DAYZEEDESIGNS's SparkPeople Blog DAYZEEDESIGNS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 3 - L or D It is day 3 of my Life or Death eating plan. Boosting protein, boosting vegetables, no sugar, no starches... This is the first afternoon I'm wishing I had some sweets. But it's the afternoon doldrums and I would probably be better served by taking a nap. <BR> <BR> I have things on my mind. Thinking about my son and getting additional therapists for him. I'm thinking about the summer schedule and how it is going to mess up his therapy schedule for one month before school begins in August.... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:48:23 EST Life or Death Last night I was reading a book to get me thinking and motivated about going back to no sugar. The health concerns I have are really constant now and I'm back up to weighing what I did when I was full-term pregnant with my younger kids. That was eye opening and I decided I had to get control. <BR> <BR> This is life or death for me. I was down with pneumonia -- thus the reason from my previous post that I was feeling so rotten. A week and a half after that I was diagnosed with pneumonia... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:39:31 EST Up all night I haven't slept much the last 12 hours. I did not go to bed until after midnight and then I was up every couple of hours or less. I've been using a CPAP to try to sleep better but I was really aware of it last night. My hands kept falling asleep. My chest feels tight - I know it's tension/anxiety. There's nothing to be that anxious about. I know my depression symptoms are not under control and that is probably what I'm feeling, but I am tired of feeling nothing inside and having no sex l... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:08:44 EST 2 week promise I've been feeling worse and worse physically. My depression symptoms are still active except for crying all the time. I decided over the weekend that I had to take a stand and take care of myself. It's time to break the sugar addiction and to lose some of this water weight. I realized I did not want to go out in public because I don't like the way I look and that is just wrong. I don't remember feeling that way, at least not with such intensity, before. So, it's time. <BR> <BR> I'm maki... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:02:55 EST No Will Power... I mean, none. I know what I *should* do and yet I cannot force myself to do it. <BR> <BR> Sugar, carbs, whatever you call them, they are ruling my world instead of me ruling my world. I have been looking at all of these diet pills and OTC diet pills and I cannot take prescribed diet pills like phentermine because I have high blood pressure and what do you know, I cannot take the OTC pills because of the same reason. I heard a radio ad for something called Bystrictin which is a shake, I guess. My husban... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:47:36 EST Sugar Addiction I am totally addicted to sugar. <BR> <BR> I have known this for years and yet I still fall back into that trap. I am not tempted by pasta or bread. I can pass by chips and salty carbs any day. Put a homemade cookie in front of me, especially one that I made myself, and then I'm weak. <BR> <BR> Or donuts. <BR> <BR> Or icecream. <BR> <BR> This is not the time of year to be on a diet but I have to do something. I want to look like my mom, but not have my mom's thighs. She gave me a great ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:09:21 EST Been a long time I am back on the wagon again. <BR> <BR> I have been through many changes in the past two years. My son has been diagnosed with autism and my life pretty much revolves around his therapies and trying to keep our home liveable. It is not a bad life and I am grateful for many things. <BR> <BR> I have lost 15-20 lbs since getting back to low-carb with sincerity. I have been on depression meds for nearly a year, high blood pressure meds (1 for HBP, 1 for edema due to the med, & another to replac... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:56:36 EST 15 lbs loss and struggling I have lost 15 lbs since November 1st. I allowed myself to eat what I wanted at Thanksgiving and did fine. I got back "on the wagon" after Thanksgiving weekend and lost another 5 lbs before Christmas. It would have been more if I had monitored my carbs -- portion control is NOT easy for me. So, I am back off of sugar and simple carbs as of Monday and I'm struggling sooooo much today. <BR> I just cannot feel satisfied today. It started yesterday after I ate breakfast. I wanted more. I w... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:54:53 EST On the 8th day... On the 8th day back on the lower-carb wagon. I don't know if I'm losing enough to maintain for very long at this current pace. When I make my own meals, I do much better staying within my limits. Taking the breading off of fish or pumping up the protein in a chili or soup is not too hard to do. I let my husband know that I am serious about the protein to carb ratio and he's been trying to accomodate me. <BR> <BR> My husband has lost over 100 lbs. We saw a pic someone took of him about... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 16:27:09 EST Can I do it? Why can't I get myself in gear? Why can't I say no to the sugar and carb laden foods? I was looking through my photos (digitally) and just 2 years ago I was 25 -35 lbs less than I am today. Yes, I have seen both of my parents waste away from disease and had to bury them. Yes, I have been pregnant and my almost 8 month old has given up on sleeping in his bed for any length of time. Yes, my hands hurt from carpal tunnel syndrome. Yes, I am feeling down about my lack of willpower. <BR> I... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 16:26:44 EST Changing weather... same ol' me! Oh what a glorious change has come about this week in the weather. It went from record highs (104? 106?) to a doable 91. It just feels like I can step outside without a towel to mop my forehead. <BR> However, I am the same ol' me, with the same ol' bad habits. I drink plenty of water -- though I haven't been counting the glasses. I fill a huge (like a gallon+) jug of water every day and go through it twice. I am always thirsty, so fluids are not a problem. I'm still struggling with car... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 12:34:26 EST This explains it! In the diet vs. exercise dilemma, this explains why it's so hard to do both at the same time! <BR> <BR><BR>ustedhowtogetyourwillpowerback <BR> <BR> at least I know I'm not the only one struggling with it! ;-) <BR> <BR> DD <link><BR>edhowtogetyourwillpowerback </link> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 17:49:34 EST Un-nerving! I went today for a nerve conduction test on my hands/arms. It's a good thing I did my exercise this morning because I sure as heck do not feel like doing it now! LOL The technician was very nice and I have no complaints about that... I had the unfortunate reaction of a "fight or flight" response to the nerve stimulation. Basically, the hand/arm has pads attached and the tech uses electrodes to stimulate the nerve. Some places it didn't bother me, but the higher the electricity and the mo... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 18:16:18 EST Two days in a Row! I've jumped onto the treadmill 2 days in a row! YAY for me! Making myself exercise while my kids are home in the morning before school is working so far. They can play with the baby while I read/walk on the treadmill. I know something good is about to happen in the book I'm reading, but my 30 minutes were up and I have to send kids to get ready for school. Why they do not eat breakfast without my telling them, I do not know. <BR> <BR> I did not sleep well last night as my baby did not s... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:21:12 EST Back to the Grindstone Tomorrow I begin again, once more, to work on my nutrition (aka diet) and physical activity. I am not particularly excited about the eating part, as I feel at a loss as to what to eat. I mean, I know in my head what I can eat, but I don't feel inspired to cook. I do not feel inspired to make healthy meals or any meals for that matter! Boo! Must get back to the grindstone and melt off these pounds! <BR> <BR> I bought some exercise clothes including a medevial torture device known as a sp... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:56:40 EST Blisters... ouch! A couple of days ago I went much further on the treadmill than I had before and it resulted in blisters on my heels. Okay, so no treadmill for me, right? I can't put on my shoes without it hurting, and i'm not doing the treadmill in stocking feet! lol So, now my toes hurt from wearing slip-on shoes to the mall. I'm so dumb sometimes! LOL <BR> <BR> I want to know what happens next in Twilight, but I can't read till I'm walking... Does anyone have suggestions for walking shoes? Brand/st... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 15:56:02 EST Two miles, two chapters <em>104</em> This morning I came home from driving the kids to school and found my little one asleep in the carseat. When he didn't wake while I checked my email, I knew I had to get on the treadmill! I wanted to read the next chapter of "Twilight" and before I knew it, I had gone two miles and read two chapters! (And I have two blisters on my heels! What the heck?) <BR> I jumped into the shower - as I was drenched in sweat - and baby boy is still sleeping... YAY! I'm happy to have m... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 13:59:20 EST Exercise vs. Diet This is where I am in the lifetime weight management dilemma. It seems I can do one or the other, but not both at the same time. I have been gaining weight in the last couple of weeks, because I'm eating too much of the wrong things. I get on the treadmill and go as much as I can before my baby beckons me, but then I'm spent and I'm not making good food choices. <BR> It's as though I can either concentrate on eating right or getting off my lazy butt. <BR> <BR> I really struggle with wanti... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 10:30:43 EST Walking and Reading I have a new motivation to get on the treadmill. I put "Twilight" on the treadmill and I only get to read it if I'm walking. My daughter has read it dozens of times, but it's a new read for me and I'm finding I *want* to get on the treadmill to keep reading. The hard part is finding a baby-free time to do it. Baby boy has not taken more than 10 minute naps lately and it's driving me nuts! lol <BR> <BR> He's perched on my lap right now complaining that he's tired. (in his 6 month old w... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 15:57:15 EST Back on the Treadmill Again A quick note about getting back on the treadmill. I knew that if I had headphones on and listened to songs I *LIKE* that the time on the treadmill goes wayyyyy faster than if I'm looking at that timer and wishing I could go faster. So, I put on the tunes to YahooMusic 1980's Dance music and it went a lot faster. Songs that I know that are upbeat, "I can dance to it" kind of music makes me want to move, want to groove. I'm glad the only one here at home to watch me "dance walk" on the trea... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:09:59 EST Why can't I get motivated? After a week and a half of wearing these wrist splints, I'm no better off than when I started. My wrists hurt, my fingers hurt, I am just achy and tired all over. I don't want to feel like this! :( <BR> <BR> I have not been getting on the treadmill this week, though I have been more active with my housework and walking while out at the store, but I do not feel motivated to get moving. I just want to slither off to bed and sleep, sleep, sleep! Well, maybe have a bowl of icecream first! ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 16:13:48 EST Goin' to the doc Tomorrow morning I'm going to the doc. It's a new doc and I'm a little nervous about that. My DH made the appointment for me -- he's going tomorrow, too -- and I hope I get some info/help for my numbness/tingling/pain in my hands and fingers. I'm sure I"ll hear it's carpal tunnel and they can't do anything unless I have surgery. And there's no way I'm having surgery right now. <BR> <BR> I did better with eating today, though far from perfect. I've got to get and stick with my low-carb. ... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:21:58 EST Weekends are Hard It is so hard to stay on track over the weekend! <BR> I gave in to the donuts, but I am going to do better this coming week. We bought veggies and protein at the store today. That makes it easier to stick to my LC eating plan. <BR> <BR> My baby boy did NOT sleep well last night and neither did I. I woke up with a migraine and fought it all day long, in spite of medication. I have numbness/tingling in my fingers and hands -- carpal tunnel? I have a dr appointment on Thursday, as my DH ma... Sun, 9 Aug 2009 00:08:54 EST Beginning, again It's the first Monday of August so I decided it's a good day to get serious about my weight and my health. Baby boy is 5 months old today and I weigh as much now as I did when I delivered. That is` depressing!! <BR> My DH went back to work today after being out for 3 weeks with his gastric bypass surgery. I am pleased for him and his weight loss but honestly I get frustrated with him. I know I have to get on board and really watch what I'm eating -- I need to get and be on lo-carb - and... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 21:55:11 EST