LEKSIPATSY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEKSIPATSY LEKSIPATSY'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/ Whole Dairy/Foods: thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501734 So I follow the 100 days of real food Facebook page, I don't do completely whole food right now, but find the whole idea romantic and whatnot. I did notice that my grandmother's fabled cookbook (she actually published it!) has recipes that call for a box of white cake mix and that kind of threw me. If my grandmother, the maven of the kitchen, could use shortcuts from time to time, so can I! <BR> <BR> So anyway, this week is the full fat dairy challenge week. I have been drinking lowfat milk... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:26:28 EST Coming up short but thankful for accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271047 So my goal weight of 130 by March 9th is now impossible (unless I lose an arm or something). But you know what, I am super thankful in the progress I have made and the culinary explorations I made in February. <BR> <BR> This week was kind of a mess - stress levels are high -- I had a job interview in Hartford, CT this week and although it went really well and it appears I have the job, we are entering into the salary negotiations phase and that scares the crap out of me. Since I negotiate fo... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:57:12 EST Sparkgoal - trying new things: dandelions, chard & turnips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255394 This week, we tried the following new foods: <BR> - Turnips <BR> - Swiss chard <BR> - Dandelion greens <BR> <BR> OK. Anyone that's had a yard and a husband knows how much men HATE dandelions. As much as you try, they always come back! So I was a little hesitant to introduce eating them to my husband! Original the recipe I chose called for mustard greens, which were not available, so I was really unsure how they would work out! Well tonight we had barley with winter greens pesto using the cha... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:07:21 EST Humbled! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252797 Wow I'm really humbled by the positive comments on my last blog. This is such a great community. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Valentine's dinner was amazing. I tried to pick healthy choices but the only place we could find without a reservation was Outback steakhouse haha. The dinner choices weren't bad but the dessert...well lets just say it was worth the 600 calories. (we split it - thank goodness). <BR> <BR> That's the best thing about my 80% plan. I am good 80% of the time. And so I'm no... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 16:20:42 EST 7 lbs in 2013 and the birds are chirping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251230 I never thought my body would respond to eating real foods this way. I have more energy, and have shed 7 of the 12 pounds I was looking to lose in just 6 weeks. I heart spark people! <BR> <BR> I've dieted for my whole life but this time I really don't feel like I am even on a diet. The combination of unprocessed foods (ingredients I don't understand, no thanks!), little to no added sugars, lowering starch intake and ditching the no-fat foods I was eating, has really done me wonders. Adding ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:11:17 EST Blizzard Doldrums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245256 I want to be positive and upbeat today but it's tough! I live in NE and got at least 2' of snow. Housebound yesterday (the gov. shut down the roadways until 4 pm) I cleaned the entire apartment, did all the laundry, and created a grocery list/dinner list for the week. I cooked a healthy dinner and took a nice bath and enjoyed the day at home. This morning, however, I knew we had to dig at least one car out and venture out to go to the grocery store. Now, we live in an apartment complex with a... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:29:00 EST Kitchen mistakes sometimes lead to yumminess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240691 So today was a tough day for me because I forgot my oatmeal this morning and all I had to eat all morning was 1/2 grapefruit, 1/2 banana, and 1/2 c. of greek yogurt. Then I had a buffalo-chicken breast, lentil and spinach salad for lunch but I was still starving. Since I'm on the whole foods thing I don't have any popcorn at work *yes, I know I can make my own microwave popcorn but haven't gotten around to buying paper bags. So the only other food I had at work was an ounce of cheddar and an ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:03:41 EST Insensitive rant / friend dynamics & weight loss hoaxes =( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237791 I have this friend who I love but she is always trying to sell me something. Most recently it is these ridiculous body wraps. Last it was these shakeology things. <BR> <BR> The dynamics of a friendship between a larger girl and a smaller girl are...interesting. I feel bad for this girl because she is approximately 350 lbs and she works in the beauty industry (tanning, etc.) and she is always trying some scheme to lose weight, but when I go over to her house she is always serving very unheal... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 20:59:31 EST Birthday Dinner Recap / Redux Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234541 So yesterday was my birthday and Richie took me to dinner so I wouldn't have to cook. We had a coupon for an italian restaurant so we decided to go and splurge. The restaurant ended up being pretty shabby (like mom and pop breakfast joint with the formica booths) but still $20/dish which was interesting. I ordered a glass of wine, piece of bread, cup of chicken soup and pasta with red sauce and shrimp. The only thing I finished was the bread and the wine, haha. I had two shrimp, 1/4 of the so... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 13:29:00 EST Adventures in Milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225582 I've been reading a lot about milk lately. There are so many variables in what to look for in milk - it is quite confusing. I usually just drink almond milk because I like the taste, unlike the taste of skim, and you don't have to worry about hormones in almonds! After reading extensively about the virtues of drinking real milk, I decided to take the plunge. According to these readings, if you drink raw milk, from grass-fed cows raised organically, it helps build lean muscle mass, and has spe... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:41:38 EST Good Eats & Good Sleeps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224225 This week had its ups and downs. I've been sticking to my plan of not sweating the small stuff, to an extent. <BR> <BR> The week started off with a 3 lb. weight gain, which I attributed to going to the Melting Pot for dinner (5 year wedding anniversary - total treat). I was pretty hard on myself and discouraged. Sunday, the day after the cheesefest, I ran four miles and felt pretty good! Then midway through the week I realized that it was that time of the month, and I was just fluctuating ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:53:38 EST Breaking Bad - (for the last time). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207324 OK I know - very dramatic title. But I feel like this is a dramatic moment, as far as health goes. <BR> <BR> Now is the time to quit obsessing! To quit obsessing about the numbers on the scale, and to focus on quality of food, instead of quantity. This doesn't mean I'm going to stop tracking, but if the quality of food goes up, so does the volume you get when you use your tracker, generally. <BR> <BR> I recently read a book by Dr. Joshua Axe about eating so-called 'real foods', i.e. non-p... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:17:28 EST Stupid Potlock Lunch at Work... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633676 I'm sitting here trying to log my points/calories for today and then I remembered we are having a potluck lunch at work. Crap! I just know it is going to be filled with horrible foods. We have a weight watchers program at work but there are a lot of overweight people there, I mean it's cubicle world so there's no exercise plus a lot of stress to go around. I wish that there was a healthier option. Wait, there is, i'm bringing a kashi meal to work, just in case! <BR> <BR> Of course I could ha... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 07:23:45 EST Another challenge, better results hopefully this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511641 I completely failed the 15 lbs in 15 weeks challenge. Despite all the positive things I put around me, I suffered some fitness setbacks and fitness is really important to losing weight, obviously. So now I have a 13 week challenge, (which is through the holidays, yeck). And yes, the goal is funnily 13 lbs. But this time I am going to take it easy on the cardio. 20-40 minutes 3x/week is the goal. Then maybe I won't get the burnout? <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:15:05 EST Week 4 ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4100208 So the results have been a little dismal so far. It's great to actually lose weight - do not get me wrong. I've had a hard time getting time to exercise and I've never been great at losing weight without it. This week I did a short 2 mi run on Sunday and I think it gave me a boost! <BR> <BR> Recap: <BR> week 1: 1 lb <BR> week 2: .5 lb <BR> week 3: .5 lb <BR> week 4: 2.6 lbs! <BR> <BR> So now I'm at a total of 4.6 lbs which is more than my goal of 1 lb/week <BR> Good to go <BR> <BR> So what... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 07:19:12 EST week 1 results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4046189 15 lbs in 15 week challenge: week one results. <BR> 14 lbs and 14 weeks to go!!!! <em>224</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 07:15:52 EST 15 weeks - 15 lb challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4029664 Yesterday I started a new challenge - 15 pounds in 15 weeks. This correlates with our upcoming vacation so there's twice as many reasons to be excited! I made a little chart at my desk at work and I have two pins on a race, the week pin and the weight pin - I hope the weight pin wins but at the same time when the week pin wins it will be awesome anyway. I have a tough time not snacking at work so that will help. <BR> <BR> The other thing I have problems with is weekend meals; we tend to go o... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 09:09:08 EST trying to not overdo it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3899327 I think I'm too much of a perfectionist. I either stay strict on my diet and work out a TON or I get bogged down with school and work and "don't have time" for dieting or working. <BR> <BR> Dieting does take some time, but when you have to pack all your food for the day it takes time anyway, right? <BR> <BR> And working out: I don't have time for an hour workout in the mornings. That is true. I get home at 10:30 and have to leave for work at 7. But MAYBE 1/2 hr, three times a week? <BR> <B... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 07:18:28 EST done w/week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1685235 Well week 1 is complete and I lost 2 lbs is which is a great start. I had some challenges with going out to eat on Friday and going out to play pool and having a few too many, but overall I did very well this week considering my schedule. I was able to work out three times this week, which is a day short of my goal of four times, however it's a lot better than last week which was 0 times! Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:35:10 EST nutrition battles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1662056 ok, so I'm humming right along with keeping in-line with my weight watchers points. Until last night when I get up to school and have my bowl of soup. I still had 4 points left & that is with me realizing my mistake earlier and buying an Odwalla bar to up my calories. The problem is that I am already carrying three case books and supplements and don't have a lot of room left for food. But I have to think of something more substantial or in addition to soup for dinner on school nights. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 06:55:24 EST first day back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1652737 Whoo. It's my first day back and it's a little tough! I've been very good so far except the drinking water thing. Of course I woke up in excruciating back pain because of trying to lift that 200 lb. elliptical machine yesterday. I took some Motrin and feel much better now, and have been doing homework all day. I've been thinking about doing a light workout since my back is feeling all better. <BR> <BR> So I bought this Special K Yogurt & Fruit cereal, which is pretty good, and not to high i... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 14:02:44 EST starting over - AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1650246 Why is keeping up with my weight loss always such a trial? I did really well this summer and was running 20 miles a week, and eating pretty well. Then I started law school PT, 11 credits in the evening, on top of my normal stressful job. I did not have time to breathe let alone have any "me" time, to work out. <BR> <BR> 10 lbs. later and on Christmas break I am recommitting myself to myself. I am going to make time to exercise and eat right on the road. No more stopping at BK so I don't hav... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 23:01:09 EST back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1214663 Well I finally weighed myself after the freak-out. I'm only up 4 or 5 lbs. since January which isn't as bad as it could be. The worst thing is (I hate that my scale calculates body fat sometimes! :) ) I have gone from 18% to 24% body fat. I think that really speaks to my slackness in working out. I think I am keeping pretty on track with eating but I need to get my workouts in during the winter here even though it's so cold and depressing. <BR> <BR> So this summer I will try to figure out a... Sun, 18 May 2008 12:53:52 EST i'm scared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1210510 I got married in January and got off track with my workout routine. Then about a month later I got in a car accident and I couldn't work out for 6 weeks. I'm just starting to get back into working out and eating right but I kind of let myself go. I am so scared to weigh myself! I still can fit into my clothes but they are a little tight. I am so ashamed of myself and upset. I figure once I am on track for a few weeks than I will be able to weigh myself and see at least a little what the damag... Thu, 15 May 2008 20:58:56 EST new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=814385 So my sister moved in with me over the weekend. It's been pretty positive so far, and I feel like we are going to end up getting along. The best thing about it is that she wants to get in shape also, so I have a new project. I have set her up on weight watchers, which totally is keeping me motivated to lose those last five pounds! <BR> I got my run in yesterday which was great, although a few people looked at me like I was crazy, running around in November in a tank top. It was downright warm... Mon, 5 Nov 2007 04:57:52 EST great run, great week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=804877 people look at me like I'm crazy flying down the street in a tanktop. It's starting to get pretty chilly out, but today was a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> This week because of the world series (why the f*$^ do they start these games at 8:30??!?!?) I haven't been getting to the gym as much as I'd like. I only went twice this week, and once we were doing step aerobics and for some reason (it may have been the ## of people in the studio) we were all getting drenched in sweat, and it wasn't coming ... Sun, 28 Oct 2007 18:22:46 EST frustrated/transition between WW and Spark values http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=801838 I am getting a little frustrated. I went up a few pounds for pretty much no reason. I did switch from WW values to Spark values, which is a lot more calories than I used to eat on WW. I feel like I am eating too much. But I'm also working out much more consistently and harder. I feel like I'm getting more toned which was my goal, but the scale has gone back up a few pounds. <BR> <BR> I am a little bit of a perfectionist and I really want to be in tip top shape for the wedding in January.... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 21:05:17 EST Beautiful Morning Run/Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=795287 This morning I took Tika's suggestion and went running this morning. I usually rest on Sundays but was getting depressed about not running for so long it had been three weeks. <BR> <BR> I had a rough start (I felt like I could feel my butt jiggle! I am so self conscious and guilt-ridden) but once I got through the second song on my iPod mix I was golden. I had no cramping and made it up the huge hills I missed with ease. I ran 3.5 mi in 43 minutes which isn't speedy but I feel really great.... Sun, 21 Oct 2007 10:08:19 EST transitioning back inside w/the cold... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=791088 So I've been going to the gym for the last couple of weeks due to the encroaching cold weather and the constant darkness due to shortening days which make it hard for me to get to run outside. I miss it so much! I never thought I would miss something like running, but after going faithfully for three months 3-4x a week I feel like there is a great void in my life. <BR> <BR> So transitioning to the gym has been difficult. I feel so bored running nowhere. The news is on (I work out in early a... Wed, 17 Oct 2007 20:40:08 EST problem goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=789579 I am supposed to be writing about my problem goals. I really have a few of them. Firstly, it's difficult to get all of my diary in. To get three full servings of diary in without going over in calories is difficult. I need to start working on that. maybe by eating more cottage cheese? I already eat a lot of cheese. One thing I don't do anymore is drink milk. <BR> <BR> I will try to drink a glass of milk every day and see how that works with my stomach. <BR> <BR> Fruits and veggies are kin... Tue, 16 Oct 2007 21:04:09 EST