BECKYF3506's SparkPeople Blog BECKYF3506's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's Spring...and delicious blast for lunch After a very long and VERY cold winter, we've finally made it to the first day of Spring! It's still unseasonably cold here in Vermont, with quite a bit of snow left to melt, but it won't be long. I can't wait for the good walking weather to get here. <BR> <BR> Weight-wise, I've held my own pretty well throughout the winter, right up until about the last week or two. I've been under stress and my carb cravings have been overwhelming. I threw all caution to the wind, not being careful at all,... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:08:27 EST Junk food birthday weekend, but back to blasting today Saying that we had a non-nutritious weekend would be an understatement. <BR> <BR> It started off with my husband buying us donuts from our favorite bakery for breakfast on Friday morning. Then my brother in law came over to help us lay some luaun board for the new floor we're putting in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> We were tired that night, so ordered Domino's pizza for supper. We bought one of their pizza deals and ended up with enough pizza for three weekend meals. <BR> <BR> Saturday was my hu... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 09:01:43 EST Reached 275 today I reached 275 today. I'd been hoping to get there by the end of this month, and I did. <BR> <BR> That's 22 pounds off. <BR> <BR> Next mini-goal is 273, which will take me from the "super morbidly obese" category to the "morbidly obese" category. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:41:12 EST NutriBullet died and aerobic painting It figures--just when we're getting ready to get back into regular Blasting, our NutriBullet died. It'll be awhile before we can afford a new one. In the meantime, no smoothies for us. :( <BR> <BR> I've been priming some doors and woodwork this afternoon, and let me tell you, at my size--it's an aerobic workout! Hard to imagine that simple painting can be such a job, but when you're as big as I am, I guess that's to be expected. <BR> <BR> Just means I need to work even harder at continuing ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:05:44 EST This is stupid, but it's actually PROGRESS I went out to start the car this morning so it could heat up and clear the windshield before I left. <BR> <BR> There was an uneven ridge of snow right outside the car door, and when I went to get out of the car, I lost my footing on the ridge and fell onto both knees. <BR> <BR> I thought, uh oh, how on earth am I going to get up? <BR> <BR> The car door was still open (thankfully), so I turned myself around and managed to get back on my feet by pushing on the seat to stand back up. <BR> <B... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:30:51 EST Sick since New Year's, weighing, painting rooms It's been a rough start to 2015. My dh has been sick with some long-lasting respiratory virus since two days after Christmas, then I caught it on New Year's Eve. Here it is the middle of January, and we're just getting back to normal. We still have coughs, but they're getting better too. <BR> <BR> Our meals and snacks have been "whatever" during this time, whatever we felt up to cooking, and whatever we felt up to eating. I'm happy to say that I've stayed within a two to three pound range th... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:55:13 EST Happy New Year (edited) Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> (Jan. 2 edited to add: Nope, changed my mind. Going to keep weighing daily for now. Maybe someday I won't do that, but for now, I like to have the info.) <BR> <BR> I've been a daily weigher for YEARS, but for 2015 I'm going to try something different. <BR> <BR> This year, I'm going to try weighing once a month, on the first of the month, or at most, just once a week. <BR> <BR> I moved the scale from its prominent place in the bathroom to under my bed as a reminde... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:11:56 EST 2015 goal, art supplies instead of Reese's, 60 by 60 I don't make New Year's resolutions, but I do think about some things I'd like to do in the coming year. <BR> <BR> As far as weight loss goes, my goal for 2015 is to get to 250 pounds or less. I'm in the high 270s now, so a goal like that is major, and is going to take a LOT of effort on my part--but it would be oh-so-nice to feel that light again. (I realize that 250 isn't "light", but when you've been right up to the edge of 300, it's going to feel light to me.) <BR> <BR> If I can get dow... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:16:11 EST My Anti-Grinch Elixir My mood is not "merry and bright" today. I've had a headache for about three days in a row. There are some situations going on in part of the family that I worry about. DH and I haven't been eating right at all for the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> To nip it in the bud, I decided to make myself an Anti-Grinch Elixir for breakfast this morning. (That's a smoothie made in our NutriBullet). <BR> <BR> This is what's in it: <BR> <BR> Lots of organic baby spinach <BR> Couple chunks frozen ban... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:01:13 EST Long time coming--20 pounds off! I'm so excited. I saw 277 on the scale this morning, which means I'm 20 pounds lighter! <BR> <BR> It's been a long time coming, about a year, but that's okay. I'm just glad to see it. <BR> <BR> I have two mini-goals coming up: getting to 275 or under by the end of this year, and getting to 273, which will finally take me out of the "super morbidly obese" category. <BR> <BR> We're supposed to get up to a foot of snow today from the Nor'easter that's coming in, so our outdoors walking won't ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:42:36 EST Down 19 pounds. Can I make my Dec. mini goal? 278 this morning, which makes me 19 pounds lighter--yay! <BR> <BR> Still looking forward to being 275 or under by the end of this month. <BR> <BR> Can I do it? <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:32:26 EST Yay! Made it into the 270s today 279 this morning. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Next mini-goal: 275 or under Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:08:28 EST I'm *this close* to breaking into the 270s I've been in the low 280s for this whole month so far. Went up to 284 one day, then got back down to 280. I've been up and down in this range all month. <BR> <BR> Today I'm 280.2, which is *this close* to breaking into the 270s. I very much want to hit 279 this week, even if it is Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> I hit 279 one day at the end of August, but wasn't able to stay there or get any lower. <BR> <BR> This time I want to hit the 270s and stay there long enough to get below 275. That will be... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:40:27 EST Something new: eat light at night I've often read about this, but didn't apply it to us before until today when it occurred to me that we don't need to be eating our biggest meal at night then going to bed awhile later. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are empty-nesters, so we can eat whatever we please, whenever we please. It's just been automatic to keep eating our main meal at supper time. <BR> <BR> But why should we? <BR> <BR> Neither one of us needs all those calories before bed. I'm getting close to 60, and my husband is g... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:02:23 EST I want to be 275 or below by the end of the year Some people say that today actually starts the "holiday season", meaning that there are several big occasions when food could trip us up, starting with today. We don't do Halloween, so there aren't bowls of candy around the house calling my name. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving will be the next "big" event around here, but you know what, it doesn't HAVE to mean a giant pig-out, food free for all just because it's Thanksgiving Day--or Christmas Day, or New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> I'm setting my "by the... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:43:13 EST I walked over 12,000 steps yesterday, and down another pound Yesterday I walked over 12,000 steps. It was my first time walking this much since I've had my Fitbit. I didn't think it would be possible to walk that much in a day when I'm still in the 280s, but I did. <BR> <BR> It wasn't even by going for a purposeful walk either. It was mainly from grocery shopping. In the morning I went and bought groceries for us, and that added a lot of steps when you consider the store steps, then carrying in all the bags, and putting everything away. <BR> <BR> The... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:33:52 EST Walking progress and misc. thoughts I didn't realize it, but I've improved on my daily steps. I knew I was easily getting many more days of 7000 or 8000 steps, but didn't realize that my new "average steps" number is now in the 7000s. Earlier this spring it was only in the 5000s, so yay for that. <BR> <BR> I always hate it when we start getting tons of snow and ice because then I don't have much of a place to walk outside until Spring, but I'm finding lately that even if I'm not walking outside a lot, I can still manage to be... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:34:15 EST Reminder to self--keep moving, and new dress for June graduation My reminder to myself today is to keep moving. I've been working in front of my computer for too many hours lately, and I need to pick up the pace if I'm going to keep making progress with my weight loss. <BR> <BR> The other thing I'm reminding myself of is how I want to be able to buy a new dress in a smaller size for my grandson's graduation which will be in June. September's half over now, and graduation will be in mid-June, so I have about nine months to work on this goal. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:10:46 EST Going to work harder at reaching 10% of my weight off (16lbs to go) Do you ever get just plain sick and tired of hauling around your extra pounds? <BR> <BR> I'm there right this minute, and it's giving me renewed impetus to reach my first 10% off. I've lost my first 5% off, which is good, but I don't notice much, if any, difference. <BR> <BR> I really need, for health's sake, if nothing else, to get to that 10% off. I'm up a couple, so that means 16 pounds more to go to get there. <BR> <BR> I don't have a time frame or a deadline; I just want to get there... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:36:44 EST No matter how slow you go <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yup, I'm slow, but I'm going. <BR> <BR> Walk...walk...walk... <BR> <BR> Have a great Thursday, everyone! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:50:56 EST Today will be a sit-more day, and a funny fitness quote Today is supposed to be the hottest and most humid day this week, and I can already tell, it's going to be a sit-more day for me. The mugginess is already creeping in and the sun is out full-blast. <BR> <BR> Other than doing a few bare essentials around the house, I plan to sit at my computer in front of the fan and work all day. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow, we're supposed to have a few cooler days, so I'm looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> I just finished a peach-blueberry blast (smoothi... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:22:34 EST Inspiration: This guy lost over 120 pounds I stumbled across this inspirational story yesterday. It's about a guy that started out at 350 pounds, and went on to lose 120 pounds--and maybe more by cutting out the junk and drinking NutriBlast smoothies every day. <BR> <BR> I love our NutriBullet and need to get back to making smoothies every day again. I can really feel the difference when I do (and don't ask me why I discontinue every so often--sheer laziness probably). <BR> <BR> Here's a link to his story on the NutriLiving blog: <... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:39:18 EST Every day is a new beginning (inspiration) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:23:38 EST New yogurt too sweet to finish While we were at the dairy case replenishing our yogurt supply yesterday, I noticed two new flavors, Dannon Oikos Caramel On Top Bananas Foster and Dannon Oikos Chocolate On Top Raspberry Truffle. <BR> <BR> I love anything banana, and anything with caramel, so I had to try the Bananas Foster one. Hubby loves raspberry, so he tried the Raspberry Truffle one. <BR> <BR> He tried one of his the minute we got home and said it was dee-lish. I tried one of mine for breakfast this morning and it wa... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 09:15:32 EST Caramel apple Milky Ways and a brand new month Happy September! Can't wait for the Fall weather to get here. We've got a few hot and humid days coming up this week, but I'm hoping they won't slow me down TOO much. <BR> <BR> I'm having another delicious peach-blueberry smoothie for breakfast. <BR> <BR> One of my sisters brought us a big bag of tomatoes, cukes, and summer squash yesterday. What a bounty--and some good eating for this week. <BR> <BR> About the caramel Milky Ways. They were good, but actually kind of too sweet. In years p... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:29:23 EST Blueberry peach blast (smoothie) I'm sitting here enjoying the blueberry-peach blast I made for breakfast. <BR> <BR> It contains: <BR> -big handful of organic baby spinach <BR> -few chunks of frozen banana <BR> -slices of some Amish peaches my daughter gave me earlier this month (so delicious!) <BR> -frozen blueberries <BR> -sliced almonds and raw sunflower seeds <BR> -1/2 cup cider <BR> -water to the max line <BR> <BR> It's sunny, breezy, and comfortably cool here in Vermont today. We've got to enjoy it today because it's... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:58:04 EST Got into the 270s, and almost to my Labor Day mini goal Finally out of the 280s! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Hit 279 this morning. It feels like it was a long time coming, especially since I had to re-lose the pounds that I had gained back this spring. <BR> <BR> I was just looking back at some of the mini goals I had written down, and I noticed that I had wanted to be "under 275" by Labor Day. Since that's another 5 pounds away, I doubt very much that I'll lose that much by Labor Day, but I sure am a lot closer than I was, so I'll just keep going... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:53:47 EST Hah! Didn't last a day--dragged my scale back out this morning I guess I just like to know "the number' too much to leave the scale under the bed. <BR> <BR> I dragged it back out and weighed myself this morning. Down a tad from yesterday. That's good. <BR> <BR> Maybe one of these days when I've taken off a lot of weight, I won't care about weighing as much and might cut back on my daily scale habit, but for now I will continue. <BR> <BR> It's a good thing a girl can change her mind, right? ;-) <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:48:19 EST Getting ready to ditch the scale After 30+ years of struggling with weight, I'm getting ready to ditch the scale. <BR> <BR> I have notebooks full of daily weight numbers that I've recorded for YEARS. I'm a numbers geek, and love having that data. If I had to, I could probably dig through my notebooks and tell you exactly what I weighed on August 1, 1997. <BR> <BR> Daily weighing is an ingrained habit by now--but is it really helpful? Not really. <BR> <BR> Here and there over the years I've tried going without weighing mys... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:41:49 EST Another 10K steps day and new mini goal I turned 58 this weekend. 60 is coming up fast. I want to be one of those older ladies who dresses well and always looks nice the older I get, not the frumpy-dumpy stereotypical fat grandmother that I feel like right now. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to say that I had another over-10K steps day yesterday. Mowing the lawn really helps to rack up the steps. <em>379</em> <BR> <BR> I also decided on a new mini goal to aim for: I want to get down to 260 by the end of this year. That's 21 pounds away,... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:28:38 EST Four boxes of frosted Pop Tarts I don't know what I was thinking...In a fit of stupidity last week, I went over to buy some frosted Pop Tarts. My hubby isn't big on Pop Tarts, but he said they sounded good, so I was going to get some for both of us. <BR> <BR> When I got to the Kryptonite aisle---er, I mean the Pop Tart aisle, I chose a 12-pack of frosted brown sugar cinnamon ones and a 12-pack of frosted strawberry ones for me. Being generous, I picked up a 12-pack of cherry frosted Pop Tarts for hubby, along with a small ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:22:23 EST A first for me: over 10k steps 3 days in a row Good morning. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report that I've now had 3 days in a row of over 10K steps. I've had my Fitbit for 2 years, and have never done that before now. I even went over 11K yesterday. <em>104</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My calves are a little sore today though, but that's okay. They'll get a break because I'll be sitting in church this morning, and this afternoon it's supposed to be near 90 degrees, so I'll probably b... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:18:16 EST Sit-Less Saturday I have to post my Fitbit graph again because I've now had two days in a row of 10K or more steps. I've never done that before. <em>104</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and I are switching around a couple of rooms in our house, so I'm planning on a nice sit-less Saturday, putting all the stuff away that we moved, and getting everything reorganized that's in disarray now. <BR> <BR> It's supposed to be quite a bit warmer th... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:36:42 EST The 270s are so close I got over 10,000 steps yesterday, which makes me happy. We're switching a couple of rooms around in our house, and I made a LOT of trips back and forth between the rooms carrying stuff. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you have a lot of weight to lose, I know it's better to break it down into small amounts instead of looking at one big amount, so I decided that I'm going to start concentrating on getting to the "next decade" in w... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:14:47 EST I hope I lose more than ONE pound this year! Almost into August, which means 2014 is a little more than half-over already. I was checking to see how much progress I've made and it looks like (after accounting for the yo-yo'ing I've done over the last few months) I've lost a total of ONE pound so far this year. <BR> <BR> Actually, not even one pound, more like point-eight. <BR> <BR> That's right. On January 1st I weighed 283.8, and this morning I weigh 283. Hmm... <BR> <BR> There are about 20 weeks left in this year. If I could take ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:43 EST "Super morbidly obese"--I hate that phrase! I was reading one of the Spark success stories this morning, and the phrase "super morbidly obese" caught my eye. That means having a BMI of 50 or above. <BR> <BR> I fall into that category myself right now. BMI=52 this morning at 284 lbs. <BR> <BR> I went to do a little more reading about it, and didn't like what I saw. I don't agree with some of it either. One thing I read is that for many "smo" people, the only thing that will help to take off weight is surgery. Not for this girl!!! <BR>... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:01:08 EST My sit-less summer While it was still cold this Spring, I told myself that I'd sit a lot less this summer, and stay as active as possible. <BR> <BR> Well, that's easier said than done when it's nearly 90 degrees with high humidity. Ugh. <BR> <BR> But we're heading towards the end of July, and even though we still have plenty of hot days ahead, Fall is coming (yay!) and I still have time to try to sit less for the rest of the summer. <BR> <BR> I'm still wearing my Fitbit, so I'll try to keep increasing my ste... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:33:52 EST How much does stuff weigh? I've lost almost the amount of our pug, or a tire, or almost two 10-pound bags of sugar according to this. That's really not too shabby when you think about it. <BR> <BR> How much have you lost? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:14:01 EST 280 today Just 3lbs left of the regain, then I'm in fresh-loss territory again. <BR> <BR> I decided that I really like being able to see how active I'm being each day, so I'm wearing my Fitbit today. <BR> <BR> My Labor Day mini goal is now just 6lbs away. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday, everyone! <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:13:36 EST Labor Day mini goal: get under 275 2lbs down this morning. That leaves just 6lbs of the regain to tackle, then I'll be on my way again. <BR> <BR> 283 this morning, and would love to say that I'm under 275 (even if it's just 274) by the end of summer. <BR> <BR> 9lbs to go to meet that mini goal, and there are about 7 weeks until Labor Day, so that might be possible to do. <BR> <BR> Also, I've been wearing my Fitbit just about every day for nearly 2 years now, and purposely didn't put it on today, just to see how it feels not... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:30:45 EST No more honey bbq chips or Reese's minis--I'm up 8 pounds I was going along fine, until I hit a patch of big stress lately. "Big stress" means my eating gets terrible, very willy-nilly, and I find myself not giving a hoot. <BR> <BR> Part of that stress has eased now, enough for me to step back and see what it's been doing to my weight management. (It's been wrecking it.) <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So...284.6 today, might as well round up to 285. <BR> <BR> I had hit a low of 277 earlier this spring, but it didn't stick, so that's 8 pounds up. That... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:31:54 EST