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  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise answered the Question: Why are you doing Ignite?

    I noticed I started gaining a little bit of weight after I got married, and them I gained a little bit more, and then it never seemed to stop. I've spent the past 5 years increasing pant sizes. I joined this site on whim, and feel extremely hopeful that it can help me reach my goal of taking at least some of this pudge off my body. So far, I went from not exercising in years to working out everyday!

    5 days ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise answered the Question: How did you feel after the first week?

    The first week was horrid!
    It was every ounce of will power I had not to cheat. I'm usually pretty laid back, but during the first week I was pretty emotional. The first week was full of cravings.
    I noticed on the second week that I had more energy, I was not hungry all the time, and I started enjoying the hunt for my food choices.
    I am now on the third week, and it does't seem as impossible as it did on the first week! I like this diet, and I am SO proud of myself for sticking to it. This was a MAJOR lifestyle change for me. The results have begun to show: my skin is clearer, I've lost weight, I have more energy. My house is even cleaner because I will just clean to fight any cravings.

    5 days ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise answered the Question: How do people like DailyBurn Balance?

    Ignite was super tough for at first. It was a very big lifestyle change. However, I actually made it through the 21 days without cheating! Yay! I have been really enjoying my diet, and I impressed myself with my willpower. Now that I am on the balance stage, I have decided to continue with it the strict ignite stage during the week, but allow myself to use my cheat points only on friday and saturday nights. That way I don't have to keep up with points or get tempted on weekdays. But I still get to allow myself to catch a couple of beers with friends and eat a burger with my husband on the weekend. In the month I've been using the daily burn, I have lost weight, seen dramatic changes in my body, and feel healthier and happier.

    5 days ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise posted a message:

    Next week is my 6 month mark...
    I gained 2 pounds this past month. I'm ok with it. I have been making the challenging effort of quitting smoking. I plan to be smoke free by October 1st. I have cut back from 30 a day to only 3 cigarettes a day. It only make sense that I gained a couple of pounds. But I'm trying really really hard to not eat to feel the void. I've been making myself a hot tea or coffee instead of smoking. I carry an insane amount of gum and mints around with me. I chew on straws in the car, and have destroyed all the paperclips at work. Candy, however, has become a vice again. This next month I seriously need to buckle down when eye to eye with candy. I also need to find an option that can satisfy my sweet tooth, but doesn't conflict with my diet. Raspberries have been my 1st good choice, but I need something I can just throw in my purse.

    So every year my job makes us do these health screenings for an insurance break. Every year mine are so horrid. High blood sugar, high cholesterol, high bmi, and overweight. Its always so painful to sit through these bad results. It always made me feel... sorta like a bad person. I always kinda hated myself afterwards.
    Today, was health screening day. and all my results were in ideal range!!!!! (well, almost all - my BMI is still high - but sooooo close to ideal range!) I am over the moon!

    I've been keeping up with my workouts. I found a kettlebell on sale, so I've been trying out those videos for a change. They are different. At first I thought, these are kinda easy... but the next day, so sore, and in places I haven't experienced soreness yet. I've been really enjoying doing a cardio workout, followed by a kettlebell, and if i have time - a yoga to end the day. This next month, I'm going to look into a plyo box. They are so expensive:( But I heard you can get something at home depot that works and is only $15.

    So I'm not closer to my 50 pound goal - 10 pounds to go. But I'm going to get there, it may take me a little longer than expected since I threw in this no smoking challenge. I'm not discouraged, but stoked. The end results are going to be 50 pounds lighter, and smoke free. 2013 has been a very challenging year between my husbands back surgery, the air conditioning pooping out in the middle of a texas summer - and not having the money to fix it, and then my father-in-law's death. But on the brighter side my husband and I always have each other- plus we make each other laugh along the way, I'm getting healthier and dropping dress sizes, I did get a raise last month, and I'm on the verge of getting cigarettes out of my life!

    10 months ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise posted a message:

    42 POUNDS IN 5 MONTHS! That's where it's at!

    Totes got right back on track after last months heat hell. I haven't made it back to my 5- 6 a week workouts, but I am hitting 3-4 every week.
    My goal this month was to make it through an inferno video - but haven't made it quite yet. I crumble in exhaustion sometimes before it's even half way through.

    I've taken a step back in my diet. I find myself indulging more. However, I haven't over indulged... Just noticing I'm allowing the "evil 6" to creep up more in my diet. As long as I keep working out, and losing weight, I will allow myself to add cheese to my asparagus, or share a pint of ice cream with my sweetie IN MODERATION- but the if the weight comes back, or I hit a lazy slump - the evil 6 will be banned again!

    I can't believe I'm actually going to say this - but - I'm getting kinda tired of talking about my weight. At first when people started noticing - I was psyched! I would thank them for noticing, and delve into the daily burn... but now I'm pretty positive almost everyday for the past 2 months - someone has commented on it... I am very thankful my weight progress is noticeable, it's actually amazing the reactions I get from some who hasn't seen me in a few months. But I'm starting to sound like a broken record, "Thank you for noticing... Yep, I've lost over 40 pounds!... I completely changed my diet, and started working out everyday... No, I use a website called DailyBurn, they have awesome workouts blah blah blah..." every. single. day. Oh, the problems of an a little obese girl turn into just a lil' overweight girl in a matter of months.

    Next month - the 6 month mark - I want to hit the 50 pounds lost! This would be uh-freakin-maze-zing! I did say I would quit smokin' if I lost 50 pounds. (When I said that, I never actually thought I would ever do it in a million years.) But now that it's 8 pounds away, I realizing it's time to hunker down and lose these 8 pounds, quit smoking (ug. they say everyone gains weight when quitting.) and when it's all said and down with I will be a more more healthy girl, trim, happy, have more money in my pocket, and most impressively - I will have proved to myself I can do anything!

    11 months ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise posted a message:

    Today is my 4 month mark. 37 pounds lost.
    I did, however, hit a pretty big slump this past month. My air conditioner is on the fritz, and this Texas heat is killer. I just could not bring myself to work out. I was tempted to join a fitness club, but I'm still figuring out how to pay $8,000 to fix my air. I am incredibly grateful that I still lost weight this month, even if it is only 6 pounds. I am going to figure out a way to work out this next month. I may go to my brothers 3 times a week, just to be able to work out in air-conditioning.
    I've been doing pretty good with my diet. Seldom cheating on food, but I have had a few splurges with alcohol. Mmmmm....beer!
    This summer has me more confident than I've ever felt. When I'm at the pool, or on the river, I don't even think about my body. Last summer I remember feeling ashamed and was constantly thinking about my fat arms and round belly when I wore swimsuits. Gawd, maybe next summer I could even be in a bikini:)
    Another strange thing about life right now, all my friends are gaining weight. Seriously. A year ago, my beautiful friend would complain about her weight, and in my head I would scoff and think "Just shut up, I'm 6 inches shorter than you, and you weigh 60 pounds less than me." I now weigh less than her. Another thing getting on my nerves - people are always saying annoying comments when I tell them about my diet. When I say "No glutten, no soy, no alcohol, no dairy, no sugars, no sweeteners" I get a lot of "and no taste!" I have been enjoying eating more than I ever have. I enjoy almost every meal. Instead of shoveling processed crap in my face, I am sincerely happy with the challenge of discovering great, tasty, healthy, and yummy food to put into my body. (but somedays it seems like more work than I have the energy for - so I found some great salads I can pick up on my way home when I'm feeling lazy.)
    Work is a challenge still. Being a caterer, I am surrounded by some pretty amazing food day in and day out. I've been able to stick to my guns because I have to much pride to let anyone see me break my diet. But it's extremely difficult to see everyone eating cake, going "Mmmmmmmm," while I'm munching on an apple. But I do get a twisted delight when they start complaining about indigestion after watching them consume a disgusting about of food. I know I probably shouldn't since that was me 4 months ago, but these are the same people who "and no taste-d" me when I started my diet.
    This next month I do want to get back on track with working out at least 5 times a week, and continuing my diet (with less slip ups on alcohol.) I have 15 more pounds to lose to my goal weight. I would like to report less than 10 at my 5 month mark.

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise answered the Question: How much weight have you lost on ignite?

    31 pounds in 3 months and still losing. 6 inches off my waist, and down from plus size to a size 10. I strictly followed ignite, and work out 5 or 6 days a week. I tried a few other things before this, but nothing ever really worked out for me - a lot of effort with little results. After the first 3 weeks of ignite is when I started seeing some pretty motivating results. So if you wanna lose weight, I say stick to it, don't cheat on ignite, and try all these awesome workouts.

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise

    Yes. I, too, can't afford them. I've been using daily burn, and following the ignite for 3 months. I've lost 31 pounds & 6 inches from my tummy, so I think I've been fairly successful. Occasionally, I'll buy a single serving shake packets from a speciality stores. But I usually just stick to healthy foods. Lots of fruits and veggies, sometimes eggs, lots of salads...

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise posted a message:

    3 month mark. 31 pounds lost. 6 inches thinner in my belly. Plus sized down to size 10. I have come a long long long way in only a few months. I'm a happy girl. I have 18 more pounds to go for my goal weight, I'm hoping to reach that before the end of the year.

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise posted a message:

    Ug. I've hit a slump.

    Due to unexpected monetary issues, my money budgeting has temporarily dropped. Thus cutting down on my grocery budget. Hence, all the stuff I've been eating for the last 2 months is all the suddenly seeming expensive. I cut back on the amount of food I was buying, and cut back on what I was eating. This is leaving me hungry most of the time:/ I almost cheated myself by buying some cheap processed crap in the grocery store, but I couldn't bring myself to do it - not after all this hard work!

    So instead of having raspberries and an egg for breakfast, I just have an egg. Instead of my first snack of nuts or a "no evil 6" bar, I just drink a green tea. Instead of my expensive shake for lunch, I have a small salad. Instead of having my second snack of hummus and carrots, I just go without. Instead of having salmon and asparagus for dinner, I just have asparagus. but I feel hungry all the time now, and food I wasn't having trouble ignoring before all seems so tempting now:(

    I think this is also affecting my workouts. I'm having a much more challenging time getting through them. I've noticed where 2 weeks ago I was busting out with the more advanced routines, to now where I'm struggling getting through the modified version of the same work out:/ I was working out 6 days a week, no problem. But now it's 4 or 5 days:( It's been harder keeping the focus on my fitness when there is new stuff going on.

    My weight loss has also slowed down, I've only lost 2 more pounds since my last post 2 weeks ago. I'm pleased that I'm still losing weight and continuing to get toner. I should have these bills taken care of by the end of the month, and hopefully back on all gears soon!

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise commented on jenny1117's answer to What are the healthiest restaurants?:

    Neat website! Going to bokmark that one!

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise posted a message:

    What?
    24pounds in 8 weeks.
    Woot! Woot!
    I am rockin' it!

    While I'm super proud of what I have accomplished, I still have another 24 pounds till my goal weight. Ug.
    I'm going into my 3rd month next week. I couldn't ask for better results. I tried weight watchers for 3 months, and only lost 14 pounds.
    I've been sticking to my diet, though it seems more challenging now than it did a couple of weeks ago. Been sticking with my daily excise, loving my time with the trainers. Some days, I definately have to talk myself into it.
    I guess my most motivating thought to get off my butt and do it is because I'm scared to gain weight back, and now that I've come this far, I want to go even further. And once I'm up and on my feet, the trainers motivate me all through the work out.
    All the loved ones in my life have expressed how proud of me they are. After a visit with my father, he even called me up just to tell me how good I looked, and how proud he was of me! Even people I'm not that close to have told me they noticed I've lost weight, or how great I've been looking lately.
    I just gotta keep on.
    I keep thinking about what kind of reward I want to give myself if I reached my goal weight. I'm thinking new outfits for my smaller body:)

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise

    I'm no expert, but depending on the amount of time I have, I will also do 2 or 3 workouts. I try to workout everyday, but on my days off I like throwing in a couple extra workouts! Some days for me just aren't good workout days, I know my body can't handle it, so I just stick to one work out.

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise
    sallyparadise answered the Question: What's everyones goal?

    All of the above! Weight loss was the main motivator for me joining this site, but after starting I realized how important strength was to get through the workouts, and as my body began to get more toned I noticed what a big difference it made in my appearance. I try to work through all the workouts on all the different programs so I can get well rounded workouts. Now, my biggest goal is just sticking to it.

    about 1 year ago
  • sallyparadise

    I used to have a scale, but then i stubbed my toe on it in the dark, hurt so bad i threw it and it broke;/ But it was probably a good thing. I would get discouraged when I the numbers would go up. Now, I use the scale at my grocery store. Every week when I do my shopping, I hop on to check my progress. This has definitely been working out for me!

    about 1 year ago

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