KARASU_888's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KARASU%5F888 KARASU_888'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/ As usual! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493547 It has been a very long time since I posted... How ironic is it that the only time I get around to posting a blog is when I get ridiculously busy again? I guess that goes to show, I do better under pressure. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm still struggling with health problems. I'm just now recovering from a nasty cold, among other things. <BR> <BR> HOWEVER <BR> <BR> My weight loss has been doing really well. I'm now down to 180-181 lbs. I had to buy some new pants last week. I was glad my boyfrie... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:28:16 EST Sometimes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447276 Sometimes life really just gets in the way. <BR> <BR> Sometimes life gets really hard... <BR> <BR> And sometimes, life decides to just take a giant poop in your front lawn! <BR> (metaphorically speaking of course, since I have no front lawn...) <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I last posted... <BR> <BR> SO <BR> What have I been up to, you ask? <BR> <BR> Well, German classes ended for me on the 18th of July. I have done nothing especially interesting since then. My days have become nea... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 07:28:47 EST Kitchen staples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395166 I found the idea on a friend's blog, so I thought I'd post it too! The idea is to post a list of the staples, or things you ALWAYS have in your kitchen. <BR> <BR> So here's my list! <BR> <BR> Bananas <BR> Apples <BR> Peanuts <BR> Milk <BR> Carrots <BR> Frozen Fish <BR> Rice <BR> Potatoes <BR> Swiss Cheese <BR> GF and non GF Pasta <BR> Eggs <BR> Frozen veggies of some sort (usually green beans, peas, cauliflour, and broccoli) <BR> Canned Kidney Beans <BR> Frozen German Spinach <BR> <BR> Tha... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:11:24 EST Cleansing produce with Vinegar - Quite necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389715 I thought this might be an interesting topic for a blog. I recently started cleansing my fresh produce that I buy with vinegar water as soon as I get them home. It kills bacteria, makes the food safer to eat, and keeps them from molding before you can eat them all. <BR> <BR> I mix vinegar with water in a large container and let the fruit/veggies set in the water for about 5 minutes, then rinse them with clean water, dry them, and then put them away. <BR> <BR> I usually have to change the ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 07:31:34 EST Starting week 49: It's been so long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383286 Time in Germany: 17:00 (5 pm) <BR> <BR> I really haven't had much time to post a blog the last few months, but I have been kinda active on sparkpeople. I have still been trying to lose weight, however through April and part of May I had a bit of a setback. I got very busy with studying and didn't take much time for my health. I started eating far too much at meal time, and snacked a lot. The only thing that kept me from gaining weight, I think, is how much I have to walk every day. <BR> <B... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 11:01:54 EST Starting week 26: A rough time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289600 Well I've been having quite a hard time with my blood sugar, almost passed out a few times in the last 3 weeks, and I kind of blacked out - I think it was on a Tuesday. I remember sitting at the table eating lunch, I remember finishing lunch and putting the things away, and then I remember nothing after that until I woke up on the couch aprox. an hour and a half later. The next few days I discovered a bruise on my bottom and a scrape on my elbow that I have no memory of. Even thinking about i... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:03:57 EST Week 23:So far, much better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264467 I had quite the adventure last week. My German classes started on Monday, Feb. 18th. The first day I managed to show up to the wrong class - the fault of the language school, since they did not send me the papers with my confirmation and address of the building my classes were in. So I attended the wrong class Monday, and then found out afterwards. So Tuesday I went to the right class and was able to catch up easily thanks to the friendly students sharing notes with me. Unfortunately, I got v... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:25:35 EST Middle of week 20: Settled in Germany and doing well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250236 So I've been in Germany for around 4 weeks. I know it seems like I disappeared, but here I am! During these four weeks I've lost from 235 down to 224. I really am not counting calories, though I have been careful to only eat healthy foods - lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains (excluding gluten grains). <BR> <BR> I'm actually quite surprised at my weight loss, since I have been eating much more than I was before. I suppose that's the key though, because previously I was - as my mother put ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:23:08 EST So, I'm leaving tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207184 Leaving in the morning at 8:40 am... Have to be at the airport by 6, so that means leaving at 4 am from home. So... probably waking up at 2:30 or 3. Somehow I don't see myself sleeping much tonight! <BR> <BR> I'll try to post an update on how the flight went and how I'm doing here sometime on Wednesday or Thursday, though it may be at an odd hour because of the time difference. I'll be landing at 9 am Wednesday morning, however it will be 1 am MST time.... confused yet? lol <BR> <BR> Anyway... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:37:20 EST Starting week 16: And Soon, a New Chapter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193082 I know I've been terrible lately about keeping my weekly blog... But I have an excuse! I've been running like crazy for the holidays, and now I'm running like crazy to prepare for my move to Germany!! Truthfully there has been no progress on my weight in the last 3 weeks, but I'm hoping once I get moved and get settled in, I can start making progress once again. For now I'm happy to just not be putting my old weight back on! <BR> <BR> There are exactly 9 days until I leave for Germany... Des... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:31:05 EST Starting week 12: Missed an entry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168093 Well I feel bad for missing an entry last week, but it's not too bad because I really had nothing to report. Week 10 was just another struggle trying to recover from being sick and get back on track with everything. <BR> <BR> I am happy to say that week 11 went very well! I lost around 2 lbs more, so I'm very happy. At this point I'm way behind schedule for my original goal, but I am just happy with any progress! And hey, you never know - I could manage to get back on track and meet my goa... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 12:22:14 EST Starting week 10: A Little late... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154610 Well I know it's now Monday, not Sunday. But I was crazy busy yesterday, and then by the time I was finished with everything for the day, I was feeling so bad that I forgot to post a blog. <BR> I have pretty much been sick since about 3 days after thanksgiving... I'm not sure what it is, but I'm guessing I caught something from someone we visited with, and with my messed up immune system, it's hitting me hard. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I don't have any progress to report this week. Since I'v... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:02:12 EST Starting week 9: End of the Thanksgiving trial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146552 I almost forgot to post this weekly update today - I was so worn out from the week that it slipped my mind. However I just sat down at my computer with some potatoes for dinner and a nice pumpkin spice chai tea (Terrible habbit, eating at the computer, I know!) and I realized - I still have to post my Sunday blog! So here I am, duly chastised by myself... <BR> <BR> This last week has been crazy. It seems like it lasted longer than it did, and yet also seems like it was shorter at the same ti... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:13:09 EST Starting week 8: Somewhat proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139435 I almost got another 2 lbs gone last week! I lost 1.6 lbs. I obviously hoped for a full 2 lbs but hey! Any progress is still progress. <BR> <BR> There's not much to say about the last week - it was mostly just the same old stuff... <BR> <BR> Still somewhat dreading the holidays! I really have to steel myself against all the temptations that are going to present themselves... Just gotta tell myself I CAN DO IT! I have an idea that might help me - I think I'll make a promise that I will take... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 15:23:31 EST Starting week 7: Mostly according to plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131516 I can't believe it's already Sunday again! It seems like the weeks are going by so fast... <BR> <BR> Well anyway, last week went like I hoped - for the most part. I was able to get rid of the extra pounds I had gained through Halloween, and lost and extra pound as well! I honestly had hoped for 2 lbs progress, but I feel like I did really well considering I had 4 extra pounds to get rid of before I could make progress! So anyway, I'm very satisfied with the way that week 6 went. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:25:32 EST Starting week 6: mostly under control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123820 So it's the end of another week, and I managed to survive Halloween with minimum damage. I did gain a little bit - but not too much. A big factor was counting my calories - even if it was over the limit! <BR> <BR> So this week is gonna be damage control, plus hopefully another 2 lbs progress. I figure if I can lose 2 lbs a week, I can manage to make my goal of 225 by new years. It's gonna be crazy with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up... But all I can do is try my best - and that means n... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 16:58:42 EST End of week 4; Starting week 5 - A bit of progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115881 Well I haven't exactly been posting faithfully like I had hoped I would. And I haven't lost as much as I wanted to - however there are some good things to report. I want to put them in this blog for my own reference as well. <BR> <BR> So I am currently at 241 lbs. (not counting the lb of water weight I have this week for girl reasons) <BR> <BR> That is aprox.: <BR> 36 lbs down from my heaviest weight - ever. <BR> 25 lbs down from my heaviest weight recently. (logged January 1st, 2012, at 26... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 18:13:22 EST Middle of the week - a little bit of a struggle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094525 So I haven't been feeling very good for the last 2 days. My mental state is terrible - I don't know why but all of my depression and anxiety are hitting me hard recently! I gained a little weight back, because I ate a late dinner night before last. Now I'm working on losing it again and then making progress for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> I think a problem might be the rapid weight loss I had last week - 6 lbs in only 7 days - it can release a looot of toxins into your system, that were... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:08:20 EST End of week 1 - starting week 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090182 <BR> Lbs lost: 6 <BR> Mental State: So happy about the total weight loss so far! <BR> Energy level: Much better than yesterday... but still low <BR> Motivation level: Very motivated. The success of 6 lbs in one week reminds me I really can do this! (even if it's not always so much progress!) <BR> <BR> So it's been a really long week,(I swear it seemed more like 2 weeks) <BR> I seem to still be fighting off whatever virus I had for 2 weeks previously - I still cough like crazy if I get too a... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:42:37 EST Weigh in day for the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080670 So today marks the start of a new life for some of my family members and I. I have convinced them to join me in this quest for a healthier, more active life-style. Some of them have already had great success with weight loss, and are now just trying to maintain! Today is the first weigh-in, and picture day for later comparison. I'm so excited to get started!! <BR> <BR> I hope to see some good progress, so everyone stays motivated. I'll be keeping track of my own progress here in my blog. I e... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:15:59 EST