LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community preparing and planning going away this weekend, actually leaving Thursday, back Sunday. No gym facilities at the hotel! swimming pool, but the temps are in the 110+ so that doesn't even sound inviting. Have loaded Spark People TV onto the smart phone, will walk around the hotel off and on through out the day. Even an early morning walk might be out of the picture as 6am temps can still be 85 w/humidity! Sirius radio on the phone too, so no reason not to keep moving and grooving. 2 "free" breakfasts and dinner... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:08:00 EST support my support is from SP and myself. <BR> <BR> While I love my husband, he has a narrow view of certain things, and one of them is how he supports my efforts. <BR> <BR> He's all for my diet and exercise, my gardening, most of my other interests. BUT as long as they don't interfere with him. <BR> <BR> So if I choose to have a meat free day (and I am the shopper and cook), that's not his choice and he should have his meat. And, NO, he's not getting up and cooking for himself. <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:27:01 EST new week Last night read a little more Dr. Phil. This section was on our automatic habits. The ones where we nosh mindlessly, and how to change that. <BR> <BR> That's going to be a hard one, changing those mindless habits. Its fine to say "find something else to do", but when you are the cook, and you are in the kitchen with all that food, you CAN'T go do something else! You CAN'T go somewhere else! Guess I'll just have to walk around with pot holders on my hands!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:46:21 EST goal not reached Its Saturday, the end of the week, and another goal not reached. But came close which does count <BR> <BR> Yesterday ended up being a treat day. ate well over 2700 calories, and only used a little over 2600. Not an end all, what was true, didn't really enjoy it as much as I could have, should have. There were some things I wanted but didn't get to - like the chocolate chips. Just nibbled and noshed through what was my usual, with chips, butter and cheese. <BR> <BR> And today its over. ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:36:05 EST impossible challenge am a believer in shaking up the calorie intake tree. Will vary my food intake, always trying to make healthy choices, but some days under 1500, and like yesterday, a 2100 calorie day. And I also believe in a treat day - or at least a treat meal. This morning it was Nachos for breakfast instead of my usual low fat lean protein. <BR> <BR> Then came to the SP coach visualization; <BR> imagine being at a party with a buffet, you fill your plate with fruits, veggies, and lean protein. after ea... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:15:17 EST inverse relationship When I do SP, I do it right. I track, I record, and I journal. Since my actual food and exercise tracker is on SP for review at any time, my daily notes involve just my daily weight, calories in and calories out. <BR> <BR> And one of the things I've noticed, is when there is a BIG disparity between calories in and out - like yesterday - my weight actually goes UP! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a busy day, with good food choices, so calories in 1635, while TOTAL calories out was 3059! 1400 calo... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:10:58 EST perspective A month ago came back from vacation. Some physical activity, then two days of driving home. On June 21, weighed 218.5 By June 26th, was back to 222.5 and decided I needed to get back to accountability <BR> <BR> and Spark People <BR> <BR> One June 28th, weighed in at 215.5 <BR> <BR> Since then I've been up and down from that 215.5 number, going as high as 220.5 and low of 215. <BR> <BR> So this morning's 214.5 felt really really good! <BR> <BR> One could say, that one pound between Jun... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:34:28 EST Tuesday Was supposed to get a new crown today, the old one broke almost a month ago! First they fit a temporary, then that broke. pause for holidays, replaced the temp. Pause for dentist office vacations, yesterday got a call that there was a problem with making the crown and have to go for a new mold. So remove the temp, put that ugly stuff in my mouth, and then replace the temp. and wait some more! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, Dr. Phil says I have to clean out my kitchen. Get rid of the bags of chips... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:47:19 EST spark coach and Signed up for Spark Coach today. <BR> <BR> Regardless, Spark Coach, Dr. Phil, Jillian Michaels, the only person who can stop putting food in my mouth is ME! <BR> <BR> The only person who can get me up on my stepper is ME! <BR> <BR> Yesterday worked the stepper until I woke up with aching thigh muscles today! So grabbed the weights and was chagrined to find out that 6 lbs of weights were a struggle!! <BR> <BR> Last night got through Dr. Phil's lecture about self-talk. yes, he's right, ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:36:39 EST new week So far, am sticking with the 215.5 recorded TWO WEEKS AGO. I drift up, then bounce back down to that 215.5. Really need to break that plateau, which is going to mean some harder work. <BR> <BR> None of this gets easier as you get older!! <BR> <BR> have not gotten further into Dr. Phil's book, just so much time in a day and so little time do it all. <BR> <BR> But am seriously thinking of doing SP coach. Yes, its just a little more to do and like the rest may become rote. But so far, doi... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:51:50 EST more from Dr Phil Got through two sections of his book yesterday. Note, right now, am breezing through the book to see if its good stuff, useful stuff, and can say, it is. BUT it requires you put in the work <BR> <BR> The aim so far is pretty much psychological. <BR> <BR> First there was a quick overview on the matter of goals. <BR> <BR> Then was "are you ready". and this is an important question for which he's giving 20 questions to help determine the answer. Multiple choice of Yes, no, or uncertain. ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 13:48:03 EST today Spark coach says I should use this today to plan out tomorrows meals, and know that's not going to happen cause I need to grocery shop first and what I buy will depend on what's good at the market! <BR> <BR> So I'll talk a bit about what I'm finding in Dr Phil's book. So far, I've not got much past the matter of goals. Have been thinking a lot about this, as it is important. Without firm goals, something to really visualize, how can we reach a goal? So many of us, when talking about losin... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:38:08 EST upping my game Spark Coach is having a free trial period so am trying it out to see if it helps keep me on track. Know the rules about dieting and exercise and am pretty good at the latter. Its keeping the hand from putting food in my mouth that's my challenge as I'm the cook and am in the kitchen preparing food three times a day. If we ate prepackaged food, it would be easier, but we're a make it from scratch household so there's always "stuff" around to eat and munch on while I'm slicing and dicing. I... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:23:00 EST the miracle of bloat After my rant yesterday morning, restrained myself through out the day. Am not going to say I was perfect, but kept WELL within my calorie consumption levels, especially when compared to calorie used level. <BR> <BR> and this morning's MIRACLE? Overnight I lost 5 lbs!! <BR> <BR> And that's why we all go crazy with the scale. . . . <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> my jeans fit better too, so why I was so bloated, don't know, but obviously I was! Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:44:14 EST easy too easy - to fall into old habits! <BR> <BR> hubby is losing weight. walking the dog and a little cut back in snacking and its falling off him. <BR> <BR> Me? not so much. so he's got bags of chips open here, chocolate chips and marshmallows open there, trail mix, etc. <BR> <BR> Me? too easy to dip into this bag or that as I walk by the kitchen counter. Far too much for me to close up those bags and stash them somewhere! <BR> <BR> and what was a couple of chips on Thursday, becomes a c... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:27:55 EST keep on pushing Years ago walked our other dog on the regular jeep and hiking trails in our neighborhood. Depending on which trail we took, a 3 mile hike took a little less than an hour. <BR> <BR> This morning took one of what was a starter hike (about 2 miles) 13 years ago and it took almost 75 minutes! <BR> <BR> Some of it had to do with the first dog could be left off leash and I could keep going even as she stopped and sniffed, and this dog we don't dare let off the leash. <BR> <BR> Some of it had to... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 10:24:48 EST accomplishments There are many ways to measure our forward progress. <BR> <BR> In my neighborhood there is a hill. Not a big hill, not a long hill, but a STEEP hill. A few months ago I switched to walking our dog on the street and going UP this hill. at first I had to stop and catch my breath. then I could make it to the top breathing hard. Last night realized was nearly to the crest of the hill and wasn't even thinking about having just come up the hill! <BR> <BR> Now have to find a new hill to chall... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:07:53 EST another cycle begins So yesterday was my 67th B'day. While still far heavier than I'd like to be, am definitely in better shape than my mother was at this age. <BR> <BR> And lets be honest, women of our age find ourselves being more like our mothers than most of us would like! <BR> <BR> We also find ourselves looking back at all that we haven't accomplished, and look forward to how little time, or ability, we have to make those childhood dreams come true! <BR> <BR> Two of my big ideals were to (1) write the... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 09:09:14 EST goal sometimes we make our goals, and sometimes we don't, but we all know that we need some sort of goal for ourselves. To just say I want to lose --pounds or lower my blood pressure is great. But without some sort of deadline, we somehow feel like we have all the time in the world to get there and we continue keeping on as we have been. Being 30 and saying I want something when I'm 50, means you wake up at 49 and realize you only have a year to achieve your goal. <BR> <BR> So finally, have fo... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:10:01 EST I'll take it 215.5 for morning weigh in. haven't seen this in a long time. Was it just water loss, didn't drink enough yesterday. Don't care. I'll take it and run with it from here! <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:37:17 EST learning One of the things I'm FINALLY starting to learn - and accept - is that as we make this journey, it is natural to lose some, plateau a little so the body adjusts, then lose some more, then plateau, etc. <BR> <BR> As we get older, those plateaus can get longer, just as the weight doesn't come off as quickly. There are several factors at play, along with each person's individual metabolism. It is during those plateaus that the "giving up" happens. no progress, why bother. <BR> <BR> It is ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:22:02 EST again back from vacation. Did not meet my weight goals before I left, but hadn't gained either. Even if I had, my sweetie wasn't up to doing more than we did anyway. Day this picture was taken, totaled over 18,000 steps! Including 5+ mile hike from 6600 feet to 7000 feet and back. Oh I was beat, but I recovered faster than he did! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had good shoes too. Just before we left got a pair of ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:07:39 EST Fitbit HR By now I'm sure a lot of you have seen the news story about the guy who had a medical emergency and by tracking his heart rate with the fitbit HR, they were able to save his life. <BR> <BR> So now I have a reason to argue why I need to wear my fitbit at all times <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> why I love mine has to do with the HR part. With just the pedometer, it could only measure your steps and time. So if you took a 1000 steps in 15 minutes it rated it one way, and if you took that 1000 ste... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:25:06 EST back at it Good intentions are obviously not enough. And amazing how easy it is to break certain habits, while so hard to break others. <BR> <BR> Despite weeks of not exercising and eating my little self into a stupor, am only up one pound, but feel like about 4 inches up on my waist! <BR> <BR> So up early for exercise this am and hopefully back to tracking today too. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:51:55 EST crazies allergies still happening, although can function now. But not getting back to my exercise routine yet. Doing a lot of work in the garden, busy at work, and its just all crazy now. <BR> <BR> Hopefully will be back to track by next week Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:54:31 EST allergies easing Before the allergies slammed me down, someone told me they were using Nettle tincture to keep theirs under control. Just went in one ear and out the other because allergies were not my problem, until about 2 days later. Took another few days before Nettle trickled back into my consciousness and began starting every day with two cups of herb tea, that was primarily NETTLE. combined with some local raw honey and within 24 hours, noticed an easing of my symptoms. Last night was able to sleep... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:44:54 EST allergies - still SP needs a special way of tracking for us when we are sick or miserable (like allergies) and can't exercise or eat well. For what ever reason, this year I'm getting slammed with my allergies and am now coughing up phlegm like I have bronchitis. Nothing has really helped; some afrin to clear the nasal passages so I can get some sleep, along with a couple of Benadryl to knock me out enough to sleep! Otherwise I'm just sitting up honking and coughing. <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 23:34:23 EST Allergies does anything else need to be said?! Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:45:21 EST whole grains Inspired by a restaurant's offering of "ancient grains granola", which was pretty hideous, mixed together my own whole grains hot breakfast cereal: <BR> <BR> 6C water <BR> 1tsp salt <BR> 2Tbs coconut oil (if you have room in your diet and like the stuff, make it 3TBS) <BR> 1/2C steel cut oats <BR> 1/4C each, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, amaranth <BR> if you prefer, make it 1/4C of the oats and add 1/4C quinoa. For me, quinoa has a weird metallic aftertaste which is why its not in my mi... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:19:51 EST and the ticker moves DOWN! Did not record last week's weight on my ticker cause it was off a weekend of travel, dehydration and poor eating. But today, YES!! 2.5lbs off from the beginning of the month. <BR> <BR> and, BTW, my size 20 jeans, which I just started wearing this month, are pulled off and on without unbuttoning! Oh yeah. on my way!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:16:02 EST new breakfast While staying at a posh hotel (expensively posh, but not quality posh unfortunately), one of the breakfast's they served was Ancient Grains Granola with applesauce, greek yogurt and maple syrup. <BR> <BR> As it turned out, it was a cooked mix of oatmeal, jobs tears, sorghum, millet and quinoa. <BR> <BR> When it came it was served with some blueberry jam, regular yogurt and imitation maple syrup. and it wasn't particularly good. <BR> <BR> Using grains have in the house, last night put 4 cu... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 11:03:40 EST Monday Have been on the road for business for 4 days. regular eating out the window! Opportunities to exercise limited to a few minutes for yoga each day. Lots of driving. Weight today says down 3 lbs from last Thursday, but that's probably mostly water and will come back as we catch up with regular meals and water consumption. <BR> <BR> So no disappointment when the scale is back up tomorrow!! <BR> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:20:08 EST weights and measures Even though I weigh nearly every day, the accumulation sometimes catches me unaware. <BR> <BR> On the first of the month, do weights and measures. Note the weight of the day, not yesterdays, or the day before, even if it is lower. In this case, have had two days of 220 over the last 4, but this morning, the scale read 222, so that's what went on the chart. <BR> <BR> Even so, that is SEVEN, that's right SEVEN lbs less than it was on February 1. So despite feeling like the scale isn't movi... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:22:51 EST clothes dilemma Tomorrow is New Month Weigh In. But am always looking towards other standards to judge success; other standards than weight. <BR> <BR> Going away this weekend for business and had to put together a wardrobe. <BR> <BR> The size 22 jeans I've been wearing are literally falling off me. Had a pair of size 18's out that were just a bit of a struggle to do up, which meant they would not be comfortable to wear for an 8 hour drive, much less all the bending and lifting involved with the work. <B... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:49:19 EST Another Win Have arthritis in my toes, with lots of inflammation. Notice that started to come down when I went Gluten Free 7 years ago. Doctor diagnosed me as Gluten Intolerant; it was my choice to go GF, or keep with the inflammation and hair loss, etc. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday found a cool pair of fashion cowboy boots at the thrift. NEW! not even a scuff mark on the soles!!. Its been years since I could wear such a shoe/boot because of the inflammation in the feet. <BR> <BR> They went on SOOOO... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:14:33 EST other ways to measure SQUATS <BR> <BR> have bad knees, so squats are something I've always done half way with no enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> Not that I can do 40 or 50 of them, but can now do at least 10 good deep squats at a time and as long as there is a bit of a pause and some other movement between, can reach that 50 in an exercise session. <BR> <BR> ALSO <BR> <BR> Notice my "love handles" are becoming more pronounced, which means that everything above and below them is tightening up nicely. <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:11:22 EST halleluia! The scale has finally begun to move again!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:46:25 EST WOW For lunch today made a cheeseburger, baked potato and salad. The salad was really a veggie slaw with a seasoned mayo dressing, the burger was just a few ounces of ground beef with a slice of cheese on it. the baked potato was plain, used the salad on the potato. Sounds like a fairly reasonable lunch, right? Nothing outrageous, a little high on the fats with the mayo and cheese, but kept the butter out of the potato. 900 calories!! <BR> <BR> What a surprise! Here I am, thinking this is a... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:55:00 EST goal one One of my goals was to be in size 18 jeans by the beginning of March - started this particular part of the journey in size 22's; baggy, but still 22's. <BR> <BR> Have a pair of 18's that were my benchmark. <BR> <BR> yesterday, while at my favorite store, found a pair of size 18 tall SKINNY jeans. Now, how anyone can call a size 18 SKINNY is beyond me (unless you are a 22+ of course), but that's how these pants are marketed. Styled like jeans, they are actually a lighter weight cotton/poly... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:19:05 EST fit bit upgrade Just switched to the fitbit HR. Have worked with a heart rate monitor before, but that was in the day of needing to have something strapped around your chest. It does help to know what your heart rate is. Despite all the comments about "perceived" exertion, there are times when we don't really know how hard we are pushing as we're struggling and gasping for air. But we're not really getting our heart rates up!! <BR> <BR> Sometimes its about better exercising, using our body more efficien... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:01:27 EST little bummed Just got my weekly FitBit report. I'm good about recording my food, do it right after eating so there's not forgetting. Make sure to report nibbles and snacks. Try to keep to quality foods, few processed or pre-prepared foods. Make my own pizza, which might have every other week, but also means an accurate report. About once a month, get take out Chinese. The rest is all made at home from fresh ingredients. <BR> <BR> The fit bit interacts with SP so they know how much I've taken in, and ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:49:16 EST changes Despite the scale not moving, did notice this morning some changes in how my stomach fat hangs. My ab muscles are all hidden under many layers of fat (more on that below), but could see some definition in the upper ab area, as muscles are getting stronger!! <BR> <BR> Watching the biggest loser last night and as they're on week 9 and some of the changes between their start and current were becoming obvious: the women were thinning in their upper bodies, with big butts and bellies out of pro... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:41:53 EST bob harper says See in an interview with Oprah, Bob Harper is now saying that its at least 80% about nutrition in losing weight. What we eat, how we eat, the quality of our food is the BIGGEST portion of our weight loss program. <BR> <BR> So for those of us, like me, who are eating lowish calories (compared to what I'm burning), the fact that I'm still not losing weight is not about my exercise, or quality there of, its about the quality and items I'm eating. Calorie counts are not all. <BR> <BR> Gue... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:37:22 EST realized After seeing another morning with the scale not budging, then doing 40 minutes of Zumba followed by a short session on my stepper and then attempting 10 half (on my knees) push ups, realized why I like to watch the Biggest Loser. <BR> <BR> Here I am, bitching about weight loss that's not happening while running an average 700 calories a day deficit in my diet. And there they are, living on 1200 calories a day while working out 5 hours a day under the eyes of a trainer making sure they max ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:09:20 EST whats a person to do? This comes up a lot when I exercise. Since I wear a fit bit, it counts my steps, and even the intensity of those steps; it can tell when I do a lot of them quickly or slowly and uses that to figure out how many calories I'm using. <BR> <BR> But what it can't tell is what else is going on while those steps are being taken. Am I carrying weights, wearing a weighted vest, running in place or running a track or cross country, doing WATP or kickboxing. <BR> <BR> And how do you regard in your ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:45:04 EST woo hoo! Into a size 18 skirt this morning. not the same as size 18 jeans, but close enough for a little celebration! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Schedule been all screwed up so no scale the last two days, but a skirt that's been hanging and waiting makes me think of forward progress!! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:13:39 EST FINALLY! Scale number this morning was the number I should have been seeing 3 weeks ago, but I'll take it!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday worked out hard in the morning. fairly active day, very light dinner, and though I did snack later, it was planned, counted, and over a couple of hours before I went to bed. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:03:16 EST This is crazy I know the whole psychological idea of weighing daily is to get one into the mindset that the numbers have little relevance. At least those couple of pounds plus or minus. If over all, say two weeks or a month, its going up and up, you get that chance to nip that weight gain right now! But if its going up and down and the down numbers are lower and lower, then you are on the other side. <BR> <BR> So back down a pound from yesterday, which is down a pound from the day before. <BR> <BR> Kn... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:29:24 EST Big Surprise Got on the scale this morning (I'm part of the weigh everyday school - at least it keeps me weighing at the same time every day, not just at odd moments) and the scale was up 2 lbs over yesterday. <BR> <BR> TWO POUNDS!!!! <BR> <BR> Then I did my WATP, some Yoga and as I was getting dressed, for the hell of it, got back up on the scale and found I'd miraculously DROPPED those two pounds while I exercised and drank 2 glasses of water!! <BR> <BR> WTF!!!!!! This scale crazies beyond crazy!! <... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:46:40 EST February Fools! Weights and measures day. Officially, one pound OVER what I started January with. Not a pound a week down as per my goal, but a pound UP, despite negative calorie counts all month AND exercise <BR> <BR> BUT and this is a big BUT <BR> <BR> Measures were DOWN DOWN DOWN. Arms and thighs a bit, waist through the but and hips, down noticeably. <BR> <BR> So as much as I'd like that scale to be showing this, will accept that I might still make my size 18's in another month even if my scale i... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:56:51 EST