CARLENLLOYD's SparkPeople Blog CARLENLLOYD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm back... So....I've been away from SP for awhile. I had my injury back in March, had surgery in April....and finally got released by my PT to start getting active again! So I'm trying to get back on track with my food tracking. Except now- the thing I am struggling with is EXTREME back pain- so much so, that I had an X-Ray of my back done yesterday. I'm frustrated and tired of pain and health issues and that's why I am trying to get back on track! But when you feel's hard to stay focus... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:09:06 EST Craving weird things.... Ok- I don't know if this is a "healing" thing I am going through...or what....but I am craving really strange things. It's mostly vinegar- we have different varieties of vinegar and if I could get away with it, I would drink it straight! We do have a pickle jar that has no pickles in it but left over pickle juice and I have been taking swigs out of that. My honey thinks it is I am needing the electrolytes. Wed, 29 May 2013 19:55:00 EST Master Cleanse Just curious.... <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Has anyone done a "master cleanse"? Thought about trying it, but afraid people would get hurt in the process from lack of food.... <em>18</em> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:54:24 EST I want to exercise, but.... Many of you know that I would LOVE to be out there walking, bicycling, etc... <BR> <BR> However, due to me being hit by a car, my ACL is torn. <BR> <BR> How does one exercise with limited space in their house (and living with a cranky old man to boot), and not having the finances to be able to go to a pool? <BR> <BR> Ideas? <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated with my lack of being able to get active again. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 16:09:47 EST Trying to stay positive.... ....and I think the best way for me to do that is to just stay off of Facebook. <BR> <BR> I get too caught up in the stinkin drama. <BR> <BR> I know, I know, I said that before....but....think I reallllllly need to this time. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:44:19 EST Happy Easter! Happy Easter, everyone! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:45:17 EST Getting behind....but I WILL bounce back.... On March 9th, I was getting ready to do a 5 mile walk (a training walk for a half marathon that is next month), when I was crossing the intersection (my crosswalk signal was on), and the driver, who was turning onto the road, didn't see me and hit me. I was knocked to the ground and I have to be in a leg brace and on crutches for at LEAST 3 weeks. Also, my finances have been at the point where I can't afford veggies, or the foods I have been eating as a part of my lifestyle change (which has ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:08:39 EST Great day.... I am part of a networking group that happens at my school. One of the gals, who's a regular attendee (but hasn't been there for about a month or so due to illness and being on vacation), said to me, "Oh my gosh! You are looking great! You've lost weight, you did your hair really cute (I dyed it last weekend), and you are really rockin' it!" Needless to say....this renewed my fight to keep going on my path that I've started. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:47:55 EST Back on track.... Wellllll....I kinda "relaxed" this weekend. Ate out ALL weekend and didn't watch what I ate... But, I'm back on track and I WILL persevere! Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:15:21 EST Trying to be motivated and positive... I have been trying not to be so mad at God. From an earlier post, I mentioned the ex and his issues with me staying at his parents house (which doesn't give me a lot of options for places to stay with my kids).... <BR> <BR> I'm working 2 jobs.....which doesn't give me a lot of time to see my kids and/or stick to a fitness regimen. <BR> <BR> How the heck do I not focus on the negative, find time to see my kids, and stay on track with SP??? <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:01:49 EST Been sick, can't eat I have had the "death flu" for going on 9 days now. My appetite is WAY down and can barely eat. The plus side- I lost 2 lbs. :) <BR> <BR> I know it's not the BEST way to lose weight but it sure is nice seeing my clothes get bigger and bigger on me! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:39:56 EST Dealing with Ex-Husband is causing me stress Ok here's the situation... <BR> <BR> I have been divorced from first ex (who I have 2 children with) for almost 8 years. I've moved on, he's moved on (he got remarried, I got remarried, then divorced again, now in a relationship with supportive man). He has custody. The clincher is, I travel to see my kids and spend time with them and my in-laws have been kind enough to let me stay at their place to visit my kids. However, because of some drama that happened on Facebook, now my ex-husband is... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:54:05 EST A personal note I don't know how to go about this...this is a personal situation..... <BR> <BR> Ok well my boyfriend of almost 2 1/2 years (we do live together, and the house we live in, an elderly friend of his owns it) and I were talking last night. He's never been married, has been engaged before. He is very loyal to the family friend that we live with and I'm trying to improve my financial situation so I can get my own place (because of the condition of the house, it's not safe really for my two childre... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 14:54:08 EST 3 weeks and 2 days in.... Well I've been doing SP for 3 weeks and I love the motivation that people give me and the motivation I see in other SP members. <BR> <BR> I just had someone comment on my Facebook status, "it looks like your walking pace has picked up. Good job!" Let me tell you....that has increased my motivation tenfold! <BR> <BR> Now I am dealing with acid reflux again <em>234</em> and I don't know why. When I first started SP 3 weeks (and 2 days) ago it tapered off. I even forgot to take my Prilose... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:52:01 EST Superbowl... Well...kind of blew SuperBowl. Oh well. Today I'm back on track! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:11:47 EST Feeling frustrated <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I know I am probably being petty or whatever but I feel so unsupported right now. <BR> <BR> I'm busting my a$$ to lose weight and I'm not feeling the support from my family and frankly, it SUCKS. I am doing this for ME but come on....give me some freakin' credit here! <BR> <BR> My youngest sister in on Facebook (as am I), and she is always commenting on what she did for the day and how she ate and other family members are commenting how great she's doing and "liki... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:32:34 EST Superbowl I don't want to blow it on Sunday..... <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:10:36 EST Scared <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to be moving into a friend's house. Him and his wife eat "wholesome", and they don't really snack a lot (thank goodness). However, I don't want to be rude and NOT eat their food (because him and his wife are great cooks). How do I keep my calories under control WITHOUT being rude (FYI- he's aware of my lifestyle change). Any suggestions? And I don't mind buying "special foods" and sharing with them. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:55:08 EST Revelation <em>189</em> <BR> I had a revelation. <BR> <BR> Since starting SP, I no longer have to take my OTC Prilosec! <BR> <BR> I have struggled with heartburn off and on and even more so when I got pregnant with my son 14 years ago. About a year or so ago it turned into full blown acid reflux, to the point where the acid got so bad and I couldn't breathe and had to go to the ER one evening after eating salsa. <BR> <BR> I can't believe what a simple change in lifestyle can do for you in the long... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:54:13 EST Is this normal? <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> The last 3 nights I have been feeling so worn out. I've been exercising, watching my calorie intake, my water intake....and I feel like I'm coming down with something. I hear this is normal to feel like this as you transition. Thoughts? Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:31:24 EST Motivation Well....I ALMOST gave up yesterday. I just got so frustrated with having to log in everything. But then I realized that when I do, it keeps me in check (and my snacking down). After I decided to push through and stick with the program, I actually did a 1.6 mile walk home from the bus (normally, the bus stop from my house is about 300 feet from my house and I took a different route so I could make sure I did get my fitness in yesterday). Weigh in is tomorrow. I know that it may not be a HUGE d... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:46:08 EST