CYCOIVAN's SparkPeople Blog CYCOIVAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 1st Plateau As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to hit 300 pounds by the end of the year and I was making good progres (even losing weight over Thanksgiving weekend and a vacation) but this week I've hit a wall. I've been bouncing around in the same pound all week. 314, 313.2, 313.4, 313.6. I've been trying to change it up like walking longer or doing more hills. I'm not quite at the fitness level where feel like I can do intervals or any jogging so that won't be a help. I'm changing the compositio... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:14:25 EST Should there be a sin tax on food? This was something my wife and I were discussing the other night. As we are working on eating healthier, our grocery bills are going up because we have to buy all this stuff new at the same time, and they sure don't make it cheap. Some of the stuff we're buying we have to ration out just for the adults. As an example, my kids kept eating all my Boca breakfast links, so we got them a pack of pork breakfast links and I was marveling at the fact that for 99 cents, you can get 16 unhealthy as... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:21:51 EST There is an upside to Thanksgiving food... and that is the fact that all of the traditional foods for Thanksgiving go on sale because most people wont' buy them for anything else. My wife and I scored 2 free turkeys from a local grocery store's promotion where shoppers are given 1 turkey point per $20 spent (you need 25 points for a free turkey). Most people we know don't spend $500 over the month the promotion runs, so we end up with a lot of free points. One of those turkeys is getting smoked and served on Christmas day. Whateve... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:55:16 EST I survived Thanksgiving So Thanksgiving has come and went and I still managed to lose half a pound. I did unfortunately eat too much. I was real careful with the usual suspects (stuffing, potatoes, green bean casserole) but what did me in was the Chex mix on the table and dinner rolls. I hadn't had a roll in so long that I ended up having 3 :(. <BR> <BR> The upside though was that I literally did not feel hungry the rest of the day so even though I ate too much for lunch, overall I still made it fit in my plan f... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:10:37 EST Finally! I'm able to use the Wii Fit board that I bought almost 3 years ago. When I bought it I didn't know that it only had an upper limit of 330 pounds and it's been sitting in a corner unused (pretty much like the Wii itself, once I got my PS3 I barely touch the Wii). I decided to fire it up yesterday and found that it actually has me weighing less than my current scale which is nice when I want an ego boost <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So far I'm not terribly impressed, though it would probably h... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:23:54 EST So great to get away, and be healthy while doing it As I mentioned last entry, my wife and I celebrated our 10th anniversary this weekend by vacationing in the Portage / Baraboo / Wisconsin Dells, WI area (where we were married). Saturday and Sunday were just as great as Friday was. <BR> <BR> We slept in a bit and then went to the Broadway Diner in Baraboo where I may have had a slightly unhealthy choice in the Reuben sandwich, I paired that with a black bean/corn salad that was excellent. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:28:55 EST I'm probably going to pay for it but.... I'm having too much fun this weekend to track my food. My wife and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary and we've been running all over today. I'm pretty proud of ourselves though, we ate out for lunch and dinner and for lunch we shared a Seafood molcajete (fish, shrimp, scallions, zucchini, nopales catcus, and more in a traditional cast iron molcajete). Even then we had maybe half the basket of free chips and half the molcajete and now have the other half for when we return Sunday. <BR>... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 00:48:09 EST It's been awhile.... Since I've blogged, over 18 months actually. So much has changed which I'll try to get into in more detail down the road. The short of it is that I was going to restart the diet and exercise routine again because I had put on all the weight I lost the 1st time, but because of many, many other issues, I just couldn't find the motivation. Turns out Diabetes is a hell of a motivator. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed almost a month ago and have dropped about 20 pounds, which added to the 30 I los... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:05:00 EST New Diet` I'm inventing a new diet: <BR> <BR> Step 1 - Take your normally balanced diet and eat a ton of sweets <BR> Step 2 - Panic <BR> Step 3 - Plan on cutting back on fats and absolutely no sugar. There will be no compromises on this step. <BR> Step 4 - When you think that's a load of crap and eat sugar anyways, I come over and cut off a leg while screaming "SEE WHAT YOU'VE MADE ME DO!!!!!" <BR> <BR> I call it the Scott Walker diet <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> OK, so it's a little hyperbolic, but wha... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:26:20 EST State of The Dude Address It's been a while since I've blogged or have done anything on Sparkpeople. A lot of it has been due to a hell of a lot going on (new baby, kid #1 starting 1st grade, deaths, depression, cats and dogs living together). However, I've decided to make a new years resolution and stick to it for a change. Technically it's several resolutions, but they all point to the #1 resolution and that is to turn my life around. To that effect, I have enacted the following decrees: <BR> <BR> 1) Lose 50 po... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 23:53:00 EST I have not given up I haven't been on for about a month and a half. The reason is that I've been pretty busy as of late. I usually am around tax time, as we typically get a chunk of money back and then I get the fun of doing home repairs. I've had to install 3 interior doors upstairs and 2 closet doors so far, now I get to rip out the wall of the bathtub surround and replace it with cement board and tile. It also doesn't help that with the extra money, the family has been eating out quite a bit more than nor... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:49:06 EST A future without wires I just got my new Motorola S9 Stereo Bluetooth headset today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am loving it so much right now. My iPhone was a refurb and I think someone screwed up putting it together because when I'm listening on wired headphone the left channel cuts out and I have to jiggle it around to get it back. You can imagine how much of a pain that is when walking or biking. Plus there's no wires to snag and yank the headphon... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 13:21:39 EST I hate metric A few months ago the kids fiddled with the scale and changed it to kilograms and I have no idea how to get it back. So essentially every time I weigh in, I've had to remember the weight and then use Google to convert it back in to Standard. It sucks because today I was freaking about because I thought I was under 150 kg and I get on and it's showing 155! I knew I wasn't exactly eating the greatest on my New Year's break but I didn't think I put on 16 pounds in that time. <BR> <BR> So I've... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 13:26:42 EST Cuttin' and Scratchin' My wife bought me the new DJ Hero game for the PS3. I'm really liking it so far. I wish they would release some of the mixes for audio download because it would make some really good exercise music. I would have bought a Wii workout game but as it is I'm too heavy for the balance board and the store I was at didn't carry the Gold's Gym game. I'm still not too sure on what I think about mixing exercise and video games. It just doesn't seem right to me :) <BR> <BR> My wife and I also foun... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:31:51 EST