LDANELIS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LDANELIS LDANELIS'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/ Are you Hungry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031534 I have long known that my relationship with food is fairly unhealthy. Simply put: I eat. <BR> Yesterday, after a delicious lunch of an overstuffed pita (veggie with humus), my boyfriend and I decided to head to the mall. <BR> <BR> Malls are of little appeal to me – probably because I’m no longer a teenager, and am no longer able to spend my parent’s hard-earned money on whatever frivolous item is presently all the rage. Being an adult is kind of rip-off, but I digress. <BR> <BR> The onl... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 01:00:05 EST Rebooting Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999958 Day one of my so-called “reboot”…I spent the day struggling to ignore the chocolate that is strategically located in every possible location imaginable, even the most obscure. Luckily Valentine’s Day is only a week away, and all temptation will be thwarted. Except for the fact that Valentine’s chocolates will be replaced by Easter eggs. Or St. Patrick’s day chocolates? Beer? What do you eat on St. Patty’s Day? <BR> And though well intentioned, my boyfriend is on a baking -“try this”-kick. ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 02:04:29 EST Some cycles are hard to break... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3996750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l497552326.jpg"> (Recently found photo from 2005) <BR> <BR> It has occurred to me that in 2011, I will be “celebrating” four years of healthy living. No…wait…it actually signifies four years of me, attempting to deal with my weight issues. <BR> Four years. <BR> Four years of a continual struggle. <BR> Four years of monitoring what I eat. <BR> Four years of pushing myself to walk that extra mile, put in that extra ten minutes of weights, r... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 01:57:34 EST 169: A Tale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3350660 Early in 2009, I saw the scale reach the lowest weight I had ever seen (as an adult) – 169. It was a moment of excitement; I was in the 160s, only 39 pounds from my goal weight. It was vindicating, exciting, and all of those other adjectives that are synonymous with relief and joy. <BR> <BR> It was also brief. <BR> <BR> As the summer wore on, I started to loosen up on my eating habits. I was busy training dogs for agility competitions, working, socializing and balancing life. My boyfr... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 16:26:08 EST The Never Ending Battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3325807 Seven weeks ago, I started again. I blew it – big time! And I needed to. <BR> <BR> For two years I have been working on this, rather diligently. Kicking my butt daily, continually counting calories and pushing myself to keep trudging on. It was hard work but somewhere along the way I forgot where I was going, and somehow lost my motivation. <BR> <BR> I spent part of my winter in southern Ontario and during that time, I refused to consistently work out. I wanted to eat like I used to ... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:10:43 EST Lessons I've Learned in 100+lbs (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3303636 Here is the second part of the lessons that I have learned over the course of my weight loss. For me they have become more than lessons - sometimes I need to remember how far I've come, so that I can continue on this weight loss journey (sometimes it's a bumpy road!!) <BR> <BR> 14. Moderation. Moderation. Moderation. Did I mentioned…moderation? <BR> <BR> 15. The stove/oven in my kitchen is more than just a clock and timer. It can be used to cook meals – healthy meals…. <BR> <BR> 16. Don... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 15:27:02 EST Things I've Learned in 100+ Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3259731 I've been working on a list of lessons I've learned over the duration of my weight loss. I'll be breaking it up, as it's too long for one blog entry. Enjoy :) <BR> <BR> I've Learned: <BR> <BR> 1. I could learn to eat (and like) fruit. Three years ago, you would never have caught me with an apple, banana, or basically any food that came from a tree (unless it was pureed with alcohol). Now, not a day goes by that I don’t have at least one or two pieces – and actually enjoy them. <BR> <BR... Sun, 23 May 2010 14:51:19 EST Oh fitness...I bleed for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2976133 In the past I've been a bit of a klutz... <BR> There was the time, 2 days into a 6 week backpacking trip, I tripped on a flight of stairs in a quaint hotel in France, and did some serious damage to an ankle - the fact that I had a 40 pound pack strapped to my back didn't help matters. I spend the next four weeks wincing across every cobbled stone and staircase I could find! <BR> I have tripped in potholes, fallen over rocks, fallen face-flat on the stairs of the Pantheon etc... <BR> I am pr... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 00:22:04 EST Donuts...Stop Staring at Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2962776 I love junk food, carbs, etc. Put a glaze or icing on something, and I will devour it in seconds. Which is why I don't bring these foods in to my home. <BR> <BR> That is also why I'm thrilled *sarcasm* by the plate of donuts, cinnamon buns, dessert scones, etc, presently sitting in the kitchen. They are staring at me...tempting me...oh that glaze would taste soooooooo darn good right now. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend recently aquired a job in a coffee shop - at the end of the night, any stock... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 15:10:35 EST Finding My Stride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2960047 Alright - so after a very tumultuous month, that culminated with a literal nose dive off the weight loss wagon, it is the first time in nearly 4 weeks that I feel I'm getting back on track. <BR> On Sunday I finally started strength training again - felt good. Monday I started doing crunches again - felt OK at the time (but my muscles are telling me otherwise!! HA!). Finally, tonight, after hemming and hawing, I finally started walking again. When I left "home" I walked/ran an average o... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 22:27:16 EST Weight Loss Burn Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2925042 As I've mentioned in previous blogs, I still struggle with this healthy lifestyle. Two weeks ago, when I moved to Southern Ontario, I was in the best shape I've ever been in. Walking daily, weights, strength training, aerobics, running - two to three hours of working out per day. I counted calories religiously, and tried to make the healthiest choices possible. And for two years, that worked. Oh sure, I slipped up periodically, but I always got straight back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 01:17:31 EST The Trials of Moving and Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2882667 Last week, I packed up my life, either for the long or short term (depending on how things go with the job market ). <BR> I'm not a big fan of moving - in reality, I have lived in the same city for the majority of my life. Yes, I had short stints in New Orleans and England, but I've been fairly stagnant in Northern Ontario. <BR> Back in December, my significant other was forced to return to Southern Ontario, and it became apparent that I would need to make some changes for the sake of the ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 02:29:19 EST My Simplest Lesson...or piece of advice... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2817811 I often get asked how I lost weight initially. Generally, people hope for an easy answer - e.g."I sat on the couch for 10 hours a day, loaded up on carbs, and the weight literally drained away..." <BR> It wasn't that simple...or enjoyable. <BR> The other hope is that maybe (hopefully) I found a miracle diet...one that was easy to follow, didn't require a major adjustment to my eating habits, etc. <BR> <BR> I joined SP because I was starting to have trouble with my own lesson, and needed to ... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:34:35 EST It Amazes Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2786735 After 2 years of "healthy living", it amazes me how difficult it still is. <BR> I definitely see the benefits of healthy living, eating right, working out, etc - but why is it so darn difficult? Why do I feel hardwired to be unhealthy? Even after the positive results I've experienced, I would still rather binge on cupcakes and coke than eat sensibly. Don't worry - I haven't had a cupcake in a very long time, but the impulse is still there. <BR> Every day I fight to drive past McDonald's, W... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 18:00:40 EST Here I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2689549 I already do keep a blog on my weight loss (www.frenziedhaze.blogspot.com); the following blog is one that I previously wrote, but hopefully outlines my reasons for being here :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently I stumbled across the blog of a 22 year old, who is striving to loose weight. Topping the scales at about 315 pounds, she has realized that she needs to change her life. I will admit that I respect her ability to make her struggle public, and appreciate that she has been brave enough to post... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 00:48:08 EST