IKNOWITSFORREAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IKNOWITSFORREAL IKNOWITSFORREAL'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/ The Big Announcement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144686 I made a status update that I had a big announcement to make, so here it is: <BR> <BR> I have, for the foreseeable future, quit Weight Watchers. <BR> <BR> Since they've switched to ProPoints (Points Plus in the US, I think?) I have had so much difficulty shifting ANY amount of weight, and when I went to my doctor last week, she asked me how many calories I was eating a day, and I paused for a minute or two before answering, "... I don't know." <BR> <BR> She told me that if the plan wasn't ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 16:16:33 EST 42 Questions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3285994 Originally found on <link>www.byebyefatpants.com </link> - a random meme! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? <BR> Closed - but only because that's how they are during the day. If they were open when I went to bed, I'd sleep with them open. <BR> <BR> 2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels? <BR> No. I usually take my own shampoos and stuff with me on holiday, anyway. <BR> <BR> 3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? <BR> S... Mon, 31 May 2010 19:13:09 EST Another goal down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3180025 So, that's another of the goals I have on my SparkPage taken care of. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why, but tonight I decided that I'd go on the treadmill and just NOT STOP. Or, well. Not for a while, anyway. <BR> <BR> The gym was deserted tonight. I went later than usual - I normally go around 3pm, 3.30pm-ish, and tonight I went at 7.15pm to see what the after-work hours were like. I was told that it's normally always deserted on a Friday night, because it's FRIDAY and people are either gett... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 16:57:02 EST One-year Spark-versary?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3152899 Apparently today is my <em>503</em> ! I'm rather sad that I've only been active on the site for 4 or 6 months of those 12, but that's better than none at all! <BR> <BR> These past four months have been really amazing - restarting the Spark and starting to exercise, rejoining Weight Watchers, just getting the ball rolling again, and everything... <BR> <BR> Seriously, it wouldn't have been possible without y'all. I don't think I say <em>304</em> quite enough for the support that I get he... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:32:50 EST Adding a new goal: become a Goddess. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3092659 We went to the cinema tonight (14 points spent on treats! Ow! But I deserve a treat every now and then, I think, and I know I'll work it off with another two gym sessions) and we went to see Clash of The Titans. Pointless fun, essentially, but anyway. <BR> <BR> I have a Thing for Greece. I love Greek food. (PROPER Greek food. I love kebabs, but I mean PROPER Greek food: dolmades and olives and feta cheese and Greek salad and pita bread and tzatziki and souvlaki and gyros and keftes and... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:51:00 EST Achieving my goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3049627 I updated my main SparkPage today, because I actually achieved another of the Goals that I set myself - one that I thought would take me a lot longer to achieve! <BR> <BR> Today, I managed 15 minutes on the elliptical (arc) trainer. Now, I did cheat a little, because I did a 5-minute circuit to warm up, then did my weights and resistance training, and then did another 10-minute circuit, adding up to 15-minutes in total. But it's still 15 minutes. And it was 10 minutes in one go, which was... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 14:04:07 EST Follow up re: Best idea EVER. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3015617 So, it's almost been a week since my last entry, and here's how things are at the moment: <BR> <BR> My heels still haven't fully healed, but they are scabbed and on their way. They're no longer splitting, which is good, but if I do wear the wrong shoes, it sort of hurts, but it's getting better. They'll probably be fully healed by this time next week, which means I'll finally be able to try on my new trainers, which are unfortunate enough to have the backs be right at the place where I'm h... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:23:25 EST Best idea EVER. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2990337 So, the other day, I had the best idea ever. I decided that would wear my brand-new, untried shoes out to the supermarket. (Feel the power of my sarcasm!) <BR> <BR> Now, I was only walking around for 15 minutes, and already I could feel that the backs of the heels were cutting into MY heels. <BR> <BR> When I got home, not only had I gotten two blisters in the folds of BOTH my heels, but they had already broken, and were open, and weeping. <BR> <BR> So what I did, was I put some Sudocrem o... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 08:16:05 EST Rejoining Weight Watchers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2974578 Had to revise my weight again - back up to 413! Argh! - because there is such a huge difference between the scales at my new Weight Watchers meeting and the scales that I was using at the chemist. <BR> <BR> So I'm 413lbs again. Again! Augh. <BR> <BR> It'll screw up my Biggest Loser challenge numbers this week - because that'll be a plus 5.5lbs(!) - but hopefully it'll mean a big minus number next week. <BR> <BR> My new Weight Watchers leader seems very nice. She had her "before" picture... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 17:57:35 EST Revising My Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2949770 ORIGINAL GOALS: <BR> <BR> Short: <BR> - Be below 400lbs before February 28, 2010 <BR> - Exercise for at least 60 minutes a week (this allows for 1 day where I don't have to exercise) <BR> - Start taking multi-vitamins <BR> - Get a job <BR> <BR> Medium: <BR> - Update www.fatgirlslim.org at least once a week <BR> - Lose 50lbs by June 30, 2010 <BR> - Wear a NICE DRESS to my sister's wedding on October 22, 2010 <BR> - Lose 100lbs by December 31, 2010 <BR> <BR> Long-term: <BR> - Reach goal weig... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 18:32:50 EST Typical! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2944421 I woke up this morning, and from the off, I was able to stand up straight, no back pain, and I thought, "brilliant!" <BR> <BR> Of course, when I woke up this morning, my nose was - possibly a bit TMI - crusted with snot, because when I went to bed last night, my nose was running like a burn. When I woke up this morning, not only was my nose crusted with snot, but I COULD NOT BREATHE. <BR> <BR> My back stops hurting, and instead of being in pain, I have caught a cold! <BR> <BR> I thought t... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 17:28:45 EST Update re: My Back Pain And Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2928001 I went to my doctor today, and told him what Doctor Simpson had said in his absence re: sciatica, and I brought with me my empty bottle of Aleve, which was one of the painkillers that really helped with the numbness and pain from sciatica when I was on holiday last summer, and he prescribed me the same. <BR> <BR> I took one as soon as I came home, and guess what?! No pain! I can stand straight, and I can twist and turn, and it really is helping. He's given me enough to last two weeks, by ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:32:46 EST Back pain... returning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2916349 Okay, forget what I said the other day. It's been almost a week since I stopped taking the tablets for my sciatica, and I can barely stand up straight again. <BR> <BR> The lucky thing is: I had an appointment booked for Thursday (two days hence) to talk to my doctor about coming off of Xenical, so I can also talk to him about my continued back pain, too. <BR> <BR> I'm seriously tempted to ask him about going on disability - it'll mean I won't have to hobble down to the job centre every two... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 06:20:14 EST Switching Sides http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2908493 Alright, so, I have made a decision. <BR> <BR> I know I keep going on about how I don't care how fast the weight is coming off so long as it IS coming off, but the truth is... I'm used to losing weight faster than this. <BR> <BR> So I have made a decision. I'm not abandoning SparkPeople. But I'm going to follow Weight Watchers' Points System (and I may regret it, because it wasn't ever Points that I followed - it was Switch/Core/No Count that worked best for me) to see if I can boost my w... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 10:57:38 EST Back pain... receding... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2893818 So! My back is obviously on the mend: the worst pain is when I get out of bed, before I've had a chance to stretch my back out for the day, and after that, it's sort of business as usual, which is great! <BR> <BR> The reason it's mostly great is because, having joined the gym, I sort of need to be upright for most of the work. <BR> <BR> (Speaking of: <link>www.fatgirlslim.org/?p=465 </link> - I actually thought my legs were going to fall off!) <BR> <BR> But yeah, it looks like everythi... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:05:00 EST Me and my medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2883965 So, it's almost been a week since I started taking the tablets for my sciatica. So far, I haven't noticed any difference - it still hurts to stand up straight, I went into town yesterday and barely made it 1/4 of a mile before my back started spasming, and that was agony. Luckily, I was only a few feet away from the caf� I was going to have lunch in with myself, so I got to sit down for a half hour. <BR> <BR> When I went to bed last night, I was able to stand up straight. I was able to ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:43:27 EST And our survey says: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866692 Went to the doctor this morning, explained my symptoms, he stretched my legs, asked me to touch my toes etc, and then turned to me and said, "Yeah, it looks like you've pinched your sciatic nerve. Of course this probably has something to do with your weight - are you doing something about that? (Yeah, I said, I'm actively doing something to lose weight, but the back pain's stopping me from exercising right now.) - I can give you some anti-convulsants to help with it. Take these tablets for ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:43:32 EST And our survey says: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2866691 Went to the doctor this morning, explained my symptoms, he stretched my legs, asked me to touch my toes etc, and then turned to me and said, "Yeah, it looks like you've pinched your sciatic nerve. Of course this probably has something to do with your weight - are you doing something about that? (Yeah, I said, I'm actively doing something to lose weight, but the back pain's stopping me from exercising right now.) - I can give you some anti-convulsants to help with it. Take these tablets for ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:43:25 EST Still in pain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2861488 Wish this wasn't the case, but I'm still in a severe amount of pain whenever I stand up. It seems to have moved now, though, focusing itself on my left-hand side, which leaves me slightly worried. <BR> <BR> The first time something like this happened was in 2004, a couple of weeks before I was due to leave for college. I woke up in the middle of the night needing to use the bathroom, and I literally couldn't even sit up in bed. Every time I attempted to, there was a searing pain in my lef... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 13:57:46 EST Follow up: My Back Pain and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2848552 So, I posted a blog late last night about my current problem: <link>www.fatgirlslim.org/?p=330 </link> <BR> <BR> I am having serious, serious back pain. It's almost like when I get that twinge in my hip where I can't stand upright without screaming in agony. Almost. <BR> <BR> This is a dull throb, all over the (ironically large) small of my back right along the line of my pelvis. It's sort of... stopping me from standing upright. I can feel myself leaning forward, trying to relieve ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 13:00:35 EST Weigh-in Time Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2840492 General babble about weighing in. <BR> <BR> [EDIT]: HAHA yes, I do apologise. I mean February 4th, not January 4th. <BR> <BR> And for anybody interested: <link>www.fatgirlslim.org/wp-content/uploa<BR>ds/2008/07/08-07-27.jpg </link> - the lowest weight I've ever hit in the past two or three years, as shown on a printout slip from the scale at Tesco in Ireland. <BR> <BR> (25st 3lb 8oz = 353lbs 8oz) <BR> <BR> That's where South Beach Phase One got me before I started on my meds and gain... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:09:05 EST Looking back at January's exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2821219 So, it's January 31 (already!) and I suppose it's time to check in to see how well I did for the SparkPeople's Official Spark Your Body Bootcamp challenge! <BR> <BR> In total, there was supposed to be 500 fitness minutes for the month... and I'm not going to complain that I fell short, because at 435 minutes, 1) I'M NOT THAT FAR BEHIND and 2) I don't think I've exercised as much in the past year as I have done this past MONTH (and no, I'm not kidding about that). <BR> <BR> I can feel it, in... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 15:45:28 EST WEIGHT LOSS ZOMG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2775800 I went to the nurse today to get blood tests done - Thyroid (I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid back in 2000, and stopped taking medication for it when we moved to Ireland because I couldn't afford it) and cholesterol (lipids were mentioned, but I don't know what that means, whether it's something to do with one or the other, but I digress) and while I was in, I told her my theory re: weight gain, and could I hop on the scale again? <BR> <BR> So I did. <BR> <BR> And she read it out... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 07:42:00 EST The Spark: Chapter Two - Setting Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2765464 I got through to the end of Chapter 3 last night, but didn't get to write anything, because I had to sleep. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about my goals since reading the chapter - obviously, I have my overall goal weight (145lbs or thereabouts) - but what about in the interim? If I focus on 145lbs, it's always going to seem like I'm never going to get there. I have almost 300lbs to lose to get to 145lbs. <BR> <BR> So I have my short-, mid- and long-term goals. <BR> <BR> Short: <BR> - B... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 05:56:15 EST Guess what I got today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2762685 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/2/b625583329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just finished my exercise for the night; I'mma grab a shower, and sit in bed for a while and get through some of it! I can't wait! If I hadn't just exercised, I'd be reading it right now, haha. <BR> <BR> Really, you guys. I don't care if I've gained weight. I'm feeling better in myself. I managed to make it the whole way around the supermarket today without a single twinge of pain in my hip, and normally I'm ben... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:03:42 EST Thank you so much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2753070 Yesterday could have been so much worse, it really could have. I could have gone off the rails, could have eaten so much junk. I could have totally sabotaged everything I've done so far. <BR> <BR> And thanks to everybody who commented on my blog, I didn't. I actually almost had difficulty hitting my nutritional goals! But I managed. I didn't binge, I didn't blow all of my hard work. <BR> <BR> So thank you. Thank you for keeping me on track. Thank you for supporting me. <BR> <BR> (We... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:13:56 EST Really disappointed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2750038 So I went to my doctor today, to discuss many a thing, as I normally do when I go. I went to discuss my foot and my medication and all, and when I was done, I went to see the nurse, because her scale goes up high enough, where my doctor's only goes to 23st (322lbs) or so. <BR> <BR> When I stepped on the scale before Christmas, it weighed me at 189kg (although the nurse had put down 187kg) and when I stepped on this time... <BR> <BR> Well, I was expecting to be down weight. But I've also b... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:36:06 EST I actually feel kind of bad! EXCEPT NOT REALLY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2736946 So, I had my order placed for The Spark with amazon.co.uk. <BR> <BR> I just cancelled it. :( <BR> <BR> LOL, only because I placed my order elsewhere. Amazon.co.uk's release date for The Spark is January 29, and that's in paperback. For an extra £5, I ordered a hardback copy from thebookdepository.co.uk. And it'll be dispatched in 48 hours. <BR> <BR> Which means that I should get it two weeks before it's released by Amazon. I have no idea why there's such a difference in the release d... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:37:33 EST Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2728533 So, we have WOOHOO WEDNESDAY on Twitter. I propose that we make Mondays, "Go me!" Mondays. <BR> <BR> Or, well, I'd love to make a "GO ME MONDAY" type post here, because it's all about the little things as much as the big things, yeah? <BR> <BR> The easiest thing in the world is to make a sandwich. I remember my Weight Watchers leader telling our class this: the easiest thing in the world is to make a sandwich. It's barely filling, and we usually just make them BECAUSE they're easy to mak... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:31:11 EST My "ideal" weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2719914 So, I posted something on my status the other day, about my goal weight - currently set at 145lbs - and it got me thinking. <BR> <BR> I've basically been overweight since I was... 8 or 9. There was a Thing that happened to me before that, and that was the catalyst for my weight gain. Since then, it's mostly just been my love of food (good food and bad food alike!) that's kept me gaining weight. <BR> <BR> But my point is... I don't know - I've never known, as an aware person - what it's li... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 15:46:39 EST Pleasantly surprised! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2699448 I'm a big lover of Philadelphia ( <link>www.philadelphia.co.uk </link> ) cream cheese. Mum does great recipes with it from our Weight Watchers books, and it's just. Nummy. <BR> <BR> But because we use it so often - I sometimes subsitute it for my mayonnaise, if I feel like being decadent - it gets kind of expensive. We can easily use 2 tubs in a week. <BR> <BR> So I was trying out different brands - Asda's own, Tesco's own (both of which are TOO soft and watery) - and when we came back t... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 17:09:43 EST Here's to 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2680676 After a long absence, I'm back again! <BR> <BR> (and when I say "490", I meant "390". Good GOD if I ever reach 490lbs, I don't know what I'll do.) Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:14:44 EST Oh my god, I'm back again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2407944 Back after a very long hiatus. :D Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:29:18 EST 30 Days On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2087285 So! I have apparently been a member of Sparkpeople for 30 days now! I only realised because I checked my points and it said, "25 points awarded today for 30 days on the site!" <BR> <BR> Woohoo! <BR> <BR> So, 30 days on, and how am I finding it? How am I doing? <BR> <BR> I. Am. Doing. Great. <BR> <BR> I'm actually much more aware now of what I'm eating, even moreso than when I was in Weight Watchers. Two weeks ago, Mum was going to cook us a lovely cheesy ham pastry thing, and I looked... Sat, 23 May 2009 15:45:49 EST Water Retention! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2065332 Argh, I don't get it! I'm retaining water like CRAZY. My ankles are swollen like MPs' purses, apparently. <BR> <BR> I just. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking enough water. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking MORE THAN ENOUGH water. I'm drinking, like, 1.5 litres of water a day OR MORE. (Normally more. ESPECIALLY WHEN I'M AT WORK, because there's NO AIR IN MY OFFICE, and so I have to drink water to keep my body functioning at base levels.) <BR> <BR> So why am I all water-retainy? My period has gone (finally... Fri, 15 May 2009 16:21:12 EST Hula Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2046245 *shakes her grass skirt* <BR> <BR> Woohoo! I was Hula Girl of the day today, and it was a great way to cheer up the morning. FanTASTIC, let me tell you. <BR> <BR> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've noticed something amazing: it's actually easier, being on a diet, when I'm in work. Until, of course, lunchtime comes around! <BR> <BR> There's not much choice in town, as to wha... Fri, 8 May 2009 20:16:39 EST Week Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2037886 So, I stepped on the scales again today. Without getting dressed, without brushing my teeth, without really waking up. <BR> <BR> I honestly thought I was either still asleep or delusional. <BR> <BR> 27st 9lbs. (Quick calculation once I'm back at the computer: 387lbs) <BR> <BR> Last week I had been 28st. <BR> <BR> This time, there wasn't even wavering of the numbers. <BR> <BR> (I have one of those teeny wee glass scales from Weight Watchers, because they're the only ones that go up as fa... Wed, 6 May 2009 07:28:49 EST The Impending Holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2028093 So, on May 30, I'm going to Florida for my holiday! (Again. I went twice last year! But it's alright; one of my best friends lives in Florida, so that makes it a little easier. AND SHE IS ALSO THE REASON THAT I ACTUALLY GO TO FLORIDA INSTEAD OF ELSEWHERE.) <BR> <BR> Now, there's one thing about me, as an eater, that I know. I am very much a fan of American food. I love the portion sizes, I love that you can take food home if you don't eat it, I love the variety, the flavour, the textur... Sun, 3 May 2009 12:43:00 EST WEIGHT LOSS ZOMG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2016733 Haha! I know it's only been 6 days, but I am happy to announce that, since last Thursday, I have lost 5lbs! <BR> <BR> The 400lbs was the weight I knew I had reached... oooh. The week before? Then I weighed myself last Thursday, and I was already down 3lbs to 397lbs, now I'm 392lbs! <BR> <BR> For the first week, I'm thrilled with that. <BR> <BR> Not sure what next week is going to hold for me, because I had a really bad day at work yesterday, and didn't get to eat for 9 hours (my work ho... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:08:45 EST I wanna be the Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2008097 I Pledge that during the BLC6 I will... <BR> <BR> ...be good to my body and fill it with healthy foods and enough water to drown a fish. <BR> <BR> ...treat myself and my teammates with kindness and RESPECT. <BR> <BR> ...weigh in every week, no matter if I lost, gained, or stayed the same. <BR> <BR> ...follow ALL of the rules of the contest, and ask Ashley (Abuchweitz) if I have any questions. <BR> <BR> ...ask for help and support when I need it, and give others help and support when they... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 18:12:48 EST Thirst Has Driven Her Mad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2003526 I don't know what, exactly, happened today. It might have been the coffee I had at tea break, but I'm not entirely sure, but I drank something like... almost 3l of water today, not including the coffee and the small amount of soda I've had. <BR> <BR> But I'm still thirsty! I'm thirsty like I've been stuck in a desert for sixty days. I'm hoping that it's going to go away by tomorrow, because days like this really drive me bonkers! Fri, 24 Apr 2009 18:47:48 EST