DUCKTURNIP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DUCKTURNIP DUCKTURNIP'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/ Still Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086031 So my goal was to lose 10 lbs. by March 14th, the start of Lent. I don't know that that's going to happen. I've lost two pounds in the past month (so 1/2 lb. per week), but I'm just below where i was on Christmas Day. It took me 6 weeks of regaining and redropping weight to get to that point I was on Christmas. I'm hoping that I can reach my goal, but I'm having trouble doing it. For one thing, I'm sleeping too late, and getting up too late to exercise. I know I will be able to exercise Wed.,... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 16:26:14 EST Trying to stay on track- and focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071271 So my current goal is to lose 10 more pounds by the start of Lent, which is March 14th. I think this is a realistic goal, if I could get my eating more in line. I have been cheating way too many days per week and overeating at night when I get cravings. I'm great during the day-- it's after about 9 that I get just famished. I've bumped back my dinner time to 7:30 or 8 pm so that I go to bed relatively full. I'm also trying to cut down on the amount of sweets I'm eating. I have such a sweet to... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:31:17 EST Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062270 So I resolved last August to exercise more and eat better, so that was not one of my New Year's resolutions, as I am slowly getting better at doing that. I started two of my resolutions today, though. First, I walked for 35 minutes on the treadmill at an incline, which was my resolution to challenge myself more when walking or when on the treadmill. My goal is to be able to run, so I need to up my speed and push myself more. My second goal that I started today is to do the rowing machine at t... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:13:58 EST Christmas and Coming Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054064 So I took 3 days off from Spark People, though I managed to login everyday and at least spin the wheel so as not to loose my Spark Streak. I needed those three days off. Family, friends, church, that's what's consumed me since last Wednesday, the 23rd. Breaking Fast, which really only happens big time twice a year, I decided not to count my calories on those days. But now I'm back on track, counting my calories and exercise. I only had one day to exercise last week. I was too exhausted the ot... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:15:16 EST Fitting in Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042489 So, I stink at time management. This has become even more apparent as I am jobless and have no set schedule for the day. I sleep too late most days, making getting anything done near impossible. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to get up at a reasonable hour (7? 8?) so that I can actually fit in exercise, but it's proving to be very hard. Part of the reason it's gotten so much harder is that it's the holidays and I have all these extra things to do. The other reason is that I started an online class ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 21:41:24 EST Listening to Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034902 Boy, did I learn a big lesson today. <BR> <BR> So I'm bad about listening to my body. I exercise with stretched out muscles (bad), eat junk food when I have healthy food in the fridge (bad), and just generally don't pay attention. I have IBS, so I need to learn to listen to my body more, but my IBS is all over the place so I am never really sure how to eat. One day a food will be fine, then next it won't. But I keep trying to listen. <BR> <BR> Today I had a big wake-up while exercising. I'v... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:24:21 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023959 So my Spark Coach challenge is to come up with reasons why I want to lose weight. Here they are: <BR> 1. I don't want to be the first person in my family to become diabetic. <BR> 2. I want to keep my blood sugar, blood pressure, & cholesterol levels low like they are now. <BR> 3. I don't want to have to buy new clothes. <BR> <BR> So those are my goals. Fri, 30 Oct 2015 23:29:33 EST Started off bad, ended up good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022258 So today started off bad. I've been trying to wake up earlier in the morning as I need to get used to getting up early for when I go back to work. I also am going on a trip this weekend and need to get up at 5 on Friday so I've been trying to get my body used to getting up earlier. I had been doing so well; I had gotten up by 6 for about 5 days in a row. Then I forgot to set my alarm last night, so I slept until 9! Ugh! I rushed out of bed, didn't take a shower, had no time to exercise, and r... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:04:48 EST Complaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020457 So my challenge for today is not to complain, which is really hard because, let's face it, I'm a complainer. I've been on spark people (again) since August and I've lost 1 measly pound. That makes it really hard to keep on going. I'm exercising regularly 3-5 days per week, staying within my calorie limits 6-7 days per week, and really, really, *really* trying. But my clothes don't fit any better, and that scale is mocking me! I had really hoped that I would be well on my way to working off th... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:26:29 EST So I think I'm finally getting the hang of this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019403 It's been about 2 months since I started back on Spark People, started exercising again, and started eating healthy. I have been on Spark People sporadically for the last 3 years. Man, has it been a rocky 2 months! I fell off the wagon over and over again, but I kept getting up and trying again the next day. I focused on exercise for the first month, working out 2 times per week. I did a little bit of cardio (20 minutes), and a little bit of strength training (15 minutes). Then, I started tra... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:12:21 EST So I fell off the wagon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016181 So I had pizza this week. And garlic cheese bread. And a giant salad covered with cheese. It was alllll the cheese! I was craving it so bad, I dreamed about it. I gave in. That was yesterday. Today I'm back on track. I walked 65 minutes on the treadmill, and I'm going to do some strength training in a little bit. I'm back to my eating plan. I'm going to divide up the remainder of the pizza and freeze it in packages so that I can have a heated up slice here and there. <em>521</em> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:09:41 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013970 So I slept awful last night. I tossed and turned the whole night because of the heat and woke up late. I couldn't go to the gym because I had some job applications to drive over and turn in to human resources offices. I was out the door quickly with nothing to eat or drink, focused on getting these job applications in. Once I turned them in, it was 3:30 and I realized I was starving. As I was driving back towards the grocery store, every restaurant was a temptation. I just wanted to stop and ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:12:48 EST Down 2 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012742 So I'm down two pounds, which is fantastic. I have kept to my calorie levels and exercise goals for the week, so I'm really happy that it's paid off. I was hoping to lose about half a pound this week, but I'll take it! I now only have 10 lbs. to lose by Christmas. I don't think that will be hard because we start the Nativity Fast in about a month. I am Orthodox Christian, and we fast about 200 days out of the year. On these days we are vegan, with also no olive oil or wine/alcohol. On fasting... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:17:42 EST Greek Fest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009802 My church's annual Greek Fest was this last weekend and I worked in the Gyro Booth Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. With all that tempting food around, I did not eat healthy, though I am committed to getting back on track this week. Exercise came in the form of constantly walking and standing and generally moving over the last 3 days. I'm sore all over! May make it to the gym today, may not. It depends on how my day pans out. I have to go right when I get up or I tend to not go at all, but I am ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 13:37:55 EST Well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006826 So my weight has been fluctuating all over the place. up 3 lbs. yesterday, down 4.5 lbs. today. I don't know what's going on with my body! I'm working on counting my calories even if I don't eat healthy, which should help. I do so good during the day, eating a healthy breakfast and lunch, but then I'm starving at dinner time and I tend to eat just about everything at night. <em>42</em> Yesterday, I had therapy, then I went out to eat. The emotions that therapy brings up just lead me to comf... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:07:58 EST It's so hard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002213 So I've been trying to exercise more and eat better, but I seem to be failing at that daily. I have been exercising 2/week, which is an improvement, but I can only exercise for about 20 minutes on the treadmill before I am too exhausted to go on. Yesterday, I tried to do the treadmill at an incline and ended up strained a muscle in my right leg, so no exercising today. I'm hoping that I will be able to do more soon, but it's been 5 weeks and I'm still struggling to exercise twice per week. I ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:30:57 EST Back on the Horse Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998024 So about a year and a half ago I had basically reached my weight goal. I had lost approximately 40 lbs. Then I gained back about 20 lbs., but kept the rest off. The last two months, I have gained back most of the rest of those 20 lbs. So I'm basically back at where I started. The good: I am back on Spark People, and am using the trackers to track my food, even if I go over my suggested calories per day. I also joined a gym just over a month ago and have been going twice per week for about 30-... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:01:49 EST Back on the horse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389089 So these last couple of months have been very rough. Very. Rough. The medication I was taking to control my multitude of mental disorders also caused me to be super sluggish (on one, I was sleeping 10-14 hours per day), and another one caused me to gain 8 lbs. in a month. <em>46</em> I nearly started crying in the doctor's office when I got on the scale. The good part? I've been off those meds for about 2 weeks now and my weight has stabilized greatly so that I've relost those 8 lbs. This h... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:57:22 EST Day 19 Check-In: Exercising through Skype http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213768 I did my first real exercising today. <em>244</em> I did Facebook video chat (like Skype) with a friend. I had posted in a group on Facebook that I was really overwhelmed by the prospect of starting to exercise. I wanted to do something more exciting than just walking, but I just didn't know where to begin. So my friend Justine, who lives in a different state than I do and does a lot of different types of exercises, messaged me and said that we could try video exercising. So I got up early... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:13:15 EST Day 13 Check-In and a Medical Wake-Up Call! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204428 So, the last couple of days have been both good and bad. <BR> <BR> First, some good things. I was able to see my psychiatrist after group therapy last Thursday, and we worked on my medication. So far, I'm feeling better. Also, we are *finally* dealing with my ADD, so I now have medication to help with that. I took it for the first time today, and it *really* helped with my focus, and I was able to exercise for the first time in ages! Sure, I just did some heavy-duty housework, but I worked u... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:35:28 EST 9 Day Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198035 So I've been on here 9 days now. I've lost 5 pounds according to the scale, but I know that will go up and down with time. I've really just been focusing on my food. I started this because I had such a bad GERD/IBS flare up on New Year's Eve. I haven't had a flareup that bad in quite a long time. I've been focusing on making sure that I'm eating lots of fiber and plenty of fruits and veggies. I haven't been paying as much attention to the calories on my nutrition counter as I have things like... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:41:39 EST