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It only works if your *Strict*! Hah, she was wrong...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

So my friend told me about this "diet" she does and you drop a lot of weight really quickly. Basically the guidelines were *no* processed foods, almost no sodium, eating small meals etc. She said 100 ounces of water, and she told me 2839028 times 'It's only gonna work if you do it strict, if you cheat even a little bit you may as well not do it!' She drove me crazy. She brainwashed me into thinking it was all or nothing.

I told her I didn't do it strict strict and she made a joke about the time she wasted telling me about it. What she doesn't understand is, I used a lot of her guidelines. I made boneless skinless chicken breast with Mrs. Dash marinade, so no salt... I ate whole wheat rice or red potatoes as my carb, and lots of veggies. I had small meals, etc.

However: It was Dispatcher's Week Celebration at work, luckily I only worked 3 of those days. 1 day we had pizza... I had two slices, one day we were given money to buy dinner and I had IHOP, which I had chicken strips and fries (very bad, I know;) and the third day was nachos.

Did I follow her diet *strict*? No, however I *am* 3 pounds down, and currently on my TOM which I typically gain 5 pounds during it. So I wanted to say to her 'I may not have done it your way, but I still lost some weight, and I was able to eat some yummy stuff.' But I figured it's easier just to let her think I've failed, I don't like having food police on my trail (I work with her btw). What she doesn't know is the food I ate today and yesterday was exactly what was on her strict diet ha ha. I don't mind eating healthy, but if I have to live off of this stuff, I'd never make it.

So I'm doing it my way, and tough noogies for her ;)

  
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ANGELAT125 4/20/2010 7:50PM

    Good for you! You have to do what works for you!

Keep it up! emoticon

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ANNIEW12 4/20/2010 7:31PM

    That's great 3 pounds!!! You definitely can still lose weight and still indulge occasionally. Congrats!

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WEIGHTING4BABY 4/20/2010 7:30PM

    hahahaha food police. you could dispatch for her! lol

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CAEDGETT 4/20/2010 7:29PM

    not everyone is the same so what works for her isn't necessarily gonna work for you so you should do it your way and stick with what works for you and what you can handle. good luck!

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ANNIEW12 4/20/2010 7:28PM

    That's great 3 pounds!!! You definitely can still lose weight and still indulge occasionally. Congrats!

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WALEB1002 4/20/2010 7:25PM

    good for you! and congrats on the 3lbs. lost!!! emoticon emoticon

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What do *you* do when your motivation goes on vacation?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I just will never understand me, one minute I am giving my brother some of the 'less healthy' food in my house so he can take it away from here... and the next I am debating whether or not to give into my craving for chili cheese fries.

It just amazes me that my motivation can change from minute to minute.

So I was wondering, what is everyones thoughts on motivation and cravings? When your motivation is missing what do you do to power through it? For cravings, do you give into your craving and just go with the flow? Or do you try your best to ignore it?

Lately I have different people telling me different things about how I should be losing weight... and I know I need to decide what will work for me. But I guess the problem is I'm not sure what that is right now.

  
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STEPH-KNEE 4/13/2010 8:24AM

    Thanks hun! I might have found it? 25 ways to get back on track?

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WEIGHTING4BABY 4/13/2010 8:15AM

    There is an article on Spark about restarting your journey. It is 25 steps. I'll have to try to find it!

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STEPH-KNEE 4/13/2010 5:28AM

    Thank you for all the comments!

Sugarbaby - I think what you said will really help me in the future. It's exactly what you said... so okay if I eat this, the result is this. I need to think of the consequences of my actions and decide if it'll really be worth it.

Carol - I am sorry you are feeling the same way. It just gets frustrating. I feel I can be my own worst enemy. I will do what it takes, and even be doing great, and then I don't know what happens. I would say I just stop caring, but I know that's not true, because I always care about my weight.. which is why I want so badly to change it. I know this time is different, because by now I would have just thrown in the towel, but instead I want to try to work through this. I know we can do this... we just have to figure out how :)

Breadoflife - Those are awesome suggestions, and I am going to try those :)

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CAFLETER 4/13/2010 5:22AM

    Great blog - you articulated exactly what I've been thinking! I don't know how I can be so motivated one minute, see progress, and then let it all go. I've been having troubles figuring it out. I'm not an emotional eater per having a bad moment sort of thing, but I do find when I'm exhausted over a period of time from intense work I tend to just want to eat and eat my comfort foods - whether I'm hungry or not. And then it's hard to get going again. Let's hang in there together and figure this out!

Carol

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BREADOFLIFE 4/13/2010 4:20AM

    I have been wondering the same things too....I suppose these feelings/cravings are always going to be there.....or maybe they fade in time?......What helps me;
sometimes I take myself for a walk and allow myself a treat afterwards by then I don''t always fancy what I wanted,
drink have more water,
a relaxing soak in the bath,
read something motivational,
write a poem,
write in journal
phone a friend
I see my surplus weight on my body as pushed down feelings trapped in the fat needing a release an expression but not more fuel ( food) I don''t think will let them go. So I tell myself I can do this and focus on what I can do.......facing the truth inside me being kind too.
You are doing well you have taken the right steps to give your brother the less healthy food but maybe you need a little of what you fancy?
Hope this helps
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SUGARBABY60 4/13/2010 3:56AM

    When MY motivation goes on vacation I whine and cry and write a blog the best thing I have found to do . First because when you write your thoughts down you often discover why your motivation left just by what is in your own thoughts and second: there is always another Spark person who has been there done that and you usually get some great ideas of how to locate that lost motivation.

We all get those crazy cravings at times for various reasons, lack of rest, vitamin or mineral deficiency, some trigger for us personally, some emotional reason.etc. As to weather to give in well that depends on WHO is in charge, you or your triggers. If you are then You are making a conscious decision and are ready for a conscious RESULT. You eat it now and your wt loss may be delayed by a week or more but you are willing to take that consequence.It is all up to you and how motivated you are sooooo stay motivated, keep blogging make healthy decisions.... and LOSE WEIGHT! emoticon emoticon

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Favorite healthy recipes?

Friday, April 02, 2010

So eating lean cuisines and other things are really getting old. I want to start cooking/preparing my meals for the week... I also live alone.. I don't mind making a big batch of something and portioning it out for a week. I thought I would see if anyone had any favorite recipes from sparkpeople.com or just in general :)

I really think cooking and trying different things will make it more fun and will help me stay on track :) At least, I can hope ;)

  
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JODI912 4/7/2010 7:32AM

    I think cooking for yourself is cheaper too ... Plus you're not ingesting all that extra junk (sodium, etc.) that is in prepared foods. One of the things I really like is Quick Pizza Margherita. It is easy and fast and it feels like a cheat. :-) Check my blog entry for 2/3/10 (there aren't that many entries to wade through ... LOL) for the recipe and a picture.

Bon appetit!

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JUST_JENNA 4/7/2010 7:03AM

    You could always go and get a rotisserie chicken. It's a great thing to eat through out the week. Eat in the first day with broccoli and a baked potato. Then add it in some chicken tacos the next day. Add it to a salad. It doesn't have to be hard!

I love cooking and it adds a lot of spice and variety to the week. Besides, cooking for yourself is cheaper!

I do love chicken tortilla soup. It's so delicious and easy. There are a lot of variations out there. You could pick a soup for the week. Soup and a salad or soup and a sandwich for lunch.

I'm all by myself, so I plan my meals out for the week so I always have delicious food and I always know what I'm going to eat without waste. I put my meal plans up in the Menu Planning team. : )


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STEPH-KNEE 4/3/2010 1:27AM

    Miranda - that sounds delicious, I can't wait to try it thanks :)

Frenchtosd - that is a great idea, thank you :)

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FRENCHTOSD 4/3/2010 1:20AM

    I eat a lot of varieties of beans and rice. Most of what I cook has come to me from the Spark Recipes area of the site.

Try setting up a cookbook and just add things that sound good to you. I did that, and now I have about 30 recipes I can try. I've probably only made about 5 of them, but at least I know where to find them!

Good luck.

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WEIGHTING4BABY 4/2/2010 11:07PM

    for me, i have grown tired of this recipe..(After 4 months) but i refer it to everyone!! lol

bacon wrapped chicken breast
take serving of chicken and pound out thin
put like..2 tbsp of reduced fat onion and chive cream cheese
I add some minced garlic. roll it up.
then wrap with 1 turkey bacon strip.
bake 35 mins on 375 then broil for 6 minutes to crisp bacon
i serve with veggies.

it came from sparkrecipes.com!


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So weird: I'm just not hungry...

Thursday, April 01, 2010

I know it is mainly an emotional thing right now, and stress related as well. But what I don't understand is it is the exact opposite.. normally I would be wanting to eat everything I could get my hands on, but instead I just don't want to eat. It's been 5 days now. Don't get me wrong, I am eating, the first 2 days it was just once a day, I have been forcing myself to eat twice a day.. and today I am trying to get back to normal.

I am sure my body is in starvation mode... at first it let me get down to 250.4, but my body is stayed at that weight to the *ounce* this entire week. I know my body is freaking out and I am trying to get back to normal. I have just never had it like this, I have had emotional eating issues, but I've never had them where the result is me not wanting to eat. I'm doing my best to force myself to eat, and start exercising again, and hopefully some more weight will come off.

  
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WEIGHTING4BABY 4/1/2010 10:29PM

    its so hard. a constant battle. just never completely throw in the towel....

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Today I had to pick a side... the good... or the bad...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Last week, I started off SO WELL. I was exercising, eating right, I was on a roll. Towards the end of the week, I just stopped, for no reason. I started eating fast food again, and 1 "cheat day" turned into 4. Now I am back at work ready to start a new week. It came down to 1 of two options... 1. Order delicious food with the rest of my coworkers, and continue down this path that will only cause me harm. or 2. Push forward, and eat the healthy stuff I have brought with me.

I'm glad to say I chose #2. I did not order food, I am happily eating my soup, and popcorn while they pig out on all the grease. I will be walking on my breaks, and getting back into the swing of things.

I have accepted last week, and I am ready to move on... but I can't help but think that had I followed through, I would have probably broken the 20 pound barrier I haven't been able to break, instead of gaining .4 pounds. But this week, I am in it for the long haul, and I will not let this sabboteurs get to me this week!

  
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MSKITTY81 3/12/2010 9:39PM

    Keep up the positive attitude. It is much better to move past a slip than to fall into it! emoticon

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