LIMDUR's SparkPeople Blog LIMDUR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feb 10, 2018 First blog of the year. The winter has been a bit rough. I have had two colds this year and still have a bit of a cough from when I had the flu in January. The flu put me in bed for nearly a week. The week after next, I will hopefully finish packing my room in my parents' house so that they can empty it out for potential buyers. My work picks up during the holidays and from October to the first week of January, general rule of thumb is no vacation time (though you can still ask off for a da... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:26:10 EST Taking a Break I am taking a break from Social Media and the such. I was never really hooked on it, but I realized that all it was doing was bringing down my already down moods and that a lot of the drama that was going on in folks' lives is really just perceived drama from vague Facebook posts. I only look at it maybe once a week, if that, to just check at what I am tagged in and that is all. I have been doing this since mid July. Took Facebook off of my phone, limiting looking at it to my computer or thro... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:29:59 EST Day 2 of Spark Solution Giving a quick update on how I am doing while I am using the Spark Solution book. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:27:03 EST Gained so much weight. In one month, I gained 10 pounds. Partly from traveling, partly from depression, and also from not being able to go grocery shopping. I was about 150 in June. Now clocking in at 160. And 15 pounds away from my small goal and 20 poubds to my ultimate goal and 25 pounds from my dream goal (which, honestly, I will never make it to 135, my body is not built that way, but I would love to be there one day). JO says that at least I am still better off than when I came out of college (215) or 180,... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:25:01 EST Real Talk I was diagnosed with depression when I was 10 years old. I was diagnosed with PANDAS, which manifested itself as OCD when I was 12. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was 17. I have had lots of ups and downs. Good days and bad, good hours and bad. I have gone long stretches without a problem and have gone through severe rapid cycling emotions. Right now, I have been in a depression. A depression that is very hard to come out of. Some of it has to do with the amount of family... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 17:02:58 EST Cleaning Post Vacation Was on Vacation, got back late Sunday night. First half if the vacation was at the beach, and was quite stressful. I was drinking a half pot of coffee or more a day to deal with the stress until JO and I left early because neither of us could stand it anymore. So we went home early, did laundry, and then went to Indiana for my family reunion, which was very laid back and relaxing. It was JO's introduction to my extended family. They all love him and consider him family already. Right now I ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:43:01 EST Doctor Today Went to the doctor today. Couldn't go to work, so once the office opened, I went to the doctor. Been told to take it easy, sleep all of today and tomorrow. I can go back to work on Monday. Since I am already on antibiotics because of the dog bite, I didn't need any additional medications. I supposedly ate 1100 calories today, but I kept getting sick today, so I think only about half stayed in. :( I just hope that eating won't be such a horrible experience tomorrow as it was today. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:05:35 EST Not Feeling Well The thought of food is making me so sick... I am on antibiotics right now due to a dog nip/bite that I got on Wednesday. (The dog is up on his shots, so I am okay. He just grazed me enough with his ine tooth). I have seemed to come down with some sort of cold or possibly sinus infection, given the color of the mucus, but I am afraid to take anything in case it will interfere with the antibiotic. For the life of me, I can't think of any appetizing food right now. Even rice sou ds horrible. ... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 05:03:53 EST Weigh in day Slightly belated weigh-in day info. Went to the doctor on the 24th and I was 151, even with my clothes on and right after eating. On the 31st, I weighed 149.5. So I am losing again. Yay. Went wedding dress shopping with my future in laws and my Maid of Honor. The people there told me I couldn't lose anymore weight if I got my gown then, which I wasn't really planning on doing since I have a little over a year to do get it. It was stressful. The whole thing is... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:49:33 EST Weigh-in Day No loss or gain this week. Still 151 pounds, and honestly after that sudden 2.5 pound loss in one week, if prefer that I just stay here at 151 for the past week. I didn't exercise nearly as much as I did last week, I don't feel like I did, at least. I will see how today goes. JO and I are going to a baby shower for our Pastor's daughter, who is having a little boy after three or four years of her and her husband trying to get pregnant. There will be lots of goodies there, but I will try t... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:37:27 EST Weigh-in Day Doing the weigh-in day a day early because I will be staying the night with JO's sister and then having a girls' day all of Saturday. I lost 2.5 pounds since last Saturday. I went from 153.5 to 151.0 I was surprised when I hopped on the scale yesterday morning, figured it was a fluke and moved on. Got on the scale this morning and it was the same. The plan is to lose a pound a week, so the 2.5 pound loss was not expected and a little startling. Probably nothing to be worried about. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:23:10 EST Weigh-In Loss Finally weighed in after a couple weeks of not doing so. I have list a pound in those couple of weeks. :) 153.5. Another step closer to 150 and then 145 again. And then we will go from there. I have been trying to get the mindless eating under control, I have noticed it happening since my knitting project had to be put on hold since I had to order the yarn I ran out of on-line. Yesterday I had a cup of hot cocoa and then tea to satisy the chocolate craving and solving the problem of what to... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 07:44:18 EST Working Through Depression Lately I have been fighting my depression a little more than normal, since November, possibly October. A lot of things have been going on, and I realize that while some of it might be weather related, a lot of it is honestly grief. In October, there was a scare with one of JO's family members, she was in the hospital, but for a good 24-48 hours we didn't know if she was alive or not. She is fine now, but it was an agonizing 48 hours which eventually had me breaking down and wailing in the... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:19:59 EST Weigh in It is Saturday, my old weigh-in day when I was doing this by myself. I will count it for the weigh-in on Sundays that JO and I do. I am not as far off as I thought! So relieved. 154.5 pounds. I had been thinking for some reason I was closer to 160 and losing my mind over it. First goal is to get back to 150. Second is to get back to 145. I like being 145, though I am still technically overweight for my height (5 foot 2) and the doctors will want me to lose more, until I am 135, but right n... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:37:20 EST Breakfast ideas? I need some breakfast ideas for hearty breakfasts without eggs. JO can't eat eggs (really bad digestive issues if he does, it runs in his family), and most of the think ahead ideas for breakfasts have eggs (quiches, breakfast casseroles, etc). We can do pancakes with bacon, but that gets a little old... Is there a way to make a breakfast casserole without the eggs helping it stick together? Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:19:49 EST Weigh In Day 10/30/16 Our weigh in days are Sundays. I lost a pound and a half, weighing in at 158 even. JO weighed in at 193, gaining a pound over a course of about five or six weeks. Hopefully getting back to the bicycle and walking routine will help. We are both looking forward to impriving our times for the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis in December. My goal is to run it in 40 min even or possibly 39 minutes. JO's goal is to finish just a little bit faster than before (47 minutes). Sun, 30 Oct 2016 23:37:16 EST Update Just a short, general update. I will be trying to blog more to talk out frustrations and to keep me more accountable. My Dad has lost some weight, and his his A1C is much better now that he is on insulin (and actually taking it). He is going to try to walk daily, instead of the couple of times a week he does now. (And that was a recent change for him). JO was a tad disheartened when he heard that my Dad had lost weight, and how much my Dad weighs. JO is about 50 pounds heavier than my da... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:38:08 EST I don't like who I see anymore I don't. I really don't. I see a person whose life has been consumed by work and doesn't have time for anything besides that. And when I make the time, I just feel exhausted. Currently running on 2-3 hours of sleep. Yesterday there was so much traffic getting to work/church, that I only spent about an hour and a half, two hours at church versus the near 4 hour drive traffic made it to be. If I take a day off from the retail job, it is to do something. Be it for church or with JO's family. B... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:06:31 EST Ugh. But a bright side? <img src=""> <BR> So, been gaining weight steadily. Like, crazy. I am wondering if I have inherited my mother's thyroid issue. Hers started when she was in junior high, my sister's started around then as well. I think theirs was linked with puberty... I will be better at tracking what I am eating/planning my meals, and if I am still not losing (also with getting 250 minutes of cardio a week) I am going to make an... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:25:20 EST Sunday Update JO and I weighed in in Sunday. He is down a total of 4 pounds and I am back to 156. We are going on more walks, yay! There are so many birthdays and celebrations in July. My Dad's was the 9th, JO's brother's is today, and mine is in 9 days. This means lots of eating. I will be keeping track. I don't know if I can track my food on here during the cruise. I will try. Might just have to just right all of it down. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:54:13 EST Cruise, Pokemon Go, and Doctor's Visit The cruise with JO's family is in about three weeks. Excited and nervous about it. XD <BR> <BR> JO has lost three pounds in the past two weeks, yay! I keep going up and down. XD Ah well, I will keep up making healthy decisions and keep going forward. It has been easier to get JO to go outside for walks (at night, when the humidity and temperature is much lower) now with the release of Pokemon Go. It is nice. We went out for a 1.65 mile walk last night. Didn't really find any Pokemon, but he... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:25:14 EST Progress! I lost a pound and JO lost two! We are sitting at 155.5 and 299.5, respectively. I got him out on a 3.65 mile walk this week and we did a lot of running around shopping and cooking this weekend, so yay! I will be starting a beginner's 10k program in a couple of days. So... hopefully that will go okay. I might try to get JO to go with me on the walk days (only a mile or two those days). Sun, 3 Jul 2016 09:24:12 EST A Week In I am a week and a day back in to losing weight. When I stepped on the scale yesterday it was sort of between 156 and 156.5. So I lost roughly a pound and a half last week. Though my eating was everywhere yesterday because of the pre-Father's day luncheon at church (no salad in sight this time. The men boycotted the original menu which was healthier. Replacing cold cuts and salads with nachos, italian sausage, etc). And then JO didn't come home until late, and we went out to eat instead of c... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:56:08 EST Slow Day... I need to cut back on checking the scale. My old tendency of checking a lot is coming back. Though I did clock in at 156, which is less than I started the week with. I accidentally ate too few calories last night. I thought I had measured out two cups of my Chinese food, but I had only measured out one, which explains why I still felt hungry afterwards. I only had 900 calories instead of 1200. :l Oh well. Better today. I did a 3 mile and 5 mile run this week so far. Today will be another 3 ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 18:03:02 EST Quick Update Day 4. I resubmitted all of my current weight info and then got a new suggestion for calories. Lowest is 1200 now instead of 1330. This does not surprise me and I was trying to stick as close to 1200 as I could before, but I will redouble my efforts. I have lost a pound since starting again. That is since Saturday/Sunday. I tend to like Saturdays or Wednesdays for weigh ins, ao depending on how my schedule is going to be, I might switch the day. JO (my boyfriend) will stick to the Saturda... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:57:09 EST Doctor's Appointment So, this is the 3rd day of me trying to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I got a call last week from the doctor's office saying that I was due to for a general physical. Went in today. Everything went well. The doctor told me that I am overweight with a BMI of 29 (I weighed in at 159 with clothes on and after eating two meals and 32 ounces of water). She was impressed in how much weight I had lost on my own, though. Pretty much she told me to keep doing what I am doing, with the exercising, eati... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 18:58:10 EST Weigh In Day: Day 1 for New Goals My boyfriend and I both want to lose some weight before going on a cruise with his family at the beginning of August. We weighed in today. I gained some weight from the holidays and haven't gotten it off yet. I did lose 4 pounds s8nce last week though. I weighed in at 158.0 today. My goal is 145, but I will be okay with 150. He weighed in at 299.5. His goal is to lose 20 pounds. So about 279/280 lbs. Today was not the greatest start. My stomach is giving me issues so I am not really abl... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:19:32 EST New Month update It has been about a month since I wrote anything here, but I have still been tracking. My cousin's funeral was on the 13th of May, the day before what would have been her 33rd birthday. It... went how a funeral for someone so young goes. I met some of her cousins on her mother's side and we have started talking. While out in Indiana, I did my best to eat well. Sometimes I could (getting salads instead of burgers, etc) and sometimes I couldn't (the hotel breakfasts were not that great...) T... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 13:23:27 EST Dealing with Grief My cousin passed away a few hours ago. She had been battling cancer for the past year and then went into kidney failure last night. She was 32/33 years old. I am trying to wrap my head around this. I am also trying to keep my head on straight, but I don't know how well that is going to work. I don't know when/if there is going to be a funeral or not. Currently drinking coffee to keep me going. Caffeine consumption always goes up among me and the cousins when we are stressed. Better than ot... Wed, 4 May 2016 21:49:07 EST Freeze Your Buns 5k and Food Issues Walked/ran the Freeze Your Buns Run 5k on the 7th of February. I did 90 seconds of walking and 90 seconds of running intervals. I reached my quickest time yet, somewhere in the vicinity of 40 to 41 minutes. When I crossed the finish line, it said 41:05. However, I didn't cross the start line when the clock started (runners go first) so I am not 100% sure what my actual time was. I have been looking on the site for the run, but there is no information there. I think since the run got postponed... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:57:05 EST 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