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In Desperate Need of Motivation & Tips

Saturday, February 12, 2011

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Greetings to my supportive SP Family & Friends.
First of all, let me apologize for taking so long to update you on what's been going on (and not to make excuses, but it's just been one thing after the other; or so it seems).
So where do I begin without turning this n2 my lifes story? Okay, I got it.
Last year around this time; I started having pains throughout the lower lumbar section of my back. After months of doctor visits; we were finally able to find out what the problem is. It was found that I have a bone degenerative disease (allegedly, a slight case). The cartilage in my L5 vertibrae has desentergrated. However, no matter how slight it is; it's still pretty painful @ times. Somedays, I can't even walk or stand too long without experiencing sharp spasms.

Nonetheless, they have me going to physical therapy a few days out of the week. On top of that, this weight hasn't budged much and that also plays a major role in this whole scenerio.

That being said, I'm trying to find a simple yet effective routine that I can do focusing on my core, back fat and thighs. Nothing too rigorous; like I said .... simple yet effective. The KEY here is to LOSE & TONE!

I've decided to set short term realistic goals for myself. Something like 10 lbs in 3 weeks. emoticon

Do you think that's realistic enough? This way I'm not putting too much pressure on myself and hopefully I can stick to it more. emoticon

Furthermore, I still haven't gotten a pc or laptop yet (keep your fingers crossed for this week). But once I do, I will be more diligent with blogs and video updates.

Please feel free to give me your insight on how you think I should tackle this; whether it be exercise tips, how many days, exercise equipment, work outs from home, realistic goals, the best time to exercise etc ....
I truly value your opinions and guidance and thank you in advance. emoticon emoticon

  
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FITWITHIN 2/12/2011 8:22PM

    First and for most you need doctor clearance. Secondly, your going to physical thearpahy ask them for a exercise chart of what you can do. Third, I would suggest water aerobics and walking outside. I think your putting to much pressure on yourself with 10 pounds in 3 weeks with your back situation. Make healthy choices, plan, prepare, pack your meals to go. emoticon emoticon emoticon Take care of that back.

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LPETRO119 2/12/2011 10:12AM

    I agree with the above post about the walking and the yoga. I'm a yoga fanatic (I go three times a week)! Check with your doctor and make sure the yoga is OK - my instructors focus a lot on lower back strength moves (superman pose, shark, airplane, eagle) these do build strength, but if they are not done correctly and slowly, they can also hurt you (I can feel these the next morning). I find that the gentle stretching also provides some relief from stress and improves my overall outlook on life! I would find a qualified instructor and not rely on a video if you are new to yoga - they will be better able to show you how to adjust the poses for your skill level.

I've also found that it's really important to measure, measure, measure everything you put in your mouth! Do not rely on your eye. Our portion sizes are so overblown do to marketing (supersize, anyone? it's only $0.39!), you can't trust yourself to guestimate! I don't think that trying to lose 10 pounds in 3 weeks is an unreasonable goal.

You can do this! Believe in yourself!

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MSKIZ69 2/12/2011 9:44AM

    Maybe a walking video? I see a lot of people doing Leslie Sansone dvds so maybe those might be helpful for you-and if you can stand it, doing them before breakfast (aka fasted cardio)? Try doing them 3 mornings a week to start-if you have cable, Exercise TV will have lots of options. And yoga is good too!


Good luck! emoticon

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One day at a time ......

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hi to all of my SP family and friends. I realize it's been awhile since I've been online; my laptop has crashed yet again and the internet on my phone is a bit iffy.

In the recent months, I haven't been as diligent as I like; however, I have managed to adopt the organic lifestyle ..... talk about expensive!! But to be honest, I feel alot better in terms of motivation. My health started to decline. I recently found out that I have HBP; something I thought would never happen to me. But the good news is, I finally have a new job which is definitely a step in the right direction. Can you believe I was unemployed for over a year ... and not by choice either. That had alot to do with my inconsistency. I almost gave up y'all, but by Gods grace, I'm still here.

Going forward, I hope to get back in the routine of things. Sitting at home with nothing to do definitely contributed to me putting on the weight. Eating out of boredom was a disaster waiting to happen. So now, I try to only eat when I'm hungry and eat healthier when I'm out. I'm addicted to Chipotle Chicken Bowls .... which I'm contemplating having for lunch today. I usually have it with onions and peppers, black beans, corn salsa, a dollop of sour cream, lettuce and guacamole on the side.
Probably not one of my best choices, but hey; I can have a cheat day as long as I'm able to get back on track.

Please feel free to send/offer up any advise that you may have to help me on my journey to healthy living. It's all greatly appreciated.

Take care of yourselves and one another and have a wonderfully blessed holiday season.

  
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CELLO23 11/11/2010 4:49AM

    Hey there! emoticon Glad to see you back. Wondered how you were doing! And great news about your new job - that must be a real boost. A new start - emoticon Wishing you every success with it, and keep on at it! emoticon emoticon

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BRUISED BUT NOT BROKEN (VENTING)

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Lately, I've been going through alot in my personal life; and I'm not sure about any of you, but when I have relationship problems .... it can drain me mentally as well as emotionally. It tends to take away from everything else and I lose sight of what's really important. I become consumed with doing whatever I can to keep things together (even if it means accepting the blame when it isn't my fault); yet, I'm slowly slipping into a silent depression. I start second guessing myself worth and asking "Why Me? What is it this time?"

But I'm here to tell you that at some point in our lives, we must face the hurt and pain and eliminate it. They say the first step to change is acceptance (but for many; they walk around in denial) However, in my own defense, I've acknowledged this long ago ... so I guess I have no one to place the blame (if there's anyone to really blame at all). Sometimes things just aren't meant to be.

I say all of that to say that I need your prayers because at times this can be a bit overwhelming, but we must keep moving forward. For the past week, I've been completely off track, but it's time to pull up my boot straps and get back in the race.

I got on the scale yesterday and it read 255.2 lbs. I guess all isn't lost because losing weight or adopting a healthier lifestyle takes time. It's a gradual process. If we rush to finish the race, we will lose the weight fast, but gain it all back. Slow and steady will give you weightloss that will last for the rest of your life.

That being said .... I made the decision to post this blog because there are times when many of us have just plain given up. We become so overwhelmed with the everyday routine/stress/commitment that we lose sight of "US".
We must stay strong and keep pressing forward no matter what because truth be told; if we continue to give everything to everyone else ... at the end of the day; we'll be left empty and have nothing left for ourselves. When we do that, we're no good for ourselves or others.

I wish you all much success and prosperity during your journey; whether it be to lose 5 lbs or 500. Keep moving forward ... you'll love yourself more in the end.


Thanks for allowing me to vent.

Peace & Blessings,
NuLyfe

  
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TABTAYLOR 9/19/2010 1:48PM

    Thaknks for sharin! Stay strong and keep moving forward!

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GYMRAT_AT44 9/2/2010 11:11PM

    Sending a HUG through the computer. Wish I could help more. Funnel that "bad" energy into your exercise - the energy and hormones released from exercising will do wonders. Promise, that it helps. Helped me alot. Don't give up. Keep blogging. I also use a journal as well - helps ALOT. Hang in girl.
Sheri

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CELLO23 9/2/2010 6:22AM

    Sounds like a tough time and you really need to get your bounce back.What are your needs and what will make you feel better? Walking and getting out in the fresh air always do it for me... Great that you've decided to pull the bootstraps and get back on track - something to celebrate! Remember you're a great gal and can do this! emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH8 9/2/2010 5:31AM

  Good blog, NuLyfe.

Recognizing the fact that we have lost sight of ourself is half the battle. Many times "keeping things together" as you say... comes from within.

Pull up those boot straps, gal, and take care of #1. The rest will fall into place.

Wishing you all the best....

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Not getting hung up on the numbers .....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ok, so today is Aug. 23rd and I did a weigh in this morning simply because I know that I cheated on Sunday big time and wanted to see what the numbers were looking like.

So I get on the scale and I'm still at 257.4, but I'm not even upset because I seem to be loosing inches. I never took the time to measure myself; which I probably should've done, but sometimes, that's just the way it is. I will however be sure to get a measuring tape today.

But all isn't lost. I may not be losing the weight as fast as I thought; but hey, fast doesn't always mean good. I'd rather loose the weight slowly if it means keeping it off forever.

What I have seen or realized though is that although I'm not losing an obseen amount of weight; I am losing inches.

I have these capri jeans that I wasn't able to get up past my thighs for the past 2 years.
I have been awaiting the day that I could get them to come past my thunder thighs. And OMG .... two days ago,not only was I able to get them past my thighs, but zip them up too and wear them comfortably. I also had a pair of linen pants that I'd brought 2 years ago that I could not get past my thighs as well; and YES!!! I was able to wear them and by the end of the day; they were loose in the front. emoticon

My neighbor told me this morning that my thighs are getting smaller as well. So I'm glad to say that my efforts have not been in vein.

Thank you all for your support; it's so appreciated ..... you have no idea.

Peace & Blessings,
NuLyfe

  
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MRSBERG135 8/27/2010 1:05PM

    That is amazing!I can't wait for the day that I can put my skinny jeans on and have them fit!!! This is inspiring thank you!!

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CELLO23 8/24/2010 5:56AM

    You're doing brilliant! Never mind the scales - listen to your body! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GYMRAT_AT44 8/23/2010 11:17PM

    Awesome! Keep it up.

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BAHAMIANJENNI 8/23/2010 2:24PM

    emoticon emoticon I am so proud of you, congrats on the loss and the difference in your clothing (I am going through the same thing and I LOVE it). Stay focused and committed and keep doing what you need to, remember many many inches eventually lead to pounds loss.

Jenn

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IBSPARKY 8/23/2010 2:05PM

    I have also come to realize that the scale is simply sometimes a liar. LOL! It's good you are measuring your success in other ways... other than that number on the scale. Keep it up.

Karen

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Headaches and Dizziness .....

Friday, August 20, 2010

Good Morning SPF,

I am a 40 year old woman who maybe overweight, but by Gods' grace; I don't have any of the major health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol etc ....
However, for the past day or so, I've woken up feeling dizzy (before even sitting up) and with a headache. I'm wondering what this is all about. It's not a bad headache, but still one nonetheless. Could it be my new lifestyle change? Here's what I had to eat yesterday:

Breakfast
Multigrain Oatmeal w/wheat germ and apple cinnamon bran which I blended like a smoothie. I added fresh blueberries, a tsp of whey protein, frozen mango, organic coconut milk (not the kind in the can .... so delicious coconut milk from whole foods) w/flaxseed oil.

Lunch
Romaine Lettuce Salad w/cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries, goat cheese, avocado, and cesaer vinaigrette w/deli turkey slices and 1 blackbean veggie patty on the side. 2 glasses of water w/pomergranate drinking vinegar.

Dinner
Spaghetti w/ground turkey and lamb mixed (wonderful combo by the way) with fresh garlic cloves, red/green peppers, pom diced tomatoes (salt free) over wheat penne pasta and 2 slices of double fiber bread w/smart balance butter (yeah I know I could've omitted it) 1 glass of water w/pomergranate drinking vinegar and unsalted trail mix w/sunflower, cashew, almond and raisins.

Going forward ... I woke up to this dizzy feeling and headache and decided to have:

Breakfast
Egg White Omlette w/sauteed mushrooms and peppers/1 slice of plain double fiber toast and 2 tbsp salsa w/1 glass water w/pomergranate drinking vinegar.

It is now 10:20 and I still feel the same dizzy feeling and headache. And before you ask .... pregnancy is not a possibility!!! LOL emoticon emoticon

If this continues, I think I may need to walk on over to the ER ..... Perhaps I'm doing too much.
Go figure .....

Thanks for listening
NuLyfe ......

  
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NULYFENUME 8/20/2010 5:24PM

    Thank you all so much.

@ CRNELSON ~ I DO EAT THESE FOODS ON A REGULAR BASIS; HOWEVER, NOT NECESSARILY COMBINED AS I HAVE BEEN. FOR EXAMPLE: I WILL HAVE THE OATMEAL W/EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE BLUEBERRIES (YUCK, BUT I HAVE TO LEARN TO LIKE THEM). I USUALLY HAVE GREEK YOGURT W/BLUEBERRIES ALONG SIDE OF THE OATMEAL. AS FAR AS THE FLAXSEED OIL, IT'S NEW TO MY DIET, BUT IT'S A (MUFA), WHICH I TRY TO INCORPORATE WITH EACH MEAL. ACCORDING TO THE FLAT BELLY DIET, WE SHOULD HAVE 1 MUFA WITH EACH MEAL. THE POMERGRANATE DRINKING VINEGAR, I USUALLY TAKE 1 TBSP EVERYDAY (WHICH IS PROBABLY CAUSING THE PROBLEM); HOWEVER, I ADD 1 TBSP. TO EACH GLASS OF WATER PER DAY; WHICH I PROBABLY SHOUL'NT TAKE MORE THAN ONCE A DAY.

@ CELLO23 ~ CAFFEINE MAYBE AN ISSUE BECAUSE I REALLY COULD USE A CUP OF COFFEE RIGHT ABOUT NOW, BUT DIDN'T THINK I COULD HAVE ANY. NOT TO SAY THAT I HAVEN'T INDULGED, BUT WHEN I DO; I FEEL AS THOUGH I'VE CHEATED BECAUSE I DO NOT LIKE BLACK COFFEE.

AS A SNACK, I HAD A MCDONALDS PARFAIT AND THEN ANGEL HAIR PASTA W/MUSHROMS, GREEN BEANS, RED PEPPER FLAKES AND A TAD BIT OF PROSCUITTO. OMG .... IT WAS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!

I THANK YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN AND I APPRECIATE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR ADVISE.

BE BLESSED,
NULYFE emoticon

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CELLO23 8/20/2010 1:26PM

    Hi there - your food sounds lovely emoticon - am feeling hungry just reading! If you're not feeling hungry, then you're probably eating plenty, I guess, but I wondered if caffeine might be an issue? I rarely get headaches, but when I do, they're stonkers - and then I remember - aha emoticon caffeine withdrawal. Hope you're feeling better meanwhile. xx

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CRNELSON 8/20/2010 11:38AM

    Hello,

You have a very interesting diet. I wish that I can be as creative. If you look at my food tracker for the last month it has been the same old thing day in day out. But when I am on a diet I can't get to fancy. I'm the type of person that can stay on track with anything as long as you don't switch it up on me too much and it has to be very quick and easy to prepare. But of course because of where I am at the moment my choices are limited. I can add some verity to my diet once I get home tomorrow.

Anyway, I mentioned all of that to ask you if what you are eating is totally new to you? The pomergrante drinking vinegar, flaxseed oil, and goat cheese. Have you ever eaten this type of stuff before starting this diet? This all maybe just a shock to your system. Are you getting enough calories daily? That maybe the reason for the headache.

Having you been doing any swimming lately? The dizziness can be related to an inner ear problem.

If all of your symptoms continue you might go and get yourself checked out. At the very least you can go to an urgent care center and at least get you blood pressure checked. I know you said that you do not suffer from high blood pressure but sometimes that can change do to what is going on in your life at the moment.

You take care of yourself and I hope you start to feel better soon.
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DWYER1952 8/20/2010 10:24AM

  HOPE YOU GET TO FEELING BETTER

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