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Lunch after a great work out!Don't feel great...this is how I get my workout done!Anyone else need to tie a towel on their head, because they sweat so much??My workout buddy!Slow going due to fibromyalgia pain. Slow, but I'm peddling!I'm making progress...slow but sure.Does anyone else measure weight loss using a necklace? It doesn't match but I had to try it on...and it feels great.Happy Sunday. Breakfast at Holiday Inn and I stayed on track! #theveganlife #eattoliveHappy Sunday. Breakfast at Holiday Inn and I stayed on track! #theveganlife #eattoliveHappy Sunday. Breakfast at Holiday Inn and I stayed on track! #theveganlife #eattoliveFeeling good. Eating right. Exercised.Hey Sparky's! Marianne here to Pump It Up! I have four pounds to lose to get to 199 lb. This is my week to do that! I am here to tell you that I am going to lose these final four pounds to get to that first goal of mine! On the bike I go, have a great Monday!Two days of raking and the last two months of focusing on my arms.I made it through! The scale did not read 199 this morning but I'm very close. This will be the week. Keep moving forward friends. God bless.I did it!#BeforeAndAfterBP 109/65!!!!!Very nice day.Pic on left was 2 years ago, when I realized it was time...pic on the right is today...37 lbs gone.Alarm set for 3:30 to teach one of my regular students. Awake at 3...time for coffee. Have a great Thursday! #BeforeAndAfterOmg!!! Size 8! And...they are not tight!Do you see it? Size 8!When a 70 yo man repeatedly tells me it's all about carbs....read my lips...Spark People and I got this!Day 2 in Vegas. I exercised both days and I've eaten well. #eattoliveI made ok choices and stayed within my calorie range, but I feel like I ate all day! Thanks for your support and encouragement. Reading your posts really help me stay on track.day 60 of my streak for "Log in to SparkPeople every day" earned 11/3/2017day 7 of my streak for "Track food or water" earned 11/5/2017I'm feeling better today.Hi, my name is Marian and I am a foodaholic.Good day, good food, and family.SW 232, CW 190, GW 150Woohoo!! 189!My husband drove me 7 hours to Cleveland so I could meet one of my online English students from China. I have to say that I enjoy getting my picture taken much more these days. Keep sparking.My doctor was very pleased with weight loss thus far. 23 lbs since May. Slow and steady wins the race...43 since 1/1/16 #BeforeAndAfterI needed a reminder.... #BeforeAndAfterOk, so I was feeling discouraged this morning until I put this t-shirt on...and it fits!!!! It's a large and was way too small when I got it. Thanks for cheering with me.Needing the motivation. 2 years ago and today.
Stick with the plan Sparkies. Train your brain and when you fall off the wagon...start pulling it in the direction you want to go instead of just riding along. You are the only person who can make the changes needed to be the healthier you. Merry Christmas. #GodisgoodI may have over indulged today, but I'm still happy with my progress. Keep Sparking. Tomorrow is a new day and time to keep on keeping on!Celebrated my Dad's 90th birthday today. I did consume too many calories...but I'm ok with that. 4/5 children were in attendance.On my way home from Florida. Friday I'm having surgery on my right foot. Thanks for praying for me!Out of surgery. The internal itching may drive me per the efge.Day 2 post surgery. Leg lifts and hobbling to the bathroom is my activity.Day 3 post surgery and the nerve block is slowly wearing off. Pain meds are a must and sleep is minimal. Thanks for the well wishes and prayers.My honey takes good care of me. Drugs kicked in...nap time.#BeforeAndAfter
Trying to maintain my weight while I recuperate from foot surgery.Taking care of yourself is not selfish. You will be able to care for others when you are healthier.
Losing weight is one piece of a healthier lifestyle.
May you be blessed and empowered to care for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being as we start this New Year.Day 5 post surgery and I haven't needed any narcotics. I also got in 15-20 min of punches and arm exercises with dumbbells.
No excuses. Just move. Do something for 5 minutes several times a day.
What did you do today to become a healthier you?Day 10 post foot surgery. My knead are sore and I have terrible bicep/shoulder pain.... BUT, I have seen the scale move in the right direction, my kitchen has been closed at 9 p.m the past 3 nights and I have lowered my caloric intake to compensate for my decreased mobility.
Set your goals, but make them manageable, and love yourself.
#Godisgood #thisveganlife #42lbsgoneI'm creating a vision board, so I asked my DIL to pick up a couple magazines for me. In middle of For Women First I found the following page of soup!!!Day 11 post foot surgery and everything hurts except my foot...
I have had to suspend arm and upper body exercise.
But, I'm eating right, drinking water and staying positive.
What did you do to be healthier, today?Day 12 post foot surgery , my husband lost his job last week and I am loving how he spoils me.Trying to move in spite of my impediments. The doctor scolded me for not wearing the boot ALL THE TIME! I'm trying to be compliant...Good Monday morning!My honey takes good care of me.
#thisveganlifeDentist appointment today and it felt good not having the extra weight pushing on me as I reclined in the chair.
Oh, and a numb mouth will not keep me from my coffee.Homemade split pea soup with lots of onions, celery and carrots... yummm#BeforeAndAfterIt has taken 2 years, but I have lost 45 pounds! Stay the coarse! #BeforeAndAfterWine tasting, birthday dinner and cheesecake...over calories but the memories were worth it!Fur baby...grandbabyI over did on calories this weekend but I'm ok with that. The good thing is, today I am more focused on watching my portions.
This journey really is mind over matter. I was also motivated after this picture was yesterday and I could see the work I still have before me.I have been trying to build up my arm muscles. Hard to do with pain in my shoulder, but this is my left arm...#BeforeAndAfterPosted a photoThree more days..three more nights sleeping on the couch...I do not meal prep. That being said, I always have fresh and frozen fruits and veggis, beans, lentils, nut butter and Ezekiel bread on hand. I also make at least one pot of soup per week. This is today's soup.Made it to church this morning. First time since foot surgery. Yes, I go to church in Saturday. #SDB
Someone from behind me commented about my weight loss. Lol. I do have sodiumnoassatol. HeheI can do leg lifts.Keeping unhealthy food out of the house. Roasted root veggies and a green salad.Happy Valentine's Day. Remember to love yourself first. This way you have the capacity to love others.
Look for the little ways to love and how others love you.
Stay strong and track your treats! Keep Sparking!SW 232, CW 186, GW 150 #BeforeAndAfter#BeforeAndAfter I wanted you to see that we both are healthier.While speaking with my Farewell coach I set some new goals.
1. Be intentional about moving 20 minutes a day, 4 days a week.
2. Readjust the "cream" I use in my coffee.
3. Lose 1.5 lbs per week.
#7weekspostfootsurgeryWe went to a UW Men's Basketball game and I over indulged. I'm ok. New day tomorrow.Yummy. Eat the rainbow! Thanks Honey!Second week I was able to get to church. God is good. #BeforeAndAfterHappy Monday to all my Sparky friends. Day 52 post foot surgery and I'm on my own this morning as my DH has his first of 3 job interviews this morning. If can manage to lose 7 lbs in these past 7 weeks...you can also do great things for your health. Eat well, move more, drink water and be grateful for today. #Intheeyeofthestorm
Btw...headphones are for teaching.Due to increased foot pain, post foot surgery, I had DH pick up a knee scooter again. Not sure how the Dr will feel, I am pretty sure my foot should be feeling stronger...37 years ago I gave birth to my first child. I am finally close to my prepregnancy weight... #betterlatethannever
If I can do this, you can do this.
#beastmodeI forgot to share that my A1c is down to 5.3 from 6.4!!! Hang in there. You can do this. #thisveganlife #BeforeAndAfter11 weeks post foot surgery and I'm discouraged. I still can't walk much or do much exercise due to pain and swelling. I haven't gained weight, but I feel so out of shape. Thanks for letting me whine.Three months post foot surgery and I'm able to drive! Progress is slow. Still a lot of swelling, but I've managed to lose 8 lbs since surgery. #BeforeAndAfterSunshine and feeling good.Happy 57th birthday to me...a healthier version. 35 pounds down since last year. #BeforeAndAfterI went Old Navy and bought size 6 super skinny jeans. Got home, tried them on and they didn't quite fit...no biggy. Next morning I try again and I got them on!!!
They were snug, so I asked my 7 yo granddaughter if I should return them...and she said,
"No, because you will get skinnier. "Today is my 18th wedding anniversary. #BeforeAndAfterHappy Monday Sparkys! Day 2 on the bike before heading to have blood work done. Remember, progress is progress no matter how small! It may not be pretty on the outside, but change is Taking place on the inside. Make good choices for YOUR HEALTH! God bless.day 3 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 10 minutes per day" earned 4/3/2018I am getting healthy for me. I have to remind myself that this is my journey and if others in my life do not want to join me or support me or congratulate me, then I have to just focus on me. Thanks to all my spark friends who helped to keep me motivated and celebrate with me.#BeforeAndAfterAlways good when the doctor walks in the room and looks at you and surprise and says you look great! She also agreed to remove my diabetes diagnosis. She agreed with me that I need to lose another 43 lb for a goal weight of 140. Back to see her in 6 months hoping to be completely off all medication for health issues.
March 2015 - April 2018I have always liked my hair short, but I love it now that I've lost almost 50 lbs.Rested and ready to hit the road!Posted a photoEver stay in a fancy hotel with complimentary bathrobes? Only to find out that you are too fat to close the bathrobe? Well, my non scale Victory today... the robe fits, with room to spare!This is my PDA to my girls about our "girls." As we get older our girls change...you know what I'm talking about. Well, do your girls and confidence a favor and get new BRAS!! Good bras. Shaped bras. Believe me, you will look and feel better about you. This pic is hard for me to share, but I want you to encouraged.Sun. Ocean. Sand....even a little sunburned.Water is my friend. Sun is my anti depressant. Pictures are my motivation. Love to you my Sparkly friends!Oh my goodness. I am trying so hard to stay on track while galavanting around the countryside without my scale....I really need to poop! Ugh. I'm feeling fat as I get ready to teach 5 classes online. I have my water and fruit, veggies and protein powder ready for my evening meal! This is hard being out in the world...Find joy. I may have to work, but I watched the sun come up over the beach, had coffee and bought groceries for veggie soup and vegan chili. #Godisgood #GodismyjoyDaytona BeachDinner with my dad and his wife. 10 days on the road, 1900 miles and more to go.Not a steller day. 2 weeks on the road. 2600 miles. I vow to make better choices tomorrow. #familyWhen your adult niece hugs you, after decades, and says, "you are so small."Cheetos....sometimes a necessity for staying awake while driving 500 plus miles in one day...tomorrow will be a better day.
The upside is my niece, Lucy, was happy to see me.Is it wrong to be exited to be within pounds of my sister's weight? She is younger and has always been thinner. Our mother referred to me as the "big" one....this picture was taken 15 months ago.Pool temp was 76...I jumped in and did my exercises for 30 minutes and got some sun.I'm looking forward to being home and away from all the food temptation here at my sister's house. I'm feeling a little discouraged today that all the exercise I've done this week and staying pretty much on track the scale has still gone up a little. I was really hoping to be in the 170s by now and feel very stuck being in the 180s for so long. I've been in the 180s since January. #BeforeAndAfter pictures help me stay motivated.28 days on the road and today was a long one. I got in my hotel with time to order a salad and teach two classes...1st night home in almost a month and I'm not sleepy...so, I got up and made a pot of vegan soup, did the dishes, and washed 2 loads of laundry.
Bonus...I didn't eat anything and I drank 16 oz of water!Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.....
Upside....Im one pound away from the 50 lb mark.
Have a sparky Monday!Does this look ok? I'm feeling....you know...that three letter word. Sorry, I don't have a full length mirror....#BeforeAndAfter
I have a plethora of "fat" pictures that show a life long struggle with weight. Thank you to my Spark friends for your support.2lbs lost this week! 51 lbs down , 41 to go. #BeforeAndAfterGetting ready to make this week's soup.Feeling better....2nd day at 181!
Rock out 35 min on the bike.More yard work today, a little art therapy and buckets of sweat. Happy Thursday!2 years, 50 lbs and 5 months post foot surgery and I'm on the bike! 12+ in 94 degree temps....did I mention my middle gears keep slipping? Resting in the shade before I head back.It's raining here today in southern Wisconsin. What songs come to mind when you experience a rainy day? For me the first song that pops in my head on a rainy day is, rainy days and Mondays always get me down by the Carpenters. Another song that comes to mind is, I've got sunshine on a cloudy. Today I'm making my own sunshine, how about you? #BeforeAndAfterSo...I got my hair cut today and stopped in the thrift store next door. It was a very strange sensation to pass over the large, extra larges, size 14's, 12's, 10's... and pick up capris that were size 8, 6, and even a four! The size 6 fit, the size 8's were too small, and I. Could. Wear. The. Size. 4's! #BeforeAndAfterIf I can do this, so can you. I was lying to myself. I could ride 150 in two days....but I was FAT! Love yourself with good food and lots of activity. #BeforeAndAfterVeggie soup=200 cal, Ezekiel bread=160 cal, Oasis brand hummus=50 cal...410.Many of my friends asked how I'm getting healthier...so, I did this video. What do you think?
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ory_fbid=10216734538742379&id=1429299273 #BeforeAndAfterGoing live on FB in 25 minutes. I will be sharing what I eat and other tips about eating a more plant based diet. Find me...Marian van Dalen-Anderson.Oh my gosh. I'm in 170's!!!! I have not seen this number in almost 40 years!2nd half of my bike ride 13.17 milesOh my...I guess my hair was more bleached by the sun then I realized! #BeforeAndAfterHard to eat with a paint brush/color pencil/marker in your hand.
Feeling better about myself brings out the creativity.#BeforeAndAfters
Scary....but I needed to do this.Organized bike ride this morning. I planned to ride the 100km but I got a flat 3 miles out. So...I did the 50km, or about 30 miles. It was hot and WI dy but I killed my time. 2 1/2 hours including a rest stop of about 10 minutes.I. Hate. My. Scale!
I know it is lying to me. I know I'm getting stronger and building muscle. I know how this works....but....AHHHHHGGGRRRRRYUCK!!!!! I HATE MY SCALE....OK....I feel better.
Happy Motivational Monday! Make it a Sparky day! #BeforeAndAfterPosted a photoYesterday was not a good food day...I hate being away from home. My resolve seems to dissolve...
I will make today better.
I do look good, though! HeheheWeight is steady, meaning I need to change things up or go back to the basics. 1. Make soup 2. Track EVERYTHING! 3. Be intentional about exercise 4. Stick to 1200 calories 5. Go to my Spark friends for support #BeforeAndAfter#BeforeAndAfter
Never give up!#transformationtuesdatSquats are done and I may get a 2-3 hour bike ride in today. Happy Friday!Well, I was going to see my daughter and grandkids on Tuesday...she decided she doesn't want to see me...I will leave my house Tuesday, July 10th, and plan to return Sunday, August 5th. Most of that time I will be in Brazil. I will try to post and track as often as I can. CW 177...goal weight for Aug 5th, 175. #maintainnogain #BeforeAndAfterMexico City Airport waiting for my flight to some Paulo Brazil. I'm eating something in a tortilla shell with a little bit of chicken, some refried beans, avocado and a little bit of cheese. I'm trying to be careful because I really do not want to gain weight on this trip but it's going to be difficult because traveling makes me very, very hungry.Well. I may have to take this scale with me...172 This morning from Brazil. 176 at 6 hours ago. Water weighs and can make your day! Happy Friday my friends. Set boundaries, make healthier choices and don't apologize for raking care of You. #takebettercareofyoutocareforothersbetter.Food. Fresh. Brazilian. Too hard to track. What do you see?Today is one day I missed having a step counter. We were out and about 4 hours. We walked slowly but much more than usual for me. The market at Belo Horizonte was wonderful. This was lunch. We just got back from the grocery store...7 or 8 blocks away.#BeforeAndAfterI walked for hours again, today, over indulged and just plain enjoyed the day. Remember to be kind to yourself and don't apologize for making healthier choicesI finally have internet!!! No scale. No bike to ride and beans and rice twice a day here in Brazil!#BeforeAndAfterOk. Tomorrow I will be back on track to undo the damage done these past 27 days...First day of tracking after being off the grid about a month and I did well. I still feel like I've been run over by a truck but I managed to do some laundry and make dinner.I need some motivation. Seeing #BeforeAndAfter pictures helps me stay on track!Happy dayThe jumped up this morning!!! I'm telling myself it's all good...I just need to stick with what I know! #BeforeAndAfterYay! The scale finally moved in the ight direction. I'm still up 8 lbs from my pre-Brazil trip. But I will lose that and more!
I'm planning a long bike ride today.Back on the bike. 31.4 miles.I ate less calories than I burned yesterday!!!!11 a.m. and I'm wiped out. Taught from 6-9, stripped the bed, cleaned, parboiled, cut and bagged several dozen ears of sweet corn and I still have my first day of work at Dress Barn this afternoon, plus 3 more hours of teaching tonight...Some days you just need to eat eggs!
#thisveganlife #flexatarian #iloveeggsDepressed, defeated and wanting to crawl in a hole. Feeling good about my heath does bot remove the feelings of failure as a mother.Fozzie dog loves me.I've been up since 2 a.m. with about a half an hour nap, I have taught five classes this morning, had two cups of coffee, made 6 quarts of vegetable soup, and I didn't eat anything in the middle of the night! Victory is mine.Psst...yeah you...know what I did today? I went to the gym...shhhh.
Don't tell anyone. I think it is supposed to be a secret, because everyone there was so quiet, they didn't make eye contact or even smile.
So, I guess we keep it to ourselves...
WELL....I'M NOT KEEPING IT TO MYSELF. I. WENT. TO. THE. GYM!!!I did well! Ate late after work last night, but stayed within my calories all weekend. I was on my feet at work 5 hours yesterday and 4 hours today. This is new for me.Brunch8:45 a.m. and I rode the bike for 30 min, drank 2 glasses of water, taught 2 classes, took the girls to school....and now I'm eating oatmeal before teaching aboth class and off to work at Dress Barn! The first half of my day.Friday eve sunset on Lake Koshganong Lake, Wisconsin.Even though I have lost 50 pounds and can wear size 6 pants, I still feel ver self conscious about my apple belly.32 miles of biking and beat my time by 10 minutes. Rode to see my nutritionist and back. Felt great!Last week I traveled to AL to visit my daughter and was able to take her to the hospital for hand surgery. On the way home to WI my son called. He told me he was sick...he ended up being admitted to the hospital with a staff infection in his leg. Three days later and he is being transported to a bigger hospital in DC...This mama is heading out tomorrow to be with him. Two day drive...by myself. I'm determined to eat better on this trip.I have not been perfect these past few months, but I have maintained my weight. Had blood work done and everything went up! I'm so bummed! This means I can't cheat at All and I need to exercise every stinking day. Ugh.
I took myself off Metformin and a Statin drug...do I go back on them?
I eat only fish and chicken and a ton of veggies. I guess I have to back to strictly being vegan...Refocused. 30 min on the bike...everyday! No excuses! 1200-1400 calories. I will do this!Late, but I'm getting my 30 minutes in. #bikegirl10 pounds have been my nemesis. I have allowed them to stall my progress and steal my joy.#BeforeAndAfter
I will post pictures everyday if that helps keep me on track. Upside today, same weight I was last time I saw my nutritionist.Good day. Good choices. Good feelings. Good results.
Another B&A pictur to keep me motivated.
23 year difference. #BeforeAndAfterHappy New Year. I finished 2018 on a plane to Brazil and 5 lbs heavier than a year ago.
I'm determined to eat less and move more. I even brought my protein shakes with me.No beans, no rice. Dessert was had along with 2 espressos. Only meal I ate since I slept most of it. Recovering from yesterday's travel. #nobeanandriceforthisgirl
inBrazilWhat do you do when you've been eating too much Brazilian food? You go down and backup 15 flights of stairs with a walk around the block, squats and a jog around the apartment until your Fitbit reads 10,000 steps. Add in 20 jump squats and 50 jumping jacks. #sweatingishealthyAlmost 16,000 steps in 94 degree weather yesterday. I'm a little tired today. My friend and I are going by bus to the beach at Santos, BR today. Staying overnight and back tomorrow.Great nights sleep. Good coffee.
Good friend and 10,000 steps before 11 a.m.!Restless legs all night. 1 hour 4 minutes of sleep. Going to be a long day. Here's to more coffee!TBT #BeforeAndAfterMy last week in Brazil and today I'm flying to Salvador. Trying to get my steps in and watch my portions.Last week in Brazil before heading home to the Frozen Tundra.Day 28 of my trip and I don't feel so good... home Saturday.
Last night was pizza with young people from church.This happened. I was ready to shave my head and did this instead.
😁😎😄🙄I got on the scale this morning. 35 days since my last weigh in, 32 days in Brazil and I LOST 2 ILS!!I'm ready to get this party started...Day 4 being home from Brazil. The cold is gone but still do not feel well...at all.I moved some snow around...now I'm wrecked...
Happy news...hubby bought me a Blendtek and a battery operated brad nailer! Who says romance is dead?72 active minutes shoveling snow. I miss Brazil...A little impromptu cardio this morning. Snow shoveling in preparation of 40F today. Who needs the gym? Arms?💪🚶♀️❤The good thing about more snow is I got in another workout.Couch day...this cold weather is so hard....Great talk with my health coach this morning. I realized I need to work on my relationship with food. "It's not that food is burdensome, but it's my relationship to food."
Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. Ps. 55:22Struggling. I just don't feel well...3+ weeks. It makes it very difficult to do much of anything, let alone exercise...weight is maintaining....Maintaining weight, but I want to workout....my body is not cooperating.
This is week 4 of this flare up.
Happy Tuesday!My dad and me.Did you miss me? #BeforeAndAfterI'm BAAAACK!! I have been stuck for months with all my numbers. It was time for drastic measures. I joined Optavia and I'm losing weight again, my BP is normal and my clothes fit. 28lbs to my goal.I'm baaack!