LIMDUR's SparkPeople Blog LIMDUR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting back to logging food As it says on the tin, I am getting back to logging/keeping track of my food intake. I really got off the wagon for it around the holidays, though I would try. The four Christmas dinners in two days (three of which were the same day) were what really kept me from tracking. And football related snack fests. But I tracked what I ate today and even with going to Noodles & Company for dinner, was able to stay under my max calories allowed. Today I ran indoors for the entirety of an episode of Lov... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:37:55 EST Freaking out Currently freaking out over some blood tests. I have been on this one medication for a little over ten years now, and all of my tests would come back normal, even when I weighed 215 lbs. Now, when I am somewhere between 145 and 150 lbs, I keep getting increasing results that levels in my liver are rising that mean that there could be some cell death going on. I am freaking out. My doctor said that it isn't high enough to be of worry yet, but I need to have another blood test in about a month ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:00:50 EST 5k Results! Finished the Jingle Bell Run 5k an hour ago, and I beat last year's time by about ten minutes at 42 minutes and 57 seconds! My goal was 45 minutes. So happy! I feel very energized. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 10:01:03 EST Runkeeper App Questions I love using the Runkeeper app while working out. Lately I have been using the 5k training workouts that will have me jogging part of the time and walking briskly for the rest. I keep classifying my workouts as a walk, even though I am jogging and thus having a higher heart rate/breathing rate. I am not sure if my calories spent count is still accurate. Would anybody know? Should I start using the running function for my jogs/jog and brisk walk hybrid workouts? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:46:00 EST Boyfriend's Birthday I think I am more excited about my boyfriend's birthday today than he is. I am looking forward to taking him out to Sakura's tonight. :) Yummy food that will probably last a couple of days for me. Just want to relax with him tonight. :) I will be bringing the rowing machine from my parents' house to our house soonish, so that will be nice. We will need to put it in the office so that the dog can't interfere with it/accidentally get hurt if he tries to settle next to it while we are using it.... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:20:16 EST Dinner Ideas? I have no idea what to do for dinners anymore. My boyfriend and I don't always agree on stuff for dinner and I can only take plain pasta so many nights in a row. And the same mixed veggies. I miss asparagus, but he won't eat it. I am thinking of going on a separate shopping trip just to buy stuff for me, because I just don't know what to do for meals anymore. I don't even have fresh garlic because it is supposedly too expensive. :( I just don't know what to do and I just end up not eating or,... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 21:35:06 EST Unexpected Days Off So originally I was supposed to work tomorrow, but my boss told me that all the work was done, so I wouldn't have to come in. I'm actually feeling a little down about it because I was looking forward to going in tomorrow. Now I need to find a way to spend tomorrow in addition to the rest of today. It is raining out, so I am not exactly motivated to go outside for a walk. Plus it is windy from the hurricane passing by. Next week is a full week, with me working everyday, so I will enjoy t... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:10:50 EST Maintaining I found out that despite thinking/feeling that I have gained 5 - 10 pounds since starting my new job, i have actually maintained my weight. Probably because at work I usually hit my goal of 10,000 steps, usually before noon (so typically after about 6 hours, or a l Iittle less). My boyfriend has lost 3 pounds. We are going to walk a 5k on Saturday for his sister's work. It should be fun. :) Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:29:49 EST Accomplishment :D So, this isn't my accomplishment, but my boyfriend's that I am writing about. We are both pretty sure he has lost some weight after we have started making meals at home and go for at least one thirty minute walk a week (try to do more, but it depends on our schedules). Plus he has been making better food choices when we do go out to eat. I'm very proud of him. :) Our scale is a little weird, so he hasn't gone on it yet to check 100%, but still. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:10:43 EST Exercising with a New Schedule I am currently trying to figure out how I am going to keep exercise in my schedule once I am working 6-7 days a week. I will most likely be working a max of 6 hours a day until the holidays, so I should be able to keep up with it. For example, I can go on a walk with the dog after work when I am at my boyfriend's house and the elliptical and exercise bike when I am at my parents's house. My boyfriend is wanting to lose weight, and I am hoping that we can start going on walks together when... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:49:12 EST New Job + Anniversary I got a new job, just a temporary holiday position, but still a new job, at a store. I haven't gotten my schedule yet, so I am waiting for that. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that I will be able to balance everything with this new job. Exercise, family time (my immediate family and my boyfriend's family) and the job. Plus sleep. Sleep is important. Depending on what my hours are, I might be working late at night, or early in the morning, arriving before or leaving after everyone else, not sure. Just... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:57:04 EST 4 year journey and counting <img src=""> I just realized that I have been on this weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey for four years now. When I joined this site four years ago, I was 200 pounds, 15 pounds under my highest weight (which was at my college graduation) of 215. I was not happy, lacked confidence, but was determined to make a change for the better. A change for myself, a change for better health, a chamge for a happier and... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:12:42 EST Every lit bit counts... I wasn't feeling very much up to exercise today, but I did 30 minutes on the exercise bike at least, which is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> It might be because I went a little overboard yesterday. I had finally figured out the elliptical I recently got and so I think did too much on that, plus the bike yesterday. So... Yeah. <BR> <BR> But overall, I just didn't really feel great about it. <BR> <BR> I'm getting at that point again when I want to cook and do lots of things in the kitchen,... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:17:52 EST Stitches out! I got my stitches out on Tuesday, do hopefully I can get back to my normal exercise routine soon. I have been dreaming about exercise for two weeks now. I tried walking for a mile on Monday, but could feel my stitches pulling so I had to head home, resulting in only a half mile walk. The leg looks good, and seems to be healing well. I might try the exercise bike tonight, maybe just a half hour to ease back into things. I have been trying to do strength training while waiting to do cardio agai... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:32:35 EST Minor Surgery I had minor leg surgery on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I had a cyst on my right leg, about three or four inches below the kneecap. It had been there for several years, but recently it started bothering me, especially when I would kneel down or if any pressure was put on it. <BR> <BR> By doctor's orders, no exercise for definitely a week. Possibly two weeks. I asked if I could use the exercise bike, but the doctor said that that would be too much, since it could cause the stitches to pop out. <BR>... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 10:44:18 EST Health Update I think that I have gotten over the bronchitis. I am using the inhaler once a day if I start coughing a lot to help me breathe, but so far I am good as long as I don't overdo it. I went for a thirty minute walk yesterday that took more out of me than it should have, as I took a two hour nap after, but I guess it is part of my body recovering. Stepped on the scaleat home for the first time in a long time (I stopped because I realized I was getting obsessed with it) and saw that while I was... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:51:30 EST Bronchitis Went to the doctor on Tuesday night and found out I have bronchitis, which is why I keep feeling sick but can't seem to get better, I suppose. On antibiotics, cough medicine, and an inhaler. Any walking or exercise has been pretty much put on hold. <BR> <BR> Of course they weighed me while I was there, and after I got this nice little print out saying that I'm overweight and that I need to cut 500 calories a day and exercise and I'm just thinking, "I'm a lot better than I was in 2011, when ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:25:44 EST The Walking Gal <img src=""> I'm now pretty much known in my neighborhood for my walking. There are some ladies that always encourage me to keep it up, and some of my neighbors are suggesting places for me to get new walking shoes (my current ones are kind of falling apart). They are also encouraging me while working on training for 5ks or just walking. Feels kinda awesome. :) Sunday I played an informal game of softball with my boyfriend and his folks. ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:18:30 EST Naptown Trot 5k Results For the Naptown Trot 5k, I finished in 45:46.6, so I actually did a lot better than I thought I did. :D Last time my time was 49:15, so yay! With this one I just walked, which is probably why I did better, because I don't really know how to recover from running very well. That is something that I still need to work on. Just wanted to share my improvement! <BR> <BR> We are still looking for an April 5k to do. Hopefully we will find one soon. :) Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:30:45 EST Next 5k It looks like the next 5k my boyfriend's family and I are doing will be on March 28th, and it will be another run to benefit Special Olympics. <BR> <BR> After that, it is a toss up for the April 5k, as it depends on if I go to my 5 year college reunion or not. If I go to my college reunion, JO and I will do the Brenda Bryant Memorial 5k (proceeds go to scholarships for VWIL students at my college). If we don't go to my reunion, we will do the Chesapeake run (I think that is what it is calle... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:16:21 EST Can't Sleep Can't sleep. I dozed off for a little bit, but then people began stomping around, slamming the microwave door, getting cereal and eating loudly (I can hear my sister eating in the next room through the walls....) Basically very cranky Limdur right now. :l Another reason I sleep better at my boyfriend's house or his parent's house. They all keep the same basic/regular hours. Mom doesn't sleep more than four hours a day and my sister sleeps all day and is up all night (and gets mad at us for w... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:05:33 EST 2nd 5k results For the Freeze Your Buns 5k, I did a combination of walking and running. I realized that I really need to work on my breathing and also pacing. I don't know how to do anything but go all out. (My boyfriend did cross country running and such in high school and is going to work on that with me) I crossed the finish line running and my time was 49:15 or so, which is better than my 57:03 from the Jingle Bell Run. Yay for improvement! :D Currently looking for the next 5k with the bf's family and ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:49:56 EST Freeze Your Buns Run 5k Found the next 5k I am going to do. I will be doing the Freeze Your Buns Run 5k for Special Olympics on Saturday with my boyfriend and his family. Most likely I will be walking, but I might try to jog a little bit of it. <BR> <BR> Pretty sure it is going to be freezing that day. It snowed earlier this morning, so not sure how cold it will be that morning. I will make sure to be all bundled up for it. :D Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:13:37 EST How do you handle people asking for weight loss advice? I have had a number of people ask me how I lost weight, and to give them tips on how to lose weight. I will talk to them about everything that I have done, with the changes in food, portions, exercising, etc. I notice that as I go on, they realize that they won't lose the weight immediately, and they then just blow me off, saying "I'll just try that diet again" or "Oh, I need to lose the weight fast, for my boyfriend." Or something like that. <BR> <BR> Is there a way to explain to them the ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:43:26 EST First 5k Complete Walked my first 5k on the fifth of December. It took about 57 minutes and 7 seconds. I decided to just take it slow and steady, especially since I ended up in a car accident not just a week before and was a little sore and didn't want to overwork myself. <BR> <BR> I had a good time. Wanted to jog a little bit of it, but didn't get around to doing so. Looking forward to doing another one. Not really worried about my time, but hoping to do better next time. <BR> <BR> Overall it was a fun da... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:49:40 EST First 5k Countdown Working towards my first 5k on December 6th. I plan on just speed-walking it, as I am not good at running. I did a three mile walk in October and that went well, so this one should too. Just slightly worried about the cold weather. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:27:56 EST Update So, long story short. <BR> <BR> Mom is doing a heck of a lot better. Everything with my sister and DORs has fallen through. Dad keeps on doing whatever. My boyfriend broke up with me. I still have no job other than the nursery job at church, so have no chance of getting out of the house. <BR> <BR> I've also been feeling horrible emotionally and physically for the past couple of weeks, and since I haven't really been able to eat anything, lost about five pounds because of it. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:08:13 EST Lots of Stuff Going On As the title says, lots of stuff going on right now. Mainly on the family front. <BR> <BR> There is still no diagnosis with what is going on with Mom. However, we know that it isn't vertigo. It looks like it might be a neurological problem, as we have discovered that her eyes are fine (one of her complaints was blurred vision, etc) and other things are all in working order. So there is a disconnect somewhere in the brain, we think, between her eyes and brain. We're looking into a neurologis... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:28:57 EST Lots of Updates Hey Everybody, it's been a while. <BR> <BR> Lots of things have been going on lately, so I haven't really gotten on here all that often, other than to track food and workouts. <BR> <BR> Well, things are looking a little better. <BR> <BR> On my mom's health: My mom finally got to see the specialist yesterday. Part of it was more hemming and hawing and evasion, but this time, we have a little bit more. They are going to do a concentrated MRI on her ears and see if there is a lesion on ei... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:37:43 EST Stomach Problems Since the beginning of the week, I've been having some stomach issues. Nothing has really been settling on my stomach very well. So far, the only thing that seems to stay on my stomach well right now is rice, bananas (sort of), and ginger ale. Water is finally not upsetting my stomach, as it was doing so for a few days. <BR> <BR> I'm not quite sure what has brought on this sudden sensitivity. Though, I do know that as I've gotten older (and I really need to stop using that phrase, I'm ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:32:01 EST Crummy Weather, Crummy Moods Well, currently I'm in not all that great of a mood. I think that it is mainly to do with the weather, with it being so cold and dreary outside. We got a day or two of sunshine, but they feel like ages ago. I'm not sure really when they were. <BR> <BR> I find myself realizing that for the most part, I just hide inside the house unless my sister or mother need me to drive them somewhere or we need to get groceries. I go to church on Sundays, work in the Nursery. If the weather isn't too ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:44:47 EST I got a job! So, yeah, been meaning to post about this. Among all of the crazy that has been going on with my mom's health, my own and everything else, I was finally able to get a job! It is only once a week at my church, working for not quite three hours as the nursery worker, but hey, it is a job and I'm looking forward to it. A little nervous, because one of the kids and I haven't really interacted all that much, she mainly just sort of stares at me and contemplates me a lot. XD I guess she doesn't... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:29:43 EST Appointments and other things So, today was mom's appointment with audiology. It took about two hours, starting at about 0925 and ending at about 1130/1145. She actually felt fine afterwards which was good. We had a pretty good lunch and then walked around a mall for a little bit. <BR> <BR> Now, mom is asleep, Dad is annoyed because Mom and I were too tired to make dinner (Mom didn't sleep at all last night and I only slept for about four hours total on and off) and my sister is her general not really caring about a... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:42:48 EST Possible Sprained Wrist So, I think I sprained my wrist. Was hanging out with the bff today and it started hurting when I made the smallest movements, after some inspection, he noticed that it was swollen and some things were off about it. Right now, just have it wrapped up and not really moving it. It makes driving really weird though. The weight of the car keys can actually set my wrist hurting, so mucking with the gearshift and wheel is a bit... annoying. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this will clear up soon. Going t... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:57:36 EST Things are starting to look a bit better So, Mom has an appointment on the 31st to go see a doctor about what is going on. It will be two hours long, possibly 3 hours if a hearing test is done as well, but hey, we're moving forward. We'll have to go across the beltway, but I've done one errand across it, so I think I can do it again. Definitely going to be taking a book along with me. Possibly some knitting for the appointment. <BR> <BR> Also, found out that Dad tried out the exercise bike for ten minutes today. He's been talk... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:34:25 EST Shopping Trip and Walks Last weekend I went on a shopping trip while visiting friends in Blacksburg. My friend insisted since my clothes were pretty much falling off due to how much weight I've lost. So, found out that size 12 jeans fit me perfectly now. The size 14s I got just a month or so ago are already too big. A good thing, but a little annoying. Thinking about going to Goodwill more often (where I got the new jeans at), especially since it is much cheaper. My friend is also losing weight, so she said th... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:27:59 EST It's a Little Odd... getting random compliments from people. Today at church I had several people saying how good a job I've been doing and how much weight I've lost. Never really get used to it. <BR> <BR> Had one woman ask me how much weight I lost and when I told her and her son that I had lost 50 pounds, they were pretty astounded, and told me to keep up the good work, after making sure that I wasn't losing all of the weight due to illness. I simply replied that no, I was fine, I just made a lifestyle ch... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:46:40 EST Not a Good Day... Just feeling bad today. I don't feel like doing much other than sleeping, i just don't have any energy for anything else. I think it is this infection I'm fighting off. <BR> <BR> Today was also one of those days where I only ate because I knew that I needed to so that I could take some medicine. Mom and my sister wanted to go to Red Robin and honestly, all of the food looked horrible to me, even the salads. It just put me off immediately, but I knew that I had to eat something because th... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:18:38 EST 50 Pounds Down; First Goal Reached! So, my goal when I first joined Sparkpeople in August of 2011 was to lose 50 pounds. This past Friday (December 7), I weighed in and did a double take as I saw that I had finally reached that goal. I have finally gotten down to 150. You would not believe how happy that made me. <BR> <BR> My current goal is to lose ten more pounds, and see what happens there, trying to find a weight where I feel the most comfortable and healthy. I'm not going to stress myself on getting to 140, just let i... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:50:15 EST Several Steps Backward Well... Today was not a good day food wise, not at all. Dad and I went Christmas shopping and we ate out at the Longhorn Steakhouse and... man, when I ended up tracking the food that I had ordered after getting back home, I was quite surprised... and disappointed. I thought "Eh, how bad can it be?" and ignored the unappetizing 500 calories or less menu (which contained about five to eight items, mostly steak, which isn't really my cup of tea.) <BR> <BR> I've also just been sort of throwing... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 21:08:05 EST Rowing Machine So, I finally cleared out a space in my room so that I could drag the family's old rowing machine out of the basement and into my room. And I must say, ten minutes really kicked my butt, but I felt so good afterwards! I could see arm muscles being worked that are usually ignored, and it was definitely a nice change from the stationary bike. After resting for a few minutes, I was able to go for another ten minutes, and then decided to stop, as I didn't want to overwork myself, finishing off... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:29:50 EST Any Tips for Dealing with a Picky Eater? I came across a vegetarian magazine and am thinking of starting to cook some of the recipes that I found, especially the Miso Tofu Bok Choy that I found. I adore bok choy and miso soup is wonderful. All of the nutrition facts are added after the recipe too, which is awesome. There are some other soups and dishes that I would love to try, a few of them might need to be tweaked a little so that my mom can eat them (she's diabetic, so she needs to watch carb intake). <BR> <BR> I've been th... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:20:36 EST Slowly getting back on track What it says on the tin. <BR> <BR> Slowly getting back on track with the eating healthier and exercising. I've gone from no exercise, to exercising a couple of days out of the week, to five days a week. Yay for progress! The next goal is to get back to my usual six or seven days a week of exercising (preferably seven days a week, but I don't want to introduce it too fast). <BR> <BR> I've also been in charge of more meals lately, so I actually know what will be for dinner and can plan ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 02:47:00 EST A little disappointed... Well, stepped on the scale this morning and noticed that I've gain a bit back. A little disappointed, but I'm pretty sure I know what caused it. <BR> <BR> I was sick for about a month with whatever it was that I caught at Dragon*Con/sinus infection, so I was pretty much lying around the house not really able to do anything due to just feeling awful, unable to breathe properly, the dizziness and nausea. <BR> <BR> Then I went on a small road trip to go see my Grandmother, and we go out to ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:26:27 EST Back Sort of... <BR> <BR> I haven't really been on Sparkpeople for a while, due to travelling. And then I got sick immediately after an event that I attended. I think it is a sinus infection and it is hanging on quite persistently. I have just realized that I have been dealing with this thing for about two weeks now. I had started feeling better, though some new issues have popped up. :\ <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to be able to introduce light exercise now that walking is no longer so much o... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:41:53 EST One Year It's been a year since I've joined Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> In that year, a lot of things have happened. Among them were having my first job, first big role at church as one of the chairmen, and, possibly the biggest, making the changes needed to get healthier. <BR> <BR> Now I'm not saying it was easy, because it wasn't. And it still isn't. Right now, I'm debating going to get a snack because I still have some calories left for the day, and then it is the process of going "Well, should I go ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:51:06 EST Birthday and Convention Plans Well.... the day isn't over, dinner has not occurred yet, but I've eaten all of my calories today. Oh well. Today was the last day of Vacation Bible School at church plus my birthday, so there was cake, cupcakes, and pretty much lunch for the last get together there, so I think I can allow myself a little room today. I will work out a little more today, I think. <BR> <BR> Next weekend is Shoreleave, a Star Trek convention, and I am planning to eat as healthy as I can during that weeken... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:57:41 EST Not a Stellar Food Week Well, I ended up having some sort of fast food on five out of seven days this week. Ugh. And by last night, my stomach was not having anymore (just lots of stomach grumbles, rumbles, and slight hurting). <BR> <BR> This week was a little odd, going on several errands that would keep me from being at home for food or getting my blood drawn on Monday and needing a quick snack afterwards because it was a fasting one, and I had to go shopping after getting the blood drawn. Other things came ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:12:48 EST In Need of Something New For the exercise routine. It is getting a bit boring and I'm pretty sure that my body has gotten quite used to it by now. Since I've joined Sparkpeople (about 11 months ago) I've been using an exercise bike, but there is no way to really up the resistance or anything, as it is a pretty old bike. I've swapped out different strength training programs as well, but they too are starting to get boring and are about to cycle again to the ones that I would have started with when I first started h... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:22:02 EST Taking a Day Off I'm just really really tired today. I think it might have something to do with having my blood drawn today. I also had to fast beforehand, so I while I could drink all of the water that I wanted, I couldn't eat anything, so by the time I got it taken at about 10:20, I had gone a while without food. <BR> <BR> Got a quick snack before shopping for a couple of things at the Wal*Mart and then meeting up with some friends for lunch. I ate well at lunch, probably a little more than I should h... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:58:32 EST