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Fixed the wagon wheel now taking LOA

Friday, January 03, 2014

So.. after jumping off and on the wagon.. I have decided to take a leave of absence.
I have stuck to the same eating habits but with the holidays and hectic schedules, I was not sticking to my tracking. I am getting back on the wagon.
Unfortunately, it will not be with SP. I have decided to do weight watchers online. I have come to the realization that SP isn't working for me. :( It is completely my fault. I have been doing the same thing day in and day out. It just became a routine. I am no longer absorbing the benefits of the information provided.
I am not losing weight (may have actually put on several), I am not motivated.
With WW, I am hoping that it will help me see it in a different light. And since I will continue tracking, I can't do both sites.
It will take some serious getting used to.. So far I don't see anything for calories and fat and protein and etc etc.. I am so conditioned to paying attention to those numbers, it is really hard to not see those and instead, just track points.
I have my fingers crossed that i can focus on activity as well. We bought my youngest one a bike for x-mas. I would like to start running again and it would be perfect since she can ride along with me and we still get together time. :)
Everyone I know who has done WW has been successful and maintained the weight loss. I know its up to the individual to make their own success. Since I am having to pay a monthly fee, maybe I will take it more seriously..
I will check back in SP periodically hopefully with good news.
Best of luck everyone on this journey!
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I just don't get it..

Thursday, May 02, 2013

I have continuously worked out every week for the past 5 weeks. At least 5 days a week switching between bicycling, running, aerobics, walking, stationary bike.. My calories in have ranged 900-1500. I have managed to drop my fat intake down, but I am still low on protein.
Now, all this said and done.... not one pound lost!
I stopped taking the chronic pain meds, I decided that the cons far outweighed the pros. I stopped taking my BC pills since the last time I dropped 80+ pounds, I wasn't taking the pill.
So.. I just don't get it. Shouldn't it have budged a pound at least? What gives...

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HEALTHY-SPARK 6/13/2013 12:46AM

    That sounds so frustrating -- and I've been there too. I wish I had the answer. For me, I've noticed that changing my protein/carb/fat ratios makes the biggest difference -- I'm currently working to go low carb (not no carb), and higher protein -- like in the 100 range daily as opposed to barely making 60 most days. It can be really frustrating to not see the scale move, but when that happens, I try to remind myself of all the other health benefits of eating healthy and exercising. Hang in there!
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JMHERRING78 5/3/2013 2:03PM

    I agree with some of the other commenters, it sounds like you have shut down your metabolism by stunting your calorie intake. Try upping it just a little to around 1200 with lean protein and/or veggies/fruit and see if that helps. I know with me, I took a trainer's suggestion once about drinking low fat chocolate milk in the evenings to aid in recovery after my cardio and then again the next morning and it seemed to help, but I found a Protein boosted chocolate milk "drink" in the juice/dairy section at the grocery store that helped even better - just watch your serving size! I stuck with only 4 oz at a time, purely my choice. I also altered my diet to eating more baked/grilled chicken. There's lots of ways to prepare chicken, but it will get a little boring if you eat it every day, so look into boiled/grilled shrimp (very yummy), baked/grilled pork chops, etc. Just make sure you watch out for portion sizes - they can sneak up on ya!

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BIRDIE501 5/3/2013 6:43AM

    I agree with the comment that you need to up your calories. I remeember seeing a program on TV . The lady was exercising like crazy and after two week she didnt drop a pound, it turned out she wasn't giving her body enough fuel . Once she upped her calorie intake the weight started coming off.
Good Luck and we are supporting you!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 5/2/2013 11:42AM

    That sounds frustrating. The two things I can think of, are to cut all the processed foods, and to up your protein intake. Low protein intake (i think in my own little world) really screws up my overall body metabolism. Also, I've encountered this problem of being at a standstill when I eventually learned it was because I was eating a lot of prepackaged "diet" foods. Switching to whole foods with little or nothing coming from a can or package, and cutting out breads and pasta, have been my key to success (in previous years). :-)
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MELISAF 5/2/2013 11:29AM

    Dude. I'm going through the same thing right now and feeling like a total crazy person! I have no answers, but I can certainly feel your pain!

Trying all sorts of things at the moment like upping my calories, drinking green tea, more water, etc. No idea what will work, but I'm on a mission to figure it out.

Not cool, body. Not cool.

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LISA667 5/2/2013 11:05AM

    I found that the only thing to take off the weight was to seriously cut all the carbs and sugar. Going Paleo and juicing everyday really worked. It's so frustrating- keep it up! The minute I went back to eating bread and pasta I gained 3 pounds in one month! And that was with more excercise!

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CLARKKAMI 5/2/2013 11:01AM

    900 calories is not enough . I gained 10 pound in 3 months when I was eating around 900 calories a day consistently. Try upping your calorie range to 1200-1500 calories of protein, veggies, and some fruits and nuts. Sounds like you are rocking the workouts. Feed your body and keep working out, and your body will have no option but to change. emoticon

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JENNJO322 5/2/2013 10:26AM

  It could be that you need to increase your calories intake. That sounds awfully low for the amount of cardio you are doing. Sometimes our bodies go into that mode where its holding on to what it has because it's afraid it's not going to get any more. Keep at it.

Try adding a protein shake after your workout that may help.

Good luck!!!

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ONTHEPATH2 5/2/2013 10:13AM

    Our bodies are strange. Sometimes they take a while to respond. Be patient, keep doing the right things! You will get there!!! emoticon emoticon

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Does it count if it's chemically induced?

Monday, April 22, 2013

I went to the doctor several weeks ago for back pain that hasn’t eased up in 4+ years. I was sent to radiology and the lab to get a work up. In the meantime, the doc gave me a prescription for medication used to treat chronic pain. That bummed me out. To me it seems like they are writing it off as ‘imaginary pain’.

I was reluctant because I don’t like taking medication. But, I thought… Well, maybe it is imaginary... If the pain goes away? Cool. I started the pills. Each week you raise the dose until you are not in pain.

Well, I am on week 4. The most noticeable results: constipation, icepick in the temple headache, irritability, redness in the face, mood fluctuations. The back pain is still there, as well as other little aches and pains that come and go.

So, all that aside? The pro of this medication? I have found my motivation! Albeit, a drug-induced motivation. Since starting the meds, I have consistently worked out 5 days a week bicycling, running, walking, stationary bike, aerobics. I take Friday and Saturday off because I am usually running errands and catching up on laundry.

I’m not working out because the pain isn’t there, because it is. And sometimes worse the day after. I am working out because it’s almost an obsessive need to work out. I didn’t notice any of the warnings saying take caution in patients with OCD… :-/

Now, my question is, do the cons outweigh the pro? Do I chance stopping the medication and see if the motivation stays? Some of the side effects are getting unbearable.. But my working out is exciting..

  
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JMHERRING78 4/22/2013 11:09PM

    First off, I am a champion of not living in pain, get to the root of it, don't give up, if it's real to you then you owe it to your body and your psyche to find a Dr willing to patiently work with you until you find the cause. Even if its not curable/fixable, at least you'll know.
As for working out medicated, be wary. I've made the mistake of exercising while taking Percocet (which I take at the onset of certain migraines) and while it can give me a great false boost of energy to push onward and keep going, it can also cause me to over do it without meaning to and without realizing I am.
I guess I said all that to basically say be cautious if you go forward this way. I would work out a plan to keep yourself going without that motivating you. Good luck with both!
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I did it!

Friday, March 29, 2013

So, I had talked about adding some movement here in there to the week. Just anything to get used to moving more. Maybe walk up the stairs to work or around the block at lunch, a walk at home with the little one. I forgot to take the stairs yesterday :( and didn't do much of anything since I was recovering from a 2 mile walk/jog the day before.

Then this morning, got to work and was about to push the elevator button when... wouldn't ya know it.. The door to the stairwell was wide open. A sign perhaps? Since the door is to remain shut at all times? I accepted that sign! And I walked up the stairs to the 8th floor! That's right, walked all the up to the penthouse. I started out at almost a jug. But, by the 4th floor, I suddenly seemed to be carrying sacks of potatoes and my legs were weighted with.. Well, I don't knowwith what, but they seemed to double in weight.. LOL Needless to say, the other half of the flights were taken a little slower. But, they were walked nonetheless.

Luckily, I am one of the only people here at 6:40 a.m. so I didn't have to worry about anyone thinking I was having a heart attack while slumping down the hall and breathing like a zombie!

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JMHERRING78 4/12/2013 1:58PM

    You Go Girl!
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2 miles is awesome in itself, but 8 flights of stairs is great too!
Keep it up!
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MSJESSPDX 3/30/2013 12:08PM

    Yes, you did do it! Excellent job!

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 3/29/2013 1:27PM

    Don't you know it?!? I hate having to huff and puff in front of others. Good choice on taking the stairs though - perhaps it will become a good habit?

Keep up the good work, every good choice makes a difference!

Sumay

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NIKKICOLE83 3/29/2013 1:11PM

    Good for you! First of all, I am so thankful and happy that you wrote a blog! Secondly, I am glad that you noticed the opportunity and took it. The more you take those stairs, the easier it will become. You just accomplished cardio and strength training all at once. You don't even need a gym membership, walk up and down those stairs for 30 minutes a day. If it get's to easy, increase the speed. If you want to mix it up, skip stairs so that you have to lunge a bit, or go sideways. I am just proud of you and happy to see you on my News Feed!

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WISDOM973 3/29/2013 12:37PM

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KNYAGENYA 3/29/2013 12:29PM

    Good for you for taking the stairs.

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I'll admit it... It'll be selfish..

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

This year, I have decided to try and have more ME time. Maybe in taking a few minutes to read my book on Sunday before everyone wakes up.. Or try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.. Or not feel guilty about doing something that doesn't center around someone in my family. This brings me to why I want to loose weight this time. I moved from San Diego in December 2011. Since I have been gone, I have updated my friends on Facebook on the goings-on for me and my family. I post pics of our outings, get-togethers, etc.

One thing usually missing? Me. I haven't wanted to post pics of myself because the additional weight gain since leaving. I had already failed to lose the baby weight (she will be 4 in March). I tried to have the Fat and Sassy attitude. Reminding myself of all the fun and exploring our new environment that has lead to the weight gain (Portland is a wonderful Foodies dream).

So, this brings me to my selfish reason for wanting to lose weight. In June, we are planning on taking a trip to San Diego to visit friends and family and to bring my nephew back for the summer. I am soo excited! But, now I am scared! I have to lose some of this before I see them. I want to look and feel better. I want them to know that the move has been good and that I have not been sitting on my expanding butt, rotting away..

With the lifestyle change, I have managed to lose 18 of the 25ish pounds I gained when coming here. But, I want to lose more. My goal is to lose 30 pounds by June. I think that is totally reasonable (although, I would love to drop like 100 in 2 months, but, I will be realistic. LOL).

So, that's it. That is my selfish moment. The start of the ME time for 2013.
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JMHERRING78 4/12/2013 1:46PM

    Oh you selfish thing you! (just kidding!)
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No, seriously, we ALL need some "Me Time".
It took me almost 10 years of marriage to realise that! To my husband (youngest of 4 children, all sisters) that came naturally, but to me it did not. I have always been the peace keeper, the controller, the planner, the "everything". So, now, I still have to remind myself to take a little time to myself every now and then.
I started out by saying that I would take my "Me Time" to go to the gym every day after work and before I picked up my little people at daycare. That gave me exactly 2 hours five days a week, but in that same time allotment I also have to get groceries and run other errands. So you can imagine there's not a lot left. But I made it work!
Whether you are taking a little time to take a walk by yourself and listen to music you enjoy (cuz really, how much Kid Bopz can one person really endure?), or just taking time to relax into a good book for 15 minutes or so - enjoy some time for yourself! It's not selfish, it's decompressing, destressing - and very good for you!
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TIGGERJEAN 2/8/2013 12:02PM

    Hey! I completely understand the relunctance to meet up with old friends (and family) after gaining weight. Talk about massive-insecurity! Know you are beautiful and very loved no matter what the number on the scale.

BTW - Congratulations on your weight loss so far! 18 pounds is nothing to sneeze at! It's easy to let one's entire goal overwhelm the significance of the progress you've already made. You are successful! You can do it! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 6:23PM

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Thanks for sharing!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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NIKKICOLE83 1/8/2013 12:57PM

    That is not selfish! It would totally benefit your family too for you to be fit and healthy. And as moms we forget that we owe it to ourselves to make ourselves happy. Your kids wat a happy mom. And that is a reasonable amount of time to get it done.

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