LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 another no goal met End of another week without meeting my weight goal. <BR> <BR> While I've maybe been eating more than I should, am still running over 500 calories a day deficit instead of the thousand a day. Thought I might have been putting too much strain on the body, too much of a calorie deficit, making my body think these were hard times. <BR> <BR> Have also stepped up my exercise this past week, working seriously on muscle building. <BR> <BR> And at the end of the week, I'm actually up a pound. <B... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:25:10 EST boosting body image Just saw this as a topic on the main page. Let me tell you, I know all about a decline in body image! Getting fat was bad enough, top that off with having my husband renege on all the promises he made for what we would do when I lost weight (and I did, at one time, lose about 80lbs - and got depressed when we did none of those things and started gaining again, big time!) <BR> <BR> Then I went through menopause. Then I got Bell's Palsy which left nearly half my face paralyzed and then disc... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:15:58 EST deadline looms Yes, it does. The end of the month is here and my weight loss is not equal to my goal. Hopefully, the tape will tell a good story. Have been very busy this past week with company for a few days and lots of work along with the usual end of month craziness. <BR> <BR> Did find a new workout buddy, Robert Ferguson. Am not really into his style, his patter, but his workout is AWESOME! It has two x 12 minute workouts, 1 x 24 and 1 x 36. He keeps to really basic moves but makes it enjoyable. ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:16:51 EST Not the biggest loser Blew off yesterday totally. Didn't even check in, so there went my streaks. Not a budge in the scale despite all the work. Weigh in the same today as it was last Sunday as it was the Sunday before. Have been doing the right things with exercise and diet, but not a budge in the scale. This is the last week of the month coming up, to meet the monthly goal have to lose at least 2 lbs, better 3. The 2 maybe. <BR> <BR> Time to double down! <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:42:58 EST other measures of success Yesterday managed to consume OVER 3000 calories. Used up 2900 of them though and the scale was down .5lb today. <BR> <BR> So yes, need other ways to measure <BR> <BR> But day to day, there are few <BR> <BR> When we got this dog, part of the reason why was to get us back up and out again. She's proven herself to be smart and loyal and can be run off leash in our little bit of national forest behind our house which is great for her, but not necessarily for us. So am back to giving her mid... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:23:26 EST WTF! We work from home and have a very structured four day work week. This weekend DH went to Costco. Yes he had a list. and he still brought home all those special treats he knows I love!!!! <BR> <BR> WTF! <BR> <BR> Now, is his attitude that I've been down this road before and didn't succeed? he doesn't take my efforts seriously? Or does he really think that if I want this badly enough seeing blocks of my favorite cheese in the fridge, my favorite snacks laying around isn't going to sway m... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:17:14 EST goals not met Goal for this week was minimal, just to lose ONE POUND. Despite an average calorie differential of 1000 calories per day (used vs intake), not one pound lost! This is where it gets hard to keep motivation. As I watch my husband munch on Cheetos or potato chips, I content myself with my knitting and water. Each morning I do exercise while he walks the dog (the only exercise he will do, and the reason we got the dog!). <BR> <BR> It is possible I'm down a size in jeans. When I started this... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:25:26 EST we all ache So we've had this dog since late Saturday afternoon and can tell you in all honesty, we all hurt! She's just a little over a year old and you should see her struggle to get up off the floor! She's getting more exercise in a day than she probably had in a week before! Yet, she keeps going and going. Yesterday she got bored with no attention and started finding things to chew on and destroy. That's going to be an issue . . . <BR> <BR> Meanwhile the humans are hurting as well, and we have n... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:30:34 EST whew! Dog is kicking our butts! Not just that its been a year since we had a dog, but the last 3 or 4 years, she wasn't walking/running/playing like she used to. Never noticed the gradual slowing down, but we're feeling the sudden ramping up! And its not like we can say REST DAY! Even though we are both doing the walking honors, its still kicking our butts!! <BR> <BR> Thankfully, yesterday she met Herbie who is a Staffordshire Terrier mix rescue that lives a block away. and the two of them cov... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:03:20 EST shin splints Just a few days with the new dog, and the shin splints have flared up. One of the reasons I don't run, a tendency to shin splints - and all kinds of tendonitis problems in general! Took me awhile to finally get it through my head that Yoga is the best treatment for all the above, but new dog sees morning as her time, and while she does Down Dog with me, its usually right under me! Did get some stretches in this morning and they feel better, but have to make sure I do that daily to keep the... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:58:19 EST sophie New dog, new routine. Was doing Beck diet solution which included daily weigh ins. Well, the dog has other plans for first thing in the morning, so while the rest of the routine works, daily weigh ins are OUT! <BR> <BR> As she is a bit chunky too, we're all working on more exercise and less calories. Nothing like an energetic diet buddy! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:20:53 EST goal plus again proving the fallacy of the scale: <BR> <BR> after meeting last week's goal, on Monday I was down one pound, and then went up three!! Yesterday went back to the starting weight and today I'm down TWO, yes TWO lbs. <BR> The goal had been 1, with a slight plus to total 5 for the month. <BR> <BR> Am keeping this week's goal at one pound plus, and now we have <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is Sophie discovering li... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 08:27:08 EST sleep As many of us getting older folks know, sleep isn't what it used to be. After laying awake in the middle of the night for hours, finally fell back asleep and did not worry about getting up early on Saturday morning. It ate into my exercise time, but sleep counts big time in the being healthy and fit journey <BR> <BR> And today, we're going looking for a doggie!! <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 09:57:38 EST body mind and spirit hear those words often, but what do they mean. Guess they have as many meanings as there are people. We think we're working on our bodies and minds when we revise our eating and exercise regimes. We're changing the way we think, the way we perceive our relationship to food. <BR> <BR> Then we look in the mirror and it all comes back, the broken spirit. <BR> <BR> While our faith can help hold our spirit together, that mirror reflects what the world sees, and its all a reflection of what we... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:10:47 EST up up and away! Another day, another pound. Each day, of the last three, have been consistently below on my calorie counts, and two of the three, my calories in have been below my BMR. Yet each day has seen another pound on the scale. <BR> <BR> In my heart I know it has nothing to do with anything. In my head there is a voice saying eat what you like if you are going to gain anyway!! <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 09:43:38 EST Oh yeah another day, more snow, and another pound. <BR> <BR> I know that this "weight gain" is not real, but it sure is discouraging. Top of it all, this morning was dark with us being in the middle of a major winter storm that is dumping snow like mad, and my DH has to go to the city today, a 2 hour drive one way. Lower altitude once he gets about 50 miles down the road, but before he gets there, he's got to go UP to get out of the valley. and then he has to come home and the weather prediction ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:32:59 EST another day and that's what it feels like. just another day. grey, overcast, rainy day. My get up and go got up and went. Slogged through about 20 minutes of WATP, although I did kick up the intervals a couple of times and got a little resistance in there too. still nothing impressive. Oh well, will have those days to. Just keep on, keeping on. Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:53:13 EST keep learning Yesterday ended up being a splurge day. Yes, we need them every once in a while to keep us from getting into a rut, reminding ourselves that we can indeed eat anything, to keep variety. <BR> <BR> It also ended up being an extremely active day with over 11,000 steps, a couple of them hauling in wood to cut for the fireplace. So despite a BIG calorie splurge, it was an even bigger calorie use day! <BR> <BR> the end results were, my weight this morning (following the Beck Solution of daily w... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 12:19:08 EST weekly goal met! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> met my goal of 2lbs this week PLUS! This first week is never hard. As soon as I put the breaks on my over eating, things seem to just slide back down with an AHHHH! <BR> <BR> This week will be harder, but my goal is a modest one lb, pushing for a plus on that, so I can have a 5lb loss by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> On the longer term, we're heading out to Yellowstone in June and I'd really like to be down to 200 by then. <BR> <BR> Success requires a plan <B... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:57:01 EST The fallacy of the scale We're always told to use other gauges for our success: how our clothes fit, how our fitness has improved, how we look in the mirror. But on a weekly basis, the scale is it. <BR> <BR> So I get up Friday morning and weigh 226, down over 3 lbs from where I started Sunday and think WOO HOO, great way to start the New Year. Do 3 miles of WATP, eat less than 1700 calories through the day (my BMR is 1990), and drink 9 glasses of water! <BR> <BR> And what's my weight this morning, Saturday? 228. ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 08:50:55 EST happy New Year! And got up early enough this morning to spend 3 miles with Leslie Sansone and WATP. At least she says it was 3 miles, and my body agrees. But my fit bit says less than 2 <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> How the body feels is more important than what the fitbit says! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:30:36 EST oh well So its day 5, last night had Chinese food for dinner. Too many calories (although still used more than I took in), and ended up oversleeping today. and, of course, the big meal at the end of the day brought my weight up this morning. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm one of those who weighs myself each day per the Beck Solution. Am not sure yet if that's helping or hindering - although it might help with starting to put together some of the whys of weight variations. Like, even though I ate 800 calo... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:30:26 EST getting old - not for sissies! So its day four of my "new" program. As I'm determined to stick with it (aren't we always?!), I'm working myself up slowly to fitness. Yesterday a half hour of Zumba (still over 4000 steps!) and today it was Yoga. Who says Yoga isn't a work out??!! 1/2 hour of yoga and I'm feeling every stretch, every reach, every down dog!! But I know this is the way to go; not jump in and over do right away and end up feeling so achy I can't get on with my day or worse, hurting myself! <BR> <BR> Succe... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:24:40 EST Zumba Got a Zumba DVD and yes, its an energetic work out (did 1/2 hour and my body aches!), but its really not that much different than what I was doing when I'd play my Cubanissimo CD's. Maybe I invented Zumba! But I don't do choreography, so you will never find me in a Zumba class. But it did give me more ideas for steps and movement to those infectious Latin rhythms. It will be a long time before I'm doing those hops and jumps though!! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:24:11 EST path to success Every success needs a plan <BR> AND <BR> one must follow the plan to achieve success <BR> <BR> So I'm quickly learning that at 66 years old (not old by any stretch of the imagination), one loses ground quickly when you stop exercising and working out. Will not beat myself up as I work to get back into a schedule of exercise, but will gradually work my way back with shorter workouts, lighter weights. I am not of the "no pain, no gain" school. Ache is one thing, pain another. <BR> <BR> Suc... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:26:09 EST and here we go again! and from what I can tell, by how slow the site is today, I'm not the only one climbing back on the wagon today!! <BR> <BR> Oh it is sooooo easy to put food in the mouth. especially when everyone is giving cookies and treats, cause what else is easier when you have those little gifts to give to neighbors and co-workers? Now is when I'm glad I'm gluten free cause I don't even need will power to stay away from the piles of goodies out there! <BR> <BR> Of course, I made chocolates since I knew... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:36:12 EST gardening Fall in the garden is as busy and intense as spring, maybe more so. I'm a container gardener, using grow bags of many different sizes to give me options for where and what I grow. Living in the desert SW, containers let me put something that doesn't need intense sun somewhere that will get afternoon shade in the summer, but then move than container for full sun for winter growing. But all those containers get filled and emptied again. One area, that was arranged several years ago is prov... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:00:34 EST again how many times can we start over? As many times as we need!! <BR> <BR> Craziness has ebbed somewhat and my DH has found himself at the low end of the pre-diabetic range. Despite NOT adhering for several months, managed to hold myself VERY close to my pre-falling off the wagon level. <BR> <BR> Spent a few days in CA, and using the stairs as my morning exercise, realized how much work I need on knees and thighs. Unfortunately, live in a stairless house and am aware how much different hil... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:00:29 EST again Its been about a month since I've been keeping track and recording. There are lots of excuses - starting around my birthday some 6 weeks ago, not seeing progress, then friends visiting broke my routine and then I just let it all slide. but time to get back on the horse before all the other work is lost. Back and better than ever <BR> <BR> PLUS <BR> <BR> spent last night getting rid of all the clothes I'd bought (thrift shop purchases everyone) for "when I lost weight". There are always c... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:50:27 EST Yo-nanas for what ever reason, my DH isn't eating fruit. He used to love fruit salad, but it is a pain to make all the time and it could only be fresh fruit in season. He was a big ice cream eater. Then he heard about these machines that turn frozen bananas and frozen fruit into something like soft serve ice cream. So we got one. I've tried the frozen banana mixes before and just don't like the flavor and he agrees. But we've done blueberries and strawberries, and yesterday did blueberries, stra... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:19:34 EST STILL frustrated So in the last three weeks I've averaged 1000 calories a day negative balance - in other words, my calorie use has been about 1000 calories more than my calories in. That's 7000 calories a week - that should be 2 lbs a week. <BR> <BR> I'd be happy with ONE pound a week <BR> <BR> But I'm not even getting that! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Its not all about the weight is what everyone says. You look better - and I do! And I feel better too - until I look into the mirror and see that my b... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:49:45 EST frustration I'm really not struggling with my diet - at least as far as the amount of food I'm eating, recording it, and getting my daily exercise. <BR> <BR> Following the Beck Solution we're asked to weigh ourselves every day, as well as record the above. <BR> <BR> Feel that I'm truly making progress in looking at food as nourishment rather than a great many other things. <BR> <BR> Am easily keeping my caloric intake at or below my recommended levels. <BR> <BR> And I'm easily getting in my exercise,... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:29:00 EST CAKE I can't tell you how long its been since I've eaten cake. <BR> <BR> I've made Gluten Free cake a few times in the 6 years I've been living gluten free, but it was just a single layer cake with simple frosting. And I certainly haven't made any in at least 2 years now. <BR> <BR> But today, there I was in the supermarket, and they had a chocolate layer cake with a cream cheese filling and it was GLUTEN FREE! <BR> <BR> And best of all, it tastes like CAKE <BR> <BR> So today, I ate cake. <... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:18:52 EST information confusion There is always some new information for those of us trying to improve our lives and health. And while it is all interesting, my personal experience has been, it is all right for somebody, just not necessarily for me or you. <BR> <BR> Each of us is different in so many ways, from our genetics to our health to our lifestyles, that all this information becomes confusing, more than helpful and clarifying. <BR> <BR> There is only ONE definitive diet rule - take in less calories than you use.... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:01:40 EST serving size Once or twice a week, usually the weekend, I try to make something a little special for breakfast, as it is the only time we sit down together for this meal. <BR> <BR> This morning it was going to be corned beef hash, refried beans, and scrambled eggs. <BR> The eggs are 1/2 egg beaters, 1/2 whole eggs The Refries are home made with little extra fat. The corned beef was canned, "low fat". <BR> <BR> So I looked at the can to see what was a serving and how many calories. The label said 1 ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:34:00 EST 10 lbs down And a whole bunch still to go!! <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I'm working my way through the Beck Solution and reading her suggestions for a meal, particularly when going out. <BR> <BR> roasted protein (meat,fish, poultry) no fats, no gravy <BR> steamed veggies, no fats, no gravy <BR> one serving of grain, no fats, no gravy <BR> <BR> And why would I want to eat that?!?!?! <BR> <BR> So first, I'm lucky, I get to eat close to 2000 calories a day by her calculation and despite what everyone say... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:28:09 EST keeping moving although the days are longer, there is still only so much time in the AM for exercise. as I've decided to put Yoga in 3 days a week, its walk 6 days, Yoga on 3. The day off walking is a big yoga session, the other 2 are only 15 minutes, and the walk has to be a power walk to get the benefits into the shorter time. <BR> <BR> Of course, a month ago I couldn't do a power walk like I did this morning. <BR> <BR> Am starting to put in longer regular walks (always pushing my endurance), and as t... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:46:15 EST morning after No, not a drinking binge, an eating binge! After weeks and weeks of being "good", yesterday let it all hang out and was I miserable last night!! <BR> <BR> Needless to say, I won't be doing that any time again soon Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:54:08 EST fallacy of calories Today got my Fitbit weekly totals for the week <BR> 82,597 steps for 37.12 miles <BR> 56 floors climbed <BR> 24,083 total calories burned <BR> and according to my spark people food tracker, during that same period I ate 12180 calories. <BR> <BR> That's a deficit calorie wise of 11,907 calories. at 3500 calories/lb, I should have lost 3.4 lbs. How much did I lose over the course of the week? ZERO. Nada. Nothing. <BR> <BR> Now, there are those who are going to say I was too much in deficit... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:12:04 EST using the SP journal plus Am using SP to track my nutrition. Also my fitness, esp calories OUT vs calories IN. Do not find on SP a place to track exactly that, so now have as part of my Beck Solution journal (she has her own form that becomes repetitious - but necessary to establish the habit), I've got my own form. Note, part of the Beck Solution is to weigh yourself every day. <BR> <BR> DATE BMR WEIGHT CAL IN CAL OUT <BR> 5/28 2002 229 1793 3075 <BR> <BR> At the end of each week can note accu... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:44:30 EST step 2 Still working with the Beck Diet Solution. after almost 4 weeks with stage 1 have lost 5 lbs, but found myself back sliding and starting to nibble again. But by increasing my exercise, have managed to maintain this 5 lb loss. <BR> <BR> So now its on to step 2 which is counting calories. Nothing dramatic here. one of her recommendations is to just adjust meal at a time to the recommendations so its a gradual slide into the new eating pattern. <BR> <BR> As you can tell, this is not about ... Tue, 26 May 2015 11:31:49 EST back sliding already Having lost my 5lbs, and reached my first goal, I've started eating again. Oh, it was all done consciously and with great excuses . . but the bottom line is, I'm eating again. Even while looking at my too big gut every day. Eating again. So for two days I did indeed eat too much and today, that ends. <BR> <BR> There is not getting back on the wagon. Just doing it. No excuses, no recriminations, no punishments. <BR> <BR> Just don't eat as much because I do not want to carry around this gu... Fri, 22 May 2015 11:28:34 EST Beck Diet Solution This has, so far, been the defining "diet" for me. I'm only in Step One, which has nothing to do with what you eat, or how much you eat. Its all about being aware of what and when you eat. Its Behavior Modification. <BR> <BR> As with most things, it still requires you to pay attention, but it does put the job on the one person who can do it, yourself. It asks you to pay attention and be aware. Nothing different so far, right? <BR> <BR> not a thing, yet I find myself paying more attentio... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:38:24 EST how time flies still have not gotten back to a regular exercise program, although have been doing better in relation to my eating. Managed to lose my SP activity tracker the other day, so just had to purchase a new one. Going back to the FitBit. Did lose about 4lbs over a period of a month, although some of that might be due to having had a tooth pulled and the subsequent forced fast! Not many steps in a day, but have been actively gardening the last week. unusually warm weather, and a lovely rain stor... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:49:48 EST struggle Have you ever wondered how there are so many on Spark People struggling to lose weight, for years and years? Sure, some have physical problems or side effects from medications and need someplace to vent. people who will give them support (because we all know our nearest and dearest, who love us unconditionally, get tired of hearing our angst!). <BR> <BR> There are psychological reasons, there are a host of excuses, but the bottom line is, most of us have an unnatural and twisted relationshi... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:44:15 EST tired Am so out of shape that doing the basic digging and such to make a garden bed is hard! All the more reason to at least get into shape. Am going to start dealing with my eating from a psychological POV, try to understand my compulsive eating. I'll be 66 this year and I've not kept any of my own promises over the last 14 year's. Do not want to spend my old age in a rocking chair! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:07:21 EST