JOGBIKEWALK's SparkPeople Blog JOGBIKEWALK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Weight gain, age, health and all that Hello, <BR> Well my weight gain seems to have leveled off. I am a mear 20 pounds short of my all time high. Maybe it is menopause, my slowly diminishing thyroid or whatever. Who knows. All I know is that now that I am in my 50s my body just doesn't react to exercise and diet the way it did in my 30s and early 40s. <BR> I think my aim now is more toward health then a certain number. It has to be. I read an interesting article on "Brook: Not on a Diet" about letting go of that "pre... Thu, 8 May 2014 07:16:53 EST Starting to move... Hi! In the spirit of accountability I am adding a new blog entry! I have not yet been as consistent as I want, but am working on it. I discovered that I have to train - to start to train - for a half marathon (hope that makes sense). All the half marathon training programs ask that you can already jog/run for some distance, so I must first work my way up to that. I am having trouble with my left leg (I have a leaky/vericose vein) that gets sore and swollen. I suppose it just needs to get u... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:25:57 EST Trying everything... Hi! Boy since turning 50 everything is a struggle for me. I can't seem to lose even a pound - and if i do, it comes right back on. I can't get in an exercise routine. Feeling like a big blob. So starting today I am going to try following a couch to half marathon training schedule. <BR> It is very gentle, starts super slow and easy. I have always thought about participating in a Disney 1/2. It's a dream. It can't hurt to try. We will see how far I can get. <BR> I may try to always do my... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:48:57 EST UP down UP down - whoa! Geesh. What the what? I know I am under stress right now, but c'mon! Why do I keep veering so far off course? The results are practically immediate too. I spend a day or two eating food that is (what normal healthy people eat everyday, i might add) higher carb like oat bread or greek yogurt with fruit and voila! (make a sound in your head like a magic wand) 4 pounds on your waist appears! Sometimes I feel like someone put a spell or curse on me :-( <BR> In reality, it is many things combined ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:13:37 EST Boy, this is a sloooooow process... Maybe it is my age (over 50), my thyroid (hypo), by blood sugar (hypo), my lifestyle - whatever - this is one tough and slow process. Ok, way back to the beginning three or so years ago I weighed 200 lbs. Yes, whoa. I lost 50 and have kept if off basically. There have been many ups and downs. Sometimes my weight would get too low, close to 129 and that is not good for me. Right now it is too high and is at the tippy top of my healthy weight range. The process of getting it here and trying to ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:06:28 EST On a day off... I will... <BR> 1) clean house <BR> 2) go for a blood test (thyroid) <BR> 3) email doctor for antibiotics <BR> 4) go in to work briefly <BR> 5) exercise for 45 min <BR> 6) make healthy food choices <BR> 7) watch the inauguration on tv <BR> 8) stay warm <BR> 9) spark! <BR> 10) enjoy the day and family :-) <BR> <BR> how about you? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:49:53 EST Five pounds up??? Really???? Ugh. What is wrong with me? I had just hit the tippy top of my healthy weight range. I was happy, excited, and motivated. before yesterday I was cold, tired and starting to feel sick again. My antibiotics are over and I am afraid the sinus infection is coming back. Anywho, I wanted warm and comforting something. So I toasted some bakery oatmeal bread we have. Well, one led to three. The rest of the days eating was LC, was before and is now and ever since. And guess what, I am up a ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:43:05 EST New journey starts today Maybe that is a little wrong, what I mean is - my paleo experiment is over and now back to regular old low carbing. I love low carbing. I have been doing it for years. Of course there have been temporary wobbles (and the subsequent gains) but those are tiny compared to the length of the overall journey. See my previous blog for the many, good lessons learned from paleo. It is an awesome plan and woe - truly. <BR> I am at the tippy top of my healthy bmi right now. A good starting point! I hope... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:39:26 EST Day 30 -oops guess I missed day 29 Here I am at the end of my paleo 30 day trial. To be honest, with sickness and at least 2 holiday derailments, I did not do a very good job. What I did do however, is get back on the low carb track and lose some pounds! Yes, this is very good indeed. <BR> I am fully back to low carbing and so happy about this. Going paleo helped me be much more aware of eating whole, healthy foods - not so much cheese - and no bars or mixes. I will hold on to that lesson as I move forward. <BR> Adding back ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:46:09 EST DAy 28 As my paleo experiment comes to an end (on friday) I reflect on what I have learned. I feel that reading a great deal and experiencing paleo type foods have made me more aware and thoughtful of what I put in my body. I have been low carb for a very long time (many years) due to some minor health issues. Eating low carb def is the way to stay in a healthy weight range for me. I find it easy and enjoyable. I do not feel denied, I feel empowered. I wanted to learn more about paleo for quite a wh... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:32:48 EST Paleo day 27 ---- I know these are boring blog posts. They are really just my own accountability tool, but I am always worried that some spark friend might read them and think "omg what boring droll person!" Please know I am just checking in for accountability. Spark is great in that way. Still recovering from flu and sinus infection. I was very tired at work today. I walked 30 min last night and rode bike for 15. I will try and do that again tonight but antibiotic is making me so queezy right now. <BR> My e... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:28:01 EST Paleo day 26! Just a quick check in today. Antibiotics have kicked in and are kicking this sinus/flu issue in the butt! Yay! Back to work for me today. I am not in a normal eating mode - so it is unfair to say if paleo is working for me or not. I feel this has messed up my experiment. I will continue though, if only in my mind! LOL I am enjoying reading about this WOE and have learned a lot. Hope you have a nice day! Happy Monday! <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:20:41 EST DAy 25 Blogging daily for accountability has been interesting. Sometime down the road it will be fun to go back and read. Perhaps for inspiration or a good laugh! I still have the flu/sinus infection. During the day I feel a little better and am moving around as much as I can. Night time is a different story. So much coughing. Blah. I am not getting much sleep and I am afraid no one in the house is either. <BR> The scale is steady even with my low low calorie intake. I am not doing it on purpose. J... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 09:57:47 EST Day 24 paleo challenge I am sick. Could not sleep at all last night. Yuck. Am only eating broth with egg, tea etc. Somehow I am UP 1.5 pounds today? Seems so odd, but i guess that means I am ok, not wasting away and am here for another day! lol <BR> I told my doctor yesterday that I really want to get my thyroid tested. It is time for my annual thyroid test and I think I am having symptoms. I only take .75 now. If it needs to be increased at least that would explain my constant weight gain and struggle to lose. W... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 07:45:09 EST Paleo day 23 Still fighting the flu. Went to the doctor and have a sinus infection as well. Got lots of meds and am hoping for more energy and recovery soon! I made egg drop soup today with organic chicken broth and one egg. Other than that hot tea is good. Very good. <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:35:00 EST Paleo day 22- dang dumb flu The dang flu is hanging on. I thought I was getting better yesterday. I thought "oh this isn't so bad, I am feeling better and it is only the third day!" But the flu was teasing me. Woke up feeling horrible again. The cough is getting worse and my chest burns when I do cough. Throat hurts again and headache is baaaaaaaack. Ugh. <BR> I will do my best to stay paleo. I don't have much appetite though. Hot tea is really really good. <BR> Hope you all are staying well! Get your flu shot! <BR> Bes... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 08:46:39 EST Day 21 of paleo eating challenge Hello! I am feeling a tiny bit better now. Hope this flu is on it's way out. I had to eat some toast yesterday to settle my stomach. So, I was up a pound and a half. Boo. I am contemplating going back to Atkins :-( Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:59:11 EST Day 20 of the paleo challenge - flu! Well, I def am sick. i thought it was sinus but now I am guessing flu. It isn't horrible, just the typical flu stuff - chills, dry cough, upset tummy, aches, headache blah, blah, blah. It will pass soon enough. I am really wanting toast, soup and crackers. But I won't! <BR> Making paleo soup from scratch sounds way too laborious. I won't give in to bread. Hot tea is good. <BR> I was down a bit on the scale, but haven't been eating much other than eggs yesterday. I will be a couch potato to... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:07:00 EST Happy NYE and day 19! I signed up to receive a new blog called "stupid easy paleo." Seemed like a lot of good inspiration and recipes. Yesterday my food choices were much better - paleo all day - and the scale showed it. I am not back to where I was pre-Christmas though :-( As the scale numbers go down, my hope for success grows! <BR> Today we will begin cleaning up and putting away holiday stuff. It will be a two day job for sure. I hope I feel up to it. Maybe I am tired, maybe it is strep or sinus infection,... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:57:50 EST Day 18 This is silly. I am a grown up woman. Why can't I resist things? I don't even know if I can say that I am doing paleo at this point?!? I did well all day, until our family had deep dish pizza for dinner. Oh it looked so good! So....I ate the cheese off the top of one piece - and nibbled a bit off the crust of another piece. Then I ate 2 Christmas cookies!!!!! What the heck! <BR> *biggest sigh* <BR> I will try again today. Now I am wondering if I should scrap it all and try South Beach or s... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:04:25 EST Day 17 of paleo eating challenge...doing better! hello! Yesterday was a better day - eating wise. Everyday at home has been wonderful, being with family and relaxing - but food wise - everyday has not been good LOL. Yesterday I was back on track and enjoying all paleo type food. Today I am determined to make it a good day food wise once again! <BR> The scale reflected my efforts. I am not back to where I was before Christmas, but am heading in the right direction. <BR> I think I am coming down with a cold or sinus infection too. I am ver... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:03:31 EST Paleo challenge day 16 I guess you can say I wobbled a bit in the middle - the middle of the 30 day challenge that is! I did well all day, until the afternoon. Maybe I tired or hungry or just toooooo tempted, but I gave in a few times. A cookie here, a pretzel there, a little piece of chocolate - UGH. <BR> Well, today is a new day. I will do it today - today I will be on track. <BR> Why is this so hard? I don't feel well or look good when I eat this sugar/starchy crap. I need to work on myself today for sure. ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:38:58 EST Half way - day 15 of 30 day challenge Yesterday was a good recovery day. All foods eaten were def paleo. However, I did not manage to track what I was eating so I have no idea about calories. Next step to being back on track? Today I will eat paleo style AND track everything. Phew! that will feel good. Hope you all are having a great paleo day and enjoying what ever it is you are doing! <BR> Stay strong - you can do it. These lovely holiday goodies are fading fast! <BR> <em>250</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:08:37 EST A blast, but a bust... OOOOOH WELLLLLLL - we had a wonderful, amazing family day of celebrating, laughing, giving, sharing, hugging and happiness. I wish we could hit "rewind" and do it all again today. Except for the excessive munching! LOL I started the day out so determined. I had a plan and even blogged about it! However, as the day progressed my determination waned and (alas) a very BAD little voice in my head said "go ahead, eat it, it is a holiday - just one day - everyone else is" - and so on. I must say,... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:02:21 EST Merry Christmas - day 13 of paleo challenge Happy holidays to everyone! We are having fun here, but we are wishing for snow too. My eating has been "ok." I licked the spoon and scraped the bowl after making pecan pie - yummy, gooey butter/brown sugar/vanilla/pecan stuff. I ate a little piece torn off the end of a cinnamon roll, and 1/3 of a sugar cookie. Could have been worse. I made a big breakfast casserole for everyone, and made tiny low carb version (sans bread and milk) for myself. Still very good! Coffee was with coconut milk a... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 11:01:40 EST 12 days of paleo... On the first day of paleo my true love gave to me.. <BR> Hey! I think a nice roasted partridge would be paleo?! And even the pear :-) On that note, I sure am looking forward to big old roasted turkey tomorrow! I will skip the stuffing (no big loss) and will truly enjoy some whipped up cauliflower, roast brussels sprouts, green beans roasted with garlic and bacon. <BR> Yesterday we made a gazillion cut out sugar cookies that will be decorated by kids today. Before I got started, I whipped up... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 09:12:17 EST Day 11 is here and so is the holiday rush! The last of our holiday parties was last night. There were plenty of appetizers and stuff I could choose from that would be considered "paleo." Yay! I did eat a small amount of cheese - maybe that is why the scale didn't budge this morning. Non the less, I am happy. <BR> Last minute holiday errands to run today. Hope the crowds aren't too scary. I have been known to turn around and go back home if the parking lots are too crowded! Do you ever do that? Hope your day is a good one. I am still... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:48:38 EST Day 10 of the challenge - woohoooooo I am thrilled to wake up another pound lighter. It is increasingly hard to think about this challenge with the holiday hustle and bustle reaching a pinnacle! Treats are absolutely everywhere. So far so good on my resisting. When I really want one (like the biscotti yesterday) I drink hot tea with cinnamon, eat some nuts, made coconut oil / cocoa bark and whatnot. Being part of the Paleo team and this challenge helps immeasurably! Seriously! <BR> On to day 10, holiday shopping, cleaning, gift... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:39:55 EST NUTS day 9! Am I eating too many??? No budge on the old scale today. This made me reflect on what delish paleo foods i have been eating. I think I have been eating too many nuts :-( I love the paleo "granola" with mixed raw unsalted nuts crunched up with berries and topped with unsweetened coconut milk. I use 1 ounce of nuts, just a few berries and 1/4 cup coconut milk - but I think this may be the culprit. I ate this for two meals yesterday. Is this too much? <BR> Other than no scale movement, I am still very happy and excite... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:35:33 EST Day 8 of the paleo eating challenge :-) Hello! Oh boy, winter storm warning here! What will the day bring? Pouring rain now, ugh, no fun at all. My exercise pound was gone today. I am glad. I want/need to exercise though. I guess I will have to find the right balance. <BR> Eating and food choices are continuing to be easy/fun/good. I love this paleo thing and truly hope this feeling stays strong. <BR> I REALLY need to get on wrapping gifts, grocery shopping and finishing up with last minute gift buying. I don't want to be one o... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:25:30 EST Day 7 of the 30 day challenge Hmmm....the silly old scale said I was UP 1 whole pound today from yesterday. The only thing I did differently was I exercised. I did a low impact step dvd (30 min) and then rode the exercise bike for 30 min. (pretty slowly) for another 30 while watching tv. I guess we will see if that random pound goes away when I weigh in tomorrow. I am not going to change my tracker, as I am mad and don't want to acknowledge it's existence! (bah humbug!) <BR> Today I will make healthy paleo food choices an... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 07:33:17 EST Day 6 already! woohoo Greetings paleo friends and others who may visit! LOL <BR> I can't believe it is day 6 already, because I am actually enjoying this and having fun with it. This is a great group on the paleo board and that really helps so much. I know I keep saying that - but it is true! Keeps me motivated for sure. <BR> I had another "good choices" day and plan on having one today too. One of my favorite things to eat right now is a bowl with about 1 ounce of nuts (unsalted, raw walnuts, almonds, pecans)... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:28:43 EST Day 5 of the 30 day challenge! Hello! Day 4 went well. No loss on the scale today, but no gain either! I consider that a small victory. Food was delish yesterday... <BR> with coconut milk and coconut oil <BR> L..big bowl of raw nuts, berries and whole coconut milk <BR> D...6 oz salmon cooked with olive oil and bussels sprouts <BR> snacks included... herbal Christmas tea with cinnamon stick, macadamia nuts, raw cranberries <BR> (Seems like I am forgetting something, oh well.) <BR> Hope you have a great Monday! ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:19:30 EST Paleo day 4! The scale seems to going in the right direction! Yay! We had a holiday gathering to attend last night. There were many things I could choose to eat that fit the paleo eating style. There was a big platter of fruits and berries, bacon wrapped scallops, cut up veggies etc. I did not partake in the desserts which didn't bother me at all. I am very used to avoiding sugar (for years now, hypoglycemic). All in all it was nice! <BR> I am looking forward to today and making more fun food choices. A... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:46:21 EST 30 day Paleo challenge - day 3 Oh tis the season, I feel like I am coming down with something. Life is so busy that my stragegy is to IGNORE it and try and carry on. Oh well... <BR> I am loving Paleo. It seems to be the fresh inspiration I need. The people on the Paleo team are wonderful! I don't think I could do it with out that team. <BR> So today I will continue to make Paleo food choices and read more on the internet about it. Holiday errands and a holiday gathering are on the agenda. <BR> HOpe you all are doing some... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:39:10 EST 30 day paleo challenge - day 2 I am feeling excited going into the weekend, knowing I have a program to lean on. We have another holiday gathering and I will make a regular dessert to share as well as a paleo dessert and paleo appetizer. Should be delish and easy too! <BR> I feel great about yesterday. My mood is def better. Meals today will be B= eggs and bacon (no nitrates) and maybe 1/2 a clementine. Lunch = deli meat, raw cranberries, cucumber, salad drizzled with coconut oil D= not sure yet, but maybe steak again. <... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:41:07 EST Fail, fail, another try What on earth is wrong with me? That is the question of the day. I do think I need my thyroid meds re-evaluated, but doctor said not until January. I am gaining at a shocking rate. One big reason is I can't manage to stay low carb! All the exhaustion from work and holiday stuff has me reaching repeatedly for treats. I haven't had a "meal" in days, I just keep grazing. <BR> This MUST stop now. <BR> Today is the day (I can feel it!) that I am back on track. The lovely folks on the Paleo team a... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:27:12 EST Two Weeks of concentrated efforts Well, no big weight loss yet. But I am determined to keep at it. Exercise is good, no matter what. And as Alneagle said - maybe it is inches I am losing not pounds (yet). I am still down 40 pounds from my highest weight, so all is not lost (or regained!). I still need to lose about 15 pounds to be in my healthy range. <BR> Still trying, still at it, everyday. I have just finished week 5 of the c25k program. <BR> Thanks spark for giving me a place to keep track of things and find inspirat... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:23:52 EST One week of determined efforts... happy ONE week of trying hard, eating LC and in a good calorie range. Exercise has been daily and for 60 min most of the time. This is all good! So why no big weight loss???? <BR> My age? My thyroid (it is hypo).... I just don't know. <BR> What I do know is that all this is good for me! So I will continue on and hope for the best. I don't like what I see when I look in the mirror or try on clothes. It is horrible, horrifying, horrific. Hopefully these healthy steps will change all that. P... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:29:50 EST 50 Came and Went! Well, 50th came and went...still not on track but getting there. I have at least 13 pounds to lose, even more I think! I don't know how this happens. I don't know how to get it off! I think I am just getting to that point in my age where losing weight is hard, exercise is hard. I am truly trying though. <BR> I am recommitted BIG TIME. Unfortunately Thanksgiving is just around the corner. No excuses allowed for me though! I can do this. I have done this. I will do this again. <BR> Healthy w... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 07:33:30 EST Still not on track Still not on track - still working on it. I will be 50 soon. I hope to be on track by then! Can i weight 150 on my 50th? Sun, 23 Sep 2012 12:29:03 EST Tweaking my food ideas I am trying something new this week to see if the scale will budge. <BR> 1) cutting out heavy whipping cream and half and half - replacing it with Hoods 2% Calorie Count Down. I will use this in my hot cereal and coffee etc. <BR> 2) I really should try cutting out the Atkin's bars. Unless I am desperate! If I am "having a moment" and NEED chocolate, I will have only half a small bar and try to get by. <BR> 3) NO MORE nibbling. I nibble a lot on Wasa fiber crackers and always scoop a bit of b... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 09:12:15 EST