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Nike said it best, "Just Do It"

Powerful passage from Joel Olsteen's Book

We produce what we continually keep in front of us. If you keep an image of success in your mind, you're going to move toward success, but if you see yourself as barely getting by, your likely your life will gravitate toward those nagative situations.

How Much Water Should You Drink to Lose Weight?
This seems to be a simple question. However, you will receive different answers depending on who you ask.
The most common recommendation It is commonly recommended that people drink between 8 and 10 glasses of water per day. This is a good starting point. The question is, how big is that glass?

The answer is that it depends. As with most things, the more you weigh, the more water you need.

In order to lose weight, every day you should consume between 0.5 and 0.64 ounces of water per pound of lean body weight.

Therefore, if you are going to drink 0.64 ounces of water per pound of lean body mass, use the following formula:

Lean Body Mass x 0.64 = Optimal Water Intake in


As you can see, a person that has 200 pounds of lean body mass should drink 128 ounces, or 1 gallon, of water. This equals 8 16 ounce glasses of water.

The table below will help you estimate the amount of water you should aim for every day to help weight loss, and how many 16 ounce glasses per day that amount equals.

Drink Water to Lose Weight
Lean Body Weight Water Per Day

0.50 Ounces of Water Per Pound
0.64 Ounces of Water Per Pound

Ounces Per Day
16 Oz. Glasses Per Day
Ounces Per Day
16 Oz. Glasses Per Day

100 lbs. 50 oz.
64 oz.

125 lbs. 62.5 oz.
80 oz.

150 lbs. 75 oz.
96 oz.

175 lbs. 87.5 oz.
112 oz.

200 lbs. 100 oz.
128 oz.

225 lbs. 112.5 oz.
144 oz.

250 lbs. 125 oz.
160 oz.

275 lbs. 137.5 oz.
176 oz.

300 lbs. 150 oz.
192 oz.

Do not worry if you are initially unable to drink this much water throughout the day. Try to drink a little more water each day until you can reach your intake goal consistently.

Remember, you must drink water to lose weight, so drink up!

Start- Jan 07-237 Lbs

Jan 30- Goal-10lbs-Lost 11lbs-224
Feb 28- Goal-12lbs-Lost 0 lbs-224 (thanks to that chocolate cake I baked I ate 2 slices a day for 2 weeks)
March 30- Goal-12lbs-Lost 11lbs-213
April 30- Goal-12lbs-Lost 6lbs-206
May- Goal 12lbs-Lost 4 Lbs-210
4 pounds is better than nothing right? RIGHT!
June-Goal 12lbs-Lost 6lbs-204
July-Goal 10lbs-Lost 2lbs-202 YEAH 2 POUNDS LOST!!!
August-Goal 5lbs-Lost 0-206-Uh UHH this aint, is not, isnt,shol am not going to happen!!!!!
September-Goal 8lbs-Lost 0-204
October-Goal 10lbs-Lost 0-210
November-Goal 10lbs-Lost-4-206 Ok I didn't gain!! Woo Who!! I have kept 31 pounds off since april 07 and it was not easy! but I gotta get my mind right so I can lose 30 more and get to my healthy weight.
December-Goal 10lbs-Lost 0-210

31 POUNDS LOST IN 2007!!

Start- Jan 08-210 Lbs

Jan 08-210-Goal 11lbs-Lost 0
Feb 08-215-Goal 5lbs-Lost 0-Womp womp!
March 08-224-Goal 5lbs-Lost 0-Dump Dump!
April 08-224-Goal-11lbs-Lost-2 pounds
May 08-226-Goal 10lbs-Lost-3 pounds
June 08-228-Goal 10lbs-Lost 4LBS
July 08-224-Goal 10lbs-Lost???
Aug 08-235-I GAVE UP
Sept 08-236- I GAVE UP
Oct 08-235-I GAVE UP
Dec 09-150!!!!!-didn't meet goal, gave up

Start- Jan 09-237-Goal 170

Jan 09-237-Goal 8lbs-Lost 8 pounds!! (Gained it Back-GIB)
Feb 09-229-Goal 8lbs-Lost BFZero!
March 09-224-Goal 8lbs-5 pounds! beta than nuthin (GIB)
April 09-224-Goal-8lbs-Lost 0
May 09-237-Goal-10lbs-Start of Biggest Loser Contest!-Lost 10lb!!
June 09-Goal-10lbs-Lost 10lbs!!
July 09-Goal-10lbs-Lost 8lbs!!-cardio! gotta love it!
Aug 09-Goal-10lbs-Lost 0
Sept 09-Goal-12lbs-0-209-Still maintaining 30lb loss
Oct 09-Goal-8lbs-Lost 0
Nov 09-Goal-11lbs-Lost 0
Dec 09-Lost 0-Ending year weight-218-Thank God for another year!

Start- Jan 2010-Goal 160

Jan 2010-218-Goal 8lbs-Lost 12lbs!!!!!!!! YAY!!!! :))))
Feb 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost 6lbs!! Yay!!
March 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost 3lbs Yay!!!
April 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost 4lbs (No worries) I am doign great!
May 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
June 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
July 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
Aug 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
Sept 2010-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
Oct 2010-Goal 5lbs-Lost ??
Nov 2010-Goal 5lbs-Lost ??
Dec 2010-Goal 5 lbs-Lost ??-87 pounds lost-Weight-131lbs-OMG!

Start - June 21,2011-Goal 150lbs by 2012

June 2011-Goal 8lbs-Lost 7lbs
July 2011-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
Aug 2011-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
Sept 2011-Goal 8lbs-Lost ??
Oct 2011-Goal 5lbs-Lost ??
Nov 2011-Goal 5lbs-Lost ??
Dec 2011-Goal 5 lbs-Lost??

Start - July 25, 2012-Document in one word how I feel

July 2012-How do I feel -Felt sad! Its so easy to gain!
Aug 2012-How do I feel-Can't wait for classes to start
Sept 2012-How do I feel-Feel great!! Lost weight!
Oct 2012-How do I feel 28lbs gone!! 204! I feel GREAT!
Nov 2012-How do I feel ??
Dec 2012-How do I feel ??

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Powerful passage from Joel Olsteen's Book

We produce what we continually keep in front of us. If you keep an image of success in your mind, you're going to move toward success, but if you see yourself as barely getting by, your likely your life will gravitate toward those nagative situations.

SPARK PEOPLE gives you the resources but you posess the power to proceed with whats given.

Losing weight is something that you have to REALLY want to do, not something that you think you NEED to do. If you go at losing weight with this attitude like " my doctor says or my mom says or my husband or wife says then you may not be 100% ready to lose weight for your self. If you don't feel like your wanting to do this for you then you may experience starting over multiple times (like me) untill you know that being healthy and fit is a life time decision/choice.

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe".

If you have weight loss questions check out this website

Also divide your weight by 20 (drink 1 cup of water for every 20 pounds). The total you get will tell you how many CUPS of water to drink a day.

For example 250 pounds divided by 20 = 12.5 cups of water a day.

(I may drink more (14 cups of water) if I ate too much salt or ate really badly that day)

What like Ali Vincent (Biggest Loser) has to go through-Read below

She was famous for becoming the first female to win The Biggest Loser, Ali Vincent was a nationally and internationally ranked synchronized swimmer. So how did this fit and trim athlete gain more than 100 pounds? Ali talks to FatFighterTV about how that weight kept piling on, how tough it was to shed 112 pounds on The Biggest Loser, and what it’s like keeping that weight off in the real world… nearly six months after the Season 5 Finale.

Before… The Biggest Loser

Falling off the Deep End
“I never really considered it [synchronized swimming] exercise. It was just what I did. It was my life. So when I quit my sport, I didn’t substitute it with anything at all. Athletes that are at that level – we eat a lot because we have to. I didn’t substitute the physical activity I was doing, but my habits of eating remained the same. I ate a lot.”

Five Pounds at a Time
“All I ever saw was five pounds. Five pounds was controllable even though I wasn’t doing anything about it. By the time I got to the new five I had come to grips with the old five. Before I knew it, five pounds was 50, and 50 was 100.”

Losing Control
“It was uncontrollable. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to get myself out of this big, dark hole that I had built around me. I felt like I was looking up, trying to reach for something but there was nothing to grab. It was too big. To know you have to lose over 100 pounds seemed too overwhelming, too impossible.”

During… The Biggest Loser

Tough Training
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life and then double that. It was so hard because they’re constantly pushing you to do more. You think you’ve worked out and done the hardest thing in your life, and then the next moment you’re doing the hardest thing in your life again.”

Roughing It
“You’ve gotta be willing, and know that you’re going to be in pain and you’re going to be sore and you’re going to be sweaty everywhere. It’s itchy when you’re sweaty and you’re fat and you get a rash in between your legs. It’s not pretty, but it gets you to where you want to go.”

Taking Control
“I knew this was the biggest opportunity of my life – just even to be able to remove yourself from your entire life and just focus on you. And I really took that on. I knew that I would learn how to eat right and exercise. But I also knew that my weight was emotional and I had to tell the truth about a lot of things in my life. I had to figure out what I was hiding from, what I was holding back, what I was afraid of. And I did… and I do. It’s a constant battle as far as telling the truth to yourself. That’s why it’s forever.”

Winning It All! (It was meant to be…)
“I knew that it was my destiny. I truly believed that it was bigger than me. I promise myself I’ll never forget what it feels like to go for things that feel impossible. I gave everything – everything I had and more than I thought I had – towards it. It was amazing to fulfill that and to feel that content.”

After… The Biggest Loser

Emotional Healing
“I didn’t win The Biggest Loser and that’s it. That’s not it. It’s constantly re-evaluating. It’s constantly figuring out my trigger things like, why am I hungry now? I just ate. I’m hungry now because that phone call upset me. Let’s tell the truth about it. And then deal with things in my life as they come up versus push them away and shove them down by shoving food down my throat. So I just started paying attention and started telling the truth.”

Who Is That???
“I still don’t believe I was that big. Honestly, why wasn’t there an intervention? (laughs) I didn’t see how big I looked. And now people are like, ‘Oh, you’re tiny!’ And I’m like, ‘I am?!’ I don’t see that, just as much as I didn’t see the big girl. I just see me. I guess it’s just because you get comfortable with your body. Whether you’re happy with it or not, you get comfortable. You gotta keep checking in to see if you’re happy, because that’s the difference. For whatever reason, I had to go there so I could get here.”

Decisions… Decisions…
“I still have to choose every day. Some days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m feeling good!’ I’m up and at ‘em. I’m at the gym. And some days it’s like snooze, snooze, snooze – the last thing in the world I want to do is get out of bed and the last thing I really want to do is go to the gym. But I make myself, because I know that it’s worth it. That’s how I remain in control of my life and that’s how I’m able to feel proud about myself.”

Training Wheels Are On
“I treat myself like a toddler now because I’m just learning how to walk in this world of being healthy. My house is childproof. I don’t have stuff that I can binge on that will let me go too far. There are grapes and there’s cantaloupe… and frozen yogurt with 68 calories in four ounces, so it won’t let me get that far out of control! It’s setting myself up to win.”

She Did It!
“The Biggest Loser provided me the space and the opportunity and the training. But I did it. It’s not the ranch. I changed my life!”

How to Stay Motivated to Exercise
From Paige Waehner,
Your Guide to Exercise.

If you're trying to lose weight or get in shape, you may find yourself losing interest a few weeks into your program. If you're struggling to stick with your weight loss or exercise program, read on to learn where the love has gone and how to get it back.

Re-Visit Your Past
Think back to previous attempts at losing weight or exercising. What made you quit before and are you on the same path now? If so, you've got yourself a pattern. Break it by figuring out what went wrong before.

Some possibilities:
A diet that's too strict or too difficult to follow

Feeling deprived of your favorite foods

Feeling tired and sore from too many workouts

Confusion about how to exercise the right way

Being so busy, you can't figure out how to fit it all in

Make your own list and then figure out how to get around these issues. If the diet is too strict, make smaller changes you can live with every day. If you're busy, try shorter workouts. Change what you're doing until it works.

Are You Getting Results from Your Workouts?

Get Real
Most people fail at their fitness goals because they're waiting for something spectacular to happen. Losing weight isn't always a spectacular fact, it isn't even a linear process sometimes. What you may find is that you lose a little, gain a little and repeat the process again and again.

There are no shortcuts to weight loss so, even if you're frustrated that your body hasn't changed, don't give up! If you're burning more calories than you eat, your body is changing, even if it's slower than you'd like. Make sure your goals are realistic and, most importantly, that you give your body the time it needs to respond to what you're doing.

Setting Realistic Fitness Goals

Get Pumped

Maybe it'll be difficult to replicate the excitement you felt on January 1 when you were so ready to lose that weight or gain that muscle. But, you can get a little more fired up by going back to your original goal and remembering why you set it in the first place. What are you trying to accomplish? Remind yourself that what you do today has everything to do with where you'll be in 6 months.

Get Inspired by Real People, Real Results

Reward Yourself
It's surprisingly easy to get excited about exercise and it's called MASSAGE. There's nothing that feels better than finishing up a week's worth of workouts followed by a relaxing massage. Check out Spa Wish's gift certificates and book one today or consider some other ways to reward yourself like:
Buying new workout gear

A weekend getaway

A night chilling out with your favorite TV show

A new book or CD you've been wanting

An MP3 player for your workouts

Get a Massage

Exhaust Every Avenue

Before you quit, try everything you can to stay on track. Instead of drifting away from exercise without acknowledging it, give yourself a minimum amount of exercise to get in each week. When you dip below that (or stop altogether), promise yourself you'll try other things before you quit altogether:

Hire a personal trainer or work with one online

Find a workout buddy

Join a fitness group or gym

Try a new way of exercising - a video, a class, a sport, etc.

Stop Waiting for a Miracle

Some people think if they exercise long enough, they'll wake up one day and suddenly LOVE exercising and eating healthy. While it does get easier, you'll always have to find ways to motivate yourself for your workouts. If you're waiting for a shining moment of excitement, you might be waiting for a long time.

5 Ways to Stick with Your Exercise Goals

Motivate Yourself

Lose the Excuses

Every day is different. What motivated you yesterday may not work today, so sift through what inspires you to find that one thing that will get you out the door. It may be pants you want to fit into or competing with your friend (he's working out--you don't want to fall behind, do you?). Work through all the reasons you should workout until you find the one that works today. Some ideas:

I'll feel good about myself if I finish my workout

I'll just warm up and, if I want to stop, I can

I'm going to dinner tonight, so I know I need this workout to balance my calories

This workout will give me more energy for the rest of my day

If I finish this workout, I can spend some time reading, watching TV or playing around on the computer

Why you don't exercise

Open Your Mind

Being bored is the perfect time to try something new. You'll be more willing to try things you may have dismissed because they didn't fit within your definition of exercise. It could be bellydancing, a latin dance class or that spinning class at the gym. Or try something more mind/body like Pilates or yoga.

If what you're doing isn't working, it's time to find something that will. Sometimes even just a new piece of equipment or a workout is enough to get you moving again:

Outdoor Circuit
Foam Roller Workout
BOSU Exercises
Yoga on the Ball
Try Cardio Coach for a Challenging Workout

Track Your Progress
One simple way to stay motivated is to look back on how far you've come. Keeping a simple calendar of the workouts you've done gives you something tangible you can happily flip through, adding up all the days you exercised. Plus, knowing you have to write your accomplishments down may give you that extra push you need to get moving.

Regularly weighing yourself, taking measurements, getting your body fat tested or even doing your own fitness and endurance tests can help you stay on track. This Progress Chart is a great way to track how you're doing.

Have Consequences
If your child doesn't do his homework, there are consequences. The same should be true of sticking with exercise. If you don't do your workouts, there should be a consequence. Have someone hold you accountable or take away something you enjoy until you get back on track. Another idea is to think of the long-term consequences of not exercising:
Gaining weight
Feeling bad about yourself
Possible health problems like diabetes or heart disease
Lower quality of life
Not being a good role model for your family
Not being able to do all the things you enjoy


Here's the premise: We are all, right now, living the life we choose.

This choice, of course, is not a single, monumental choice. No one decides, for example, "I'm going to move to L.A., and in five years I will be a waiter in a so-so restaurant, planning to get my 8-by-10's done real soon so that I can find an agent and become a star," or "I'm going to marry a dreadful person and we'll live together in a loveless marriage, staying together only for the kids, who I don't much like, either."

No. The choices I'm talking about here are made daily, hourly, moment by moment.

Do we try something new, or stick to the tried-and-true? Do we take a risk, or eat what's already on our dish? Do we ponder a thrilling adventure, or contemplate what's on TV? Do we walk over and meet that interesting stranger, or do we play it safe? Do we indulge our heart, or cater to our fear?

The bottom-line question: Do we pursue what we want, or do we do what's comfortable?

For the most part, most people most often choose comfort - the familiar, the time-honored, the well-worn but well-known. After a lifetime of choosing between comfort and risk, we are left with the life we currently have.

And it was all of our own choosing.

Peter McWilliams
Do It! Let's Get Off Our Buts

You may delay, but time will not". Benjamin Franklin

"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up"

"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission".

Great motivational quotes that made me think.

Have a good day!!

Member Since: 9/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 14,528

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My current weight is 222, Read my blog for July 25, 2012 to learn more about my goal :)

My Program:
Cardio at least 5 days a week

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