APETAJA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=APETAJA APETAJA'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/ Still going strong on the Dukan diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809123 I had a faltering few days where I wasn't sure Dukan was going to work for me after all, since the day I switched to Cruise my weight loss slowed way way down. I've lost only 4 pounds in 12 days of sticking to the plan pretty rigorously. Of course, I stopped walking and told myself it wasn't that important as long as I kept the food part pretty perfectly. BZZZZ! Wrong answer! Try again! <BR> So, this is Day 3 of walking at least 60 minutes a day on my treadmill, and eating a bit more, as I t... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:58:27 EST Doing the Dukan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801528 Yawn. I get so tired of whining about my weight loss not working- I really need to focus on the 17 pounds I've lost in the last few months, and especially the 12 I've lost since starting the Dukan diet. I am just so impatient. I want to see a pound a day, or every other day, you know. lol <BR> Attack phase was great. I liked the diet after I got the hang of it, it isn't an issue for me at all to just eat protein. I missed bread a lot for a bit, but I'm past that. And the 10 pounds in the 9 da... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:45:04 EST One step at a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842116 I get so frustrated and then I just give up. Not pretty, but there it is. I was doing okay, and then realized that I was not dropping the weight like I felt I should be for as much work as I was putting into my workouts... so I quit. Not on purpose, just sort of realized that I hadn't worked out in weeks, and then months. Again. <BR> Several times this year I have started off, quick and "perfect" out of the gate, watching calories, eating carefully and healthily, trying new foods, working ou... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:55:47 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3696961 Late July was the last time I blogged? Really? <BR> Gee. Time does fly when you are sliding into bad habits and living in denial. <BR> I spent the rest of the summer trying to convince myself that just because I wasn't "actually exercising and logging it" that didn't mean I was slipping back into bad habits. Then my scale proved me wrong. I am back up to just a few pounds below where I was when I started this last push for fitness. Yuck. <BR> So, this week I am doing the Biggest Loser Boo... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 14:24:19 EST Progress is happening... I can finally feel it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3472925 Well, after a month or more of frustration and adjustments and thinking I was really doing this to the best of my ability and discovering I was just sort of getting ready, I feel like I am finally moving down the path to fitness and weight loss at a better pace. I was really struggling with not wanting to walk or run in the California summer heat, and I had to think about that for a while, but I prayed about it and then realized that I had a chance to get a treadmill, even though we are long-... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 22:29:30 EST Still no weight loss... :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3445315 I don't know... part of it is probably my slowing down on exercise, but I just got so tired of working out 2 hours a day and nothing happening. I still go for big bike rides 3x a week, and lots of walks, but I've just sort of lost the will to do the wii exercises and sweat and hurt and then weigh myself and the scale doesn't budge... I've actually gone up a couple of pounds since the last time I recorded my weight. I am eating carefully, following the spark diet recommendations... I thought t... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 22:37:14 EST Huh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3407601 Been working out at least as much as my fitness suggestions, and eating directly from the nutrition suggestions (with a few changes here and there, I admit) and have been really working at this thing. No progress with the scale... still says 151. :( <BR> I had a 5 mile bike ride with Charlie and the kids a couple of days ago- you think that would nudge the scale at least a little bit. Nope. <BR> Now I am wondering if I am maybe overdoing things? I have had about a 800 or 900 calorie different... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 12:30:16 EST And furthermore! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391548 Anyway... <BR> I worked out pretty well this week, I think. I had a migraine one day from too much sunshine, and another day was a rest day, and what's funny is I think I really benefited from the 2 days of sitting on my rear. When I did my EASA today I noticed that I am a lot stronger than I was 2 weeks ago, and a lot more able to do the lunges and other exercises. And noticibly stronger and steadier than I was before my rest this week. I may just need to do that every couple of weeks. <BR... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 01:11:21 EST Yeah, but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391516 Okay, so I am still trying to get this all figured out. And I was reading some other member blogs and someone mentioned going to find a calorie-needs calculator. I found a few different ones, including a government chart, and they all say I need between 2000-2400 calories a day. Really? So why does Sparkpeople have me at 1200-1400? And why do I have trouble eating that much? I had to have an extra emergency bowl of cereal tonight when I realized I had only hit 800 calories today, in spite of ... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 00:52:50 EST Feel like I'm spinning my wheels... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3380922 It's been about a month now since I came back to SparkPeople, and about 2 weeks of really committed exercise and careful attention to what I am eating and how much water I am drinking... the first week I lost 5 pounds, and though I didn't really trust that, I was still really disappointed when 2 came right back. I haven't lost any more this week, though I am continuing to do the EA Sport Active workouts faithfully and walking every morning that I can (I think I've missed 2 in the last week, b... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:49:35 EST Going in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3357652 I really feel like I am headed off in the right direction today... started the morning with a brisk 15 minute walk around the neighborhood, stuck to my nutrition plan and hit all my targets there except that somehow I was still under in my carbs. ? I don't know. I would have thought spaghetti for dinner and black beans in my lunch salad would have covered them, but I guess not. Still, yesterday my numbers were all under, and I have a tendency to undereat when I am trying to lose weight, and t... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 21:52:40 EST Okay, then... now I AM fat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3290956 So this morning I finally went to put on some summer clothes, after a long, chilly, wet spring, and .... can't get into any of last year's clothes. Not in an adolescent sort of "these don't look nice, I don't like the way I look in these" way, but in a "can't even get these over my thighs" way. I spent an hour going through all of my clothes, and by the time I was done I realized that I have been totally snowing myself. I am actually, honestly fat. As a former teen anorexic I know about "I'm ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 23:20:59 EST Reality vs my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1968767 Okay, so I was feeling really rotten about my weekend and what I ate, and then I went back and actually entered it in, going with the worst case scenario when I wasn't sure, and you know what? I was totally okay. I just have not gotten good at all with judging what is too much and what is enough. When I was a teenager I was anorexic, so I guess I need to keep careful track of my calories both directions and really focus on learning to make healthy food choices. I am often too low on my fat an... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 14:03:57 EST Monday after Easter weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1968658 Urgh. <BR> The weekend was really hard for me- I have been doing really well with my calories and keeping fitness minutes up and exercising daily, and then Easter weekend and we had a family party to attend, which was fun, but it meant lunch in the car (Del Taco, my arch-nemesis) and then dinner at a buffet table filled with things I had no way to calculate. I had a piece of ham, a bit of potatoes au gratin, a thin slice of salami, mostly salad with almonds and mandarin oranges but I have no... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 13:30:25 EST Oh, there's a blog here? :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1952729 Okay, then. :) <BR> It's Tuesday, I've been here on SparkPeople since April Fools' Day, so a week today, I guess. It's been a bit of a roller coaster so far. I started counting my calories and fitness minutes right away, and there were some big surprises for me- I have never dieted before, so I had no idea what kind of calories were in breads and cheese and the harmless looking pastry puff I had for desert Sunday night. And my well-meaning effort to eat something low-cal at Del Taco bombed sp... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:26:11 EST