JENNY160's SparkPeople Blog JENNY160's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Too many vegetables I am on a 10 week program that has some pretty specific "rules" about the food you consume. You have to have X grams of protein (etc.), with every meal, eat 6 times per day, and every meal has to include a vegetable. <BR> <BR> I have been a vegan (1 month), a vegetarian (6 months), and a pescatarian (5+1/2 years). You would think these little rules would be easy as pie (oh dear, I said *pie*) for someone who has eaten a diet with "rules" for so long. Well, they aren't. I am having so muc... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 01:36:48 EST Sleep and Cheese Sleep. Sleeeeep. It even sounds yummy. Then why am I so resistant to going to sleep? I stay awake until 3 am reading ebooks, or watching Netflix, or being on my phone on social media. Then I wake up with a sleep deprivation headache, dizziness, grogginess, and mental fog that takes forever to subside. Like being sleep-sick. And I know the cause, the cure, and both are in my control, yet I do this night after night after night. Obviously exercising when you are sleep-sick sucks. So th... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:33:22 EST Facebook is Fattening Working for the schools, I have excess time in the summers for all the things I should be doing to improve my health. Researching exercises, reading up on nutrition, experimenting with new recipes, exercising, streamlining healthy food shopping... What I have found, though, is that Facebook has sucked me down the worm hole almost every single day, and now my summer is gone. I have never wasted more time in my enter life and missed so many opportunities for quality workouts! My resolution,... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:04:31 EST counter productive blogging Sat down to blog, and the thought crossed my mind that I will continue to be on this computer all day if I don't just get up and do something physical. Lightbulb. I'll check in later! :-) Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:23:54 EST Motivation I am having difficulty pinpointing what it is that is going on inside lately. I am sticking to my game plan for food, but not for exercise. So on one hand I am feeling pretty good about my accomplishments, but on the other I am pretty disappointed in myself. I won't spend any time beating myself up about this, but I did find this excerpt from the following article by Dean Anderson, and it hit home. <BR> <BR> "3 Ways to Build Consistency" <BR> <BR> "Rule #1: Never tell yourself “I’m not... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:00:24 EST Mother Reality Reality is a mother. <BR> <BR> And not the nice kind that brings comfort and cookies. <BR> <BR> No, Reality is the eye-opening slap to the cheek when you see yourself looking back from a picture in which you are twice the size that you envision yourself. She is the mean girl who snaps your strap and splits your seam. She can be the B-word, if you let her. <BR> <BR> Ms. Reality paid a little unwelcome visit yesterday, but she did me a favor. Today I acknowledged her--rather than letting ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:47:51 EST Brunch on my 'first day back' I cannot say that I have not been cognizant of my eating lately. I am fully aware of what I have been eating. I've been eating crap. And lots of it. I make these plans while I'm driving home that I will make something yummy and nutritious like veggie soup with nutritional yeast (if you haven't tried this stuff, DO, cuz it rocks!), have it with a slice of light bread for mopping the bowl, and then indulge in some strawberries and blueberries with yogurt for dessert. Then I get home and pi... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 13:25:25 EST Droppin' it Low When you are 230 lbs and haven't been on a bicycle in 15 years, and you start riding the stationary bike at the gym for 15-30 minutes at a time, you realize there is more than one way to interpret "feel the burn". <BR> <BR> Ouch. <BR> <BR> I believe that there *has* to be a market for a bike seat shaped like a catcher's mitt that provides support for the circumference of the apple-bottomed riders, rather than the pin-point support felt by Ms. Ladybits and her backyard neighbor that is curre... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:39:40 EST "Bikeless Cyclist," or "No, I Did Not Get a Donut". I was driving into the HyVee (a grocery store) parking lot one early evening, and I saw a very large group of people gathered with their bicycles (some outfitted with saddlebags) on the huge, plush, shaded grassy side lawn next to the liquor department. They looked as if they were having a grand ol' time, laughing, kicked back, some lying on the grass, some drinking what looked like beer in bottles, most dressed in cyclist's gear. It looked like the beginning or ending of a very nice day of... Sat, 25 May 2013 18:40:18 EST Even the pasta went green There is a division within my household when it comes to food. Three years ago, I decided to try a vegan diet. After about two months, I found myself becoming dissatisfied and craving cheese and salmon. So I decided to "go pescatarian". Three years later, I am still living the pescatarian lifestyle. <BR> <BR> To my family, this translates as "greens and tofu". Or in other words, "Ick." <BR> (Note that I have not eaten tofu for months, but no one seems to notice that). <BR> <BR> So a f... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 19:04:13 EST My problem appears to be electricity On a more serious note (and contrary to my last blog, I take the need to aid (dare I say, cure) those with Alzheimer's very seriously), I *am* starting to worry about my memory issues. I find myself borderline ADHD lately--easily-distracted focus, short attention span, "flitting" about from task to task leaving most incomplete. And my OCD tendencies are at odds with that because it drives me crazy to leave anything unfinished. And then I find myself suddenly 'drawing a blank' as to what I... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:39:50 EST Yes, I KNOW I'm getting older... What's with all the Alzheimer's ads that pop up while I'm surfing on this site? I'm starting to get a little paranoid. Are they trying to tell me something? Rude. <BR> <BR> Now what was I saying? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:23:36 EST Intervention The job I have on Saturdays usually keeps me pretty busy, and I don't have a lot of time to go grazing for food. Unfortunately, there are those few good-hearted people who feel the need to buy or cook a treat for the Saturday "crew" and leave boxes of Girl Scout cookies, or a dozen of day-olds (see blog from 2/2/13), or home-made cookies in the break room. Oh, and of course, the master-planner of office design thought it would be a good idea to put all of the printers in the break room so y... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:41:46 EST Right turn only Wow. I just did a little playing with the charting features of the website, and I charted my weight over three years (Feb 2010 'til now). Those first six months I was killin' it. Lost 53 lbs. Then what happened? little ups with even smaller little downs, up down up down up down...until I am right where I am--still 20 lbs less than my starting weight, but 33 lbs heavier than I was in August of 2010. <BR> <BR> That was a painful slap for this curious little cat. <BR> <BR> But a necessa... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:32:29 EST donuts and water Yeah, let's just say that today was not a sterling day for me in terms of will power, good choices, and staying within my calorie count. <BR> <BR> My sticky fingers are making a mess of the keyboard as I type. <BR> <BR> Jelly and custard-filled pastries. Evil concoctions from He!!. But so sweet. So innocent-looking. Sooo d e l i c i o u s. <BR> <BR> I fell off the wagon so hard today that I think I broke my a$$. <BR> <BR> But I drank my 10 glasses of water. That off-sets a 3000 c... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 19:40:46 EST Lunch-- it's not for sissies Ok, for those of you with a weak, or easily-offended, constitution, look away. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a doozy for me. <BR> <BR> I was eating healthfully, making good choices (or so I thought), and had a big ol' bowl of an aseptic-packaged soup I got at Whole Foods. Gran Farro e Fagioli by Fig Food Co. It was kinda bland, but had an ok flavor, so I polished it off with a small veggie sandwich made with high-fiber bread. <BR> <BR> Halfway through the afternoon, I started feeling...*unc... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:42:28 EST DH's Master Plan I did NOT want to work out tonight, but DH texted me he was on the way to the gym. I cannot let him regret getting that gym membership by my bailing on him, so I went. His plan to get me back into the gym consistently is working, and I think he's pretty proud of that. I'm okay with his being right this *one* time. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I did 18 minutes on the treadmill, 18 minutes on the elliptical, and 18 minutes on the bike. Not bad for someone who didn't even wanna go. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:15:08 EST PF and DH DH has accompanied me to PF 3 times this week. He has been especially motivating and supportive. Cross your fingers that this continues. If it doesn't, though, I will go on my own. I feel the need. <BR> <BR> Although my cravings for naughty stuff like chocolate cake with fudge frosting have not decreased, my caving to them has, and my mood has been better. <BR> <BR> No weight lost yet. Will reward myself immediately with a massage the moment the scale downshifts 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> Gon... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:31:54 EST Starting the new year I made it through the holidays gaining/losing about the same amount, so there is no remorseful, New Year's damage control to be done, thank goodness. I did, however, enter into a depressed state like one I have never experienced before this past holiday season. Lots on my plate. Tons to sort out. The inside had become messier than the outside (which I have been neglecting for a long time), and it was just not something I could handle. And to have it happen during my favorite holiday seas... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:08:47 EST My glass is half full, but my plate is completely full, thank you The universe has such balancing properties. My surgery was very successful, even to the point of not even needing any pain medication afterward. My return to ambulation was fast, and my insurance deductible was already met, so the surgery cost was pretty minimal. However, I had some pretty crappy news yesterday--development of a blood clot in my surgery leg. I have to give myself shots in the stomach 2x/day for 5 days, will have to go on blood thinners, and ongoing constant monitoring o... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:03:03 EST Surgery, sleep, water, gratitude The arthroscopic surgery went well, no nausea, very little pain, and I am (cautiously) walking around without aid of crutches or cane. I'm not driving yet since I drive a stick shift and need both legs to be working well, so I missed all the Black Friday sales. BUT I saved a lot of money since I didn't shop the Black Friday sales. Glass half full and all. <BR> <BR> I have been using the down time to catch up on sleep. I had no idea how sleep deprived I have been. <BR> <BR> Maybe that ha... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:52:36 EST Goals goals goals Not sure how it is possible to be nit-picky and OCD about the cleanliness of 98% of the house, yet let my bedroom, closet, and bathroom look like an episode of "Hoarders". I finally snapped and started purging/cleaning my bathroom today. It has been hours and I'm only halfway done. How could I have let it get so bad? I have missed my tub so much! (I have a separate shower that is accessible). <BR> <BR> The goal is to have the bathroom done tonight and the bedroom done tomorrow so I can c... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:47:21 EST This was *not* on my birthday list! I found out today that my knee pain from yesterday and the day before is another torn meniscus. Now I have MMT in BOTH knees! I was scheduled for surgery for the left one for the 20th. Now I don't know what the plan is, because I have to have one good leg for getting around after the surgery. <BR> <BR> Saturday I was joking with my mom that I was going to write "NO!" on my good leg so they operated on the correct leg. Guess now I can write, "Take your pick," or, "whichever". <BR> <BR> J... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:40:33 EST Zzzzz I am just going to complain for one paragraph. Then I will have it out, purged, and let the Universe deal with it. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, on the way to vote, a deer rammed into the side of my car scaring the the bejesus out of me and almost caused me to slam into the ditch. I was pretty proud of my driving in that I maintained control and got it back on the road quickly without losing control. The sideview mirror is gone, both side doors are smooshed in (driver's door has a chest dent, back d... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:29:25 EST Venison is not on the menu For the 2nd time this year, my car and I have had a run-in with a deer. I have been lucky that I have come through unharmed both times and have been spared the agony of actually finding the injured deer in pain or dead on the road. Both times, the deer has been nowhere to be found. I bawled like a baby anyway. <BR> <BR> This second time, tonight, the deer slammed into my driver's side window/door. As if she were attacking my car like a ram or something. I know she wasn't. She was simply... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:56:35 EST Gak. Just tracked my calories for today. <BR> <BR> O. <BR> M. <BR> G. <BR> <BR> You know when you come home, and your dog is sitting in the middle of the garbage-strewn kitchen with his head hanging, and his apologetic puppy eyes fixed on you, waiting for the inevitable, "Bad dog!"? <BR> <BR> Well... <BR> <BR> Guess who blindly wolfed her way through close to 3000 calories without batting an eyelash today? <BR> <BR> Whipping through a chocolate brownie and an icy mocha like a dog tossing tras... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:17:43 EST If a tree falls in the forest... So... <BR> if you stay within your calorie budget for the day, <BR> but all the calories were high-fat, high-sugar *CRAP* calories, <BR> does that count as a "good" day or a "bad" day? <BR> <BR> Hmmmmmm Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:41:34 EST Just thinking out loud here Gonna end the 4-day, no-workout "streak" tonight. I have a personal training session lined up, and I am committed to doing an additional hour of cardio throughout the day. Stayed late at work yesterday, came in early today, have worked over the lunch hour thus far, and have my laptop packed with work I can do from home this weekend on my *one* day off between the 2 jobs so I can leave a smidge early today. That way I can go straight to the gym and get everything in before they close (the g... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:10:40 EST Conflicting internal messages It has been 3 days since I worked out. A streak I am not pleased with. I post my status as being headed to the gym, and then something distracts me or tempts me away from what I know will make me feel good after feeling temporarily uncomfortable. My gymbag is in the car. I drive to the gym. I turn off the car in the parking lot. But before I get out, something has been making me change my mind. I tell myself I'll just work out at home. That way I can do laundry at the same time. Or ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:37:43 EST Counter Cats A friend sent this to me. Cracked me up. We've all met one. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:19:02 EST Interior Decorating Messages from the environment, my car, my coworkers, my mother, my cats, and my gastrointestinal track have all brought me to the conclusion that my life (emotionally and physically) has too much going on, too much "clutter", to run both efficiently and pleasurably. <BR> <BR> Time to start eliminating. <BR> <BR> Editing. <BR> <BR> Like re-decorating a room, I need to remove everything and add things back one item at a time. <BR> <BR> This might take awhile. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 19:44:48 EST Error Message: An error has occurred On my way to work this morning, I notice that the screen of my phone appears to be different. All of my icons are in different places, and some are missing. Uh oh. That can't be good. <BR> <BR> [instant queasiness] <BR> <BR> I pull into Starbuck's lot and turn the phone off. Then back on again. No change. Take the battery out. Wait 30 seconds. Put it back in. The insolent little icons refuse to go back to their places. So I sit there in my car, in the Starbuck's parking lot, stari... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 17:42:09 EST If ya can't pronounce it, best not to eat it From this past week of bad food choices and the ensuing gastrointestinal, mood, and bloat issues I am experiencing, I am reminded that "garbage in = garbage out". <BR> <BR> I feel icky. Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:27:54 EST Push, don't pull Two things I have never been able to do, even at my high school weight of 150 lbs: full pushups (hands and toes, not hands and knees), and pull ups. <BR> <BR> I had an hour personal training session today, and my trainer gave me my first superset to do in the hour. One of the exercises of that superset was pushups on the BOSU. I have always done pushups (both regular and BOSU) on my hands and knees. <BR> <BR> It came time for the BOSU pushups, and as I got into the hands-and-knees pos... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:35:59 EST Training, maintaining, and fear of gaining I am really having difficulty wrapping my head around a situation that I will face in November. I am having a torn meniscus "cleaned up" in my knee through arthroscopic surgery in November, and my physician said I would need to not exercise on it for a month. I have such fear welling in me because of that. A month "off' may quash any habit of exercise that I have taken years to establish. I am freaking out over this. <BR> <BR> In early 2010, I started exercising regularly, and I added ... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:13:18 EST Jenny vs MegaFan Helicopter-blade-sized MegaFan-- you don't know who you're dealing with. <BR> <BR> I came. <BR> <BR> I conquered. <BR> <BR> I won. <BR> <BR> <BR> Bite me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:00:23 EST Just a coupla more sweaty entries Ok, so I finally managed to work so hard I maintained a drippy ring of sweat, even with the "helicopter fans" in full rotor! A woman in the locker room laughed as I frantically tried to capture the "effort" with my cameraphone (she knew the backstory), and I swear, one minute into cooldown the ring had *vanished*. [Hmmm... seeing a new way to save electricity on laundry day]. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At another facility I hearkened ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:32:02 EST Cats and Dogs As I commented on a Sparkfriend’s blog earlier today, date nights are a food pitfall for me. My DH loves Chinese food and restaurants that specialize in comfort food (translation--high fat and high calorie), and he rarely exercises any more. Our date nights have basically become excuses to eat out. It also seems as if this has become our only “together time”. <BR> <BR> I miss the dates where we went to the gym together, whipped up experiments in the kitchen and snuggled into the comfy ch... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:35:31 EST Stupid Mega-Fan Sooo I was working out for the first time in a new gym that I joined the other day (I'm a member of 3--can anyone say *excess*?), and I realized that, after 45 minutes, I still was not producing a sweat-ring. I checked my HRM, and I was at 140+. I could *feel* the sweat trickling down past my ears, but nothing was accumulating on my shirt. Wha...? <BR> <BR> That's when I realized that this new gym has three HUGE, helicoptor-blade-sized fans on the ceiling. I switched treadmills three tim... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:43:59 EST She's 23, I'm 47, and the legs are 72 I believe that there is an athlete inside me. I'm not talking about the transformation from sedentary to active person due to living more mindfully. Fitness has increased, no doubt. But this feeling is different. I swear there is an athlete inside me. She dances. And runs. Man, can she ever run. <BR> <BR> Each time I watch a show where there is ballroom dancing, I realize sometime during the show that my upper body, specifically shoulders, neck, head, and hips are oriented in the posi... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:42:00 EST Butt-sweat and other gems I am slacking in my effort pics, but I keep forgetting to find a mirror immediately after working out. By the time I get home, the ring has diminished significantly and looks like I barely did anything. So here is my pic from Monday. The sweat on the back actually encompassed both shoulders and went down into my shorts. Couldn't get a pic of it (I'm not that bendy), and frankly, it would have been a bit too graphic/gross to post. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:12:30 EST Ewww... TMI... I've created a new folder in the picture file on my computer. They are not "before" or "after" pics. They are not evidence of how far I've come or me in the new dress I can slink into. (Those will be forthcoming, trust me). These are going to be "effort pics". Badges of honor that I will combine into the biggest sweat collage ever. <BR> <BR> This is today's: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's the result of the second round of wor... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:37:25 EST My gold sticker fetish When I first joined, I thought it was funny that you got little points, rewards, and "trophies" from Sparkpeople for various accomplishments. For reading articles. For logging food. For simply drinking water. I didn't think it was much of a motivator for me. But then I found myself reading articles just to rack up some points. To graduate to the next Sparklevel. Logging on just to spin the wheel and taking the quizzes to see if I could get enough points in one day to ge... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 01:27:31 EST Vegas and excess Went to Vegas this past week and assumed I would not make the best choices in terms of food and alcohol during my stay. But hey, this is Vegas, right? Who really makes good choices while they're here? I had to have that attitude or the guilt would have ruined the trip for me. <BR> <BR> In reality, I really didn't do THAT badly. Gained about a pound by eating some pretty decadent food and sipping on a variety of calorie-laden adult drinks. I am not one to drink my calories, but if you ev... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:06:18 EST Inside Out I have been inside all day. Time to get out. it's hot and sticky out there, but it is OUTSIDE. Sometimes ya just have to be outside. And I am not an outside kind of gal, so there is a STRONG urge at work here! <BR> <BR> I'll probably be back, dripping sweat, ready to be enveloped by the glory of air conditioning, but at least for a brief stint, I will have been an "outside" person. Gotta flex the comfort zone once in a while, right? <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll be an outside person as long as ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:41:45 EST Irony I find it ironic that I have spent more than 2 hours sitting on my bell-bottomed-butt, cruising around SparkPeople webpages, reading about activity, writing about activity, and being, for the most part, completely inactive. <BR> <BR> Well, SparkFriends, tatafornow as I lace up my shoes and hit the pavement for a bit of a walk. I've gotten inspiration from your posts, and now I'm going to put it to good use! Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:52:22 EST Have you seen a 47 year old fish? I started doing weekly workouts in the pool and decided it was time to learn how to swim (crawl style) and breathe at the same time. I've been a backstroke-swimmer or doggie-paddle-swimmer all of my life because of this inability to front crawl and breathe at the same time. But frankly, it became too embarrassing to be 47 years old and have to swim like this: stroke stroke stroke stroke (swallow pool water) gasp wheeze cough sputter, stroke stroke stroke stroke... Soooo I finally learned t... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 02:36:51 EST 1500 calories Mid-afternoon yesterday I had the feeling that my eating had been horrible, and I was bumming because of how few calories I thought I had left for the day. I knew I would go over calories because I was not going to make it wthout eating for the rest of the day. My co-worker, who knows I tally online, said, "Go enter your foods. It will make you feel better. I think you'll be surprised." So I did. <BR> <BR> Lo and behold, I was on track for protein, carbs, fats, etc., AND I had a whopp... Fri, 4 May 2012 13:23:28 EST Quoting others I have run across a number of quotes lately that have inspired me. These were all found at, of all places, a quilt show at our botanical gardens last Friday. <BR> <BR> “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. --Anaïs Nin. <BR> <BR> "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:28:33 EST Mysterious change in behavior Each time I have been successful with behavior change and weight loss I had a certain "feeling" that I have never been able to identify. It is an ease and contentment that leads to doing what I need to do when I need to do it. The first time I lost any significant amount of weight, I remember the feeling of the "off" button being pushed while I was eating. I would be eating, and then I would feel this desire to stop eating. Simply like an "off" button had been pushed. My friend described... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 13:33:31 EST