Avoiding the Winter Blues
Last year, I lost a lot of weight in the Fall but really started to fall off track in the winter. The weather changed on me. I didn't have appropriate gear for running in the rain. I didn't go to the pool as much because I didn't want to be damp... Read more
Trigger # 1: It Feels Like the First Time
Yes, the title is Foreigner inspired.
It occurred to me that while I know what the end of a binge looks like, I don't know how they start. Maybe figuring that out will help me in my journey.
Today, I went to the supermarket to pick up ... Read more
Why I'm TOSSING My Scale
Well, tossing is a bit dramatic but suffice to say it is now deeply embedded in my closet.
I have slavishly worshipped my scale for years. Weighing three times a day when it is going down; eschewing it for months when I knew it was going up... Read more
Anticipating Obstacles and Strategizing to Overcome Them
I know things are about to get hectic for me and I refuse to let the excuses get the best of me. So I'm anticipating my future obstacles and rebutting the excuses in advance.
OBSTACLE # 1
My period. It comes every month and yet somehow, t... Read more
New Goals and Visual Motivators DONE!
I had a great Sparkiversary, thanks for all the well wishing!
After taking stock of where I'm at, I decided to add some new visual motivators to my life. I have new pictures, signs and mantras posted everywhere from the bathroom, to the bed... Read more
My One Year Sparkiversary
Wow--it has been one whole year since I fully committed to Spark and started changing my life through diet and exercise. I thought about doing a post full of stats and telling you guys how many pounds and inches I've lost. I'm proud of all those... Read more
My Arms, My Goals, My Upcoming Sparkversary (PICS)
I have hated my arms since, at least, the fifth grade. On the trip home from our class trip to Paris, I was on top of the world...until a boy named Kevin asked me "What happened to your arms"? Even then, the pale stretch marks stood out against ... Read more
WTF 10/10-10/15 Update
Planned: I still want to concentrate on improving [[my nutrition and tracking on the weekends]].
Actual: Tracked both Saturday and Sunday and worked out on both days, too!
Planned: This week, my go-to snack will be [[fresh fruit from ... Read more
Plus Sizes, Fat Fashion and the Crazy Scale
I wear a size 14. This puts me on the tricky borderline between plus and non-plus sizes. Back when I wore a 12, I dreaded the mere suggestion that I could fit a 14; I viewed it as the gate way plus size.
But now that I do, in fact, wear mostly... Read more
Cardio, ST and Spreading the Spark!
Cardio ROCKS. I have not lost as much weight as I aspired to in 2010 but I have been pretty consistent with my work outs. Today I went shopping and fit into several size 12 dresses, albeit, stretchy ones! Here was my fave:
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For WIN, we're meant to write a blog about how and why we gained weight in the first place. I actually wrote a detailed blog about this very topic about six months ago. So, rather than give a detailed account of my weight history, I'd like to tr... Read more
WTF Template for 10/11-10/15
~*~ WTF Challenge 10/11 - 10/15 ~*~
Part 1 - NUTRITION AND EXERCISE
During my last WTF template dates, I was able to accomplish [[two workouts]] as far as exercise goes, and I was most proud when I [[actually applied to my judicia... Read more
WIN Holiday Wish
For my holiday wish, I want to wear a size 12 dress on New Year's Eve.
In order to accomplish this goal, I will continue with my cardio at least 5 times per week and add a hardcore strength work out three times a week. The strength training wi... Read more
Dance Class Update
Last month, one of my goals was to find a dance class. I love to dance and took many formal dance classes in my youth but have not done so for years. I figured adding dance into my fitness regime would be a fun way to get in fitness and at the s... Read more
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WTF Template for 10/5-10/10
~*~ WTF??? Template 10/5 - 10/10 ~*~
I forgive myself for [[working out five days instead of six and drinking a ton on Friday night]] last week.
Forgiving doesn't mean forgetting, so this week I will [[Work out M-S and... Read more