LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 premeasured snacks am not big on BUYING premeasured, individually packaged, snacks. <BR> <BR> But until I get a lot better on my habits, have to. Making my own, right now, would lead to too much nibbling as I work. <BR> <BR> Sargento makes one called Balanced Breaks. And yes, they are expensive; approximately $5 for a package of 3 servings. a mix of nuts, dried fruit (raisins or craisins) and cheese. 170-180 calories per serving. While we can put together our own mixes, preserving cheese so its edible, t... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:13:57 EST premeasured snacks am not big on BUYING premeasured, individually packaged, snacks. <BR> <BR> But until I get a lot better on my habits, have to. Making my own, right now, would lead to too much nibbling as I work. <BR> <BR> Sargento makes one called Balanced Breaks. And yes, they are expensive; approximately $5 for a package of 3 servings. a mix of nuts, dried fruit (raisins or craisins) and cheese. 170-180 calories per serving. While we can put together our own mixes, preserving cheese so its edible, t... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:13:57 EST moving forward it takes constant awareness. <BR> <BR> This morning was putting cheese on DH's breakfast sandwich and next thing I know, cheese is in my mouth! <BR> <BR> and planning <BR> <BR> There will be calories for lunch, so kept breakfast calories down. <BR> <BR> Now I have to remember to keep drinking water so I don't get hungry before. <BR> <BR> Am re-reading Bob Greene's Make the Connection. He's right, we have reasons we eat, and it takes some deep searching to find out why <BR> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:46:58 EST reversing the trend a little thought, not much effort, and the calories in are LESS than the calories out! <BR> <BR> Okay, a lot of thought <BR> <BR> it IS all in the mind. The mind controls the hand, the mouth, the feet <BR> <BR> High calorie breakfast today, but balanced nutrition and filling. It was the fresh orange juice that put it over the top - along with the quarter avocado. But it also had grits and cottage cheese - so there was fruit, protein, and grains (Bob's Red Mill coarse grind for polenta/g... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:40:45 EST day two with care, but still enjoying all I ate - just in measured quantities, down to 1850 calories for the day (1600 is my goal for daily calorie consumption) and TWELVE glasses of water. A huge increase. <BR> <BR> Woke up hungry, and am actually grumbling right now. BUT we have company who will likely want to go out to eat. Unlikely they will be ready to do so for another hour or so. We may just eat anyway and go to work and let them fend. <BR> <BR> Today began daily weigh ins again. <BR> <... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:40:46 EST after the first day yesterday set up my manual food diary. <BR> <BR> You know how when you are overeating, even though the weight is piling back on, you think, oh, I'm not eating THAT much! <BR> <BR> Oh yes I was! <BR> <BR> Yesterday just ate meals, kept the snacking (and my favorite thing to snack on while I cook is butter on chips) to a minimum. It was a BIG breakfast, but in general, just kept it to everyday meals less snacks. and it was still almost 2500 calories for the day! What must I have been ea... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:56:38 EST still struggling So in 5 weeks I have to be at an event in CA. This is business and its a busy two days with two different shows for presenting our product as well as running around LA to visit shops. <BR> <BR> Earlier last year had lost enough weight to go down a size in jeans AND HAD GOTTEN RID OF MY FAT JEANS. Now I have nothing to wear! <BR> <BR> Yet, I can't pull myself together to even cut back on my food. <BR> <BR> Time for a serious reality check!! <BR> <BR> First - the on line diary isn't worki... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:58:07 EST thanks Thanks to all those who have replied to my blogs with words of encouragement. <BR> <BR> I don't get out there often myself, but your comments are always welcome and appreciated!! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:45:49 EST oh my this is going to be harder than I thought. Cannot seem to put it together to check in with SP each day, much less record my eating. at least I'm exercising again!! <BR> <BR> Have finally figured out something of a meal plan . . . I don't do cookbooks, or recipes, because there is so little overlap between His tastes and mine, plus what he doesn't want to eat and what I can't eat, and as we eat fresh, its all pretty seasonal. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I realized I can go through things like... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:10:41 EST sigh How quickly 12 lbs can be gained, and how long it takes to lose it again!! <BR> <BR> My own fault. Every day said I'd put the breaks on today, and every day I'd stuff my face. <BR> <BR> Then it was, its the holidays, do it, get it over with, and then back at it. <BR> <BR> bottom line is, I can't take any wiggle room, cause I wiggle it into being out of shape and sloppy fat again. <BR> <BR> Actually, I don't wiggle at all. <BR> <BR> I can take the weight a bit better if there's muscl... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:45:13 EST who do I blame this time Have just not been in tune with all this aspect of self-care. The past few days I've had the early AM dog walk and have been pushing some distance (not that anyone knows, but that's another part of the story), and realizing how quickly I've gotten out of shape. <BR> <BR> Eating out of control <BR> <BR> Lack of exercise in all directions. Had even updated my yoga DVD's to bring myself up and have let that lapse too. and sleeping badly because of a lack of exercise, etc. <BR> <BR> my Fit... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:40:20 EST yoga kicked my butt Doctor's visit yesterday yielded some supplements to deal with inflammation, an order to get my hands x-rayed, and then an appointment with a rheumatoidal specialist. Though the test showed negative for rheumatoidal arthritis, the fact that the first signs were so young, she decided let an expert see what's going on. Pin point the why, then we can know the how. <BR> <BR> When I went back to SP with new determination (where did that go?), was really pushing cardio and weights. Got caught u... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:45:26 EST going down for the third time It seems the harder I try, the farther from my path I go. Its not just about the eating. The exercise, which I looked forward to, is hard to get to. My Fitbit seems to need charging every other day and then I forget to put it back on for days - understand I've had this for like a year! Suddenly, I'm charging it often and forgetting it! <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to stop struggling and go with the flow. <BR> <BR> NOT eat like there is no tomorrow, but deal with other issues that are probabl... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 17:20:19 EST struggling Cannot figure out why its all a struggle and I can't get back into the groove <BR> <BR> Feel like a scratched record, skipping all over the place! Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:46:43 EST friday sooo tired, not a good sleeping night with a pushy dog, a restless man, and a nosebleed in the middle of the night. <BR> <BR> And its not like this will be a restful weekend. <BR> <BR> But that's how it goes <BR> <BR> you just got to keep on keeping on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:01:52 EST thank you Thanks to all who leave little notes, reminders, encouragement. <BR> <BR> Am not a joiner, do not follow blogs, do not return the favor. Have tried, but it is just not who I am, for better or worse. I think the good thought, but just don't follow through <BR> <BR> But I do appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to brighten someone else's day <BR> <em>304</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:33:14 EST day two How often I found myself reaching for, looking for, searching for <BR> <BR> SOMETHING <BR> <BR> but not because I was hungry, but because I'd gotten used to, once again, just stuffing crap into my mouth! <BR> <BR> Day one down, Day two to go. <BR> <BR> An understanding of the term One Day at a Time Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:59:54 EST oh boy Almost a month since last on SP. Let one little disappointment get me down. Then a second small one came along and I just rode that wave!! <BR> <BR> Doctor's visit yesterday. Had wanted to be down to 200 before walking through that door, did I blow that or what! But, they were all impressed that I was down over 10 lbs since they last saw me anyway. <BR> <BR> Anyway, its nearly the end of October and I want to be in deep with good habits before T-day and the holidays roll around. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:47:38 EST dog walk Caught the morning dog walk today. WHEW! fitbit says 2.5 miles based on steps, but know from years of doing this walk with a GPS, its more like 1.5. Still, it was ups and downs. <BR> <BR> Came home TIRED! <BR> <BR> Need to do this morning often! Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:59:49 EST still trying still trying. the mantra for the day <BR> <BR> better than giving up <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:56:13 EST still struggling Am trying. <BR> <BR> Then I go to record my food and I'm OFF THE CHART! <BR> <BR> What is going on!! Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:58:32 EST awareness have found that everytime I go down a size in clothes, get caught up in the feeling of thinness - like I've reached my goal! From certain view points is all WOW. and within that it is easy to lose track of the work that is yet to be done. <BR> <BR> Nothing wrong with celebrating, but can't let it go on too long or go to your head! <BR> <BR> So that's a bit of where I am. despite a slip this last week, when I put on the size 18 jeans and look down at them being loose in the leg (ignoring ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:25:54 EST why? Why is it so easy to fall off the track and so damn hard to get back on it?! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:09:21 EST I'm back Let myself get bummed out and off course for nearly a week. <BR> <BR> Stupid little S**T. Was SOOOOO looking forward to showing off my weight loss at a gathering of friends next month and then our sitter (house/dog) cancelled and too late to get someone else. <BR> <BR> So no go. <BR> <BR> Stupid to give up a goal that I was SOOOO close to, because I wouldn't be able to show my new body off - although that wasn't all of it. We were going to be going for a weekend up in Monument Valley, Ut... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:37:50 EST tuesday that's what it is - Tuesday! <BR> <BR> bumpy start to the week, gotta get it in gear if I'm going to meet my monthly goal!! Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:15:18 EST rest yesterday was a rest day, and still ended up with close to 10,000 steps! But no specific cardio other than what the dog gave me, and watched my eating extra careful. <BR> <BR> Back to the kettle ball this morning! <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:06:42 EST drink water Spark people is still working on the minimum of 8 glasses of water a day = 64oz. try adding 2 more they say. <BR> <BR> But it seems, and my own experience is adding to this, along with anecdotal evidence from others, that we should be drinking MORE water. <BR> <BR> some are saying 1/2 your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you should drink 100oz of water a day. 300 lbs = 150 oz of water. <BR> <BR> Water, of course, does not have to be plain - you can lemon, stevia (or oth... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:26:51 EST argument for daily weigh ins! The Beck Diet, which I did dip into, advocates daily weigh ins, to make the scale a number, not a be all to end all in figuring out your progress. And she is right. Though am not following her instructions per se, am staying with the daily weigh ins. <BR> <BR> and combining that with my logging food, exercise, and water, am learning a lot about ME. <BR> <BR> Have learned that regardless of how active I am, how many calories I burn in a day, have to keep my calories IN equal or less tha... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:42:19 EST more steps The stand up desk has definitely increased the number of "steps" I take, putting the stepper at the desk has increased the effectiveness of those steps. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> the stepper puts me taller and I was already at the max height of the desk, so have had to put the monitor up another few inches and am REACHING to use the key board. <BR> <BR> can probably find a way to elevate the keyboard if necessary. <BR> <BR> gotta keep stepping to keep sparking! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 12:18:11 EST more on sausage As the question has been raised, how to season sausages . . there are a number of commercial seasonings available, and will honestly say that's what I use. BUT they do have ingredients that many don't want to use. <BR> <BR> If you do a web search, you will easily find a number of different recipes for making sausages of all types. Like sweet Italian sausage using sage and fennel, some use a touch of sugar, some don't. Experiment with small batches until you get the tastes you want. <BR>... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:21:24 EST