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The Plan

Thursday, January 31, 2013

After my last blog post, I took everyoneís advice. I talked to my parents first when we were all calm this morning. Last night, I made a plan for myself that I thought I should be following, based on all of the research I have done on how to properly lose weight. It definitely includes more meals to speed up my metabolism! This is what it looks like:

Breakfast:
1 glass of milk OR 1 protein shake if I worked out the night before
4 blanched almonds
Vitamins
*I canít eat in the morning because I will get an upset stomach if I do.

Snacks (before lunch):
Green smoothie (blended up spinach, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes with water)
And if Iím extra hungry, 1 cup of Special K Original cereal

Lunch (at school):
Apples OR Special K Original cereal
And if I feel like mixing things up, just something healthy

Lunch (when I get home):
1 glass of milk
Salad OR cereal OR soup

Dinner:
Whatever my family is having
*Itís hard for me to plan out my dinner, because that is our family time, so whether we go out or eat in, we all eat pretty much the same thing. Though, most of the time, we eat in, and itís always healthy!

I also plan to exercise everyday! At least run 1 mile each day. On top of that, I plan to exercise for at least 2 hours three times in a week!

Iím being really serious this time around. All my Kodak moments are coming up this year before June Ė Sweet 16, prom, graduation Ė so I have to lose my excess weight by then. For one thing, I joined SparkPeople, this AMAZING support system. I even downloaded an app on my iPhone that records my calories and exercise, so I can log my foods as soon as soon as I eat them if I donít have a laptop nearby. In addition, I can compare two foods, so it deters me from eating any unhealthy foods. I was also thinking back to why my past attempts at dieting always failed, and I realized it was because I would forget my motivation (not lose it). I would start out strong, and then just go downhill from there. To make sure this doesnít become a problem this time around, I made a HUGE poster representing my motivation and hung it up in my room, and wrote a few quotes in each of my notebooks so I have a constant reminder. Hopefully, this time around, it works! Thank you for all your support!

  
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DEE1221 2/1/2013 4:06PM

    You can do it. Just don't starve yourself!! You are a teenager. You have to enjoy life to!
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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/31/2013 8:20PM

    Great plan and so glad you spoke to your family and it worked out. Have you talked to your doctor about what they consider your ideal weight for your height and bone structure, that is the only thing that worries me now. Maybe you just need a little toning. You look great in your profile pic to me. You are a very beutiful lady.
Sincerely,
Marcia emoticon

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I Hate My Parents!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Itís no secret to anyone that I have gained 20 pounds in the past year. Contrary to what my parents think, their constant nagging on the subject isnít my only reminder that Iím fat. I know I am, without their constant reminders, and I know that I have to lose weight. That is why I have been exercising regularly and controlling my diet, especially portion size. (Excuse me Mother dear, but werenít you the first one to notice that I only eat half of what I used to?)
Currently, Iím still in high school. Before I leave for school, I drink a glass of milk, just because it upsets my stomach if I eat anything that early in the morning. We have lunch at 11:45 AM, and all I eat is half an apple (because no one eats a full meal at school). The six hours between the time I wake up and eat lunch, I am living off of my 1 cup of milk. Milk is pretty filling, but it canít contain a person for six hours! I need some food during that time! I pack a granola bar or something healthy, but before I leave, my mom sneakily takes it out of my bag, and when I get to school, I open my lunch box to find only a water bottle and half an apple!
As if that alone isnít bad enough, get a load of this. So I usually eat a real lunch when I get home at 3:00. But since Iím ďtaking in too many calories during the dayĒ, my parents told me to stop eating when I come home! Now, when I come home from school, having eaten only half of an apple and a glass of milk in the past 9 hours, I can only drink 1 glass of milk. Iím banned from eating food when I come home with the exception of dinner. The worst part is that my dad works from home, so he will constantly be at home to make sure that I donít break that rule; if I do, I will be severely punished.
I hate my parents! I really do! I never used to say that I hated anyone, because hate is a really strong word, but this, along with other stuff that has been going on which I wonít get into, I say it all the time because thatís how strongly I feel! Iíve tried talking to them on countless occasions, but when I argue, I just get shot down. Iíll say it now and Iíll keep saying it for a thousand years to come Ė I hate my parents! Iím sorry I wasnít born the model you wanted me to be, but Iím even sorrier to be ďblessedĒ with parents like you two who donít see me and everything I go through.

  
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SERENEART 1/30/2013 7:28PM

    I'm sorry to hear that your parents are being like this. I would try to talk to them one more time.. maybe keep a food diary for a few days with the total number of calories. As you may know if you eat to little, it slows your metabolism. I'm guessing your not meeting your daily intake for calories. You can go online...and probably even on spark find out what your calorie intake should be.

If they still won't listen, go to the school counselor or if you can get to your doctor. You may need to tell your parents your not feeling well, due to dizziness, not being able to concentrate...symptoms associated with starvation...if they say and/or think nothing is wrong.



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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/30/2013 7:07PM

    Dear sweetheart , it sounds like your whole family has eating disorders by all you are saying on your blog!!!! I think you all need to go into counselling both individually and family. The photo you have on your profile does not look grossly overweight. I had an overeating problem all my life and can sincerely hear what you are saying about problems with parents but, you need to communicate with them in order to have a healthy nutritional intake as well as improved relationships as a family. Please don't begin to close yourself off from my advice. You can take what you want and leave the rest but you seem intelligent. Seek some kind of advice either a counsellor at school or nurse at school. Be the intelligent force in your own life and begin to focus on a solution to your issues not a person that is a victim by saying you hate your parents!
Sincerely,
Marcia
p.s. dont give up!!!

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DEE1221 1/30/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon You are in a difficult situation. You are a growing young woman that needs good nutrition to be strong and healthy. I wish I could help. I would feed you!!

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MOTHER-NATURE 1/30/2013 6:45PM

    I agree, I think it would be very wise for you to sit down with your family doctor and talk about your concerns re: parents and what your NOT eating ... you need to be eating THREE meals a day ... Good luck !

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HEALTHY4ME 1/30/2013 6:34PM

    Okay if they are not allowing you to eat other than what you are saying, go to a school councelor or dr. You must have more food than that and you won't lose any wt, only get sick. Your parents are none too bright, sorry but that is just silly. People do have to eat. Most parents are worried their daughters will become anorexic. Geesh get help my dear.

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LAURISM 1/30/2013 6:12PM

  I am sorry for your situation. Quite possibly, your body may be storing fat because you're NOT eating enough calories, which is a losing battle. If your body thinks its starving it stores fat.

I'm not sure how to get around your parents, but you do need to eat 3 good meals a day. You'll have more energy and I bet you'll see better results!

Good Luck to you.

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Low Fat/Low Sugar Goodies Buffet

Monday, December 31, 2012

I wanted to surprise my mom today. She has a day off from work tomorrow for New Years. If there's one thing she hates doing, it's cooking when she wakes up on her day off. I've wanted to make these recipes for a while now, so I thought it would only be fitting to make them over New Years. All the recipes require time to chill, so I'll make them today , and they'll be ready to eat tomorrow. Here is the dazzling, star-studded menu:
1) 3 layer Oreo pie 2) Oreo truffles

These sound really fatty and sugary, right? Wrong! Every single recipe is low in fat AND low sugar! All of these recipes are complete with low fat and low sugar ingredients (except for the Oreos - well maybe not too much). I'm using fat free cream cheese, fat free whipped topping, fat free skim milk, fat free and sugar free pudding mix, and reduced fat Oreos.

I also want to make this amazing recipe that my cousin made - cheese rolls (but a light version, of course). I'll probably make them tomorrow.

I'll post the recipes to all three dishes soon, so keep an eye out for them!

  


Thank God for SparkPeople!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Yesterday, I posted a blog on SparkPeople about how my dad was really mean to me, and didn't understand what I was going through. What I got was an unbelievable amount of support from the SparkPeople community. I am just left in awe at the overwhelming love and support this community has for each other, and I must say that I don't like it; I LOVE IT! emoticon

I know that Thanksgiving was a month ago, but I wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you guys. Just by joining SparkPeople for 2 weeks, I have realized why my past diets have ended up failing eventually - I did not have the proper support from my family and friends.

So from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SO MUCH! emoticon



  
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STODD251 1/2/2013 10:13AM

    That is one of the best things about sparkpeople. I love having people here to support me. I don't think I could have done it without them, but try to find a few friends or family members who can support you in real life too. Having gym buddies is really motivating for me.

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PICKIE98 12/31/2012 3:03PM

    You deserve all that life has set aside for you.. All you need to do is go down the road and grab it as you pass by. Spark life is the best!

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USFBULL 12/30/2012 11:34PM

    Welcome to the best journey you have ever taken. Gets better every year. I still don't do all the things I need to but I'm constantly making progress. Spark On! emoticon emoticon on making the recipe, change it and make it your own. Try adding some Peppermint extract to the filling and you have instant holiday cookies. emoticon Keep your eye on the target and keep improving your skill set. Life is meant to be enjoyed not endured. emoticon

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I Hate My Family!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I have been dying to make an Oreo pie ever since I saw a picture of it on Pinterest. After my cousin made some Oreo truffles, I decided to try those out as well since I already had Oreos and cream cheese. I picked everything up from the grocery store on Thursday, and I decided to make it today. (You should probably know that my mom starts freaking out every time I use an appliance.) Well, I had to grind up the Oreos in a food processor. My mom told me that she would grind them up for me, so I agreed to spare her from having a heart attack. My mom asked how many cookies she needed to grind, and I replied around 30.

My dad flipped out! He screamed and yelled! Why? I was using too many Oreos in my recipe! While the rest of my family would only eat like eight to ten all together, I wanted to eat the other twenty or so truffles, let alone the pie. Seriously? I don't think anyone can eat more than three or four, Dad! Then, he said, "Honestly, Jamie, do you know how much fat is in one cookie? You can't afford to gain that! Do you think you're skinny? Because you're not! You're fat! And you want to eat 40 Oreo cookies?!" I just broke down crying, said I wasn't going to make them anymore, and ran to my room. And then he had the nerve to say, "Oh, you're not making them? Good!" emoticon

F.Y.I. I was making a low fat and low sugar version of these recipes. The Oreos were the only thing which contained a substantial amount of fat and sugar. Everything else, like the cream cheese, whipped topping, and chocolate pudding was fat free and low sugar! And obviously, I was going to run my butt off after I made it and it was just chilling in the fridge! emoticon

  
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ANIKA_BELLE 12/30/2012 5:18PM

    Thanks for the support everybody! My dad and I are all good now. emoticon He came and apologized to me later. Then I explained that the only reason I needed 30 Oreos was because I was making 2 different recipes.
Today, my family finished ALL of the Oreos! So I was telling my mom that we need to go get some more! (And I heard that they make Reduced Fat Oreos!) So she basically started lecturing me like my dad did yesterday, only in a slightly nicer manner. My dad stopped her!
So I'm still going to make my recipes tomorrow! emoticon

But I just want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you! Thank you so much for the support! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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WINNIE-POOH 12/29/2012 10:42PM

    He needs a hug. emoticon Don't let him get you involved in his negativity. He emoticon should have been nicer about it. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/29/2012 7:23PM

    Awww, Sweeite. I know how you feel. My Mom was a lot like your Mom. That was rude, and mean spirited of your Dad. Like Pickie said, he is clueless. You are using Spark People for a tool, to get to where you want to be. It's to bad he can't be proud of that, and be more encouraging.
You just be the best person you can be, and try not to let other people's words discourage you. I know it's tough at times. Hang in there! emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 12/29/2012 7:17PM

    I guess your dad is concerned about your health and fitness, but he has a poor way of communicating it. I have to agree that a treat consisting of primarily Oreos isn't the greatest choice, but if my daughter wanted to make it, I'd let her, and try to spread the treats around to as many people as possible to keep us from overdoing it. You might try some Hungry Girl recipes that are lower in fat and calories and get your dad excited about your cooking choices.

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TXTOAD9970 12/29/2012 7:13PM

    emoticon sounds like a good recipe

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PICKIE98 12/29/2012 7:13PM

    O*M*G!!!!!!!!
Somebody sees themselves as king of the world...
If you want to, you can stand in line to be poster child for dysfunctional families with me!! My mother (86 years old) could make mince meat out of your dad, clueless though he may be!!)
She flips off priests(we are Catholic) and screams at anybody who does not do her bidding. (lifelong habit).

I hope you tossed all of he ingredients in a bag and gift wrapped it for dear old dad for his birthday.
Or for the starving children in Third World countries...
I can totally relate...

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