BELMACD2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BELMACD2 BELMACD2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767230 Again I forgot to blog yesterday! It's an important part of keeping my focus where it needs to be. Have a huge weekend coming up and I need to be focused and prepared. <BR> <BR> My sister and her family are moving to Seattle from Brisbane! So we are driving up there (from Portland) to meet them at the airport, help them with the kids, spend some time site seeing etc. So that's constant meals on the road for 3 days. I was able to do it well camping and I'll try to take a similar approach but... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:39:07 EST Day 14 Working it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766309 Really dropped the ball on my daily blogging last week. Also had a really off workout week. I only worked out once from Monday through Friday! Back at it though on Saturday and Sunday. I was just feeling so awful from TOM that I thought I was coming down with the flu. Anyway, no regrets and I didn't use it as an excuse to eat wrongly. No weight loss, but no gain either and I bet I'll get a little loss next week once the TOM has passed. I sure can't believe how much my appetite, energy level a... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:07:59 EST Day 9 Acheived the impossible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763051 That is, I got my kids to eat veggies! I roasted up a couple of those spaghetti squashes last night, and instead of removing them from the skin I left them as is and filled them with sautéed bacon, chicken, chard and mushrooms and my kids ate it! Both of them! I called my creation bacon boats! I think the trick was adding the bacon which made the veggies all taste great, and calling it boats. I've had something similar for the last 2 days for lunch too. Now I only have 1.5 spaghetti squashe... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:51:55 EST Day 8 I love summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762185 Packed my kids off to summer science camp this morning and got a chance to work some long hours in the veggie garden instead of going to the gym. I'm always so sore the day after combat/cx classes that a day off is called for. Anyway, came home with about 10 lbs of veggies. 3 largish spaghetti squashes, 4 zucchinis, not too big (I donated a monster), a ton of kale and chard and a handful of cherry tomatoes. I wish I had more tomatoes but they mostly weren't quite ripe yet. Patience... <BR> ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:12:29 EST Day 7.. one week, 4.6 lbs down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761480 Can't believe I undid all that bloat so fast! Loved combat class this morning because I felt super light and energized from the drop. I always feel so much more agile when I've been eating right and less. And cx is feeling fantastic, nothing like a good core burn to make one feel slimmer. <BR> <BR> Well, onward! I know week 2 won't see those kinds of results but I'll be thrilled if I lose a pound a week really. :) Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:25:52 EST Keepin on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761085 Still staying within calorie count but I sure get hungry sometimes! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:06:42 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760543 Wowzas I exercised a lot today.. and now I am extremely hungry. But I'm not sorry I exercised so much. I haven't done the 90 minutes class I did today for some time. Felt really, really good! Then I had to get new tires and that required me walking from the tire store and back. I did stay within my calorie limit despite the hunger. Now I need to stop eating already! Not sure if I told the truth on my calorie tracker about how much chicken I ate but it's really hard to figure it out. <BR> <B... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:16:55 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759523 Oops! I meant to blug yesterday but didn't get a chance. Totally rolling along here, staying in calorie range, no chocolate and doing just fine without it, not really thinking about it. I've lost a lb a day the last 3 days. Probably I had a little water bloat and it's going bye-byes. Then comes the really hard work to shift the fat into muscle again, especially at my waist. I really still get so self conscious about my belly in many outfits. I got a gorgeous sweater dress in the mail yesterda... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:12:25 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758173 I did it! Got through a day without chocolate or any sugar for that matter. Chocolate is the only thing in my diet that had sugar in it. I feel better already and weighed a lb less this morning. I was worried I messed up by eating rotisserie chicken yesterday which is so salty and that the scales might reflect that but I guess somehow I used up that salt. I'm really feeling so much better this has put me on a trajectory back to my goal weight. My daughter stressed me out yesterday but I didn'... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:14:34 EST Fell off the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757484 Getting back on. The key for today is don't buy any chocolate. Then I won't eat it. Keep busy in the late afternoon. Don't let the kids get on my nerves. <BR> <BR> Gain: 6 lbs. Cause: too much chocolate (whole bars in a day!) and beer (camping). Get back to tracking food, cut out all the sugar! Shouldn't be too hard but need to make sure I have distractions for time of cravings. I HAVE to get out the kids outgrown clothes for fall and go through them. <BR> <BR> Clothes are getting tight... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:44:39 EST bacon and eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692560 Today I woke up to my cat barfing. But I saw the blue sky and knew it was going to be a great day! I weighed myself and finally, FINALLY the scales have budged a little. I am sorta sorta at my goal weight. I am 140.8 today. I am almost afraid to celebrate it in case it goes up again! I have wanted to be 140 for years but recently budged my goal down to 135 officially so that I will have some wriggle room. It's true I do still have a little belly to work out. But I am very happy overall with m... Sun, 11 May 2014 10:55:30 EST Amazing blood sugar numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683333 I finally got myself a blood glucose meter. In the last 24 hours I've gone pretty crazy monitoring my levels. It's really easy! My results have been consistently in the 80s, much to my surprise. Either this low carb diet is really great for me or the glucose meter doesn't work. I prefer to think it's the former rather than the latter. The biggest swing I've had was up about 10 an hour after breakfast, but my breakfast was pretty low carb so I wouldn't expect anything more. Thing is, I've now... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:44:41 EST Chocolate Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678777 I realized something a little bothersome yesterday. Chocolate is my one weakness. And it's got to go. I have given it up before, when I started losing weight, when I lost the first 40 or so lbs. I really gave up all sweet things altogether for at least 6 months. Then somehow I decided I would start eating dark chocolate and I kept it very controlled for a bit. Somehow now my diet is just about great, yet I am eating way more chocolate than ever and it's the ONLY source of added sugar I am eat... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:35:05 EST Focus on adding instead of taking away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661995 One small change at a time! I've decided I need to cut a certain unhealthy carb source out of my life. The item that needs to go is sweetened greek yogurt. I eat 2 of them a day! And I think it's too much sugar. So I've decided to add in flaxseeds and cheese to my diet instead to replace it. Next I'm thinking about removing oatmeal from my diet because I think that is also messing up my blood sugars. But I'll decide that one next week... one thing at a time! Need to get a blood sugar monitor ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:35:05 EST Success at eating at ILs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649300 Ah yes, always the challenge... My in-laws like to eat. They like to eat good food. They like to eat a lot. They like us to eat a lot. They like to feed us a lot. And so meals at their house can often clock in at 1000 calories or more! It has been my challenge for many years to not overeat the delicious fare and everytime I successfully leave without pigging out I really need to give myself a pat on the back. And I did it yesterday. Firstly I only ate half a sandwich and some salad for lunch.... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:34:22 EST Book review, The end to Overeating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638740 Just finished this great book that really got me thinking. Okay so maybe the message is the same as everything that's commonsense anyway, but the main idea of it is "hyper palatable food" otherwise known as junk food to us non-doctor types, makes you eat too much. Humans are programmed to want to eat high calorie food because in the past food wasn't so readily available. Food manufacturers want to you to buy their food so they make it high calorie: fat, sugar and salt appeal to the appetite a... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:55:53 EST New goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593762 I was just thinking about how I've been trying to lose the last 10 lbs for like 6 months and how silly it is. It seems like every month I lose like 3 lbs, then I gain it back through like one out of control weekend, then I have to lose the 3 lbs again. So I think I could maybe just think of it instead like this: get super motivated to really really track calories every single day and not go over my limit for 2 months with the goal of losing 5 lbs each month. Then I can go back to maintenance ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:17:18 EST Gained 2 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562786 from yesterday. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:53:06 EST Crappy day goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562542 Gets so annoying when so many things go wrong that you end up stuffing your face.. it's like the impulse control just goes bye-bye in the face of stress. I seem to only be able to not overeat for a couple of weeks at a time and then it's back again. Stupid reasons too.. really no excuse for it. I can see it coming that at the end of the week we are going to the in-laws for pizza.. no way to really make that healthy, so I thought that will be my one free meal for this week. Okay so that's like... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:16:22 EST Candy battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531801 Problem: huge pile of Halloween candy. Victims: me and my 2 kids... <BR> <BR> It was really really difficult there for a couple of days. Even I ate quite a few too many candys because that chemical concoction definitely has some maddening effect on my brain. There was just too much... but the solution was since they were mostly fun size candys that don't have the ingredients on them I looked each one up on the internet and made lists.. anything with high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oi... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:34:34 EST So tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462564 Had a better day today but why am I so worn down? I just managed to stay within my calorie limit, I did body pump, went for a swim with the kids, did 3 loads of laundry. Totally totally wiped out. And I wouldn't mind another piece of chocolate but I know I already had my quota for the day. 140. Get closer. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 23:36:33 EST Ugh big fail today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461563 Why is it that some days despite all your best intentions you just can't help but be your own worst enemy? I hate to say it but I think having my kids around all day every day for summer is killing my good diet. They stress me out you see.. plus they want to snack constantly so I have to keep so many snacks in the house.. and the next thing you know I'm eating chocolate and graham crackers and once I start I think, "well.. I blew it, I wasn't supposed to eat that, might as well eat another o... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:58:08 EST Running goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440991 Thanks for all the tips on the last blog. I forgot about the map your route tool here. I've had problems using it before but I managed to get some routes measured. I discovered the run I have been doing is 3.4 mi. I added in an extra park loop today and that made my total 4.25 miles, and if I add in another park loop next time I can make it 5.1 miles! That will be my first goal route. And so, today I checked the time on my way in and out of the door and I did 4.25 miles in 42 minutes. My math... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:44:16 EST About running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438742 I have been running for about 2 years now. I built up slowly from being able to only run about 30 minutes, to now being able to go more like 45 minutes with some intervals (big stairs, a lot of stairs, really a lot.. and hills) but I feel like somehow I could really push myself to do much more at it. <BR> <BR> Firstly I have no idea how fast I'm going. I know my summer route seemed to take less time than it used to today. I don't even know how far I'm going let alone how fast! Maybe I need ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:08:03 EST Back at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436349 Wow I just took a little time off from tracking and slowly but surely all the old bad habits start kicking in. First, gradually drinking more beer and more regularly after so long at giving it up altogether. Plus, not tracking calories most days for the last month, knowing that I was always going over. Now, I just totally binged while on vacation for a few days with the in laws. I ate whatever... pizza, numerous slices washed down with numerous beers. After I'd sworn off them both! You just l... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 15:30:41 EST Utter confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327063 Since I got a test result of prediabetes the other day I have read a lot of confusing information. You shouldn't eat more than 10 carbs per meal for 8 weeks and you will "cure" yourself of metabolic syndrome. You should eat healthy fat every meal to cure yourself of diabetes and you can eat up to 50 grams of carbs each meal. You should eat 4 meals a day. You should eat 3 meals a day. You should eat 6 meals a day. You shouldn't eat whole grains and beans. You should eat whole grains and beans... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:47:39 EST Day 1 The Diabetes Miracle diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324097 On Friday I found out I am prediabetic. I am just not going to stand for this! The last few years I have been losing weight and eating right to prevent diabetes, and guess what! I was doing it all wrong and now I have to do it right. First I was angry. How on earth did I preogress to prediabetes despite giving up all added sugar, simple carbs, exercising and losing weight? That is NOT supposed to happen according to popular health advice. Well, I checked out a book from the library by Diane K... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:03:34 EST Slowing down a little bit... to go faster! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319683 I have a head cold :( It sucks! I haven't been sick for so long I forgot how much it sucks. I really don't want to be sick again for a long time. But right now I'm thinking, maybe it's a really good thing to slow down on the workouts for a week or so. I went for a run on Tuesday, took yesterday off and today I'm just going to do a little walking around the neighbourhood. I wonder if stopping exercise for a good spell could help me to lose weight again. I was stuck for a whole month at the sam... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:05:44 EST First Day of Spring new goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294401 Mood for first day of spring: optimistic! <BR> <BR> I want to set a new goal to get to 150 lbs by the first day of summer. So that gives me 3 months to lose 22 lbs. That seems realistic and doable to me. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling much fitter these days though not getting lighter fast. I realise I'm gaining a good bit of muscle, doing tons of strength training and my jeans which were a bit too tight a month ago are getting much looser in the waist. Probably can hold off on getting new ones in t... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:27:35 EST Coping with the shopaholic tendencies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282727 Okay, feeling pretty good about getting my eating and exercising in order lately. Check. <BR> <BR> I have one other big issue I need to address and that's overspending on my credit card. I've been thinking of some ways to cut back and stop those habits in their tracks. <BR> <BR> Firstly, I spend a lot of time on kids clothing message boards. That's what I mostly overspend on: clothes, mostly for my daughter but my son has a decent wardrobe too. Thing is, if I like it I have to have it even... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:16:55 EST Some new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279111 Just wanted to write these down somewhere to set them in stone. <BR> <BR> I've been weighing myself too often and I realise it's not all about the scales so I'm cutting down to twice a week. Once on Friday and once on Monday. Always first thing in the morning. Gauge progress by energy levels and how my clothes fit instead. <BR> <BR> Next, going to body combat every Sunday. <BR> <BR> Next, not drinking any alcohol at all for a while. I should let my husband have a drink in front of me if h... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 16:11:08 EST Confessions of binge eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266192 2 weeks of eating within the range, tracking and exercising and loving it then... <BR> <BR> Last week I had a moment that lasted 5 days. A moment where I didn't go the gym for 5 days. I had my reasons, my excuses, sure. I cut my finger and it bled for like a whole day so I had to keep it elevated.. that was day 1, day 2, time of the month... time of the month lasted a few days then guess what, I didn't feel like going to the gym after that. Lost momentum. So I missed the gym, big deal! But i... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:45:36 EST Day 1 again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052809 Here I am starting out again... again. I wonder why I went off track? All the excuses for eating bad food and not bothering to track or exercise has given me results, for sure results of the wrong kind. 20 lb gain over a year, inches everywhere, back to flabbiness and feeling a bit sick sometimes and stressed out too. I really need to remind myself all the time that it's more stressful not to exercise and track than it is to do it! <BR> <BR> My short term goal, back to 25 BMI in a month or ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:27:16 EST