ALISHAB3's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ALISHAB3 ALISHAB3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ body revolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743324 I am starting Jillian Michaels' body revolution this morning. She also includes a balanced diet that has focus on healthy fats <em>482</em> and proteins. <em>492</em> So I'm going to give it a whirl. Today we start with weight training for 30 minutes. <em>362</em> The program covers 90 days. I may add some of my other cardio workouts to fill it out. Her workouts are only 30 minutes each. But, as my mother reminds me, I need to ease back into this. I had a terrible fall several weeks a... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:57:23 EST I forgot that triscuits were fattening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702330 Dang it. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> 2 pound penalty. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I hate it when I make mistakes like that. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> This is so frustrating, because I have just really been very good about watching my portion size all week. But one mistake, can lead to a couple of pounds gained. <em>100</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 19:40:18 EST Moving moving moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693391 For the last couple of days, I have been helping my friends move from one apartment to the next. I am really sore from moving boxes. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I am being good about watching what I eat. When we stop for <em>29</em> food, I drink iced tea, <em>194</em> unsweetened. And, I eat half the entrée not the whole thing. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for the summer are to study for a professional exam in the fall and to lose weight. I am taking some time off from work to focus... Mon, 12 May 2014 12:16:40 EST The only way out is through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689795 Sometimes, the only way out of the situation is to go through it. That applies to weight-loss too. I am finally done with my big projects. So now it is time to focus on myself. I have cleaned up my room. It's nearly impossible to work out without space to do it. <BR> <BR> I have a bunch of new DVDs. And today I am trying Kathy Smith's flex appeal. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> This is the last week of spring for us. We expect to see the low 90s <em>67</em> by the end of next week. <BR> <BR... Wed, 7 May 2014 12:40:43 EST Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684041 I am really tired of being obese. My feet hurt. My skin hurts. I hated that I had to take steroids. I am 101 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> But, I am not giving up on myself! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I am in it to win! <BR> <BR> I am starting with my easy workouts like Leslie Sansone, Kathy Smith, and Petra Kolber. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> It is summer now. Today will be 92°F. <em>67</em> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:56:36 EST Collage Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647312 So super sad about Collage Video closing. They were how I discovered new and interesting instructors. Dang it. That is where I found Shiva Rea. That is where I learned about Billy Blanks Jr. Gah. <BR> <BR> I am not losing weight right now, but I'm not gaining. I have 98 lbs to lose. I was out of town for a week. I learned to just eat healthy prepared entrees from the grocery store. I also used the hotel gym throughout the week. I was so pleased with myself for that. <BR> <BR> I am struggl... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:30:07 EST Arms, cakes, and rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609746 Oh my! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My right arm is not broken <em>244</em> <em>104</em> went to see the physical therapist and he fixed me up. I'm a cleared for take off. I am good to go to start working out again. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> My best friend is getting married! <em>336</em> And she asked me to bake the cake! I have never actually done a wedding cake, but I'm stoked because I had always wanted to do one. How much fun is this! The theme is magically in <em>129</em> love... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:07:59 EST very warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598337 Its in the low 70s here. The sun is shining for all its worth. It feels like April. We are officially in a drought. <BR> <BR> I exercised today!! I did 30 min. of low intensity cardio. Then, I was interrupted by my brother who was not feeling well and needed me to take care of the cat. I was mad at him for not being more responsible. He was up all night (again) and wouldn't even make a phone call to find out if our regular vet was available or not. I got mad <em>100</em> But, we patched t... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:47:52 EST Challenges, successes, and feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588036 Yesterday was one challenge after another. I started the <em>67</em> morning with a <em>311</em> hike (the first this year!). I even did it before breakfast! I love <em>248</em> hiking. Its the best. And, I was a bully. I hopped in the shower first, before my brother, because I'm required to now by my doctor, to get the sweat off right away, it irritates the eczema. <BR> <BR> I've been having Asian style veggies for breakfast. That has been working for me. Its filling, completely ad... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:04:29 EST Mulligan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585161 I did not start my new <em>198</em> plan today, I will start tomorrow. I had to take care of Kitty <em>239</em> this morning and I distracted myself instead. Kitty <em>240</em> is doing a bit better. She is eating voluntarily some cat <em>492</em> food thinned out with water <em>194</em> and her fever <em>527</em> seems to be down. <BR> <BR> I did watch what I ate at lunch. We ate at an Asian restaurant, I had soup, one spring roll, and a single mu shu vegetable roll. Dinne... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 02:01:14 EST My devious plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583024 I have persuaded my dr. to get me a reduced rate on my current BC prescription. Yippee. I will pick it up on Monday. I get three months per prescription. I have one and a half months left so that comes out to 4 months plus two weeks. My plan is to loose as much weight as I can in the next 4 months (goal being 40 lbs) so that if they try to force me into changing my meds again, and I do have to change (which made me gain weight before.) that I would at least not be starting from this weight, b... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:19:48 EST Christmas gifts, health, and weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574094 I had a good Christmas. I spent it at home with my Mom, Dad, and brother. I bought my Mom & Dad a dvd player and a mattress topper for my brother. The topper is just like the one I have, its a cool gel. It feels really good. I got 5 pairs of pants, a few workout tee shirts, workout socks, a workout bra, a cranberry red jacket. 3 of the pants are too tight <em>15</em> I plant to make good use of my new workout clothes <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> My cat <em>239</em> had to be on antibiotics... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:54:16 EST Olive de olive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561258 Lol, oh, come on, don't you remember that old vaudeville bit? No? I am drinking a shot of 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and the juice of one lemon wedge and some water before breakfast every morning. It seems to be helping me with my skin, keeping it moisturized from the inside out. I am taking the olive leaf, but I don't know what to think of that, I haven't been off the steroid cream long enough to know if the olive leaf is helping yet. I am taking triphala, I still deal with some IBS disco... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:56 EST Onward and upward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557873 Ward? hmm. <BR> <BR> My rash has improved with the steroid cream. I still feel a bit tired. My right eye lid has flaked a bit. It doesn't hurt but I do have an appointment tomorrow to see my dr. anyway. You can't use the steroid cream on the eye because it can cause cataracts and blindness. I would like to avoid that. <BR> <BR> I'm working on cleaning up my diet. I have eliminated dairy for the past week. I will be going back to coconut. I am also eating mostly home cooked foods. I have no... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:46:56 EST Eczema, ouchie, itchy, no fun even http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553686 Ok, I have been dealing with a very itchy rash, redness, and swelling for the past two weeks. I went to the doctor, she told me that I have 'eczema' and that it was unlikely to find out what caused it but that it is the most common type of skin problem to have and that she had a cream that really works to help alleviate the symptoms. I now have 'traimcinolone acetonide' cream. I put it on two times a day. Two of my areas have dramatically improved. The largest rash on the back of my left knee... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:23:50 EST Negative motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546032 My negative motivation to get me moving and off of fattening food is the prospect of being heavier than I already am. I am terrified of being so obese that I am in a wheel chair. <BR> <BR> The good news is that even if I am not up to exercise, that diet is the primary thing that controls and alters your body fat composition. This is both good and annoying. Why? Because you can control what you eat. But, you eat a lot more than you exercise. Even if you exercise 2x/day, most people still eat... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:43:26 EST Day 1: count down to Jan. 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541210 I have started to take better care of myself again. I did wake up and put on my outfit but thats as far as I got. I went back to bed. But, I did delay breakfast to the time I would have eaten if I had done the workout. I'm trying to get used to that. <BR> <BR> I have done some chores, dishes/laundry, taken care of the <em>240</em> kitty. I also took a shower and before I got in the water I tried 'Dry Brushing'. I bought the brush at vitacost for less than 10$. Here is a pretty good video... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:47:37 EST Growing up is hard to doooooo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540137 Bleh. <em>20</em> I'm 35 and I'm still working on growing up. I'm very close to being done with this current project. <em>104</em> My Mom is retiring, tomorrow is her last day at work. This is <em>250</em> and its also necessary, she is losing her vision. Its not enough to give up a driver's license, but it is enough to not work as a graphic artist. <BR> <BR> I realize now that I have a tendency to drag my feet any time I perceive something as being 'hard' or 'work'. I am doing med... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:37:50 EST Back to the basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533387 I never thought I would be the person that doesn't take care of themselves because work is so hard. But, I am that person now. I haven't been eating right, I haven't exercised in a month, I am so sick its ridiculous. I had a nervous break down on Sunday, tears, wanting to die, went to bed at 7 pm. Just a wreck. I've been having caffeine and not getting outside. I haven't been eating enough veggies. I haven't been well since 10/1/13. My glands have been swollen the whole time. This whole past ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:25:44 EST Don't get emotionally involved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517129 My Dad said that to me this morning. Apparently I have too many feelings. I just need to focus on getting things done and not on the final outcome. How am I supposed to know what to do if I don't know what the final outcome is supposed to be? Not sure. For me its a two edged sword, if I am not emotionally involved, then I just don't care at all. It doesn't matter. I will do a meditation to set aside all feeling regards this current project. I can sense a 'butt' in there somewhere but I don't ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:51:43 EST My new Cathe DVDs have arrived!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506114 I have been fairly <em>282</em> sick for about two weeks now. I have a virus <em>527</em> like thing. The glands under my chin, I have a low grade <em>259</em> fever that comes and goes, a runny nose that comes and goes, and I'm <em>102</em> tired. I have been watching what I <em>4</em> eat. I have been eating at home most of the time. This past week I only had two meals out, one of them was a breakfast with a newly retired friend of my Mom's and the other was a split plate of ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 15:28:31 EST New week, new month, new plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499516 Ok, back to my old plan, nothing really new here, just posting to stay on track. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat South Beach Style <em>265</em> <em>485</em> <em>371</em> <em>492</em> <em>373</em> <em>22</em> <em>498</em> <em>370</em> <em>369</em> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>210</em> <em>284</em> <em>474</em> <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>470</em> <BR> <BR> 2. 1300-1400 <em>301</em> calories/day 5 days/week <BR> 3. With 1-2 higher calorie <em>493</em... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:30:09 EST Acceptance & Poor kitty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496909 I have weighed myself. <em>192</em> <em>192</em> The new scale seems more accurate and doesn't fly all over the place 15 pounds within 2 minutes. I'm not thrilled <em>39</em> with the weight, but it seems true. I'm doing well with staying more focused on my diet. Today is belly <em>344</em> dancing day. I already did a ton of chores and I will be doing <em>17</em> paperwork all day long. <BR> <BR> Eats: <BR> Breakfast: 2 english muffins/organic butter <BR> lunch: south beach... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:11:54 EST Soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488798 My new scale <em>192</em> has shipped. It should be here soon. Then, the <em>46</em> crying, and then the: <BR> <BR> Daily <BR> Weigh in <em>193</em> <BR> Food journal <em>387</em> - calorie counts <em>301</em> and weighed food is best but just writing it down is ok. <BR> Meditation <em>414</em> <BR> Mantra: Eat with the intent of losing weight <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Eat on plan: <BR> South Bear Style: <BR> fruits <em>474</em> , <BR> vegg... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:26:01 EST work work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485259 Cathe says 'Work work!' <BR> <BR> I have to go to the store, then do paper work work all day, then maybe do an inspection work work, and do a workout work work, and then chill, work work. <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:23:40 EST Nerves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485019 It has been a while since I was on the <em>11</em> scale and I finally ordered a new one from a plus size catalog, I'm hoping that its a bit more sturdy than the one from BBB, that one has died. Now, I'm feeling <em>15</em> fat and scared <em>39</em> of when it gets here. <BR> <BR> I need to start counting <em>301</em> calories again. <BR> I need to make my own meals <em>191</em> <BR> I need to get that 500 <em>33</em> calorie burn in the AM <em>67</em> 5x/week <BR> I n... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:38:40 EST One smokey day at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480453 The smoke is improving. I plan to do Cathe's Step Moves and Desi's Solar Yoga this afternoon. I am a bit tired. I was up late. I need to do a meditation, do a bunch of paper work (luckily today is a work from home day!), and then my workout. Not necessarily in that order, but probably in that order. I also need to do some chores around the house, laundry/dishes/trash. At least now I'm not scared to go get the can at the street (long driveway!). With the bloody noses I have been getting the no... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:50:28 EST Smoke, smoke, smoke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479358 The Rim Fire smoke is in my house. <em>234</em> My nose bleeds intermittently, my throat is sore, my brain is foggy. <BR> <BR> Here is my tentative rotation for this week, subject to change without notice <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday: Rest <em>102</em> <BR> Monday: Cathe Step Moves <em>206</em> + Solar <em>414</em> Yoga <BR> Tuesday: Slide n'Glide <em>344</em> Cardio drills + Shiva <em>414</em> 1st half of Yoga for Beginner's <BR> Wednesday: Cathe Athletic <em>206</em... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:10:49 EST Confessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474837 I'm an orange juice addict. Its true. For the past week or so the only things I have wanted to eat were french toast and orange juice. I want the oj to be watered down. I don't really know why. I think this is about potassium. I am a little embarrassed because I am part of teams South Beach and Low Carb and Smart Carbing. Jeez. But, I will say this for myself: I am keeping it to just 1-2 small glasses thinned out with water. Yikes. Who knew that OJ should be a controlled substance. Thats new ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 16:43:27 EST Carbs, calories, and cardio! Oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474652 I started the day with my coconut shake. I am using inexpensive coco from the Winco. Its surprisingly tasty and gives me a boost for my AM cardio. I add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil/manna. Its like a milk shake without the ice cream. <BR> <BR> Then, I did the 'Cardio Only Premix' from Cathe's original Bootcamp/Muscle Endurance disc. I had forgotten just how intense that was. In just 15 minutes I was a sweaty mess. Then, I did my yoga for the day: Desi's Yoga for Beginner's. I burned a total of 33... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 13:16:14 EST Looking back to move forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472929 I have been thinking back to when I was successful in my weight loss. I've been looking at my old rotation. I'm not quite as fit as I was, but I am close. I am able to do my old Cathe workouts pretty well. I can even do tuck <em>354</em> jumps, jump ups, and ricochet hops (google for a video example.) in spite of the extra weight. I'm always impressed with myself when I do that. <em>224</em> My heart is doing well. I am building some muscle <em>344</em> in the leg to accommodate the a... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:58:12 EST Smart, I'm getting very smart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470386 So, I have been getting my coconut milk drinks. I have been exercising when I can (not easy when there is so much smoke in CA and I have a bloody nose.) I am eating home style most of the time. I can feel myself getting back into weight loss mode. <BR> <BR> I am more focused on counting the calories and staying on plan. The diet is more critical right now because my feet hurt too much to exercise all the time. They hurt from being heavy and they hurt from walking all day long on concrete. I... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:01:15 EST Moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465268 This past week did not go as planned due to the fires locally. We have no less than 12 wild fires in the state of CA right now. The smoke has been so bad that my nose is burned from the acidic nature of the particulates in the air. It looks like bad fog but it is smoke. <BR> <BR> I have learned that I am incompatible with frozen <em>470</em> yogurts. I also don't do well with chocolate anymore. I love it, but the acid is too much. But, I have also learned that I am compatible with the jui... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:36:45 EST Like a radio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463450 I was listening to Jillian Micheals' yesterday on my way to work, and she said that if you don't have a lot of time to workout, you have to dial in your diet. That the diet will do the work for you. <BR> <BR> Thats an interesting <em>52</em> idea. I have known for a long time that it does come down to <em>4</em> diet. We have to be prepared, pack our lunches <em>191</em> and snacks, stick to our guns <em>43</em> in the face of temptation <em>495</em> . <BR> <BR> I am also pa... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:02:44 EST Week in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457936 I have done two workouts this week. <em>198</em> <BR> I plan to do another one as soon as I finish this blog post. <em>33</em> <BR> I have successfully upped the intensity <em>104</em> of each workout. <BR> I am making a concerted effort to improve <em>43</em> my diet. <BR> I plan to bring my own lunch today to work. <BR> I am still having a few treats, but watching the portion size. <BR> I have switched, for the most part, to coconut <em>482</em> milk from cows <em>466</em> ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 10:10:19 EST Garcinia Gambogia: Step away from it ladies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457015 It interfered with my birth control which I take for endometriosis and made my period start. <em>100</em> So, that is a bust. Don't take that one. <BR> <BR> I will be doing some sort of workout today. <BR> <BR> I have been successfully getting more intensity in my workouts. <BR> However, I have also been eating out more often than I want to. I have been trying to offset that by drinking some chocolate coconut <em>482</em> milk (homemade recipe.) as a meal replacement. And, when I do... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:02:15 EST The scale is dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449945 <em>192</em> I don't mean I'm angry at it. I mean it died. Its a fancy WW unit from Bed Bath and Beyond and it has officially died. Its wildly reporting swings of 10 pounds in 2 minutes. Its officially <em>100</em> dead. <BR> <BR> The odd part: I don't <em>20</em> <em>40</em> care. I'm doing my <em>33</em> workouts. I'm watching my portions <em>301</em> . My butt looks smaller <em>9</em> . I'm making more 'gooder than badder' choices more of the time. Its working <em>33... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 12:58:45 EST Shiva on the menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448760 I struggle with a false <em>20</em> impression of lower intensity activities like yoga <em>403</em> and <em>414</em> meditation. I know that they contribute a tremendous amount to my well being and I know that they make weight loss easier. But, because I got this idea into my head, that burning <em>33</em> calories is the most important thing, I sometimes have this out moded habit of setting it aside, as though it was a second class citizen in the realm of movement. Its not. Its v... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:51:23 EST Week in review and new rotation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443671 What a long day!! For a Saturday it has been super busy. <BR> <BR> Here is the normal stuff: <BR> <BR> I did two intense workouts and one restorative workout. I would have done more, but my time was co-opted by someone else needing my help. I was also in pain in the feet. When I'm overweight, my feet hurt. No two ways about it, thats the problem. <BR> <BR> My plan for next week: <BR> Sunday: Intense <em>33</em> workout: Ripped in <em>85</em> 30 + Cathe Slide/Glide timesaver cardio p... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 22:43:14 EST Not a burden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443648 I am starting to feel like myself <em>30</em> again with these higher <em>33</em> intensity workouts <em>216</em> . I am now using my coconut milk as my pre workout drink and it is working fabulously well. I like the vanilla one and it tastes like marshmallows but has 3 less carbs than whole milk. Win, win because it revs up my thyroid. I feel warm and toasty all day. <BR> <BR> My Mom bought me a new lap top today because I needed it to take a class next week in Microsoft 365. I fel... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 22:15:02 EST Weird dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440086 Ok, so this morning I dreamt <em>102</em> that I had got up, like usual, I went in the bathroom to weigh <em>192</em> myself, so far normal, then the <em>38</em> scale didn't say anything. It was just blank. <em>40</em> I don't normally have lame dreams like this, if I'm going to have one of those prophetic type dreams, its extremely vivid, accurate, and like I was there. But, this was more 'dreamy weamy' like a normal dream only it was sort of realistic. I felt like I was telling... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:36:21 EST 'Firm and supportive floor' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434147 When you go to inspect a restroom one of the things we are to note is whether or not the floor is 'firm' and 'supportive'. Well, my bathroom and home is 'not firm and supportive' and this morning when I went in there to weigh myself, the scale said 'you have put on 5 pounds over night' and I said, <em>101</em> 'No I didn't', scale said 'Yes you did.' So I picked it up, went downstairs to the tiled bathroom and voila I hadn't put on 5 lbs (I didn't look 5 lbs heavier.) but rather I've lost ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:59:31 EST Its not that its hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433021 We know that we can pack our own meals. We know how to set an alarm. We know how to gently scoot our wake up time back an hour over a week by doing it just 10 min. at a time so that it doesn't jar our systems. We know that doing more gooder than badder is more effective than being a hundred percent all the time. We know these things. Usually, it just comes down to: I don't want to. <BR> <BR> So, have that conversation with yourself: why? And skip the BS for once. Skip the: its hard' whining... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:10:29 EST Shifting from protein to healthy fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430368 The trick and the thing about lower carb life styles is not just eating a lot of protein, but rather shifting from protein centric to healthy fat centric eating. What I mean by that is focusing on healthy fats for your calories. My favorite fat sources are coconut oil and olive oil. I do like real organic cream, but its much more expensive. Coconut oil has an advantage, it is great for your thyroid. I like it in oatmeal and stir fries. Its good in baked things, but when you are watching your ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:31:30 EST Some, not none. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429224 I do best with a balanced diet based on South Beach. I don't do well on super low carb. I had hoped that with my body being different that maybe it would work. Instead, I got the same old 'cold' body temperature and the extremely elevated heart rate. I stopped that after a couple of days. I'm back to 60 grams or so of carb/day, 2 starches and 1 fruit (or 3 starches no fruit.) <BR> <BR> The weekend was very stressful. There was a memorial service yesterday for the last of my cousin's grandpa... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:25:08 EST Day 1: Weekend challenge, low carbing again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426281 I'm trying a few days of lower carb to see if I can't jump start my weight loss. I have lots of good things to eat. I'm not at work. I can workout <em>33</em> when I want, I can eat <em>4</em> when I want, I can rest <em>102</em> when I want, and I won't have to put on a happy <em>101</em> face for people at work. Its an ideal situation. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have Jillian Micheals to keep me company. I have Shiva Rea to relax me. I have Cathe to tell me to 'work work!'. <... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:11:43 EST South Beach meet South Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423469 I have done one workout this week, I plan to get some yoga tonight, and then do another cardio workout tomorrow morning. I already picked out my clothes (always a challenge at <em>102</em> 5 am.) Maybe its time for Dance off Belly Fat again. I like that one. <BR> <BR> The South Beach diet has an induction phase similar to the Atkins diet. I personally do better with some berries in my diet, when I get too low on my carbs my body temperature takes a dive and I get the shivers and I gain ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:16:46 EST An elephant isn't a pussy cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421153 I realize now that I have been looking for emotional stability from a person that doesn't have any <em>198</em> and that I must find my emotional stability in myself. My confidence must come from myself. My security must come from myself. Letting that false sense of security go is scary. Because of the abuse I had as a young person I don't walk around with a sense of security. Its not a part of my make up. I have to make my own way. I must focus my own <em>28</em> mind. I must practice ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:05:56 EST An elephant isn't a pussy cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421152 I realize now that I have been looking for emotional stability from a person that doesn't have any <em>198</em> and that I must find my emotional stability in myself. My confidence must come from myself. My security must come from myself. Letting that false sense of security go is scary. Because of the abuse I had as a young person I don't walk around with a sense of security. Its not a part of my make up. I have to make my own way. I must focus my own <em>28</em> mind. I must practice ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:05:55 EST You should be dancin', yeah. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416567 Remember that song by the Bee Gees? It was disco gold. <BR> <BR> I did not workout yesterday <em>39</em> . I stopped about 15 min. into it. I was just hot and sick to my stomach <em>24</em> . I plan to do that workout as soon as I finish this post. <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> Today will be a challenge. <em>386</em> I need to go to work all day and then go to a business meeting in the evening. Its at a restaurant. I find that to be challenging because then I want to eat something and t... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:07:25 EST