KATIEG999's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATIEG999 KATIEG999'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/ Tomorrow's meal plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294352 I love Greek Yogurt for breakfast. I love its clean, tart flavor and the way it holds me over until lunch. Lunch will be 2 hard boiled eggs and split pea soup, with some sort of veggie. I plan almonds for an afternoon snack. I might have bran cereal if I get too hungry. Dinner...I am thinking a nice big huge green salad with grilled chicken. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:44:18 EST 13.5 pounds lost on my thyroid diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274854 I am in my ninth week (I think) of my thyroid diet and have lost 13.5 pounds. Only 1.5 pounds until the 15 pound mark! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:06:18 EST Thyroid Diet: 5 weeks and 9 pounds lighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245189 I am ending the 5th week of my thyroid diet, and am 9 pounds lighter. I am so grateful for this program...this is the first and only thing that has worked for me for years. The good part is...it works!!! The hard part is...I am still (!) going too low on carbs and giving myself headaches. But I am figuring it out. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:28:10 EST My next goal...750 fitness minutes per month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237789 Actually, my goal is 1000 fitness minutes per month. But my knees/back are still a bit of a challenge, so I am shooting for 750 fitness minutes per month as an interim goal. <BR> <BR> I was kind of discouraged...I was really hungry and snacked a bit more than I had intended on almonds and cheese...about an ounce of almonds and about 2 ounces of cheese...still came in at the high end of my calorie range though. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:57:46 EST It is my birthday today - and 8 pounds lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235886 It is my birthday today. And, I have lost 7.8 pounds as of today! This is day 27 of my Thyroid Diet, which is working incredibly well. After 3 years of trying everything, I am finally losing weight and that is a great birthday present. <BR> <BR> Thanks to the kind SparkPeople coach who pointed me this direction, and to the Thyroid Diet Revolution book for a program that works for hypothyroid people like me. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 15:34:40 EST So far so good.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226301 I have held steady at my 5 pound weight loss through today. That doesn't surprise me; I was shocked to lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks, and am just glad that it is "sticking"! I am still keeping to my thyroid diet program, and I still am thankful I have actually found something that works for me. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:27:00 EST Had a great gym workout...but need to use some wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219200 I had a GREAT gym workout, and I really pushed myself...but I need to use some wisdom because I am so sore I've had difficulty with my exercise program. I need to take it slow and steady.... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:56:26 EST 5 pounds lost today!!!!! A miracle for me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215753 Although I must sound like a broken record, I gained significant weight before my thyroid condition was discovered, then was not able to lose it after I started thyroid medication. A kind SparkPeople coach let me know that often people with hypothyroid DO have a very difficult time losing weight even though they are on thyroid medication. And, it is not as simple as just cutting calories and exercising more...but it was possible to find a food program that would work for me. That was the firs... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:39:54 EST Day 13 of my Thyroid Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214341 It has been almost 2 weeks on this Thyroid Diet, and for the first time in several years I have hope that even I can lose weight, and that I have finally found a food program that works for me. I am really thankful...I had been praying that I could find SOMETHING that would work for me. A Sparkpeople coach pointed me in the right direction, when I wrote asking for help because I was trying so hard, and NOTHING was budging the scale. They told me that it is really, really complicated and trick... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:30:02 EST Day 12 of my Thyroid Diet - down 3.5 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213524 I have never lost 3.6 pounds in my life. I did Optifast, and was on a very low calorie liquid diet, and only lost about 1/2 to 1 pound per week. This is amazing and wonderful news for my slow metabolism!!! Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:35:16 EST Day 6 of my Thyroid Diet - it seems to be working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203511 I have tried for several years to lose weight. This includes going to my doctor's weight loss clinic every other week and doing everything they said, and submitting my written food journals to them each time. I have tried everything to make the scale budge. <BR> <BR> I was cautiously optimistic that this Thyroid Diet might make my hypothyroid metabolism budge - and miracles of miracles - the scales are showing a three pound weight loss right now. I think some of that might bounce back up, b... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:34:09 EST Day 4 of Thyroid Diet - so far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200860 I am on day 4 of my Thyroid Diet. I cannot tell yet if I had a scale bounce (that will bounce back up) or if I have already lost weight. I feel hopeful about this. My biggest challenge right now is that I need to get my carbs and calories low enough for weight loss but not so low that I trigger a migraine. I had a migraine yesterday and into this morning from going too low. Today I tried to get my carbs in earlier, and tried to eat more, earlier. I am hoping hoping hoping this is going to wor... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:46:24 EST Starting my "Thyroid Diet" tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193543 I wanted to clear the holidays to start my thyroid diet, from the Thyroid Diet Revolution. I am cautiously hopeful that this may be the approach that can help me lose weight, since simply reducing calories and exercise does not. My biggest concern is that if my calories or carbs get too low, that triggers migraines, so I need to be careful with this. But, if I can be careful and moderate in my approach = I hope this program can be the path I have been seeking. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:53:50 EST I love Virtual Active fitness DVDs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191574 I love Virtual Active fitness DVDs. Today I did a 30 minute hike through Sidney, Australia (in my living room). I actually did a combination jog/walk to keep my heart rate up. I haven't been able to do anything remotely high impact because of my knees, so this is an improvement. <BR> <BR> This past week I have hiked northern Italy and the forests of Germany. I love being able to see the architecture and scenery of other countries and exercise at the same time. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:48:51 EST Tired today..but sticking to my program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190730 It is just one of those days where I am just worn out...didn't sleep well...really tired. But, I exercised, and tracked my food. I was also starving, and seem to do better if I don't get too hungry even if I go a little bit above my calorie range. So I ate bran cereal and veggies and a brown ricecake and a little cheese. So although my total calories were a bit high for my weight loss range, my food choices were okay and I was in control. So although it was not a GREAT day, program wise, it w... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:41:22 EST I commit to sticking with my program in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184474 I commit to sticking with my program in 2013, I am still trying to figure out how to lose weight with my hypothyroid situation, since cutting calories and exercise is not doing it, but others have figured it out and I will too if I keep looking and keep trying. <BR> <BR> What I promise and commit to, is to stick with my program and my goals, and to keep trying until I find the approach that works for me (and then stick with that program until I reach my goal weight). Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:12:28 EST From SP Radio...I will reach my weight loss goal one meal and one workout at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182839 From SP Radio...I will reach my weight loss goal one meal and one workout at a time <BR> <BR> I love it! i am inspired! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:25:36 EST Really upset but did not go off program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179355 We have had a "marking" problem with one of our cats, who had a kidney problem. So she has been in the garage while I tried to deodorize and put down waterproof pads. Sometimes she is scarce, and I haven't seen her since before Christmas - which is not unusual - sometimes she gets behind a box and snoozes and I can't find her when I go into the garage. <BR> <BR> What happened was that she died, and my husband did not tell me or my daughter because he did not want us to be upset. I do see t... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:55:40 EST This worked for me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176200 I had a big holiday party to go to Christmas eve, and I knew there would be LOTS of food. And I was starving. I was worried. <BR> <BR> So I had a big bowl of All-Bran cereal with skim milk. (I don't mind All Bran at all, so it wasn't unpleasant). My hope was that the fiber would make me feel full, so I wouldn't be so tempted. I was pleasantly full when I got to the party, and it was much easier to make good choices. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 23:16:26 EST What is my real goal behind my goal of weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174418 I have several real goals, behind my goal of weight loss. First - whether or not I "should" feel this way, I am ashamed of how I look. I want to look normal. I want to feel okay about how I look. When I was a normal weight, I didn't feel ashamed of my appearance. Second, I want to regain energy and health. I want my knees and back to stop hurting so much. I want my blood pressure to go down. I want my sleep apnea to get better without needing the awful CPAP machine, if that is possible. I don... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 12:23:27 EST This tip is helping me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173707 I just read something that spoke to me. <BR> <BR> It said that if we had a child (or a dog) who is whining and begging and maybe even throwing a fit for a treat - we wouldn't give into their fits. Ideally, we would be kind and firm, and would provide a nice substitute treat - maybe juicy pear slices instead of the ice cream, or something along the same lines for a dog. <BR> <BR> We should treat our bodies as a beloved child, and neither berate it nor give into it if it is throwing a fit f... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 13:17:05 EST Indian Restaurant - not too bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173325 I had some vegetarian food at an Indian restaurant, and actually did pretty well in terms of calories, and it was really flavorful. I would like to try to cook some Indian food at home. The challenge is that my daughter - who used to be quite adventuresome in her eating habits - now doesn't like international cuisine or anything too different. But perhaps I can find something Indian that she might like. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 23:44:15 EST Work holiday party and I passed the test!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172341 I went to my annual work holiday party with a massive food spread, ate a high fiber snack before I went, ate lightly there (and recorded what I ate). I passed the test! Yay! Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:04:20 EST Great input on my daughter's issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172340 I spoke with our youth pastor and got some great input on my daughter's issues. I feel much better. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 20:03:23 EST It is the weekend. I have dressed in my gym clothes. I am ready to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167309 Well, I have to wear SOMETHING, right? And I don't have guests over. And I am planning to go to the gym SOMETIME today. So I thought perhaps if I dressed in my gym clothes, I would stay motivated and also would be ready to go to the gym when time allows. So far, I think it is helping me be a bit more motivated!! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 12:29:07 EST My green drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166320 I had some great questions on how I am doing these great green drinks. There seems to be a lot of good ways to go about it. <BR> <BR> I read the books "Green Smoothie Revolution" and "The Complete Idiots Guide to Green Smoothies". I also looked on the Internet for recipes. <BR> <BR> What clicked for me, after looking at the recipes, was advice I read that one could use 1 cup greens, 1 cup fruit (or more depending on taste), supplements of choice, and water to desired thickness. So that is... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:55:30 EST Green smoothies are still working for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165870 I am liking these green drinks more and more...I feel better after having one...like I can feel the nutrition...and the flavor is really pretty good. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:25:16 EST Green smoothies rock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162382 I am just starting to try green smoothies. Truthfully, they always sounded kind of awful to me. I like veggies, and I like smoothies, but GREEN smoothies? I read "The Green Smoothie Revolution" and felt I needed to try this. <BR> <BR> So far, they are amazing. The ingredients still sound nasty...even if healthy...but they really taste wonderful and I am hopeful that all these great green veggies will add to my overall health. Today's smoothie, which I took to work in a thermos hiding the g... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 16:48:24 EST My 16th day....sticking to my program! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161460 I have been sticking to my program for 16 days. I know that consistency, and keeping at keeping at it, will bring success. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 20:42:32 EST The plate approach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158109 Note to self - start trying the plate approach. <BR> <BR> I really like the idea of 1/2 plate of fruit and veggies, 1/4 of whole grains, 1/4 of protein. I've not started implementing this. I am going to try to do this. I know my whole family will be healthier. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:46:17 EST Managing calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157412 I personally need to manage calories. Not everyone does, but I do. And it is tricky, because on one hand I need to get them fairly low to lose any weight at all, and on the other if they are too low it triggers migraines. <BR> <BR> Now that I am on thryoid meds, I seem to be able to lose weight slowly if I can get around 1300-1400 calories. <BR> <BR> And today I think I am going to hit that for the first time since being back on SP! <BR> <BR> My BIG success is being consistent in track... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 18:57:30 EST I need to watch out for that vague feeling that I am failing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155313 I need to watch out for that vague feeling that I am failing. The truth is, I am mostly succeeding. I am tracking my food each day. I am exercising each day. I am on SP each day. I am journaling at least 3 times per week. What I am NOT is perfect...I need to wrestle my calorie intake down...it is not terrible, but I won't lose weight until I can get it lower. <BR> <BR> But because my calorie intake is higher than I want, I feel like I am failing, and have that feeling like I am already off ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:22:08 EST Better today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153770 The teenage tempest in my household is better today and it makes SO much difference in my stress level. I want the best for my precious daughter and I worry about her... <BR> <BR> I am still on track, still tracking all of my food and exercise, still coming to SP each day, still making healthy food choices. I would like to commit to getting my intake down a bit..it isn't bad but I am still kind of holding my own weight-wise. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:08:47 EST Keeping at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152979 Today was better than yesterday, which was really, really hard with a screaming, ranting, raving teenager who I caught lying to me again. I ate just a bit more than I had planned, but not by much, and am making healthy choices. And, I am exercising. And, I am on SP every day since I have been back. If I keep on making healthy steps forward, I can do this one step and a time. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:01:09 EST Discouraged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151541 I always told people how proud I was of my 14 year old daughter because she was such a good girl who wanted to do the right thing. And I still think that is somewhat true, in part. It is also true that she has pulled the wool over my eyes. <BR> Recently I have caught her lying multiple times - just caught her again today - and while she is lying she is saying how she never will lie again. She has also broken multiple house rules (while lying about it). I have consulted with some people on ho... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:46:45 EST I am still at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150861 Slow and steady wins the race! I am still at it, although it has been less than a week. If I can keep at my program, I can lose this weight. <BR> <BR> I had to do a sleep study, and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I just started using the CPAP machine last night. I couldn't sleep well because it felt akward, but I feel hopeful that this will help my health overall. It may even help with my weight loss efforts! I am looking forward to more energy, mostly. So this is good news. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:11:43 EST 4th day back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148867 This is my 4th day back to SparkPeople. I have had a variety of issues - health issues, two deaths in the family with lots of estate work, things like that. My weight loss program was completely derailed. I did gain a bit of weight, but am less than ten pounds above my lowest weight when I "derailed". So I am glad that it is not catastrophic. <BR> <BR> I feel like I don't trust myself - I feel committed now, but felt committed then too. But I keep trying, and so I trust myself on that point... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 21:35:07 EST Just when I thought things were getting back to normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3688855 This has been a challenging year. Not a out and out awful year, but a challenging one. <BR> <BR> First, my mother-in-law's Alzheimer's Disease worsened considerably. She lived with us. It was a constant challenge keeping her safe. Finally we found a great memory care facility for her, and it was such a relief. <BR> <BR> Shortly after I injured my knee. I couldn't exercise. Everything took 1000% longer. <BR> <BR> Then my knee was finally better...and my single, rather troubled brother-in... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 12:30:36 EST Improving bit by bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3527631 My knee is slowly improving. I exercised about 30 minutes today, for the first time! It was very low impact, but it is an improvement. I am so pleased. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:23:22 EST 6 weeks post surgery and able to exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3467289 I am 6 weeks post surgery and able to exercise again. I need to build up slowly, which I am doing. I am happy to be able to go walking and do my videos again! Yay! Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:47:51 EST Knee Surgery June 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3255499 I am going to be glad to be able to walk and exercise again! I have several tears in my meniscus (cartilage) and a problem with my knee cap. I am hoping to be close to back to normal by July sometime...and am looking forard to that. Fri, 21 May 2010 22:59:14 EST Appointment with the orthopedic surgeon next Wed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3220103 I have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon next Wednesday. At first, I did NOT want surgery on my knee. Now, I really want to be able to be active again. We shall see what he says. Tue, 11 May 2010 22:11:21 EST Durn this knee injury! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3097575 I guess it is torn meniscus. The doctor is going to send me to an orthopedic specialist if rest, ibuprofen, the brace, and the special knee exercises don't help. <BR> <BR> I am really struggling with staying on my program at all, if I cannot exercise much. My exercise was a key component. I think I need to set a couple light goals related to food - and when I achieve success with that again, build back up. So I will write down my food every day, and do my 5 fruits and veggies. I will get ba... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 22:14:53 EST Knee Brace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3004124 I ordered a sturdy knee brace. I hope to be able to exercise in that, but if I still have knee pain I probably will break down and see the doctor. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:31:42 EST Hurt knee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2989109 I hurt my knee this past weekend, and walking is painful. So I've done zero exercise. If it is still painful by next week, I'll make a doctor's appointment. Thu, 11 Mar 2010 21:18:20 EST This month is better... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2950179 Last month was really hard. We had to obtain guardianship over my mother-in-law, then move her into memory care. She was cursing and yelling and saying really terrible things about us. We still have lots of loose ends to tie up, but I am feeling better each day. I am glad we were able to take care of her for ten years, but now that she is gone, it is SO much more peaceful. It is such a relief to have a HOME again where I don't have to worry every second about my MIL. And, she is happy where s... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 20:17:01 EST Family stress part two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2895283 Thanks so much for everyone who posted supportive posts to my last blog! <BR> <BR> My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's Disease and has lived with us for 10 years. Her disease has worsened significantly in the past two years. It has been very stressful. We moved her into memory care on Monday. She was cursing and yelling, and it was a really awful situation. However, we know she will like it here - it is a great facility - and will be both safer and happier there in time. <BR> <BR> I am glad t... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:52:23 EST Family stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2854034 My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's Disease and lives with us. It has become much worse over the past few years. This next week or two will continue to be very stressful as we seek to make some much needed changes that will keep her safer and will increase her quality of life. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 22:33:36 EST It is my birthday today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2837760 Hooray! I love birthdays. My goals is to have lost most of my unhealthy weight by my 2011 birthday, to reclaim my healthy body again. I want to enjoy this one, and am also really looking forward to getting my body back as a present next year. <BR> <BR> I was thinking this morning about the dark days I've had - that I am sure many of us have had - in which I was not glad I was born and I was not glad I was alive. <BR> <BR> I am so glad to be past those years, to be happy for my life and fo... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 21:47:25 EST Crazy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2818316 This has been a crazy, hectic week. I barely had time for anything. The good news is that I've continued logging my food, and have dropped 1/2 pound. So my progress is SLOOWWWWW...but I am making progress, and that is the important thing. The bad news is that although I have exercised a little each day, I've not done 30 minutes or the bootcamp video - haven't even had time to turn on my computer after work. And I've not gotten in my 5 fruits and veggies, have not had 8 glasses of water. But I... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 20:38:30 EST