AFINEMESS's SparkPeople Blog AFINEMESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Healthy progression I have this tendency to dive head first whenever i feel passionate about something. I also tend to set myself up for failure by doing so. I'm taking a step back regarding the whole keto diet thing. I realize that changing all of your (bad) habits at once, along with your mindset, takes TIME and organization. and money, like, lots of money. (equipment, books, meal plans, apps, specialized food, etc.) <BR> <BR> I love pretty much everything that i learned about the diet so far and i am still i... Sat, 19 May 2018 15:29:45 EST keto baby steps Today i changed my macro ranges on SP to reflect those of a keto diet. To be honest they look pretty crazy to me, hahah! I’ve been reading about it and it’s pretty overwhelming at first; as it did when I started eating clean, as it did when i went vegetarian and then vegan. It’s all pretty easy and normal to me, now. It’s an adaptation and i will give myself time to adjust. I never realized just HOW MANY CARBS i can be eating in a day.. wow. Changing my macros will have me take a closer look ... Sun, 13 May 2018 21:50:41 EST Vegan Keto Anyone tried it? I am curious about it.. and might give it a try. <BR> <BR> I was on a huge high for a couple days / maybe a week but then i started to have junk food cravings again. I indulged, too much, and today I feel like going up the stairs a couple times in a row could actually give me a heart attack. Time for action. <BR> <BR> I'll start slow, no worries. First I think I will do a month of IF (intermittent Fasting), i like 16/8 while also trying to lower my carbs. I am a sugar addi... Sat, 12 May 2018 13:37:25 EST when the scale goes up. Life got busy again. Thank you for your responses and goodies! I haven’t had time to respond but i saw it and it helped! I am already meeting a speed bump. I started at 177 and it seems that I am more at around 180 right now. That’s fine. It’s going to be more work than I anticipated but I guess with being more busy comes less time to walk and exercise. It rained so damn much, too. I am still super pumped and motivated but I will have to start the machine for real if I want to see results ... Sat, 5 May 2018 20:37:59 EST small changes / big impacts Small changes that are still hard to make but are quite satisfying, too. <BR> <BR> I noticed that my phone is tracking my steps, i didn't know.. but it turns out it's a huge motivation to try and reach 10k steps everyday. When i decide or need to have a slower day, i know it's because i've been very active in the past couple days, or that i'll be able to do a bit more in the next days to catch up. It helps my digestion and my sleep and encourages me to start walking every day again. I am ve... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:10:41 EST Come say hi :) Sparkpeople helped me a great deal in the past. I come here and everything has changed, and of course, everyone has gone away. And it's fine! it's alright. If anything, I'll use this only to calculate my calories intake but it would be nice to make some friends and take some challenges on the sparkteams :) <BR> <BR> I will try to lose 4 pounds a month, i play roller derby (going back after a knee injury), i want to ride my bike more, hike more and have some fun while getting in shape! I wan... Tue, 3 Apr 2018 17:45:14 EST first thing first I will have to make an effort to get used to the interface here, once again. I haven't been able to do most of what I was hoping to do this week, health and weight lost wise. I'm still very motivated though. I can't afford going to the gym right away but it's ok as I have to put some order in my life to be able to make space for gym time anyway. I can still do some basic exercise to get back into it first, too. <BR> <BR> This week I will try to commute in bike. It's about 24 km per day, mos... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:46:30 EST Wow hello :) To resume quickly, bad breakup, gained weight and I'm sick of it. SP worked wonders for me years ago, both on the scale and on my motivation. So here I am! Will log, will walk, will do what it takes baby. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:29:21 EST 21 day fix Day 1, lol. <BR> <BR> I was thinking "pff, 21 day fix.. EASY! For beginners and that's what I'm not." ERROR! Outch! Actually, I couldn't continue pass 15 minutes in. *sad face* The thing is I've been sedentary since January.. and I mean sedentary! Not even walks. After the first round.. I was OUT. I'll try again in two days and see if I can get through it :) As for tomorrow, I'm not sure I'll be able to walk. <BR> <BR> As I already eat super well and not going over portions, I won't be foll... Mon, 18 May 2015 19:51:57 EST it's been a while. If I can confirm something again.. it's that i'll never get anything done if I lack sleep. <BR> <BR> My weight is staying the same, but I didn't do anything physical in A. LONG. TIME. It's shameful. Really. <BR> <BR> But anyway.. I'm getting back on the evening shift first of June, you'll see more of me around here, probably ;) Thu, 14 May 2015 19:38:58 EST sweet! Okay I found how to use the mobile app more, woot woot :) Sun, 9 Nov 2014 16:39:53 EST almost mid-November. Ah! So here's my SparkPage! I cannot see the blog part on my phone, for some reason the mobile version of SP is really sucky still. Every time I come back the site is different, lol. It's annoying! And I'm also annoying for mentioning it all the time, sorry :) Moving on. <BR> <BR> I'm back on the calculation wagon. I was supposed to start today but got busy with other things and now the momentum is gone, what a start :) I'll still begin to add stuff on my favourite list for the calories etc.... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:55:14 EST I don't even know.. What to say. Hi! I guess :) <BR> <BR> I'll be back slowly around here, it's really really needed. I see they changed ... everything ... again ... Hopefully this time it'll be a lot more user friendly and also mobile friendly as I don't have a whole lot of time in front of the computer. I'll try to be good :) <BR> <BR> See you around! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:41:18 EST day 1 and i'm already out with my goals list.. lol :( <BR> <BR> well it's not too bad, it's just that I don't get to keep the car in the mornings this week, so no mountain walk for me. I'm a bit upset but we run out of time with this schedule, and we'll have another car next week. To be very decided and proactive, I would still go for a walk in the hood, it's hard to move. I wish it wasn't. <BR> <BR> Keeping up with the other goals (for now). Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:48:05 EST 170. (169.6) is the number i saw on my scale yesterday evening. I haven't seen this number in.. years! It's a bit shocking, i really got to get my sh*t together. Scary. At least my body is starting to get used to getting up early in the morning.. Ok going to walk the mountain now. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:21:34 EST goals for this week be in bed at 11:00. <BR> go for a walk at the mountain, every day. <BR> log in my calories. <BR> drink enough water. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 21:58:21 EST I need tips! Going to my inlaws in a bit less than 2 weeks, would like to kickstart my weight loss. What can you tell to help me? I have limited time, limited energy but will try anyway. I'd like to lose at least those 8-9 pounds that aren't even supposed to be there. I have a couple hours in the morning, but that's about it. No time left on my lunch break and no time after work. <BR> <BR> helphelphelp! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> .. and thank you :) Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:00:48 EST hello, it's me This web page will never have a friendlier and more intelligent design it seems. It doesn't help to me being so absent from here, for sure. <BR> <BR> I keep a similar mindset than in all my previous posts, just haven't got back on the wagon yet. I am inactive beyond imagination. I usually lose some pounds easily whenever I reach a certain number (around 165, it shifts back to around 160) without me doing much anything, but not this time for some reason.. I lack sleep, recurring pattern when... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:34:53 EST I really don't post that often anymore. But it represents my journey, I guess. I'm at 166 right now, despite being at 162 just 2 weeks ago. And now I got a bad flu that took away my 4 days weekend from me. <BR> <BR> Oh well. That's it for the complaints. I have set goals again and will continue to try and reach them. Now that the snow is mostly all gone, we'll go for walks in the morning where I guesstimate will burn around 200-250 calories. I'm going to the gym also, after work.. where I'll aim to burn another 200-250 calories. ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:12:41 EST so far Hey there! <BR> <BR> Just a little update to say things are still pretty slow :) It's okay.. life is pretty busy at the moment. I didn't die from quitting the pill, so.. that's that :) I did manage to weight myself up to 166 pounds at some point during the holidays (unrelated to quitting the pill, I was just eating too much and kinda badly with 0 exercise) but now i'm back at my good old 160 lbs self, with all my good intentions :) <BR> <BR> I eat well, I enjoy it. I had my first walk in we... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:01:54 EST Quitting the pill! Today was the last pill of my last pack! I decided at the end of the summer to go horomones free for a while and see how it's like :) I had an IUD installed a couple months ago and now that the overall craziness around me flattened a bit, I'll try :) <BR> <BR> Have you ever got off the pill? What should I expect? There's some crazy stories out there on the internets, but my doc said not to worry about it. I was on it for almost 15 years! Time flies. <BR> <BR> On other news, I renewed my gym... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:10:19 EST leaving 2013 behind, good riddance. I guess this year I will make resolutions.. <BR> (But it's more like a coincidence than anything :) and it's still just the same old, but hopefully I'll be better at it.) <BR> <BR> My crazy day shifts are over starting today!!! I feel such a relief, I don't have words for it. Just thinking about not getting up with the alarm clock tomorrow (at 6:30 am after a short night) and I'm almost in tears. To spend the day with my boyfriend and cats.. ... ... ... <em>46</em> <em>224</em> <BR... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:08:09 EST Trying to come back I feel a bit all over the place with the new SP interface. But to be honest.. it's like that in all the spheres of my life at the moment so I won't stress too much about it just now :) <BR> <BR> Small goals for December, I have to relearn it all. Seriously. <BR> <BR> 1) Water. I've been drinking just too little lately. Sometimes as little as 500 ml per day, terrible. And it's HARD, too! What happened to me? <BR> <BR> 2) Bring back SOME KIND of physical activity.. I was thinking the gym and... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:52:57 EST November was.. a total failure :) <BR> <BR> Something I didn't see coming happened, I applied for a new position at my job and got it. I'm used to the evening shift and my training requires that I'm on the day shift. OUTCH. I hate the day shift, especially when my boyfriend is still on the evening shift etc. I will be back on my normal shift in two weeks. I've never been so tired in my entire life and it's partly my fault because of course I could go to bed earlier, but then I'd see my boyfriend for about ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:42:53 EST Strategy for November Taking all the month to bring back good habits like going to bed at a certain hour, waking up at a certain hour.. counting calories, going back to the gym.. All that exciting stuff. I'll try to IF whenever it's convenient and drink more water, lol. SHOULD be doable. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:54:25 EST Hi there Not much to say I guess.. Haven't "fall off the wagon" or anything just, unprepared and unmotivated and all over the place for most of the summer with many problems to deal with and not much energy. I sure am glad winter is coming. I see it as a calm and introspective time.. so that's much welcome. <BR> <BR> I don't want to set up goals (but of course I have *some* in mind) I'll just try to get on a more regular schedule and sleep and eat well and try to feel better than I have for the last... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:12:06 EST weeks 12 to 19 Where was I during those 2 months? In Hell. Okay that might be a bit exaggerated but barely.. We live downtown and this year, the ambient level of noise just jumped the shark. It was pretty intense last year as well but we decided to stay another year thinking there was no chance of another summer of construction all around our apartment. We should have move. <BR> <BR> While there is no construction there is plenty of other unwelcome noise and distraction. We live near a big corporation's b... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:17:48 EST Weeks 10-11 /21 I'm not sure what my problem is. <BR> <BR> week 10 <BR> <BR> Cardio : 3 /6 <BR> Strength : 1 /2 <BR> 11:00 : 0 /7 <BR> Cals : 0 /7 <BR> Yoga : 0 /? <BR> <BR> week 11 <BR> <BR> Cardio : 3 /6 <BR> Strength : 0 /2 <BR> 11:00 : 0 /7 <BR> Cals : 0 /7 <BR> Yoga : 0 /? <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:51:35 EST week 9 /21 Cardio : 3 /6 <BR> Strength : 1 /2 <BR> cals : 0 /7 <BR> Si6 : 0 /6 <BR> Yoga : 0 /? <BR> 11:00 : 1 /7 <BR> <BR> My stats are not very encouraging but I don't mind, I was rather active every day and I feel good. Ate fantasticaly well! I don't see much of a change on the scale but I feel my body is smaller and tighter so THAT'S encouraging! Haven't measured yet and I might just wait a bit longer before I do. I get caught in mind's game so easily.. I don't need that right now. I HAVE to go by ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 09:55:18 EST week 8 / 21 So here's my report for the week #8 of 21. <BR> <BR> Cardio : 6 /6 <BR> Strength : 2 /2 <BR> Si6 : 0 /6 <BR> 11:00 : 2 /7 <BR> Cals : 1 /7 <BR> Yoga : 0 /? <BR> <BR> I'm getting there! I'm pretty proud of my week and I feel great! Strong and all, motivated. I sure need more sleep and the hot weather is nothing to help.. sadly. <BR> <BR> I haven't logged in my calories on SP but I write pretty much everything I eat in a day down.. No excess and a good control over junky food and quantitie... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 10:57:02 EST week 7 / 21 Cardio : 2 /6 <BR> Strength : 0 /2 <BR> 11:00 : 2 /7 <BR> Calories : 0 /7 <BR> Si6 : 0 /6 <BR> Yoga : 0 /? <BR> <BR> Hehehe! No gym though, my cardio was only walks and I did some yard work as well. Feeling pretty lazy and without energy at this point. I'm heading to the gym in a couple minutes, we'll see if I can break this spell.. I eat very well; even though I'm not logging calories I write down everything most of the days and I feel good and a lot less bloated but always the same number ... Sun, 26 May 2013 09:43:13 EST week 6 / 21 Cardio : 3 /6 <BR> Strength: 0 /2 <BR> Calories: 0 /7 <BR> 11:00 in bed: 1 /7 <BR> Yoga: 0 /? <BR> Si6: 0 /6 <BR> <BR> lol. I do feel a bit better now though, I sleep better and I seem to be in a better mood too. Should move a bit more this week. I feel good though I still don't see a move on the scale. 160 pounds forever! Sat, 18 May 2013 18:38:46 EST week 5 / 21 Cardio : 3 /6 <BR> Si6 : 1 /6 <BR> Strength : 0 /2 <BR> 11:00 : 1 /7 <BR> Cals : 1 /7 <BR> Yoga 0 /? <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 May 2013 13:36:29 EST week 4 / 21 Time flies! Another not so impressive week. I was sick with the flu and so SO tired. I did almost nothing. Here's the numbers; <BR> <BR> Cardio : 2 / 6 <BR> Strength work : 0 / 2 <BR> Logging calories : 0 / 7 <BR> Bed by 11:00 : 1 / 7 <BR> Si6 : 0 / 6 <BR> Yoga : 0 / ? <BR> <BR> Lol. <BR> <BR> I hope to have a better week, goals wise. I think it's pretty doable ;) <BR> Sun, 5 May 2013 09:58:13 EST week 3 / 21 - even worst. Even worst. I did basically nothing. Look at the numbers.. <BR> <BR> Cardio / walk : 1 /6 <BR> Strength work : 0 /2 <BR> bed by 11:00 : 0 /7 <BR> calories logging : 0 /7 <BR> Yoga : 0 /? <BR> Si6: 0 /6 <BR> <BR> Yeah. I don't know why I'm always super motivated the week before my periods and then I'm flat for a month? It's getting on my nerves now. Anyway, after this super bad week I was quite motivated to start anew (AGAIN) this week and had great plans.. HAD! because right now I'm so sic... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:06:39 EST week 2 / 21 Not a very good week. <BR> <BR> Cardio : 2 / 6 + 1 long walk <BR> Strength : 0 / 2 <BR> Yoga : 0 / ? <BR> Bed at 23:00 : 1 / 7 <BR> Si6 : 0 / 6 <BR> Logging Calories : 3 / 7 <BR> <BR> I ate mostly well except for that couple sugar pie pieces I had (DUH!).. and the alcohol I had.. I had a strong beginning of the week but then the weather was weird and I was very congested and I was seriously lacking sleep and yeah. Catastrophe ahead. I wasn't in the mood for the gym, I was barely able to sta... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:29:10 EST Week 1 / 21 Sunday will be my day 1 of the week / check in day. I have to say that I'm very happy with last week. Not perfect but well on my way :) <BR> <BR> ::: RECAP ::: <BR> <BR> Gym goal was to go 6 days, I went 4 days and had long walks with my boyfriend 2 other days (I burned just as many calories). I was rather sore this week but it felt good with top energy! <BR> <BR> Si6 program goal was to start last Sunday for 6 days. It was impossible for me to start, I'm having a hard time to find the mot... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:37:34 EST day 0 Yesterday was my birthday! I have the feeling that it'll be a good year :) I feel like some may feel at the first day of a new year.. I kind of took resolutions. It's more like a plan or a wish, if you will. A guideline. <BR> <BR> If you read my blog before, you won't learn anything new, hahah.. but I'd like to be more committed and like, more disciplined and less emotional about things. I DO have control over certain things and I have to take it if I want to see different results; the resu... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:46:03 EST march - april I really need to learn how to control myself. I need to talk to myself and to take what I say seriously, act accordingly. <BR> <BR> I was so bad since the week I was sick.. I kept craving pizza and junk food and asking my boyfriend to go eat some chips, chocolate, desserts, etc. almost making a scene for not having it. That's so wrong. My boyfriend tells me he doesn't want to eat any junk anymore and he's so right, and that's what I want as well. What the f* is wrong with me? Anyway. March... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:02:08 EST I lost 4 pounds this week.. but it was not from doing exercises with passion.. more like, very frequent trips to the bathroom / not eating at all. <BR> <BR> I got so sick with gastro (due to a bacteria, not a virus.. the kind you get from food poisoning), I cannot remember the last time I was that sick. Today is the first day I don't seem to have nausea and that I can walk from a room to another without nearly pass out. It was a pretty intense week and I'm glad it's on it's way out now, phew. I had such a good week gym... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:52:20 EST mfp 2nd review I think I might move back on SP for tracking.. I LOVE the fact that I can find even local artisanal products on their data base.. but they don't give ranges and I find the numbers they suggest are not realistic. A catastrophic day over MFP transferred into SP login system is a good day. I'll see but I think I might just try again on SP since it helped me in the past and I find that the numbers are in sync with how I feel. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:24:33 EST so far.. 10 days into March, I can't say I did all that good. <BR> <BR> Today is a turning point, though. I'm trying a new gym.. again! I like the fact that their equipment seems more recent and hi-tech. I'm not very into television or anything, but I like the fact that each cardio machine has it's own personal screen and that you can change channel, so I won't be forced into soap opera or anything. There's also a sauna.. I'll be able to treat myself a little and use it as an additional motivator to ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:20:08 EST Goals for March I'm keeping it very simple, and most of them goals are the same every months anyway, I'll reach them!! :) <BR> <BR> . Counting calories <BR> . No Junk! sugar / fat <BR> . Sleep <BR> . (Just do it) Move <BR> . Move more <BR> . Kefir <BR> <BR> I have to go back at counting my calories, it really helped me in the past (but i'm so lazzzy..). Haven't lose in forever. I would love to lose 5 pounds in March. <BR> <BR> The junk is hard to cut. I eat pretty well more than 90% of the time, always h... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:09:56 EST I need your help! How to lose 30 pounds in 6 months?! (Or 5 pounds per month) <BR> <BR> What are your best tips and recommendation? I know the basics, I think :) But how do you stick with it on a day to day basis? How do you keep your motivation up when all the parameters aren't ideal? (work, family, friends, sleep). As soon as I have a distraction, I fall off the wagon.. That's not very productive. <BR> <BR> Thanks friends!! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:53:34 EST MFP first review I appreciate the MPF calories login page! The rumours were true, everything is on their database!! It saves me a lot of time. I even found the nutritional info of some products I buy from a very local bakery near my house, that's GREAT! I cannot use it from my phone at the moment since the OS version for my phone can't be updated.. It's not a big deal since I'm planing on replacing it this spring anyway, but I can't wait :) The one thing that bothers me though, unlike SP it doesn't offer you ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:42:20 EST walk the walk I never made it to SIS week 2. It's okay, there's often many circumstances that we have no control over, I also deal well (maybe too well?) with the fact that I'm a slacker. I am not hard to self-convince there is a lot better to do than what's good for me. So I dropped out. <BR> <BR> One of the good things with me is that I never really drop completely out. I always raise from the dead and make another plan or another goal ;) So here I am, almost 10th of February making plans for the month.... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:20:43 EST SparkPeople VS MyFitnessPal Anyone tried MFP? <BR> <BR> I'm more and more tempted to make an account there.. I'm a member of SP since 2006, I believe.. but I often get frustrated with the buggy, heavy website.. and now we have loads of advertising etc. etc. <BR> <BR> SP's app for the iPhone is just terrible (and I paid 4$ for it), without mentioning that the website is a pain in the asparagus to load on the phone, then is crashy. I keep hearing that MFP's app is GREAT and FAST and very complete.. I won't lose weight ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:59:04 EST SI6 day 5 Today should be day 5 of the program SI6. I'm taking the night off though, and I decided not to feel too bad about it. I'll watch a movie with my boyfriend, I miss him.. and I'll try to keep warm, I spent the day shivering from the cold.. It's so damn cold!! And then I'll go to bed early and have a good night of sleep. Tomorrow will be a better day and I won't be stressed and I'll do my last day of the first week of the program. I'm kind of excited to start the second phase ;) I need to go b... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:29:26 EST SI6 day 4 Quick recap <BR> <BR> I seem to grow lazy by the day.. I do the video but I don't sweat much anymore and while I don't dislike Debbie as some other have reported, I sure get annoyed by some of her comments, lol.. Sometimes I won't do all the reps and it happened I skipped a whole move. I try to stay in movement though. I sure didn't have much energy to spare tonight, and i'm back at work tomorrow morning, blergh. <BR> <BR> Wondering if I'll make it to the 36 days. My arms and tights feels m... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:22:48 EST SI6 Official day 1 I did it!! :) <BR> <BR> Motivation is a weird thing. Yesterday I was SO motivated, like, I couldn't see myself unmotivated ever again, it was very strong! I had to keep myself from moving because it was my rest day.. couldn't wait to today to do my SI6. This morning was another story entirely, lol. BUT I DID IT! :) <BR> <BR> So official day 1 of the first week of SI6 is DONE. While doing it I was starting to wonder if I really should redo all the first week or what.. It was easier on me tod... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:18:34 EST