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New Goals!

Monday, October 14, 2013

After my last entry, I went for a good run and when I came back, I was looking at my SparkPage. I've pretty much reached the goals I set for myself. Now it's time to refresh those goals and have some new challenges to work toward! I was thinking of joining a group challenge, but those aren't really for me.

New Goal #1: Eat dark leafy greens once per day (at least).

Dark leafy greens are very good for you, but I don't eat them regularly. Making a pointed effort to become more familiar with different greens sounds like a good idea. Kale, collards and spinach are on sale now so I'll be starting with those. Of course I've eaten them in the past, but having more than one or two ways to fix something sounds like a good idea. I like variety and if something becomes boring, I just won't eat it.

The last two recipes I've made: "Sesame scrambled tofu with sweet potatoes and kale" from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and, from the same book, "Sauteed Collards with Sausages" (homemade, vegan sausages!) and for an extra bonus I added a can of white beans. Good stuff. Oh, and a fall stew with butternut squash, lentils and spinach from the book Chloe's Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli. Also delish.

What to make next. . .

My second new goal is to run 13.1 miles. This goal will take a while to reach, but that's okay. I'm patient (except when it comes to the scale! Ha). For the very near future, though, I'm just getting back to running 5-7 miles regularly.

  
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SHILOBOOTH 10/17/2013 9:22AM

    I'm always struggling to get the greens in - I have to hide them in curries or potato dishes.

Well done on reaching your first set of goals emoticon

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SASSYLJB 10/15/2013 6:03AM

    You got this! As for the HM no doubt in my mind that you got that as well! Running is in out blood! Keep up the great work!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2013 10:46PM

    I like spinach and buy it but always seem to do the same thing with it. Either spinach salad or wilted spinach. I have not tried collards. I tried kale and liked the taste but not the texture.

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SUZIPAM1 10/14/2013 1:46PM

    keep us posted on your progress

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October Measurements

Monday, October 07, 2013

Measurements:

Weight: 172 - 10/7/2013 (171.4 - 8/7/2013, 161.2 - 12/28/2012, 164.4 - 10/20/2012, 167* - 9/28/2012, 162 - 8/29/2012, 165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -26

Waist: 30 - 10/7/2013 (31 - 8/7/2013, 28.25 - 12/28/2012, 28.75 - 10/29/2012, 29 - 9/28/2012, 29.25 - 8/29/2012, 29.75 - 7/20/2012, 30.5 - 6/21/2012, 30.5 - 6/12/2012, 30.5 - 5/22/2012, 31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = -4

Hips: 42.25 - 10/7/2013 (42.25 - 8/7/2013, 39.75, 40 - 10/29/2012, 40.5 - 9/28/2012, 40.75 - 8/29/2012, 41 - 7/20/2012, 42 - 6/21/2012, 42.5 6/12/2012, 43 - 5/22/2012, 44 - 4/23/12, 44 - 4/11/2012, 45.25 - 3/26/2012, 46 - 3/12/2012) --3.75

Thigh: 25.75 - 10/7/2013 (26 - 8/7/2013, 24.75 - 10/29/2012, 25 - 9/28/2012, 25 - 8/29/2012, 25.5 - 7/20/2012, 26 - 6/21/2012, 26.5 - 5/22/2012, 27.25 4/11/12, 28 - 3/12/2012) -2.25

Calf: 15.25 - 10/6/2013 (15.5 8/7/2013, 15 - 10/29/2012, 15.5 - 9/28/2012, 15.5 - 8/29/2012, 15.75 - 7/20/2012, 15.75 - 6/21/2012, 16 - 5/22/2012, 16 - 4/11/2012, 15.75 - 3/12/2012) -.5

Upper Arm: 12 - 10/7/2013 (12.5 - 8/7/2013 (11.75 - 12/28/2012, 12 - 9/28/2012, 12.25 - 8/29/2012, 12.5 - 7/20/2012, 12.5 - 6/21/2012 (13 - 5/22/12, 13 - 4/11/2012, 13.75 - 3/12/2012) -1.75

Hip-to-waist ratio: .71 - 10/7/2013 (.74 - 8/7/2013, .7 - 12/28/2012, .73 - 9/28/2012, .71 - 8/29/2012, .73 - 7/20/2012, .71 - 6/12/2012, .70 - 5/22/2012, .70 - 4/23/12, .73 - 4/11/2012, 0.73 - 3/26/2012, 0.74 3/12/2012)

Total inches lost as of 10/7/2013: 12.25 (8/7/2013: 10.25, 12/28/2012: 18, 10/29/2012: 17, 9/28/2012: 15.5, 8.29/2012: 14.75, 7/20/2012: 13, 6/21/2012: 10.75, 6/12/2012: 9.25, 5/22/2012: 8.75, 4/23/2012: 6.25)

*Switched scales 9/28/2012. This one says 3-5 pounds heavier than the one I was using as my "official" weigh in scale.

Kind of disappointed here. I thought I'd have smaller measurements because I feel like I've been working my butt off. It is what it is. I'll just keep trying. I've felt better about myself lately, because I've been exercising harder. . . but seeing this is kind of like being slapped down. Not to be so negative, but ugh. Any encouragement is seriously welcome.

  
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SHILOBOOTH 10/8/2013 6:26AM

    Wow you are doing well. If only the body were like a machine and logical but alas things never work out as anticipated but keep at it. It will all come together :D

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KNYAGENYA 10/7/2013 1:08PM

    That is awesome. You might not be losing as fast as you want but you are losing. Keep up the good work.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/7/2013 11:45AM

    You could be putting on muscle since you are exercising harder. At any rate you have done really great losing pounds and inches. Concentrate on more how you feel and how your clothes fit and less on how much you weigh and your measurements. You have gained better health from your hard work. It's invaluable. Keep working and the rest will follow.

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NEPTUNE1939 10/7/2013 11:15AM

    Great job in your record keeping. I've been powerlifting for the last 8-weeks keeping accurate records. I replaced 4.3 pounds of FAT for 4.3 pounds of lean muscle. I too expected more but now realize progress will be slow. Our bodies need time to adjust so don't be disheartened. Your efforts WILL pay off in health benefits. emoticon emoticon emoticon Earl

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Back With August Measurements

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

I thought I was doing better lately, getting back on track for the most part with food and being better with exercising (not as good as I was or as I could be, but getting there), yet the scale keeps creeping up. Honestly, today getting on the scale and seeing that number was very upsetting. Maybe I'm overreacting or just having a bad day, but it's hard not to worry that you're going to gain everything back when you worked so hard to lose it.

Measurements:

Weight: 171.4 - 8/7/2013 (161.2 - 12/28/2012, 164.4 - 10/20/2012, 167* - 9/28/2012, 162 - 8/29/2012, 165 - 7/16/2012, 169 - 6/17/2012, 171 - 6/4/2012, 175 - 5/19/2012, 180 - 4/23/12, 191 - 3/13/2012, 198 - 1/18/2012) -26.6 (it WAS -36.8 lbs)

Waist: 31 - 8/7/2013 (28.25 - 12/28/2012, 28.75 - 10/29/2012, 29 - 9/28/2012, 29.25 - 8/29/2012, 29.75 - 7/20/2012, 30.5 - 6/21/2012, 30.5 - 6/12/2012, 30.5 - 5/22/2012, 31.25 - 4/23/12, 32 - 4/11/2012, 33 - 3/26/2012, 34 - 3/12/2012) = -5.75 inches to -3

Hips: 42.25 - 8/7/2013 (39.75, 40 - 10/29/2012, 40.5 - 9/28/2012, 40.75 - 8/29/2012, 41 - 7/20/2012, 42 - 6/21/2012, 42.5 6/12/2012, 43 - 5/22/2012, 44 - 4/23/12, 44 - 4/11/2012, 45.25 - 3/26/2012, 46 - 3/12/2012) -6.25 inches to -3.75

Thigh: 26 - 8/7/2013 (24.75 - 10/29/2012 (25 - 9/28/2012, 25 - 8/29/2012, 25.5 - 7/20/2012, 26 - 6/21/2012, 26.5 - 5/22/2012, 27.25 4/11/12, 28 - 3/12/2012) -3.25 to -2

Calf: 15.5 8/7/2013 (15 - 10/29/2012, 15.5 - 9/28/2012 (15.5 - 8/29/2012, 15.75 - 7/20/2012, 15.75 - 6/21/2012, 16 - 5/22/2012, 16 - 4/11/2012, 15.75 - 3/12/2012) -.75 to .25

Upper Arm: 12.5 - 8/7/2013 (11.75 - 12/28/2012, 12 - 9/28/2012, 12.25 - 8/29/2012, 12.5 - 7/20/2012, 12.5 - 6/21/2012 (13 - 5/22/12, 13 - 4/11/2012, 13.75 - 3/12/2012) -2 to 1.25

Hip-to-waist ratio: .74 - 8/7/2013 (.7 - 12/28/2012, .73 - 9/28/2012, .71 - 8/29/2012, .73 - 7/20/2012, .71 - 6/12/2012, .70 - 5/22/2012, .70 - 4/23/12, .73 - 4/11/2012, 0.73 - 3/26/2012, 0.74 3/12/2012)

Total inches lost as of 8/8/2013: 10.25 (12/28/2012: 18, 10/29/2012: 17, 9/28/2012: 15.5, 8.29/2012: 14.75, 7/20/2012: 13, 6/21/2012: 10.75, 6/12/2012: 9.25, 5/22/2012: 8.75, 4/23/2012: 6.25)

*Switched scales 9/28/2012. This one says 3-5 pounds heavier than the one I was using as my "official" weigh in scale.

Well, that was super depressing! I guess it's better, though, to have a clear idea where I am now versus being unaware and having that ominous, vague "I feel BIGGER" feeling.

Exercise: I need to work on getting my consistency back. I haven't been running as much as I'd like, so I need to work on that. Since I've gotten so out of practice, I'm down to running 2-4 miles a pop which seems like squat since I WAS running closer to 5.5 to 7. Then my shoes needed to be replaced and I didn't really have the money to spend (and, frankly, was kind of in a funk) so I started running less and less. . . Now I have new shoes again and the difference is incredible (My ankles don't feel like they're full of hot, ground glass after a run! Whoohoo!), though I'm out of practice so it's harder. I think if I'm consistent, it will get easier soon enough. I just need to get through the "getting reacquainted with running" period.

I have been doing Jillian Michael's Ripped In 30 again, but with ten pound weights versus mostly five pounders. I can do most of the reps in Level 1 -- even the front arm lifts with the side lunges--which is quite a difference and something to be proud of.

Food: Yeah, not much to say here. I was having some serious cravings (sugarsugarsugarsugar!), but it seems like those are *finally* under control. I feel like for the most part, I really have been eating whole foods and healthy overall -- it's just when those cravings hit and things go downhill. (That with not exercising enough has certainly contributed to my weight gain, I'm sure.) I've been trying to do damage control when I do eat that junk. For example: instead of two bowls of frosted flakes (no milk added), one bowl and a mixture of half corn flakes and half frosted flakes. I know, still garbage food, but not AS bad two times the amount and all sugary-sweet frosted flakes. (It's the sweet plus the crunch that draws me in. It doesn't even matter that it's a flat, one-dimensional sweetness. Ugh. Cravings suck! I hate that I crave things I don't even especially like.) But, again, it seems like I've finally gotten that under control again.

I wonder if I need to change my mindset. That I'll never be "over" emotional eating or cravings like that, but that I can handle it most of the time and deal with it when I need to. It seems like whenever I think I've mastered emotional eating, it suddenly comes back and knocks me on my butt, if that makes sense. Perhaps it's more realistic, and therefore less stressful, to just be aware that I'll probably always tend toward emotional eating if I'm not careful. Not that I need to be hypervigiliant, necessarily, but to know if I start to again, I'll just have to deal with it and it's not like I've "failed." I've had so much guilt about eating badly these last few months (well, longer than that) and that's probably only made things worse. I'm not sure I'm explaining this correctly, but hopefully I'm doing alright. I guess I just need to stop feeling crummy about myself for backsliding a bit and, instead, GET BACK TO IT. I feel immeasurably better about myself when I'm exercising regularly, anyway. Cravings are subdued by it, too, which is all the more reason to really focus on getting a workout 4-6 days a week.

Anyway, I need to think on this while I go for a run. . . right now!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/8/2013 4:49PM

    I'm sure your measurements and weight were disappointing but it sounds like you have made some positive changes and that you can build on.

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KNYAGENYA 8/7/2013 11:41AM

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"What are thigh gaps and why you probably arenít going to get one from weight loss"

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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This morning I came across this blog and thought I'd share with you guys. I've accepted that I'll never have that thigh gap due to how my femurs are set and how my body is muscled and how it holds onto fat (more pear than apple). It's not necessarily good or bad. It's just how my body is, and that's okay. It can't hurt to read something that makes you feel a little better about yourself, though!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/19/2013 10:56PM

    I had always heard that thigh gaps were not desired. I think they look bad. Things must have changed.

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PCOLAGATOR 6/12/2013 8:55PM

    I have a thigh gap only because I have wide hips. I had one when I weighed 220 so it really has nothing to do with just being thin

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BAREFITNESS 6/12/2013 4:50PM

    Wow, I never knew that~and to think it was just "narrow hips" and not any thigh exercises! Great blog emoticon

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KBEHNKE81 6/12/2013 2:19PM

    Yup. Gotta work with what you have.

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KNYAGENYA 6/12/2013 2:05PM

    Whew! What a load off of my mind.

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MARTHROID 6/12/2013 12:34PM

    I get that! I'm right there with you. I was just watching a woman on a show last night that made me think about that. In that blog, it looks like one woman rides a horse everyday LOL!

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Well! That was a surprise. . .

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Yesterday, I went to the doctor because I suspected I have a small hernia behind my navel. It turns out I was right about that, but luckily they think it's a bit of fat and NOT a bit of intestine that's pushed through. That was a relief. For now, I only need to keep an eye on it. It's tender and if I move the wrong way, it hurts, but otherwise isn't really a big deal. Phew! Obviously, if it gets much worse I'll need surgery, but hopefully that won't be an issue.

The surprise was that I may also have an peptic ulcer. Whaaaaat? I assumed my loss of appetite, nausea, feeling bloated, pain after eating, pain when laying down and trying to sleep and all the other symptoms I've been having were all related to the hernia since it came at the same time, but I guess they don't think so. I'm now armed with Prilosec so hopefully that will help. I hate taking medication when it isn't truly necessary, but this is really a big biatch. Basically, eating anything (and I mean anything -- even bland, boring oatmeal) = pain. I don't smoke, very rarely drink alcohol, very rarely take ibuprofen or anything like that (it bothers my stomach and I'd rather be a bit sore and suck it up than have a sour stomach). . . so I kind of feel like "WTF? Why is this happening?" . . . Oh well. I just hope the Prilosec helps things heal up.

Sooooo that's what's going on with me at the moment. I had gotten off track, eating a bunch of junk/sweets (some seriously evil cravings), but this whole "eating = pain" has kind of put an end to that. Heh. So there's one bright spot, I guess! Ha.

  
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SHILOBOOTH 4/30/2013 12:46PM

    Oh my! Hope you start to get back into feeling your normal self soon x

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AMARILYNH 4/25/2013 3:25PM

    I hope this will solve the problem!! I too dislike taking medications but sometimes its really necessary!! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/25/2013 3:12PM

    I had ulcers years ago and got rid of them. Did they test you to see if it was H.pylori? They usually treat it with antibiotics if you have it.

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HAPPYDOES 4/25/2013 12:58PM

    Hi, I'm Josie. I saw your blog on the huddle wall at the SFR group.
I'm sorry to hear about your troubles and really hope you are feeling much better and are back up to speed soon.

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PAMDAQTPI 4/25/2013 12:33PM

    I'm the same way about medications, they often mess up more than they fix. Give the Prilosec some time and see if it helps. I hope you're feeling better soon. Definitely not the way I'd want to be convinced to eat less.

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TRACYLYNN853 4/25/2013 11:37AM

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DLBROWN93 4/25/2013 11:37AM

    Hope you are feeling better.

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GERARLAUR 4/25/2013 11:32AM

    Give the Prilosec time to get into your system. It takes a while. Good luck.

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