DUCKTURNIP's SparkPeople Blog DUCKTURNIP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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