FORSYTHIABUSH's SparkPeople Blog FORSYTHIABUSH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community UNEXPECTED WEIGHT GAIN! OH, MY! I've not been feeling well the past couple of days, and have been under the drain of a sinus infection. Still, I'd adhered to the plan all week...and didn't so much as touch my 49 extra points. <BR> <BR> Last night, I weighed in at my weekly Weight Watchers meeting, and was greeted with a 1.4 lb weight gain! <BR> <BR> Holy Moly! Yikes! I'd expected to LOSE! <BR> <BR> I'd been dropping weight every single week, since joining Weight Watchers on 11/29/10, and was down just over 11 pounds, ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:35:02 EST SNOW ON THE FORECAST Since waking this morning, I've heard nothing but news of an impending blizzard. Word is that it's to arrive sometime by morning tomorrow, and the prediction is for 12-15 inches. I've got myself a Honda Element SUV, so I'm not worried. I'm a conservative driver, not one to drag race to the office, or elsewhere, for that matter. So, I'm counting on being at work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My son and colleagues at work? Different story. Everyone is hoping for a "snow day." <BR> <BR> Can't bla... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 08:40:04 EST HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Tis the season, as they say. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays, everyone! <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I posted on this here blog, an absence mostly due to my repeated falling off of the healthy eating wagon. <BR> <BR> This last weekend, cruising around SparkPeople, I was inspired by the folks over at the South Beach Diet (lifestyle) team. I did some reading of their posts and kind of got the South Beach bug. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I began what's called "Phase I" - a low carbohydrate pa... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 13:46:54 EST GOOD, BUT NOT EXACTLY SAINTLY... In our family, we tend to celebrate with food. <BR> <BR> You get a raise? Let's go out for Japanese. <BR> <BR> You ace a test? How's about Italian? <BR> <BR> You get the idea. We're practically religious about our observance of self-imposed food holidays. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was our youngest's 18th birthday, so last night the family went out to eat at a local diner. We offered Jesse his choice of any restaurant, but being that nachos are his favorite food group, and since he's big on... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 10:42:02 EST WHAT THE? Boy, did I fall off the wagon, and it was ALL emotionally-induced behavior. Bad behavior, at that! <BR> <BR> My first mistake was in not planning my meals with the Nutrition Planner. I just sort of let the bingeing chips fall where they may, and for me, that's a sure recipe for dieting disaster. <BR> <BR> The next stupid thing I did was to react to stress by eating everything and anything within arms reach. <BR> <BR> My rapid backslide began last Thursday, when I began getting all thirt... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:20:14 EST IN FINE FETTLE - FINALLY!!! Today was the first time in a month that I've bicycled, and know what? I sure missed that activity! It was great being back on the bike. <BR> <BR> Turns out the doc was right when he said that my knee injurywould take 3-4 weeks to heal. During this hiatus from cycling, I hula-hooped alot, and though I've become a hooping devotee, that activity alone didn't quite fill the void. <BR> <BR> Today, I kinda had my proverbial cake and ate it, too! Today, I hooped AND cycled, and hours later... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 21:49:41 EST PERILS OF PINOT NOIR! Partied with friends after work, had a couple of glasses of a delicious Pinot Noir, and then went seriously overboard with the cheese tray. Once home, I did my usual dessert, but again went overboard with the chocolate chips! <BR> <BR> Sheesh. It's been awhile since I've socially kicked back my heels with booze. Alcohol not only lowers inhibition, but also my sense of healthy purpose and control. <BR> <BR> Next time around, I'll dilute the wine with water or seltzer. 3000 calories late... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 14:58:38 EST IMPROVEMENTS ABOUNDING I've right now a promising dish baking in the oven (a featured SparkRecipe called "decadent tilapia"), and figured with the 15 minutes before it finishes, I could post a quick update blog. So, here I am... <BR> <BR> My leg injury is now 99% healed, and I've been hooping up a storm over the last week. Recently, I joined the SparkPeople Hooping Team, and took up the "Summer Challenge" posted by member InchXInch. <BR> <BR> The deal is this: you have to hoop publicly. Yup. That's some ch... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 21:32:45 EST HAPPINESS I realized today that I'd not written in a while - two weeks, to be precise. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Things are going great on the SparkPeople/Health front: I've been exercising daily, and just loving it. Lately, I've taken up hooping (aka hula hooping) and it has truly transformed the way I think about exercise. My activity routine is varied but pretty simple. At each workday lunch hour, I head off to the gym for a 20 minute brisk trea... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 22:11:52 EST ANNIVERSARIES AND INTERIM GOALS <img src="">Today is my wedding anniversary. It's been 24 years since my husband and I walked down that aisle. Over those years, we've both put on, taken off, and put on again, lots of weight. This morning, he and I met in the kitchen and exchanged our Happy Anniberserry (yes, at times, we still resort to baby-talk) wishes and cards, and then I surprised him with a small Omron pedometer and fitness tracking book. <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 25 May 2009 11:43:12 EST ALMOST TIME: SUMMERTIME Here's wishing everyone a wonderful, wonderful weekend!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2009 22:31:58 EST BENEFITS LOST/GAINED/DELETED & REVISITED Earlier today, I hopped online, crafted my weekly Sunday blog, and within 30 minutes of posting, I deleted it. <BR> <BR> That particular post talked about benefits lost and benefits gained. Specifically, I spoke about the pressures of this last week, and my learning from upper management that support staff benefits would be cut, and that later cuts (in the form of fewer hours worked at a reduced hourly wage, followed by vacation cuts) might well be necessary. I made clear the unfairness of... Sun, 17 May 2009 19:14:43 EST HAPPY MUTHAH'S DAY Yesterday, the husband and I trekked into the next county to visit with old friends, folks we'd not seen in eons. Happily, they brought their nearly 7-year old son, who is a doll. Last time I saw the little guy was before he entered kindergarten. What a difference! <BR> <BR> Speaking of differences: when outfitting myself for this journey, I was forced to hit the "smaller size" section of my closet, because our daughter (now home from college) decided that morning to wash Every Single P... Sun, 10 May 2009 12:15:53 EST HOT DAMN! <img src=""> <BR> When I began my journey with SparkPeople, I wrote on this blog that, "I want to be one of those people who is comfortable in her skin, who ENJOYS working out, and who eats right as a matter of preference." <BR> <BR> It was a lofty goal, confessed with genuine sincerity. <BR> <BR> Well, guess what? <BR> <BR> I'm clearly becoming "one of those people." Since typing those words up there, I've improved mine and my famil... Sat, 2 May 2009 10:28:32 EST DOING GREAT <img src="" >It's funny what a difference 24 hours can make, you know? Yesterday, in a discussion with my son about this past week's Biggest Loser episode (call it "bonding"), he was lamenting the departure of Kristen, a still-hefty gal, who had lost a significant amount of weight these last 16 weeks, but who had Way More to Go. "Get over it," I told my youngest, "The girl GAINED a pound this week, and fell short the week prior." <BR> <... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 09:48:14 EST MODERATION IN ALL THINGS This is going to be a short blog as I've still some things to get done before the weekend's over. <BR> <BR> It's been a good week. I've exercised most days, and have been moderate in all things...meals and snacks included. <BR> <BR> For the time being, I'm pretty much just planning out my meals, printing out the resulting mealplan and logging on for Spark points. Otherwise, I've not spent much time online. Instead, time has been spent working, caring for the family, and reading books (ha... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 17:39:30 EST PS - I NEED TO GET SERIOUS Just weighed in, and lemme tell you, the experience was certainly Kafka-esque. <BR> <BR> After a solid week of bizarrely surreal nutrition habits, this big old cockroach is up EIGHT pounds. <BR> <BR> I need to get serious. Sun, 22 Mar 2009 11:45:13 EST A CONFESSION Bless me, SparkPeople, for I have sinned. It has been so many days since I last visited this site, that I can't even begin to count them. In that time, I've let my crappy moods dictate the day. I've eaten ridiculous volumes of food, fallen into depression-induced slumbers, and have allowed my piss-poor emotions to run rampant all over the cotton-pickin' place. My family, I'm certain, would have loved to send me off on an all-expense paid trip to Somewhere Else, but given the current Ameri... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 11:37:44 EST BINGEFEST #745,891 Yesterday, I binged. After having gone 7 whole days without one, last night I had myself a 1000 calorie binge, to be precise. <BR> <BR> The plan now (fortunately, there is a plan) is to redeem myself by reducing my caloric intake over the next week (never going under 1200 for the day) by those same 1000 calories. <BR> <BR> At least...that's the plan. <BR> <BR> Sheesh. Tue, 17 Mar 2009 08:34:13 EST GRRRR Today is Day 6 of the 21 Day No-Binge Challenge that I've undertaken, and I am hanging on the precipice. I'm bummed out on this otherwise lovely afternoon, and I'm not terribly enthusiastic about anything. I's FRIDAY - one should be thankful for that, at least. Yet, here I am...sitting like a lump, feeling all thirty shades of sorry for myself. On the plus side, I've got my Virtual Caller ID up and running, and have thus far been successful in ignoring those incessant calls from... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:36:51 EST CALLER ID - OF THE VIRTUAL SORT The last several days have been good ones. Not a bit of bingeing on this here Sparker's part. That's a big achievement for me. It's positively amazing how eating one lousy cookie can transform me into a gobbling monster, set on devouring the entire bag of Milanos. With "normal" eaters, moderation is what keeps them healthy. I don't know from moderation when it comes to certain foods, so this last week has been an exercise in abstinence. Abstinence from super-sized portions. Abstinence ... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 13:17:47 EST BACK ON TRACK The litany of excuses, were I to use them, would include: 1) cravings brought on by a suddenly appearing period (I thought those days were over); 2. the always present stress that seems to find its way into our lives; and 3. the positioning of moon and stars. <BR> <BR> The truth is that I zoned out. I just didn't care enough to do right by me. I made a slew of bad choices, and somewhere along the line, decided to get back on track. What does "back on track" mean? It means planning, exer... Sat, 7 Mar 2009 14:10:37 EST GROAN Confession: I am most consistent at being inconsistent. Despite my pledge to only weigh myself once a week, I weighed in early. And what did I find upon stepping atop that super-duper digital wonder machine? I discovered that I gained 1.9 pounds. <BR> <BR> That's right, dear reader...I gained weight. <BR> <BR> While it's true that I cheated on Saturday night, and went overboard by 500 calories, I have otherwise been exceptionally good about staying on program. If you look at my nutrit... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:49:41 EST HELLO!!!!???!!!! Don't know what came over me. All of a sudden, I was ravenous. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Five hundred plus calories later.... <BR> <BR> I'm finally satisfied. <BR> <BR> Ahem. Let's see if I'm satisfied when Weigh -In Wednesday comes, and I'm either stalled or UP. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Well, no crying over spilled milk (or string cheese, in this case). Time to move on, and exercise my butt off tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> Sat, 21 Feb 2009 22:38:04 EST COLLEGE TOUR - PART I The weather here in New York was kind of scattershot this week, and snow was on the forecast for a good number of the college towns we were hoping to visit with our teenage son. Instead of heading out on a three-day jaunt around the state, we reduced our traveling time to two days, avoiding a day of crappy weather, unfortunately missing out on stops in Ithaca and Hamilton during this trip. <BR> <BR> This is not to say that our trip was all sunshine and clear skies...we hit whiteouts duri... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 12:52:27 EST WEEKLY WEDNESDAY WEIGH-IN Unlike the unfortunate soul in the well-known nursery rhyme, this here "Wednesday's Child" is nowhere near being "full of woe." To the contrary...thanks to the tools I'm learning through SparkPeople, I'm filled with optimism! I call that cause for celebration. <BR> <BR> With this post I'm launching a Weekly Wednesday Weigh-In. Hey, it's the least I can do, now that our family's invested in that newfangled scale I blogged about yesterday. <BR> <BR> So, here goes... <BR> <BR> Weight: 2... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 15:18:18 EST BF, BW, BM, BMI, OH MY.... <img src="">Call me a weigh-in weanie, but I'm not a big fan of bathroom scales, especially the ones that proffer vastly different results from merely stepping off and stepping on again. I mean, COME ON, losing weight is hard enough - I've no interest in making things worse by tossing a schizophrenic scale into the mix!!! Ergo, I've lately taken to kind of guessing my weight. Yeah, there's not a whole lot of of precision to be found in th... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:39:57 EST HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! My husband asked me last night, "How's about I take the whole family out for a Valentine's Day brunch? Whatcha think about that, honey?" <BR> <BR> He was surprised that I didn't bounce back with, "Yes, Yes, Yes," my standard response whenever he's in the past proposed an opportunity for me to eat. <BR> <BR> Instead, I suggested that we save the money, and eat a nice home-cooked meal. My husband likes my cooking. But he also likes the socialization factor of going out. So, we've compr... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 09:07:37 EST GRABBING SMALL OPPORTUNITIES Yikes! This morning's SparkMail brought news that I'll next week be embarking on the Stage 3 Lifestyle Plan. Reading about this impending development made me nervous. <BR> <BR> I've not been very successful since beginning SparkPeople on December 31, 2008. At least not in terms of weight loss. I've had a half a dozen "spills" that have set me back, and my weight hasn't fallen below 214. The thought that I'd be moving onto a more advanced level of the program without having succeeded in ... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 07:32:24 EST UPPING THE ANTE! I'd hoped to up the ante on my activity by incorporating Leslie Sansone's wonderful Walk Away the Pounds program into the daily exercise routine. Unfortunately, this old arthritic knee ain't quite ready for prime time, and so I'm back on the recumbent bicycle and stability ball. But, all is not lost. <BR> <BR> I decided to increase the difficulty of the bicycling, and I am feeling the burn. It feels GOOD. Combine that with the stability ball workout, and here's hoping that something clic... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 08:31:01 EST PLECH, II! I awoke this morning at 5 a.m., attempted to jump on the recumbent bike, but instead reached for a box of tissues, sneezed, wiped my runny nose, and before heading back under the covers, I dosed myself up with more Tylenol. If it weren't for the pounding headache, I'd have gone in to the office. Wait, who am I kidding? The constant sneezing and associated peeing in my pants would have sent me under the covers before I backed out of the driveway. <BR> <BR> It's probably lunacy, but by th... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 19:40:26 EST THINGS I'M LEARNING EVERY DAY THINGS I'M LEARNING, DAY BY DAY.... <BR> <BR> YA GOTTA SLOW DOWN! - Food tastes better when I take enough time to chew, to savor, and to remember what it is that I'm eating. <BR> <BR> I DO HAVE TIME TO EXERCISE! - 10 minutes of biking here, 10 minutes of stairs there, 10 minutes of calisthenics after work, yoga at my desk, calf raises by the copier, etc. etc. Mini workouts throughout the day add up! <BR> <BR> THE SCALE IS NOT MY FRIEND! - Isn't it enough to know that I'm eating right and... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 18:11:23 EST PLECH! I felt it hit a bit after 1 p.m. on Friday. That was about the time I told myself, "Self, if you're sitting here with your head on the desk, feeling perfectly awful, doncha think it might be a wise move to go home?" <BR> <BR> The rest of the day, as well as the weekend, was spent in bed, nursing a head cold that has thrown me for a loop. Yuck. Plech. <BR> <BR> The worst part? The worst part is that when hungry (and I can't even swear to BEING hungry...I feel more sick than hungry), I've... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 10:36:10 EST ADJUSTING EXPECTATIONS So, my Boot Camp Workout streak was interrupted by life. That's the downside. The upside is that I continued bicycling and even threw in some yoga! I love Coach Nicole's Boot Camp quickies, but with my knee being such a literal pain, I found a good many of the exercises needed substitution. It got to the point where I was subbing out so much, I'd pretty much devised my own plan. Mon, 26 Jan 2009 19:40:15 EST WORKOUT ON THE WAYSIDE It's Monday morning, and I'm wondering where the weekend went. <BR> <BR> Ever have one of those where you leave work on Friday, and by the time you return on Monday, you feel as if you've merely driven around the block in the time between? <BR> <BR> One casualty of this phenomenon is that I missed out on completing Coach Nicole's Boot Camp Workout two days in a row. This is not to say that I didn't get in exercise...I sure as shootin' did: miles and miles of walking. <... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 09:14:16 EST PURPOSEFUL EATING Eating purposefully is something new for me. In my pre-SparkPeople days, when I was hungry, I'd just eat, and eat whatever it is that was plentiful, tasty, and FAST. Usually that meant cruising up to a drive-thru window. I'm enjoying all of this planning of meals on SparkPeople. There are no surprises, no last-minute, "what on earth am I going to eat?" Everything is thoughtful and purposeful. <BR> <BR> Today, my son had a fencing meet in a nearby town, and so I packed a turkey sandwich ... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 20:24:19 EST SPREADING THE SPARK: HAPPY SPARKPEOPLE DAY!!!! I'm sold on SparkPeople, which comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me. Today is the first SparkPeople Day - a day on which to celebrate this wonderful tool and the people who made it happen. SparkPeople is by far, the finest and most comprehensive weight/fitness/health tool that I've come across in a lifetime of gaining weight and losing weight ad nauseum. This time I'll find success. This time I'm aiming for changes that will serve me well throughout my life. <BR> <BR> Thank you, S... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 09:15:58 EST TGIF I love Fridays, and on this particular Friday, I started it with 5 minutes of cycling on the recumbent bike. It's small, I know...but it's also in keeping with my goal of making many small efforts that in sum have added up to alot. Breaking up my 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, over the course of a day is working! <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 08:26:04 EST Morning Exercise I've never been a morning person. Rolling back the covers and getting out of bed is as much exercise as I can muster. Actually, I've always thought my life would be vastly improved if the day would instead begin somewhere after 12 noon. <BR> <BR> But there are only 24 hours in a day, and sometimes even the most cherished of traditions (sleeping in until the last possible moment), have to be abandoned in the face of a time crunch. Lately, I've been facing time crunches of all manner, shape... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:59:14 EST Biggest Gainer's Club? Erik Chopin, season three's Biggest Loser, confessed this week to a rebounded Oprah that he, too, had gained back most of the weight he'd lost on that popular reality tv show. <BR> <BR> I can relate. <BR> <BR> Just 12 months ago, I was bouncing around a 45 lb lighter version of the hefty self I amtoday. Earlier that year, I'd dropped 70 lbs on what amounted to a starvation diet. The Bead Diet calls for two days of veggies (no starchy vegetables), followed by two days of nothing more tha... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 13:07:55 EST Abstinence: from Splenda Knee pain is a familiar adversary, but pain in my hands? That's a relatively new thing. Since I'm a knitter, hand discomfort is an especially unpleasant thing. :( <BR> <BR> What to do? Well, there's Advil. And Aleve. And a whole host of other anti-inflammatories. <BR> <BR> And there's also abstaining from artificial sweeteners. Or so say a fair number of people who have written on the subject of Splenda toxicity. <BR> <BR> On an average day, I probably consume a gallon of Splenda-sp... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 09:16:44 EST Boot Camp: Day 8 - The Snow Day Hardly wanted to get out of the warm feathers this morning. We'd had an ice storm overnight, and the snow underfoot was now covered with a thick layer of the icy stuff. Between shoveling, washing a week's worth of clothes for three people, cleaning out the laundry room in preparation for the hot water heater repair guy, and doing the usual stuff, I managed to get in my more-than-60 minutes worth of exercise today. <BR> <BR> Remember when Sunday was a day of rest? Sun, 11 Jan 2009 21:19:25 EST Boot Camp: Day 7 - Sore Abs Whodda thunk it? I actually have muscles, somewhere under all that flubber in my abdomen. Today's Boot Camp Workout focused mainly on the mid-section, and Ugh, Ugh, Ugh, I Ache. <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 21:54:27 EST Boot Camp: Day 6 - The Disappearing Day Last night, after I returned home from the office and slipped into the usual routine (exercising on the bike, feeding the family, cleaning up after dinner, tending to the cats/birds/fish), I crashed. That pillow was beneath my head before the clock struck 10 p.m. You know, I really planned on only going down for a short nap, but the cockatiel's and parrotlet's morning wake-up calls signaled my short nap had magically morphed into a full-fledged sleepover. I was OK with that until the reali... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 14:53:46 EST Boot Camp: Day 5 - Who is This Person Walking in My Shoes? Another great day of eating right, getting in those 30 minutes of aerobics, and topping it off with Coach Nicole's workout. Again, I remain unable to complete those few routines that require kneeling, but I've been honest and fair in my substitutions. Know what? I hardly recognize this person who is walking in my shoes. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping she sticks around. Thu, 8 Jan 2009 22:31:30 EST Boot Camp: Day 4 - Achey Breaky Butt About six months ago, I slipped down the stairs, and landed all 200+ pounds of me smack right dab on the tailbone. If you've not experienced tail bone pain, I'm here to tell you that it's a stunningly excruciating injury, especially for someone whose primary exercise was sitting in a chair. <BR> <BR> Today's exercises brought the reminder that This Darn Butt has not fully healed. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I worked through that discomfort. <BR> <BR> On the minus side, today... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 21:58:19 EST Boot Camp: Day 3 and Big Losers My day started out on an UP note: lost 7.5 pounds over the course of the past week. That includes New Years Eve, when I was less concerned with eating right, than celebrating. After weigh in, I headed off to work where I was greeted with a bag of candy that had been left for me by one of my bosses. He knows that this particular sweet is my very favorite's a chocolate covered toffee crunch that arrives like clockwork each Christmas from one of our business associates in the Midw... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 23:09:11 EST Day 2 Challenge Completed! Unsweetened apple sauce with breakfast, a Cara Cara orange with lunch, and a snack of green grapes after dinner! <BR> <BR> So far, so good... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 22:22:07 EST Boot Camp: Day 2 I did it! I did it! I finished Day 2 of Coach Nicole's Boot Camp, and darlin, I've gotta tell ya...I feel like a million bucks! I completed the short video, and then pedaled 30 minutes on my husband's stationary bike. The darn thing has been parked in the bedroom for the last several years, being used by him as a coat hanger. I had him move the bike out of the bedroom and into the living room, smack right in front of the television. I think he was a bit surprised. Until tonight, our liv... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 21:40:41 EST Blasting Off With Boot Camp <img src=""> That photo to the left? Well, that's me...all thirty shades of enthusiastic, with flabby arms in the air, BlackBerry on the waist (what waist?), and set to begin her first day of SP's Boot Camp Challenge. Sure I was optimistic, but you're probably more interested in knowing how was I AFTER the workout? <BR> <BR> The answer: Terrific! <BR> <BR> No kidding. I'm still filled with enthusiasm and looking forward to tomorro... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:38:01 EST