LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community carbs vs carbs As much as I hate to admit it, low carb - as in grains / starches - is working for me. <BR> <BR> My DH also says he wants to be low carb. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, we seem to have a HUGE difference in what constitutes "low carb". <BR> <BR> My breakfast will be cottage cheese and fruit. High carb as far as the fruit goes, yes. no grains or starches. <BR> <BR> his breakfast will be eggs, bacon and either toast or potatoes. The toast counts as carbs to him, not the potatoes. <BR> <BR> Lunc... Sun, 20 May 2018 10:41:56 EST hello again So finally made it back down to the 220 I was before the family got here. <BR> <BR> Have also made a break through in my e- Bike (Trike) riding; had been pushing myself on the lowest gearing and settings to strengthen my legs and it wasn't being fun! <BR> <BR> Gave in to the highest level of power assist and enjoyed the ride! used both the power assist and throttle to get out further and farther and just enjoyed the ride! So when the Farmer's market re-opened on Friday, hopped on the Trik... Tue, 15 May 2018 13:11:50 EST FRIDAY need an emoji for May the 4th be with you <BR> <BR> Here we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Next door neighbors are of Mexican decent and they throw a party every year, and this year we get to see their new pool - which was MONTHS of noise and dirt to create. <BR> <BR> Margaritas flow, but as I'm not a drinker, don't have to worry about those calories or what comes from indulging in too much food because my inhibitions are down. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 May 2018 12:18:52 EST zucchini last night's low was 34F, but still was able to harvest the first zucchini of the season from the greenhouse!! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 3 May 2018 21:33:29 EST yoga Its been far too long since I hit the mat. As usual, doggy thinks its for her to lay on and at 65lbs she's a formable opponent for the space. <BR> <BR> But got it done. <BR> <BR> Find I can still do a plank, BUT its my toes that are weak, due to arthritis. If I wear solid shoes its easier. have to remember to just DO IT!!! Thu, 3 May 2018 11:58:10 EST up early This is the intermediate period between dog walking at 6am, meaning a good hour to exercise before we head out, and the next three months when I'm out at 4:30am and can work out for an hour afterwards - OR - take a real 3 mile hike as a dog walk. <BR> <BR> So its get up earlier for a workout before, or walk in the dark so I can exercise after. and the dog does love to walk in the woods, which I have no desire to do by flashlight. <BR> <BR> So now, its up at 3:30 and work out for an hour be... Wed, 2 May 2018 17:14:29 EST another month Did not make the weight goal for this week, BUT did drop another inch off the hips!! They still look and feel huge but are much smaller than they were in January for which I will ever be thankful. <BR> <BR> Resistance work this morning, its all I can do to use 6lb weights unfortunately - let myself SLIIIIDDDEEEE too long! - but did the workout NAKED! watching in the mirror the whole way. <BR> <BR> really really really no hiding that way. <BR> <BR> Back to it after 6 weeks off plan. an... Tue, 1 May 2018 10:29:22 EST dog took me for a walk Got up this morning and did 45 minutes WATP work out and then took the dog for a walk. <BR> <BR> She decided she wanted to go farther and it ended up being about a 2mile hike! So I've had my work out for today. <BR> <BR> My last dog I could take off leash so I could walk a pace and know she would catch up with me, or would run ahead and I'd catch up with her. This dog isn't quite like that PLUS there are more people using the forest now than then, so its on the leash for the entire walk... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 11:52:21 EST too long amazing how starting to slide, whether consciously or unconsciously, just cascades into WEEKS off program!!! <BR> <BR> Am just SOOOOO tired of the struggle - its been decades, but only once have I come close to goal. I know if I could just resist all the stuff the husband likes to keep around for HIS pleasure, I'd be fine, cause it just wouldn't be in the house! <BR> <BR> But he does, it is, and I'm weak . . . . <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So after some 6 weeks, got up at 3am this m... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 14:34:10 EST fat equals fat Yesterday, I ate too much, but my weigh in this morning keeps me equal to where I was two weeks ago. <BR> <BR> but I'm not losing. matter of fact, in the last two weeks had been starting to journey back the other way. <BR> <BR> Because the last couple of weeks have seen me slowly but surely slipping back into old habits of FAT! <BR> <BR> Have not used my air fryer at all -except for some frozen fries for hubby. and slowly but surely the bags of snacks and treats he likes to keep handy on... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:25:41 EST buying for my birthday Am a thrift shop, shopper. <BR> <BR> and there have been some GREAT deals! <BR> <BR> today got a feather cuff bracelet for $4!! <BR> <BR> Then, a denim skirt for $5, a pretty green summer skirt for $4, a cute bill blass jacket for $4 and a Lizsport dress for $2 - then there were the amethyst and 14K post earrings for $135 . . . <BR> <BR> But I digress <BR> <BR> My Birthday is in July and my goal weight is under 200 lbs. <BR> <BR> Don't know if I'll get there, pretty much everything ... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:02:24 EST stalled again If I eat too little, stay the same or even go up <BR> <BR> if I eat too much of the wrong foods, ditto <BR> <BR> If I eat just enough with the exact right balance, the weight comes off <BR> <BR> But what is the right balance??? Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:59:26 EST Saturday Not all weeks are created equal! <BR> <BR> Actually, find I do better on weekends than during the work week! <BR> <BR> More water for one. and more activities other than standing (yes, I stand) at the desk. and standing at the desk often leads to snacking at the desk. <BR> <BR> Weekends are laundry and house cleaning, but at this time of year, are also gardening with moving, bending, digging, hauling. <BR> <BR> And being 23lbs lighter than I was 2.5 months ago, its going to be soooo much... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 10:47:34 EST finding balance Am not one to give up my "treats", and do occasionally find myself nibbling while preparing a meal because I'm hungry!! <BR> <BR> But am learning and changing my behavior. <BR> <BR> before, I'd nibble away and then have a full meal on top of it. <BR> <BR> Now, I nibble away and either cut back on the size of the meal or even say, I've nibbled and am not hungry now so skipping this meal. <BR> <BR> And while my nutritional balance might not be there, my entire body says Thanks for not overs... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:13:44 EST tasteless Husband likes soup for dinner - hydrating, nourishing, easy to digest soup. He does not like homemade soups for some reason, but does like progresso. <BR> <BR> So last time at the market, picked up some Progresso LITE soups for me. lower in calories and fats <BR> <BR> AND <BR> <BR> lower in taste!! <BR> <BR> Why do people think lite foods (and organic products often have the same problem) have to be tasteless! It required a healthy shot of garlic and onion and some pepper to bring the... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 10:51:50 EST indoor vs outdoor fitness Like a lot of people, do a lot of my exercise indoors. and I'm gaining muscle tone and losing weight. <BR> <BR> But it is totally different than what happens when you move outdoors. <BR> <BR> Why? It takes someone with more knowledge than I have to answer that question. <BR> <BR> But do know that I can get my heart rate up in side, and still be breathing easily <BR> <BR> Go outside, and my heart rate doesn't have to get very high for me to be huffing and puffing. <BR> <BR> Maybe it has... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 11:00:00 EST Good Friday And it IS a good Friday. <BR> <BR> Don't let the Chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Easter eggs waylay you, distract you, ambush you. <BR> <BR> Give the jelly beans away. <BR> <BR> And have a good weekend. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:43:28 EST There be bones! Woke up late this morning, and oh, how good that felt!!! <BR> <BR> We've got family visiting so going to bed later and getting up the same time as usual was stressing me. an extra 45 minutes this morning felt good. Good enough to make up for having to get up and rush through morning prep for getting the dog out. <BR> <BR> Anyway, while I was lying there enjoying the feeling of being rested, I realized I could feel my rib cage. Not just the rib bones, but the bottom ribs. My stomach was... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:58:47 EST of note Despite what anyone says, we all know that we lose weight differently - in the matter of where and how it goes. <BR> <BR> Some people show it in their faces right away. Some people will see their legs thin, while they still have a gut hanging. <BR> <BR> Oh, some inches are coming off everyplace, but always more in one place than another. <BR> <BR> Have always been a big butted woman. So now that I've lost a bunch of inches off my waist and only a couple off my hips, my butt looks HUGE!... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:12:00 EST back on track after a sort of two week hiatus, seem to be back on track with the scale moving in the right direction. Am two weeks behind in my goals though, hoping to be at 220 this week. Maybe next, most likely the week after. <BR> <BR> You gotta keep after the goal or you will never get there, so just have to work harder to get back on schedule, right? <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:10:01 EST Wednesday just didn't feel like cardio this morning, or weights. was tired and feeling low so put down the mat and did some yoga. After about 20 minutes of standing postures grabbed my 10lb weight and did some abs and arms. after 45 minutes of mat work felt energized and good to go. So put on my lightest weight sneakers so the dog walk was more of a jog. and now I'm on my stepper before I start work! <BR> <BR> Its all good!! Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:48:21 EST back at it! With the help of some nice weather - got out for 2 miles on my Trike yesterday <BR> <BR> Then this morning the dog started pushing at me at 3:30am, so by 4am had the DVD going for an hour of exercise. Its 10:14 and I've got in 10,000 steps already. <BR> <BR> Stepper right at my feet - stand up desk - <BR> <BR> What was really amazing, after just 2 weeks of less exercise, no weight gain, stomach and waist softened and flabbified. Feel and look fatter. <BR> <BR> So new goals, retighten t... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:17:21 EST down grey day and another off balance week. Know they all won't be scale accomplishments, but this week doesn't even feel like an off scale accomplishment. <BR> <BR> Oh well, as they say, don't borrow trouble. tomorrow is weigh in day, make today count!! <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:41:15 EST struggling at least feels like it. Just am off schedule, which puts me off kilter, which upsets both my body and my brain. <BR> <BR> Have to find a way to work this all out and get back on track before I find the scale going up instead of down. <BR> <BR> This is NOT my happy weight!! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:11:14 EST in between Am in between exercise schedules. Earlier dog walk with earlier sunrise (we don't change clocks in AZ). Now its too early to get exercise in BEFORE the walk and not early enough to have a space for exercise AFTER. Unless I get up at 3AM. If the dog wasn't sleeping with me, that would be possible. But when I get up, she gets up. then everyone has to get up. With her later walk, she would go outside for a 4:30am pee, then sit down with a chew until 6:30 while I exercised. Now its a 4:30a... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:14:36 EST goal - sort of One of my intermediate goals was to be in the jeans I last wore in early March of 2017, by the end of March 2018. <BR> <BR> As we all know, there can be a difference between early in the month and late in the month. <BR> <BR> Today I have put on those jeans, snapped and zippered shut! So that's a good week ahead of schedule!! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> The last week or so has not been good Sparking, so needed something to remind me that I'm making progress. The waist is really tig... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:24:10 EST PACE Has anyone heard of this? tried it? <BR> <BR> Found it as a magazine at Costco and am always looking for information and inspiration, so bought it - at $15!!! Yes, more of a book than a magazine <BR> <BR> In short, it is to exercise like paleo is to eating. to mimic a lifestyle in activity that reflects more of how our ancestors would have lived - steady, almost restful level heart rate, with short heavy bursts of activity that leave us breathless. <BR> <BR> It is written by a doctor wh... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:03:26 EST Tuesday and our work week starts!! <BR> <BR> Went to Costco and did all that walking around and when I got home, realized had left my Fitbit on the charger! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was weigh in day, and it was a ZERO weight loss week. Not unexpected as my eating was all off kilter through the week. So its back on track today. As the day gets light earlier, dog walk is earlier and then tend to get into my day - which means get up even earlier for exercise or somehow find another way to fit it in!! O... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:34:48 EST Sunday!!!! Busy week, not the best eating, nor exercising. Chiropractor said I was all twisted, and to be honest, felt worse the day after he untwisted me! And he hasn't dealt with what ever is going on with my hip because I had to adjust it myself yesterday and today!! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, company coming on the 24th, and we both have chiropractor visits that week, so heading to Costco tomorrow to make sure we have adequate coffee and other food in the house for everyone to eat! Hate going to Costco ... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:57:52 EST thursday Busy week and not the best eating. Still bloated from pig out day - constipated too AND one hip is out of whack! How that happened have no idea, woke up in the middle of night in pain. <BR> <BR> First time in about 30 years to have this problem. Was it all the roundhouse kicks I was doing in my sleep? New chiropractor, tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2018 13:05:08 EST and the point is Yesterday was a PIG OUT day. Husband wanted Nachos for dinner so figured I'd have some too. <BR> <BR> I do give myself a pig out day about once a month. Think it keeps the body's metabolism from getting into deprivation mode. There used to be a guy who advocated one all you can eat day a week for that reason, but that never worked for me. But the one day a month seems to. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was full blown nachos with guacamole and lots of cheese just like I used to like them <BR> <B... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 09:34:34 EST 20 lbs exactly Today I weighed exactly 20lbs less than I did two months ago. Came back to SP then and after a week had only lost half a pound and went to Weight Watchers - and the rest, as they say, is history! <BR> <BR> Sometimes it takes awhile to find what will work. <BR> <BR> Expect my weight loss will slow down and I'll have to work harder to keep it going, but think my goals are realistic. 219 by the end of the month. under 200 by the beginning of July. <BR> <BR> We're going away at the end of S... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 09:54:28 EST Monday Monday In this case, CAN trust that day! 224! That's 19 - yes NINETEEN pounds down from 7 weeks ago. Can't believe I shed all that weight in just 7 weeks! and its not been much of a struggle! <BR> <BR> Food is good on weight watchers and portions are too. <BR> <BR> Butter and Cheese are my biggest tempters so have just been avoiding them. A little cheese is coming in, with care, enough so I don't feel deprived, especially as husband and dog still want theirs. When he has sandwiches I have... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:47:58 EST Lots to talk about Overdid it yesterday. Husband away for business for the weekend so pushing through a lot of stuff plus I get to take care of the dog - her walks, her play, plus comforting through her insecurities!! <BR> <BR> and today I ache and hurt!!! <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Another thing I do while he is away is food prep. Not the weekly kind, but BIGGER. Canned 2 dozen jars of beans over the last two days; black eyed peas and white beans. Cheaper than buying cans, and I know every thing tha... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 10:29:05 EST deprivation NOT Looking through the posts on the home page, see people posting the saddest, skimpiest meals with calorie counts like 189, 219. Now, I'm not everyone, so my calories for the day are maybe greater than some, but no one should really be eating less than 1200 calories a day. <BR> <BR> and breakfast should be meal #1, with the rest getting smaller, not bigger! Get that body fueled and ready for the day, then just a meager bite before going to bed. <BR> <BR> Plus, those skimpy meals don't look... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 09:41:32 EST steppin up have pulled out my little mini-stepper to use while working at my stand up desk. Gave up the chair a year or so ago without a qualm. and brought the stepper out, but it (1) makes me a little too tall for the stand up desk and (2) hard to type and step at the same time. <BR> <BR> But like all things it just requires concentration and practice, so here I am, doing it! <BR> <BR> Need to strengthen my legs so I can get back on my trike when the weather warms up as well as increase my steps a... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:42:18 EST middle week Some call it hump day. I'll just call it SNOWING! Here in AZ we don't often get real winter weather, but we've got it today. Dog walking this AM was totally awesome. We start at dark o'clock, but by the time we were on our way back there was enough light to see the trees frosted in white, and the clouds sitting low on the hills. <BR> <BR> Such a joy to be out early and walking. Fortunately, she loves to stop and sniff and I get to look at the stars in the sky, the moon when its waning,... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:31:43 EST yo yo no more Every year Prevention magazine puts out a magazine styled book for the year about dieting. Some years they focus on yoga, some times on weight work, or walking. This year its their new program of 10 and 10 (10 minutes of exercise and 10 minute meals) <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> they start with an interesting discussion about the body's reaction to dieting. <BR> <BR> A decade or so ago, science found the chemicals that our body put out to signal to the brain things like hunger and fullness. ... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:34:24 EST new week Weight down again. Stepped up my exercise this am. Have been taking it easy for the last month after a small tricycle crash. Picked up some new (to me) DVD's at the thrift yesterday. One of the mistakes I make (and know I am not alone) is trying to keep up with what the instructor is doing and then getting frustrated because I can't. <BR> <BR> This morning kept my own pace, heart rate up to acceptable levels, did the moves as best I could, just kept my own pace. <BR> <BR> Feeling good. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:12:59 EST fight is on after some 6 weeks, have reached the point where I've got to fight for every additional pound! Not a slip up, not room for error. <BR> <BR> My exercise is still down due to cycle accident, so have to fight with calories alone for probably another week. <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:38:48 EST skipped breakfast Wasn't intentional. Just the day got away from me and suddenly eating breakfast would have backed into eating Lunch, so just had another jar of water (I use a 24oz canning jar for a glass) and started cooking lunch. <BR> <BR> Don't think I could have forgotten a meal a few weeks ago!! <BR> <BR> Imagine, forgetting to eat! <BR> <em>246</em> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:21:46 EST change is good Took an hour, but changed my on line WW program yesterday. Only got $50 of the $100+ that was paid for the three month coaching program - and its a tad over a month - but that's better than nothing. And because it took an hour, they gave me a month gratis. Now I have to confirm that the charges she was trying to put through, but weren't going through, actually did NOT go through. because if they did, I've already paid up for another six months over the 3 I just paid for!! <BR> <BR> But go... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:51:08 EST shortcomings Not in me! with Weight Watchers. Have lost 14lbs in one month with their program and have no problems with the eating portion of it; its easy, nourishing, satisfying, comfortable. <BR> <BR> Have learned the real way to lose weight is to adapt the foods you like, and drop the things that do not serve you. low cal and high volume keep the brain from feeling like its being deprived, and satisfy the body that starvation is not around the corner so its willing to let go of the fat. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:45:03 EST cheating Yesterday I weighed in at 229.3, today at 230.7 - which is the same as last Monday. <BR> <BR> And which number do you think I used??? You bet I chose 229.3. That 230.7 was because of lousy Mexican food and a blueberry pancake!! <BR> <BR> Next week, lower into the 220's. It will be so!! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:21:35 EST waste of calories/points Sunday morning has become grocery shopping day and while I'm buying good food, it puts me late for getting home and making lunch. So Sunday has become splurge with take out day. Tried the new Mexican restaurant. <BR> <BR> WASTE OF $$, calories and weight watchers points! had chicken flautas with Mexican rice and refried beans. The chicken was seasonless and dry. The beans were diluted commercial canned crap. The rice was plain white rice with a little tomato juice or something, bland ... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:51:50 EST one month It was January 17th when I admitted I needed help and joined weight watchers at 243.5lbs <BR> <BR> This morning weighed in at 229.3!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:26:43 EST Saturday Day of rest helped. Still have to be careful on my exercise. Believe it or not, do better on the weekends than I do the weekday. Phones aren't ringing, people aren't demanding my attention. Have time to make good meals, distress somewhat, get some housework done, which destresses me more. <BR> <BR> Am hoping to move into the 220's by Monday!! <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:57:33 EST day of rest its been almost two weeks since my trike spill and my healing has gone so far and no further. My right knee hurts enough that walking is stilted, which is hurting me more. My left arm aches so much that all I can do is sit and cradle it. But I know how easy it is to stop moving and how hard it is to get going again, so I've tried doing careful low impact exercise, but woke up this morning with pain here, there, and several other places too. <BR> <BR> So a day of rest, as much as I get rest... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:44:40 EST another day a little cool and rainy here in AZ, and its aggravating my arthritis - meaning my feet hurt!!! <BR> <BR> arm still sore from my Trike spill last week <BR> <BR> knee hurting enough that I had to break out my cane this morning. <BR> <BR> a good reminder of why I'm on this journey!!! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> and we've got an appointment with our accountant to discuss our taxes in about an hour <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> so its just another day Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:08:44 EST accomplishment Weigh in day and from 243 to 230.7 ( yeah, I'm taking that .3 lbs) from 1/17/18 - 2/12/18 <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> bought a WW scale yesterday which has .1 increments vs the .5 increments of my old one; that one rounded UP to 231! Out with that scale!!! <BR> <BR> "they" say that weight loss isn't visible until you've lost 10% of your body weight - which means 24 lbs not 12. and since I work from home, have been living in sloppy oversized dresses or too tight yoga pants for fa... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:53:53 EST