LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 overdrive! Life is moving forward at top speed and I'm struggling to keep up. Have been squeezing in some WATP time each morning. Plus, the extremely mild weather has me working in the garden already - doing the heavier duty stuff. Plus work busy busy busy! <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I've made the move to High Tech and gotten a smart phone. It actually uploads the Spark people ap, as well as my e-mail and FB stuff quicker than the computer (as I get to by pass the whole homepage and URL stuff). And fro... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:23:47 EST trying and what else can you do? At least I ate less butter yesterday . . and did my WATP both yesterday and today. Noticed how swollen my feet and ankles were last night. That is new. <BR> <BR> Calling the doctor today to find out about updating our measles vaccine as DH is off to Anaheim in a few weeks. . . <BR> <BR> and to check in about my hearing, which is getting pretty bad . . . <BR> <BR> somethings about getting older are not so much fun! <BR> <BR> And have to see about adding the SP a... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:58:39 EST changes changes changes So here we are, the beginning of February and if anything I've gained, not lost. Not only am I eating too much, but my exercise has fallen off the map! <BR> <BR> Years ago I'd do an easy 10,000+ steps a day with dog walks and other activities. Then the dog got older and it fell to between 3 & 5,000 steps a day. Well, three weeks ago she died, and not only are we still reeling from that, but I see my activity has dropped to below 2000 steps a day! <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Now, fro... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:10:21 EST fell off fell off the wagon and got crushed under its wheels! No one's fault but my own. Have not weighed myself lately, but know I've gained my loss and more! DH has agreed we need to lose for 2015 for several reasons. Hopefully, he will stay with that thought as the year goes on. Of course, men do lose weight easier and quicker than women, so I'll have to really buckle down. The goal is 4lbs per month. Have a 50th high school reunion coming up (2017 - no rush) but in October have a small road... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:48:17 EST have you noticed? right under the food tracker it says <BR> "you have used --- calories today. The more you use, the more you can eat" <BR> <BR> hmmmm <BR> <BR> shouldn't it be more like," the more you use, the more you can lose!" <BR> <BR> ???? <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:44:44 EST ah ha moment make awesome plain yogurt. thick, rich, not too tangy, organic, no artificial anything. But sometimes we get tired of yogurt! and when you make it, you tend to end up with a lot all at once. <BR> <BR> A while back found some yogurt strainers at a garage sale (and I mean over a year ago!) and have never used them. So this morning one pint of yogurt is now out there straining to be yogurt cheese!! Just offering more variety into my meals without added butter!! <BR> <BR> this came about as... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:27:53 EST Week one According to my food/exercise journal, have used 3500 calories more than I consumed this week. <BR> <BR> That should equal a ONE pound weight loss. and under most circumstances, that would be just fine, equaling 4 lbs a month. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> The scale this morning says FIVE POUNDS!!!! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:56:09 EST what a day it has been Woke up this morning at 3am in pain cause my right hip was out of joint. Endured until everyone else was up and then took anti-inflammatory to get inflammation down so I could work on putting it back. That nixed cardio exercise! <BR> <BR> Then, finally checked why there was no tracking and my SP tracker was gone! Did find it, had fallen off in bed so according to SP, today was a nothing day. <BR> <BR> Sure was <BR> <BR> tomorrow will be better Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:30:08 EST what was happening with the food tracker? had posted breakfast and lunch. When I went to post dinner, lunch had disappeared! Reposted it. Then found the tuna I'd posted for dinner didn't show up so reposted it. <BR> <BR> Tonight, went to finish off my postings and find this HUGE # of calories cause both sets of postings are there!! <BR> <BR> So when all was evened out, and done correctly, my food percentages were almost spot on! <BR> <BR> Protein 20% (20%) <BR> fats 35% (30%) <BR> carbs 45% (50%) <BR> <BR> YES!! <BR> <em>345... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:44:18 EST day 2 So last night was the second day of watching the Biggest Loser (on demand - allows for pausing and stopping). How do these folks do it?!?! I was bushed after a 45 minute workout! <BR> <BR> This morning watched the second half of the show and exercised for another 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> Consider their weight loss. They have to be pushing a 10,000 calorie day minimum, or more, depending on what they are eating. If intake is 1200 calories a day, they are working out for 5-7 hours a day! If... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:17:46 EST and again Doubt that there will ever be a time when there will not be a "restart" of some type. Let myself go due to major stress in late July thru to late August. and then I've just been coasting with a stick of butter in one hand and chocolate chips in the other! <BR> <BR> So tonight, DH is away, and I'm going to use this to pull my head together. Started off with a good episode of this season's Biggest Loser, and tomorrow will at least weigh myself again. <BR> <BR> My lack of exercise has been ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:48:26 EST cool = work! This is an AZ weather recap. First it was hot. Then it was hot and humid for 2 months - well this year was a BIG year and it was hot and humid for 3 months. Today it is COOOOOL. <BR> Managed to get a real little jog in, some boxing moves, all to warm up for the BIG yard clean up. Shoveled up and into the garbage 3 big dead cactus. Then moved to the front of the house with my Scythe and cleared out the waist high weeds that had sprung up during the rainy season. Shoveled all into one of ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:14:06 EST STRUGGLING that's it, in a word Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:16:09 EST what a mess! Can't believe where I've gotten to with my eating! This past week I've seriously cut down from what I was doing during the "stress month from hell"! BUT still OVER my calories used. How many calories was I really taking in?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Oh well, here now. Step down the calories yet again, and pick up the pace on what I'm using is the only solution. <BR> <BR> This one was no steps forward and 2 giant steps back. <BR> <BR> Even though my main goal is my fitness: range of motion and ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:18:39 EST Its Hard! Just remembering to keep up my SP posts, my eating, my spinning the wheel, my journal. How easy it is to get out of the habit! <BR> <BR> Right now, am working those things. Letting my eating come down gradually. Eating like a pig for the last month, we all know how cranky and hungry one gets when suddenly you're eating 1/2 that much food! with the journal and tracking, I'll gradually bring it down so I remain comfortable. At the same time, I'm upping my calories used! Not that I just ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:53 EST I'm back At least I hope so! What a month it has been. Stress, stress, and more stress. and like many of the people here at SP, I'm a stress eater! Haven't gotten on the scale to see what its done to my planning, but it doesn't matter. Getting back on track. <BR> <BR> As to the good things that have happened: <BR> finally finished the sweater that I've been knitting for two months. Not exactly as I was envisioning, but looks good anyway <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:20:03 EST where does the time go? blogged last on the 30th, but discovered I'd not recorded my mileage for nearly 2 weeks! Thankfully the activity tracker keeps posting my steps and mileage, but I'm just getting lost in the swirl of craziness around here. <BR> <BR> Still, a pound down for July - not bad if you knew what I've been eating! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 09:49:01 EST lost time somehow managed not to post in my journal for almost a week! the SP activity tracker kept reporting of course, except for the day when I had it off after getting into the shower with it! but it did keep working. and had posted my food for some of those days too. thought it had only been a day or two, so was surprised when I opened my journal and seen how long it had been! Wow how time flies when you are having fun!! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:35:44 EST and? have been sitting here for 15 minutes and my SP activity tracker has not updated - its almost 8:30 and it says last sync was 5:37. I've tapped, I've waved the tracker near the green light. but it is staying solidly at 5:37p <BR> <BR> pfft! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:27:58 EST update Eating has not been consistent and neither has my activity tracker. It seems low on some days, not recording my WATP exercises. Other days, they show up. Hopefully it is just showing the difference between getting out there and hustling vs not such an energetic workout. <BR> <BR> SP start page - am I the only one seeing inconsistency here too? some days it gives me a place to award points to my team, some days it doesn't. I track about the same each day but sometimes its giving me few po... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:55 EST strange Activity tracker's battery has suddenly gotten very low, considering I've had it for less than a week!! and what seemed like originally everytime I moved it recorded a step, now I'm suddenly doing less than usual. my 30 min WATP work out only shows up as 16 minutes - but that happened with the fit bit too. Fit bit showed more total calories used also, think they figured in your BMR + exercise calories, activity tracker only figures in step calories unless told otherwise. <BR> <BR> ankle h... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:39:51 EST not the best start not the best start to a day, BUT, after having my activity tracker hit the dirt yesterday (and being so small was damn hard to find!), decided my ankle holder had to get priority. Despite my intention to knit one, found a little bit of non-roll 1" elastic - enough to go around my ankle one and a half times, and some Velcro. Made a band with the elastic and fastened it with the Velcro then made a pocket with the smaller piece of elastic. The activity tracker clip fits over the elastic entir... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:42:52 EST SP activity update adjusting my record keeping accordingly, the SP activity tracker is just fine. Clip is really tight which is great, but do feel it is loosening up. think I'll knit myself an ankle pocket to hold it securely - and then I won't lose it, especially as I change outfits from my exercise clothes to my going out (or in) clothes. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:51:25 EST tracker vs fitbit Its going to take me awhile to decide if I really like the SP tracker. Of course, if I'd never owned a fitbit it would be great! Then again, the fit bit is more than the tracker by quite a bit! One of my concerns is the step and mileage total. Is this accumulative? the fit bit was daily and used those numbers for several things. its only 8am and the tracker is saying I've already walked 3.7 miles and some 7000 steps! With the fit bit I set my stride, so I walked about 2200 steps / mil... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:14:22 EST SP tracker Received and installed <BR> <BR> Will miss being able to check at any point at any time for my step count. must log into SP to see actual data <BR> <BR> At this precise moment am wearing both units. Know my Fitbit was fairly accurate (had compared that initially with 2 different pedometers). <BR> <BR> Back on board for steps! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:28:05 EST home again Home again, back on track again. <BR> <BR> Did not hit the BUY button for the SP activity tracker so it won't be here until tomorrow. Meanwhile, back to AM exercise and food tracking. <BR> <BR> May not have reached my interim goal, but it doesn't mean not to keep trying Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:51:54 EST ordered Should have just gone ahead and ordered the SP activity tracker last week and I'd have it on Monday (tomorrow). As it is, it won't get here until after I've left. running away for a few days, out of touch with TV, telephones and computers. Taking my input with me: MP3 player, kindle and knitting - leaving the DVD player at home - it is only for 2 nights! <BR> <BR> Planning on napping, sleeping under the starts, and just being mellow for a few days <BR> <em>32</em> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:26:34 EST fit bit dying The fit bit did not take well to being washed, and will not hold a charge. Looks like I'll be getting the SP activity tracker. bummer, but do better with than without Sun, 6 Jul 2014 01:14:43 EST I'm BAAAACK! what a strange month was June! Managed to wash my fitbit, after not wearing it for days, & not even noticing! DH was away and I at terribly, although kept my calories within some sense of reason, it was just an unbalance of food choices. Then again, he's decided to go low carb to lose some weight and that doesn't really work for me. While he was away, basically carb loaded. But still am not into an exercise schedule yet, so a definate lack there. <BR> <BR> Weighed in today as I should a... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:42:48 EST here we are Its the 26th of a the month. a change is schedule has eaten up my morning exercise time, combined with being a stress eater and right now a lot of stress. so its been bad eating - not just too much, but bad choices. so here we are. Not much hope to make my birthday goal, lets just hope I've just held my own and didn't take a step back. No weigh in until Monday and will hold off until then. DH is away for a few days and that's usually also a period of time when I tend to glomm food! <BR>... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:35:18 EST