LBP1961's SparkPeople Blog LBP1961's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community day 12 I am still here. Just so busy outside with the gardening and the landscape that I don't have time to log in. That is a very good thing. <BR> <BR> Because it will be two weeks that I am doing all I need to do for my optimal health, I am going for a reflexology massage on my feet Tuesday. Pure luxury. I had one not too long ago and I got out of there so relaxed and with my feet completely deknoted. When you are heavy like me, your poor feet take a beating ( literally) every day. I can't wait.... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 12:18:45 EST day 9 I lost 2 pounds. I was expecting at least 5 pounds since I haven't been on a diet and exercice for so long. And that is what I use to lose in the first week. <BR> <BR> I hate the scale. It devastates my mood with numbers. <BR> My clothes are looser, I know I am going in the right direction. <BR> I will not let those stupid numbers ruin my day. <BR> Specially since I know, I will probably lose between 1 or 2 pounds a week, now that I am 56 and I fu <em>774</em> up my body by gaining and... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 06:25:15 EST day 8 A full week, and I am still going. I am motivated and not trying to find excuses not to exercise. <BR> <BR> I am actually full of energy and looking forward to the beginning of the day. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my weight in. I have decided to not weigh in every day or every monday as usual. <BR> I will weight in on the 1st of the month. Lucky for me, tomorrow is the first <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful day beautiful people. Wed, 31 May 2017 05:51:16 EST day 6 Wow, I am still here and strong. My motivation is trough the roof. I know I should not toot my own horn but so far, my food is on track, my exercices is on track as well. I don't find excuses. I just do what I have to do. <BR> <BR> We gardened all week-end, it was very fun to do with my husband. We took out all of the grass in a big area of our backyard and shovelled black earth and compost. Then I seeded. <BR> I have pain in muscles that I didn't know existed. But it is sooo rewarding. <... Mon, 29 May 2017 13:40:20 EST day 5 I am still here. But yesterday we did some extreme gardening and so when it was the end of the day, I was just pooped. Went to bed and fell asleep. <BR> <BR> We are doing the same today. But it is taking shape and I dream of fresh vegetables. <BR> <BR> Very happy that I found some mushroom compost so my dream of a vegan garden is alive and well. <BR> <BR> I am on track with my food and I can see this lasting for a long time. No temptation what so ever and I know that the first 3 days,... Sun, 28 May 2017 09:40:32 EST day 3 Did my walk and did my turbo jam. I forgot how good it feels to sit there after your turbo jam session and just sweat like crazy. I love that. Can't say that I love doing the turbo jam, that would be lying. I hope to one day get to love it. <BR> My food is on track. My mood is optimistic. <BR> Usually my hubby brings me a bottle of wine, that I drink alone ( he doesn't drink) on friday. That is my routine. Well I am not even tempted this friday. This is real progress. <BR> 52 days to our A... Fri, 26 May 2017 11:41:48 EST day 2 I am still going strong. Did my walk and just waiting for supper now. I am doing the eat stop eat program. It works well for me. <BR> <BR> Will be working in the garden tomorrow and this week-end with my hubby. <BR> <BR> We have decided to try again. Every time we did before, the seeds and vegetables got eaten by either a rabbit, a raccoon and a skunk. I read that I can add cat hair around the vegetable bed to try and deter the animals. Will be trying that. <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> We... Thu, 25 May 2017 15:12:09 EST If at first you don't succeed, try, try again... I am back. Back to 256 pounds. Back to start again. I am concentrating on exercices. <BR> I was so ashamed to show my face back here that I would avoid the site completely. But I know it is great motivation and it helps tremendously to record everything. I almost deleted my page and start anew. But I don't think that it is the best way. So here I am, yes I failed but I am trying again. <BR> <BR> I want to be motivation to my beautiful daughter, the third one. She is like me and eats her em... Wed, 24 May 2017 11:24:49 EST 3.5 pounds lost in my first week I am so happy this morning. I counted my calories and stayed under 1 500 all week. I did my walking, one hour every day. Last night, I took the advice of a fellow sp hippychick and I gave myself a cheat day, I had 3 glasses of wine but I ate well all day long. <BR> I know it is only the first week, but I really think I can do it like this. Just control portions and exercices. We can do this. Slow and easy. It will work. <BR> Have a beautiful day gorgeous people. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:38:04 EST no more juicing for me. Just came back from another beautiful walk. My legs are so sore but I am doing stretches. My food is on track. I am very happy. <BR> <BR> My hubby made me realize that I always go into extreme mode. I had started juicing again and it makes me miserable plus the more I think about it, the more it does nothing to help me regain control of my eating. I am not judging anybody and if juicing works for you, good for you. <BR> <BR> But for me, it doesn't work. I did a 30 days juice fast in octob... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:07:55 EST well... you know.... Same deal as always. Reach a low weight ( for me 210), feel confident enough to not track the food and the exercise. Eat more, exercise less and here we are back at 241. <BR> <BR> I know all of this. I have been here time and time again. <BR> I know that I am a food addict. I know that I deal with stress by eating more. <BR> I can't believe that I am close to being 55 and have the same goals as when I was close to being 50. Well, who I am kidding, of course I can believe it. My only conso... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 07:34:32 EST home sweet home The wedding of my daughter in Punta Cana was beautiful. I had some personal issues with my ex but then what is new? <BR> <BR> I lost 3 pounds on that trip. To be fair, when you are vegan and gluten free, there is not a lot of food options other then vegetables, fruits and rice in the resort. That was fine by me. I continued on my journey without any efforts or sacrifices since there was no temptations at all. I did take some red wine with my meals but since I was doing laps in the sea and t... Tue, 26 May 2015 07:39:18 EST the scale is not always your friend! I hit the 40 pounds lost mark on saturday. But this morning I had gained back 2 pounds. ( I suppose it is because of the bachelorette of my daughter, where I had a couple of shots and some glasses of wine). I was feeling like an elephant. Now it is only 2 pounds I know but it is hard for me, still to look at myself in the mirror and see the weight I lost. I still see myself as the morbidly obese woman that the BMI sheet says I was. <BR> <BR> I forced myself to get out clothes that I keep aw... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:01:41 EST weight loss slowing down Well after 77 days and 30 pounds lost, the scale is slowing down. <BR> I am use to that. It just hit me hard every time. <BR> Motivation is still there but I have to focus my mind on other goals then the numbers on the scale. <BR> 1 pound a week it is. Better to lose 1 pound a week then gain 1 pound a week. <BR> <BR> I am set in my routine when it comes to meal and exercices. Maybe it is why the weight is coming off slower. I need to shake things up. <BR> As soon as I get rid of this bu... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:46:00 EST warmer weather It is a very funny feeling to go outside when it is -17 and to think wow, it is really mild today... No wonder Florida people think we are insane. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am still riding that big wave of motivation. Even tough I was a whole week with the scale not budging, I kept at it and it finally went down. Just 1 pound but I will take it. <BR> <BR> Still vegan, still controlling my calories and still working out. I am turning a new leaf it seems. Hopefully, my thick skull gets it ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:53:52 EST new kind of valentine day I am surprised and proud at the same time. Did not have wine yesterday, and I didn't have a "special" meal. I still felt the love from my hubby and my daughter. New concept : actually celebrate the reason for the holiday : Valentine's day=love. Not food, not drinking, just love. <BR> It was totally doable. Yes I know, my hubby can't drink or eat celebration food anyway. But I could have and I didn't. I stayed on my meal plan. <BR> <BR> Once again, not sure where the motivation is coming fr... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:54:03 EST Vegan for 24 days now Since my hubby was diagnose with celiac and all of his intolerance, it has been funny ( and by funny I mean sad) to people watch the reaction of people. Always the same thing : Oh I would die if I could not eat bread! <BR> Research shows that your brain listens to your words. If you convince yourself that you can't, you won't be able to. <BR> <BR> I have been living without bread and wheat products for over 6 months now. I have been a vegetarian for over 10 years and I always wanted to be ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:37:14 EST still going I am so motivated. I was depressed today as I only lost 1 pound this week but I know that it happens sometimes. Like they say : 52 weeks with a loss of 1 pound = 52 pounds. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:38:50 EST day 11 I am on a roll. Food is prep for the week, menu is ready and I follow it to a t. My daily walk is back on my routine. Upping to 45 minutes this week. <BR> <BR> It is going well. Ugly eye of demotivation is nowhere to be found. Let's keep it that way. <BR> <BR> I am happy. <BR> <BR> Let start this new week now. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:05:20 EST day 8 I am going strong. Now that I have the routine set in. I am organized and ready with my meals. <BR> <BR> The only problem right now is the temperature preventing me from going on walks. -30 today. But it is supposed to break tomorrow. Here is hoping. <BR> <BR> My energy has gone back up, after the terrible stomach virus the whole family had. But I am kind of grateful as it took away all desires to cheat. Need to see the positive side of things. <BR> <BR> I will be able to start soaping ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:50:39 EST here we go again So, january 4th, I am doing well. I have a plan and I follow the diet plan religiously. So far so good. <BR> <BR> I did not lose any weight during 2014, well if I did, I gained it all back so I don't count that as a loss. <BR> <BR> It has been a very stressful year. I am not trying to make excuses but it has been. My hubby is newly diagnosed with Celiac disease and very high intolerance to corn, soy, milk and pretty much anything else under the sun. He has lost 60 pounds. When I met him h... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:31:32 EST New year new start Well they say that what is important is not falling it is getting back up. So here I go, again. <BR> <BR> In the year 2013, I lost 60 pounds trough a gym challenge. I kept it off for most of the year until august vacation where I started to take days off. Enjoying food a bit more then usual. Eating my emotions instead of going for exercises. I gained back 40 pounds and I am really discouraged. Not at the gain but at myself for doing this again. <BR> <BR> I loved being lighter. I loved sho... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:56:26 EST less exercises, less muscles Well not exactly true but you know what I mean. When I was doing the challenge, I was doing 2 to 3 hours of exercises a day. My body was starting to be toned all over. I went on "vacation" for one month with the calorie restriction and I have gained back 20 pounds. Except it seems to all be in my flabby arms and flabby tights. I am so disappointed. I am back on track and have lost 5 pounds but I cannot go back to 2 to 3 hours a day of exercise. Life got back on track. I really hope that 1 ho... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:28:54 EST finally back with the exercise It has been so warm but mostly thundery with lots and lots of rain. Ended up with 5 days of none exercise, with the rain, the thunder and all the family visits and activities that went on. Gained back 4 pounds. I need to prioritize my exercise routine. <BR> <BR> So for the last 2 days, I have been going for my bike ride as soon as I get up. Finally back in the routine. It feels good. <BR> <BR> Even after 4 months of this, I still don't know how to put myself first. Because I am a mother? B... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:14:16 EST too fast? or just right? and thank you for the emotional eater nomination So, I went for my WW weekly weight in. I lost another 3 pounds. I have had an average of a loss of 3 pounds a week since I started. The "counselor" told me I was going to fast. That I had to slow it down. It wasn't good to lose more then 2 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> My question to this is : According to the BMI chart, I could comfortably lose another 50 pounds and still not be at the lower end of the healthy weight for me ( 125-165). And I am still considered obese on the same chart. <BR> <B... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:14:40 EST Still going strong <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I look at this photo as often as I can. I would say to motivate me but I am really motivated. For a month now I have been doing everything to continue losing weight. And it is working. I do 2 hours of exercice 6 times a week. I go for bike ride, I take walk with my lovey, I go to do laps at the pool 3 times a week, I do the kettlebell dvd 2 times a week. And I eat healthy. I have points allowance and I use them sp... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:09:52 EST 5 days left Well I lost 9 pounds this week. <BR> <BR> Because I hadn't lost any weight last week, it makes it very impressive. The body is a funny machine, very sensitive and hard to understand. I was doing the same things, same amount of exercices and same amount of calories. Yet the results were different. It's all good. I will take it. <BR> <BR> I remember reading an article one day about the fact that sometimes your body works in 10 days cycle instead of a week and that you should always be patie... Mon, 13 May 2013 07:23:57 EST 12 days left I am bummed out because last week I didn't lose 1 pound. I even gained .5 pound. I know those things will happen but it is a very intense exercise of refocusing and examining the situation. <BR> <BR> So far I lost 46 pounds. Considering I did that in 11 weeks, it is a big accomplishment. It is just that I would really, really, really like to have lost 50 pounds for the end of the challenge. In reality what I really, really, really wanted was to be under the 200's. I know, completely crazy... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:40:53 EST 19 days left Well there is less then 3 weeks left for this challenge. And honestly I can't wait for it to be over. I will slide over to Weight Watcher once I am done with the plan I am on right now. <BR> <BR> It is going very well, in the sense that I lost another 5 pounds but keeping at 1 200 calories is very, very hard and doesn't give me a lot of choice in fruits and nuts. I know that it is also putting a strain on my elimination system because I often get burning sensation down there. Nothing that a... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:57:25 EST 4 weeks left There are only 4 weeks left for this challenge. I am down 41 pound. And that is really amazing. Last week, I lost 1.5 pound and that put me in the back of the competition. That means that there is no way I can win the trip to New York now. I was really depressed all week but since I couldn't medicate with food I had to actually analyse the situation and find the "silver lining" in this situation. So better health ( I was able to cut my blood pressure in half and I am slowly weaning myself fro... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:28:17 EST half way We are now half way in this biggest loser type challenge. I have lost 30 pounds and I am very happy about this. I am in third place tough because it works by percentage lost. I still have hope. We will see if a trip to New York is in my future. I really hope so. <BR> <BR> I am eating low carbs and high proteins. Very difficult because I use to eat 5 to 6 fruits a day and 5 to 6 vegetable a day. But it's only for 12 weeks. So at the end of this extreme challenge, I will review my diet to ad... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:12:20 EST keeping steady On tuesday night, my friend texted me to go to the movie. I was feeling fragile on my journey but I decided to go, knowing I would probably not be able to resist popcorn ( my TRIGGER) So we got there and I bought popcorn. I ate it and enjoy every piece. I came home and entered it in my food log. I realize that I didn't even eat all of my calories for the day. I didn't go on a food drunkage. <BR> <BR> On wednesday, I continued like usual, eating what I felt like but entering the calories her... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:22:39 EST starting with new eyes My approach to going on a diet as always been all or nothing. Meaning, wanting to go raw but going extremely exclusively raw, then one day eating cooked food and blowing the whole thing off. Comes next monday, try again, this time juicing, after 5 days, meeting a friend at a restaurant, eating cooked food, blowing the whole thing off. Comes next monday, going back on raw, sticking with it for 4 days, family reunion, eating cooked food, blowing the whole thing off. Comes the next monday, goi... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:05:04 EST Focus on the calories I am trying to focus on the amount of calories, trying to keep them under the 1800. I will go to the gym and do the stationary bike until I meet with the coach and he can suggest a routine for me. I was planning on starting to walk ( 15 minutes) today but it is -30 <em>259</em> and it will be for the whole week. I will go to the pool instead. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all the comments. It feels good to know that I belong to a wonderful community of people going trou... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 06:29:22 EST recommit. Ever since the incident that cause my torn meniscus, I have been spinning out of control. The way that I was controlling my weight was with lots of intense exercice. I had found bootcamp and kettlebell classes that were working very well at reshaping my body and releasing some fat. Now I can only do stationary bike and swim some laps. I miss walking and I really miss bootcamp. Altough walking is very good for people with osteoarthritis but it doesn't help with the torn meniscus. <BR> <BR... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:41:24 EST another 4 pounds gone This is completely amazing. I love this lifestyle. <BR> <BR> And I can find so much information on the internet. I am discovering all kinds of raw ways to make recipes. Even tough I am sticking to the same pattern: all the fruits I want for breakfast, green juice for lunch and a huge salad for supper with plenty of seeds and nuts, I will usually make one recipe for something a bit different for one supper. So far I made: raw falafel, almond polpetta, onion bread, almond coconut "yogurt". <... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:27:33 EST day 13 completely raw I am full of energy, I eat all the fruit and vegetable I want. Things are going great. I have been raw for 2 weeks now. <BR> <BR> I am trying all kind of recipe but I am mainly staying with the same menu: 2 oranges, 1 banana and watermelon for breakfast. Watermelon and cherries for my snacks. 16 oz of green juice ( kale, ginger, lemon, celery, cucumber, parsley, wheatgrass) for lunch and a huge salad with chia, flax and sunflower seeds for supper. I drink 8 glasses of water to. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 06:44:20 EST second week raw Well fast forward and here I am again. Same claim I can eat what I want but different options. <BR> <BR> I have been reading alot about raw food and since I have been vegetarian for 7 years now and was trying to clean my diet, that sounds like a very good option for me. <BR> I am not saying that I will be raw all of my life but the fact that there is no bread, no pasta, no refined flour and sugars, no animal fats on a raw diet, is a logical choice for me. <BR> <BR> I have been having lot... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 06:33:31 EST still going strong This is an amazing feeling. I am in control. I lost 1 pound and yesterday I did not go on a bindge like I always do because monday is the start of a new day. Because I can have whatever food I want. Nothing is forbidden. What a mind trick that is. It works. <BR> I am optimist about this new adventure. <BR> Thank you for all your comments. It helps to know you are not alone. <BR> Have an amazing week beautiful people. <BR> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:50:27 EST change of tought Last week, I tought I would try something different and went on a juice feast. My whole thinking was that I need a paradigm shift. Change everything I ever did and start a new. I tought it had to be a brutal change. I admit that while juicing I felt great. When you decide that you are not going to eat the choice become very easy. It is a freedom. And the more you stay on the less your stomach can take food anyway. So portion control becomes easy. I stopped after 3 days. I know that it is not... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 09:03:21 EST back from the cold... Last week was the worst week energy wise. I couldn't go swimming, couldn't go walking, I just didn't have any energy. I had the cold, maybe the flu: dry cough that worsen anytime I did an effort, stuffed nose, sinus headache, fever, aches and just plain fatigue. Now at the start I did for my walks and the swims but then I finally admitted defeat. I had to stay home and take care of myself. <BR> Of course, since I didn't exercise, I gained back 5 pounds. Not because I was eating more, let me ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:40:09 EST snow I love walking in the snow and I can't wait to go skating in the snow. I just have to build up my fitness. Because right now it is very, very difficult to just walk. I lost any improvement I had made and I only have myself to blame. Plus I have to lose some of the belly to be able to lace up my skates..... sad but trough. Because I go skating alone and no one is there to help me lace them up. <BR> Thank you so much to all of you for the comments on yesterday's blog. <BR> I find it helps to ... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 08:32:39 EST trying to figure out why I do the things I do During the holidays, I was hit by a revelation. I went to visit my paternal aunt. Now this is a woman that I saw maybe 4 times in my whole life. Because my father left my mother when I was 5 and it was a very bitter divorce. Because my mother always spoke against my father and hide us away so he couldn't see us. Because my mother has been carrying this anger and pain all of her life. Because my father gave up on seeing us and chose his new family instead. Because my father has an Asperger bo... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:40:50 EST the new year I am recommiting today. Well actually I have been on track since yesterday. 2 full days under 1800. My hubby is being careful to. We are going to the doctor for the first time in 5 years. I can't wait to see my blood test results. <BR> The Gagou is starting school tomorrow after the Christmas break. I can start the walks again and go swimming next week. That is when the pool will reopen. I love doing laps. I truly missed it during the holidays. <BR> I am not looking to become extra thin, I ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 16:20:18 EST ouch!!! I went grocery shopping yesterday and as I was standing at the cash putting stuff in the bags, I twisted and suddenly all the air went out my lungs!!! Something in my back twisted and I was in an amazing amount of pain. All that to say that it hurts when I move, when I lift my arms, when I twist my head. So no training yesterday. No training today. I am in pain. <BR> My Booboo is rubbing the affected area ( along side a rib, from the spine to the tip of the rib) with special lavender cream an... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 08:50:35 EST 9th day I am so much in a groove. I am very happy. <BR> I wake up and do my exercices every morning. <BR> I am eating very clean and I am down from 2 coffees to 1 and from 4 sweet teas to 1. <BR> I keep my calories under 1800 and the hunger has finally gone away. <BR> I am on day 9 of the P90. I have never done it for so long and stay commited like this. <BR> I am actually looking forward to take my photos and measurement in 21 days, even tough it is scaring the bejeezus out of me. <BR> I have ... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 14:27:17 EST 7th day Well, things are going well. I cannot believe that I am on day 7 and that I did my p90 every day that I needed to and that I took my walks and have actually started to put some jogging interval. <BR> I manage two birthday parties this week-end and didn't go overboard. I am proud of myself. Even tought the two meals were at the restaurant. I controlled my calorie intake during the day to be prepared. <BR> I am toying with the idea of registerding for a 5k walk/run on December 31st that is ca... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 13:59:33 EST 3rd day I have been taking my walks every morning and doing the P90 ( I really, really, really suck at push ups...). <BR> I went swimming on monday and this morning. I am exhausted but I know it will get better. <BR> I kept my calories at 1500 but I am always hungry. I will have to see if by next week I am still hungry. Maybe with the amount of exercise I do 1800 would be a better goal. <BR> So 87 days left to this first round of P90....ahahahhahahahaha( mad scientist laughter) <BR> I need to figu... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 13:11:44 EST 1st day Today is November 1st and it is a monday, perfect day to start everything over again. <BR> Yes I said it before, yes I look like a damn fool but better to look like a fool then do nothing about being so freaking fat. <BR> I keep reading all kind of blogs of ladies that are successfull in their new way of life. I want to be one of those ladies. I am fat, tired with joint that hurt all the time, I am out of breath and I am just so freaking fed up. I need to do something about this. I can't ta... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 09:16:40 EST I feel like a smoker There are big forest fire in all of the province of Quebec right now. We are covered in smoke in Gatineau even tough there is no fire in our forest( Thank God). But my throat hurts because we slept with our windows open and this morning I decided to not go for my walk after I heard a man on the radio that said that he took his jog this morning for 10 minutes and felt like he had smoked a pack of cigarettes. Needless to say that I am praying for lots of rain to help control those fires. <BR> ... Mon, 31 May 2010 08:22:52 EST