LITTLEIM's SparkPeople Blog LITTLEIM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Re-start Starting over. Again. But trying to be positive about it. It was about time I got back onto SP properly and actually faced up to the weight I am now. <BR> <BR> So - a new journey is beginning. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:26:54 EST Say Thank You for the Good Things Haven't blogged in ages. Haven't felt like it much. However, I learned an important lesson today - we need to remember to say thank you for all the good things in our life and not just worry about what we don't have or feel is wrong. I started today by thanking God for all the good things in my life and you know what? There were lots of them. And it made me feel great. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:47:00 EST One cake doth not a lent promise break My very kind colleague arrived today during the last period of the day with a cup of coffee and a cake for me. It was a plain sponge without any frosting or chocolate or anything. Dear reader, I ate that cake and I don't regret it. I don't feel like I've completely messed up my lent promise to avoid sugary things - only broken it once and not too badly. I will continue to avoid these things until Easter and not give up. <BR> <BR> I think sometimes you have to give yourself a break. You can't... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:13:44 EST New decisions, new goals First week of lent down and I'm doing well. Unfortunately, my weight has gone up again but I know what has caused it and I'm ready to try and deal with it. I have also decided not to weigh myself again until the end of lent. I don't want slow progress to put me off because that can cause comfort eating. I usually eat more bad stuff when stressed or unhappy. Having given up sugary treats for lent I don't want to spoil my chances. <BR> <BR> I also want to do more exercise. Thomas suggest I try... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:17:17 EST Giving up the sweet treats I had a little SP holiday for my birthday weekend, but am now back on and raring to go. I have decided to give up chocolate, sweets, cake, biscuits, etc. for lent. Today was the first day and I already passed up a box of chocolates so I am doing well! <BR> <BR> I've decided I can have things like jam on my toast and dried fruit so long as I don't go mad and use them as a sweet treat replacement. However, I'm not allowing myself any processed, sugary treats of any kind - not even a travel swe... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:22:29 EST Changes The '30 days of Fit Food' challenge is not working for me. The weekly menu suggestions feature a lot of meat and this puts me off from the start. Every time I get my email prompt I click on it and read something I already know and collect my points without actually doing anything to really help myself. I've been going over my calorie limit quite a lot recently and the weight is sneaking back. <BR> <BR> I've decided to stop this challenge, although I am not blaming it for my eating too much, ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:37:44 EST Re-learning good lessons I've not been very good for the last week, but I am trying hard to do much better now. As part of that I'm glad to say that I'm within my calorie range today and spot on with my carbs, protein and fat. I'm going to keep trying hard and also try to avoid giving into my usual habit of over-indulging in sweet things when I feel stressed at work - it doesn't help really. Good friends and talking over what worries me makes a much bigger difference! <BR> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:23:15 EST Pigging out I have to confess: today has turned into a pigging out kind of day. I have eaten my way through a whole bar of Lindt dark chilli chocolate - that's 100g! I'm on holiday, I'm looking after my parent's house and so I feel like I should be indulged and I'm also lonely because I'm the only one here. Bad combination! <BR> <BR> Right. Here's the plan: today is a holiday from SP. Tomorrow I make an effort to eat right and stick to my limits. I can do this. <BR> <BR> Everyone has the odd off-day. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:28:22 EST February break I am on holiday for a couple of days as of this afternoon as it is half term. I will mostly be spending my holiday marking prelim papers and mounting some of my pupils' units but I also plan to enjoy some rest and relaxation. I'm house-sitting for my parents for a few days and have the house to myself until my husband joins me on Friday evening. Bliss! <BR> <BR> Re: challenges, I joined a 30 day fit food challenge a few days ago and am trying to follow what I can of the menus etc. given that... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:48:17 EST End of January Challenges - start of new? As of this weekend I am allowing myself dairy again and have therefore bought some delicious cheeses for tonight. It's been a bit of an indulgent weekend - more dining out than usual. I've lost the Christmas weight but not lost anything else and I feel myself slipping into some bad habits again. Therefore I plan to start a new challenge and I'm going to have a look at what's on SP just after I write this. <BR> <BR> For me, I feel I need to keep SP fresh, I need to focus on different goals a... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:49:26 EST End of Week 4 This week I must confess that although I have managed to be fairly dairy-free I haven't been perfect. Firstly, I've had to drink milk in coffee a few times when out with friends and also when I ran out of alternative this morning. However, I'm going to stock up later. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I ate one spoonful of yogurt to check it hadn't gone off. I was going to put it out for my husband to have with a curry I made as I like things spicier than he does and I did it without thinking. Doh! <BR> ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 06:38:57 EST Week 4, Challenge Diary Today has been absolutely exhausting. It was our drawing prelim for our S4 pupils and as a result I spent most of yesterday organising my materials and the room and then spent today exiled from my classroom and having to teach in strange places. Kids were actually pretty great and we got their work cross-marked before we left for the day. Another for the S5 on Monday and then the written prelim for all of them on the 7th - phew! <BR> <BR> This is part of the reason I didn't blog at the start... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:57:40 EST Saturday, Week 3 of challenges I have had to break my dairy avoidance today because I went out for lunch with my mother and every single choice for vegetarians on the menu involved cheese. As I had already planned to break it tonight when we have guests for Burns' night it seemed daft to insist on going somewhere else. It made me realise how difficult it is as a vegetarian to get food in restaurants that is dairy free. Thank goodness I am only conducting a one month challenge and am neither vegan nor lactose intolerant! <B... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:48:00 EST Second half of week 3, challenge diary Sticking to my no dairy is going very well but my husband has asked if I can break it for one night on Saturday as it is Burns' Night and there is usually butter and a bit of milk in the mashed potato and he wants to make chocolate mousse. We're having guests so I've decided to have small amounts of these things and add on another day to my challenge so it will now end on the 8th of February. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a weigh-day and hopefully I will remember this in the usual morning rush to g... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:36:22 EST Week 3 of challenges commences - BOOM! My dairy avoidance continues pretty well. I only had a wee coffee with milk in on Saturday morning because I was at the hairdresser and forgot to say no milk. I think that's fairly understandable. Got fancy new hair now - look: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Other than that I am still having healthy juices regularly but not every day. I had one on Saturday and one on Sunday but none today. I find they have a fair amount of calories - ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:15:44 EST Week 2 of challenges continues a bit shakily Oh dear, I got a bit complacent and felt sorry for myself due to lack of sleep and long, arduous parents evening with the following consequences: <BR> <BR> Dairy Free for a month - was going fairly well only I ran out of hazelnut milk at work on Wed and so had to have some real milk as I was desperate for a cuppa. Then I compounded this by eating a milk choc biscuit today and forgetting this counts as dairy until I'd already eaten half. In general I have comfort eaten a bit this week so I mu... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:35:39 EST Challenge Diary, week 2 As we near the middle of week 2 I feel it is time for an update. My dairy-free month is going well and I have managed to continue to avoid milk, cream, butter and cheese as planned. I'm ignoring dairy that's already in things (like pastry) because I am not intolerant - I just want to cut out the fattier and creamier kinds of dairy that I had a lot of over Christmas and which don't help my asthma any. <BR> <BR> Healthy Juices - bit more intermittent this week. The issue is partly financial a... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:14:14 EST Challenge diary, end of week 1 I finished my Eat Up, Slim Down challenge and got the trophy. I plan to continue preparing healthy snacks - especially for my break at work as I enjoyed them and its all too easy to succumb to naughty cakes, etc instead otherwise. <BR> <BR> Dairy-Free Month - still sticking to it. We're at my parents but my Mum is very supportive so I have alpro hazelnut instead of milk, pure soya instead of butter and also got cheese-free pizza for dinner last night, which was actually delicious and beautif... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:58:22 EST Challenge Diary, Day 4 The first week is more than half done now and my challenges are progressing fairly well. After the first week I think I will move to a diary entry every other day as keeping this does get a bit monotonous otherwise. <BR> <BR> Dairy-free month: Soya milk in school again so didn't have any dairy at all today. Must say I miss it a bit as soya milk does not react well in coffee. Its ok if you have time to drink it quickly, but leave it lying and the soya goes into lumps - not very appetising! Ot... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:42:59 EST Challenge Diary, Day 3 Dairy-free month - one coffee with milk in because I used up my soya at work but otherwise none. <BR> <BR> Healthy juice - tried a new combo but added too much ginger. Nevermind, it will chase away germs. <BR> <BR> Eat Up, Slim Down. Managed two healthy planned snacks but had one unhealthy one - 4 squares ritter sport marzipan. Oh well, could have been worse. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:41:50 EST Challenge Diary, Day 2 Dairy-free month - going better today as I remembered to take soya milk to work. Only down-side is that it can react a but in coffee and become a little bitty. I find Hazelnut milk behaves the best in coffee but I couldn't get hold of it last weekend. Will keep my eyes open! Had no other dairy today so feeling this is going well. <BR> <BR> Healthy Juices - haven't made a juice today but Thomas said he might make on later. I feel a bit anti because of the work involved in cleaning the machine... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:16:08 EST Challenge diary - day 1 Progress on the challenge front is going well so far. <BR> <BR> Dairy-free for a month- officially started today although actually had no dairy bar milk in coffee and a last couple of xmas chocs yesterday. Today I have avoided dairy apart from in my coffee at work because I forgot to take any alternative - doh! Will rectify this tomorrow and make sure my colleagues know my plan. <BR> <BR> Having healthy juices - tried our new juicer last night and we both loved it! Also - my sniffle seems t... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:04:09 EST New Year, New Goals and New Challenges Hello 2014! I am well aware you've been on the go for a few days now already but this is the first time I've greeted you on spark people. It's also the first time I've logged on to SP for about 2 weeks. I gave myself a holiday over the festive period but now I'm back and ready to address my new goals and challenges. <BR> <BR> First up was the dreaded weigh in, which turned out to show the expected increase but within a range I feel I can tackle: from 65kg to 68kg approx. <BR> <BR> Secondly,... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:16:53 EST Week 4 Eat Up, Slim Down Its all gone a bit Pete Tong so far. What with Christmas staff dos and having my parents over for a meal and staff buffet's etc. I am trying to incorporate healthy snacks but I am also eating unhealthy ones. I'm trying for some balance at least. <BR> <BR> I must also confess that I've therefore been too nervous to weigh myself - total chicken I know. I'll try and get on it tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> We leave for Germany for 2 weeks this Sunday and I will not be sparking over the festive pe... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:05:07 EST Star Date 12th of 12th. Captain's Log. The Starship Enterprise continues to pilot its way through the galaxy. We are about to finish the third week of our Eat Up, Slim Down Challenge. I weighed myself this morning out of curiosity - my usual day is Sunday. I am down again - from 65.9 to 65.6kg. That's not bad in just 4 days. Woohoo! Excited. <BR> <BR> Given my healthier snacks, Mr Spock tells me that this is only logical and that getting excited is unnecessary and a very human reaction. I tell him to get back to Vulcan! <BR> <BR... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:56:25 EST Sunday Morning, end of week 2 (Eat Up, Slim Down) Snacks going pretty well all week - its much easier when I'm at work and have a fixed break-time anyway. However, yesterday we were invited to two Christmas parties by friends and consumed all kinds of healthy and unhealthy things at both! One good thing is I tried to keep in mind one of my goals this week, which is to eat more vegetables, so I did have quite a few carrot sticks. I also had a lot of mulled wine though and one may well cancel out the other... <BR> <BR> However, Sunday is my d... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 04:18:02 EST Week 2 - Eat Up, Slim Down Snacks are going fairly well but I ended up having my break-time snack as part of my lunch today as it was a colleague's birthday and someone had made a cake. I will try to keep to planned snacks at planned times in future. <BR> <BR> I haven't had a time to do any of my week 2 goals yet so I need to get onto that soon. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in how my weight will have been affected but forgot to weigh myself on Sunday so I'll either try and remember to do this tomorrow or will save it unt... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:21:19 EST Day 3 of Eat Up, Slim Down It's been a bit of a learning curve today. I had a healthy break-time snack of yogurt and fruit but couldn't have my second snack because I made a mistake at breakfast. I make my own bread in a bread-machine and the loaves it produces are quite large. This morning I made myself 2 slices and realised as I ate them that (1) this was probably going to seriously up my calories so that I probably couldn't have my second snack and maybe put me over my limits today (right on both counts!) and (2) I ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:45:02 EST Day 1 of Eat Up, Slim Down I LOVED my snack mid-morning. Normally I'd have a bag of snackajacks or crisps but today as part of my challenge I had made a box of carrot sticks and cucumber and had them with a heaped teaspoon of houmous. It was delicious. <BR> <BR> Lunch was smaller than usual - oatcakes (4) with Philadelphia and hot smoked salmon. However, I wasn't as hungry as I thought I'd be. <BR> <BR> When I got home I had a cup of tea and a slice of homemade banana cake. I thought with more meals I would have eat... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:16:54 EST Taking a new challenge I have joined a new challenge today to try and reactivate my weight-loss. I've been getting increasingly fed up with SP and feeling like I should just give up. This is because I started to put weight back on and was feeling like I might as well stop trying as obviously nothing worked. However, I realise this is not true and in fact SP worked very well for me for about a year. I think I've just got complacent and a bit bored so a new challenge is perhaps the way forward. <BR> <BR> I decided t... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 07:12:59 EST HORMONES!! PMT not only makes me crave more sweet stuff but it means I get much more cranky and emotional at work. Fell out with a pupil in class today and didn't feel well supported by management. Felt like crying and/or punching folk for rest of the day and put sugar in my coffee. <BR> <BR> To de-stress I'm going to go late-night shopping with my husband and hopefully get his Christmas gift sorted. Then we'll have a wander along George Street, a beautiful, wide street in Edinburgh's New Town - all gr... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:32:24 EST Progress is made :) Victory! After trying very hard to keep to my calories for most of this week I have lost weight - almost 3kg to be exact. This proves (yet again) that tracking my nutrition and sticking to my goals works. <BR> <BR> I'm going to keep going and plan to keep to the sort of 5 day, 2 day plan I have heard of but in my own way. I believe in the fad diet thing you can eat whatever you like for 5 days and then a very strict amount for 2. I plan to eat sensibly and stick to my nutrition goals for 5 d... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 15:47:17 EST Mostly progress I have been working very hard all week and then something snapped in me today and I had some cake at work. However, I am pleased with my overall progress - my calorie intake has been great so far and there's still time before my weigh-in day on Sunday to keep going. So, blips aside, I'm going to try to keep to my goals for the next couple of days and will try to fit more exercise into my weekend. <BR> <BR> Away from my husband tonight - <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> But, back with him tomorrow ... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:08:29 EST Messed up Time to face a few facts then. My weight has rocketed back up to where I started about a year ago. I've been avoiding weighing myself so I knew the truth really. The cause of this is over-eating and also eating and drinking things I know have loads of calories like beer and chocolate. I feel a bit annoyed at myself and also a bit sad. However, I lost the weight before and I can lose it again. I'm out today for a friend's birthday so its a good test of my new resolution but I can do it. <BR> ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 04:05:37 EST Feeling more inspired than I have for a while <img src=""> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:18:08 EST Back again Its been a while dear blog, I have been truanting from SP for a bit and also hiding from a few facts for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Where to start? Well, my tracking and eating healthily went off the rails partly because of some family occasions and visits. However, I think that having loads to do at work and then being socially very busy too meant I felt like I'd no time to track. Plus - the more I ate indulgently (and let's be honest - I did some comfort eating too), the less I wanted to find ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 07:58:02 EST Autumnal colour! The season is changing. I've noticed some of the trees on my journey to work are beginning to turn yellow or russet and today I saw a flock of geese flying, which means they are getting ready to migrate. With all these changes I am feeling a new surge in optimism and creativity. So - I have redecorated my Spark-Page with suitably Autumnal leaves and a splash of girlie pink. Why not? <BR> <BR> I also went to yoga after work today. I've been at a few classes to try it out and see which day and... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:02:22 EST Ouch I admit it freely - I am using my blog to complain today. I took a nasty gouge out of my thumb trying to empty our food recycling bin. It really hurts! It is also bleeding a lot (sorry if anyone is squeamish). <BR> <BR> I also fell over in my kitchen. Landed right on the floor. Managed to graze my knee in the process too as I have very thin skin and it breaks easily. <BR> <BR> Winge, winge, moan. <BR> <BR> Ok - I feel better now. Sat, 7 Sep 2013 10:42:05 EST Celebrating <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Join me in a happy dance today! I have lost 1kg this week - woohoo! Roll on a new week and hopefully another kg will bite the dust. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:38:44 EST over-indulgent weekend My cousin has been staying this weekend and we've been having a high old time of it. Its the Edinburgh Festival so we've seen some shows and been spoiling ourselves. Burgers, pizza, chocolate and cake. Not to mention divine but high in calorie cocktails in the most fabulous and over the top bar! <BR> As a result (and in no way surprisingly) I have put weight ON this week. To help me shift this again I have decided to alter my settings so that my fitness tracker is linked to my nutrition direc... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:13:21 EST Blue Feeling a bit blue for some reason this evening. Probably tiredness. My job is pretty hard-going at times (although on the whole this week has been good and most of the kids I teach are lovely) and I haven't been sleeping so well. I think that's a bit to do with adjusting back to the pace of life post Summer holidays and a bit because my husband keeps coming to bed after me and waking me a bit by accident. Oh, and I'm probably a bit stressed. <BR> <BR> I've had difficulties with stress befor... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:32:51 EST Time for a goal-change So, still eating pretty healthily during the week, less so at weekends (though I do log all I consume). Weight appears to be plateau-d so I have opted to re-set all my goals, losing all my fitness and nutrition data but hopefully also losing some more weight through the process. I can't decide whether to tie my nutrition to my fitness. Has anyone done this? What's it like? Maybe I'll ask on a forum. <BR> <BR> Not really any news. Though we are going for a lovely walk later in the Scottish su... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 03:53:19 EST Progress One week of really trying to stay within my calories (apart from one birthday party attended yesterday) and guess what? I've lost 1kg! Hooray! <BR> Proof of what I know already really: <BR> EAT WITHIN CALORIE RANGE+DO SOME EXERCISE=LOSE WEIGHT <BR> OVER-EAT+FORGET EXERCISE=GAIN WEIGHT <BR> <BR> Here's to another week of being careful Sun, 11 Aug 2013 08:40:44 EST Leaping forward Working hard on keeping the calories down and doing well so far. I find my appetite is larger than before but I know this will decrease again as my body adjusts back to the old calorie limit. Did I also mention I have started going to a yoga class once a week? Ok, I have so far been only twice but I plan to go again this Thursday and once I've worked out which class I like best I'm going to book a term's worth of classes. This is a big leap for me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 15:35:00 EST A few harsh truths for myself (again) Time to confess. This week I have not done very well on the calorie front. I have eaten out quite a few times, which has contributed to this, but I think mainly my problem is the same one I have faced a few times on SP and through my life so far. <BR> <BR> The Problem: I get carried away by things like losing more than I have in the past or by not putting on much in Italy despite eating lots of high calorie foods (and walking loads, which point I think I have conveniently ignored) and secret... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 04:00:15 EST Shot in the foot by a flapjack Well, I have well and truly scuppered my calories today and no mistake. The cause of my downfall - 1 flapjack. <BR> <BR> So innocent looking in its transparent plastic wrapper. It proclaims itself a wholefood product with oats and fruit. It is only telling you half truths, however, for it also contains lots of fat and sugar. Lots! <BR> <BR> The thing is I knew this. I was fully aware of what I was about to do. I knew this thing had over 400 calories because I actually read the label. And I ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:36:29 EST Returned from Italy I am pleased to say that after two weeks in Italy eating pasta, pizza and ice cream and drinking lovely wine I have only gained 2.4 kg! Must be all the walking we did in Rome. I also did a fair bit of walking in Tuscany and a little bit of swimming in the pool so I am under no illusions that I can continue to eat all those high calorie foods now we're at home without consequences or the need to exercise. I had a wonderful time and am ready to start my weight-loss again. <BR> <BR> Both my hus... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 02:47:19 EST Countdown to Roman Holiday I'm feeling quite motivated today and it helps that it is the first official day of my holidays. I got up about 8am, which makes a nice change from my usual work-day 6.35am! I have a big, long list of stuff to do for going on holiday this coming Saturday and the knowledge that this is my last chance to make a difference to my waist-line before we leave. <BR> <BR> So - I'm going to be very positive and try to get all my nutrition goals correct as well as try to be more active and take more ex... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 04:43:59 EST Birthday buffet Well, on the sugar front I am doing terribly this week, but it is the last week of term and we're in our new school and cakes and biscuits are flying about the staff room. Also - it was one of my department's 30th birthday today and we had a massive buffet for her. I did try to load up on savoury so I wouldn't eat as much sweet but I am still over my calories a bit today and haven't even had dinner! I'm thinking of not having any as I am still pretty full from work. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we hav... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:01:51 EST diary of a sugar-fiend Ha ha - only joking. Having finished my 4 week challenge I must admit I have had a little bit of sugar this week but most of that has been in hot toddies as I've had a nasty head cold and I think that's allowed. <BR> <BR> Most importantly I haven't had any cakes since Monday when I had a tiny cupcake in the meeting I was chairing. I'd bought the cakes for the others but not everyone could come so I ended up having one myself or I'd have had loads left. As it was I took 2 home and gave them ... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:26:45 EST