DEENAT's SparkPeople Blog DEENAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Its Working It's been quite a few weeks since I started my Dukan journey. I made it through the attack phase -- only had to do 4 days. I am now in the cruise phase - just eating protein and veggies. Of course, I have modified to fit my lifestyle. There are just days that I cannot eat pure protein and add veggies. But it is all good, I am focused and have avoided all my trigger foods -- bread and chocolate in particular. I don't find that I am restricted in the sense that I can still go out to dinne... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:34:21 EST Had to switch it up I know I probably shouldn't but I am successful on low carb diets. My neighbor told me about the Dukan diet, which I have looked at in the past but didn't think it was doable After she explained it to me, I researched on line and of course on Spark People and decided it was worth a shot. I was already slipping back into my old patterns of eating. I needed to get a boost to my weight loss and I got it. I needed this new focus. It is working for me right now. Since the diet is in phases ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:09:35 EST Got into some "old" clothes I bought new bigger clothes recently since I got rid of all the clothes I thought I would never fit into again. Once again the big clothes are getting loose and the next (smaller) size is in sight. It is what keeps me going -- my clothes that are waiting to be worn again. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:02:51 EST Still not on the exercise bandwagon I really really used to love to exercise -- go to classes at gym, use weight machines. Now I still have my gym membership but can't get that motivation to happen. Right now I should pick myself up off the couch and at least get moving for a walk. The weather here in Florida is picture perfect -- not too hot definitely not cold and the sun is not an issue. That's it -- I am putting on my exercise clothes and grabbing my music and I am going out. I will be back to track my walf later and e... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:58:00 EST What me stressed? I recently joined the sleep challenge. I now get into bed before I fall asleep on the couch and stumble into bed - even if it is just 9:00. But what can I do about my broken sleep when my son with Crone's disease wakes me up because he is so sick he needs to go to the hospital? These last few weeks have been especially difficult for him due to a change in medication. I have not let the stress drive me to the vending machine as I wait in the ER although it is tempting. On the other hand, ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:21:26 EST I'm thinking I really wasn't going to do this because my goal is to get to a certain magic number. But now I am thinking why?. What is so special about that number. It really isn't the number I am seeking. It is the way I look and feel. I want to be able to go in a dressing room and not like what I put on because the it doesn't look good not that it makes me look fat. I want to look and feel healthy. I want that feeling of tiredness to be as a result of a busy day not because my sugar rush has wor... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 05:48:32 EST Today's a New Day Started the day off well. Didn't have time to make usual breakfast so I grabbed a protein bar instead. Ran an errand with my son's fiancée. Planned on going to the mall and then it happened. The phone call from my son that he wasn't feeling well and need to go the hospital. Unfortunately this is not unusual as he suffers from Crone's Disease. His hospital stays are brief but draining for all concerned. As I waited for the phone call from him to pick him up to come home guess where I he... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:10:38 EST Procrastination Just read an article about procrastination and recognized myself right away. I am usually overwhelmed by what I need to do that I eat instead. Today I am going to pick one task I need to do and complete it -- not start and give up. Already I am thinking that I have two other tasks that I want to do before I start my BIG job - cleaning my drawers and closet and purging what I don't wear and what doesn't fit. I need to eat breakfast first which involves cooking a new delicious recipe, make d... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:58:25 EST Back to square 1 I did it -- gained back what I lost (minus 7 pounds). Oh well, I can do it again. Started tracking my food and water. I know I have to do something now because I pulled out all the clothes I already classified as too big. Need to get to the gym or at least get out for a walk. I usually switch diet plans when I do this yo yo routine but why change what works? I only looked at the chocolate -- did not eat. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:17:44 EST Where have I been ? I know -- you can find me on the games message boards. My fingers are now in fine shape. My brain is a little bit stronger (maybe). And by backside is probably a little broader. I think I can better use my time exercising other parts of my body but I always say -- tomorrow. I looked back at my positive last blog where I listed my accomplishments (which are mostly still in my repertoire) but I have not moved on. I am afraid to get on the scale -- I really don't need it to know where I am... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 06:06:46 EST Success As my goal weight date approaches, I realize I will not be where I want to be when I said -- or will I? True the "number" is not there but .... I feel great! I like the changes that I have made and I like the way I look. Some of the changes (albeit small but they do add up) are: <BR> <BR> carefully measuring the amount of creamer I put in my coffee and recognizing that those calories add up quickly <BR> drastically cutting down on the amount of diet soda I consume <BR> eating break... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 10:27:12 EST It's Good to Look Back Ok -- I have not been tracking, I have been eating some very questionable foods and I have not had the courage to get on the scale. So, I said to my self -- get on that scale and lets get back to business. I only had 7 pounds to go to reach my scale. I worked up my nerve and got on that scale and to my relief I have not gained any weight -- despite the fact that I have not exercised for 5 days and have gone on a semi-eating binge. I say semi because in the back of my mind I always had hea... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:07:31 EST Fell off the exercise wagon It's been a week trying to get my house back into some kind of livable order because of the burst water heater. The refrigerator is back where it should be and making ice again. The washer and dryer have been hooked up and I have loads and loads to do. Unfortunately I did not make time for exercise. I know I have excuses but really I could have done something. But it's all good, because I know that today is the day that I just pick myself up and get moving. I am actually looking forward... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 09:26:09 EST Cruising What a week it has been. I just came back from an 8 day cruise. Talk about food!!! Ok, so I didn't exactly follow a healthy eating life style but I know I could have been a lot worse. For breakfast I managed to stay away from the pastries and had egg white omlette and fruit. Lunch -- not so bad either at the beginning of the cruise. I made sure I had a salad and usually picked a fish entree (without a lot of sauce). The desert bar was too hard to resist towards the latter part of the t... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 09:59:23 EST Thought I was on track I thought I had it together yesterday but obviously not. Thats OK because today is a new day and a start of a new week. The raisinets are gone and I am going to throw away the pretzels -- they are stale anyway (not that it stopped me from eating them yesterday). I have a mini goal to get out of the 140's and today is the day I start. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 07:40:10 EST whats going right and not so right I think i am losing focus. My calorie count has been pretty good except for my binge on Friday night. I have noticed that even though i am keeping my calories about 1200 my choices have not been the best. My fruit intake is dwindling. On the very positive side - I am down a whole size. This definitely keeps me motivated. So today I will hit the gym and eat one of those apples I bought a few days ago. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:35:16 EST should have checked I went out to dinner last night. I was going on line go check the calorie count but my computer is so slow and my husband was anxious to go. So off i went fivuring i know what to order. Boy was i wrong. Who knew that a tufkey burger with a little avacado would be 800 calories? I'm hoping it wasn't because the calorie count was for a platter which they did not define. I switched the fries for broccoli. Lesson learned - spend the extra time to look at the calorie count before going to th... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 14:23:03 EST Back to the Gym I said I wasn't going to do it but I did it anyway - I signed up at the gym. Walking outside wasn't working for me when I went back to work. I didn't like walking in the dark before work, it was way to hot in the Florida sun to walk when I got out of work and it has been raining almost every night. I got my husband to join to. I haven't gotten him interested in eating healthy yet but at least he will be doing some physical activity. Hopefully he will just combine the two. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 06:14:10 EST Gotta Exercise!! Ok, I went back to work this week and since I couldn't walk I did nothing -- not good. It is a new month and I plan to reach all my exercise goals for July. Just came back from a walk and I feel great. Yesterday I changed my nutrition tracker to no meal plans. Even though I don't exact;y follow the meal plan I really need it as a guideline so back it went. I am refocused. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:35:50 EST Weekend away I wasn't able to record what I ate this weekend. I watched what I ate but I know I over indulged. The best thing is I did not binge and by over indulging I mean that I ate bread with my dinner. The next night I had a baked potato with sour cream. I managed to get one walk in so that was good. Today I started working and I did not get to eat very much. I know that's not good but I will get some more calories in -- I will just make sure that it is good calories and not sugar. I find it h... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:08:40 EST Returning to Work Tomorrow is my first day back at work -- summer school. I was in such a good routine -- for two weeks (not sure if that constitutes a routine). Time to create a new routine. I can't walk first thing in the morning -- too dark. I get off early enough to walk but it is way too hot. That leaves early evening -- hopefully before it rains which it usually does. I have enough dvd's to keep me moving. I can do that first thing in the morning and then if I can I will walk in the evening. I re... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:44:46 EST Bathing Suit Going away this weekend and need to get into a bathing suit <em>46</em> . Not happy with the process but I did find something that doesn't look like an old lady suit. I didn't let it get me down but I am using this as a motivation that by the end of the summer this will not fit me anymore. I am enjoying eating healthy and exercising. I know it will be challenging this weekend but I will not make an issue about it. I will enjoy myself and get some exercise in. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:29:47 EST Starting Again Started again on Thursday --no I didn't wait for next Monday and didn't start on what I thought would be my first day. I really was going to try something different -- no grains, no sugar. That is the reason I couldn't start when I wanted to -- had luncheon dates that didn't fit into my diet plan. Then I realized if I have to wait to begin a diet because I don't want to deprive myself I am doomed to fail. So I woke up on Thurs. and decided I was always intrigued with the Spark but never ... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 08:35:22 EST