ASHTREENZ's SparkPeople Blog ASHTREENZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Six Months into Medical Trial Last Monday was 6 months done of this trial I'm in. <BR> <BR> My blood glucose levels are normal, and overall my weight and body fat is less than it was at the start. <BR> <BR> I've had trouble getting into the high-intensity exercise. I'm just not making time to do it. I'll have plenty of free time soon - my son is starting preschool 3 days a week in the mornings in two weeks time, so I'll have no excuse. <BR> <BR> Food-wise, I'm eating more fat than the diet states, I found that I felt h... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:55:37 EST Update It's been a while since I blogged here. <BR> <BR> Update: <BR> <BR> My new diet is a high protein, low carb and low fat one. <BR> <BR> I have been put in the high intensity exercise group (75 minutes). Everyone in the group is building up to 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity, and then we go down to 75 of high intensity. <BR> <BR> It took me a couple of days to get my head around the new diet plan, and I'm still eating too much fat some days. I feel more comfortable which it now (it... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:20:04 EST CID2 I had my second clinic day for the trial that I'm a part of today. <BR> <BR> Here's my results: <BR> 13.8kgs lost or 11.7% of my start weight. <BR> 12cms off my waist <BR> 8cms off my thigh <BR> I forget how much off my hips. <BR> <BR> I'm down 1-2 sizes in clothing depending on the cut. <BR> <BR> My skin has cleared. <BR> <BR> My fasting blood glucose has improved. <BR> <BR> My pulse is slower. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure is still quite low, but, hey, that's ok. <BR> <BR> I have more... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:45:51 EST Second trial weigh in I lost 3.3kgs this time. My body took a while to recover from the brownies, plus I've been cheating with a bit on meat more often than I really should be. But the good news is that I;ve reached my 8% goal, so I'm into the next stage of the trial. My total loss so far is 11.2kgs. <BR> <BR> There are still 4 more weeks to go of just the shakes and vegetables, so I'm hoping to get down to double digits. <BR> <BR> I've being feeling a little bit faint this past week, when I stand up too fast, o... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 23:31:37 EST First trial weigh in The Saturday just past I had my first weigh in after starting the Preview trial. I had to be weighed three times to make sure the scales were reading correct. It was astonishing to see the numbers. <BR> <BR> I had lost 7.9 kilos in two weeks! I have 1.5 kilos to go to reach my target goal of 8%. <BR> <BR> Mindboggling. <BR> <BR> This week has been a bit tougher than the previous. Probably being home and having food right there. Our friend from America made brownies Saturday night -I had tw... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:56:29 EST Long time no blog Been a while since I last was here. <BR> <BR> To quickly recap the last few months: <BR> -I fell off the wagon and put back on all but 5kgs. <BR> -I joined a medical trial, a study into preventing diabetes and maintaining weight loss. <BR> <BR> I've been on the initial stage of the study for almost 2 weeks now. This stage is 8 weeks long and is where participants lose weight via a low energy diet [need to lose 8%]. I honestly thought that these first few weeks would be really tough, that I'... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:09:25 EST Week 35 & 36 Haven't been on the scales for some time now. Pretty I'm gaining weight though. <BR> <BR> Not sure what else to put. <BR> <BR> My mum visited from Australia for a week [went home yesterday afternoon]. Felt pretty sad all of yesterday and still somewhat today. <BR> <BR> Was playing taxi yesterday and the day before, so didn't get much done - I'm looking at two days worth of dishes to get done, since my husband didn't want to do them. Motivation seems to be lacking for everyone in my house. ... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:52:41 EST Week 34 A bit of a late blog. <BR> <BR> Stayed off the scale this last week again. Feeling better though. Been walking most days and eating smarter. <BR> <BR> Friday, I cleared all the wheat and gluten out of our cupboards. I've been meaning to do this for some time but have just never gotten round to it. I was spurred on by a book a read called "Grain Brain" written Dr. David Perlmutter. I think everyone should read it, or at least watch his segments on Dr. Oz. Very interesting and compelling book... Sun, 11 May 2014 16:36:30 EST Week 33 Stayed off the scales this week. <BR> <BR> Still haven't got back on the cross-trainer. Have been eating whatever whenever as well. Lacking motivation to be honest. I want to get healthy, but I'm too lazy to put the work in. And on the other hand, I miss not working out when I don't do it. Sigh. <BR> <BR> My husband got word from ACC this week and his shoulder specialist - ACC will cover his reduced hours and backpay, and the specialist will see him in June to discuss surgery. He had a cort... Sat, 3 May 2014 15:12:32 EST Week 32 Lost 900 grams. Woo, finally. <BR> <BR> Feeling good after getting a lower number. <BR> <BR> Public holidays have thrown out my exercise routine this week, keep sleeping in, instead of getting up to exercise. Reset next week. <BR> <BR> Realised anew how much I love vegetables, so I've been eating heaps. I'm not really a fruit person, have to be in the mood. <BR> <BR> We were given some free-range organic chicken breast on Sunday, and boy did it taste good. Not sure if it was how I cooked ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:11:50 EST Week 31 Gained again this week. 1.4 kilos. Pfffffffffffft. <BR> <BR> I know my food choices haven't been the best, and I've been eating after dinner, which has always been an issue. I might have a great day, food-wise, and then evening comes and I binge on chocolate or some junky food. I'm trying to stop this habit, either have some fruit or raw vegetables, or nothing. <BR> <BR> I've been consistent with my exercising, which I'm pleased about. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report. Still waiting to he... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:54:43 EST Week 30 Wow, 30 weeks. Kind of makes me feel more depressed. I feel like I should have lost a lot more weight than I have by now. <BR> <BR> Apparently I gained 2.3 kilos this week.......... <BR> <BR> Not really sure what to put. I've been eating more wheat than usual, makes my digestion feel slow. I really need to stay away from it. <BR> <BR> I've been able to exercise in the mornings again - which is great. Trying for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on the cross-trainer, plus walking dur... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:43:13 EST Week 29 Down 900 grams. Wooo, happy about that. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report this week. My hopes of exercising in the mornings, before my son wakes up, have come to naught - he has been waking much, much earlier than normal. I might have to go for exercising at night. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 04:02:06 EST Week 28 Gained 500 grams this week. <BR> <BR> Got a bit down yesterday about not being able to break through this lose-gain cycle. It's really annoying. I need to overhaul my eating and exercising again, something needs to change. I know I need to be exercising more regularly, and after dinner snacking won't be helping. <BR> <BR> My birthday was just another day, nothing special to report, but that's how birthdays get once we become an adult. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:58:41 EST Week 27 Gain this week. 1.5 kilos. I'm not surprised. <BR> <BR> Having a bit of a hard time motivation-wise. Just feeling a bit sick of it and wishing there was an easier way - while knowing that losing weight takes time and is hard work. <BR> <BR> There is still a part of me that is uncomfortable with shrinking. It's like I don't know what the consequences are, so I want to avoid them because it's is easier, because i know what it is like being the "fat girl" after a lifetime of it. <BR> <BR> I'v... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:38:49 EST Week 26 Gained one kilo this week. I'm ok with that - last week probably wasn't demonstrative of how things really were. <BR> <BR> This week I've started introducing foods back into my diet. So far dairy [old intolerance], soy and wheat are off the menu for me. Had wheat and soy on Saturday, and that resulting in a long and painful night of tummy cramps, plus itchy skin. <BR> <BR> I need to learn how to work around these changes in what I will allow myself to eat. It's tough, since I love wheat pro... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:31:34 EST Week 25 Lost 2.3 kilos this week. 14.2 kilos in total now. <BR> <BR> Not sure how realistic this weeks weigh in is. I been living off rice, meat, fruit and vegetables. I've been eating less than normal, probably having two meals a day plus a snack, but I haven't been hungry at all - today I got to midday and realised that I hadn't eaten anything. Not sure what is going on with my body anymore, the doctor didn't have any ideas either. <BR> <BR> I do feel better after cutting all those things out [g... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:24:48 EST Week 24 Stepped back on the scales this week. Gain 500grams. I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> I'm five days into my elimination diet. Day three was really hard, just wanted to eat chocolate or have a milky drink and some biscuits. The weekend is going to be the biggest challenge - our church is having a bbq and beach day, so I won't be eating much, just the meat really. Small sacrifice in getting to the bottom of these hives/ <BR> <BR> My digestion seems to be all funny also. I feel like it is running... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:23:18 EST Week 23 Took a break this week, I decided to forgo standing on the scales today - quite liberating really. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking today of asking my Dad if I can borrow his cross-trainer - it's just sitting in his house, and they all go to the gym. It'll probably have to go in our garage, unless I can arrange the lounge or bedroom in a smarter way. I'm just getting a little bored with walking and workout videos. <BR> <BR> I've been a bit indulgent at night in regards to food. Only really eati... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:25:28 EST Week 22 I got to 10% this week! Really happy about that. <BR> <BR> I had a impacted wisdom tooth removed on Monday, so I've been living off jelly and soup for most of this week, and when I have had "solid" food, it's only been about half of what I normally eat because it's been too painful to keep eating. <BR> <BR> I won't be going to a WeightWatcher meeting for some time, our budget is far too stretched to go any more frequently than every 4-6 weeks. I'm slightly disappointed by this, but I have ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:08:59 EST Week 21 I can't seem to get go my 10%. I was 200gram away, after slowing inching my way there over a few week. This week I gained a kilo. Really annoying. This next weigh in is my last, WW is too costly for me, so it'd be nice to get to the 10% goal. <BR> <BR> I've up'd my fluids. I've been drinking a lot of herbal tea, I make a strong cup and pour it into my drink bottle and dilute it down. <BR> <BR> I've also up'd my exercise. I've been doing several 10 minute bursts on my stair-stepper each day.... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:31:20 EST Week 20 A few days late. <BR> <BR> Loss 100 grams. Ha, just 100 grams. It was very annoying. So now I'm 200 grams away from my 10% goal. Last WW meeting weight-in this coming week, hopefully I can make it to 10% goal. <BR> <BR> I really need to up my exercise. I pulled out my stair-stepper this week and have been using it a little bit. Really want to get motivated and get back into Insanity. <BR> <BR> Hopefully getting an impacted wisdom tooth surgically remove this week, aiming from Monday aftern... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 06:18:08 EST Week 19 1.1 kilos down. 300grams off my 10% goal. AND under 110 kilos!!! Feeling good. <BR> <BR> I haven't been sleeping very well lately. Sort of go to sleep fine [some of the time anyway], then wake up 1-2 hours later and can't get back to sleep. Not a great thing for a mum with an almost-2-year-old. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went on a date on Saturday. We went out to a local waterfall and had a walk on one of the tracks. At one stage of the track, where it meets the river/lake/waterfall, you ha... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:04:00 EST Week 18 Gained 500grams this week. <BR> <BR> I really thought I was having a good week, but it didn't reflect on the scales. Feeling a bit gutted to be honest. Just seem to be hovering around the 11kilos lost mark. <BR> <BR> I have started a fresh today, sticking closer to the diet plan and I'm going to step up the exercise - get back into Insanity and more walking. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping for a loss next week! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:08:53 EST Week 17 2.7 kilos down this week. Total loss of 11.3 kilos. <BR> <BR> Back to my normal meeting this morning. <BR> <BR> Need to get back into doing exercise regularly. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:27:55 EST Week 16 Annoyed right now. My numbers were written into my book wrongly last week - like really wrong. Said I'd lost 400grams, but I'd actually GAINED 600, said my total lost was 11.3, but it was actually 10.3. Thinking I should have just skipped weigh in last week and this week. <BR> <BR> Gained 1.7 kilos. <BR> <BR> I miss my morning weigh ins and meeting. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:10:29 EST Week 15 400 grams down this week, total loss 11.3 kilos. Winning! <BR> <BR> I weighed in 2 days early this week. So I'm quite pleased with my weigh-in result. <BR> <BR> Not much to relay, just doing X-mas stuff. Ate way too much on Christmas Day and today even. <BR> <BR> We were given a Yonanas machine - totally awesome, frozen fruit into soft-serve icecream texture - really great for peeps like me who can't have dairy. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 02:38:10 EST Week 14 1.6 kilos down this week. Total loss of 10.9 kilos!!! 1.1 to go until 10% goal. <BR> <BR> I did Walk Away the Pounds quite a lot last week. I really enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Bought some shirataki noodles on Monday - they are 97% water and 3% fibre, and have next to no calories. I really like them, kind of remind me of thick vermicelli noodles. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to X-mas, spending time with family and having yummy food. <BR> <BR> There are no more Wednesday meeting for WW until next ye... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:39:43 EST 13th Week Another 600 grams gone. Happy with that. Just 700 to go until I reach 10 kilos gone. That's my goal for my next weigh in. <BR> <BR> Had a hospital visit yesterday. Annual check-up with my cardiologist [had open heart surgery with I was two, Tetralogy of Fallot]. She told me my heart is as normal as it could be, a tiny leak, but nothing to worry about. No more visits for another three years now. Stoked! <BR> <BR> I have been eliminating wheat from my diet for the last few weeks. Yesterday I ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:40:06 EST 12th Week. 600 grams down! Back on track now. <BR> <BR> Finally, feeling better this week. Restarted with exercising Monday, did a Walk away the Pounds, really enjoy those videos - great for when it's rainy outside or too early in the morning. Need to get back into Insanity. <BR> <BR> I'm still not into drinking water. It's not so bad with a cut lemon add, but I'm still not a fan. I just need to drink it. I didn't buy any diet soda with this weeks groceries so all we have is water or soy milk - kind o... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 20:06:00 EST 11th Week. Gained 1.4 kilos this week. I'm ok with that, still under what I was before getting sick. <BR> <BR> I'm still sick, seem to have had a relapse. Getting sick of being sick now - miss doing Insanity. <BR> <BR> I have done a little exercise this week. Monday I went for a 6 km walk to blow out the cobwebs. Got a bit sunburnt, but it felt good. <BR> <BR> Started tracking again today, even if I'm sick, it's one thing I can do. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:25:07 EST 10th week. Still sick. <BR> <BR> 2.6 kilos down this week. 500 grams til 10kg goal. <BR> <BR> I did very little exercise, just a few walks. And I haven't felt like eating. <BR> <BR> If it stays off once I get better I'll be very happy. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:38:28 EST 9th Week This blog is a little late - weigh-in is in 3 days. <BR> <BR> I've been sick all week, and still haven't really shaken it yet. Sinus' and throat and ears and glands all sore and gunky. <BR> <BR> I gain 600grams, which I'm fine which since I couldn't do much in the way of exercise. Probably going to gain again this coming weigh-in. <BR> <BR> We have a friend staying the night tomorrow while she waits for her connecting flight home. Looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> I have an appointment w... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:56:46 EST 8th week No loss or gain this week. I'm happy with that. I was pretty hungry over the past week, and didn't make the best food choices at times. I didn't quite a bit of exercise, which probably saved me from putting on weight. <BR> <BR> Just did my Insanity for yesterday. Sweaty now. Going to shower before Benjamin wakes. Might do some Walk Away the Pounds tonight. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 14:18:42 EST 7th Week. 1.6 kilos down, feeling great! Total loss of 7.5 kilos!!! <BR> <BR> I have done Insanity three times since last blog. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are my Insanity day. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:44:41 EST 6th Week Lost 900grams. Down a total of 5.9kilos. So so close to my 5% - 200grams. I was slightly disappointed by not getting to my 5% this week, but 900 grams is fantastic. <BR> <BR> Started Insanity on Monday. I'm going to do a workout every second or third day. I was totally pooped after just doing the fit test, so I'm a bit nervous about doing a whole workout. <BR> <BR> Friday a friend and I walked around the botanic gardens with children in tow, so we weren't going very fast. Still a nice way t... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:06:48 EST 5th week 600 grams down. Total loss = 5 kilos! 5 in 5, super pleased with that. And only 1.1 kilos until 5% goal. <BR> <BR> I ate too much last night, and really paid for it. I've been feeling sick ever since, even had a fever this morning. <BR> <BR> Didn't do as much exercise as I hoped this past week. But now that I have a sports bra, there is no excuse! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:36:40 EST 4th week Lost a kilo this week. 4.4 kilos down in total. Feeling pretty great since the weigh-in on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Started an exercise challenge thanks to Anime, Manga, Cosplay, Gaming Team. Super fun and great motivation to do a little exercise each day - and exercises that I wouldn't normally do at that. <BR> <BR> I haven't been consistent with stair-stepping. But I have been out walking most days when the weather permits it. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to lose an extra 7 kilos before X-mas. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:16:47 EST Herbal Life and Awesome Scales To I was out for a walk - had to get some finger plasters for my son [jammed his fingers in a ranchslicer], and I was approached by a lady offering a free wellness assessment and try of some herbal life products. <BR> <BR> The herbal life shake, tea and aloe juice was ok - kind of felt sick after having it all. I don't think I'll be having it again or buying the products - seemed pretty pricy. <BR> <BR> The wellness assessment was cool. Magic scales - not really, but they were very impressi... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:32:05 EST 3rd Week Gained 200 grams <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Ate too much and moved too little. <BR> <BR> I did get my licence on Friday, so that was awesome. And it was more awesome that I didn't celebrate by eating takeaways or junk food. <BR> <BR> This week I want to do 30 minutes on my stair stepper each day, and eat fruit or vegetables with every meal or snack. Maybe do a few exercise videos. <BR> <BR> Love and Peace. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 04:18:08 EST 2nd Week Lost 1 kilo this week. Had a few not so healthy days, so I'm pleased with that result. Three people at the meeting got to their first 5kg goal, and one lady reached her goal weight [was below it even], which was very encouraging. <BR> <BR> I need to be more consistent with exercising this week - aiming for 30 minutes most days. And I need to drink more fluids. <BR> <BR> I have a driving test tomorrow, to get my licence. Getting nervous, but I think I should do fine. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:41:37 EST 1st week on WeightWatchers I lost 2.6kgs, and I'm feeling really great [except for a cold]. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have had a change I my mindset in regards to food. Even though my husband is eating junk food, I'm not tempted at all. I did have 4 pieces of chocolate [76%] on Tuesday night, and that was more than enough. <BR> <BR> I have started walking whenever possible. We live very close to our local town centre, and we are very lucky to have an excellent fruit/vegetable/meat shop less than 3 minutes walk away. So... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:14:04 EST Off the wagon Didn't last long on the wagon. Very disappointed with myself. <BR> <BR> I find it very hard to eat healthily when my husband is around during the day, and he has been off work for almost six weeks. He has found a job, and will be starting at the end of the month. This is really just an excuse, just because he is eating chips, and chocolate doesn't mean I have to as well - but that's how my brain seems to work. <BR> <BR> Getting back on the wagon today. But first I need to go back to sleep [... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:34:50 EST Getting back on the wagon It is as the title says. <BR> <BR> After months of messing around, I am getting back into eat and moving healthily. <BR> <BR> I only hope my motivation hangs around longer this time. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:21:22 EST