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Big Splurge on Sunday

Monday, February 08, 2010

Ok, so I am the typical american...I LOVE superbowl Sunday! Not only do I love watching the game but I love eating the food. I can honestly say that I not only planned the entire menu 2 weeks ahead of time but I planned on gaining all 4 pounds back that I lost the week leading up to Sunday. That's how much I love superbowl Sunday.

And now Monday is here and I'm struggling to get back on track. I thought that it would be so easy. I would have one big day of no dieting and give in to all the cheese dip, buffalo wings, homemade pizza, pinwheels (Lord knows what all I ate) and then I would wake up Monday morning raring to go back on my diet. I could not be more wrong. I not only craved the empty calories that I just devoured but it was to the point that it was all I could think about. All I wanted was more pizza and more spinach dip and I thought I was going to go crazy today be/c I didn't have any of those fattening foods in my house. I even ate the disgusting frozen pizza that I buy for my niece and nephew when they come over. (The one that you get at Wal-Mart for like $1.50; completely disgusting!) Then I found some ice cream that was left over from my daughter's birthday party. I realized the more empty calories I ate the hungrier I became. I normally eat only one egg and 2 slices of turkey bacon for breakfast and I'm not even hungry when lunch time comes around but when I ate the high carb foods I found myself starving just an hour or so later.

So my day of destruction was tougher than I expected to get over. So, like so many americans, I am kicking myself in the butt and wishing that I had never taken that first bite...even though it was really really good. It's still not worth it. I don't think it hurts one bit to give into temptation and have a night of splurging. But everything should be in moderation and I just threw that out the window yesterday. So now I am more focused than ever. I have yet to "weigh" in the damage that I've done. I made my lunch tomorrow and grilled some chicken breast for tomorrow night be/c I know I will be tired when I get home and won't want to cook. So I have no reason not to get back on track. I guess we can consider this my official confession and repentance!!

  


Weekend Update and on my Shingles

Friday, February 05, 2010

So this week hasn't been too bad. My shingles are still healing but they don't hurt like I thought they would. I still have new spots popping up almost every day but the one bad spot that I had is now starting to heal. So hopefully I just have a smaller version of the virus. Thank you to all of you that sent me good vibes. It really helps to know that people are thinking about me.

So I weighed in today and I've lost 3 pounds this week. I was really distraught over not losing anything the first couple of weeks and now that I've started eating low carb it's really working. I haven't exercised at all this week be/c I've just been too tired because of my shingles but I have stuck to this low carb routine faithfully this week and it has paid off. Every morning I eat an egg and 2 strips of turkey bacon and for lunch I eat a wonderful and filling taco salad with a little bit of ranch dressing and for lunch I will grill some fish or chicken breast with some broccoli. I'm surprised at how much I really love eating low carb. I'm not really depriving myself of the things I want to eat, I just eat them in moderation and cut the foods out that are high carbs. I really want to start exercising again but I'm afraid I will mess my knee up more. I seem to have so many ailments that are fighting against me losing weight but I'm determined to live a healthy lifestyle and that's my ultimate goal.

  
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JBARBER1953 2/6/2010 1:46PM

    This shingles thing is definitely a mess!! My husband was in the hospital for 8 days with them last week. He has CLL (chronic lymphocitic leukemia) and everything attacks him with a vengence. I hope you heal up nicely. He has them on his left cheek (buttock)!!. I can't imagine doing much exercising with those things. I had shingles 20 something years ago and I know how miserable they are.
You just hang in there and that weight WILL drop I'm sure of it. I'm at a standstill myself and I'm not liking it at all but I WILL NOT give up!!!!!!!!!

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GGMOM06 2/5/2010 4:16PM

    emoticon I am doing a low carb too. I feel so much better on it. Have you tried what is called a MIM? It is a flaxseed(fiber) muffin in a mug or minute. They are great! I add pumpkin,some ground almonds and sometimes 2 tb of cocoa. YUM! Keep going,i walk 4-6 miles a day and don't lose very much or very quick. I won't give up! emoticon

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Diagnosed with Shingles

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

So I went to the Dr today to find out that this rash on my neck (which came up on Sunday) is Shingles. I've had lots of stress at work the last few weeks and I think that has a lot to do with it. I've never had shingles before so this will be all new for me. I'm mainly worried about my 13 month old daughter. She has only had the first part of her chicken pox vaccine and is vulnerable to catching the virus. I am my daughter's primary care taker during week as my husband works out of town and is only home on the weekends. Thankfully my family is already stepping up and volunteering to help. I know that since this is only the 2nd day that the next few weeks will be very long so please keep me in your prayers.

So on a different note, I was very discouraged last week. I exercised 4 days last week and thought I did good with my diet but I didn't lose a single pound on my weigh in day (which is Friday mornings.) So I decided to change my diet up a little to see if that helped. I started doing low carb. I'm not specifically doing a low carb plan like Atkins or South Beach but I am using them as a guide. Yesterday I got my griddle out of the cabinet and cooked an egg and 2 pieces of turkey bacon for my breakfast and I forgot my lunch so I got some chicken nuggets from Chic Fil A. Then I had an awesome taco salad that I made with ground turkey instead of ground beef. I haven't exercised since Friday be/c my knee is hurt and I'm trying to let it heal. But I weighed this morning just to see and I had lost 1 1/2 pounds so maybe I am finally doing something right. So I repeated my breakfast of an egg and 2 pieces of turkey bacon and had my taco salad for lunch and I plan on grilling a piece of tilapia with some mushrooms and broccoli for dinner tonight. So that is my light in my dreary day today.

Thanks in advance for the prayers and concerns!!
-Karla

  
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SARAHBWALL 2/2/2010 4:49PM

    I've had shingles too and the hardest part for me was the lack of energy. Hang in there! I hope that yours is not the painful kind.

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LOUWEIGE 2/2/2010 4:06PM

    I hope your shingles doesn't get painful, it can. I'll pray for you and your family. It sounds like they will be supportive and help out. emoticon

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YAFENELRA 2/2/2010 3:59PM

    Sorry about the shingles. They are no fun for sure.

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GGMOM06 2/2/2010 3:52PM

    emoticon! i'm sorry you have shingles,as i have heard it hurts. I pray your family will help you and your daughter. I have also lowered my carbs and it is working and i feel better. Even though we need carbs(good ones)i believe we don't need as many as most people eat. Most don't even know there are carbs(sugar) in ketchup etc. emoticon

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XINIXINIX 2/2/2010 3:20PM

    All those little efforts to stay on track will totally add up!

Hang in there - I hope you feel better soon!

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Starting with a BANG!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

So week 2 has started off much better than last week. I did my Firm exercise yesterday afternoon and made it further than what I did last week in video. I always try to push myself a little farther each time. I also cooked a wonderful meal in the crockpot. The recipe is called Slow-simmered curry chicken if you want to look it up. It's from my 6 week body makeover recipe book. I really like the way the recipes are made. They suggest using no salt added ingredients and use lots of herbs and spices instead salt. So my pantry is over flowing with an abundance of spices that I only use for those recipes...half of them I've never heard of! I'm not really following the 6wbmo program but I do like the some of the recipes. So that made plenty of leftovers so I can have that for lunch today.

I also got up at 5:00 this morning to exercise. I really like getting up early and getting it over with so I don't have to worry about being too tired when I get home from work. This morning I did a 20 minute segment of Kathy Smith's Lift Weights to Lose Weight dvd. I remember that I used to be able to do the whole 40 minutes without stopping and now I had to really struggle to get through the segment this morning. I was really proud of myself though just for going through the entire segment instead of just quitting be/c I couldn't do it. I may have had to take several breaks but I always started again when I could. I know that when I start seeing some results it will be a lot better for me. I'm the typ that likes to see immediate results but I have to realize that these 195 pounds didn't get on my boby overnight and it's not going to come off overnight either. I still struggle daily with the temptation of eating something I shouldn't. Like right now I am craving a double cheese burger from Burger King. I even find myself making excuses in my head to go buy one. Like "It's only one burger" or "I will do an extra workout" stuff like that. Even though I love food, it's not worth undoing everything I've done so far. I pray every night that God would just give me the willpower to abstain from the foods that aren't good for my body. I just think about the reasons I'm doing this and it's so much better than that cheese burger. (Look, I can even write about the cheese burger and I'm still not getting it!)

This is week is going to be a good week...I can just feel it already!!
-Karla

  
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ALYCAT29 1/26/2010 1:09AM

    You Rock! emoticon

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GRANDMA_OF_16 1/25/2010 1:16PM

    Hang in there, we CAN DO IT! It's hard for all of us. I am tempted every day with food. We have our daughter, son in law and four grandkids living with us. Sweets and snacks are always in the house. I cook things I would not not cook for dinner if it were just me and my husband living here. Temptation all around me. It is hard for me, too. But when I have a good day and do the things I need to do to get some weight off, I feel great about myself. We can do it together.

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Weight Loss Journey--The Beginning (Again)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Okay, so I've found that releasing my thoughts in a sort of journal type system really holds me accountable for each and everyday. So if you think I talk to much, then be glad you don't live close to me! :) My short plan is to lose 40 pounds so my husband and I can start trying to have another baby. We really wanted to start trying right around this time but I've been extremely selfish and wasn't ready to give up my comfort foods. It's been very stressful at my job lately and I am definitley an emotional eater. I eat when I'm sad, I eat to celebrate and I eat when I'm depressed...Heck I just love to eat. Another problem I have is eating when I'm bored. It seems like during every comercial break I have to get up and go to the kitchen to get a handful this or a handful of that which really adds up to a lot of extra calories and fat grams. And it's not that I buy it for me, it's mostly my daughter's snacks.

Anyway, here's my plan on losing these 40 pounds hopefully in about 10 weeks. I know that seems like a lot but works out to be 4 pounds a week and I think that is do-able if I really get with it. I want to exercise at least 5 days a week, preferrably 7 days but I know I need at least 1 day off to rest. I will be using the Firm Sculpting System with the fanny-lifter and the sculpting bar. I have about 5 videos that I can alternate between and I also am going to borrow the wave from a friend of mine at work. I've never tried that one so we will how that works out. The couple of days that I've done the The Firm I've only made it through about 20 minutes of the 45 minute video but I always try to push myself a little further each time.

So I'm going to cut my rambling off for tonight. I havent't exercised yet but I'm going to get my gazelle out and go 30 minutes on that since I've got CSI and The Mentalist that comes on tonight. So wish me luck and thanks for reading my rambling nonsense!

  
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HAPPYCRICKET 1/21/2010 9:31PM

    I enjoyed your "rambling nonsense"! You might try setting up your snack station *before* tv times with raw veggies--carrot sticks, celery and snap peas are my favorite crunchies. My own little girl is 11 now, and my son is 9--I was heavy through both pregnancies and had large babies because of it (probably) 9 lb 5 oz each one. You are smart to get to a healthy weight first! Also, I have recently cut out all food dyes, artificial flavorings and BTH, BHA, and TBHQ ... my son's school brought a woman in from the Feingold association and it was so eye opening. You can find the info on ADHDdiet.com although we none of us have ADHD, it was still a very positive switch and easier to do that I thought. I just wish I'd known about it sooner, so I thought I would pay it forward and share it with you. Good luck on your plans...Keep Sparking!
Christine

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