CHUBBYNOMORE3's SparkPeople Blog CHUBBYNOMORE3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community WOO HOO Winter 5% Weight Challenge Open Enrollment is on NOW Now is your chance to become accountable EVERY DAY for 8 weeks to committed teammates that are reaching for the stars in an all-out PUSH to each attain a 5% weight loss goal together. Encouraging each other and striving to develop good habits, we climb the hill together, starting where we each are, to reach an attainable goal for all of us. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2018 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> This is your invitation! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have f... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:29:23 EST Merry Christmas And Watch for Bugs! :) A True Story <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> Judy's Tree <BR> <BR> My Christmas Tree is already found. It is in a box that is long and brown. <BR> We had the live when the children were here, until we had the "spider tree" year! <BR> We had had mild fall weather, so we went out to look together <BR> And bought a tree at a "cut your own" lot -- I remember that day -- it was almost hot! <BR> We brought it home and put on the lights <BR> I crawled under the tree to get the o... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 10:14:48 EST Take Charge of Your Own Health and Watch Your Doctor (Use all available technology) The Bacterial Pneumonia is really taking a toll on me, but take my advice and monitor your health because doctors make mistakes too, sometimes deadly ones. I am taking a drug that is in the family of penicillin (which I am allergic to, or they think I am. I am of the generation of the "miracle drug" that they used to use for every illness. Got a cough? See the doctor and the first thing he would do is give you a shot - a mega-dose of penicillin to "get it into your system so you could sta... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:43:44 EST Finally Know Why I Had 20 Years of Yo-Yo Weight Troubles....and it is not pretty I have wrestled with the question of why I could get down to 170 and then always go back to 200 for 20 years and last night I "saw the light." There is less emotional turmoil for me when I am heavier than my antagonists. <BR> <BR> Now I have always preferred the company of men because they are not "catty" and don't talk about other people. I realize that my opinion was formed because of one of my aunts who cut me down every time she saw me, from the time I was 11 and started "developing... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 06:53:40 EST My Weight/Blood Sugar Odyssey (details) Now I may have blogged some of this info before, but felt compelled to put this info out there again! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been obese for 20 years now and rocked between elation at losing a couple of pounds and despair at gaining them back. My blood sugar got bad in 2011 and I panicked. My general practitioner wanted to put me on one of the drugs that helps the body use insulin. I detest medicine and avoid it if I can, so I told her that I would look into it and come back in a couple ... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:02:34 EST One of the Assignments for getting ready for the 5% Fall Challenge I actually put this on the Fall Challenge site but really wanted to put it here, too. Making myself Accountable! <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to <BR> list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> 1. I want my blood sugar to stay in the normal range after being diagnosed as pre-diabetic in 2011. Just got it there with the Atkins Diet and I want to completely ditch the empty bread and sugar calories for the rest of my life. <BR> 2. I want to be a good example for my hubby, children, gra... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:28:55 EST One Month on Atkins: Results Today is the official 4 week anniversary of my Atkins Lifestyle Change. <BR> <BR> Beginning weight 175.8 <BR> Today's weight 167.8 <BR> For a weight loss total of 7.4 pounds <BR> <BR> Loss in inches: .5 " in waist and 1" in hips <BR> <BR> Fasting Blood Sugar - was consistently 114 <BR> now haven't seen higher than 97 most often in the low 90s <BR> <BR> I will admit to eating a handful of unsalted nuts a couple of times. They aren't allowed on... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:21:31 EST Update on my Atkins Journey I am 3 weeks and 5 days in on my Atkins lifestyle and my fasting blood sugar this morning was 88 in spite of the fact that I ate too much yesterday and didn't get my exercise in. I haven't ever seen my fasting blood sugar that low in the 6 years that I have had issues with sugar and have been periodically testing it. 88 is perfectly normal. It has gone from 114 to this and I am happy beyond measure. <BR> <BR> As I have aged, it has become clear that what my Grandma said, "An ounce of p... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:48:14 EST Fall 5% Weight Loss Challenge is starting up Oct 7 Want a challenge? Make friends, have fun, test your commitment, achieve success, and make new healthy habits in this 8 week challenge! There is still time. Check it out today! Success is achieved by taking small steps! Lose 5% of your body weight in 8 weeks and have fun doing it. <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:30:25 EST In For Fun and Progress? Join the Fall 5% Weight Loss Challenge Want to have a good time, make healthy habits, and lose weight? Join the 5% Fall Challenge and you will be assigned to a great team (or you can choose from the ones still open)! <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=68844 <BR> <BR> Do it today. See you there! Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:19:12 EST Ketogenic Research Now I am by no means encouraging anyone to do this. It is VERY hard to start. For 3 days I was completely drained of energy and craved carbs the whole time. It is very restrictive - though not as restrictive as it was (total grams of carb-wise) in 2011 (they have changed the guidelines) , but if you are determined and can ride it out, I stopped craving carbs around day 3. If you are diabetic or on any kind of medication especially ones that lower your blood sugar or increase insulin sen... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:18:05 EST Answer to FUNLOVEN You said your DH can't give up bread. I have influenced 4 people with my habits, Praise God! You can too! <BR> <BR> <BR> You know, I was on Atkins in 2011 and my best female friend watched my example and she always swore she couldn't give up bread. We would eat together a lot and she saw how I was losing weight and was full of energy and felt great. Her DH was diabetic and when I mentioned Atkins, he turned up his nose. He ate the way the nutritionist told him which included rice and o... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:47 EST Bad Habits HAVE To Go! Thinking back on my life, the turning point I remember was when I was in the 6th grade. My teacher cut out construction paper apples for us to wear as badges. Whenever we cleaned our plate at lunch, we got a star on our badge. To this day, I feel guilty if I don't eat what I have in front of me. <BR> Tracking my food and staying in a calorie range, I pre-plan my meals and if I don't clear my plate I still feel guilty. <BR> This "clean your plate" mentality is bad for me. I have taught ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:10:39 EST My New Mantra <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To combat my nostalgia for the "other age" of me. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:24:33 EST Finally lost a little more than my usual 2 pound yo yo Finally lost a little, even though there were 3 days I rested and still ate all of my calories! This is the "jump start" I have needed to overcome the up and down motion of my weight that was getting me seasick! <BR> <BR> Regrouping. My blood sugar is a little higher than normal because I have been "under the weather" and so I am cutting down the carbs more and also lessening the intensity of my exercise (because I NEED those minutes for my TEAM) so my calorie requirement has dropped 50 ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:26:14 EST Well the results are In.... I gained weight this week so: <BR> <BR> Fail, but it was ME and not the diet. I made a major mistake by not thinking this thing through before I started. This was an unfair test; when I plugged the original diet plan into the nutrition tracker it was about 1250 calories and my calorie range (based on my exercise) was 14 something. Instead of lowering my activity (which would bring my calorie low range down) I added extra food to the plan. Shot myself in the foot at the onset. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 10:02:31 EST DON'T TRY THIS MINI FAST IF YOU HAVE HEALTH ISSUES UNLESS YOU ASK YOUR DOCTOR Just because I am doing this doesn't mean that I endorse it or encourage anyone to try this 5 day plan. I don't even know myself yet whether it will work for me and I have made so many changes now that it probably isn't even close to a true test, so don't do it unless you are able and want to do it. Sun, 9 Jul 2017 21:34:20 EST Guess we will find out now if the particular hours make a difference! THIS IS DAY 3 <BR> <BR> I DO NOT ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO TRY THIS DIET! IF YOU HAVE MEDICAL PROBLEMS OR ARE UNDER A DOCTOR'S CARE, YOU MUST GET HIS OR HER PERMISSION TO TRY THIS AS IT CONTAINS A FASTING PERIOD OF 15 HOURS. I AM JUST BLOGGING MY EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO WERE INTERESTED WHEN THEY SAW IT ON DR OZ. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Several of you had asked me if the particular hours that are designated for eating and fasting make a difference and I said that I don't think so. <BR... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 17:54:07 EST Day 2 of the "Min-Fast" Experiment page 2 <BR> <BR> I DO NOT ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO TRY THIS DIET! IF YOU HAVE MEDICAL PROBLEMS OR ARE UNDER A DOCTOR'S CARE, YOU MUST GET HIS OR HER PERMISSION TO TRY THIS AS IT CONTAINS A FASTING PERIOD OF 15 HOURS. I AM JUST BLOGGING MY EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO WERE INTERESTED WHEN THEY SAW IT ON DR OZ. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, let's put that question to rest. Fasted 15 hours and wasn't ravenous at 11 am today. Just a little hungry, had my "Very Berry" smoothie, and am about... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 13:10:11 EST Well this won't be a true test **THIS IS DAY ONE PAGE 3 <BR> <BR> I DO NOT ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO TRY THIS DIET! IF YOU HAVE MEDICAL PROBLEMS OR ARE UNDER A DOCTOR'S CARE, YOU MUST GET HIS OR HER PERMISSION TO TRY THIS AS IT CONTAINS A FASTING PERIOD OF 15 HOURS. I AM JUST BLOGGING MY EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO WERE INTERESTED WHEN THEY SAW IT ON DR OZ. <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't know how much you all know about the "Mini-Fast" 5 day program, but basically you have a long fast (from 8 pm until 11 am the next day. The meals and snac... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 21:08:14 EST Trying to Jumpstart this challenge PAGE 1 <BR> <BR> FIRST LET ME SAY THAT I DO NOT ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO DO THIS! IF YOU ARE UNDER CARE OF A DOCTOR OR HAVE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND WANT TO TRY THIS, GET YOUR DOCTOR'S PERMISSION FIRST! <BR> <BR> <BR> Stalling my weight loss and decided to try a little change to see what happens. It is called the "Mini-Fast" for only 5 days. I was skeptical but when I plugged in the components on the nutrition calculator, it turns out it is pretty nutritious and adds up to be p... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:26:50 EST And the Beat Goes On...Further Analyzing, LOL 5/11 That pound + loss that I have been toying with for nearly a week settled today! But why? <BR> Hmmmm I walked fine yesterday on the low carbs but ate kind of late and this morning my blood sugar was good.Maybe the higher count on Wednesday was a fluke, due to a low-grade fever or something. When we don't feel well, people with blood sugar issues see it in their counts. I will monitor it and stay lower than usual in my net carbs and keep careful record of everything that crosses my lip... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:26:26 EST BACKING UP TO REGROUP Due to changes in my blood sugar, I am regrouping my strategy. Posting early on Monday caused me to have a long, long fast til morning and I believe my blood sugar dropped and my liver pumped out a nice dose of glucose to give my brain something to use for energy. As a result, my fasting blood sugar was 112. Then on Tuesday after a carb-heavy breakfast, I decided to take a random test 45 minutes after my first bite and it was over 140. As a result, not only am I limiting my net carb (carb... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:20:43 EST When I am out of town..... Tuesday 4-25-2017 <BR> <BR> Going to add some "mobile" workouts to take with me when I am out of town and away from my Total Gym. Starting tomorrow, I will substitute a 37 minute workout with resistance bands and 19 minute jog for my normal Total Gym 58 minute workout. It has been a long time since I did this, so we will see how hard/easy it is to accomplish. I also have Richard Simmons' Sweating to the Oldies 2 and plan to use that on one of the 2 "rest days" I have after my "weight wor... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:43:03 EST Craving Good Things Now..and the Good Life! I look forward to the healthy foods body craves them. Can't get enough greens and raw veggies!!! I am 59 and never felt this good! When I was in my 20's I smoked and drank almost no water...just diet soda. Never ate in a healthy way. Quit smoking in 1997 and gained a lot of weight, so didn't even feel very good then, but now.....Heaven! I feel like I could run a foot race! Over the years there have been enough "exercise times" that I have a lot of muscle mass already (but you... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 20:31:02 EST This tracking thing is getting easier and easier! 13 days in and finally for the last 3 days have landed within the ranges for calories, carbs, fats, proteins, and fiber that SP has given me! Cravings gone, scales finally moving, and I Feel GREAT!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:51:44 EST