CATFANDU's SparkPeople Blog CATFANDU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life's hurdles I was in the hospital the first 4 days of the week, took me off Coumadin, I dropped 13 pounds in the hospital with the addition of Lasix. So relieved, but now I have to be super careful to avoid another PE I have to get up and move 10 minutes out of every hour of work, major productivity killer. The surgeons said I need to drop weight and get healthier before they can do surgery on me, so I have no choice at this point. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:12:16 EST Oh NO!!! I weighed myself today, put on like 8 pounds last week and yes I know it's water, but I'm over 290 now and running up on 300 pounds like a freight train! I can't hit 300, I CAN'T!!! <em>46</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2016 12:10:17 EST today Started smoothies for breakfast today. Overall, not doing too bad but not doing well on posting and tracking. I've been doing smoothies for a month or so but just as an addition. Now I think I'll try them as a breakfast because I am SO bad about not eating breakfast. I need to do a better job about that and maybe I won't have to eat a half pound of cheese at night before I go to bed. I have 3 days worth at a time made up so if it's already there maybe I'll be a little better about it. B... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:13:25 EST This year's end of year blog entry This is so funny, I could almost just change the date and keep the blog entry from last December. It seems July and December are my times to get serious, but that only lasts a month or so. Never did the zumba even the 1st time, still eating primarily paleo, IBS is actually IBD (ulcerative colitis), and on methotrexate for my RA so I feel better. <BR> <BR> Went to my daughter's in Louisiana for her 40th birthday, took pix of me, my daughter and granddaughter and I just spoiled the picture... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:25:41 EST July 5th I found all the poundage I lost the last 2 weeks with yesterday's festivities. I would like to think it's because I had so much salt yesterday, so I guess we'll see next Sunday. Anyway, it's not a make or break thing like it would have been in the past. I missed from Wednesday to Sunday journaling my food intake, but I need to remember that doesn't mean I "failed another diet." I just need to go on from here. If I always do what I've always done, I'll always get what I've always gotten. ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 09:27:51 EST Update I was reading some of my old blogs, my how times have changed! Anymore I can't even eat half the stuff on the diets I've been on before. I don't eat any kind of bread except sourdough and English muffins, no cereals, can't eat ice cream anymore. I still want to so every once in a while I will get a craving for it and do it anyway but oh I pay for it. I'm pretty much protein and vegetables, not much else. I do eat fruit maybe once a month but it doesn't like me either. I hate getting old... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:57:45 EST Doing well on paleo so far Ate battered fish for dinner and can't even handle the batter, gives me bad stomach cramps. Who knew? Been doing well all week, dropped a couple pounds I think but mostly just not having a lot of cravings. If I wasn't snowed in I would go out and get some vegetables but I'm just as happy staying home it's so cold. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:40:27 EST Paleo I started the paleo plan off and on after Atkins, going to get it together and quit going off it. I feel much better on, IBS isn't as bad on it and I don't have the body aches on it that I usually do. Have Atkins to thank for finding that out. I've been trying to exercise 3 times a week for about a month now but Thanksgiving was not kind to me. I had lost weight, then unfortunately discovered the perfect pie crust recipe and that's all she wrote. I ate an entire pumpkin pie all by myself... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:32:30 EST Atkins Wow, stayed on Atkins for almost 2 weeks and was doing okay, lost a few pounds, but can't take the lack of carbs. I felt pretty good at first but then the first sugar I had which was actually about 1 week into it, I got some free Atkins bars and after I ate one I went berserk and started craving carbs really bad, ended up blowing it eating a bowl of Cheerios. Too restrictive for me although I am going to stay away from simple carbs. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:32:32 EST Atkins? I got sick of dieting last week and really did a number on myself. I ate out, high fat high protein foods, and then yesterday morning I decided to face the music so I got on the scale and what happened - I lost 2-1/2 pounds in 1 week! I told my sister about it and she said it sounded like the Atkins diet, so I researched it and sure enough I accidentally put myself on Atkins. Soooo, long story short I have decided to try Atkins for awhile. And this being the amazing site it is, all the At... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:19:48 EST Good week Weighed myself this morning, decided to start doing Sunday mornings instead of Monday mornings, down just under 10 pounds since starting this. In researching new scales figured out that all mine needed was a new battery (about 5 years on old battery) and I didn't even realize they worked on batteries so I'm good to go. Looked for a wrist blood pressure cuff but Target wanted $60 and I just didn't want to pay that. I'll break down on the 2nd pay of February and get it but I just didn't want... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 09:31:04 EST Feeling good Got up feeling good this morning, was dancing to the music on the Weather Channel and the cats were all looking at me like they couldn't figure out what was going on - didn't realize it had been so long since I'd felt good! Scales are getting ready to die, need to get a new set, really liked the other ones they were WW. When you got on them they saved the weight for a minute so if you couldn't see over your belly you didn't miss anything! Maybe I'll see if I can find another set, they last... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:24:59 EST Neutral week Not down but not up. Didn't track as religiously, got tired of tv dinners and cooked. Brownies over the weekend, whole pan but spaced them out soas not to do too much damage. Still need to find the WW desserts or something to kick my sweet cravings. Need to be better about tracking, too. Last week I fixated on perfecting my recipe for augratin potatoes, did it, got it out of my system. Now I have a whole package of Little smokies to use up and/or freeze. Need to start going to the gro... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:47:53 EST Not a good week all in all Fell off the wagon this week, stress at work, stress at home, stress bad, food good! <BR> <BR> Work is crappy, both jobs. My full-time boss got fired and my part-time job went back to that crappy little account with no money so I'm thinking about quitting but meanwhile from sitting in that same chair for 12 hours a day my back hurts, my hip hurts, my eyes hurt and now I'm waking up after 4 hours sleep getting mad because I shouldn't have to deal with this crap again. What I'd like to do is... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:18:58 EST exercising Actually did it yesterday, water walked and according to the Livestrong calculations burned just under 800 calories! Yippee! Having a hard time staying under that 2000 mg sodium restriction eating TV dinners, but I want to get used to smaller portion sizes before I venture out on my own with cooking. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:19:04 EST Back on track I started again on 1 January, all-time high of 284+, down after week 1 to 276.4, combining all diets including Slim Fast, just trying to be sensible and stay under 1600 or so calories total and get my nutrients in. Have 6 pounds or so to go until I hit the point where I started in August 2012. Need to quit screwing with this. I have been keeping the program up on the computer in a tab and whenever I eat anything tracking it. Even that piece of chocolate silk pie from Marie Callenders las... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:46:37 EST I did it again. Well, I did it again. I joined Weight Watchers, was doing wonderful after just 1 week, lost 4.7 pounds. All of a sudden it occurred to me - I can do this, it will work and I know it. So what do I do? Blow the whole thing out of the water. I can only surmise that I am doing this to myself on purpose because every time I have a good start I do the same stupid thing. I don't want to eat, I'm not hungry, but I just can't quit it. I'm afraid to lose because I'll have to deal with all the sa... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 18:53:54 EST Sick... Nothing but crackers, turkey broth and orange juice for 2 days. I feel wretched. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 20:46:50 EST Down another 2.8 pounds For a total of 7.4 pounds lost since 12/1. <em>244</em> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 09:30:53 EST Goal changes I just changed my goals to lose 10% of my total weight by my birthday, 3/19, which is 27 pounds. That should be quite reachable as opposed to the 100 pound one over the next however many years...that's not quite so daunting. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:50:08 EST Did okay on the madrigal dinner I ate really light the rest of the day and ate more of the salad and vegetables than anything else. Passed on the cake except for 1 bite to see how it tasted, the plum pudding was just bread pudding and had a minimum of that. The beef and leek pie was just beef pot pie so I used generic beef pot pie and counted 2 servings. And I did just have iced tea and water instead of wassail. It was all very good, too, and the program was great. Some of the people went in costume, my sister and I ar... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 22:37:53 EST Lost 4 pounds this week! Just too excited! I even had 2 bad days in a row because things didn't work out as I planned so I was over on my calories and points total for the day, but I hadn't used any of the optional or bonus points whatver you call them for the week, so it all came out in the wash. Followed dancincajun's advice and added extra broccoli to the chicken alfredo and after I put in the neufchatel cheese and nutmeg I hardly tasted them. Thanks! <BR> <BR> New challenge - Madrigal Dinner Saturday night, h... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 22:54:36 EST YIKES! OK, so I went back and redid all my nutrition goals and I was thinking I would probably put on weight but maybe not because I still stayed under my WW points but oh man I was more than double on some of those things than I should have been. Don't know how that happened but I'm glad I found it early on. I figured out that I definitely can't work with my sister though because I got into it with her about something at work today and craved fats all night. I never thought about it but living w... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:16:46 EST screwed up somewhere I don't know where I got my nutrition info but on my goal list I have that my goal is 400 carbs a day, my fat is 80 g, etc. Just googled it and 400 carbs a day is 1600 calories all by itself so I don't know what I did but no wonder my nutrition I haven't been getting enough of things! Have to go back to the goals and figure out what I did wrong. Good thing I wasn't going by that strictly. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 23:54:45 EST godfather's mini on wednesday I have this figured into Wednesday already, so I'm one step ahead. Had a "Duh" moment, decided the reason I'm not getting enough carbs is because I don't eat vegetables, need to suck it up and just do it. Eeewww. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 15:52:00 EST Lean Cuisine market creations I just tried their chicken alfredo and it was AWESOME! I'm not getting enough fat and calories so I added butter but I really think it would have been good without it. I think I'm going to try adding neufchatel cheese and nutmeg and that will make it even better but without quite as much fat. I always have to change things, though, that's just me, I like to play. Anyway, halfway through day 4 on program, not having any trouble yet but have to figure out where to go and how to count for a... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 16:14:17 EST 2 days on program! New record ever, 2 whole days (sad but true) yay! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Also, didn't get all the water I needed in but did get some, a little bit more each day. I got all my vegetables and fruit in which was a major accomplishment for me. Sat, 3 Dec 2011 00:26:16 EST That was He-Man, not Thundarr Doesn't matter, who remembers either of them?! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I measured everything out at breakfast and lunch and I wonder why I can eat like a normal person and be satisfied with what I have and not hungry when I portion it out or eat frozen entrees, but when I have a lot there I'll eat until I'm ready to hurl. It's like I don't have that little voice in my head that says I'm full, quit eating. I think that's curious. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 16:35:44 EST New quit date Made my cake yesterday, had a couple pieces and was so sick from the sugar I decided I had to be crazy to think about eating the whole thing and threw it all away. I don't have the money to start the frozen meals but I decided today is the day. I weighed myself and I'm just 0.4 pounds off the most I've ever weighed so I'm starting from scratch. Got up and actually ate breakfast (ugh) and we'll see how it goes. I'm so motivated I can't stand myself. I'm Thundar the Barbarian - "I HAVE THE... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 10:03:56 EST Quit date I decided I'm going to have a quit date and detox from sugar and then go on Weight Watchers. I still have all my old info about points and stuff from when I was on there a few years ago and it's really the only successful weight loss I ever had. I'm going to go ahead and get rid of all the goodies in my cupboard and my quit date will be the 17th or the 27th whichever is the first I can afford and I'm going to the grocery and stocking up on frozen meals with points values. My biggest proble... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:35:28 EST Got to get back on here! I haven't been on in so long, have put back on everything I lost. Had a spell last week when my heart rate wouldn't come down, went to the doctor and just as I was about to get in to see him it went back down so by the time they got the EKG leads on I was almost normal so I still don't know for sure if it was afib. I feel terrible, have to get lab work done and start exercising again. I still can't quit thinking about that cake I made the week before last, though! Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:59:50 EST 7/11/11 Hey cool I didn't realize what the date was till I typed that. I got my big air conditioner up and running this morning, much cooler in here now. I realized this morning that I've been journaling for a week and doing really well, and I unofficially weighed myself yesterday or the day before and I'd lost another pound. I'm not entering it until Thursday though. Lucky 7's. Oh and I even went to zumba last week and I'm going again this Wednesday and Thursday because I have zumba dates with 2... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:54:44 EST Food of the gods I've discovered Mediterranean food and can't get enough of it. I'm addicted to hummus and pita chips (or hummus on a spoon, or hummus on anything else) and I have gone through about 6 big cans of garbanzo beans in the last 2 weeks. I'm going to try babaganoush and tabouli next, and my favorite new sweet treat is Greek Gods honey yogurt and Kashi summer berry granola mixed. I renewed my gym membership and started walking on my treadmill yesterday in the dining room watching the tele. I ate ... Wed, 18 May 2011 00:04:18 EST Well that just for today thing was boring, but... Well, back again. I've been tracking really well the last 10 days, I think, and I had a couple of horrible days but ended the week with a good average. I did find out that Bob Evans is a stroke/heart attack waiting to happen so I won't do that again - 3000 calories and I didn't even like the food. I started watching "Addicted to Food" on OWN and OMG can I relate to that. I hope I can learn some coping strategies from the show that I can do on my own. One thing that really struck me is wh... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:15:39 EST J4T Just for today, I'm going to journal my intake and stay under my calorie limit. I pretty much am having a huge problem drinking enough water so maybe if I just concentrate on the journaling and take baby steps I will be more successful. I went over by just a few calories and I forgot to check where the fat intake was. I need to do that. I weighed myself yesterday but it was with clothes after breakfast so I'm not going to add it. I am having a lot easier time of it than I thought I would... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:30:53 EST Just for today Just for today I'm going to journal what I eat, stay under my total calories, drink all 8 glasses of water starting much earlier in the day, and I'm going to exercise. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:34:21 EST Some things I learned today 1. Spread the water out over the whole day! I managed to get in 6 glasses but I feel funny so I've probably gone into water intoxication, and I've been in the bathroom most of the night, which has absolutely killed my productivity. Anyway, I'm stopping at 6 glasses. <BR> 2. Nuts have a ton of fat grams. Went way over my fat grams but not over my calorie limit. Have to watch that in the future. Making myself feel better because I didn't go over my total calorie limit and the nut fats a... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 22:34:58 EST Just for today Just for today, I'm journaling what I'm eating, I'm not going to go over my fat or calorie goals and I'm going to drink 8 glasses of water. I've already done 2 hours of steady housecleaning so I've already gotten my exercise out of the way. <em>201</em> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 12:33:11 EST what a slug I haven't been to the gym or aquarobics since August, I've put on 10 pounds, I'm depressed and I feel like crap. I'm trying to figure out why I even care how much I weigh or how healthy I am at this point. Nobody else cares either. <em>239</em> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 22:30:47 EST Back at it again starting tomorrow I weighed in again this morning, didn't like it but it wasn't much worse than it has been. Going to my aquarobics classes again, started this morning. I need to get back into a routine like I had this summer but it won't be as easy as it was while it was hot. <BR> <BR> My goal - Next winter I will be wearing my black Evan Picone blazer again. You know it's possible I could be wearing it by my birthday this winter if I stick to it. Starting tomorrow: Breakfast in a timely fashion! The re... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 23:32:32 EST aquatics classes I got measured at the gym yesterday and the place I can really see the aquatics classes paying off is in my thighs. I've lost 3 inches in just the last month for a total of 6 inches for the last year. I love those exercise classes! I'm trying to stay on program with the food and I don't know why but I'm just eating everything in sight. I think I'm hungry for something but I don't know what it is because nothing sounds good and I've just been eating Cheerios and buttered bread like there's... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 08:58:27 EST fate In 1975 I met this marine who had been wounded while he was on guard duty at the White House. I don't remember his name, isn't that sad, but for some reason I think he was you know, THE ONE. We were just friendly because he was Native American and he thought I was just prejudiced and his face was kind of messed up because he had a rifle butt slammed into his jaw so he was really shy, but I found out before he left that he was in love with me and I didn't know it. I just wish I could find ... Fri, 28 May 2010 20:40:49 EST Haven't posted in a while! I forgot about that meal, that was yummy and I need to do it again. <BR> <BR> I got a second job, bought my house, moved in, and am still in the process of moving out of the other one. This weekend should be the last of the stuff to come out. I love it here, it's one story, tiny, and cute! At 4 feet 11 inches there weren't any other houses that I can stand in the kitchen and reach into the top of all my cabinets without a stool and this is so perfect for us I can't stand myself. I foun... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:44:24 EST my new favorite meal I used a package of that kashi moroccan curry pilaf, 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs, a little extra turmeric for good measure and cooked them together in a small pan with a little low-sodium chicken broth (about 2 tbsp) and threw in about 1/4 cup raisins. AFter that was all cooked (the pilaf is precooked and gets added later) I put it on a plate and added a tbsp of Mrs Renfro's peach salsa, 1/4 cup of greek god honey flavored yogurt and OMG! It was soooo good. It went for 2 meals becau... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:36:28 EST OMG, what did I just do!!!??? I had one of those midnight food orgies that should have made me want to vomit and I am still not full. I can't believe it, I haven't done that in ages. I consumed over 1000 calories in one snack. I was thinking about work, I guess that must have been a trigger. Need to work on that very heavily! <em>53</em> <em>471</em> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:25:42 EST Where has week 1 of the new year gone??? I have not even been on here since November and I meant to start over again on January 1. I really loved the supportive comments that were posted and I didn't even get back on to see them. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I put on 4 pounds but on the positive side I think it was from the sodium in my beans. That's not a good thing but at least it's not real weight and just another indication that if I don't get control of this I'm going to end up with health problems very shortly. Next Friday will be ... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 00:38:22 EST another month out the door Well, there's another month shot to hell. I just took a look and realized that I had not lost as much weight as I thought I had. Although total I'm down 22 pounds, I thought this summer I had lost 10 more than I had. I'm so miserable and my back is killing me, my knees are shot, especially my left one and I know if I lost this weight I would feel better but I can't hardly move around to do it so I'm feeling really sorry for myself. Besides that we're going into winter and the time change ... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:05:09 EST I'm back on track We're trying to have a meetup for another one of my bulletin boards in Vegas in March and I want to lose as much weight as I can - Im shooting for 50 pounds by March 1st! Tue, 8 Sep 2009 13:40:25 EST Doing pretty well but not well enough Changed my username, wish it was that easy to change all the time! Need to get at that water and be more consistent with journaling. Sun, 23 Aug 2009 13:53:24 EST Another wasted week Wow I did so much this week, I quit my job and started a new one full time. I ate like I was out of control and there wasn't enough food on earth to make me full. Ya spose it's stress-related??? <BR> <BR> Today, I'm getting back on track. I'm going to go downstairs and get rid of those last 2 cupcakes first thing (in the trash). I'm going to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, I'm staying active until time to go to work by cleaning house, going to the grocery and using my Pilates ball. If ... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:35:42 EST