ELLIEFUNT   32,599
30,000-39,999 SparkPoints
ELLIEFUNT's Recent Blog Entries

New inspiration!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My 12 year old daughter recently joined the cross country team at school. The girl who complains about her legs hurting after a day at the zoo. The girl who complains about being tired during a hike in the woods.

This girl ran a 2 mile race yesterday. She didn't win - but she finished the race! I'm so proud of her. I had tears in my eyes as she passed me on the final leg to the finish line. My girl RAN! (yes she walked a bit) but still she ran!

As I headed out for my wog (walk/jog) this morning I thought of her and her pushing herself to finish even though she was tired. I ran longer during my jog sprints and faster. Yes, I still walked but the jogging part was much longer than it has been in the past. I did 2 miles in 30 minutes. No, I'm not breaking any records. But like my daughter, I ran and I finished!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CINDYAST 9/27/2013 1:43PM

    emoticon emoticon
It's amazing how our kids can inspire us. Awesome.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FEELINGFITERIN 9/24/2013 10:47PM

    Like mother, like daughter. Awesome! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LADYJAJA 9/22/2013 10:56AM

  I know you're feeling pretty good about yourself, as well you should! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEELIXNKES 9/19/2013 7:52PM

    emoticon emoticon

That's great and sounds like a lovely way to connect with your daughter as you will be able to work on your running times and distances.

Report Inappropriate Comment
UWPALUM 9/18/2013 6:10PM

    good job!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHY4ME 9/18/2013 4:21PM

    YAAAAAAAAAAY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Awesoome for you both!!!! Great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BABY_GIRL69 9/18/2013 12:57PM

    Isn't it odd that the things we desire them to do they seem like it is too hard. Let them have the desire and BAM they are off & finishing races... Tears in my eyes for you too because my youngest (16yrs old) is the same, complains from bug bites but wants to go out for every sport there is...lol

God bless & enjoy the wog!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Bye bye MapMyFitness!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My test run today.

Fitbit 2.18 miles (I had less than 1/2 mile on it when I started.)
MapMyFitness 3.64 miles
Sparkpeople map - 1.85 miles

So, my FitBit is measuring correctly. Not sure what is up with MapMyFitness. Going to delete that app and look for a different one.

Have one that you love? Share, please! It has to be compatible with an Ipod touch - no Iphone for me. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FEELINGFITERIN 9/24/2013 10:49PM

    Have you tried "Runmeter"? My husband and I both love it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEELIXNKES 9/13/2013 11:01AM

    Sorry the app that I used before I got my fitbit appears to be discontinued. Hope that you found something that works for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHARTERDAWN 9/13/2013 12:18AM

  Do you need something more than your fitbit? At this point I do not have a smart phone, Ipod or Ipad. I hope to get an Ipad some day.....

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHAUNAD30 9/12/2013 10:43AM

    What about CardioTrainer?

Report Inappropriate Comment

FitBit vs. MapMyFitness (conflicting information)

Monday, September 09, 2013

Today I wore my Fitbit for my morning wog (walk/jog). I also uploaded mapmyfitness to my Ipod touch.

I got very conflicting results.

Fitbit reads 5,271 steps and 2.18 miles.
MapMyfitness read 4.82 miles

Since I wogged in our local park and zigzagged all over the place, I can't run a map on Sparkpeople or other sites.

why such a dramatic difference? Which is right?

Tomorrow I will stick to the streets and see which is correct.

anyone else have a problem like this?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ELLIEFUNT 9/9/2013 7:50PM

    It's the app that tracks the mileage by gps on my ipod touch. so it tracked as I did it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASRMOM 9/9/2013 2:01PM

    What a difference! Did you have one marked as both ways and one as one way? That is the only thought I have! (It's something I would do.)

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEELIXNKES 9/9/2013 1:53PM

    On map my fitness were you using a app that tracks the mileage or did you enter the map manually? If you entered the map manually did you uncheck the option (if there is one on that page) for there and back?

Hope you get it sorted out soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment

30 day menu plan - but now re-thinking

Monday, March 25, 2013

So, it's almost 3 months since going gluten free. I feel pretty good, if not fantastic. I bought a Fitbit and have been pushing myself to hit 10,000 - 13,000 steps a day. Started back doing Slim in 6 and Turbo Fire.

The scale has gone up. emoticon How can that be? I'm discouraged but not giving up.

I was going to list my 30 day menu that I sat down and wrote out. But now I need to re-think that. Use it as a tool to see where my problem is. I'm trying to limit GF pasta to once a week as well as gf breads. Then we get into the issue of rice - that's on there at least once a week. Do I cut it out completely or get back to measuring every thing.

For the rest of this month and into April I think I will measure all my grains. I'm toying with the idea of cutting them out all together - since they are a trigger food for me. (There's another blog post in itself!)

So, here are a few weeks of my menu's - some with the sides listed some without because I'm not sure what we'll serve yet. I always have a big veggie as a side item as well as a starch. Maybe someone out there could give me some insight. to me a meal isn't complete unless you have a meat, a starch and a veggie. How do I break out of that thinking?

Roast Chicken - with veggies
Taco's - normally with Spanish rice but I may have a taco salad.
Chicken strips - homemade/gf breading.
Pasta (gf) and meatballs.
Pork chops
Smoked sausage & fermented saurkraut
Shrimp kabobs - usually on rice
Roast pork - probably veggies
Meatballs - probably with pasta
Orange chicken - rice
Pasta bake
Ham steak with scalloped potatoes
Homemade gf pizza
tilapia - normally I love rice with fish
Pot roast - veggies
Chili - pasta & toppings
Teriyake chicken - rice - again!

Now that I'm looking at it - it's crazy. I eat way too many carbs. How do you break that cycle? Giving up bread & regular pasta was easier than cutting out all these carbs.

Please someone help me! What is on your menu's if you're cutting out carbs?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEELIXNKES 3/25/2013 9:20AM

    Could the scale be showing water retention due to increased activity level? Have you tried increasing your water above 10 glasses a day? Are you eating at the recommended calorie level for your activity level? I understand the frustration completely. Are you limiting your grain intake to dinner only? I try to limit grain intake to one or two meals a day only. I have to do it for a health reason but it wasn't easy at first to find lunch options that didn't have bread. I occasionally have bread or cereal at breakfast but more often than not I have fruit, nuts, and/or yogurt.

For Asian dishes, I either mix rice and quinoa together so it is a better option or lately I have been serving them over steamed cauliflower and broccoli instead of rice. DH actually liked that option and said he didn't miss the rice.

Hang in there and keep pushing. You will figure it out.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHY4ME 3/25/2013 9:17AM

    I don't know what to tell you as I had a hard time eliminating carbs when I did it alone and tried paleo. I would just buy gf bread etc. and that is just changing one thing for anothher. After dr, physio, massage, chiro are not helping e with my arthritis pain, I decided to go to naturopath. She had me gf, sugar and dairy free for 3 wks, I did it cold turkey. that is not even gf bread as it has sugar, Anything with a sugar in the ingredient list. So for 3 wks I dit that and didnt cheat once, not at all. Lost 10 lbs and felt great pain lesseened. then went back she took me off the garlic and cinnamon pills, put me on some that are more for pain and inflammation and so far still for anmother 6 wks so 4 to go, the same diet. Had a friend whos son was told to limit his carbs to 50 g and she was so worried. I said it wont hurt him, perhaps help. I feel better, right now my pain is bad but we still haven't figured what is triggerig it. I had bad sciatica for 2 summers past, and am getting it on the other side now. oh well doing all I can.
So I am allowed 2 serv of startches a day, 2 serv of frut a day and 1 serv of greek yog if I want. I MUST have 2 cups fo greens and 1 cup of veggies daily.
So it cn be done, I eat meat for supper daily as I too can't figure and imagine with out it. I eat it with a ton of veggies not always carbs. I haven't had rice, did buy gf past and had spag. once, but was hard to find a spag. sauce without added sugar. but did and wasnt that tasty. but okay.
Hope you can figure it out. tons of recipes out there but still have to get your mind in the right set. that sme now, saying not an elimination but healthy clean eating.
Gotta scoot dog wants out. HUGS

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELRIDDICK 3/25/2013 7:24AM

  Thanks for sharing. I don't believe in cutting out anything because then you build a desire for something you deny yourself and set yourself up for failure when you give in to the impulse. Moderation is the key, avoiding certain foods without telling yourself you can't have it, or allow yourself one meal with that included once every couple of weeks is when helps me.

Report Inappropriate Comment

What started as an experiment is now a lifestyle.

Monday, February 25, 2013

My husband & I started a gluten free diet on January 1st of this year. We thought we'd do it as an experiment for 6 months. Hubby has elevated liver enzymes and told his doctor he would like to see if a gf diet would help with those levels before going on medication. He agreed that it would be worth it. I chose to do it for general health reasons and to lose weight.

Here we are about 8 weeks later. Hubby has lost 10 lbs. and feels so much more energetic. I've lost about 2 lbs., have more energy and my joints aren't achy like they were before. But I've learned that I probably am gluten intolerant. For the first time in years I ate pancakes (gluten free) and didn't get sick. I love pancakes but hated the way they made me feel afterwards. Same goes with cereal. I never ate much of it before because of the way it made me feel. I tried gluten free chex this weekend and am happy to report no side effects!

But I made a really bad decision this weekend. We went to dinner for my daughters 15th birthday. Italian food. Hubby & I decided it would be our "cheat" meal. Day 2 - I'm still paying for it. I haven't been this sick from food in a long, long time. And I don't want to feel this way again!

Hubby kind of chuckled last night. We started this diet as an experiment for his liver enzymes and general health and here it appears that I do have a gluten sensitivity. Years before I would complain about stomach issues. Never once connecting them to gluten or wheat.

There's no going back now. I don't want to feel sick. I'm going to use food as medicine. Not a way to poison myself.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEELIXNKES 2/25/2013 10:22AM

    Glad it is working for you both!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHY4ME 2/25/2013 9:54AM

    I am on gf for 3 months from my naturopath apointment along with dairy free, sugar free. Amazing day 3 and no real cravings. I have more energy but she also upped my vit d to 4,000 Iu a day I was taking 2. So not sure what all is going on for me, as I haven't been on long and taking supplements too. She will take some supplements away, after she figures my gut is cleaner and then we will start the eliminations.
Glad you have found out and are feeling better. At least you know now.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROTTMOM71 2/25/2013 9:28AM

    Glad that you are both having success with the new way of eating. I suspect more ppl are gluten intolerant than are aware of it.

Sorry about the Italian food--sometimes you live and learn, right? Hope you feel better!

Have a great week!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BUSYGRANNY5 2/25/2013 7:28AM

    Very interesting! Gluten free sounds like the way to be for you and your hubby!

Have a great week!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WELLNESSME09 2/25/2013 7:28AM

    Wishing you much luck towards your goals...all is worth experimenting! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Last Page