ASKADE's SparkPeople Blog ASKADE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The week is almost over I had a week of same and down. There had been no weight loss on Monday or Tuesday. I checked inches and it was only a .25 inch for most of the ole body. So Wednesday I had a partial Apple Day. What I mean by partial is that I ate four apples with the intent of eating the final two for dinner. But it didn't quite work that way. I had forgotten about a munch (get together of liked mind people) at a Mexican resturant. I hadn't been to one in ages and there were a few people that I wanted to hang... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:12:57 EST Not enough sleep This past weekend was non stop. Not enough sleep equals no weight loss but a gain. :( Oh well. Not letting that stop me. I did 30 minutes of walking today with a co worker. Still keeping my eye on the prize of getting slimmer. LOL <BR> <BR> Had a friend tell me this weekend that I don't need to lose any weight. I love that man. LOL Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:02:45 EST Day 21 and down 17.2 pounds I had a hard past week. Emotional week that is. I think I was seriously PMSing hard. And with Valentine's Day. Ugh. Chocolate is the temptation of all women. Well, at least me. <BR> <BR> I am back on track. Walking at least 30 minutes a day if not 45 minutes. I love my work walking teams. There is even a running group that I am hoping to build up to. <BR> <BR> I have bands at my desk now. So during the slow times, I will slip one on and either work my arms or legs. No one thinks wierd of ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:05:28 EST Company Pizza Party Cheat For the past few weeks, I have been "taunted" by all the special foods the company has been bringing in for the employees. Usually I have been able to escape it because I don't go into the lunchroom. <BR> <BR> Today however, it was a close department pizza party meeting. A small room with 8 different types of pizzas. SIGHS I have joined a walking group here at work that has been very supportive with my hCG diet. Even though I held off on eating my large apple until 30 minutes before the meet... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:00:47 EST Doing well so far Just posting to give an update. I really have to get back into posting every day. But I thought this would be a good time because it's the dreaded Valentine's day filled with chocolates, candies, and all sorts of fattening foods. My job is having a potluck today and tomorrow there is another pizza party. It is so testing my strength and will power. <BR> <BR> I am on R3D11 and so far have lost 15.4 pounds. I am fitting back into my size 12 jeans without having to suck in the gut or lay on th... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:44:58 EST I am back and so sorry! Hey there all. I am back from a very tough time. Just a small recap, I had a car accident in October. Then family issues. Then in November, I was held up at gun point at the store that I worked at. Then came the PTSD. Then the holidays with family drama. I tell you the last few months have been h*ll. <BR> <BR> In December, a kind old friend paid for a trip to Virginia and I spent some time there. I was offered a much better job on my return and now work at a desk job with normal hours plus... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 13:59:09 EST hCG Round 2 Day 15 I forgot to mention that I will also be doing 2 California Kicker as well today to break the stall. Sat, 1 Oct 2011 10:00:12 EST Sorry for the disappearing act Life was seriously handing me a bowl full of lemons. But thanks to Christine F, I am back and going on Round 2. This vlog should have loaded yesterday September 13th. I didn't know the download error until this morning. Silly me. <BR> <BR> Nay sayers of hCG. . .Go away because your comments will fall under the delete key. <em>20</em> With your type, I don't play nicely. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:10:02 EST hCG Day 32 I am able to zip up the white shorts. <img src="">Sorry for the long "vacation". Wed, 3 Aug 2011 22:59:45 EST Day 27 hCG Had a great release. Coming to terms with cheating for two, not one, days. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:54:01 EST hCG diet Day 25 and reporting cheating Not happy with myself. I let stressful family decisions get the best of me and hCG. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:45:48 EST hCG VLCD Day 22 Sorry for not vlogging more. Lots of personal stuff going on that needs my attention. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:54:21 EST Day 18 hCG VLCD Introducing my grandson and update on weight loss. I did have a gain of one pound due to a robbery during my shift. The angry stress got to me. But the weight loss is happening again. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:37:11 EST Day 13 hCG VLCD Diet I am joined with my husband this time. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:34:49 EST Just a thought It's amazing how eating habits work. I am use to after cleaning up the kitchen to have one or two peanut butter and apricot jam sandwiches. I am not hungry for it. I just want it because that is normally what I do. Bizarre. Having a spot of raspberry tea instead. Getting ready to do a vlog with another member of my family. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 19:00:29 EST Tired Finally done with work. It was tough tonight with customers coming out of the woodwork and friends stopping in to say hi. My daughter and her family are coming for a visit so not sure how much posting will get done this week. Thankfully her mother in law did hCG so they will know not to tempt me. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:49:16 EST Day 12 hCG VLCD Joined again by my daugther Min. She answers a question about junk food. Update on currrent weight loss. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:48:41 EST Seeing is believing 11 Days on hCG VLCD <img src=""> <BR> You can see that there is more space between my arms and sides <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The belly is shrinking and the shorts are closing in. I can zip them up now but I still have a serious muffin top when I did. LOL Not showing that picture. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The belly bulge is going down. So glad... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:08:18 EST Day 11 Daugther, a release and jeans. Life is down. with the weight that is. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 04:30:57 EST Day 10 hCG Diet I did have a gain of .8 pounds. Was it the Sparkling water that contain Aspartame? Was it lack of sleep? Was it because of not taking hCG at the normal schedule time? Who knows. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 06:25:47 EST hCG Day 8 <BR> I couldn't get it to load directly from my computer and was too tired to try again. Yeah, I am being "lazy". <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks again for listening. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 14:53:09 EST Special Vlog for those Sparkies concerned about hCG Diet I just want to thank those that are concerned about the dangers and failures bout hCG. And to give more info about myself. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 11:03:06 EST Day 5 or like 6 losing count as well as pounds I am below 215!!! H*LL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Oh, btw. It's day 6 according to my hcg app on my android phone. Thank goodness for smartphones Fri, 8 Jul 2011 15:09:11 EST It's seems to be working Day 4 <link><BR><BR>cvLQo&h=8AQCAsfGs </link> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 01:34:47 EST My 3rd day experience on hCG Halfway through my day. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 06:49:06 EST hCG Day 2 Loading This is my second day on the hCG diet. This part of the diet is fun due to the fact that I can eat as much as I want in HIGH Fat food. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 10:37:58 EST Youtube VLOG Day 1 <link> </link> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 20:08:58 EST My intro to hCG <link><BR> </link> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:30:06 EST Feeling nervous Trying to learn about everything I need to do for hCG. I don't want to make any mistake. Off to more studying. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:07:18 EST Commitment Time with hCG Over the past few months, I have seen mention about a "new" diet called hCG. I heard from other sparkpeople of it's dangers and how much of a no no it was. I didn't do any research on my own. I just parroted what I saw others say. Then one of the trainers that I talked to mentioned it to me. I have been struggling with weight loss. I started really committing myself to weight loss back in February 2010. Due to medical conditions that needed surgery, I had to hold off of exercise until August ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:59:10 EST My First 5K <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so nervous at the starting line. My thoughts continued to replay "Run, Fat Boy, Run" except in my version I fell down and didn't get back up. I was just scared. Then the whistle blew and I took off running. Which wasn't a good thing to do. Sure enough, I slowed down to a walk. Grrrrr. But then I noticed some young women walking. I caught up to them and walked with them for a bit. But then I was annoyed with t... Tue, 31 May 2011 06:00:24 EST Body Break and Getting results I had a slip backwards. I gained a few pounds back. I am not really discouraged because I know that I can lose it again. But I had to take a week off because of my knees not just wanting to take the "punishment" of exercise. I gained back 5 pounds from last week. This week I have lost 1.2 pounds. I feel comfortable with that. <BR> <BR> My waist size is down. So is my neck, calves, thighs, and hips. The only part of my body that is up is the measurements are my upper arms. I did upper body w... Wed, 4 May 2011 20:09:54 EST Waiting and a bit down A lot has gone on in a month's time. The week long visit with my daughter was wonderful. I am really pleased witht he woman she has become. She is so not the teenager that I gave up a few years ago. And she likes me. We are going to be friends. She is more comfortable with me as well. We both were amazed that we could come together without having any pain of the past hurting us now. I still haven't met her husband. I am hoping that next week I will meet him. He flys in today where she is curr... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:46:24 EST It seems to be working. So far this week I have burned 2827 calories. And the scale is proving this is working. I lost about 1.5 lbs and about .5 inch from my waist so far. Next week, I will be going to the Y to do their free program called 3-in-1 so I can get help with using the weight machines. <BR> <BR> And tomorrow, I drive to Illinois to see and get my daughter that I haven't seen in three years. She is going to have a baby january 10. I am so excited and nervous. I wanted to be skinnier when she sees me but ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 08:47:36 EST Taking a count of the past few months I use the program called Cardio Trainer. Best $10 I have spent. They just did an update that shows not only how many calories you have burned, workouts, and miles done. So far, I have burned 36,533 calories, 120 workouts, and 254.8 miles. <BR> <BR> The update now breaks down each month. So i started this journey back on August 3rd. <BR> <BR> August 2,039 calories 10.8 miles done <BR> September 12,763 calories 93.9 miles <BR> October 13,836 calories 101.7 miles <BR> November 7,409 48.1 mil... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 17:38:35 EST Why is it I can't see what others see I have made progress. I see that on the scale, measuring tape, clothing, and people's comments. But why is it that I can't see that? My daughter commented this morning when she was watching me exercise of how much of a change she sees. I decided to make a video of my body changes. <BR> <BR> So I see the video and was so very disappointed. I just wanted to sit and cry. Why in my eyes, do I look the same. I look fat. Gross fat. I want to cry. I keep telling myself that I have changed. I have... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 10:14:25 EST I am finally one of those women. A co worker of mine that hasn't seen me since May gave me a ride from work when she saw me walking home. She almost didn't pick me up because she didn't recognize me at first. She commented on how much weight she noticed that I lost. <BR> <BR> It was a good feeling to be one of those women that is asked "How did you lose weight?" It kept me on a three day high of good feeling. <BR> <BR> I finally figured out to keep up the weight loss, I have to do is make sure that I burn 3,000 calories i... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 22:58:42 EST Microfit at the YMCA So today, I went to the Y for a Mircofit test. I did one back on Feb 10, 2010. It wasn't good and it motivated me to go to the Doctor. So there was a lot of doctor's visits and surgeries. I wanted to see if I had any improvement after 9 months. Here's the low down; <BR> <BR> Resting heart rate in Feb, 90 and now 55 <BR> Biceps Strength in Feb 72 and now 101. Both times excellent. <BR> Body Flexibility in Feb 28 and now 40. <BR> Push ups in Feb a big fat ZERO and now 3. Okay, so there is a lo... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:44:51 EST Shoes are too big and bye bye 3.5 Last night, I went out with friends feeling light on my feet. As I was getting dressed, I put on some shoes that I purchased back in August. And they were too big. I lost weight in my feet. In my feet! That'd like wow. Then I realized that all my shoes are a bit loose. Giggle grin giggle grin laugh. Yep. That'd what I did. <BR> This morning, I jumped on the bathroom scale and it didn't budge. Gggrrr. So I hopped on the wii to see if there was any ounces lost. Now the wii calculated that I los... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 11:00:15 EST Eggs and apples Those two foods are my favorite. Eggs are so good after a serious walk. They keep me full. They don't cost much. I can add spinach, mushrooms, and cheeses. I sometimes after 7 miles do all three things at once. I love eating apples and went crazy when it was honeycrisp season. Those are the best apples around. My daughter and son in law surprised me with a package of honeycrisp apples. I was in heaven. <BR> <BR> I went grocery shopping and only got healthy foods. Greek yogurt, canned fruit,... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 23:19:40 EST An inch and the squealing like a girlie has begun. I lost an inch in my neck. A whole inch. I hate measuring my neck because it seemed nothing was coming off of that area of my body. But I have lost an inch. I feel great. I feel that I can do this. I did a body pump class today. The second one. I am taking the class once a week. Last week, I hurt so bad. It hurt to drive. But finishing the class makes me feel accomplished. I am going to lose the weight this time. I really am. It's going to be tough but this time I know it's going to happen. I... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 21:05:13 EST Taking a week off wasn't a good thing I took a week off from caring what I ate and exercised when I felt like it. That was not a good thing. I gained back 3 pounds. That made me a bit upset. So I threw myself into eating better and keeping up with the exercise. I even did a Body Pump Class. Ouch Ouch and owie. It hurt to drive for a few days after. The instructor was great. Whenever she saw me struggling, she would stick to an alternative for the class to do. I was so thankful for that since everyone else in the class had been th... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 23:23:25 EST The weight is going down but . . . I had a blood test done and found that my vitamin D is down to 21.3L ng/mL. The norm is suppose to be 32 ng/mL. My thyroid levels came back low which means lowering my doseage. Why can't I catch a break here? Now I have to take vitamin D pills for 6 weeks. I guess I shouldn't complain but when I looked up how vitamin D effects me, one of the major symptoms is weight loss. I am now doubting my weight loss. Has it been from all the walking or lack of vitamin D? <BR> <BR> I am down to 219 bu... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:41:51 EST Wii Fit misinformation I pulled out the wii fit today. It was a bit dusty. I powered it up and it gave me the weight of 193. I was so shocked that I yelled out to my husband who rushed in thinking that I was hurt. He was mad at first that there was nothing wrong except for getting the incorrect weight. I found a little car wheel under the board. My second try gave me the weight of 219. I hate gaining weight that fast. :D But it was closer the bathroom scale. Now that gave me a weight of 225. That's 2 pounds away fo... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:59:35 EST ThBack from the doctor's The doctor scale had me at 229.1. Jumping for joy here. Even my blood pressure is down. She only shook her head about sprinting on Sunday. The bursitis in my left knee has gotten a bit worse so she ordered a steroid shot and more pills for the next few weeks with the warning to do no sort of running until she clears me for it. :D So now i have to make sure I keep a handle on the hunger. When my husband had to get a steroid shot, he was always hunger for about two weeks after. <BR> <BR> I am ... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:54:21 EST Thanks for the concern Thanks, CJANSEN40. It was nice to see that someone noticed that I wasn't posting. I am doing well. Just waiting for tomorrow to come so that I can get the nod of "You seem better." I was stupid this week and did a few sprints. I didn't mean to really. It was just such a beautiful day. I was feeling so alive. Going 4.4 mph wasn't cutting it. I just HAD to run. Of course, I am paying for it now. The pain that had gone away is back. My doctor will so not be happy with me. <BR> <BR> According t... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 23:25:46 EST Visit to the doctor Since my knees have been bothering me, I went to the doctor. I found out that I am in the early stages of arthritis. This sucks. The doctor said no running or jogging for six weeks. I am on naproxen for awhile and have a follow up in two weeks. I still went walking. I keep up a good speed. I felt bad towards the end and had my husband pick me up. I hate getting old. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 22:03:11 EST Dragon Con I went to one of the biggest sci fi conventions this weekend. I felt relaxed. I was feeling guilty about not able to fit walking/jogging into my volunteer schedule. I didn't eat right. fail. I didn't drink enough water. fail. I drank a bit too much causing my right knee and foot to swell. I felt so fat next to so many women that where in sci fi clothing I wanted to wear. I really dream of one day being one of the subjects of The Photo Gnome's. It's funny that I believe that there is more to a... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 14:06:31 EST 5 straight days of walking I bummed out my knee but I continued to walk. I didn't take a complaining knee as an excuse not to walk. So far, according to Cardio Trainer, I have walked 9.24 miles. This was completed in about 2 hours and 56 mins. I am proud of myself so far. I haven't lost any weight this week so far. My big challenge is going to be still able to walk/run during Dragon Con this weekend. <BR> <BR> Recommendations to anyone with an Android phone, is to get Cardio Trainer, Sportypal, or HITT interval. Th... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 21:26:43 EST HIIT with heat exhaustion SO today was interesting. I was going to do Zumba today but the hubby had made plans to meet with friends for the afternoon. I didn't have a car. It was going to take an hour and a half to get to the gym that is a 10 minute drive away. Taking a taxi was out of the question because of the cost of $15 for a one way trip. So I thought to myself. It's cooler. It's after 3 pm. Why don't I try HIIT that I hear about so much. My daughter and I change clothes. I downloaded a HIIT timer onto my androi... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:09:49 EST