lbs goal. For me to make that goal I have to get to 150, so just under 6lbs, in 5 days. That is not a healthy thing to do. So I'm going to revise my goal a little bit and shoot for 153 by the 25th, and 150 by Nov 1. I'm going to make another thread that says "lose 5lbs by Nov 1." That's 5lbs in 10days. Is anyone up for the challenge? If so, join up. After the Nov 1 goal is up, I'll make another thread and I'll let you know what that one will be when it comes time for it.
My biggest problem is that I have stopped logging in my exercise and my eating habits. I'm not monitoring my calorie intake and outake. I need to get back on track and buckle down on that. It's when I do that, that I flourish in my weight loss.
So what do you say, are you with me? Let's lose this weight!

10/23/09
Hey all,
The only difference in my measurements is I lost an inch from my thigh.

10/25/09
Hey all,
So, I'm going to start a little competition. Maybe it will motivate us to put in that extra effort. Please be sure to respect everyone who is doing this. No na na na na na na, stuff or putting others down. This is just to be a fun, healthy competition to see who can lose the most weight by December first. I'm going to shoot for 10lbs, but I'll be happy with 5 or more. I'm starting out at 157.4 and want to be at 147 by December 1. I hope that you can use this challenge to really motivate you to lose the weight that you have dreamed of losing. Feel free to join me in this challenge. And instead of putting others down in this competition, let's encourage each other to do more and to weigh less :) The prize of winning this competition is the satisfaction that it brings to weigh a whole lot less. I mean, isn't that the greatest feeling for all of us on here anyways. That's why we're here, right. So let's do it. Whose with me?

11/9/09
Hey all,
I'm getting really tired of this. Ever since mid-Oct I've been fluctuating from 157-159 and I am at the top of it. I had my weigh-in this morning at 159.2. I'm getting really frustrated because I'm exercising A LOT and it doesn't seem to be doing anything. My dieting could be better, but it could definately be worst as well. I can put some of the blame on the new medicine that I am taking. Back in September I started using a new medicine where one of the side effects is that you gain a couple of pounds within the first few months. Though I can put some of the blame on that, I know I have to take some of the responsibility. I'm just so frustrated because I felt like I have been doing great at my workouts. I've been walking AT LEAST 2.5 miles/day.
So I think I have have to make a new plan. Back in August and early September I challenged myself to lose 500 cal/day and eat 1200/1500 cal/day and I lost most of the weight that you see on my tracker in that month alone. So I think that's what I'm going to start doing to give myself an extra boost. What I'm doing obviously isn't enough so I have to work harder.

1/7/10
Hey all,
Wow it's been a while since I've blogged. In the time that I haven't blogged I have decided to take a different route to weight loss. Instead of worrying about the numbers on the scale (which aren't going anywhere), I've started worrying about the inches on the measuring tape. Nobody sees the number on the scale except for me. They do, however see the inches that I've lost and that's really what counts isn't it? I've been very successful in this approach and I'm really starting to notice a difference (especially in my belly which is where I need to lose it the most).
The challenges that I'm doing now are to lose 2 inches by x date. It started in December and I wanted to lose 2 inches by Jan 7. I ended up losing 1.5 inches in my stomach and 2 inches in my hips. Overall I think I can write it off as a victory. Now that that challenge is done, the new challenge is to lose 2 inches by Feb 7. It just started so I don't have any progress to jot down.

8/14/2010
Wow I haven't blogged in a long time, since the very beginning of the year. In the past 8 months or so I've been doing well. My weight is still fluctuating, and not really changing. However I've lost a total of about 4-5 inches from my waist around the navel doing my 2inch challenges. There has only been one month that I have gotten all two inches but I love the challenge because it really pushes me. I'm going to try to start blogging again because I think it keeps me on my toes.

I just got married a week ago today (Aug 7). My primary motivation was my wedding and looking good in my white dress. Now that it's over I found myself wondering, "What's going to keep me motivated." Then I remembered, we are taking our honeymoon in January. I start school on Monday and he has to wait until his vacation days get renewed. We are going to the Bahamas for 5 nights. Right now I can pull off a bikini, but for our honeymoon. I don't want to just pull it off, I WANT TO ROCK IT! So I'm using our honeymoon and that little bikini as my motivation.

I'm still doing the 2 inch challenges the one we are doing now ends Sept 7. So far not so much has been lost, but we just started it a few days ago. I also joined a challenge to lose 5-7lbs by the end of the month. I'm looking forward to getting back on the band wagon and looking hot in that bikini.
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