DAARTNEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAARTNEY DAARTNEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Fasting bs is below 120 for 3-4 days - finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066612 The scale finally seems to be moving in the right direction again. I hope it keeps that way. Another plus is my fasting blood sugars have been under 120 for the past 3 or 4 days. The main thing I've been doing different that coincides with the fasting blood sugars is that I started taking green coffee bean extract. Unfortunately, today the supplement is repeating on me - yuck. I'll take it if it is helping my fasting bs though. Before my fasting bs were my highest bs of the day and I would fe... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:51:30 EST Reading: books I've read recently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065686 I read, over the past few days, The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl by Shauna Reid and Half Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir by Jennette Fulda. Both are books from women who have lost 175+ and 200+ pounds respectively. They started out writing blogs and then published books. Very different women with different perspectives. The thing that was most inspirational and motivation to me was the joy they found in life through their journey as well as them enjoying exercise and that making such a diff... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:25:12 EST Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053357 Before I started logging my food and trying to eat 5 small meals a day and paying attention to carbs I was losing weight. Once I started doing all that my weight loss slowed down by half (or more). I keep wondering if maybe I should go back to what I was doing and stop obsessing about it as much. It has started feeling like a full time job. <BR> <BR> So, for this week I am going to go back to what I was doing. I am going to eat when I'm hungry and try not to eat past full. I am going to... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:02:56 EST Day 5 of 90 Day Challenge: goal adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047713 I gave myself a 90 day challenge and I am making some adjustments to my goals. <BR> <BR> Doing the Choose to Lose challenge does not fit in my life right now. <BR> <BR> -Stay within my Calorie alotment. <BR> -Eat 5 small meals a day (I'm working my way up; I'm up to 4 now) <BR> -One day a week "free" day (nmt 2400 Cal) <BR> -3 Flylady missions: make bed, shiny sink, 15 minutes declutter <BR> -Drink at least 6 cups of water <BR> -Lose 30 pounds <BR> -When I reach 240 pounds I will start e... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:35:58 EST Day 4 of 90 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045454 I finished the book, Choose To Lose. My "low" carb days are not as low as Chris Powell suggests. I'm okay with that for now. When my weight loss stalls then I will adjust. For now I am having about 50 carbs on low carb days and 80-100 on "high" carb days. That's how it has worked out so far. As I get up to 5 meals a day that may change a little on the "high" carb days. <BR> <BR> I am working my way up to 5 small meals a day. I've gone from 2 a day to 3 a day and hopefully will get in... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 11:27:08 EST Day 3 of 90 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044091 I know I only made my goals yesterday for the 90 day challenge, but I started eating that way on Sunday so I'm counting that as day one. That means I'm a few days late starting the other goals, but I'm okay with that. My 90 days will end on November 30th. <BR> <BR> So far today I have made my bed and fed my children and done some school with them. They have gone outside for now and it's so hard to get them to go outside so school will wait until they come back in. I can do my 15 min. dec... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 14:06:14 EST S.M.A.R.T. GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043095 Specific <BR> Measurable <BR> Attainable <BR> Realistic <BR> Time sensitive <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> 90 day goals: <BR> <BR> *to follow the 7-day carb cycle program as closely as I can for 90 days (Choose to Lose by Chris Powell) <BR> *to lose 30 pounds (a little more than 10% - I've already lost about 10% from my highest weight) <BR> *to start moving - this means to get up and do something every day because I have been sedentary for so long even housework will be counted as moving <... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:47:17 EST Labor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042474 I am using my Labor Day to re-read Chris Powell's "Choose To Lose". Have a great day everyone. <BR> <BR> I did well with my eating at the church picnic yesterday. There was a yummy corn salad which was much like a pasta salad, but with corn instead of pasta. The gal is giving me the recipe next Sunday. :) Mon, 3 Sep 2012 13:03:38 EST So much has happened in the past 2 years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040798 I just realized it has been two years since I was on this site. <BR> <BR> In September of 2010 I lost about 20 pounds through fasting and 10 pounds after that. Then I got dehydrated and was very anemic and my potassium levels were very low. I didn't know dehydration was my problem at the time and was worried the toxins through weight loss were overtaxing my kidneys so I upped my calories and then I don't know what happened. I ballooned to almost 300 pounds. <BR> <BR> In March of 2012... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 05:40:43 EST It's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040795 I was looking at my last post and seeing my frustration with my blood sugars. Thanks to Victoza my A1Cs have gone from 8.2 to 6.9. I've been eating better and checking my sugars more lately. They have, for the most part, been under 150. Some of those times I did not take the metformin, but have been taking it again after a couple higher numbers. <BR> <BR> Since August 13th I have lost 11 pounds. I have cut out white flour and limit white sugar (usually I get it in dark chocolate and ric... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 05:26:06 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3607102 I am so frustrated with my blood sugars. Even with Metformin they are going higher than the recommended range. I'd hate to think how high they were going before I started eating healthy. I'm not having more than 30 carbs at a meal and still going over 200 sometimes. And just so you know I have not had any white sugar or added salt. I did have some Ritz crackers today and that was my first bit of white flour (I really need to buy the whole grain ones). <BR> <BR> I'm going to start doi... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 17:43:36 EST I'm back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604821 I haven't been on Spark People for a long time. My last blog was in February and it's now September. <BR> <BR> Last week I had a headache so I checked my blood sugars and they were 345. I knew I had to take drastic measures. I decided to fast. I wasn't sure how long, but it's recommended to not do a long fast your first time. I did a water fast for 5 days. It was nice to have that break from meds. I was hoping I could stop taking meds after, but even though my sugars were better tha... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 19:31:29 EST Dr. Oz/Oprah Shows notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2841712 Dr. Oz Show <BR> <BR> He said this on his show and Oprahs: Sugar in your blood is like glass shards scraping your insides (arteries, veins, etc.). It cuts the walls and that scabs up and that is what hardening of the arteries is and that causes heart attacks, nerve damage, kidney damage, etc. <BR> <BR> Get rid of old ideas about diets <BR> <BR> “An addict alone is in bad company.” (Why Spark People is SOOO great!) <BR> <BR> Pick 2 meals and rotate them – simplify / automate your meals (... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 18:32:46 EST Oh bother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2841088 I am not doing well with my eating this week. I've been over my calories every day. I think I'm retaining water and I'm not regular. My sleep has been erratic. My blood sugars are high. I would be feeling frustrated, but I am feeling more apathetic and that is worse. I ALMOST didn't track my dinner last night. I just wanted to eat and not think about it or have to write it down. THEN I remembered that I was on day 28 and I WANT this to become a habit in helping me and I CAN'T quit now... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 15:34:39 EST Why does a spark trophy make me feel good? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2833790 I got my consistency trophy today (didn't realize there was one until I saw it in my email). It made me feel good (honestly, ALMOST shed a tear). Consistency is something I struggle with and I've been consistent with tracking my food every day since I stared. Today was day 27 - tomorrow makes day 28. They say that's how many days it takes to start a new habit. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 01:41:21 EST 1 instead of 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2832767 When I went to make my dinner of a hot dog and cole slaw, I thought about eating 2 hotdogs (what I used to eat). I even thought about the calories and how many I have left for the day. Then I decided on just one, it didn't seem worth it to waste so many calories on that and it has taken less to fill me up lately. Boy am I glad I only ate one. I am so full (I tend to wait until I'm done eating to drink water and then feel bloated even - I know I should sip between bites - it will come). I... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 21:13:00 EST Not a great weekend calorie wise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2826846 Some TMI in first paragraph (I put that stuff in somewhat for me to keep track of how things are going - I see a GI Specialist in March). <BR> <BR> I went over on calories all weekend. I did way bad on water last Wed-Fri (no wonder I got constipated). My number was up slightly on the scale today, but no "movement" as of yet, so hopefully it's not fat that's back, just a little back-up (again). Yesterday I got a good clear-out though, so I'll keep drinking my water to help keep things movi... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:10:53 EST I was pleasantly surprised - a little TMI in this (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2821946 I was over my calories the last couple of days even though I was feeling bloated and huge (maybe that's why I ate more?). I didn't want to weigh myself until stuff starting "moving" again which it did last night and this morning - no more bloated feeling here - yay. Now I'm back to the opposite again, oh well. I prefer that to the bloated feeling I think. ANYWAY . . . I was waiting until after I went to weigh hoping I at least maintained, BUT I was down another pound! Yay! I was so happ... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 18:57:22 EST TMI - you don't need to read, I just have to say it somewhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2818159 If I don't poop soon I'm going to explode. It's only been a couple days, but since I'm used to being practically empty from diarrhea I feel really bloated. Sat, 30 Jan 2010 19:37:02 EST I want to lose weight because . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2811694 I need to save my life. <BR> <BR> I want to stop taking all my prescription medications. <BR> <BR> I want to feel my hip bones when I lay down (or even when I'm standing). <BR> <BR> I want to feel good and have energy. <BR> <BR> I want to be a good example to my kids. <BR> <BR> I want to see my grandchildren (should I get some) grow up. <BR> <BR> I want to be healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> I don't want to be judged for my size. <BR> <BR> I want to not be afraid to be myself. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 01:31:02 EST sabotage? not this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2809509 I just reached my first 10 pound mark. Usually this is when I sabotage and gain it all back. I am determined to not let that happen this time. Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:50:33 EST Quite full and still within my calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2805680 I start to wonder if the calories I'm putting in are right, but they are. I think it's just taking less to fill me up. I also do things like put half the butter called for in things like stuffing mix (also buy the lower sodium one). But I still do enjoy my butter, I think the stuffing tastes just as good with half the butter. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 18:14:29 EST good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2801314 I think I actually had more energy today than I have been. I got an awesome night sleep (thank you ambien). My boys had great attitudes today. We got all their school work done in a decent amount of time. They did chores. My kitchen is clean and the table is cleaned off. The boys are enjoying that fact with their Legos. I thought about exercising today, but it looked so cold out. I got other stuff done that I usually don't do so I'm happy. I can't wait until I start working (tax seas... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:57:04 EST below calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2797407 Is going below calories once in a while really THAT bad?? Esp. if you are having intestinal issues and disrupted sleep like me? <BR> <BR> My schedule is all messed up from not sleeping for two nights. I had a nap today and had to fast this morning for blood work. I finally ate at dinner time and had a hefty meal (almost 800 calories) so I'm not hungry PLUS I don't want to eat when it's time to go to sleep. So, I'm thinking one day can't be so horrible so long as tomorrow I am back on tr... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 23:37:05 EST dr. appt (sticky topic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2796021 Went to the dr. today. She "confirmed" that there was no bleeding in my haemorrhoids {really? that's how it's spelled} (NOT fun). I got a referral for a GI specialist and she gave me ambien to help me sleep. She seemed to indicate that a colonoscopy wouldn't be necessary until I'm older . . . for goodness sake! I don't think age matters if you are pooping blood! We'll see what the specialist says though. I'll keep whoever is interested updated. <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't slept for 2 nig... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:02:40 EST Vision Board(s) - (day 19) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2792506 This is the first vision board I made on my computer: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/6/b760376895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After I did that one I had to idea to just do all squares. It's neater and easier to see. I like it. I keep it as the desktop on my computer so I see it often. <BR> <BR> This is the second vision board I made on my computer: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/5/b452546115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the bottom board: <BR> left to right ... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 04:38:54 EST Still having issues (sticky topic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2787792 For some this will be TMI - caution: I'm still having intestinal issues (diarrhea). There was blood with it again (was like that almost 2 weeks ago). I'm frustrated that NOW that I'm eating better I'm having problems like this. I know I should go to the dr., but SO don't want to have to get a colonoscopy, esp. feeling how I feel (my butt already hurts). If I do have polyps or cancer, I'm upset that it's happening when I'm finally eating better and losing weight. From what I've read abou... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 23:25:06 EST Start of Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2783935 My total weight loss for first 2 weeks was 5 pounds. I know I should be excited, but that was all in the first week. I basically maintained the second week, which is okay because that was PMS week. <BR> <BR> I'm staying in my calorie range again. Still having intestinal issues (diarrhea) - ready for that to be done. It's weird because last Fall when I changed my eating I had the opposite problem. <BR> <BR> Had Life Groups tonight (Bible Study). There is always food there. I wasn't hun... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:39:21 EST uncovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2770442 I finally watched session 2 and 3 of ineed2change by ed young. He said several times throughout the series so far: What we cover, God will uncover and what we uncover, God will cover. Also, there was a verse about when we uncover God will bless us. It's Proverbs 28:13 - He who covers his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. <BR> <BR> So, I guess I remembered that wrong. It's not that we will be blessed if we uncover, but that we will not pros... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 02:12:30 EST Old Habits Die Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2765192 The past 4-5 days have been pretty bad food-wise. Not only did I go over in Calories every one of those days (PMS), BUT I also did NOT eat breakfast (that's the OLD HABIT). Now my first week I did eat breakfast. This past week (week 2) I did not. So, I do wonder if that had anything to do with my out of control eating that usually happened at night. Today I stayed in my Calorie limit (just - I'm at the very top number). I still didn't eat breakfast today though. My sleeping is still pr... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:51:33 EST Message to myself: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2751732 It's true, you did overdo it today. You feel overly full and bloated and wish you could throw up. Well, just remember this feeling the next time you are tempted to eat when you're not hungry and to eat past full. Start fresh tomorrow. Next month when you have PMS you'll see this and be able to see all the progress you made. Hopefully you won't make this mistake again. Don't give up. You can do this. You need to do this. You want to be healthy and feel good and have energy. This WILL... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:57:46 EST PMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2747823 I have PMS and usually this would mean big fails. I'm not having total success either though right now. But I AM continuing to write down what I eat. That's more than I've done in the past once PMS struck. So, I am not going to beat myself up, but get through this and continue to drink my water, too, even though it's not leaving my body. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 01:22:14 EST Eh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2741375 Things are going alright. I'm still tracking my calories. I went over SparkPeople's recommendation yesterday, but stayed under the amount that I have set for myself to not go over. According to SparkPeople I'll lose 2 pounds a week and I've already lost 5 pounds this week. Alas, PMS is here and that will all change. I can feel the water already retaining. And since I'm drinking more there is more to retain - ugh. <BR> <BR> I don't have any salty snacks that I can't resist in the house ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 18:37:44 EST Candida??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2735638 I have had some intestinal issues since changing my eating habits last Thursday. Monday was the worst day and today is not so great. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this (diarrhea) when they first started losing weight. I wonder if it has anything to do with my body releasing toxins from the fat that is being used. I've lost 5 lbs. as of Monday morning. <BR> <BR> EDIT: <BR> <BR> I've been doing some more research and I am pretty sure I am having Candida Yeast "die off". I got some... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:43:39 EST fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2732626 I have been over on my fat just about every day. I've also had peanut butter most days. I have an avocado for tomorrow - can't wait to see what that does to the graph. But since I'm not eating a lot of saturated fat so I'm not too worried about it. I do need to watch my cheese intake though. I've been better with that than in the past though. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 01:12:47 EST still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2732618 I am keeping within my calories. That, along with writing down what I eat are my main goals for right now. I'm having intestinal issues that seemed to get worse when I changed my eating. I think they could have something to do with a pill I started taking around the same time (some "flora" type pill that is supposed to "help" that area). So I stopped taking that and we'll see what happens. I don't want to think about all the tests I'll have to endure if things don't get better. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 01:08:46 EST 3 down - 137 to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2724342 I weighed in this morning. Now, my weight I put on for my beginning weight was not my "official" weight, but the weight that I was over a month ago and usually gravitate toward. So, going with that weight (which was before Christmas btw) I have lost 3 pounds as of this morning. <BR> <BR> Today I had my first "out of my hands" eating experience. We had a meeting and there was pizza. I don't plan on bringing special meals to these kinds of things. I do plan to do my best to eat in moder... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:47:50 EST Unresolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2720655 I've been tracking my calories for 3 days now. I didn't make any resolutions for this. I started after watching Ed Young's message ineed2change.com. I fessed up the fact that I CAN'T change. But that's not the end of hope. I have to let God work changes in me from the inside out. I did not make any conscious decision to start eating better at that point. However, the next morning I just decided that's what I was going to do. I was going to count calories and keep them under a certain ... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 19:20:37 EST