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Had some chocolate yesterday

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

And it was delicious! I made sure and bought some decent candy, not just some cheap palmers. I've found that I REALLY love Russell Stovers. I had promised myself that on Valentine's day, I would allow myself to eat the tiny little 4 piece 280 calorie box. That was the first time I had actually had chocolate candy since the new year. I already promised myself on Easter, I will allow myself a chocolate Cadburry egg.
Anywho, enough about candy. I am down to 281 pounds. Once I hit 280, I'll be where I was at my lowest weight last year-in August. I am really excited because it's only half way through February. I've decided to tackle this weight thing THIS year. Nothing is going to stop me. My goal is to be at 200 by the end of the year. If I lose more weight than that, I'll be okay too :)
I am really quite excited because I have more support for those around me. It's not that they didn't support me before, I just didn't lay down my expectations of them. On Sunday, I will be going to Cottage Grove with my family to visit my aunt, uncles, and grandparents. I haven't seen them since late December.
I guess that's really all I had to talk about. I busted through my plateau, and that makes me happy. I will most definitely keep going on this awesome journey. I am filled with the confidence that I can do it, and this WILL be the year I do this.

  
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Day of Rest

Friday, February 11, 2011

I had to force myself to take a break today from the exercise. I have been working out pretty hard the last couple days and my muscles are really sore. I know that if I keep going too strong, my muscles won't heal and have a chance to develop. On a REALLY good note, I had to buy a smaller sized work out sweater and undies! This is such a big deal for me! I'm seriously really proud of myself and while the scale hasn't really moved too much lately, I can feel the difference. I plan on hitting it hard tomorrow by going for a jog. I know I can do this.
I started taking fish oil and vitamin D supplements. I want to see if that will help my depression in combination with exercise. I'll probably know in a couple weeks if it's really working. I am also asking my fiancée' to make note of any changes he sees.
Since I've been doing so well, I decided to splurge and buy some Sally Hansen Nail Appliques. They're super easy to use, and really cute! I have to think of new ways to reward myself, and I feel that this was appropriate :D


  
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CELEST 2/13/2011 2:49PM

    Oh I love the nails. My dil is daisy crazy, I must stop and see if our stores keep that range...gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

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JOHNHANCOCK 2/11/2011 11:40PM

  Do you have a gym membership? I know for myself and other heavier people that low impact cardio (elliptical/ARC/stair climber/bike) is much better on the joints than straight jogging and allows for good daily workouts without sore joints.

I was actually on an anti-depressant (Effexor) when I started working out back in late 09. The daily workouts made me feel great so I stopped taking them. I do take a high dose (7.2grams a day EPA/DHA) of Omega 3 fish oil. Just remember to look at the amount of EPA/DHA per capsule. You're not going to get any real benefits from popping one or two capsules, it takes a LOT. I'm currently taking 24 capsules a day (Costco brand, 300mg EPA/DHA each). And they're 10 calories each, so you have to factor that into your daily calories. There are some higher quality brands out there (Carlsons, Nordic Naturals) that pack more EPA/DHA per capsule but they do cost a good deal more per gram of EPA/DHA.

I also take a D3 supplement. Your best bet is to take it with magnesium and calcium for best absorption. If not, take it with a serving of calcium rich dairy (low-fat cottage, a good greek or natural yogurt).


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ISLANDBETH 2/11/2011 9:45PM

    OK, those are adorable! I want to do that! :) Are you taking any B vitamins? Taking a good solid B complex (one that has all of them) is really good for regulating mood and depression. And exercise is fantastic.

Even the intense training programs say to take a day off every week, so good for you for listening to your body!

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Food Equals ...FUN?!

Monday, February 07, 2011

In trying to think of something fun do, the first things that come to mind are things that can be linked to food. Sure, not all of the activities directly involve food such as bowling, going to a game, or mini golfing, but if you think a little more about it, you realize that these place do advertise and sell food. Not only that, but how many times have you ever heard: "Hey you guys, do you want to meet up at (X) cafe?" or "Hey, do you wanna go to the bar?" What about "Let's do lunch!" ? All of these things pertain to food! Why is it that anything regarding "fun" or socializing has to involve food? Why can't we just BOWL at a bowling alley..or watch a game at the stadium?
I understand eating small meals a day and whatnot; I understand the concept of a snack. These places don't usually facilitate very healthy choices. Even if they did, calorie counts are not always available. I guess the point I'm getting at is I'm frustrated because when I do go places, I can't get the nutrition information. We talk about the power of 'free will'. We talk about how we have absolute control. While I do believe that at the end of the day, we do make our own choices, I can't help but think about how many advertisements subtly affected my decisions that day. I want to write more on this later, but I'm going to meet up with a high school friend at the park.
By the way, we're actually just going to walk :D

  
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CELEST 2/9/2011 8:32AM

    You are right about that. Dr Phil says "the system is out to get you with its supersize this and extra that" and even as you say, just socialising always seems to be about food.
My friends and I are coffee shoppers...but we rarely take more money than what covers the actual coffee, a tip for the waitress and a little something for the car watch person. If you dont have it, you cant spend it no matter how much they advertise it.

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PAULKNUTH 2/7/2011 8:06PM

    I have so much money not eating out or going places with food since joining SparksPeople.

I know what you mean - it is a sad reflection on our culture.

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JACRBUNCH 2/7/2011 7:54PM

    I never made that connection before. You are right.

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I feel different. I feel BETTER.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I have come to a point where I'm not satisfied with a workout of less than an hour. I have lost a total of 23 pounds since the beginning of the year for a total loss of 46 pounds from my original 330 pound weight. It has taken a lot of effort to catch up to where I was last year in July. I feel that the difference is the emotional standing that I had with food. I have had some ice cream here and there, but eating sweets is not an obsession for me anymore. It honestly feels like...the switch has been turned off or something. The urge is simply not there. I feel good about where I am, and where I'm going. I can see that my legs are getting smaller. The fat on my legs has gotten softer, which I've read is what happens before the fat 'goes away'. Who knows. Either way, I feel good.

  
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CELEST 2/7/2011 5:08AM

    That is wonderful. That feeling of control in the right direction. Awesome...keep your momentum going.

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Keep up the good work.

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CJOSTEDGAARD 2/6/2011 11:00PM

    Congratulations! Isn't it amazing when you realize that you no longer crave those things you used to?

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SPECIALGURL7 2/6/2011 10:58PM

    Good job. Keep up the good work. It is also good to be able to feel good.

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I saw myself on Camera :(

Thursday, February 03, 2011

On Tuesday, I gave an informative speech about the brief history of the food guide pyramid. It's for my Speech class. My teacher thought it'd be a good idea to video tape our speeches so we could watch ourselves and critique it. I'm sitting there watching the video, and my face looks huge. I am definitely more motivated to keep working out. I thought I was 'losing' motivation, but after watching that, I feel like I need to keep going.

One thing that I did get props for on my speech is I went to mypyramid.gov and used myself as an example for a personalized eating guide, which requires height, age, and weight information. I guess for me, it doesn't matter because whether they know my weight or not, or not, it doesn't change the fact that at that exact moment in time, I weigh what I do.

  
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CELEST 2/3/2011 7:54AM

    Yup theres nothing like a photo or video clip to allow us to see ourselves as others do. Good for you taking it well and using it as motivation instead of crumbling in a heap of self pity. Well done!

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JOHNHANCOCK 2/3/2011 1:53AM

  Yeah, looking at older pictures of myself keeps me motivated. lol

So what was your conclusion on the food pyramid? Did you point out how the pyramid (old and new) is WAY too heavily influenced by the agricultural and dairy lobbies?

Our government PAYS dairy farmers to over produce milk (can you say growth hormones and antibiotics) and then because of the short shelf life on dairy products, they are literally pouring the milk down the drain...same with the beef industry. What do you think happens to the tons and tons of past date on sale meats that are in the thousands of grocery stores in this country...it all gets thrown away or put in public school lunches. And of course the entire reason the cows need antibiotics is because they're digestive system is not designed for...corn, but for grass. But overfeeding them genetically modified corn is tens of times cheaper than feeding them grass (especially with the gov. corn subsidies that we taxpayers are paying for).

Fats are at the tip top, yet your diet should actually be 25-35% healthy fats like salmon, walnuts/almonds, almond butter, olive oil, fish oil pills, avocado, etc.

I believe the real reason people started getting so obese was because the entire "low-fat" craze in the 80's. That's when consumption of refined (cheap) carbohydrates shot through the roof (including corn syrup). This is also when prescription anti-depressants started getting passed out like candy. Fat consumption is essential to the human body, namely Omega 3 fats, which in high doses actually alleviates mild depression.

If you haven't yet, I would highly recommend watching Food Inc, King Corn, The Corporation and a few other documentaries.

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HELANEHILWA 2/3/2011 12:35AM

    Good for you! Keep it up!

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