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Green Coffee Bean Extract...an update

Friday, September 14, 2012

Okay, so I haven't given the pills a fair shake at making me lose weight. I'm consistently taking them in the morning, but cannot seem to remember to take them at lunch or dinner. I don't notice any difference at all. But who knows, maybe I would have GAINED weight in the last month without them?

In short, they are not the miracle pill for me. I might as well save that $23/month and put it into a "Lose Weight and Celebrate with a Trip!" fund! I've been going to the gym about 3x a week. Some days I have more energy than others, but I have been at least going again.

Until next time,
SimplyAngel2u

  


Green Coffee Bean Extract

Sunday, August 19, 2012

So, I've gained weight. I stopped going to the gym a few months ago when I got back from Hawaii, and either was on holidays or had a cough and never got back to it. I'm going on holidays again in a few days but plan on signing up for the gym when I return.

In the last few weeks, I've heard lots of stories about Raspberry ketones and Green Coffee Bean Extract. The raspberry one I disregarded, but the coffee bean one caught my eye. Stupid me watched a youtube video from a Dr Oz show which showed a couple of overweight ladies who continued to eat crappy and not exercise and yet they still lost weight. While I do plan on returning to exercising on September 2nd, I thought in the meantime I would try out this Green Coffee Bean thing. I am taking two capsules 30 minutes before breakfast and then again at dinner. This means I am taking 800 mg twice a day which is what Dr Oz recommended. Now don't get me wrong, I don't actually believe Dr Oz very often, I think he's overrated and is now starting to advertise for people. But, I'm desperate enough to want the "magic pill" to help me out. I know I won't be exercising for about 2 weeks so if I can do something in the meantime and actually see results it would be wonderful.

Yesterday, I weighed myself. A disgusting 190.4 lbs. I'm only 5'7" so my ideal should be 154 lbs. Today though, I weighed myself and I'm 189.0 lbs. Yeah, it's only 1.4 lbs but hey, that's in ONE DAY! I'm cautiously optimistic that this can kick start me where I feel gungho (spelling?) about exercising upon my return from vacation. Wish me luck. Anyone else out there try this Green Coffee Bean extract yet? What were your thoughts?

  
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LFRIAR 9/28/2012 12:42AM

  Interested in trying green coffee bean extract as well. I am still eating well and trying to exercise when I have the time, but any little bit of help I can find is appreciated. Let me know if it is working for you!

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DYANNADURR1 8/23/2012 9:58PM

  I started taking green coffee bean extract (gcbe) 3 weeks and 2 days ago. Like you curiosity got the better of me. Have been a little lax in my eating habits and (o lets face it) exercise was pretty non existent at that time. I had started spark people back in Jan and was off and on for months. Then I saw the Dr. Oz promo on youtube and had a renewed sense of making an effort to lose weight. My starting weight in Jan was 180 (should be around 136) and on July 31 (when I started the gcbe supplement) I was already down to 173.8. I just wanted a push - a little jump start if you will. So I started it and am happy to report that after weighing myself today I am down to 169 lbs!!!!!!! That't nearly 5 lbs! Its really exciting for me because I haven't seen anything below 170 since having either of my kids (my eldest is nearly 5 yrs). Is gcbe the culprit? I don't really know yet. Admittedly after 2 weeks into taking this I was hoping for more and ended up starting the red raspberry ketones as well. I currently take 800mg gcbe with 400mg rrk 30 min before breakfast, another 400mg rrk 30 min before lunch, and 800mg gcbe 30 min before dinner. You do have to be really careful which company you purchase from as not all supplements are created equal and some won't do a thing they claim. I purchase from Pure Health because they are all vegetarian capsules with no additives and reportedly have the correct amount of the active ingredients. In the last week and a half I also started doing the Spark People 7 day bikini workout (which I must say for only 10 min at a time, they kick some hiney). So let me know how it continues to go for you (c:
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It's all or nothing...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's black. It's white. It's square. It's round. I'm fat. I'm skinny. I am a person who likes everything cut and dry. Spelled out. Neat and tidy. When I was 17 years old I decided I was fat. Looking back now, I realize how stupid that was. I was 5'7" tall and weighed 110 lbs. I decided instead of doing what normal people do and just cut back, I would just eat lettuce, eat a multivitamin and drink diet coke all summer. I lost weight. Big surprise! I got down to 95 lbs and had to sleep with pillows between my knees because they would get bruised overnight. I couldn't lay on my stomach on the floor. I had zero energy. But, did I focus on those things? No, I noticed that the whites of my eyes became much brighter and that the longer I went without eating, the less hungry I got. My mom finally forced me to eat in front of her and threatened me with hospital. So luckily, I was early enough on that it was reversible. But ever since then, I still have that all or nothing attitude.

I joined Sparkpeople with the hopes that I will lose weight in a smart way. No starvation diets and with the support of other people who are also trying their best to get healthy. Right now, my feet are still bothering me. So, I can go for walks, but no running. The exercise I get from that doesn't really seem to be enough and is kind of boring. But I'm too cheap for a gym (that should read lazy I guess) and I am finding that just cutting back on calories is doing almost as much as exercising was doing before. My set back was going to Vegas. Yes, I gained 4 lbs. But I've lost about 2.5 lbs now so that's great!

I get off work at 1:00 pm every day. Quite often (because I'm a shop-a-holic) I don't get home until about 2-3 pm. By that time, it's too late to eat lunch. So I skip it. Then I eat dinner and then I record everything. And suddenly I'm left with extra calories I can eat according to the tracker. I love those days! But it's probably not a healthy way to balance my day. I read something today on MSN that if you sleep more you will lose weight faster. That would be a good idea for me to try I guess.

Anyways, my obsessive nature has me weighing myself every morning (post pee, pre breakfast of course!) and recording all my foods also helps me with my need to be obsessive! But, I am doing this the healthy way. No starvation diets. I truly think that was something that set me up for being fat later in life. My metabolism never did quite recover from that.

Well, I wish you all luck in your weight loss goals! I know I need luck and prayers because this road sure doesn't seem easy!

  
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ALECIA0823 6/22/2011 10:13PM

    I would agree with your self-assessment that skipping lunch and making up those calories in the evening is not a good balance. Once in a while, sure, I like an evening snack, too! :) But everyday is not the best way to keep your metabolism going. Maybe there's some way you can take a healthy lunch with you and work on it at work, or while you're shopping?

Good luck in your journey!

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What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas... (what a lie!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Well, I took a trip with my husband and another couple on Tuesday through Saturday. It was so wonderful to get away from my two daughters for a change! But you know what? They say "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" - well, don't believe it! It's a lie!

Yes, we walked our butts off for hours on end. There were so many things to do and see! We danced for hours on Fremont Street, emoticon we climbed endless stairs to cross over main roads, we stood in line to see shows, and we walked through many many stores. Every evening I would come back to our hotel with sore feet.

So, you would think with all that exercise, I would lose weight, right? Wrong. I weighed myself on Sunday morning and was shocked to discover I had gained about 4 pounds in 4 days. Can you believe that??

Now, was it the restaurant meals? (not that I can seriously say that I was looking too awfully hard for the healthy stuff) or was it the endless supply of alcohol offered to us while we were gambling? Was it the 107 degree heat that "forced" us to indulge in liquid relief? emoticon Maybe it was the room service we ordered (swiss cheese and roast beef dip) at about 2 a.m.? emoticon I don't know exactly what it was that made me gain the weight.



But all I know is that it happened in Vegas and I took it home with me! Right around my gut! Today I started recording my eating again. And I'm hungry! And cranky!

{{insert music}} Today, I don't feel like doing anything, I just want to lay on my bed, don't feel like picking up the phone, leave a message at the tone... {{fade out music}} - that song that is playing on the radio all the time lately is saying exactly what I'm feeling! Maybe I'm a smoker now because I was breathing in all that 2nd hand smoke and I'm missing my nicotine fix from the casinos? I couldn't believe people were allowed to smoke and drink wherever they wanted! Yuck! Well, the smoking is yuck anyways... emoticon Maybe I'm going through junk food or fat withdrawal? Whatever it is, I feel sluggish, fat and lazy. I have to get back to my walking in the morning and recording my food intake.

So, if you are planning a trip to Vegas, don't plan on leaving the fat behind. Plan on getting a fat behind! :-)

  


My First Blog Ever!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I am an internet addict...seriously, I can't go a day without checking Facebook and/or emails! And this year I discovered Sparkpeople too! But although I go online constantly, I've never done a blog entry. I guess I've always worried about divulging too much about myself. But for those of you that are familiar with Facebook, well, people don't like it when your status line is too long. Therefore, I think maybe blogging on this site might be a good idea (and a good break for my Facebook friends!).

If you are reading this, you already have read my Sparkpeople profile so I don't have to tell you anything about myself. In fact, if you have read this far, you may want to just give up. I'm a pretty boring person and you may just fall asleep reading this!

I have been trying to lose weight since January 2011. I started at 191.4 lbs and yesterday (grrr...) I was at 170.4 lbs. Today, I was back up to 172. Dumb scale. I went with my sister today while she was looking for a bathing suit. She's lost over 40 lbs. She looks amazing! But, while I'm totally happy for her, I'm pissed off at myself. Why can't I do the same thing? Sure, I have great intentions. I've been recording my calories etc. But, I have a case of Plantar Fasciitis which causes painful feet after you've been walking or working out. It's not a life threatening disease. People with cancer exercise for crying out loud! And here I am whining about sore feet. I got orthotics made and have been wearing them for almost 2 months. They've maybe helped, but I'm not even too sure. Am I truly not exercising due to my feet? Or am I just being lazy? I don't know if I can give an honest answer to that. Sometimes my feet feel pretty good and I feel like I should get on that treadmill. But other times they hurt and I'm thinking "oh no, I better rest them".

Do you ever walk down the street, or go walk through the mall and notice all the skinny people there are? Do you ever envy them like I do? But then, in the same visit, do you also notice all the larger people? Do you ever wonder, do I look as bad as that? I hate my body. I hate that I turn to food when I'm upset, bored, sad, or in a social setting. The ONLY time I don't turn too food is when I'm absolutely totally excited about something and busy!

Anyways, I've rambled long enough. Most likely, nobody is even reading this anymore! Or, they've fallen asleep and their head is resting on the space bar! Well, good luck to anybody unlucky enough to have read through this. If you are on this website, your probably also struggling with your weight! I totally understand your struggle! Hang in there!

  
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SMELIOT 6/13/2011 12:14PM

    three things:

1. You've lost TWENTY POUNDS!!! And you've done it in FOUR MONTHS!!! That is FANTASTIC!!! Five pounds per month is a GREAT way to do it - don't beat yourself up over it.

2. Re: your plantar fascitis - when I was at a shoe store a couple of months ago, they had the Skechers ShapeUps there, and I decided to try them on. They are VERY comfortable (and I bought them), but what was interesting to me was that the salesman said that there are a number of doctors who recommend these to patients with plantar fascitis because they take the weight off your heels. Something to consider - maybe talk to your doctor?

3. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!

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JEWEL7508 6/13/2011 12:02AM

    You can do it! I always check out the girls at the gym (hmm...I like how small her butt is, her body looks better than mine, etc OR do I look that bad when I run, am I that fat, etc). I hate the skinny girls and sympathize with the "larger" girls who are trying hard to get in shape. I wish you would just join the gym with me for a month...see if the bikes and ellipticals help you get your exercise without hurting your feet. And of course your feet hurt! You were working out 5 days a week on your treadmill before they started giving you trouble! I love you and am here to support you! emoticon

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MSILVAREI 6/12/2011 11:06PM

    Stay emoticon you can do it... I been struggling and continue to ... just don't give up....

Good luck emoticon
Zinha

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