KRISTALSHYT's SparkPeople Blog KRISTALSHYT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's Been a While... So I see I haven't been very active here for... months. Well, I haven't stopped losing weight or exercising, or any of that. Life has just been terribly busy. I had a lot of travel to visit various family members, and finally my summer is starting to settle down. I showed up today because I finally put together a progress photo and want to post it here. Feel free to drop me a line to say hi. I do get notifications when you do so, I believe. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:04:27 EST Blood sugar and body issues I have lost 100 pounds so far now, and I'm at a healthy weight, with a body fat percentage that's on the high end of the "athletic" category... but my belly still looks atrocious to me; there are a few inches of fat still left to lose there. I have about 30 pounds to the goal weight that I set for myself, and I feel those 30 pounds are all right there in my belly. I cannot live like this anymore. <BR> <BR> Last night I passed out. It may have been in part caused by the allergy medication I h... Mon, 26 May 2014 00:11:32 EST The Truth About Loose Skin I've been concerned about my loose skin, particularly on my belly, and whether or not it will ever go away, no matter what I do, and so on. About half of the information I found said, that no, it will never go away. The other half said core strength training will fix it. I was confused, so I asked my doctor about it. She told me that the reason the information is split down the middle like that is that about 50% of people can get rid of the loose skin with core strength training. The other 50... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:17:30 EST Diagnoses So the stomach pains have finally been figured out, after much testing, and I have an ulcer. This is actually pretty good news as that's rather easily treatable. I also found that, in addition to numerous other problems with my spine (which I already knew about), I have degenerative disc disease. This has been tough because I've known a few people who had this disease, and I always told myself no matter how bad my pain was, at least I didn't have degenerative disc disease. Well, now I do, and... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:56:25 EST Mixed Blessing? So, my bronchitis is cleared up. The steroid inhaler & eating maintenance calories helped. However, a couple nights ago I suddenly had unexplained pain in my stomach. I ended up going to the ER because it hurt so badly. The ER doctors had no idea what was wrong with me, but said I was dehydrated and my potassium levels were low. I found that particularly odd since I had 14 cups of water that day, and had been going out of my way to eat more things with potassium after reading that potassium c... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:39:46 EST Frustration Well, the plateau is not only continuing, but I'm gaining weight. I'm not sure why, but I am. My doctor told me I need to go to calories necessary to maintain my weight for a while as my body gets over a rather nasty bout of bronchitis which seriously irritated my lungs (I've been coughing for a month now). She thinks the calorie deficit may be why my body had difficulty healing from the flu I had, thus becoming bronchitis, and whatever the hell it is now. I'm on a steroid inhaler until I fee... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:18:01 EST A Plateau? Well, I've been staying around the same weight for about a month now. I am still eating at a calorie deficit, and still exercising regularly. I didn't change a thing, except to decrease my daily calorie allowance as I lost weight. My weight ticker shows me at 166.6, but that was actually a fluke that happened last week, and my weight swung back up to around 170 for no apparent reason. <BR> <BR> In order to try to get myself losing again, I decreased my calories by a further 100, down to aro... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:50:18 EST New Year Resolutions? I've never been the type to make New Year resolutions. This is because I've always felt that no one ever keeps them. I don't see the point of making a promise to myself that I don't even intend to keep. Beyond that, I've found that writing out SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound) goals is far more effective than any New Year resolution. <BR> <BR> That said, if you had told me, exactly one year ago, that New Year's Day 2014 would find me nearly 80 pounds lighter... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:06:27 EST Merry Christmas! I'm very excited about my Christmas gifts, which will help me continue toward my fitness goals. I got a wonderful scale which is much more accurate than my previous scale, and also measures body fat percentage, bone mass, and hydration levels. I squealed in excitement when I opened it, like I haven't since... I think since I was 12 & got my Super Nintendo for Christmas. I also got this fantastic measuring cup/food scale combo, and a medicine ball. I'm really stoked about all this. I'm looking... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 23:53:36 EST Back To Where I Left Off So, lately I've been dropping weight pretty quickly. I can only assume it's because I've been pretty good about my water intake, and been getting plenty of potassium while watching my sodium intake (in other words, the last four pounds or so I lost a while ago, but their absence was hidden by water retention). So, now I'm at a lower weight than I was when I stopped using SparkPeople a few years ago. I finally lost all the weight I gained back. <BR> <BR> This is taking some time to sink in fo... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:58:00 EST Oh, hi there! I just came to the realization that I haven't posted anything on this blog in over a month. School does so often get in the way, and now the holidays on top of it. I'm feeling very excited because, despite the holidays being around, and all the wonderful food offered me, and the fact that I give myself Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve as "cheat days" I'm still losing weight and even finding myself able to indulge in small amounts of seasonal treats on my non-holi... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 14:57:18 EST Another Victory Along the Way So, I went to my doctor a few days ago, and she checked my A1C levels (for those unfamiliar that's a long-term look at your blood glucose levels) & I'm no longer showing spikes (ie, my risk for becoming diabetic is now much lower, thanks to my lifestyle changes). I am very happy about this, and wanted to share my joy! I still do have totally unexplainable dips in my glucose levels, however, which could easily interfere with my ability to continue losing weight (exercise & insulin shock don't ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:47:05 EST Nothing fits anymore, & I don't mind at all! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's a big ol' bag of clothes which are now way too big for me to wear anymore. Also, the bag is from Lane Bryant, a store at which I can no longer shop because I'm too small for their clothes (except their bras which come in a decent array of sizes and I love their push-up bras, but that's another story altogether). <BR> Needless to say, I'm very excited. I'm no longer a plus size, my BMI is now "overweight" ra... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:05:40 EST Soon First of all, I want to thank everyone who posted encouraging comments on my last blog. I'm touched by how many people offered a kind word to me. In the end it is something I have to work through this with my therapist (and I am). I am leaving the house, I just felt like I didn't want to for a few days. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm so close to a milestone in my weight loss... this morning I weighed in at 200.4 lbs. which means I will soon be under 200 lbs. I'm very excited & just felt like sayin... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:03:23 EST ...And Depression Rears Its Ugly Head I was plugging along, doing just fine, then someone said something hurtful to me, and now I'm finding it difficult to simply leave the house (it doesn't help that my next door neighbor is the one who did this, and fear of more confrontation is keeping me inside). <BR> <BR> I know that, for some, this could lead to overeating due to emotional state. My problem is just the opposite. I have no appetite when I'm depressed. While I guess it makes up for the fact that I don't feel up to exercising... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:25:19 EST Perhaps I was a bit hasty... I was too quick to call a two week halting of weight loss a plateau. I think this was because of how quickly the weight dropped off at first. I made a very big mistake in trying to restrict my calories further. I knocked my blood sugar entirely too low yesterday and felt awful all day long. The scale seems to be moving in the right direction now, albeit much slower than before, but slow, healthy weight loss is what I want, after all. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 16:57:49 EST Plateau Time! Already?!? So, my surprisingly fast weight loss has now halted to a complete standstill. The scale hasn't budged in two weeks, and I'm starting to feel really frustrated. I guess I shouldn't have worried that it was too fast to be healthy, because now it's not happening at all. I know this stuff happens sometimes,but it's disheartening to know that I've made sure I have a calorie deficit every single day, and yet it's making no difference at all. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I'm close to start... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:18:29 EST A Lifetime Change I've seen a lot of people on this site saying that the calorie tracking is temporary for them, to train them in a different way to eat. To those people I say it is fantastic if that works for you. It does not, however, work for me, I've found. <BR> <BR> I've tracked my caloric intake countless times in my life, from my borderline anorexic obsessive restricting (very unhealthy, I might add) when I was a teenager, to much better versions later on in life. Nonetheless, one thing remains: I los... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 00:55:57 EST On The Ball A few years back, while at a friend's house, my son became interested in the fitness ball his friend's mom had. He loved playing with it when he visited, so the friend & his mom bought my son his own ball for his birthday. It replaced his desk chair. He spends a good chunk of his day balancing on it, & generally finding new & fun things to do with it. <BR> <BR> After seeing him have so much fun with his ball, I decided to follow suit & get one for myself. For a while I used it in lieu of my ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:40:56 EST The Oatmeal & The Blerch There's this rather popular webcomic known as The Oatmeal. It's written by a guy named Matthew Inman. He recently did a series on why he runs long distances, and I thought I'd share it, so here's a link: <link> </link> . Go read it, then finish reading what I wrote here. <BR> <BR> You're back? Good. Now I'd like to, if I'm able, spark discussion about this comic. I think it's an interesting insight into the mind of Mr. Inman. I daresay, I've been where he is me... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 13:12:28 EST It's Not All About Food I'm not normally a TV person. I have never paid for cable, and the only reason I have Netflix is that a friend let me use her account free of charge. I don't watch enough TV to justify paying for it. That said, I recently got into a show I found on Netflix called Drop Dead Diva. I'm particularly fond of it because I was once was that stick-thin model type and a sudden weight gain of over 100 pounds had me feeling a lot like the main character of the show (a thin woman who died and ended up wi... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:20:23 EST A New Start... Well, I've been away for... about two years, I see. I let myself go quite a bit during that time, gaining back all the weight I had previously lost. To be perfectly honest, it felt terrible. <BR> <BR> Admittedly, I had a lot on my plate, both literally and figuratively. I was dealing with the dawning realization that I was in an emotionally abusive relationship which was starting to turn physically violent, recovery from one surgery, and health problems which led to another surgery... all w... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:05:53 EST Update Alright... so, I've updated my profile a bit, and have made a few starts & stops in getting back into this. I'm at least proud of myself that I'm cutting down my soda intake, but as for the rest, it's a difficult situation. Our grocery budget is very tight right now, and at times we need to rely on food we get from charities, which may or may not be healthy, and which I may or may not have proper calorie information on. As a result of this, I'm not tracking food until the situation is resolve... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 20:09:09 EST Getting Back "On Track" So, yeah, second blog entry today, because I wanted to record that, yes, I DID get exercise today! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I walked to the grocery store, as I intended to, and got more than just the water. I also got some seltzer water & Diet Rite (because soda is my worst weakness, and I can at least feel less guilty with a half & half mixture of seltzer water & Diet Rite -- no calories & no sodium), and some salad with kefir-base bleu cheese dressing. The creamy dressings are my thing, bu... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:12:25 EST Kicking Myself... Yes, kicking myself... that's what I'm doing. I haven't been tracking my food, I haven't been drinking enough water, and I haven't been getting any exercise. I'm up 20 pounds & two pants sizes & I'm totally irritated at myself for letting this happen. I knew I was gaining weight & was afraid to get on the scale to see just how much, but when I finally did I knew I had to get back on track. 199 lbs... I do not want to hit the 200 mark ever again, so now is the time for me to get back on track... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 18:00:05 EST Bleck! Okay, so I'm angry at myself, right now... I never did make that walk with my son on the 11th as planned, not because he didn't want to but because I was too tired after driving around town running errands. In fact, I've been terribly sedentary the past 4 days, and can't seem to find the motivation to get up & exercise. I've been out & about lately but that's all been driving to this store, that store & the other store, all over town. I keep looking at swimsuits when I'm out shopping & talk m... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 03:40:45 EST Advice Taken Thank you all for the advice in my last blog. <BR> <BR> I went with the idea of a walk for something like a sno-cone... actually the nearest place to get one of those around here is something like 8 miles away, so we took the shorter walk to 7-11 for a Slurpee... now my son did stick with it on the walk, but complained it was "such a long walk" (which it wasn't) & whined his feet and legs were hurting, wanting to stop for rest nearly every block. I used to walk actually a bit longer walk tha... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 15:15:59 EST Advice? So, we're finally moved into the new apartment. We're not totally settled in yet, but we're getting there. My son has been with us for at least 2/3 of the month & I'm excited about him moving in with us finally. However, I've got a bit of a dilemma concerning him. My mother has been raising him, and her eating habits are atrocious. She has taught him very bad eating habits, feeding him a diet consisting of mainly junk. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to help him learn about eating healthier, but he do... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 15:50:26 EST A Lot Going On Hello again to all my spark friends. First I want to say thank you so much for kind thoughts, prayers, etc. We were in fact helped by a small "miracle" - my boyfriend's inheritance. We weren't sure if he would get it at all, considering his family were fighting over it for over a year, so it amazingly came right when we needed it most. We are still looking for work, even trying a work-at-home thing right now (though we're only making pennies from it, to be honest), but things are a bit easier... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:38:13 EST Tough Times Pt. 2 Just an update for all my spark friends.... things are still looking bad. Thanks to my father, we have another month to keep looking for work (he helped us with the rent for February), but it's not looking very good. Job prospects in this town are slim & we are just hoping & praying for a call-back from any of the places we applied. My boyfriend got an interview at a company here, but we haven't heard one way or the other from them & stories from others who work there state the company just d... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:45:05 EST Tough Times I'm sure you're all wondering why I haven't been on the site much lately. At first it was just that I'm taking time to heal from the surgery, but now it's more serious than that. I won't be tracking my food intake because the only food I'll be getting will be from charities. My boyfriend & I can get no Christmas presents this year for each other, as our finances have hit dire straits & we may be on the street in a little over a month if something doesn't happen quickly to fix it. I ask for yo... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 15:32:37 EST Another Post-Surgery Update Well, I'm feeling much, much better... pain is almost nonexistent now (finally!), I can chew softer things (meat is not easy to chew but I can manage if I take really small bites - pasta & well cooked veggies are no problem, but harder things are still not easy to chew) & I'm cleared for physical activity... took a nice bike ride yesterday, but it is freezing outside! I need to get some better cold-weather gear (like earmuffs, etc.). I also got a new haircut yesterday. I'm lucky enough to be ... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 11:30:43 EST Post-Surgery Update Well, I managed to get on here & blog after all! Hehe! I'm feeling a bit better, still pretty sore, but the swelling has mostly gone down. I just thought I'd let everyone know how I'm doing. Fully healing will take a while yet, but I'm getting there... still stuck with mushy foods. I'm so sick of pudding, mashed potatoes & jello I could scream. I can't wait to have a stalk of celery again. lol <BR> <BR> I will be taking new photos of myself as soon as I feel healed enough to. Hopefully that ... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 12:00:18 EST Day Before Surgery Weigh-In I was planning to do a weigh-in every friday since I realized I wasn't doing them regularly, but since I am having surgery tomorrow, this one comes a day early. I have now officially lost 15 lbs. since starting SP! Yey! <BR> <BR> I also realized I am pretty dang good at tracking what I eat on my own, though the Nutrition Tracker does make it easier. I was a bit nervous about going without it, but I'm glad I gave myself a few days to get used to it. <BR> <BR> Also, the only things I'll be a... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:58:37 EST No Cigarettes Or Nutrition Tracking?! Am I Crazy? Okay, so I have to prepare for my surgery, which is scheduled for this friday. I am not supposed to smoke before the surgery because they warned me it slows down healing by 50% if tobacco is in my system before or immediately (within 7 days) after the surgery. So, I am without my habitual appetite suppressant. lol <BR> <BR> I know some of you may ask "why not just quit forever if you're going to stop for a week and a half anyhow?" & I'll pre-emptively answer now: because I don't want to quit... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 23:25:07 EST 172.4! Wewt! I realize I haven't been doing the "official" weigh-in here on SP as regularly as I probably ought to. There have been spans of 2 weeks between my weigh-ins. I did one today & I am 172.4 lbs. now, but that has been my weight for a few days now. I weigh myself probably every other day, always first thing in the morning, with no clothes, and generally it's been going down. I had one day it shot up a pound for no apparent reason. I later realized it was because I went way over on sodium & fat 2... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 11:29:03 EST 3 More Pounds Off - How Does This Make Me Feel? So, I weighed in today, and measured too. I've lost nearly 3 more pounds. I say "nearly" because the scale said consistently that I am 175.2 now. So, technically that's only 2.8 pounds, not 3. Anyhow, my measurements have gone down by about half an inch each, except for my neck - for some reason it seems to be growing. <BR> <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> Although I haven't been doing bust measurements, I am almost certain that I'm losing most of this weight in my bustline, which is aggravating th... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:24:37 EST The Pressure To Be Thin Well, although I am rather a victim of it myself, I am thoroughly disgusted at the media's way of portraying things to make women feel & think they are never thin enough. I read this article today about a retouched Ralph Lauren ad. <BR> <link><BR>ge-of-ultra-thin-ralph-lauren-model-sp<BR>arks-outrage-521480/;_ylt=AnH_ffOzicGs<BR>_ecA6CXBU4O9faU5 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It is disgusting. This mo... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 19:24:43 EST Even More Good News! I got a call from my dentist, and I have a tentative appointment for October 30 to go in for surgery. So long as everything proceeds as scheduled, that will be the date of my surgery. I also go in on Monday for preliminary impressions of my mouth. I'm excited & happy that the wait will finally be over soon! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Also, I changed up my profile a bit & put up some new photos. I found it strange that when I compared my 185 lb. photo with my 178 lb. photo... I actually lo... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 02:52:43 EST Good News & More Good News! I finally own a scale! I went to Wal-Mart & bought one so I don't have to borrow my father & stepmother's scale to weigh in. And the prognosis is.... I've lost another 5 pounds! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I now weigh 178. Actually, the scale said 178.4 the first & second test & 177.6 the third time, so I rounded it at 178. I'm very happy about this, but there is a reason I waited until my PMS had passed before weighing in. I figured I had some water weight & that's probably what the majority o... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 16:40:16 EST Growing Up, Getting Brave, & Some Personal Motivation Well, as my lengthy title suggests, this will be an equally lengthy blog, I think. Perhaps not, though. Who knows, right? <BR> <BR> My last blog entry was about my upcoming surgery, for which a date has still not yet been set. I am waiting for confirmation from one of the 3 coordinating dental professionals before this can finally be done. However, I just noticed this morning that I have a nasty pain in one of the few teeth that has not yet crumbled from my bite problem. It's one in the fro... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:21:48 EST Upcoming Surgery Okay, so it LOOKS like I'm blogging twice in one day, but really I'm not. I actually wrote my last entry YESTERDAY, but for some reason the date posted on it is showing as today. Anyhow, does that REALLY matter? lol <BR> <BR> So I skipped breakfast today because I had an appointment for a consult with my oral surgeon. I'm looking at some serious "down time" after this is done. I never spoke about my dental/orthodontic issues on here before, because, well... frankly it's a bit embarrassing. I... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 16:55:58 EST Pumpkins, Artichokes, & Water, Oh My! I was able to grocery shop today. Yey! I got my usual favorites - organic celery & carrots, my favorite snack, and I also got something new & interesting. I went to the Odwalla display to get a Super Protein drink. They are a tasty source of protein that I enjoy. I found a seasonal item they had - Pumpkin Super Protein. I thought I would give it a try, so I did... and it is DELICIOUS! It tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle (& with only 160 calories per serving, not to mention 10g protein & 39... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 00:22:38 EST A "Fruitless" Day Today is fruitless... and vegetable-less. You know that lovely time of the month when some of us are waiting for the next installment of our income to get more groceries? Yeah, that's where we're at, and I ate the last of my veggies yesterday. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I will be able to get more tomorrow, but as I like to snack on celery when I'm feeling a bit "munchie" (or "peckish" for the Brits out there), I'm not sure what, if anything, in my cupboards will be a healthy snack for me... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:22:47 EST Soda & Sodium Is it more than coincidence these two words are similar? I have been lately trying to cut calories by replacing my sugary sodas with diet sodas. As I recently started tracking my sodium intake, I am reminded why I always shunned diet sodas before. <BR> 1. Artificial sweeteners (yes even splenda & stevia!) give me headaches. <BR> 2. There are amazing amounts of sodium in diet soda, far more than regular sodas. Why? because they need it to counteract the sickly sweet flavor of the artificial s... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 19:24:40 EST Another Pound Gone So, I went to my father's house today and used his scale... I lost another pound! Yey! Actually, 1.5 pounds, but I only counted the 1. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a bit better as a result of that news... I was terrified I was going to see myself heavier when I stepped on that scale, but no, I am still keeping my calories in a zone where I should lose even if I am slacking off on the exercise (though I really need to stop slacking off on it. lol). <BR> <BR> On top of that, when ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:07:52 EST Slacking Off I haven't been able to motivate myself to get in my daily exercise lately... thanks to the wonderfully unique autumn weather here, it is freezing cold (yes, literally freezing - around 30 degrees Farenheit) in the mornings & then sweltering hot around noontime. I like to get my exercise outdoors, & this constant temperature shift is making that a pain in my rear! On top of that, I'm feeling fatigued anyhow... thanks to the dreaded 3 letters (PMS) & the fact that my sinus infection still refus... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 23:54:19 EST The Sparks! (Totally Unrelated To SP) Well, the only reason I'm putting this in a blog here & not somewhere else (like myspace or facebook), is the name of the musical group in question - The Sparks. I caught them "accidentally" on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (on BBC America) after an episode of You Are What You Eat (which was the reason I turned on the station - great show to gross you out on all your fav. unhealthy foods! lol). As they had Vin Deisel on the show, my interest was piqued, especially when good ol' Vin confesse... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 19:58:10 EST A Day Off? So, I've seen a lot of people on SP who have had great success say that they allow themselves a "high calorie day" or "Spark-free day" or something of the like, where they can eat whatever they wish, not counting calories, and on top of that, some friends I know (outside of SP) who've lost the amount of weight I wish to lose, or more, have told me that having a day of higher calorie intake will keep one's body from going into "starvation mode" & thus causing a plateau. I don't know how reliab... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 16:39:46 EST Finally! So, I got to use my father & stepmother's scale today... and I lost 1 pound! <BR> Alright, so what? One measly pound! But it's a big deal because I'd been stuck at 185 for a year! <BR> <BR> Well, that's all I had to write about really. I know... what's wrong? I'm not talkative. lol <BR> <BR> And I have an ill "significant other" to attend to. Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:14:08 EST