KIDMIFFY1's SparkPeople Blog KIDMIFFY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Medicine So, I went to my endocrinologist the other day who has put me on another medicine. This is all fine, and Im healthy, however this new medicine is totally screwing with my sense of hunger. Im starving, but the minute I eat Im two mouthfuls in and Im not hungry at all. Hopefully it all settles down, as its kind of frustrating after spending the last year trying to better understand my 'hunger signals' to find now they are completely unreliable!!! But on the other hand, I see this as a positive.... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:08:25 EST My kitchen comes through for me in my time of need One year ago, when i hadnt been to the shops, got back from travelling and had nothing but the staples in my cupboard I would have been grabbing take away or making up some horribly unhealthy concoction. <BR> <BR> But today...not at all. Even though i was almost expecting to go through my cupboards twice in the search for something healthy just to be exasperated or cave to whatever I had on hand, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Id stocked up on healthy staples from which I could make... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:03:24 EST Travelling makes it hard When we are at home in our routines it is so easy to stick to a healthy eating and exercise routine. You can choose not to place yourself in the line of temptation, you can plan how to overcome the challenges you know you will face to face with on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Travelling with work can be a significantly more challenging situation. For one, you usually dont have a kitchen in a hotel room, so cooking it out of the question. Convenience food from supermarkets is rarely a healthy al... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 05:44:13 EST Sometimes a 'bad' choice is a lucky choice We have had some spectacular weather here in the Bergische Land in Germany this week with high winds and lots of rain. We were blessed with a slight reprieve in the rain this afternoon, so a friend of mine and i decided to go for a walk from our village to the next for a coffee...then if the rain came we could always catch the bus back. This path splits half way into two parrallel paths, one is flat and follows the river, while the other although only perhaps 20m from the other tracks the mou... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 15:08:18 EST Focusing on the other things I got to the point earlier this week where i was equal to the lightest Ive ever been since joining spark (as I put on a couple of kilos over summer and placed myself on maintenance mode as I needed a bit of respite and time for reflection). Now Im back on 'weight loss mode'...and although I thought wow, Im kicking some backsides here and going to track, I was then hit with a 1kg gain overnight. I was flabergasted, and to be honest its the first time this has happened! I was already getting f... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:09:23 EST Ugly fat rabbit I was talking to my boyfriend today, who lives in Australia. So unfortunately we don't get to see each other very often in the flesh, although skype is the saving grace of our relationship. We were discussing costumes for carnival, as I am overwhelmed by choices - and was complaining that so many of the costumes were made for anorexic women, or were so 'skanky' that I felt uncomfortable with the idea of walking around with my boobs hanging out (is it compulsory if you dress up as a pirate you... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:10:28 EST My freezer has a new attitude A year ago my freezer consisted of frozen meat, ice cream, bananas (for banana baking) and various pre-made 'emergency 'healthy' foods'. I thought at the time it was a balanced freezer,had the good, the bad and the unidentifiable in it. <BR> <BR> A year on I was fishing out some frozen spinach and I had a look at what I had in there...and wow has it changed. It's still got the frozen fruit in there, but now it's used differently....not for sweets but just to preserve and abundance of berrie... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:15:40 EST Afternoon Sweet Tooth Returns Lately I have taken to baking or making myself a treat on the weekend...and ensure there is enough for one serve every afternoon. The remainder --- as im single and live alone so baking 12 muffins is a receipe for disaster ---- get taken to work or given to friends, which people always love the gift of food. So its a win win situation, that I eat less, and my friends feel more loved; and Im sure if you read my post one thing i struggle with on this whole journey is the balance between food an... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:44:09 EST 10kg to go (again) Before summer I hit the 10kg to go mark. Honestly, I was pretty chuffed when I hit the half way mark, but when I hit to 10kg to go point I felt entirely different. I almost didnt believe it, and although 30kg to loose was overwhelming, 10kg I find even more overwhelming for some reason. <BR> <BR> Im not going to use this as a reason as to why I had a small backslide (only 3 kg over summer...but as Ive posted earlier it was a break I think my body needed and a good exercise in weight mainten... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:54:18 EST Brussel sprouts I never ate brusselsprouts as a kid...maybe cause of the far our brusslesprout books lol...anyway...since moving here ive found they seem to be in stores in abundance, so im trying to figure out how to eat them so i will like them. <BR> <BR> After much experimentation I think I have found the holy grail of brussel sprout recipes...well maybe not the holy grail...but its so good i told a close friend about it three times in one day. And its so easy, roast almonds, brussel sprouts, a little o... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:07:53 EST The agreement I made with a Twix bar I desperately wanted a Twix bar this afternoon. My energy was down, I was tired, I couldn't wait for the weekend to start....and there is was sitting on my desk. There is over 100Cal in one little golden wrapper. Usually my response would be, hey, i still have 500cal for the day in my allowance, why not eat this and then just have a salad for dinner tonight. But tonight Im going out with friends for a drink. <BR> <BR> So, putting on my rational, grown up hat which requires me to exercise se... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:00:56 EST Only just realised I didnt miss white tea When I started this journey I always had my tea and coffee sweet and milky. I just would not drink it otherwise. But as every calorie counts, in a bid to free up some space for some more filling calories I weaned my way off first sugar in my tea and coffee, then milk. Yesterday I had a coffee the way I used to, and I was horrified at how it much so I went back and made another cup. At first I didnt think anything of it, then I thought, wow, I have come a long way from assuming ce... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 16:16:29 EST Working from Home Every now and again I like to work from home for a day. As we had no one in the office today, it made sense, since we are not allowed to be in the office alone. I like it as it means you have the space to think and get other things done without a constant flow of phone calls or people coming through. This is a good thing in terms of stress levles...its like a mini-work holiday and I usually find these days highly productive. <BR> <BR> However there is a small downside. I find on days I work... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:40:44 EST Oktoberfest Köln had an Oktoberfest event last night, and I went with my friends. It was a break I think we all needed. We have been under so much pressure, there have been so many changes and we have all be at each others throats a little lately. This was a relativly spontaneous decision, but we didnt talk about any of the stuff that was stressing us out, we just all turned up and had fun and laughed together. It was nice to be together and just remember why we are all friends and how much fun we can ha... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 06:46:40 EST Isolation On this journey of consciousness about stress I have to admit today was a bit of a big one for me that required a fair bit of soul searching. Today was wonderful, a beautiful autumn day. I was relaxed, I did some things i enjoy doing and find relaxing, but I was still very stressed. Rather than just taking my usual route if ignoring I sat down to have a think and see if I could identify why I'm feeling sonstressed. <BR> <BR> I realised it is because I didn't see or talk to anyone today. Sure... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:39:25 EST Meditation - first week Meditation is often touted as a stress reduction technique. In search of how to actually do this I stumbled on a buddhist website which provided free 'lovngkindness ' guided meditation sessions. Ive meditated before, but usually just felt like Im going through the motions, however this meditation so far has been really good. Rather than just relaxation, it calls on you to reflect on how you are feeling. I have to be honest on my third day of it I broke down in tears, I think that was just a r... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:15:52 EST More anxious than I thought With this whole stress buster challenge i guess part of it has been about being more aware of my stress. In some was this is great, but in other ways its also making me aware of things i had just breezed over before. Why am I bringing this up? <BR> <BR> Well I got a message from a friend today just before I went shopping, and it was just run of the mill, but for some reason, knowing this would disrupt my plans for tomorrow kind of shook me. Although it wasn't a major deal, I have my final u... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:49:45 EST That listless feeling The next revelation into those moments when Im feeling stressed arose today. All our servers were down at work today, and consequentially most of today involved sitting around wondering what I should do with myself. After a discussion with my boss about the work in the upcoming months I realised that I actually feel more stressed when I dont have something to do that when I dont. I have to be honest and say I experience a certain amount of anxiety from lacking a sense of purpose to what Im d... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:12:46 EST Identifying Stress Ive started the Stress Buster challenge, so i think the next few posts on here will be related to stress and how I manage it. <BR> <BR> Day one of the challenge, and Im already starting to identify some issues. I had an email today from my insurance company saying that they didnt accept my drivers licence as 'driving for 10 years' because my latest German licence is only one year old. So not a major issue, but I felt my stress levels went through the roof. I was shaking and felt so tense an... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:21:59 EST Needed a Break I imagine I am not the first and surely not the last to say I fell of the wagon and now I'm back. Now I wasn't off for long - only 2 months ---- and I was really slack over the summer. But the last few months have made me realise three really important things about this journey on here. <BR> <BR> 1. This is not a race or competition. The only person you are competing against here is yourself. And the competition shouldn't be being skinnier, or lighter or eating less each day. It should be a... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 04:29:22 EST Social eating I constantly battle with a friend of mine, who is convinced that I am the healthiest eater she knows, and thus cannot understand why Im over weight. Why does she think this...well because we work together, so she sees what I pack every day for work, which is healthy. My undoing is my social life. I am a social eater...actually where I come from eating alone is almost as bad as drinking alone! So why is this knowledge important. Because Im realising that I can put in so much effort in my priva... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:50:58 EST Back on the road again I wonder how many of us have written this same thing...I'm getting back on track, I'm starting again, etc etc. Old me would have approached this with a sense of shame that somehow I had failed in my weight loss attempts and that i should be harder on myself this time. But new me has learnt three very important lessons over the last year. <BR> <BR> 1. That I should be kinder to myself. If I cant give myself a break, then no one else will be. If i beat myself up too much then i wont be in the... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:35:33 EST And my holidays are nearly over Wow...lets just say its nothing like a holiday for some perspective. I went on a wonderful holiday...BUT I definitly drank and ate my way through central eastern europe. <BR> <BR> Do I regret it....well the 5kg I gained over two weeks suggests I should. But I have to be honest and say I dont. <BR> <BR> Why not you might ask? Well one really simple reason. Having a break of the routine made me realise that while I was adopting some habits that were working on the weight loss and I was getti... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:10:13 EST Swimming for the first time in age I grew up in a pool, and Ive never had any hang ups about being 'too big' to be seen at the pool...i honestly dont care. No, the reason I havent been for a swim in ages is (a) its relativly expensive in Germany, (b) I find germans have no pool etiquette and (c) its kind of strange for me to go to the pool when the temperature is minus outside! <BR> <BR> But I bit the bullet today, I realised I missed swimming, and there is a relativly affordable swimming pool in the next town, which is real... Wed, 22 May 2013 14:49:48 EST 40km, 10 hours, what to eat. I am training for the oxfam trailwalker....which requires teams of 4 to walk 100km together in under 30 hours through the mountains. We went on our first long distance training session yesterday - we did 40km in 10 hours through the mountains. We were all pretty proud about this, and understandably very very tired as well. <BR> <BR> I was presented with a bit of a quandary doing the walk. 10 hours of sustained walking is alot of physical effort, and I seriously doubt that the daily 1200-15... Mon, 20 May 2013 09:45:39 EST My friend will make me stronger Its nice to know sometimes the changes you make, also have a positive impact on those around you. Its been raining all day, and I have been in a particularly sooky mood...however I agreed to meet a friend for a run this afternoon. Usually its me who goes ' come on, dont be so soft, get your gear on and we are going for that walk rain, hail or shine!'....and despite her whinging we usually make it out the front door. However today it was tough...really tough. But my mate, she turned around to ... Fri, 17 May 2013 15:35:51 EST Running and Resolving Issues I work with a good friend of mine....and usually we have the good fortune that we do not have to actually work on the same projects. But this year, I am sponsoring two projects for which she is project manager. As much as our friendship is usually work we are both very different people in the way we get things done. We have been at a stalemate on an issue for the last few days, and it came to a head this morning and we both had a bit of a confrontation. This afternoon we had ... Tue, 14 May 2013 15:25:19 EST Weight Lost So, we all tend to spend so much time focused on the scales...well I know I do at least. And lately Ive hovered around the same weigh for a month or so now. I admit, I was a little slack on my holidays back home to Australia, but all the same, the rest of the time Ive been putting in a big effort and getting very little return on the scales. <BR> <BR> However I also saw a photo a friend took of me last weekend. I was gobsmacked at how little I had gotten in comparison to a photo that was ta... Sat, 11 May 2013 05:36:23 EST Gave up one thing for something harder We have a public holiday and a friend of mine and I had planned on competing in a trail run today down near Linz am Rhein. We traveled last night so we would be fresh and ready to go this morning. We got up, looked at the weather and looked at each other and said, screw this, lets not go. The weather was wonderful, and since spring took such a long time coming now its here we are going to take advantage of it best we can. <BR> <BR> So old me, well I would have been happy with that, and we c... Thu, 9 May 2013 15:21:51 EST Back from Oz So Im back...Ive been offline for a couple of weeks while I took a well earned break back home with my family and friends in Australia. It was so nice to see everyone and it reminded me of all the things I miss about my homeland...although European lifestyles do have their pros as well! During this time I also decided to take a holiday from my sparkpeople, calorie counting etc. as a bit of a test to see how ingrained some of my new healthy habits are, and how well I maintain them without the ... Sun, 5 May 2013 12:20:24 EST Weight Loss and Alcohol I went out with my friends last night, and indulged in a couple of drinks. Ive always enjoyed a drink or two on a night out, and usually known my limits. So I did the responsible thing and put my limit at three glasses of wine, so I would stay with everything under contol. Theoretically I figured I wouldnt get too drunk, considering one glass of wine every hour is not going to send you into a tail spin. Well wasnt i wrong! I hadnt taken into account my weight loss obviously, because three gla... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:47:34 EST March into Spring Goals - Halfway checkup This weeks challenge is to write a blog entry holding myself accountable for the progress Ive made in the March into Spring challenge. I thought a good way to do this was go back to the goals I set at the beginning of this challenge and comment on each of them: <BR> <BR> 1. To weigh under 60kg <BR> I started this challenge at 67+kg and half way through I am not at 64.5kg. Sure its not half way, but we all know weightloss unfortunatly doesnt work in a linear pattern, rather it goes up and do... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 04:31:42 EST Last recipe for the week So simple...but so yummy. I made this with cous cous instead of rice...but so quick to make, and i could get all the ingredients from the freezer....AND its healthy, low in calories and tastes so spring like that I think I will make it for dinner tomorrow. And the best part, its versatile enough that you can play with it and change it around to suit what you have in your kitchen! I always love recipes like this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trition/12recipehealt... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:25:01 EST When good recipes turn bad...and visa versa This weeks challenge is to post in a blog about our new recipes for the week....the four new healthy recipes that we cook for ourselves and loved ones. I made an wonderful curry last night...and on this momentum turned to two other recipes. <BR> <BR> The first one was a 'healthy' french onion soup (since I have a cupboard full of onions requiring using). Im going to be honest, Im pretty sure it was healthy, full of vegies and of course low n calories, but lets just say Im going to stick wit... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:14:30 EST Healthy Dinner - Tomato, squash and spinach curry This weeks challenge is to make some new recipes that are healthy. I thought I might start it off with something a little exotic, and that is a tomato squash and spinach curry which I found on the BBC GoodFood website. <link><BR>ato-squash-and-spinach-curry#.UWWEm1W2<BR> </link> So easy to make, really only regret, that I chose the mild curry paste rather than the hot, it really could have done with a bit more kick in it (maybe Im ju... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:52:56 EST And the food for the rest of the week So I split up this weeks challenge of blogging my meals to make the break between my holiday, and normal life. To make it clear to myself that yes I did indulge myself, but also to clearly say that little indulgence is over and back to my normal, healthy eating habits. I have to be honest, it wasnt too bad, but I have had an unusual craving for chocolate this week and actually surprised myself at how much I ate! But still managed to keep the general diet for the remainder of the week on the ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 06:14:30 EST I have a confession to make... I cant run with an iPod. This is a source of constant amusement for my girlfriends when we go for our weekly run. While they all put their earphones in and get going, Im all ready to jabber away, or quiet as a mouse concentrating on whats going on. I envy those who can do it, but I really just get too distracted. I much prefer to focus on what my body is doing and my surroundings...if i focus on the music its a good way for me to get so caught up in my favorite songs and forget why my bodies ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:20:14 EST Easter Indulgence I went to Spain for the Easter long weekend. I ate quite healthy all things considered (thank you spanish tapas and the mediteranian diet!) however being a girls weekend of luxory I did over indulge a little. <BR> <BR> As part of this weeks March into Spring Challenge we can earn extra points for blogging our food intake for the week..however I would like to do two. One to cover my Easter indulgence, and then one later in the week - this to me is clear as it makes a clear divide between hol... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:48:06 EST March into Spring Goals What goals I want to achieve during this challenge <BR> <BR> The question…why did I sign up to this team challenge and what do I want to get out of it? <BR> Honestly its not something I thought much about, however I definitely see the benefit of going through the exercising of examining my motives to sign up to this challenge. Firstly to do this I want to look at why I decided to sign up to another challenge. This is quite simple for me: <BR> <BR> 1. Being part of a team makes me feel accou... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:06:58 EST My first 10km run <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This photo is after me finishing my first 10km run. Im going to be honest, Im not a runner, actually I dont particularly like it, but Germans are crazy about it. So when a friend suggested I go in it with her I figured why not,I go on regular hikes and runs, but hikes are walking, and my runs are never over 7km. So when i turned up in 0C temperatures to see all the super serious runners I thought...OMG what on eart... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:35:50 EST Half Way Point I got on the scales today, noted my weight, 66.2kg, tracked it, and moved on. It only took a little later on in the day when I was doing something else I realised a big thing. Im half way towards my weight loss goal. It seemed like only yesterday I made the decision to loose the weight once and for all. And it feels only more recent that I passed the 1/4 mark and only yesterday that I finally broke the 70kg barrier which has been my 'unachievable' weight for so long. I look in the mirror and ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:35:19 EST Salt is my enemy I dont like salty food too much. Ive never added salt to cooking unless absolutly necessary and only the minimum required at that. But I have noticed since I weigh myself more regularly, when I do eat salty food I can put on up to a kilo and it sticks around for days. I know this is because of water retention, but it just amazes me at how much such a small thing can impact on your weight. Good thing eating salty food is not an issue for me nor part of my normal diet. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:01:14 EST Healthy Dinner Im sure many of us have experienced the issue where you have friends that usually eat junk, but now we are all embracing our healthy new lifestyles, it is a challenge to convince these friends that if you cook for them that the food will still be worthy of consumption and you have to make a promise not to serve up quinoa with lettuce leaf compote lol. Well I have two friends like that, who believe a meal is not complete unless an animal was slaughtered in the process and part of the prepartio... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:34:46 EST Signed up for the run today So...I can get forgetful...and I forgot I had agreed to run a 10k funrun next weekend with a friend. This is both good and bad. Bad because in my head I am not necessarily prepared for this challenge as I have never ran a 10k race before. <BR> <BR> BUT good because I have been training with my mate anyway over that last few months....and shes the one Im doing the run with. I think this is a relativly positive thing, as while she thought i was rocking up to training because i wanted to be re... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:16:54 EST The cold got the better of me So, not being accustomed to the cold...coming from the paradise called Australia...I struggle in European winters. But I was very proud of myself this winter, I made it outside, I exercised, I persevered through the cold days (hey if you asked me five years ago would i ever go out for a job in -6C i would laugh at you)...but today I just couldnt to it. And it was +3C!!! PLUS!! But that with the wind and the rain, all i could feel was, cold, pain and grumpiness....not a nice feeling. <BR> <B... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:55:37 EST Spring time So this is going to be a blog of thankfulness!!! Sping has day it was winter, and then the next the birds are out, the sun is shining and i dont need every piece of clothing to be able to leave the house! Its so nice, and its amazing how different, and how much more motivated I feel with just the smallest change in weather!! I decided I would try walking home from work today (first time) and I never realised how beautiful the forest is...I really have a reason to be thankful when I... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:05:51 EST Drinking and eating So we headed out last night to celebrate my birthday, and as a normal part of the celebrations we shared a couple of bottles of red wine. When the girls decided they were hungry and wanted some pizza first instinct was to go 'of course, thats a great idea'....then the little angle on my shoulder went...come on girl, youve eaten enough junk this week, just because you had a couple of glasses of red it doesnt give you a wild card to eat what you want...actually you made the effort to limi... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:16:52 EST Work Stress and Meal Management My boss is a great boss, and really 99.9% of the time I love him (in a work way) and enjoy every minute of working for him...but then there is the 0.1% of the time when he has a dummy sit and its all over. Thankfully these are rarely if ever directed at me, however in this recent month he has had a major dummy spit at another manager, which has unfortunatly meant for me respecifying three major projects, with a weeks notice and a deadline of the end of this month...lets just say its not alot ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:00:24 EST Breakfast Blues Lately Ive slightly tweaked the times of my workouts...but havent changed my meals. In particular Ive always had a healthy and balanced breakfast and it has always last me through till morning tea time (fruit and nuts). However since this change in the timing of my workouts Ive found Im waking up and following the usual routine as normal, but by about 930 Im ravenous, and then because i move all my meals forward by the end of the workday Im racing home for dinner. <BR> <BR> Im taking this a... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:01:06 EST Blue Skies Today was the first day in a couple of weeks where I have seen both the sun and blue skies...its amazing how much difference it makes to your energy levels! Since I am not one to waste a nice day when there is one, I tacked myself onto a nice easy cross country walk some friends were doing between Leverkusen and Köln. Just the right place, but my I was hungry at the end of it!! Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:08:11 EST