AZULVIOLETA6's SparkPeople Blog AZULVIOLETA6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 100 Miles Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At the end of July, a friend asked me to participate in the #August100MileChallenge. It is a program geared toward runners, and the goal is, obviously, to go 100 miles in a month. Since I cannot run any significant distance due to a knee injury, my athletic pursuits (especially swimming!) happen at a much slower pace, but I figured that it would be interesting to see how far I could go. I needed a new challenge... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 19:51:06 EST (Un) Stuck? So I’ve been at about the same weight for almost a year. I got down as low as 208, then bounced back up to 218 when I was away from home helping my parents with their transplant surgery—my father gave my mother a kidney last March. There have been several other challenges—moving (twice!), not being able to afford a gym for about six months, ending an 8-year relationship. The whole time I have been up and down between 208-218, over and over again. No matter how hard I have worked, I just h... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:43:38 EST Canning and Food Preservation! This summer I was able to have my own garden for the first time in many years. I had been living at the beach in a very windy, cold area with no soil for several years. Now, back in the Willamette Valley, I am in a place where you can really grow a lot of your own food if you want. <BR> <BR> The town where I happened to be living had only one community garden, which was full. However my (now former) partner does some part-time work at a plant nursery and the owner gave us some space to... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 17:30:37 EST My Milkshake Brings all the…Butter? Yeah, so I just made butter from scratch. While this SOUNDS horrible from a dietary standpoint, butter is actually something that I seem to be able to have as long as there is some moderation involved and the butter consumption does not also involve carb consumption. I have been wanting to try making butter in a jar for ages, and I need buttermilk for a recipe (Bob’s Red Mill 8-Grain Muffins), so today I gave it a whirl. <BR> <BR> The shaking was a bit of an arm workout. I feel a bit li... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:18:27 EST Mothers, Daughters & Body Image Ha! Revenge is sweet! My mother loves to make a big deal out of how "huge" my arms are and how I couldn't possibly use a regular blood-pressure cuff--not true, the standard one fits me just fine. So today I measured--my very muscular arms are 12" around...and her flabby arms are 14" even though she has a much smaller frame size than I do (she’s nearly a foot shorter than I am) my arms are actually SKINNIER! Ah, much fun. <BR> <BR> Now if I could just get her to lay off about... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:00:18 EST Before & Almost After <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I didn’t think that I had any “before” pictures of my weight loss, but yesterday I came across some that must have been taken within ten pounds of my highest weight—300. I put the two pictures side by just for comparison’s sake…and wow! This is what 80-ish pounds of weight loss looks like. <BR> <BR> I didn’t realize that the change was so drastic because it has happened slowly over time. Apparently I like to... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:42:57 EST Salad in a Jar: Best Idea EVER <img src=""> <BR> So I came across this idea on Pinterest and finally got around to doing it earlier this week. The idea is to make salads ahead of time—do a bunch of chopping once a week and have lunches or quick dinners fresh and ready for the whole week. You put the heavier things and the dressing on the bottom of a Mason jar and the lettuce/herbs/spinach on the top where they stay dry. Shake and serve when you are ready to eat. Thi... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:44:54 EST Just Give It a Rest! I have a very hard time taking rest days. Unless I am travelling and hanging out with lazy friends, I find it just about impossible to take a day off from exercise. I am antsy. I get bored. There isn’t anything else to do for fun where I live. I am addicted to exercise…give me endorphins! <BR> <BR> The other thing is that I have become very good at plowing through excuses. I just don’t let obstacles or challenges keep me from exercising any more…which makes it hard for me to justify ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 12:16:52 EST It finally moved! 219! 219! The scale was stuck at 226 for so many months that I did not think it would ever really move again. My doctors were telling me that I would not be able to lose any more weight because of all of my metabolic disorders. <BR> <BR> It's been creeping down for the last two weeks though. I'm not sure why, since I have been easing up a bit. I have cheated for the last two weekends, and I have had three rest days in the last three weeks...after going several months without a day off... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:19:34 EST Off the Grid! So, I was off the SparkPeople grid for about four days recently—Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the first time I have taken a real break in months. I went to Portland to the teaching hospital where I have most of my medical specialists, and I spent a couple of days hanging out with an old friend. <BR> <BR> I did not record or measure anything, but I did *generally* try to stay with choosing mostly veggies, proteins and minimal carbs. This time I did not take all of my food... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:19:34 EST Gahhhhhhhh! It really sucks when your only means of stress relief becomes stressful in and of itself. <BR> <BR> Not knowing what is happening with Wednesday Zumba from week to week is messing with my diet planning, my Tuesday and Thursday workout schedule, my laundry, my family obligations and now even my overtime at work. I've been asked to work late tonight and don't know whether I should say yes or no. I have no idea how many carbs I should be eating today which is making me extremely grouchy! G... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:59:25 EST It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Toenail There is no Latin dancing where I live—Zumba is my lifeline, but what I really enjoy is salsa, merengue, bachata, etc. A couple of months ago I was able to spend a weekend in the city and dance three days in a row. Standard salsa one night, casino, rueda and bachata the next, and then a rueda de casino group practice for a couple more hours on the third day. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was too much dancing, maybe it was my relatively new dance shoes, maybe I got stepped on by beginners a bit too ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:16:17 EST I can't believe that I am running! Well, I set a challenge for myself to get under 220 by today. I didn't make it, but I did make PROGRESS, so that is a good thing. The scale finally moved a little bit and I am seeing numbers that I haven't seen before, so that is something that I feel OK about. <BR> <BR> What I do feel very good about is that I have started running and have stuck with it. I have never been able to run much with fibromyalgia, so it was always off my list of possible exercises. Also, I tore my left ACL c... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:04:51 EST Is My Scale is Playing a Joke on Me? I just hopped on the scale for the fun of it. I never weigh myself at're only supposed to weigh yourself in the morning, right? Well, I weighed four pounds less tonight than I did this morning. <BR> <BR> The scale had moved to a number that I have never SEEN before...well, not in this decade. I have on the same light nightgown that I did this morning. How is this even physiologically possible? I ate heavy things today--oatmeal, salmon...not to mention drinking about ten cup... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 01:59:06 EST Still Working Hard...But It's Hardly Working Well, I am not doing terribly well with the challenge that I issued myself. <BR> <BR> I went down a couple of pounds, up a couple of pounds and now am pretty much right back where I started. I think I might have some hormonal stuff going on--it's awfully hard to tell when you've had a hysterectomy! I haven't given up, but I'm not thinking that it is going to happen either. It's very unlikely that I will lose six pounds in the next five days. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself, but... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:47:03 EST Self Challenge I have been stuck at this particular plateau for a LONG time. For some reason, my body seems to like to weigh 225/226. I’ve gained and re-lost a bit several times, but I always seem to come back here. <BR> <BR> Now, this weight isn’t quite as bad as you might think—I am nearly 6 feet tall, have a very large frame, am extremely long-waisted and very muscular. In spite of the extra weight I am actually pretty fit—I have great endurance, just a lot of belly fat. However, I have been at th... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:49:34 EST Feeling Poofy <img src="">Ah, to be a husky, instead of just husky. :) Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:12:43 EST Curses Upon My Gym! Hate hate hate hate hate hate my gym. They should really rename it “Family Fun and *uckoff Center” and do away with any pretense about fitness. I would like to stay alive beyond 40 and not go back to being bedridden, but I’m having a very hard time forcing myself to go there every day. I do it, but I hate it. I’ve hated it for a long time, but now I am getting to the point where it is stressing me out enormously. <BR> <BR> I am very sick of being treated like I am a weirdo because I ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 01:42:21 EST Exercise Award Apparently I am one of the top three exercisers in the Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Disorders group. Will have to try to top that with more exercise minutes in December. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 01:34:03 EST Shrinking? I've only lost of couple of pounds since I started being very careful about diet and recording everything here about six weeks ago...but I was surprised to note today that my waist, hips and thighs are all several inches smaller. Yay! Sun, 9 Oct 2011 18:21:54 EST Migraines Noticing that I haven't really had any headaches since I started this program. Maybe paying attention to how much liquid I am consuming and being more consistent about staying hydrated is making a difference. Sun, 2 Oct 2011 19:24:09 EST