BODYJOY6's SparkPeople Blog BODYJOY6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community DAY 36- Balance Well, waking up this morning and exercising was a good choice. It's amazing how something so simple can so drastically change your day! While exercising, I listened to an epic podcast sermon by Andy Stanley. He always inspires me and sets me on a good track for the day. <BR> <BR> I ate pretty well today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Brian's famous frittata <BR> Lunch: Sushi <BR> Snack: Lemon water, iced coffee <BR> Snack 2: Halloween cupcake <BR> Dinner: Salad <BR> Snack: Coffee <BR> <BR> I have ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:34:26 EST DAY 35- EATING SAME THING DAILY AND CALORIE COUNTING's an update on my little experiment. <BR> <BR> I tried to eat the same thing every day for about a week. I lasted only a few days. The first two were fine, but days 3 and 4 I fell off the wagon because I was just so bored. <BR> <BR> Then I tried going strictly "by the numbers". I calculated that my BMR is 1900, and kept track of my net calories lost or gained every day. This was revealing, however it didn't work. It was revealing because I had no idea how much I was eating and h... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:18:14 EST Day 19- MEAL PLANNING Today went ok, although I was discouraged to step on the scale and find that it hadn't moved. I'm going a bang-up job of maintaining, but the only "Experiment" that has really worked the past 19 days was low-carb. So I kind of gave up on bringing my lunch today, and just ate at work. <BR> <BR> Breakfast- PB&B <BR> Lunch- Pasta and chicken at work. Skipped the dessert! <BR> Dinner- Hubby's making turkey burgers :) My roasted root veggies as a side. <BR> <BR> So yeah, that's about an average... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 15:50:57 EST DAY 18- Meal Planning Today I had some of Brian's frittata for breakfast, and I was going to eat leftovers for lunch and dinner, but just wasn't feeling 5-day old pork tenderloin. So I had a Publix sub instead for my lunch-dinner, and it was DELICIOUS. <BR> <BR> I'm a little concerned that while meal planning is a valuable skill that I can use the rest of my life, that this won't result in any weight loss at all. I'm working so hard and yet I'm not really sure that this is going to get me anywhere. So maybe I can... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 19:04:14 EST DAY 17- PLANNING PAYS OFF Well, planning most certainly pays off. This morning I woke up and made my smoothie as planned. I threw my salad and pre-portioned dressing with my chocolate trail mix into my lunchbox, and off I went! And then after clinic I stopped by Publix to pick up a few ingredients for my shrimp fettuccini alfredo which Brian and I enjoyed this evening. I splurged a bit with the pasta because--as planned--I know that I am running a 5K tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Learned something very valuable: I am not a ver... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 20:13:18 EST DAY 16- MEAL PLANNING I have made some serious progress. I used my "Weekly Meal Planning" calendar to come up with a meal plan for the week that would work for now and forever. I planned out each day so that I'm getting the recommended minimums for grains, fruit, veggies, meat, and dairy according to my <BR> <BR> So today I had... <BR> Breakfast- Mango smoothie <BR> Lunch- Almond butter and banana sandwich with apple side <BR> Dinner- Pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and a glass of milk <... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 17:53:48 EST DAY 14- NADA Well. What I was SUPPOSED to have done these past 4 days was a combo of low carb and meal planning. Did that happen? Nope. I'm not sure exactly why or how I drifted off the rails so dramatically. I didn't binge eat, I just didn't eat WELL. Still exercising. <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> So here I am, sitting here watching TV after eating 2 grilled cheese sandwiches. Groan. <BR> <BR> Back to the drawing board. I have ZERO excuses for eating unhealthily for the next 3 weeks. I have a very relax... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 18:39:05 EST DAY 10 - MEAL PLANNING I barely had time to eat yesterday because we were so busy last night so I really didn't follow the plan. Intern brought me a bar midway through, and I ended up binging the next day because of it. Just ate 2 pieces of pizza...and Brian had sweetly brought me jimmy john's just a few hours before! Too much food. I think the mental fatigue has led to this gluttony. Sleep would probably help. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to keep sticking with a plan for now until I switch up my diet after nights are o... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 02:03:12 EST DAY NINE- MEAL PLANNING I'm thinking in a fog right now. Last night we had several admissions, codes, and after hours pages and when I came home I took a melatonin (which I never do!) and I think I'm still half-asleep! Planning worked pretty well for me, I just ended up eating more than anticipated in-between. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Thai red curry lean cuisine <BR> Snack: Chocolate cookies <BR> Lunch: Salad <BR> Snack: Trail mix <BR> Dinner: 2 slices French Toast <BR> <BR> I'm going back to bed. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:47:47 EST DAY EIGHT- MEAL PLANNING I weighed this AM for the first time since the trip. I'm up again, unfortunately...I should have known it was coming. Not too far from my goal, and it's still very achievable. I just have to give myself some slack...I went on a road trip, for goodness' sake! But then again, I also weighed at 2 pm, only 4 hours after I'd come home and eaten by "breakfast". Usually I weigh after 7 hour sleep, after everything has fully digested and filtered its way out. <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night was INCREDIBL... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:38:00 EST DAY SEVEN- PORTION CONTROL ON ROAD TRIP My road trip was incredible!! We explored the beautiful St. Augustine and spent a wonderful girls' weekend shopping, watching movies, and attending a concert by 2Cellos. We stayed in a historic B&B called the Augustin Inn. The hostesses greeted us with a glass of champagne each and freshly baked cookies. It was the perfect weekend getaway and I have returned feeling refreshed and relaxed, and full of renewed energy to crush it at work this evening. <BR> <BR> I must say that I did a very good... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:20:07 EST DAY FOUR- I MADE IT! I made it to my first milestone weight!! Even though I didn't truly follow a low-carb plan for the first three days, I still made it somehow. <BR> <BR> Today was a bit of a "Celebration Day" because of my achievement....not a lot of nutrients on this list.... <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Frittata and a banana, cold brew with syrup <BR> Snack: Protein Bar <BR> Lunch: PB&J <BR> Snack: Cliff Bar <BR> Dinner: Jimmy John's <BR> Snack: Banana <BR> <BR> I also ran 2.6 miles in 30 minutes, and I'm inchi... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:53:35 EST DAY THREE- LOW CARB I have discovered that I can't do low carb without: <BR> <BR> 1) Being famished and hangry all day long.... <BR> <BR> 2) And without really planning this out ahead of time. <BR> <BR> Once again, for the third day in a row, I ate my carbs...and I liked it. <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: Protein bar, K-cup coffee and creamer <BR> <BR> LUNCH: Open-faced veggie frittata (proud of myself for using one piece of bread instead of two!) <BR> <BR> ...SECOND LUNCH....: Turkey sandwich...with 2 pieces of b... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:46:23 EST DAY TWO- LOW CARB *This is a report on how yesterday went as I did not have time to update yesterday*. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was a bit of a blip on my journey. I didn't follow the low-carb diet at all because I wasn't prepared, and didn't go shopping after work as I had intended. So I snacked. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Protein shake, 3 Chips Ahoy cookies, K-Cup cappuccino with FF creamer <BR> Lunch: Microwaveable fish sandwich (with low-cal bread) and Sun Chips <BR> Snack: Pumpkin Spice latte (450 calories...... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:06:30 EST DAY ONE- The Quest It's DAY ONE Y'ALL!! <BR> <BR> During this cycle I am going LOW CARB!! Low carb is one of the best ways to lose weight as your body immediately runs through all of the simple carbs first, and quickly moves on to protein, shortly followed by fat. There is some initial instant gratification as the water weight falls off first, but some of it is real, too. <BR> <BR> So a quick diet log... <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: <BR> Coffee <BR> Egg frittata <BR> <BR> (Courtesy of my hot husband who has been m... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:24:50 EST Diet Cycling Overview Hello All!!! <BR> <BR> I am embarking on my next weight loss journey--THE QUEST! The quest will involve a different challenge every 3 days to achieve my ultimate goal. I hope to make it easy to follow and replicable so that anyone who reads will want to try it out, too. <BR> <BR> STEP ONE: MAP OUT YOUR JOURNEY! <BR> <BR> In order to embark upon an epic journey, one must have a destination in mind. Have a trajectory. So this is my ultimate path.... <BR> <BR> 9/18: 142.5 <BR> 9/21: 141.5 (b... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:04:17 EST CPR Works, Apparently <BR> It’s funny how God finds ways to prove a point. I’ve been struggling with the thought of being a “Real Doctor” next year when, despite hours of practice, I can’t seem to rise above the 33rd percentile on my question bank… <BR> I had been debating whether or not to attend my cousin’s wedding this weekend, but I really wanted to observe and get suggestions for our own wedding. So down Brian and I drove to Dunedin on Friday morning, quizzing each other on immunology and listening to podc... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:39:12 EST Milestones ACHIEVED! Big achievement: Reaching my lowest weight in over 2 years...and just before my medical school gala! <BR> <BR> Biggest happy moment: Being able to run with my boy for 33 mins yesterday. We're at the same jogging pace now--yaaay! I never knew having a running partner could be so fun and motivating :) Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:16:51 EST The Shelter Today I travelled to The Shelter, where several students in my year perform blood pressure and general health screenings for the residents. They sit packed on long benches at tables before two small TV screens at the front of the room. Sometimes students from the FSU College of Music play in quartets for the residents, but usually there’s a game on for all, even those huddled far in the back, who sip their community coffee and squint to see the screens. <BR> Some people chat with one another,... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:50:06 EST American Medical Association's Update on What it REALLY Takes to Shed Some LBS...Surprising...And y I get reports from the AMA daily by email. Well this one caught my eye. So it looks like this daily, gritty, hungry plan of eating 1200 calories per day (and doing it partially by skipping breakfast and not eating a lot in the am) isn't a bad idea after all. Wonders never seems like everytime someone comes up with a new strategy (or lack thereof), it's debunked in the next 6 months. Well phooey. I pretty much know what works for me, so when I'm an MD, I'm going to council my patien... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:48:54 EST I MADE IT!! I've finally done it. With a lot of prayer, a lot of calorie counting, a new gym membership, a failed promise to throw away the scale for 14 days (my effort lacked enthusiasm...that scale is going in the trunk today or tomorrow...), I've made it past a critical number. <BR> <BR> That darn number. Everytime I reached it, I trampolined back up again. I totally turned from measuring my successes by my firm(er) physique and improved fitness (I'm always one of the fastest rowers in the class at t... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:26:53 EST Failed Diets, Energy Drinks, and Dead People <BR> <BR> <BR> I’ve spent the past 73 hours snorting the pungent scent of formaldehyde, watching lectures with my eyelids half open with my chin on my desk, and praying. I’ve scraped through cadaver fat, held lymph nodes hardened from cancer in my hand, and gotten bone dust in my nose from sawing a human head in half. I’ve listened to the “lub-dub” of the chest and neck, rapped on several of my friends’ backs (and a milk carton for practice) to hear the high, hyperressonant sound of heal... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:39:11 EST How is a Girl to Prepare for the Ball? I'm attending a medical school ball. As my ex-boyfriend's date. (Don't ask...) <BR> <BR> It's four days until I get to get glammed-out and gussied-up for the Big Night. So what's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> Everyone has that occasion to prepare for, and when the day gets closer, the pressure to look great rises like steam and can cloud the senses, leading to stress-binges and belly bulge. <BR> <BR> Well I have a fool-proof plan (and as I must be a fool for going with my ex--who is an awesome g... Mon, 14 May 2012 23:53:30 EST 50 Foods I've Missed I have loved living here. But as anyone who has lived overseas for an extended period of time can tell you: there's just no place like home. I have to say, I am proud of the variety of foods in America that I truly miss. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I love Thai food. Thais always prepare foods with the freshest herbs and spices, and there's usually plenty of cheap vegetables and fruits for sale for a $1 a pound on the streets. I could never get sick of Thai cuisine. The flavors are so spicy... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:32:29 EST The Revolving Door <BR> I am in the middle of a fiery, bloody battle. <BR> <BR> It's the battle to stay steady when the ground beneath me is wavering, tilting, shifting in all directions. I can hardly keep up. <BR> <BR> 9 months ago I took that long walk across the stage. I just graduate from college with my bachelor's degree in biology. My eyes searched through the masses of people sitting in the gigantic Florida State University auditorium, and found my parents' beaming faces, my best friends cheering me ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:12:42 EST Little Successes Make a BIG Impact Kudos for today: <BR> <BR> 1. I posted a picture on facebook recently, and recieved tons of compliments! <BR> 2. A friend who I haven't seen in a while told me that I look like I have lost weight, my face looks smaller, and that I look beatiful! Don't you love friends like that? <BR> 3. Classes are going excellently! My students are learning, and I am happy at work. <BR> 4. I feel fantastic! <BR> 5. I learned another dance routine (to "Paparazzi"). I'm getting much better at dancing! <BR> 6.... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:44:23 EST BIG DAY, BIG POINTS! 3 major achievements will be made by tomorrow night... <BR> <BR> #1: Reach 500 fitness minutes <BR> #2: Reach 1000 SparkPoints <BR> #3: Reach Level 5 <BR> <BR> I'm so motivated! This is a semi-stressful time as I work on making travel plans, but I'm managing well. I CAN DO THIS! Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:47:14 EST I WANT THAT PHOTO SHOOT! (And other sparkgoodie obsessions.) Right now I'm saving up for the photo shoot for a startling 2000 sparkpoints. It's funny how an imaginary prize can be so motivating for <BR> <BR> I also get a great deal of joy out of giving them to others as well. It's all about spreading that spark! <BR> <BR> Is there a sparkgoodie that you're saving up for? Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:02:16 EST Brainstorming a List of New Healthy Foods...I'm Getting SO BORED! While I love salads, yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit, I can get sick of them pretty quickly, and that's dangerous if I don't plan ahead. So it's time to brainstorm... <BR> <BR> Healthy snacks that I can find in Thailand: <BR> <BR> To keep in the apt: <BR> Pre-packaged nuts <BR> Sushi sheets <BR> Asparagus and dip <BR> Broccoli, too! <BR> Zespris (Kiwis) <BR> Jello-thingys <BR> More milk boxes, new flavors or try the soymilk <BR> <BR> To buy on the streets: <BR> Tofu cubes <BR> Fresh fruit smoo... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 10:39:34 EST "The Hunger Games" as Motivation! Has anyone read "The Hunger Games"? Sometimes just imagining myself fighting to survive in the arena, or feeling the hunger that they had to endure motivates me. Has anyone else had the same experience? <BR> <BR> The release date is in March in the States! If anyone sees it, let me know what you think, it won't be coming to Thailand for a while. <BR> <BR> Travelling to Nong Khai (the Thai-Laos border) this weekend on my own. I can't wait!! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:19:08 EST