CASYA88's SparkPeople Blog CASYA88's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Promises, promises, enough of the promises.... First off; this one is a bit more dark and a bit more personal. If you're sensitive to TMI you can give this one a miss. You've been warned. <BR> <BR> So I'm chilling on Pinterest once more, and I'm seeing an abundance of fast result articles. You know the ones; "she lost 30lb's in a month, she's doing it RIGHT!" or "lost a dress size in a week by doing this detox diet" or the new book my 320lb friend has bought with super high hopes; "the 2 day diet." It's this idea that your goals, be the... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 01:34:26 EST When did food become the enemy? Ok, so I'm chilling on Pinterest today (if anyone wants to follow or see what inspires me, I'm Casya88 on there with a board named "Fat Chick Slim") and I see several food related health pins. Some of them ("do NOT reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.") Made me giggle and make sense to me. But there are others, too, that made me look sideways and go "huh?" <BR> <BR> One source gives the following advice (among others): <BR> - You will no longer drink sodas, fruit juice or alcohol... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 05:31:57 EST June 30th - Lost 6lb's this fortnight...what's my "secret?" So it turns out the 'secret' of weight loss is that there isn't actually a secret. <BR> <BR> I decided a couple of weeks ago that I was going to make a choice to get up earlier so I could A) organize my day better and B) do a workout every morning. This is how my days have gone this last week; <BR> <BR> 6:30 - Get up (note that my household doesn't wake up until about 8:00) and immediately do my wii fit body test. Then, sit down with a liter of water and pre-workout snack. <BR> 7:00 - Do... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 03:36:03 EST June 17th - Marching to the beat of your own drummer Most of the people I know tell me I shouldn't try and micromanage my diet too much; that it's simpler to just learn "good foods" "bad foods" and "healthy portions" and let common sense be my guide, and that's fine...but there doesn't really seem to be any consistent advice on these things! Name a food, there's good and bad to it; it's all about balancing. And then what about portion sizes? 3oz of red meat, how many times a week? One? None? No more than once a day? How much meat, poultry and f... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:10:29 EST Here's how I get stuff DONE! Do you ever find yourself thinking; "I want to do this, but doing that means doing this first, and to do that I have to do this...." And before you know it, you're doing a dozen other seemingly unrelated things with no clear and defined way to achieve your original goal? <BR> <BR> I do that all the time, mostly with housework. I devised a way to NOT do it ages ago which works wonders for me, but I never actually implement it. So here we go; I want to share it with you all now :-) <BR> <BR>... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 05:52:42 EST June 6th - Final exam, over and done! So today, I can breeeeeath! I have one last bit of coursework to hand in for Health and Social Care, but I'll be honest; I'm having a REALLY hard time caring about that one. I have to go in on Monday to see what I'll need to do to complete it, but my teacher is trying to make life difficult for me (I'm pretty sure I've written about her before; she's a he!! b!tch) so if necessary I'll just not do the last one and come away with 2/3 distinctions. Not the end of the world. <BR> <BR> For the h... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 04:52:49 EST June 5th - The Morning After So, I'm more out of shape than I thought! I woke up this morning and the 60 crunches and 30 second plank have left my abs feeling less than friendly towards me! Ah well; means I did them some good, at least! <BR> <BR> I went to bed at 21:45 last night, and still over-slept! I've always had erratic sleep patterns; I'll sleep from 1:00 – 7:00 most night and awaken feeling rejuvinated and energized. It's not that I drink lots of caffeine or anything else; I just seem to be one of those people w... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 05:17:02 EST Late Blog (from Yesterday) So, it's never too late to start a new good habit, today is the first day of the rest of my life, etc. So I decided to cut the BS excuses and just give the whole work-out thing a shot today. <BR> <BR> I saw a pretty cool infographic or whatever it's called yesterday about how you should eat a few nuts and bits of dried fruit a half hour before a work-out and have a fruity smoothy within an hour of it. I haven't had the chance to do the first bit, since I'm pretty much bouncing out of bed an... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 05:16:18 EST April 6th - A wobbly day, starting again Yesterday wasn't the best day; I did some workout stuff, a 30 minute combo of balance games and cardio (mostly jogging) on the wii fit yesterday, and I didn't do anything terribly self-destructive (though I had white noodles with the stir-fry and could easily have made 2 portions out of it, but I can blame my boyfriend for that). Emotionally...well, not my best day. I was doing the budget and paying for some bills yesterday and I've come to the horrible realization that I just don't have eno... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 04:41:46 EST April 5th - Morning world! Only a quick one today; slept well, no dreams that I remember, and woke sluggish but happy enough. Not as energized as usual. I did find that I spend half an hour laying in bed last night winding down with my phone, so maybe I do need to have a more defined bedtime routine? Will try tonight (in theory; Manfriend will be here again). <BR> <BR> My goals for today are; do another 50 "things" in the kitchen, do 5 budget related things, spend 60 minutes on Project A and another 60 on Project B, ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:08:07 EST April 4th - Bedtime again By 7pm, I've done very little. My food for the day has been spread out, so I haven't really had a defined breakfast, lunch and snacks. I had a cup of fruit salad with nuts and cinnamon, and a tsp of sugar (I've had to top up the lemon water and it's now a bit too tart) with my usual cauldron of coffee, 2 cups of healthy chilli con carne, 2 slices of brown toast with 2 eggs and 1 chopped red pepper, some buttery spread on the toast, and a couple of mouthfuls of cinnamon fudge. <BR> <BR> I've ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:01:16 EST April 4th - A crafty day and a couple of goals Last night, my boyfriend stayed over. His and mine is a strange sort of relationship; very "sensible" as we put it. We're both very romantic and passionate people, but having both been seriously hurt in the recent past and our last relationships, we're both scared of going into anything too fast, or investing too much into a relationship, which may sound a bit sad or unfulfilling but it's actually perfect for us. We had a rather intense conversation last night about some of the things I've be... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 03:35:22 EST April 3rd - Lazy day Last nights sleep was ok; I had some restless dreams and felt wholly unfulfilled by sleep. I woke up achey and without much energy, but not feeling bad. <BR> <BR> I had pretty good food all day until Mr Man showed up with a huge bag of crisps. I'm the sort of person who eats well and happily when I'm in charge of what comes into the house, but when someone brings junk food in or I'm with a friend and they're eating junk, it's pretty hard for me to resist, so I had the huge bag of crisps. Th... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 03:34:15 EST April 2nd - Bedtime I did a few work-outs today, though they are a little fudged since my internet connection didn't load the video's properly, meaning a 12 minute workout suddenly included several 30 second breaks, etc. But still, I hope I got the benefit...I certainly feel like I've done something! <BR> <BR> The abs and glutes ones I feel like I short-changed myself because the area in front of my laptop isn't big enough to do a full, laid down work-out properly. The cardio boxing one was pretty good, and wi... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 18:52:03 EST April 2nd - Morning world! Last night was really restless. I had several bad dreams, but I'm pretty sure I know where I can pin them; I watched a film last night called Urbania, which I had never seen before. I had thought it was a horror film to the effect of Urban Legend, but it was actually more a drama about a man who had witnessed the rape and murder of his partner; a good film, but it stuck with me and I inadvertently took it to bed with me. Combine that with the fact that just 4 days ago, I finally cut my abusiv... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:07:16 EST April 1st - Bedtime So, it seems I've lost in some areas, gained in others. I've a thicker waist, hips, etc. But slimmer thighs. Interesting. <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight was a salad of two of the larger leaves of a small gem lettuce, a 200g (5oz?) rump steak (I know, too big) and a small onion/large spring onion, a red pepper, and a sweet potatoe. I dressed the steak with some buttery spread, minced garlic and fresh rosemary. It was awesome, though I know the steak is too big and the salad was too heavy on the on... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:52:00 EST April 1st - Back, with an odd new motivation! So, it's another month, and another start for me (purely co-incidental; it just happens to be the first day of a week I have to myself during the school holidays!) <BR> <BR> It's also the first day of a bad cold, so I won't be doing much. This includes measurements; I well NOT be doing those today as I am fricking freezing and there's no way I'm stripping off my jumpers to do them! However, I'm fairly sure I've gained weight; my wii fit says I've gained 1lb "since last time" and I don't rem... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:04:22 EST Feb 26-27 Urgh. What a few days! <BR> <BR> Very basically, it's been going back to college after the half term holidays, more changes to my benefits (meaning I now have to pay a significant amount of money I didn't have to before, without getting any more money in), and my athsma inhaler has gone missing. I have no idea what I've been eating/drinking and haven't done a fit-test or weighed myself in a couple of weeks, but I'm pretty darned sure I've gone up again. Oh, and the date for the Vienna trip ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:58:04 EST Morning sunshine! I was out like a light last night, and didn't wake up once! Only problem is I didn't sleep as long as I would have liked; I ended up going to bed at 2:30 and only slept 6 hours, but I'm determined to be in bed before midnight tonight! I had one dream that was very strange, that I was kind of in Skyrim but to escape the tower I had to convince people I was a lesbian :-s very odd! Not a nightmare or anything, just strange. <BR> <BR> Woke up feeling cheerful and pretty refreshed (which is int... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:51:32 EST Returning! Sort of. Maybe. I'm back! <BR> <BR> As I usually do, I've tried something for a few days/weeks (in this case, the sleep journal) and it hasn't worked. I'm coming back to it, but have worked out what doesn't work and am working to change it. For me, it's the uniformity of it. It's things like, no, I don't always know how much caffeine I've had and since I usually do my sleep journal in the evening before I turn my computer off, I have to do it in two halves to get the time I go to sleep, so I'm gonna be pu... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:53:11 EST 25 Better Sleep Tips 1. Relieve stress. Those with stress are more prone to insomnia, but exercise, meditation, yoga and other techniques can help you relax. Do something to relieve stress every day. <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise regularly. Following a consistent exercise program can help you increase your energy levels during the day, improve your mood, and regulate your sleeping patterns at night. <BR> <BR> 3. Have a routine. Wind down at the same time and in the same way every night, go to bed and wake up at the s... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:54:20 EST 50 Stress Busting Tips Just a few assorted words of wisdom I've picked up of late. <BR> <BR> 1. Talk it out with yourself. Pretend your positive and negative self-talk are two members of opposing council, fighting it out in the court-room to convince you, the jury, of the truth of the thing stressing you out. <BR> <BR> 2. Be your own best friend; if a friend came to you with your problems, what would you tell him/her to do? <BR> <BR> 3. Pray <BR> <BR> 4. Write it all down in a journal <BR> <BR> 5. Take some... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:59:15 EST Dream Journal Sun 11th - Mon 12th Feb What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 00:45 :-( <BR> What was your bedtime routine? <BR> There wasn't one really; I played games until bedtime. <BR> What did you last eat tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> I had a small bowl of muesli and milk about an hour before bed. <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> Not unless you count...erm...nope. <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or fo... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:41:18 EST Sleep journal for Wed 6th - Thu 7th What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 00:00 <BR> What was your bedtime routine? <BR> Reading. <BR> What did you last eat tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> Another bloody bounty bar! <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> No :-( <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today, or any alcoholic drinks? (Include type, number, and time of day.) <BR> Only another can of coke. <BR> ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:47:36 EST Sleep journal for Tue 5th - Wed 6th What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 23:40 <BR> What was your bedtime routine? <BR> Just a bit of reading; nothing special. <BR> What did you last eat tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> I was naughty and had 2 bounty bars :-( <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> Yes, but only the usual 30 minutes on the Wii. <BR> Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today, or any alcoholic drink... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:44:01 EST Sleep journal for Mon 4th - Tue 5th What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 23:28 <BR> What was your bedtime routine? <BR> Oil rub feet, reading my book. Had about half an hour doing so. <BR> What did you last eat tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> My dinner; lots of med veggies and some chicken. I ate at about 20:00. <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> Yes; 30 minutes on the Wii fit, mostly cardio. <BR> Did you consume any c... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 02:43:14 EST Sleep journal for Sun 3rd - Mon 4th What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> - 23:54 <BR> What was your bedtime routine? <BR> - Some reading with a mug of cocoa. <BR> What did you last eat tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> - I ate a red pepper like an apple, and a little walnut cake, at 23:05. I know, naughty. <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> - None, unless you include a leisurely stroll around town. <BR> Did you consume any ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 03:13:35 EST Sleep journal for Sat 2nd - Sun 3rd What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> - Don't ask. Ok, fine, it was 5:22am.... <BR> What was your bedtime routine? <BR> - Lots and lots of Skyrim, until I literally fell asleep on the controls and dragged myself barely conscious to bed. <BR> What did you last eat tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) <BR> - I really don't remember...some jammy toast, maybe? <BR> Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.) <BR> - Nope.... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:04:39 EST And I was doing so well! So, I've had my boyfriend over for a few days, and things haven't exactly gone according to plan! I think I need to carve out my fitness time a bit more strictly! I've been pretty good, though I've had a couple of naughty things each day; a korma for dinner, for instance. I've been trying to make healthier choices, but I've very much just been following my body and cravings; I've not been doing any real measuring of units or monitoring of calories. I think I've done ok-ish, though. <BR> <BR... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:46:09 EST Good morning, good morning! So, I'm all bright and perky and awake today. I'm starting to think I must have SAD; I always get the winter blues (doesn't everyone?) but I kid ye not, this morning I woke up and it was sunny, and I was bouncy and had more energy than I knew what to do with. Then the sun went behind a cloud and we got a light shower that lasted less than 20 minutes, and about an hour of overcast skies, and I got all gloomy. My run (which was within that hour) was way harder than my last one (which was in muc... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 05:17:38 EST Uuuuuuurg Let us begin. <BR> <BR> Diet today has been...not good. Once again, I gave in to the temptation that is buttered jammy toast, not once but twice. Another 4 slices, another 500 calories...dammit! I've also bought a waffle iron today...I figure waffles are like anything else, if you can make 'em, you can make 'em healthy and since the only necessary ingredients are flour, milk (or water) and preferably some egg, sugar and accompanyments I can make them no matter how skint I am, as opposed to ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:47:39 EST A brand new day So, this morning I did my first run. Not literally my first run ever; I'm not a run virgin. But it's been a couple of years. I decided a couple of years ago I was going to do couch to 5k, and got a couple of weeks in. However, I couldn't get the sound files on my Ipod at the time so I decided to record myself doing the intervals and put them on my MP3 player, but this meant I was spending twice the normal time doing it, and I just couldn't be bothered, to be blunt! But now, courteousy of my s... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:02:46 EST Spoilt for Choice So it seems I'm spoilt for choice.... <BR> <BR> In addition to the wonderful resources of; <BR> - SparkPeople <BR> - YouTube <BR> - Fitness Blender <BR> - Fitness Library <BR> - Body Rock and <BR> - Squidoo <BR> <BR> I also have <BR> - Scott Pilates Sunrise Yoga <BR> - Yoga For the Back and <BR> - Yoga Meltdown (level 1 and 2) <BR> <BR> As well as a generic "Intro to Yoga" type DVD and another on Tai Chi. I also have <BR> - Martines Dance Body <BR> - 10 Minute Solutions Fit... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:30:07 EST A great day! So, today has been a good one. My boyfriend stayed over last night, which I always enjoy. Even though he doesn't sleep as well with someone else in the bed, I sleep much better. There are a lot of things about him, or he and I, that are dichotomous. For instance, he's both my greatest motivator and greatest draw-back when it comes to health, too. He's a bit of a gym junkie and full of advice and motivation, and makes a great training partner. He's also constantly rewarding us with junk food a... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:18:19 EST A trip down memory lane Just before Yule 2010, I wrote a blog post on another website, titled "why is it the same thing, EVERY SINGLE HOLIDAY?!" Browsing my stats on that blog I realized someone had read it recently, and since I had no idea what it was about, I decided to go ahead and read it. <BR> <BR> What I read was a soap-opera-esque account of my last serious relationship. It involved me, ExR who was my parter/Master (it was a BDSM relationship) at the time, his babygirl (whom I was unhappy about him dating),... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:13:12 EST Why I, a feminist, hate women 2 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:37:01 EST A Brighter Day It's 12:26: I'm writing this on my lunch break, partially in the hope that I'll distract myself from the lack of actual food. Writing about it's probably not going to help, but ah well, that's my flawless logic at work. I have another of those Angel Delight tasting drinks; same recipe as yesterday, only I don't have the fruit puree and I have put some mango powder in there, which oddly tastes like fish more than anything else. It's a strange combination, but I enjoy it all regardless. There's... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:04:21 EST Blue Monday, and my Goals I wake up at 5:51, and again at 7:23. I'm not really awake, but I don't sleep for that last few hours either. I can't help but go over it in my head: unless my English mock exam tomorrow starts at 12:30 (10 minutes after my last lesson) it won't end in time for me to pick Jr up, and I'm reminded that I haven't finished the revision for Jane Eyre yet, which keeps me awake. <BR> <BR> I don't really get up until 8:07, a 40 minutes later than I really should be getting out of bed. I hadn't been... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:29:21 EST