IBSFOSTER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IBSFOSTER IBSFOSTER'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/ I dropped off the face of the earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112798 First my college roommate dies suddenly, then my dad died slowly. It has been a rough 96 days away and I have gained 18 pounds. <BR> A few days ago, I ran into someone who had lost 50 pounds in 4 months. I couldn't believe the change. He told me it was due to Herbalife and wouldn't you know it, he was a distributor. So now I am on day one of the Herbalife diet, but am already eating too little. I am supposed to eat 1399 calories a day and that just seems like a tremendous amount of food in a... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:38:43 EST Back in the saddle again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980756 Today I felt much better, so I rode Pearl <em>332</em> downtown and back. I also rode her around the neighborhood a little later when I had time. Weather permitting, I plan to ride every day this week. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:11:25 EST Stomach Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979727 This is day 2 of the flu. Yesterday I slept or went to the bathroom. Today, I tried to venture to the Harris Teeter, but they called my husband to come get me cuz I was about to fall out. <BR> I am not tracking what I eat but it is not much. My husband is making me drink Gatorade. <BR> Poor Pearl, the new bike, sits waiting. It has been raining, too, so I wouldn't have been able to ride her. Maybe tomorrow things will come together. <BR> For now, I have lost a measly pound since June 30. I ch... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:47:51 EST About Pearl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974649 Hurricane Irene decimated my bicycle last year. The replacement parts have been on back order since then, so my husband took me to Tarjay yesterday and let me pick out a new bicycle! It is a Schwinn with ample seating and handle bars which can be adjusted upright. Pearl came with a matching helmet and was reasonably priced. With my mountain bike, I had the problem of my hands falling asleep because of all the weight I rested on them on the flat handlebars. Not so with Pearl. I sit upright and... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:47:46 EST Definitely not starving anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971367 For the last week I have increased my caloric intake from 800-1000 to 1200-1400. I expected the weight to come pouring off like hot butter from a steaming corn cob. But it hasn't worked out that way. I still remain over 200 pounds. I can blame it on that time of the month, perhaps, but I was reading someone else's blog (one of the Motivator of the Days) who had a very slow metabolism. She was losing like .2 pounds a week until she got serious about the fitness aspect of this journey. Then she... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:25:46 EST Eat more to lose more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962954 The comments from my blog/cry for help this morning were overwhelmingly in agreement that I am not eating enough food and my body is clinging to the weight. I have been eating between 800-1000 calories every day. Tomorrow I am going to go out and buy some vegetables, fruits and nuts that I love and make an awesome salad. I will even put dressing on it! <BR> Today I took my German Shepherd Dog for a walk and she was so grateful. As long as it is not a scorcher tomorrow, we will go again. <BR> ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:35:58 EST Unwanted pounds refuse to go away despite eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962033 I don't understand. I have been waiting and waiting for days to celebrate the great transition to the 190s and I can't leave the 200s. I am right on the cusp. <BR> I eat no more than 800-1000 calories per day, but I did cheat that day last week so maybe this is payback. <BR> Have all the drugs I am on for my Huntington's Disease slowed my metabolism down to the rate of a snail? <BR> Is there anyone else out there that is or has experienced this? <BR> What do I do? I am growing frustrated and... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:21:12 EST Depression and eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955584 Depression is a symptom of Huntington's Disease that I struggle with, and I'll bet a lot of other non HD people struggle with it too. Before I started back with the Sparkpeople, depression was inextricably linked to excess food consumption for me. <BR> But since I have started back with Sparkpeople, I am able to compartmentalize the food part away from the depression part. The food part is so structured and I even think that structure of knowing what I am going to eat when helps with the depr... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 21:01:49 EST Ruh Roh!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952525 Despite all my determined talk, I let myself slip today. A bad thunderstorm passed through and left us with no power and we were bored and the trigger was an open box of chocolates that my son had. <BR> The box is a little lighter now, plus I went ahead and ate other stuff that wasn't on my meal plan, like half a peanut butter sandwich that I didn't want, and a bite of an overripe banana. Then I drank a cup of melted ice cream from the freezer. Not cheat-worthy food by any means. <BR> The who... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:17:34 EST Too legit to quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948818 OK. Now I have accurately and officially lost 11 pounds. I weigh 201. It is my greatest short term wish to kiss the 200s goodbye forever and I can feel that this wish is on its way to coming true! <BR> The cravings I had for food have been replaced by the craving to stay on my meal plan and see results. I am happy and hopeful and looking forward to passing backwards through the 190s soon! <BR> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:03:53 EST Adding exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936281 For the past two days I've gone to the gym and walked slowly on the treadmill for 30 minutes. It's not much but it is a start. I've been discouraged because I must have misread the scale before my last blog. It is not 202, it is 206. Still downward movement but slower still than I had thought. I think all the medication I am on may have slowed my metabolism because I am only eating about 800 calories per day. Maybe my fat is holding on tightly, fearing that I am starving or something. <BR> Ho... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:49:55 EST Drops in a bucket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920074 I was so encouraged by the comments on my last blog that not only have I persevered with my diet but I have mustered up the courage to blog again! <BR> I have lost 10 pounds since that writing. I have been doing some heavy gardening, but have not started working out yet, mainly because I have been too fat to fit into any of my workout clothes. But now I think I can comfortably put on some and venture out. Imagine the weight I would lose if I wasn't afraid to take my heavy body out in public t... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:55:40 EST It is time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906405 So I have allowed myself to be fat for almost seven years. I gained a lot of weight with my last pregnancy and just kept adding to it. <BR> I need to improve the quality of my life now instead of putting it off until tomorrow. Why? I found out I have Huntington's Disease, a neurological disease that is progressive and fatal. My golden years will be tarnished with disordered movement, speech and cognitive problems, and dementia. <BR> So now is really the time to get rid of this fat that is w... Thu, 31 May 2012 20:17:40 EST