BARNESLR's SparkPeople Blog BARNESLR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community PLATEAU!!! Okay, I've known this would be inevitable, so I'm trying to be rational and just ride it out. I have hit my first plateau. I've taken off 18 pounds and have been stuck there for almost 2 weeks. This is just not funny! <BR> <BR> I will own up and say that part of it is my own fault, as TOM issues made it harder for me to stay 100% within my ranges. However, I never binged outright, and when I did overeat, it was still with healthy foods. So, that's a plus I think-in the past it would h... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:14:56 EST More Ups & Downs I think my body is a bit schizophrenic with regard to weight loss. I spent several days (probably a week or more) stuck at one weight. I was doing all the right things, yet the scale would.not.move even .5 pound! Very frustrating. <BR> <BR> Then, I won't say I binged, because that wasn't it really. But I did lose focus for two days. I still ate pretty healthfully, but more than I should have and later in the evening, which I rarely do. <BR> <BR> So after two "bad" days, I get on the sc... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 10:33:40 EST Sparkpeople You know, I have really grown to appreciate sparkpeople, both the website and the people themselves! I love all the tools available, and I keep finding more. <BR> <BR> As for the other sparkers, well, I love having a group of people that I can vent to that will understand where I'm coming from. When I need extra encouragement-there's the panic button. When I just want to put out some random thoughts, I can blog it. <BR> <BR> I guess what I really like is 1-the positivity of everyone on t... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:27:50 EST 10 Pounds of Ickiness GONE forever! I am just so excited to report that I have lost my first 10 pound! I know I still have a ton of weight to lose, but now I actually believe I'm going to go all the way! My jeans are starting to get pretty loose, as are my rings. <BR> <BR> Eating healthfully ROCKS! <em>244</em> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:48:25 EST Ups & Downs I suspect that I'm not alone in that weekends seem to bedevil me. I have all the best intentions but still manage to go over my calories for the day. Not by a lot, and not because I'm eating things that I shouldn't--I'm just eating too much of the healthy stuff. I just need to rein it in a bit more on the weekends and I'll be okay. During the week I have structure and it's much easier to maintain routine. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, this weekend I actually did track all of my eating. T... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 13:25:53 EST I'm hitting my stride I feel like I'm settling in really well to my new lifestyle. I feel really good and I'm not having any problems at all with sticking to the new way of eating. I thought giving up gluten would be hard; turns out that's just not true. It appears that grocers and restaurants are friendly to the gluten-intolerant. It's still an adjustment, but I cannot say that I've suffered. The plus side is that I feel better than I have in a long, long time AND I'm losing weight--all while never feeling d... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 08:33:14 EST The Weekend Okay, I was a little bad this weekend (not terrible). My DH and I decided to visit another city a few hours away and have a romantic overnight getaway. We stayed at a fancy/expensive hotel, had a meal at a very nice restaurant, went to a show (John Prine!) and had a few drinks afterwards. <BR> <BR> It was the nicest weekend I can remember in a long time. I still tried to be mindful of my eating (egg white omelet for breakfast, no coffee, etc.), but I shouldn't have had those drinks and ... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:54:05 EST So far holding steady! So it's been 9 days since I went gluten free and started eating healthier overall. It seems to be paying off; I've lost 5 lbs already! Yay me! But I know that it is still new and I will hit some bumps in the road. I am fortunate that my husband is so supportive-he's gamely trying to eat like me (not entirely, but better) so I won't feel alone in this. Having a good support system is so important. Even my boss has decided to eat healthier in support of me (and himself, too, as he is a la... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:23:17 EST Learning more about me Well, this weekend I've learned a couple things about myself. I am TERRIBLE about tracking on the weekends. Still, I pretty much stuck with the plan and didn't go overboard. I snacked may be a teench more than I should have, but not to a crazy amount. Overall, I fee pretty good about it. <BR> <BR> The no-gluten thing is getting easier. I tried a GF pizza this weekend and it was actually quite good! Not as good as a "regular" pizza, but still, I enjoyed it. Also, instead of eating the ... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:31:41 EST Each morning when I open my eyes, Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. <BR> -Groucho Marx <BR> <BR> Isn't that a wonderful quote? The first time I read it, it really hit home. It seems that I'm always spending my time regretting things that I cannot change or anticipating that magical time when everything... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:36:48 EST Day far, so good Okay, today is the 3rd day of my new life. I've been eating within the suggested ranges (well, yesterday I went a little over, but still better than my old habits), and have not had a single unhealthy food. It's amazing how quickly I'm feeling better. <BR> <BR> I am gluten intolerant. I learned this on Monday, so I've been working on becoming an "instant expert" on GF eating. So far I don't mind it too much. The first difficult moment for me was yesterday afternoon, when a coworker, a d... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:24:02 EST