LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community questioning weight watchers system am thinking that weight watchers point system is too low to be healthy. Yesterday just equaled the 25 points allotted for the day, according to Spark People that was only 1283 calories. I used - in exercise, not total calories for the day, just the extra through exercise - 1182 <BR> <BR> Today, came in at 23 points, and I'm under 1200 calories for the day according to Spark People and my total used in exercise will be well over 1200. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'll lose weight, but is this healthy? Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:57:42 EST Points Now I'm in "the system" can see the purpose of Weight Watchers Point System. <BR> <BR> Of course, I joined on a Wednesday, and found my breakfast for Wednesday used up my entire points of the day! and by the end of the day had used up my points for the week! Yet, according to Spark People had a very reasonable day of well balanced carbs and fats and within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> So will not be letting "points" run my life, but will use them as a guideline just as I do Spark People's ... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:43:05 EST app app Reminds me of the noise the Martians made in the movie, Mars Attacks. App App, App App <BR> <BR> yes I have a "smart phone". most of the time, I don't even know where it is. On the rare occasion that we travel, I use various apps, mostly Facebook, the spark people, and sometimes the e-mail if we're going to be gone awhile. Use the Kindle app. Google maps can be helpful. <BR> <BR> But <BR> <BR> I do not use my phone every day. Don't want this app, the other app. Do not want to be conne... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:11:41 EST admitting I need help Just joined Weight Watchers. No meetings nearby, but they do have personal coaching. Of course, they tell you its "unlimited access", and it will be a week before I can speak with my coach!! Am finding their web site a little clumsy after Spark People. but suppose I'll get used to it. Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:51:35 EST its official recorded my new higher weight. am recording food and water. <BR> <BR> Its official. my diet journal and I are together again . . . <BR> <BR> Good morning Spark People Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:49:39 EST water Like most couples, my husband and I have different opinions about a lot of things, and one of them is how to filter our tap water. <BR> <BR> For most people its probably okay, but we used to live in a house with an artisan well that had the sweetest purest water you can ever imagine. Here we have an RO system. I'm not crazy about it, but it made the water palatable. In our first house, the RO system was a little different than the one we put in this house and I've never been crazy about... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:25:58 EST once again been awhile. The weather is cold enough that the new Trike sits in the car port unused. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, last year gained over 25 lbs and fell out of the exercise habit. Am old enough now that exercise doesn't really jump start my metabolism anymore and I can't offset my eating with it. So . . . . <BR> <BR> And have finally admitted totally that I'm a compulsive eater. Is it for oral gratification? maybe. who knows and who cares. What matters is that I'll eat when I'm hungry, I'll ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:13:54 EST doing the hills not getting as much biking in as I'd like. Its either round and round on my local streets or hit the highway. Finally felt enough confidence to do that yesterday and this morning. 3.7 miles and 4.4 respectively with lots of HILLS! Thighs are quaking! <BR> <BR> the Trike has only 20" wheels so on the uphills, even with power assist, you feel like you are going no where fast, especially as 2 ton vehicles are whipping by you!! Did add a rear view mirror so they don't surprise me, but you... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:41:52 EST still pedaling while the hills are good for my thighs, the downhills do little for me - except give me another hill to climb! But have to figure half my mileage is just coasting <BR> <BR> And am still learning how to read my odometer. So today only did 1.2 miles which still included some good hills, some are short, some not so. Did the big hill that used to have me huffing and puffing when I walked it. Only now I was pedaling. Able to keep it in second gear with minimal assist. Yes, my thighs feel it.... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:49:05 EST amazing before I bought that bike, about six weeks ago sat on a stationary set up they had at the shop to try the manual gear shifter and feel the difference with the pedal assist. after only 5 minutes my thighs were hurting. <BR> <BR> So came home and began working out thighs and abs with bicycles, leg lifts, curls, etc. <BR> <BR> Yesterday got on that trike and did a little over 3 miles. It wasn't in one swoop as neighbors wanted to know what I had, what it was, what it was like, could they see... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 11:33:27 EST new wheels <img src=""> <BR> <BR> its been over 35 years since I've been on a bike. I'm not young and fit anymore, so have downscaled that to something not just fun, but practical too Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:51:10 EST took the hill! Yesterday commented on the little hill, today took the BIG hill. <BR> <BR> First off, I was wrong, it is 2.5 times bigger than the little hill. This morning walked straight up, not slowly, but not fast either. was almost to the top when I stopped because the dog was way behind. While I'd not been feeling discomfort in the walking, once I stopped my heart was pounding hard enough that I could count the beats by the pulsing in my eyeballs (you all know what I mean). but recovered fairly ... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:34:33 EST Its working! this month have refused to beat myself up for gaining all that weight back. <BR> <BR> Instead have been watching the sugar, cutting down the fats, and most of all EXERCISING. <BR> <BR> Regardless of what the "studies" say about the role of exercising in losing weight, exercising helps build strength, improve posture and makes exertion a little easier. <BR> <BR> and as the muscles get strong the fat jiggles more! <BR> <BR> Now that might not seem like a positive thing, but it is. The mu... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:40:38 EST next stage So earlier this month began cutting out sugar, reducing butter and cheese, and began exercising. Calories in about equal calories out, but still lost 6 lbs. Have increased stamina, and see some slight changes due to muscles. <BR> <BR> Seem to have gone as far as I can go, time to reduce butter and cheese even more and reduce calories. Still a lot of obvious extras that I can eliminate, then it will be serious reductions in portions. Just one step at a time. Get used to that, and then the... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:25:54 EST Day 11 Only day 11. But have done this so often it feels like forever sometimes! So still struggling with the sugar cravings, but not so much. <BR> <BR> Butter cravings definitely subsiding, yeah! <BR> <BR> in general though, struggling to get my daily calories to 2000, which is my bmr, much less get them below! <BR> <BR> HAVE started doing daily walks, though short ones AND have started doing a little weight work, using a 10lb weight with both hands to start energizing my muscles. <BR> <BR... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:38:53 EST not yet still struggling with the sugar. Still having to use the willpower everytime Hubs says Want some ice cream? Finished lunch today and WANTED chocolate. <BR> <BR> One day, it will pass Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:05:52 EST protein! this morning had fruit and cereal, but no real protein and after a couple of hours in the sun working in the garden (early AM, not heat of the day) felt super shaky. <BR> <BR> A quick protein drink helped that, but a not so gentle reminder to make sure to keep that lean protein going. <BR> <BR> Lunch was spaghetti squash with chopped tomatoes and LEAN pork sausage. Before you say there is not such thing as LEAN pork sausage - I make my own from pork loin. so its less than 5% fat, maybe m... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:22:36 EST the one step as the longest journey begins with just one step, my one step is giving up sugar. <BR> <BR> Have done my BMR and that should be 2000 calories a day. Am still over that, but have begun exercising, so have at least, hopefully, slowed down my weight gain. <BR> <BR> Am not going to push too hard, too fast, because that way lies failure. We've all been there done that. <BR> <BR> This MUST be for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> Have found myself at a weight and health level I'd sworn I would... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:46:30 EST sugar Am struggling to give up sugar. Not sweets as in fruit, but SUGAR. <BR> <BR> As bad as quitting smoking. Hopefully, the cravings will ease sooner than they did with cigarettes Mon, 4 Sep 2017 14:56:54 EST yada yada yada since February have gained 26 lbs. <BR> <BR> Nothing else to say. <BR> <BR> Have revamped my physical trackers as I'd made too complex a system. In March have to go back to CA, Refuse to buy new jeans as I only wore the ones I bought for the 2017 trip the one time. So better be back to the 219 (or better) by March 1st or I'm NAKED in the City of Angles. <BR> <BR> And I doubt that it would be good for business. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 17:17:37 EST fit bit ap got the replacement fit bit flex 2 and it is now hooked up through my computer and phone. <BR> <BR> and to be honest, find I'm using their trackers more than SP's. They are all there, right on the dashboard; how many steps I've taken, how many miles, how many calories, what intensity of exercise and direct links for food, water, and sleep. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 20:16:39 EST frustration thy name is FitBit Got my new fitbit Flex 2. won't connect through the computer, got it finally sync'ed with my phone (when I got my fitbit charge HR they didn't have an ap for my android phone) <BR> <BR> But it won't sync! <BR> <BR> So am returning it for for a replacement. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile have re-sync'ed my old charge HR after gluing it together. While I've ordered a replacement for the flex am re-thinking that and wondering if I should just forget it all together and go with something other than fit... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:28:46 EST whew! first - my fitbit one does not connect to the computer anymore <BR> <BR> second - my fitbit charge HR literally fell apart. Its glued together now, but know it doesn't have enough togethers to be worn on my wrist. <BR> <BR> third - have ordered a fitbit flex <BR> <BR> four - record breaking heat!! this week we went up to 110 (in the shade!) which is far and away the hottest I've seen it in this part of AZ. a mere 106 now. maybe it will go up another degree in the next hour, but usually ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:09:04 EST kettle ball got up a little late today so used that as my excuse to skip my WATP and do some kettle ball. Just a little old 5lb ball, 2 sets of 15 reps each. Am really glad I didn't push through a 3rd set! Felt fine at the time, but as soon as I stopped, felt the ache. Its been awhile, and was going to wait before picking up the weights, but it is as it is and am glad I walked through that door. <BR> <BR> Am looking to be STRONG for my 68th B'day!! Wed, 7 Jun 2017 09:53:10 EST connected again Think this was a software failure at FitBit, though they are not admitting it. <BR> <BR> When my fitbit One failed to connect - just stopping completely after working fine for months - Switched to my fitbit Charger HR. it took multiple tries on Sunday before THEIR program would recognize the unit even when hooked up directly to the computer through the charging cord. <BR> <BR> Have had occasions previously when nothing would show up on SP, but it would still show up on the Fitbit site, bu... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:36:23 EST fitbit dongle? After my fitbit one failed to connect, dug out my old charger HR and that won't connect either. <BR> <BR> So am going to replace the dongle. We'll see Sun, 4 Jun 2017 10:07:26 EST FIT BIT WON'T SYNC! have done all I'm supposed to do, but the fitbit WILL NOT SYNC with the computer!! Followed the directions and rules. Have had this one for a long time now, has the fit bit itself lost its stuff? It worked Thursday, but not since. The unit itself seems to still be working, but no connect with the computer. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 16:33:43 EST making a habit Just getting back to the habit of being with SP each day, and posting something, even if there is little to say, is part of it. <BR> <BR> DID do a session with a Leslie Sansone DVD this AM. Supposedly 3 mile walk, though my pedometer said less than 2 miles by footfalls. <BR> <BR> Still, got my heart rate up, made me reach for a breath (which is good for me), and woke me up thoroughly Fri, 2 Jun 2017 14:09:56 EST weights and measures day okay, gain of (depending on which number I'm looking at) from 14.5 lbs - 21.5 lbs. My last weight recorded on SP was 211, last in my book was 219. Scale read 233.5 this AM. <BR> <BR> Measures are worse! Because I'd stopped exercising - haven't done 10,000 steps a day minimum in about 8 months!!! - gained 2" EACH bust, waist, hips and each thigh. Plus 1" each calf and each bicep. No wonder my jeans don't fit!! <BR> <BR> Out came the Leslie Sansone WATP DVD's. Did what she termed 2 mile... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:57:29 EST I'm back, again Know I'm not the only one who disappears for awhile, letting the weight roll back on. This was the WORST! Over 235 now. Health issues appearing; some minor, some just a hint of what can/could come. Last night said, that's it. It begins, again, NOW!! <BR> <BR> Started up, AGAIN, with my food diary. Thursday, the first, will be weights and measures for the record. <BR> <BR> Did a little 1/2 hour WATP type exercise. Thought, Oh wow, got that done, no problem. Then about 15 minutes late... Tue, 30 May 2017 16:24:15 EST new low Yes, have sunk to a new low since being on Spark People. <BR> <BR> What started out as a holiday excess is still on going, bigger and more intense than ever. <BR> <BR> One of the things they don't tell you when they say give in to a craving and pay attention to the taste, and after a bite or two that taste isn't so good anymore - well sometimes it IS! and you just keep on going! <BR> <BR> Not even exercising, because of that downward spiral of eating too much not good food, without exer... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:45:42 EST still pushing Good morning Spark People <BR> <BR> Still feeling weak and light headed, but with our big once a year business PUSH trip coming up, have so much to get done. Trying to find the balance between getting the work done and getting rested. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, Hubby thought he felt so good yesterday and overdid it and is miserable and sick today. <BR> <BR> Arguing over his obsession with FOX news and political reporting. I just cannot watch it at night. It ends up bouncing around my h... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:26:21 EST it was flu and it has enabled me to lose the bloat that kept me out of my size 20 jeans, forcing me to buy those 22's for my trip in 10 days. <BR> <BR> There's always something good to be found in any situation Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:12:38 EST missed a day Good morning spark people! <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning there was not enough room in my head for my brain, my eyeballs and my allergy inflamed sinuses. Know you all know what I was talking about! <BR> <BR> Am still sneezing, sniffling, and coughing, but am dosing myself with nettle tea all day long and its brought me down to some level of normalcy. My eyes prefer the dark, but I can cope without meds! First step. <BR> <BR> and I'll be the first to admit that I've not been religiously sti... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:03:18 EST allergy season Good morning Spark People! <BR> <BR> A sure sign of spring, allergies. we've had a wet winter with more on the way and temps are already rising. Pollen is thick already. Started coughing yesterday, woke up with sinus pressure along with the cough. Eyes struggling to stay open. Broke down and took some allergy stuff. Seems to be working and though its supposed to be non-drowsy, I am. Of course grey skies and poor sleep can make that happen too. <BR> <BR> First year in the 20 we've liv... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:16:16 EST weekend work How is it that weekends are even busier than weekdays?!?! Work from home so there is a blending of what needs to be done - no being stuck at a desk wishing I was getting the laundry done. <BR> <BR> Still <BR> <BR> Weekends just seem to be so jam packed!! <BR> <BR> Have a good one SP! Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:47:06 EST TGIF And good morning Spark People! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was one of those calorie Plus days, as well as being a high carb day. <BR> <BR> But its all good Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:14:20 EST new jeans With an important few days coming up in march - important to our company - decided to bite the bullet and buy properly sized new jeans. Usually I'm a thrift shopper as well as more of a skirt wearer. But this event calls for jeans; two shows in two days plus running around to shops in between. Lots of stuff to load up, set up, pack up, load out, load in, set up, pack up, load out. Jeans. <BR> <BR> When buying jeans at the thrift, don't really get bent out of shape if they are a little t... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 08:54:13 EST wednesday morning The Sous Vide machine is here, made swordfish yesterday and a New York Strip on the menu for today. Depending on what I make for supper tonight, tomorrow will be either pork chops or chicken parm - cook the chicken breast with the sauce with the sous vide and then melt the cheese in the oven as the finish. <BR> <BR> Good Morning Spark People! Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:14:05 EST whew! Good morning SP!! <BR> <BR> Like a lot of older people, its easy to forget how old the body is until we need to use it. And age is like a cascade. When you are 20 you don't even notice losing your muscle tone and stamina, cause its right there when you need it. You might feel a little sore the next day, but then you're over it. at 30, maybe two days to recover. by 40, you realize its really slowing down. at 50, you become aware that you have to use it or lose it, but you can build it b... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 10:08:58 EST monday monday can't trust that day . . . . <BR> <BR> lousy nights sleep, upset guts and freezing cold (probably from what ever was upsetting my guts. <BR> <BR> Making refried beans (cooking onions, garlic, pork and beans today). Will can and/or dehydrate <BR> <BR> Accountant cancelled our appointment this morning, she's not ready yet. Hubby needs shoes so guess we're going out anyway. He always waits for the last minute, when he has absolutely nothing left. <BR> <BR> Got most of the seeds in the dir... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:19:49 EST sunday Good morning Spark People! <BR> <BR> Got most of my Saturday To Do List done yesterday and now its on to todays. So far, its coming along nicely. Just got to keep on moving! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 13:43:41 EST saturday Good morning SP! <BR> <BR> Have just ordered a sous vide recirculating machine - the kind that sits in your saucepan/stock pot. Am tired of tough meat. If I have to eat less, want it to be tasty and satisfying. <BR> <BR> That is all Sat, 4 Feb 2017 11:44:19 EST TGIF there's another winter storm on its way, but right now, we've been having nice weather. Will be a busy weekend with getting the garden cleaned up, getting seeds started in the greenhouse, getting caught up on wood cutting and the dog needs a bath. <BR> <BR> Have to admit I'm looking forward to all that outdoor work after too long being trapped inside with cold damp dreary days. Know it sounds like I'm whining, but living in Arizona, that's not what we expect for weeks on end! We love it w... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:03:06 EST it begins the weirdness that is dieting. <BR> <BR> Two days running, the weight is creeping up though the difference between food in and out is very much in the negative. Know this is just one of those quirks of nature having more to do with moon phases than actual weight gain. <BR> <BR> and it makes me wish I could be happy with NOT getting on the scale every day. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I know that I do so have to keep this in perspective. <BR> <BR> Depending on where you are, the groundhog say... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:12:35 EST good morning and it IS a good morning <BR> <BR> So bright blessings to all you Spark People! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:06:51 EST hard day you know what I mean. you are mouth hungry. Walking around like a dinosaur, gnashing teeth, WANT. SOMETHING. TO. EAT!!!! <BR> <BR> Not about hunger. Not about thirst. Mouth hungry. <BR> <BR> But knew, if I gave in, all would be lost and it could be months before I saw reality again <BR> <BR> That's when I found out that snack BARS are not the answer! Things like measured trail mix or balanced breaks work better because you can DRRRAAAAGGGGG them out. The bars you open, break off a ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:54:32 EST monday monday Just establishing the routine, the pattern, the habit <BR> <BR> So Good Morning Spark People! Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:43:05 EST working on it Lets get serious - well, most of you are already, I'm working on it <BR> <BR> Stocking up with essentials, at least essential for me; butter buds for one. Gives me the taste of butter I want (and unlike sugar, that one doesn't seem to dissipate with abstinence!) without the calories so I can have a baked potato, or on my what ever low fat something. <BR> <BR> Stocked up yesterday on packaged snack foods. Found some small packets of trail mix 130 and 140 calories per. Occurred to me tha... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:59:16 EST SATURDAY! okay, so its been a whole week back to this. Right now, seem to have settled down to an easy average of 1700-1800 calories a day. Not quite where I want to be, but a lot less than I was doing. So will let my body get comfortable here before cutting back again. <BR> <BR> Have been getting back into the routine of doing exercise every day and increasing my water intake. <BR> <BR> Can tell my success in one measure - didn't go through a pound or more of butter this week! Had been buying tw... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:04:38 EST