BMELT2013's SparkPeople Blog BMELT2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Anyone have problems with Candida? I've been struggling with yeast problems for a year. Even though I've started eating healthier, stopped drinking pop and sweet tea and losing fifteen pounds, I'm still having problems. Now I've decided to take strong action. I've been doing some research on the problem, and I'm getting ready to change my diet some more and take some supplements to help. But the diet part looks like it's going to be hard. I'm wondering if anyone in spark world has been through something similar and has any go... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:53:08 EST Drum roll please! I measured myself today and my monthly results are in! . I have lost a total of 4.25 inches. Two of those are off my waist. And I have lost a total of 14 pounds in the last five weeks. I'm also feeling a lot more energetic. Saturday night the kids 4h club had a skating party, and I actually got out and skated . When I got done I had skated for about an hour of the two hour skate. Then yesterday my whole family went to the park for a bike ride. We have a nice trail to ride on at our park. ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:35:01 EST Pizza for dinner Yeah my husband went out and got pizza at Papa Murphy's this evening. And no it wasn't the delight pizza. But I knew we would be having pizza this evening so I kept my calorie intake low today. And had salad with my pizza. I was proud of myself, I had only one slice of pizza. Then I looked up the nutrition info and discovered my one slice, though I thought it was small, was still almost two servings. But I still stayed within my calorie and fat range. Even though I lacked some fiber and m... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:08:08 EST Keeping my eye on the prize This week has been rather discouraging. I did lose about half a pound. I've been so busy this last week that I couldn't really track my nutrition for three days. I didn't do anything horrible. But it wasn't as good as I would have liked either. I don't get a whole lot of support from my husband while he doesn't discourage me from changing. he isn't exactly encouraging.To understand how my husband is you know how they say he's a meat and potatoes kind of guy. My husband doesn't like potatoes.... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:02:05 EST Is it a sign from God? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've had YMCA membership for about eight years. But it's been about three or four years since I actually even worked out there. I know shame on me for paying and not going. But every time I think about canceling my membership, I just can't do. I just have to hold onto hope that I'll start going. I love going to the Y but I've found it hard to make the time. I have young children whom I homeschool. We tried ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:44:02 EST Eating healthy on a budget, is it possible? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I know eating healthy does cost more. But it doesn't have to break the bank. Today I made this wonderful salad for my family of five for three dollars. That's like 60 cents a serving. You really can't do better than that. We have an Aldi we are able to shop at. Today they had grape tomatoes for just 79 cents. If you have an Aldi where you are stop in there sometime and just try them. They have an awes... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:02:19 EST Tricks the body plays on you Well I've been doing real good so far. I haven't had pop or sweet tea in almost two weeks. Last night we ended up eating out. I did pretty good. I had an apple pecan salad from Wendy's. I didn't think I would like the apples in the salad, but I did. I decided I would get a raspberry tea without sugar added. It was funny my husband took a sip and said that isn't sweet. But it tasted sweet to me. Well I thought I had done good until I got in bed and I couldn't sleep. It's so funny when I was... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:32:23 EST Getting over the mid-week hump Since starting my healthier living a week and half ago I have have had so much more energy. I have even been having less allergy problems. But then today came and I feel like a semi-truck ran me over. I was thinking " why do I feel sooo tired". And then it dawned on me. I go grocery shopping every two weeks most of the time. So I've been sort of scrounging around eating what we have left until I can go grocery shopping again Friday. While I haven't been going over my calorie intake, I ha... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:35:11 EST Starting somewhere <img src=""> <BR> A friend posted this picture on her facebook page last night. It really got me to thinking of how many times I've started to get out to do some physical activity and been a afraid of how I look,or how people might see me, or that I may fail at what I do. For instance when I go bike riding with my kids, I have to stop and walk every time we come to a steep hill. I catch myself looking around, checking to see if anyone ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:41:43 EST First week Ya, I lost five pounds. I got a tape measure this weekend so I'm starting to measure my inches too. I know I'll need that for when I don't lose as much weight at a time. Last week my main goal was to stop drinking soda and sweet tea. And I did very good. No pop or tea all week. I also wanted to exercise 15-20 minutes a day. And was able to do that. This week I'm going to work on doing 20-25 minutes a day of exercise. Also I'm really trying to work on eating more protein. According to my... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:00:04 EST Tomorrow is a new day Today was a rough day. Most Sundays are a little rough for me. We go to church twice on Sunday, so there is a lot of work involved in getting everyone ready. On top of that we had a 4h meeting to go to this afternoon. So today my 7 year old was misbehaving in church so I preceded to take him out and have a talk with him. He decided he didn't want to go and I ended up tripping over him in the back of the church when he suddenly stopped. The women in the back row was more worried I was mak... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:44:00 EST This is what I've been doing today. Today has been a great day. I'm so glad to get a much needed weekend break. Today I got to go on a bike ride with the kids. Yay! I bought a bike last year at a yard sale and have only rode it one time around the neighborhood. I did ride it once on a flat trail. There are a lot of hills around us. Last time I tried to ride the bike around the neighborhood, I thought I would pass out. Today I still had to get off my bike and walk part of it. But I was able to go around twice and I didn'... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:15:05 EST Major headache! So this morning I was awakened with a slight headache about 5am. I got up and took an aleeve and then went back to bed. After a little while it seemed a little worse so I took another aleeve. After that I felt some better. But now oh boy do I have a headache. But I'm not sure what is causing it. I've been off caffeine all week, but I haven't really had any problems. I would think maybe it's because I'm eating healthier and my body is kind of detoxing, but my son also woke up with a headach... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:43:51 EST Time of Reflection I've been thinking a lot about my past attempts to lose weight. No I haven't been moping. But I've been thinking about what went wrong and what to do differently. I think I really had unrealistic goals . I simply was not able to keep up with the challenges I had set before myself and got burnt out, particularly in the area of exercise. I will never have the time to exercise for an hour and half to two hours 5-6 days a week. At least not as long as I have young children that I homeschool. It... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:27:58 EST Yummy! One of my goals in my journey is to try cooking some new things. Today I'm having fun creating my own cookbook on SP. I can't wait to try some of the new recipes I've found. Now lets see how my family likes it. Tonight I'm going to try the eggplant parmesan . I have made this before so I know my family likes it. But this is a different healthier recipe. I can't wait to see how it turns out. Have a good day everyone! <em>4</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:13:29 EST Baby Steps Today is the second day in my journey. For the beginning of my journey to better health, I'm just making small changes. This week I'm trying to cut pop and sweet tea out of my diet and drink more water. I'm also trying to exercise at least twenty minutes a day. I did pretty good yesterday. But today I'm starting to get frustrated from lack of caffeine. While trying to get school started this morning I was having a difficult time trying to find several of the kids school books. And now ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:10:18 EST The Journey begins Today I begin my journey to a healthier self. As I start my journey I ask myself why am I doing this. First I'm taking this first step for my health. My weight is so high I'm afraid if I don't do something now in a few years I may not even be here for my family. Next I'm doing it for myself. Yes finally doing something for myself. Fat is not pretty. I don't want to look like a super model. I just want to look attractive. Third I want to be active. When I was younger I used to love to s... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:29:34 EST