DUCKTURNIP's SparkPeople Blog DUCKTURNIP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Marty and His Adventures I'd like to tell you about my very special cat, Marty. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Marty has always been a little sickly. When I found him, he was skin and bones, flea-infested, and could barely eat because his teeth hurt him so bad. After countless trips to the vet, he was diagnosed as having a massive worm infestation, the worst the vet had ever seen. Once the worms were gone, he still had digestive proble... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:41:59 EST Seeing Results I've been above 200 lbs. since last summer, so for about the last 9 or 10 months. For the longest time, I had no motivation to loose weight. I got so big that I don't fit in most of my clothes, so I've learned to rotate through the things that do fit. I finally got motivated to loose weight though. It's Lent, and I am determined to get healthy. In the last week and a half, I have lost 3.5 lbs, and I am doing good with it! I made a mini-goal to get to 199 by the end of April, and I know I am o... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 15:49:34 EST Sugar Blog #5 Well, I had some dessert tonight, even though I wasn't supposed to! On Wednesday nights at my church, we have a service, then a talk by our senior priest with dinner. I love going because I get a good homemade meal. Tonight there were small pieces of a spice quick bread/cake. So,I took a very small piece. And it was very yummy. But I'm overall happy that I've been able to cut down on my sugar consumption that last couple of weeks! Thu, 1 Mar 2018 00:59:14 EST Sugar Cravings Blog #4 So an update on where I am in battling my sugar cravings. I had decided not to have dessert during Lent during the week, but that I could on the weekends. I went all day last Saturday and Sunday without sugar, and I felt really good, but then I remembered Sunday night that I had a box of thin mints-- and it was all over. But, I'm not going to beat myself up. I'm just going to get back up and start over. So far this week, I've been good about the sugar. Just a little in my coffee and on my Mal... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:42:40 EST Sugar Cravings Blog #3 "Today, on top of journaling about your cravings, think of a situation where you often let sugar get the best of you. Then, come up with a game plan for the next time you find yourself in that scenario." <BR> <BR> So I wanted to report progress with my sugar cravings last night, but I got to tired to blog. Anyways, yesterday I was craving donuts all day. Donuts donuts donuts-- that's all I could think about! I nearly went and got one twice. The last time, I was saved by having a healthy snac... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:37:18 EST Blogging about Sugar Day 2 So I had a little creamer in my coffee this morning. I also made slow cooker apple pecan blondie oatmeal last night. It's a SP recipe. The recipe calls for no sweetener, and uses maple extract and vanilla extract for flavoring. I decided to put 1 tbsp. of maple syrup on my oatmeal this morning, but I don't think I needed it. The apples in the oatmeal make it very sweet already. I think tomorrow morning I will leave off the sweetener and just have it plain and see if I like it. <BR> <BR> I we... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:56:12 EST Journaling about Sugar I realize that I haven't blogged in about a year, so I think I should do that a little bit more. I'm also doing the 21 day Tame Your Sweet Tooth SP Challenge, and I need to journal daily about my sweet tooth and sugar intake. <BR> <BR> I find that my sugar cravings are highest in the evenings. Since I also tend to snack in the evenings, I have the double hit of eating bad food and too much sugar most evenings. I just finished the Smart Snacking Challenge, and I learned a lot from that. So I'... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:28:31 EST A Review of Lenten Goals, Bipolar Sucks, and Progress on my Pascha Basket Cover So I was just looking back over my last blog, which I published almost of month ago. My how that month has been a wild ride! <BR> <BR> I am Bipolar Type 1. What I didn't realize until a week ago is that I have been manic for all of Lent and for some time before Lent even started. I kept brushing my symptoms off until I came to the stark realization a week ago that I just was not okay. So I made an appointment with my psychiatrist and saw him last week, and we are in the process of adjusting ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:32:27 EST Lenten Goals Two Weeks Late So I've been meaning to blog or journal about this for the last two weeks, but it hasn't happened. We are now starting the third week of Lent, and there are some things that I want to do over the next five weeks as we get ready for Pascha (Easter). First, some things I want to cut back on. <BR> <BR> 1. Cut down on TV <BR> <BR> I am a total TV addict. I just love TV and I watch way too much of it. My original Lenten goal was to not watch TV the first two weeks and then evaluate what to do fo... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:09:24 EST New Beginnings It's been a year since I blogged on SP, so I thought it was time. <BR> <BR> This week is the first week of Lent, and I am working this Lent to get my weight under control. I gained 48 lbs. over the past year, and at the very least, I want to stop gaining weight and hopefully lose some. I have not been using my Spark tools, though I have successfully used those in the past. Because I am feeling overwhelmed by losing weight, I decided to join Weight Watchers. I used WW many many years ago and ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:02:10 EST New Goals So it's Bright Monday. Pascha (Easter Orthodox Easter) was yesterday, and it was wonderful and exciting. <BR> <BR> But my weight has not been so great. <BR> <BR> I fluctuated all during Lent, even though I was making an effort to eat less and stay within my calorie range daily. One week I lost 3.5 pounds, and the next week I gained 4. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to it. <BR> <BR> One thing that I really fell off track with during Lent was exercising. With all the church services a... Mon, 2 May 2016 16:00:50 EST Here we go again! So my weight has been yo-yoing for the past 6 weeks. Up and down, up and down. My foot tracking skills have been less than stellar and I've made lots of poor choices. I'm working to get back on track but it is difficult. On top of this, I haven't been exercising regularly for the past month. Life just seems to be getting in the way. So today I decided, after looking at my pitiful Fitbit report for the past week again, that I was going to go for a walk. I made the goal of circling the park f... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:14:15 EST Clean Monday and Running Today is the start of (eastern) Lent, Clean Monday. (Eastern and Western Easters are five weeks apart this year!). Anyways, it's a time for renewal, for growing closer to God, for repenting. And for, I decided, starting new things. <BR> <BR> One of my goals has been to be able to run. I bought a new and better sports bra, but I had been putting it off. I've been walking for an hour and a half four days per week for the past six months of so, so I thought I really should step it up and start ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:52:27 EST Where does my weight come from? I was reflecting tonight on where all those extra pounds I have gained over the last 12 years have come from. <BR> <BR> About 20 come from 12 years ago almost exactly, when my mom died. My dad lost 20 pounds, and I gained all of his weight and then some. I remember being famished at my mom's memorial service. I couldn't wait to eat, which is awful, because I was grieving, but it's true. My doctor told me that either gaining or losing your appetite due to a major trauma, such as a death in th... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:34:36 EST Still Struggling 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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... 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! 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! 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 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... 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... 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 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 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 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! 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 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