AMYD726's SparkPeople Blog AMYD726's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community October....Already? more like MID October! <BR> <BR> Wow it's been a long time since I've blogged! Between traveling to baseball tournaments nearly every weekend, the baby, and work being insane I haven't had much time to myself. But I am still here - even if I've been quiet! <BR> <BR> We're at the start of a new round of my challenge group, and I have to say this one is pretty exciting. I haven't gained since the last challenge closed (seems like a given, but for me it's big "W"). Also, if I hi... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:57:14 EST Checking In Hello there! <BR> <BR> Last week was pure craziness with work and family life, so I barely had time to log food (and some days I didn't even do that). <BR> <BR> Anyway, it looks as if the crazy will continue this week, but I wanted to do a quick check-in to keep myself honest! :) <BR> <BR> As far as August goals, I have been doing awesome getting up early and exercising (though the time exercising and intensity I give does wax and wane more than I'd like). I have also done great not p... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:24:43 EST Self Sabotage So for my summer challenge group, I had a great week one weigh-in and was extremely diligent with food and exercise at the beginning of week two. By Wednesday, I was down a pound, and most importantly I was feeling great. <BR> <BR> However, by the time the week two weigh-in rolled around, I was UP a pound. That's a two pound swing in a week! <BR> <BR> Why? I think it was because I was doing pretty well I gave myself permission to overeat. Why do I do that? I don't know. I have been... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:47:09 EST Days 5, 6, & 7 Hectic! I've been completely swamped these past few days, but I wanted to do at least a quick pause for accountability. <BR> <BR> My goals are relatively on track. I've been doing pretty well avoiding purchasing coffee and avoiding wheat... but the night snacking has been a little tougher. I have definitely been more mindful of it though, and limiting more than I have been in weeks past. So I guess that's a positive! <BR> <BR> I am also still waking up at 4:45 to exercise. Though I rarely get... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:40:09 EST Days 3 & 4: Success, Failures, and Motivation Ahhhh the dreaded weekend.... <BR> <BR> Yesterday my parents took my family and I out for a belated birthday dinner. I definitely indulged. I did not buy coffee but I did overeat, have ice cream for dessert after dinner, and definitely had my share of bread. <BR> <BR> Today I am back on track. I got up super early and hit the grocery store, and came home and cut my veggies and cooked. I made enough breakfast (Oh how I "heart" egg "muffins" with veggies!) for the week and some lunches an... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:14:54 EST Day 2 Checking in on goals - 8/2/13: <BR> <BR> 1. Didn't buy coffee! <BR> 2. I had dessert after dinner. It's okay though, I planned for it. <BR> 3. No wheat! (And guess what? I don't feel quite as crappy this morning. :)) <BR> <BR> <BR> Early on this weekend I desperately need to grocery shop. I have not one fresh fruit or veggie around! I need to fit that in with a busy day, but I'll make it happen. I know you'll make it happen (whatever "it" is) this weekend too! Sat, 3 Aug 2013 07:54:54 EST Day 1 Checking in on goals - 8/1/13: <BR> <BR> 1. Didn't buy coffee! <BR> 2. Didn't eat after dinner! <BR> 3. Ate so much wheat it wasn't funny. :( Of course I knew better, I just made bad choices, plain and simple. And today I am tired, bloated, and my joints hurt. I need to make a note of this and just make today a better day. <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on staying on track over the weekend, and hope everyone has a great one! <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:12:30 EST August Goals Hi there! <BR> <BR> I have been giving a lot of thought to my August goals. I feel that my best course of action is to focus on food challenges, as that's where I run into the majority of my issues. Also because I've been doing pretty well these last few weeks getting up at 4:45 and getting in my fitness first thing (WOO HOO! HUGE PROGRESS FOR ME!) so I just plan to keep that up. <BR> <BR> So here's what I've got so far. These might seem simple to others, but for me there's definitely a... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:57:08 EST Still Here! It has been forever but I wanted to check in. For accountability reasons of course, and to say that despite my lack of blogging I am still relativelt active on Spark People (logging food, reading blogs, etc). <BR> <BR> I've had a lot going on lately (vacation, gallbladder removal, my son's never-ending baseball season) but have managed to mostly stay on track. I say "mostly" because vacation was a GIANT "miss" food-wise and I really wish I hadn't gone down that path. <BR> <BR> I gained ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 08:41:07 EST Up Two Pounds Today is my "official" weigh-in, and I am up two pounds. Not much to say about that except I slipped, which I'm attributing 100% to stress. I caught it, but not soon enough. <BR> <BR> Overall, I have been doing pretty well, but I still get myself into these little emotional cycles of doom. When I'm stressed and busy, I eat the easiest thing (usually something wheat-y and junky). This leads me to feel like crap, and then I eat for comfort and laziness again. This goes on for a few days... Thu, 9 May 2013 09:14:03 EST Holy Rollercoaster Last week was crazy, eating and weight-wise. And not in a good way. On Monday I was down a pound, Thursday at my "official" weigh-in I hadn't gained/hadn't lost (which was steady until today...) <BR> <BR> Today I am UP THREE POUNDS!!! Argggghhhhh! It's not as if I didn't know it was coming. I ate out a bunch and didn't always make the best choices. Sometimes it was a salad, but sometimes it was wheat-coated and deep-fried chicken tenders. I knew better and did it anyway. I let being ... Tue, 7 May 2013 12:47:42 EST Moving Along Well, I've slipped up in my quest to consume no wheat. Not a complete slide, just a little bite or drink here and there. (Guinness was involved, my friends!). I did feel a little snius-y and I definitely detected some pain in my knee joints in the following days - but nothing terrible. Back on the wagon now! <BR> <BR> My exercise has mostly consisted of using the baby as a medicine ball (Oh the giggles when you toss her in the air or swoosh her side to side - ab work! - when holding her!... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:39:15 EST Time to get Serious Hi there! It seems like forever since I've posted. Things are crazy at home and at work, but with the exception of the elusive exercise, I'm still pretty much on track. <BR> <BR> That said, I am starting to feel a greater sense of urgency with my weight loss now. I know with pregnancy they say "it takes 9 months to put on, it'll take the same to come off." Well, my daughter is 8 months old now and I still have about 15 pounds to go till I hit my pre-pregnancy weight. And even then, I st... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:09:02 EST Useable Hours I need to learn to maximize my time a little better. Health is so important, and lately it's been nagging at me that I can do more. I NEED to do MORE. <BR> <BR> Planning is part of it, and in that respect I'm definitely doing MUCH better than in years past. My diet hasn't really suffered too much since Spring chaos has tornadoed into my house - but exercise is still hovering slightly above non-existent. <BR> <BR> I know I could fit in a better workout (or just a workout - period) if I ju... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:57:39 EST 30s Over the weekend, my mom mentioned to me something her doctor had told her. It was basically along the lines of "For your first 30 years you can basically do whatever you want to your body (i.e. cheese steaks and beer) and you'll likely make it through. How you treat yourself in that next 30 (30-60) though has critical impact on the quality of life in what could be your final 30." <BR> <BR> It is important to me that I'm a good influence on my children. That hopefully I'm lucky enough to ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:47:03 EST Consistency Oh boy am I in need of it! <BR> <BR> I actually haven't gained anything, the scale is still (sllllllloooowwwwwly) creeping down. <BR> <BR> However, in just the past couple of weeks with my son's sports schedule kicking into high gear, plus the holiday, there have been more take-out meals, crazy sleep schedules, and forgotten exercise than I can recall in recent memory. And I don't like it! <BR> <BR> I will say I've planned ahead much better than in years past and I am not doing terribly. ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:30:02 EST Quick Stop Hi There! <BR> <BR> Life is getting crazy but I wanted to let y'all know I'm still here. :) <BR> <BR> As far as goals I let a little wheat into my life (small doses, just a couple of random times. Totally wasted on stupid unhealthy things like a bite of pie crust, panko breaded tilapia, and popcorn chicken - what?!?) and I paid for it. Luckily it seems those cravings have once again subsided. <BR> <BR> Exercising hasn't been what I'd call consistent. But shopping and meal planning (... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:32:51 EST Checking In It's time check in with my goals because I know I am not doing nearly as well as I wanted to. <BR> <BR> I am still not eating wheat and luckily that goal has not been too difficult for me. <BR> <BR> However, exercise at home has been basically non-existent. I think it will help if I transition to working out in the AM, but we all know how hard getting up earlier can be. I'm going to try to make this change gradually. <BR> <BR> Also, I need to get better about meal planning and make-ahe... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:00:46 EST Well now, here is something new.... Yesterday was 'birthday day' in the office, and folks really out-did themselves bringing in goodies. There were cupcakes, an oreo pie (my all time fav!), this amazing looking peanut butter chocolate mousse thing, soft preztels. If it was delicious and most likely bad for you, it was there! :) <BR> <BR> I didn't touch anything desert-ish at all, which is a victory. And I was surprised that the things with wheat didn't really seem all that appetizing to me. I think we're making progress he... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:49:48 EST Goals for March Well, considering we're nearly halfway through the month I'm thinking these are a little past due! <BR> <BR> But for now I just want to ensure focus going into next month, so for the next few weeks, my goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to eat wheat-free. I've been feeling really good so this shouldn't be difficult. <BR> 2. Do at least 1 home workout video and 1 day on my home treadmill per week (for now in addition to the classes I take outside the home). <BR> 3. Continue with ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:11:01 EST GFPF Last Friday I had my first GFPF (that's Gluten Free Pizza Friday!). I opted to try Schar pizza crusts, because they didn't need to be refrigerated/frozen (I purchased them on my lunch break and needed to store them until my work day was over), they were relatively cheap, they specifically said "wheat free" on the package, but mostly because they were pre-made. Easy-peasy! <BR> <BR> The texture of these crusts were a little chalky and chewy but overall the taste wasn't bad. And the fact th... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:33:37 EST Goals So I never paused to revisit my February goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Start using my 5-class trial pass (that I got through LivingSocial on the cheap, woo-hoo!) at a local yoga studio. <BR> <em>248</em> Enjoying yoga so far! <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise at least twice a week outside of Zumba classes. <BR> FAIL. Although I am exercising 3x a week, so I suppose this is an improvement over the 2x per week. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Limit grains and dairy (I don't believe in restriction or cutting ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 14:56:31 EST Pizza Friday I actually found myself a little scared this week on Pizza Friday (where my family and I crash on the couch, eat home made pizza and catch up with our DVR.:)) Despite the fact that I was so looking forward to it, I was nervous that I'd lose the ground I gained and feel yucky after a week of not eating wheat products. <BR> <BR> I was pretty much right. I did experience immediate bloating and fatigue after eating the pizza (but then who doesn't get that way on a Friday after a long week afte... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:40:44 EST Wheat free(-ish) Update I am down 3 pounds from last week, pretty much my biggest loss since December when I had a mild stomach bug for a week (haha). <BR> <BR> I do think last week when I weighed in I was retaining water, so that could account for some of the difference. But other than that, I haven't done anything different except avoiding obvious sources of wheat (I haven't been nitpicking every last ingredient), starting last Saturday. <BR> <BR> I don't think it's a low-carb thing. Though I haven't touched... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:29:34 EST Victories & Allergies I had a pretty good weekend. I got a ton done, had some great quality time with the kids, I tracked all my meals, and I didn't gain! (Even lost weight...only .2 pounds, but hey, it still counts, right?) <BR> <BR> On Friday I got the results of bloodwork that stated that I was allergic to cats (which I already knew), also borderline allergic to cedar and more interestingly, wheat. <BR> <BR> I don't have celiac's because I believe that was one of the battery of tests my rheumatologist r... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:40:36 EST Better-ish I am starting to feel like myself again, this weekend was pretty good for me. I overindulged in some pizza on Friday and some chocolate last night, but I exercised, snuck in a lot of produce, and didn't gain. Basically, I stuck to an 80/20-type situation. <BR> <BR> My sinuses are finally starting to function somewhat normally, and the baby is sleeping a bit better. All in all, I'd say that's a win! <BR> <BR> However, my joints still bother me quite a bit, especially my knees. I am going... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:57:23 EST Epic Fail I am sorry to state that the first week of February has been a complete failure for me on the goals front. <BR> <BR> I gained over a pound, and I exercised once. ONCE - for the whole week! <BR> <BR> I looked into the yoga classes for my LivingSocial deal, but I haven't actually made it to the studio yet. I'm doing well with lowering my dairy servings, but cutting the grains at times has been difficult. (Counting corn as a grain, and I have been on a popcorn tear lately!) <BR> <BR> In m... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:32:07 EST Tired Today has been a rough one. I seem to be navigating through a perfect storm of inconvenient side effects: <BR> <BR> Wakeful baby last night+sinus infection that will not DIE+dry nose and eyes+achy joints from autoimmune issues = T-I-R-E-D. <BR> <BR> Tonight though I am thinking some yoga is in order. Anyone know any poses aimed at inflammation and/or drainage of the sinuses? I sure could use them! <em>414</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:45:34 EST Smoking and Dieting This morning, it occurred to me how similar quitting smoking and implementing a healthier lifestyle are to me. Maybe it's a little dramatic, or obvious to some, but comparing the addiction and emotional nature of food and cigarettes was a real "a-ha" moment for me. <BR> <BR> I loved smoking, I really did. I had a cigarette as soon as I woke up in the morning. I dreaded a long flight because if I went longer than 2 hours without a cigarette I was jittery and irritable. I smoked for years ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:49:40 EST Can I get an "Amen"?!? Had to share this article: <BR> <BR><BR>to-sabotage/#axzz2JaELLJnk <BR> <BR> It's from Mark's Daily Apple, which I adore. Even though the site itself is focused on Primal living, I think the article applies no matter what your food philosophy. <BR> <BR> Definitely something I needed to read today...hope you enjoy! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:50:33 EST February Goals Well, I'm almost at the 10 pounds lost mark. It took almost 2 months to get there, but whatever, I'll take it! :) <BR> <BR> I feel like I've gotten the water drinking down pat, and I'm hitting Zumba pretty religiously twice a week. I've/we as a family have also eaten out WAY less lately. Now as we move into next month, I figured it was time to implement some new goals. <BR> <BR> Goals for next month: <BR> 1. Start using my 5-class trial pass (that I got through LivingSocial on the cheap,... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:59:04 EST The New Normal Things have been going mostly well lately. I'm getting my eating under control, and not feeling deprived. I could definitely stand a few more workouts in my life, but I think I am doing alright for someone with a full-time job, a baby that doesn't ever sleep through the night, and an awful sinus infection. Still pushing through! <BR> <BR> I get a little nervous writing this though, as every time I seem to become cognisant that I've gotten myself back on track, and I'm feeling good about t... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:55:22 EST Things that Don't Work 1. Hormones <BR> 2. A rough day at work <BR> 3. Feeling sick and icky <BR> 4. Girl Scout Cookies <BR> 5. #1-3 being excuses that I allowed myself to make for #4 <BR> <BR> That pretty much sums up where I'm at right now! Sigh...tomorrow is a new day. <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:10:33 EST Things that Work I wanted to pause for a moment and focus on the things that I've noticed are working for me so far: <BR> <BR> 1. Blogging! As I write, I find that I learn more and more about myself. The accountability doesn't hurt, either. (See also - logging food, workouts, etc.) <BR> <BR> 2. Only concentrating on things I will do (at least mostly) for the rest of my life. Yes, dropping all carbs and doing P90X would probably get me into shape fast. But long-term I don't think I could keep up with th... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:47:43 EST Re-up on Motivation It's been a little over a week since I've last blogged. In that time, I've had some successes (getting back into a fairly regular workout routine!) and some obstacles (hello hormones and Doritos!). I'm still keeping up with my "fearless" challenge and trying something out of my comfort zone every single day. Nothing worth writing about really, just things that are/were obstacles to me that I've been going out of my way to tackle. I'm feeling really good about that. <BR> <BR> But I'd be l... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:53:36 EST First Time's a Charm? I've never tried to lose weight before. <BR> <BR> Sure, I gained 90 (yes, you read that right) pounds with my son and got back down to a reasonable weight. However, his birth caused a reaction that made my thyroid become hyperactive (a malady I sometimes secretly wish I still had. Sadly I am now firmly - and frustratingly - in the "hypo" camp) and so most of the pounds slipped off in a relatively quick time frame, without exerting much effort. <BR> <BR> I gained some pounds as my thyroid... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:37:19 EST Once Upon a Binge I binged yesterday. Horribly AND ironically binged, since I was reading Shape magazine and watching a DVR'd episode of The Biggest Loser at the time. :/ <BR> <BR> Back up about 5 hours earlier in the day, when a craving for salty carbs hit hard. I tried to distract myself, I tried the internal dialogue that reminded myself that eating junk food was not a step toward my goals, and that I wasn't really hungry I was probably just a little stressed, etc., etc....but this time the craving was j... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:43:15 EST Weekends and Weeble Wobble Well, I didn't gain any weight over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Seems like a pretty normal statement, right? I'm pretty sure most people DON'T gain over the course of two days. But for me, I generally gain at least pound over the weekend don't normalize again until around Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Needless to say, this pattern isn't very conducive to losing weight. <BR> <BR> I have been making incremental changes by making sure I continue to log my food on the weekends, and trying to make slight... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:50:26 EST Accountability Today I joined a SparkPeople workout challenge group and also weighed in for the "Fat Club" (lovingly named!) at work. <BR> <BR> This was difficult for me, because again I was making my weight public, but I was happy to again get out of my comfort zone....and also find I gained only .2 pounds over the holidays. To me, this is a major victory! <em>209</em> <BR> <BR> Now that the holidays are over, here's to losing a pound a week from here on out... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:21:15 EST Finding Fearless Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking over my resolution this year (be 16!) and what this really means to me. <BR> <BR> It mostly boils down to doing what I know to be best for me, and having the most fun with it - while not being afraid to look silly, fall flat on my face, or worry (too much!) about the opinions of others. <BR> <BR> In this spirit, I've decided to commit to doing 2 or more"fearless" things per day. No matter how small they are, or how much sense they DON'T make... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:00:19 EST Resolution: Be 16 Again In general, I am bit shy and socially awkward. I have icky skin, ugly feet, and unmanageable hair. I am overweight. I am a person that is "okay" at lots of things, but not "good" at anything. <BR> <BR> Somehow I was lucky enough to be very confident and happy during adolescence (which unfortunately I know many cannot claim). I joined a ton of teams for sports I had never played before (and did alright), I enjoyed orchestra though I never made first chair, I got good grades but was no va... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:43:48 EST What's the hold up? One thing about me is that I LOVE reading/learning about health and fitness. Some of my favorite websites are,, and <BR> <BR> I have subscriptions to Women's Health and Shape, I've read a book by Jillian Michaels and just started one by Chalene Johnson. I watch The Biggest Loser and Doctor Oz. <BR> <BR> I am up on the latest fitness trends. I enjoy the science behind food and biochemistry. I actually like fruit... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:45:28 EST Intro - Gotta Start Somewhere Well, I've been on SparkPeople for about a year now and I think it's about time I start using some of the tools. In all honestly, I was embarrassed for a while write anything (blog, forum post) publicly. Embarrassed of my weight, Embarrassed to talk about myself, just Embarrassed. <BR> <BR> But as time passes, I realize that I am one that NEEDS accountability. Traditionally, my busy schedule, some health issues, and being a mom of two has made it easy for me to make excuses in my own he... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:33:47 EST