DHINDS2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DHINDS2 DHINDS2'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/ Week 3 Calorie Deficit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409709 Date: July 3 <BR> Goal Weight: 181 <BR> Actual weight:183.2 <BR> Previous week: 185.2 <BR> Change: -2.0 <BR> <BR> Again this week I didn’t exercise as I continued to rest my back. I also ate more carbs than normal (pop corn for a snack, more fruits and some rice and gluten free crackers.) I was getting tired of jonesing for carbs and want to ensure that I didn’t frustrate myself to the point where I then binged. ( I think I was also a little tired of the diet and watching each calorie)... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:57:47 EST Week 2 – Calorie Deficit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402260 Date: June 26 <BR> Goal Weight: 183 <BR> Actual weight:185.2 <BR> Previous week: 184.6 <BR> Change: +0.6 <BR> <BR> What is there to say? Just looking at the numbers can be depressing. What do I think is the cause of the lack of change? Maybe water weight/ bloating due to female hormones (wink wink ;-) and some very bad food decisions last week. Am I upset, no not really as I am trying to focus on long term changes and be accountable for my choices. Also the watching the daily movement ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:05:04 EST Week 1 (Day 8) of Calorie Deficit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395088 Date: July 19 (week 1) <BR> Goal weight week 1: 185 <BR> Actual Weight: 184.6 <BR> Change: 2.4 lbs <BR> Dress size: loose size 14 <BR> <BR> I would have shared some of my frustration in the Day6 blog but I can say that compared to my previous efforts calorie deficit has moved me from my previous plateau but I must admit to some frustration with counting every calorie. <BR> <BR> I have not been able to exercise as I would like due to a bunch of niggling injuries; bum knees, sore back etc... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:45:03 EST DAY 6 of Calorie Deficit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392374 It was not my intention to blog more than once a week but felt the need to share my journey’s ups and downs. Let it be known that I weigh daily and sometimes more than once a day. I have my morning measurement and my evening measurements. I am fully aware that your weight fluctuates daily and more so during the day so I compare evening’s weight against the previous evening and the morning against the morning before. I tell myself that I am not looking at the number just the general direc... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:22:59 EST Count Down to Crop Over - Calorie Deficit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387147 I want to head home for Crop Over in Barbados (our version of carnival) this year and I want to jump in a band. Now if you have ever seen a carnival parade you will know that the biggest women wear the smallest costumes with all their extra bits hanging everywhere and man do the camera men love it. Well, me for one, I do not want to have a reason for the camera man to follow me with his wide angle lense to capture my backside for prosperity. <BR> <BR> Now how in the heck am I going to m... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:22:56 EST A focus on food - Bajan affair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296368 Today I wanted a burger. Fish was not going to fill that need I need beef. I was admiring cows and thinking how nice they would taste. This is me who will not eat fresh meat, me who continues to fool myself that meat comes on styrofoam trays. I have no such respect for fish but I don't want to know that my meat was ever alive. But back to the point; how will I get a gluten free burger, lower in calories and no bread with a salad. Well macdonalds and wendys were out so I decide to make a my ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:05:03 EST The true value of Sparkepeople (As felt by me!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278682 I have been on Sparkpeople for a long time but a like a number of persons who start up but don't continue I found the site hard to navigate and understand. I read all these success stories and heard how important the teams and the spark buddies were in the process but nothing seem to work for me. I made a few friends but they didn't stay long and so i meandered along. <BR> <BR> September 2011 I decided to try to change my life... slow and steady. My doctor had just diagnosed that I was hy... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:23:32 EST Good Start to the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267387 Today I woke at 4:30am and really wanted to go back to bed. But then my gym buddy texted to say "lets get moving!" so I hauled my tail out of bed and put on some exercise clothes, drank water and drove the ten minutes to the gym. I am so glad I did as today was using the ball and Allison (gym instructor) was on a tear. <BR> <BR> "Leave your sleepy faces behind you or go back home to your man/bed. I only want your energy in here." she said and proceed to put on some techno music ( I pre... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:42:40 EST A little motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264852 I just looked at my last blog entry last year this same time and realised that my lent promise was the same but like last year I am having a hard time living up to it. I may just have to simplify and make a simple promise to do better. <BR> <BR> I am trying to give up sweets but it is killing me. During the day all I can think about is something sugar filled, like chocolate and jam and granola bars. I managed to stop eating candy but the chocolate fetish and ice cream dreams are hard to ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:38:21 EST Today Is Ash Wednesday - 40 days of commitment to God and myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751886 Let me post my disclaimer here. I do not now nor have I ever thought of myself as "christainly." I was raised in the Anglican church with an Adventist mother and an Agnostic father. My relationship with God has always been a little weird and while I am working on my faith, my purpose here is not to try to lecture anyone on theirs. I have friends who I very much admire who are are Buddhist, Muslin, Atheist and so on and so I have always been open on the topic of faith and religion. <BR> <B... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:39:39 EST I was BAD BAD girl this weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699359 I figured that if I blogged about the positive things I should be equally honest about the negative events. This weekend I was a bad girl. It didn't start out that way but it serves to teach you the importance of planning your meals and bringing lunch. ON friday I came to work with the intention of buying a salad for lunch but when I got there I found that a guy from my team had resigned effective immediately and that I was to take him to lunch. No prob I thought, I guess I could find som... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:58:53 EST Training for the Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687076 On Monday we began our training for the half marathon and for one moment I had a doubt as to my sanity. We planned to run from downtown Nassau from the Central Bank to Goodmans' Bay looping through Arawak Cay. I estimated that the distance there and back was about 6.5 miles. The run there was not bad and as it was only a little over the three miles it was very doable but the way back against the head wind coming of the sea was not easy. My colleague could not run back so we decide to walk... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:43:40 EST I did it - My first 5k- Fat girls can run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684776 On Saturday morning I joined hundreds of persons downtown Nassau Bahamas to walk/run the Susan G Komen Walk for the Cure. No matter how much your prepare you are likely to forget something and this time I forgot my Ipod with my music to get me over the hurdles. But the devil is a liar and I intended to run every step so I mentally prepare myself to run without the music and that I could do it. The crowd was large and everyone was in their pink and white and excited to share in the cause. ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:40:03 EST Three days to Go - My first 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671872 Maybe after Saturday january 14, 2012 I will be able to say that I am a runner but today I feel like a winner. I remember when I indicated that I wanted to run the 5K. Back then I was lucky if could run for three minutes without dying but it is true that practice make perfect. On December 31, 2011 I was able to run for 45 minutes on the treadmill, that is about 45 more minutes than I could when I stated. LOL. It was for about 3.1 mile or a 5K and it was amazing. I could not believe I had d... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:03:27 EST I can't find my body at all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604574 We did it. at 5 pm we changed into our work out clothes and started the training for the 5 k. we ran from downtown nassau to fort charlotte- maybe about 2 miles. Road running is very different to running on a treadmill. I am still tired thinking about it. My knees hurt, my legs hurt, my waist hurst and I think even my nose hurt but I feel GREAT. I forgot how good getting out side and exercising could feel; the people on the road who congratulate you telling you to keep it up, the feel... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 14:45:39 EST The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602837 Having decided that Misery loves company I have co-opted two colleagues to run the 5 K and train with me. We have decided to run about 1-2 miles and do some drills every Monday and Wednesday and on Saturdays to attempt the route as part of our training. So today the proof of the pudding will be in the eating as today is DAY 1 of the formal training program with my colleagues, one of whom is a runner. I have brought my training clothes with me but am scared... will I be the one bringing up... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:03:54 EST I signed up for the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4597996 I signed up to run a 5k. There is have said it. My poor knees tremble at the thought but my inner me is rejoicing. The race is being held in the Bahamas on the weekend of January 14-15 2012. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I reread an article about going from the couch to the running a 5k then a marathon and I was overwhelmed with admiration for the gentleman. I have always looked at persons who did marathon and triathlons as heroes and wondered if I had the depth of character required to... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:13:52 EST Zumba and wearing an old jacket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253875 Ok so it is obvious that I had some problems today deciding on the title of this blog entry. I thought I would focus on the two positive things in the front of my mind today. <BR> <BR> Lets us get get this bad thing out of the way.. I CHEATED. I bought a bunless whooper with side salad and small fries for lunch and that is being as bad as I can be. I managed to forgo the Mcdonald's sundae for which I had a serious jonesing.. not too sure how long I will last however. For those of you co... Tue, 24 May 2011 18:14:59 EST Metformin... Hmmmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241842 Sunday made exactly one week since I started my metformin regime and while it has given me a new appreciation for my bathroom and a number of public toilets, I am still feeling very positive about it. I had read all of the blogs and the information from other sparkpeople on the effects and impact of metformin so I was not surprised when the bloating and the multiple visits to the bathroom started. In fact it was probably not as bad for me as I had already learnt that it was better to take ... Wed, 18 May 2011 19:36:28 EST Sapodilla - What a wonderful treat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4230581 Today I had a sapodilla, commonly known as dilly in The Bahamas. I was already feeling guilty as I had lunch plans with a friend at the Hard Rock cafe and I didn't think their menu items would fit in my calorie allowance (NO I do not plan to have a salad) and I so wanted a milkshake to go with my meal so the dilly was believed to be only yet another high calorie indulgence. But then I had my dilly. It was soft and sweet... sweeter even than sugar cane (an that is saying a lot for a girl wh... Fri, 13 May 2011 15:18:50 EST Interesting Reading and a Pat on the Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4197174 Pat on the Back <BR> Eating-wise today was a good day. I discovered that McCanns Irish oats doesn't cause any sensitivity for me and that6 I can use just one package of the instant oats for breakfast and I am good to go. I also found some nice recipes for steel cut oats and as I have some gluten free steel cut oats I am going to try some of the recipes as a substitute for rice. <BR> <BR> If that is wasn't good enough I had a large salad for lunch with a small amount of left over salmon. ... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:48:11 EST Time to face the Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4191955 ON April 7 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. What does that mean I asked my doctor. She indicated that my thyroid was inactive and hence my metabolic rate was slow (what else is new) and it may also explain why I was feeling tired, the slight swelling of my feet and feelings of listlessness. Well will medication help, I wondered. Yes to a point she said, but it may take a while for us to get your dosage correct and some people advise that they do not see immediate weight loss. Wow just... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:57:03 EST