LITTLE_MCTURTLE's SparkPeople Blog LITTLE_MCTURTLE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community D'oh So I realize that I've been sitting at the exact same weight since NOVEMBER. This is stupid. I can do better than this. I did gain a bunch over the holidays (8 lbs!) but I worked that off by the end of February. Now it's the end of March and I haven't budged. <BR> <BR> The not budging is despite my 2 months of working on cardio at the gym. There at least I can feel proud of myself. I may not have lost weight, but I have gained some muscle and endurance. I started out with a resistance settin... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:20:11 EST A not so new tactic I bombed out last May... I got too frustrated and stressed out with trying to maintain my diet. So I gave up yet again. Somehow it was suddenly fall and my weight hadn't budged. <BR> <BR> I can't live my life like this. I need to get to a healthy weight. So I hatched two plans. <BR> <BR> Firstly, when I did loose weight the critical factor was having to go in to be weighed. There's no way I wanted to blow the $$$ on HM again, so I started looking for alternatives. I settled on weight-wat... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 01:01:20 EST Kicking and Screaming... So the goal today is to look at my workout plan and rework it/ kick it up a notch... <BR> Do I have a workout plan? No. <BR> I go for walks with my dogs and I was using the treadmill before my vacation and will start using it again. But an exercise plan? I'll get exercise running away from the plan maybe... I'm not a huge fan of workout exercises. <BR> Part of the problem is that I'm so tired today. All I want to do is go back to bed. I need to take an Asprin and drink some water. <BR> I r... Tue, 28 May 2013 13:58:58 EST Fiber huh? So this week's challenge is to eat a healthy dose of fiber every day. <BR> <BR> I haven't made any special effort so far, I just tracked my normal intake. I come up with a grand total of 8 grams. Oh dear. The recommended amount is 25 grams. Where am I going wrong? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm not eating many carbohydrates, so I'm relying on my fruits and veggies. The carbs I do have are not bad sources of fiber (brown rice, whole wheat pasta or whole wheat bread) but I just don' t have much more t... Tue, 28 May 2013 01:39:22 EST Chug chug chug Either I'm talking about being the little engine that could, or I'm talking about the protein shakes I'm downing in the morning, whatever works. :D <BR> <BR> I got a bit more sleep last night and I think that's helping with my mood. (That and it's FRIDAY!!!) I got the protein shake down this morning and was so full that I didn't even want the cookies at my meeting. So far so good! <BR> <BR> I'm back on track. Yesterday wasn't perfect, but I was much better. I did track everything and staye... Fri, 24 May 2013 13:30:33 EST Nowhere to go but up! Yesterday was rock bottom for me. Burger and fries for lunch, chocolate ice cream with dinner. No walk. Bleh. I realized at the end of the day that I didn't feel any better. <BR> Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and encouragement! <BR> <BR> Today I still don't feel great, but I am sticking with my meal plan. I sucked back the foul protein shake this morning and I've got my salad for lunch and cherries for a snack. I think if I eat right for a few days it will help kick my out of thi... Thu, 23 May 2013 15:26:52 EST Just not feeling it It's hard for me not to stress out when my spouse is. He's got a huge project due in two weeks and his stress levels have infected me, even though there's nothing I can do about the situation. <BR> <BR> I need to recapture the peace and motivation I had 2 weeks ago. Right now I'm perpetually tired and I don't want to do anything. Yesterday I smothered myself with food I didn't need and didn't track. Today I'm at least going to track everything. <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to blog about moderat... Wed, 22 May 2013 11:26:25 EST Dealing with cravings My challenge today is to determine how I deal with cravings... <BR> <BR> First, what are my cravings? I crave chocolate, sweets, sushi, and once in awhile pizza. I also crave Booster Juice now and then. <BR> <BR> How do I deal with my cravings? <BR> <BR> 1) Be full. If I'm faced with sweets in a morning meeting, I have a much easier time avoiding them if I've had a protein shake for breakfast. If I'm very full, I don't want the donuts or whatever. <BR> <BR> 2) Make tea. I have a selec... Thu, 16 May 2013 15:02:28 EST Exhaustion The idea is to come back from vacation feeling refreshed... but I feel exhausted! The transit time really got to me. 24hrs of waiting around/ flights.... ick! <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning. I'm up 2lbs from before I left. I blame it on airport food and exhaustion snacking. I'm going to try to stay on track and hope it melts away by Saturday's weigh in. I was sure I had lost weight while I was away! At least I know I am fitter from all the exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get hyped u... Thu, 16 May 2013 10:53:18 EST Because not all choices can be good ones Yesterday I went snorkeling and enjoyed the surf and sand. I ate my breakfast before I left home. What I didn't do was pack a snack or lunch. I waited too long to search out a healthy lunch. I gave in to temptation and ended up with a burger and chiller from McD's. when I tracked my nutrition today (I'm usually a day behind in putting dinner) I was blown away. SIX HUNDRED empty calories. <BR> <BR> Lesson learned. Pack a snack & pick the healthiest choice, not the easiest one! <BR> <BR> I'... Tue, 7 May 2013 20:51:53 EST I climbed a crater today! I'm very proud of myself! <BR> Today I made it to the top of Diamond Head Crater. I had to stop a few times. Once I could feel my pulse beating in my skull and the 2nd time my stomach was in knots. I waited it out, drank some water and carried on. The incline wasn't bad at all, but the stairs really got to me cardio wise. <BR> I've been trying to use the incline on my treadmill to build up some endurance and it seems to have worked! My leg muscles aren't even whimpering, never mind screamin... Sat, 4 May 2013 23:17:26 EST saboteurs This has to be a short entry since I don't want to be inside! <BR> <BR> How I deal with diet saboteurs. <BR> 1) Just say no <BR> 2) Find a healthy snack that will satisfy while they eat the trigger food <BR> 3) Just say no <BR> 4) Pre-portion the food/ snack so that you only eat a prescribed amount ~100 calories, 1oz, whatever proportion and don't end up eating say, the whole bag <BR> 5) Bring my own snack to eat while others eat less healthy options (good for work related meetings) Fri, 3 May 2013 18:46:33 EST Motivation The challenge for today is to blog about what truly motivates my desire for weight loss. <BR> <BR> Primarily I want to be healthy. I know that there are health risks involved with obesity and many of them also run in my family - like diabetes. I also want my health to be A+ when my husband and I decide to start our family in the next few years. <BR> <BR> Another, possibly equally important reason, is that I want to look good. I want to be able to wear cute clothes and ditch the over sized ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:01:41 EST Start photo I had my husband take a photo of me as my "start" photo. Technically it's a week 1 photo, but close enough. <BR> <BR> I HATE it. <BR> <BR> BOOOOOOOOO!!!!! <BR> <BR> How did I let this happen??? <BR> <BR> I will fix this! <BR> <BR> I think I will take my measurements tomorrow instead of tonight. There's only so much reality I can face in one night. <BR> <BR> (I did try to wear something decent, etc. but I finished a bunch of yard work earlier tonight so my hair is pretty awful. Bad... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:54:53 EST Keep on Truckin' OK, I don't drive, but the expression works anyway, right? <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a mess. I had a killer headache/body ache and went home from work early. Once I got home I comforted myself with food and did a whole lot of nothing. <BR> <BR> I was really depressed this morning when I weighed myself and saw the number go up instead of down. However, I ate a healthy breakfast (but not a protein shake), packed myself a healthy lunch and carried on. When I sat down today to track all the "ext... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:20:03 EST Monday This weekend wasn't bad. I didn't do a terrible job sticking to the plan, both food and exercise. <BR> <BR> Today is a challenge. I don't feel motivated. I have another hour and a half of work and I'm not concentrating very well. (Hence the blog post.) I'm trying not to snack or be distracted and it's just not working. I'm not snacking but I'm not working either. Maybe I'll see if there's a menial task in the lab that needs to be done... <BR> <BR> I still need to take my measurements and ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:05:26 EST Excuses My task today was to list the most common excuses for not exercising <BR> Excuses: <BR> <BR> 1) It's too cold outside <BR> 2) It's too messy inside <BR> 3) I'm too tired <BR> 4) It's too much hassle <BR> 5) I hurt <BR> <BR> Overcoming the excuses: <BR> <BR> 1)Well, there's not much to combat the nasty winter weather except to dress warm, grin and bare it. Fortunately winter is almost over and soon I can get out and enjoy the warmer weather. <BR> <BR> 2)My treadmill area now stays clut... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:31:16 EST bleh! bleh! bleh!!!! My DH and I have adopted protein shakes in the morning. Today is day 2 of drinking them. OMG. Bleh!!! We have the chocolate flavor and we mix it into milk. The taste isn't great, at least it's sucralose and not aspartame. What gets me is the texture. It's thick and I have yet to get all of the clumps out. I know it would probably be better if I made it in the blender, but I HATE cleaning the blender, so that's out. It took me awhile to get it down and the attempt made me feel a queasy. On th... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:33:32 EST Because if I ignore it will it all go away... Yeah, <BR> <BR> so typical me, I gave up after a few weeks, despite telling myself that I wouldn't. <BR> <BR> Now I'm back here trying to figure out how to make it work. <BR> <BR> I pushed the "I'm too fat" to the back of the closet and just enjoyed my life because otherwise the stress of it was suffocating. That of course solved nothing. <BR> <BR> Two things have happened recently that are forcing me to face my problem. <BR> <BR> First.... <BR> The other day I visited my DH's gran... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:21:14 EST Are we done yet? Part of me wishes I could just skip the next two weeks. I know I'll have fun and it will be good to have a bit of a break, but the stress of getting my presentation together for Friday, trying to get shopping done, trying to find my house under the chaotic amount of chores that need to be done and feeling guilty about not taking the dogs out is getting to me. I'll be breathing a sigh of relief once I get through the last day of work and then all the Christmas gatherings. <BR> <BR> I ordered... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:37:22 EST Recipes My challenge for today was to list my recipes - I'm only considering dinner recipes. <BR> <BR> I have 3 main categories of recipes... <BR> <BR> 1) Ones that are fast and simple to make and are ready in less that 40 minutes (since that's how long the rice usually takes) <BR> 2) Ones that are involved but can be frozen for easy re-heating <BR> 3) Ones that take a long time to make and are generally saved for the weekend <BR> <BR> Category 1: <BR> steamed veggies - spinach, cauliflower, br... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:12:01 EST Not giving up I need to find a comfort for the rough times that isn't food. When I'm frustrated with my marriage I turn to food and to a lesser extent, alcohol. The alcohol is probably worse for me because I want sugary drinks. I made Piña coladas this weekend. Crazy amount of sugar and fat from the coconut cream + alcohol = all turns to fat and messes up my metabolism. I ate crazy stuff at the pot luck at lunch on Friday, pizza for dinner, McDonald's McGriddle for Saturday lunch, more pizza for dinner and... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:47:40 EST Things that are yucky... I tried to eat my salad today, only to find that it's gone off. Most of the leaves look fine, but here and there leaves have wilted/rotted and are hidden as little clumps of slime. EEE-Yuck! <BR> <BR> Not much going on. My weight loss is painfully slow. Not sure why except that I'm not getting much exercise. <BR> <BR> Work is driving me crazy. I have a presentation next Friday and I keep getting conflicting results that aren't any good for my presentation! ARG!!! My brain is smoking from... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:28:04 EST Finding the groove again Friday I left my journal at work. I still had the Spark people app to log everything, but I didn't have my menu plan. I wish they would modify the site to let you input your own menu! Anyhow, I did alright Friday night even though I messed up with snacks earlier in the day. Saturday was alright too. Sunday I did alright until the afternoon/evening. I made stew from squash, turnips, cabbage and a beef soup bone. I ended up eating much too much of it. I was also frustrated that I seemed to be ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:31:57 EST Because life is too short Winter is at least 6 months of the year here, so cold is not a good excuse to avoid going outside. I lost count of the layers of clothing I put on before my walk, but they were enough to keep me warm. The dogs kept warm running about and we all got in some exercise despite the 20 below. <BR> <BR> I'm too tired to put up anything amusing or thought provoking at the moment. I need to go clean my house! *sigh* Soo not what I want to be doing. <BR> <BR> Things that work: Hot showers on cold ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 20:58:25 EST TGIF!!! I did accomplish one goal - I got my Christmas cards out to persons living outside of Canada. I was up until 1:30 am editing them, printing them & the envelopes. Huzzah! <BR> <BR> That said, I didn't get enough sleep and so I'm sort of a zombie today. Except I didn't eat brains, I ate cookies at lab meeting. I know 2 cookies will not kill me, or even put me out of my range for today, but I was doing such a good job staying away from sugar! It's just empty calories I don't need. Maybe I will... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 17:38:24 EST Brrr.... I'm freezing! My office seems to be extra cold today... <BR> <BR> Still, I'm doing a little dance because I'm down 10lbs from where I started. I'm trying not to get too excited. I know my weight loss is going to slow down a lot now that I've kicked all the junk food out of my system. The first 6 or so pounds are always fairly easy for me. The last 2 or 3 have resulted from sticking to the plan. If I can stay on a 2lb loss/ week trend I'll be very happy. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have to face ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 16:05:09 EST Pizza and Oreos - and I DIDN'T eat them. I'm in a much better mood today! I got lots of sleep last night. <BR> <BR> How do you get your partner to be supportive? <BR> <BR> My husband wants me to be healthier, but he makes himself pizza for dinner instead of something healthy we can share. I can't force him to develop healthy habits, but it would just be nice if I could come home to dinner instead of a pizza that smells delicious but I can't eat and have to resist while I make my own dinner. <BR> <BR> I had a box of Oreos I b... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:54:17 EST Pizza and Oreos - and I DIDN'T eat them. I'm in a much better mood today! I got lots of sleep last night. <BR> <BR> How do you get your partner to be supportive? <BR> <BR> My husband wants me to be healthier, but he makes himself pizza for dinner instead of something healthy we can share. I can't force him to develop healthy habits, but it would just be nice if I could come home to dinner instead of a pizza that smells delicious but I can't eat and have to resist while I make my own dinner. <BR> <BR> I had a box of Oreos I b... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:54:17 EST Trying to find energy Yesterday I had so much energy! I was dancing around and I felt sooo good. Today I'm dragging my feet. I got too cold yesterday, ate the wrong things for dinner and was pretty emotionally distraught. My sleep was interrupted in the middle of the night and had a hard time getting back to sleep. I've had the tunes playing, but I just can't get into the groove. Maybe I can leave early today and catch up on some sleep... hmm... <BR> <BR> <BR> Things that work: I love gummy vitamins! I hate try... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 14:45:23 EST Setting up for success - or - what I learned from my dog I got my first dog 2 years ago. I'd had family dogs growing up, but this was the very first one that would be mine to train. I wanted a border collie (BC) that I could teach lots of tricks to. So my husband and I adopted a little BC from the local rescue and the adventure began. <BR> <BR> I'd been watching Cesar Millan on TV for years and I was all ready to be "pack leader". What I very quickly realized is that my dog is very shy and doesn't need me to dominate her, she needs me to teach he... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 15:16:09 EST Before I forget! I have to go for family dinner tonight. (Yes, it's not by choice.) Why not? Because I've been doing well tracking my food and now I'm going to estimate. Boo. I better get used to it since December is a month of gatherings where it's just rude to bring your own food or not eat. Fortunately I can serve myself so I can try to get the right portion sizes. <BR> <BR> I'm not doing well with the whole exercise bit. I have a wii fit, maybe I'll break that out. I'm going to save up and buy the dance... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 19:05:15 EST Time to be brutally honest... 5 years ago I was worrying about the last 15lbs. Now I'm back to worrying about the last 75 lbs. <BR> <BR> How did I let this happen? This is the question I've asked myself for the last 2 years and yet the problem just got worse. About fifteen pounds snuck their way back on each year. I would try to revert to my good habits, but two weeks later I was back to eating what was easy. I stopped weighing myself because I didn't want to know the answer. I started developing even worse habits, like... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 01:42:50 EST Kick-start I haven't gained any weight back... but I've been on a 3 month plateau. Mostly because my efforts have been intermittent and not 100%. <BR> <BR> Mexico is now less than two months away. My navel is pierced and ready to look great on the beach once I lose these last 15 - 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> I bought all the supplements I used to take at "normal" store and they only cost a fraction of what I used to pay for "specialty" concoctions. $80 vs. $250 for a month. So maybe that should make it easier ... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 19:02:46 EST New Shoes & Getting Ripped Yesterday my gift cards for Sport Chek finally arrived. Yay! I redeemed airmiles for them because I need a new pair of gym shoes. Mine are so old that they provide zero ankle support. Anyhoo I dragged my DH to the store and picked up some new cross trainers. It was lucky they had the ones I wanted, in my size and on sale. Huzzah! I saved enough to pay for a new bike helmet for DH. <BR> <BR> I picked up the Get Ripped exercise video yesterday and did the level one circuit. It sure had my ... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:52:40 EST I will not eat your brain... My passport photo made me look like a zombie. I was trying not to blink and instead I look like something that would want to eat your brain, but I wont. :P It would be hard to put into nutrition tracker... ewww <BR> <BR> The passport office rejected the photo so I had to get a new one after all. Something about there being too much glare. I do not have a bioluminecent forehead... so I blame the photographer. All in all a long morning of bussing all over the city trying to get my passport pro... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:01:55 EST Monday, it has to happen sometime... I think its just typical Monday morning blues, but I have no energy right now. The rain outside isn't helping. :P I'm starting to see some sun break through though. <BR> <BR> I did alright this weekend. Parties are hard, but I still hit the 120s! OK so 129, but its a start! I haven't seen anything that low on the scale since junior high! My swim suit is starting to look OK. ^_^ Yay! Maybe I'm over the plateau now. I can hope... 134 for months on end was starting to get to me! <BR> <BR> *... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 14:59:33 EST Something new I've been working at weight loss "hard-core" since October. My progress has been slow, but steady. I'm now almost 50lbs lighter! I can now fit into a size small after a lifetime of never finding anything that fit. I am proud of what I've accomplished, but as my wedding day draws nearer I find myself more and more frustrated with this plateau I've hit. I am still 15 lbs away from my goal and I've only lost 2lbs in the last 2 months! I find myself getting discouraged and I have to fight to s... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 17:02:42 EST