LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community all kinds of updates! Installed the Varidesk over the weekend, and yesterday was the first day using it. Can immediately say it adds more steps to my day! makes it easier to step away from the desk and the work for a moment, where the inertia of sitting kept me here. <BR> <BR> This morning moved my little stepper to the desk, so I can stand with one foot higher than the other, but also, when the feeling moves me - or the music does - I can do some stepping! <BR> <BR> Weight was up this morning despite good rati... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:50:42 EST zumba! after a somewhat lazy weekend, both with exercise and food, got up this morning and Zumbad for about 53 minutes. <BR> <BR> WHEW! <BR> <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> got my heart rate up to 122 (my target max, for my age, is 111), and I did break a sweat!! <BR> <BR> Now, just gotta keep up the pace and tighten up the eating program a little, and I should be on goal for this week!! <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:38:35 EST pizza we haven't had commercial pizza in more than 8 months. . . . . so we treated ourselves tonight. Blotted off the oil, and I can't eat the crust - which saves BEAUCOUP calories! <BR> <em>480</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:39:17 EST what to write! supposed to post every day, and get it, I really do. Its part of having you face your reality. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> not much to say! Trying to clear my desk so I can put up my adjustable height desk, and that's lead to getting caught up on paperwork, and all that other boring stuff <BR> <BR> So will post a shot of the sweater I FINALLY finished knitting. Seemed to have taken months - and it did - cause there were WEEKS when I did no knitting at all. Its not quite how I envisioned ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:47:04 EST yawn Saturday <BR> <BR> Crazy week <BR> <BR> raining and cool <BR> <BR> Nap might be the high point of the day <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:27:49 EST another woo hoo day A few years ago struggled to do jumping jacks. <BR> <BR> Then life happened <BR> <BR> This morning, after a couple of hours of life happening, said, Hey, lets try. 10jumping jacks without even breathing hard!! <BR> <BR> That is definitely <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> able Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:35:23 EST more More water! Yesterday did not do as well with water consumption (only 8 x 8 glasses) and my weight was up this morning. Seem to need that 9-10 glasses a day minimum to keep the weight levels consistent. So right now, its an apple cider vinegar cocktail: 2oz of ACV, 2oz of apple juice and a couple of drops of vanilla stevia in my quart mason jar of water (3-1/2C worth). That's my morning drink - after 2 cups of water before and during exercise. There will be another mason jar of water bet... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:23:48 EST skinny tall jeans Back when I was hoping to get into a size 18 by the time I went on vacation (2 months ago and didn't happen) bought a pair of size 18 Skinny Tall jeans. They were a large 18 and nearly fit; that being I could get them on, but not do them up. <BR> <BR> So this morning put them on and while still feeling a little snug on the thigh as I put them on, they were nearly as loose as the size 20 jeans I was wearing yesterday. <BR> <BR> which allows me to say I'm in an 18!! <BR> <em>244</em> <B... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:01:43 EST slip sliding back Over the weekend snacks appeared back on the counters instead of staying hidden in the cabinets. Hands just reached out on their own accord and began snagging forbidden foods and putting them into my mouth. <BR> <BR> As I was checking into SP and my food log in had the big <BR> <BR> DUH <BR> <BR> moment. <BR> <BR> Put them all back in the cabinet!! <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:04:13 EST UNFAIR! 2 months ago, my husband and I returned from our first ever vacation (31 years!). <BR> <BR> His 42 jeans were sliding - literally - off his body. My size 20W jeans were snug. <BR> <BR> Fast forward two months . . . I'm working out pretty much every day, dog walking, eating well, little to no snacking. He's walking the dog once a day and still eats on average 3 large bags of salty, fatty chips every week. I've lost 10 lbs, he's not weighing himself. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went out and he ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:24:07 EST finding time Will admit to getting sucked into the computer-sitting at my desk playing free cell. Don't get my work done, then I'm staying late to catch up. So this week am going to clear up my backlog, and next week I go to a standing desk, and hopefully that will give me incentive to not stand and play games, as well as make it easier for me to move away from the desk more often Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:41:32 EST weekend madness finally getting some cooler weather, a couple of nights sleeping with the windows open instead of having to have the AC on. Evening dog walk, I can sort of jog to keep up with her and she's not getting overheated either. Of course, listening to the fat of my thighs slap together isn't actually music to my ears! But it does tell me I'm moving, and when I DON'T hear it anymore, I'll have reached new levels! <BR> <BR> So that's a goal, to not have fat slapping noises while jogging with th... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:47:36 EST another one bites the dust One week, one more pound. <BR> <BR> And another one, and another one . . . <BR> <BR> Yesterday, even though I felt I'd eaten well, again didn't go over 1200 calories! <BR> <BR> Have to be careful though, this is dangerous territory <BR> <BR> Then again, it pushed me over to that one pound lost!! <BR> <BR> Have discovered that I can take a package of regular hot chocolate mix (120 calories), put it in my quart mason jar, add 3 x 8oz of water, shake well, and that's my rich chocolatey dese... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:46:19 EST making changes and taking advantage Last night was out on Amazon getting some stuff I can't get locally, and let my fingers do the walking over to exercise equipment. Bought a heavy bag (actually, its a real light bag cause you are the one to fill it and make it heavy) and a Kettleball set. Have an 8lber, this is a set of 5/10 and 15 lb kettle balls. Pushing my limits, and expanding my kick boxing workouts too. <BR> <BR> Figure to add in some evening wind down yoga too, end of day stretches. <BR> <BR> Phone rang at 4am thi... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:15:57 EST inspiration While I'm actively getting rid of the fat clothes, have started pulling out the "for when I lose weight" clothes and hung them in the closet. Its not all I have to wear, but having them there, in front of me, reminds me immediately, what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> And since my closet is pretty much a walk in, and that's where my stepper is, am in there several times a day to see them, as I work with the stepper to go farther, faster! <BR> <em>206</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:23:10 EST Tuesday Tuesday Oh did I go over my calories yesterday! and kept my exercise down to a minimum. <BR> <BR> And guess what?! No big jump on the scale today for it!! Of course not. Know one day does not make or break a diet plan. <BR> <BR> But my legs feel better for having taken the time. <BR> <BR> One thing I'm not doing enough of is stretching after my work outs. particularly the front thigh muscles, which is why they were hurting so. <BR> <BR> Have to remember to give my body that break too <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:29:25 EST day off Have decided to take a day off. <BR> <BR> My thighs have been hurting - not pain, but that ache and fatigue that comes from over use. <BR> <BR> My right heel is sore and sensitive <BR> <BR> and I've just sort of run out of OOMPH <BR> <BR> Even gave in at the grocery store and bought my favorite "treat", Zebra caramel and chocolate popcorn! Yes, I'm weighing out the portions and tracking them!! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Will not spend the day in bed snacking on Zebra popcorn, but... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:00:56 EST what a day! While it was not intentional, totally blew the doors off my calorie intake/outgo. my exercise (above and beyond my basic metabolic useage) was 200 calories MORE than what I ate. That was not planned, although to balance out my intake/outgo is a goal, and feels good <BR> <BR> Actually, guess my head is finally in the game, and finding myself really psyched about getting rid of the excess. The more I do, the more I want to do! <BR> <BR> Drinking enough water is part of that. Was out wate... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:53:59 EST saturday off to a good start! A couple of miles with the dog this morning as we went to visit friends, getting laundry done, some time on the stepper. Breakfast wasn't exactly DIET, but under 400 calories and tasted good, will keep me full, and satisfied both my taste and nutrition. <BR> <BR> We're starting to move to some non-breakfast breakfast foods. DH is not really hungry at 6:30am, when we start our work day, and his breakfasts have been ordinary foods, usually revolving around bacon and egg... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:29:35 EST FRIDAY! That means more time for exercise!! <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> <em>216</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Can't find an emoticon for gardening . . . . <BR> <BR> on to next week's goal 209 or better! <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:32:06 EST a step sideways A little too much of this, and not enough of that. <BR> <BR> Nothing bad, just a little too much of this and not enough of that <BR> <BR> Then last night a bad thunderstorm and a restless dog, and slept late this morning so mixed my exercise session <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> Have solved my problem with drinking enough water, have a new glass - a one quart, wide mouth, canning jar. Only have to fill it twice; once in the morning between breakfast and lunch, and then between lunch and dinner... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:07:54 EST sp coach advice today's push was to do extra stairs - go up as planned, then come back down and go up again and do what ever it was you were going to do. Same thing when you come downstairs. turn around and make one extra trip up and down to give that extra boost to your exercise for the day <BR> <BR> I don't have any stairs . . . my house is one level . . . <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I do have a stepper. Everytime I take a break to use the bathroom, brush teeth, pee, wash my hands, I ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:14:13 EST another woo hoo event For the first time (am pretty sure), my exercise calories EXCEEDED my intake calories. <BR> <BR> That is, the calories ABOVE AND BEYOND my basic metabolic rate, were more than what I ate. <BR> <BR> calories in 1616 <BR> calories used in exercise 1634 <BR> metabolic rate calories 1609 for the day <BR> That's a difference of 1/2 a pound! <BR> <BR> this was not a planned event!! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 23:39:29 EST skipped breakfast Not on purpose, just got caught up in doing stuff and suddenly it was almost lunch time. had even FORGOTTEN I HADN'T EATEN! Was thinking maybe I'll make an early lunch cause I'm hungry!!! <BR> <BR> WOW <BR> <BR> Did get into a heavy duty lunch, bbq pork ribs (4 small), corn on the cob, and green beans. <BR> <BR> Popped up a big number, but since its so far my only meal of the day, its all good! <BR> <BR> but I can't believe that not only did I miss a meal, but forgot about it!! <BR> <B... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 16:09:33 EST today is a WOO HOO day This morning, as I do every morning, got on the scale - - - - to a whopping 210.5! <BR> <BR> That puts me within .5 lbs of the goal I'd set some 7 weeks ago of losing a pound a week. <BR> <BR> It seems the shift in thinking from a basic calorie intake of 1900 calories a day to 1600 is working! Even though I was always in the negative on calorie intake to outgo, it just wasn't doing the job. The 1900 number came from using the formula for figuring out your basic metabolic rate. The 160... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 11:38:17 EST keep pushing This has got to become my new mantra! <BR> <BR> Am watching some of the Olympics and always impressed by their physical conditioning. And you know they don't stop when they get tired, when the muscles start to ache. They keep pushing. THAT'S how you build muscle, push it to fatigue and the next time fatigue is a little further away. <BR> <BR> It's so easy to stop a routine once the fatigue, the ache, starts. Say Okay, I've done enough of this. But must learn to push through that to get s... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:19:25 EST saturday what a week! somehow lost track of my focus and strayed. Not disastrous, and there's always room for error, but better get on track QUICK! <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, had joined a new challenge (and have already forgotten the name of it), and all it was turning out to be, was to promote a product that would help keep you from absorbing fat and sugars - something akin to ALLI, although different, the same concept. Yesterday's challenge really brought that home: keep from gaining by belly fat - by ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 11:15:45 EST In for a penny Unfortunately, when you are dieting, the In For A pound part of that expression does mean exactly that! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was surprised when I found how far over my goal for the day I was on calories in! And since I was there already . . . . well you know the rest of that story! <BR> <BR> And as much as anything, it was because one of my food items had the wrong calorie count. One of my problems in using the trackers is I'm never sure if they are basing measurements on before or after c... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 11:06:29 EST Spark Premium Beginning of this week discovered my Private Coach had become Spark Premium and will say it is absolutely worth it! <BR> <BR> Would never have voluntarily gone to this, why pay when you get the benefits for free?!?! <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> would also bitch and moan about how long it would take for the tracker pages to load because of waiting for all the adverts to also load. No adverts with premium, so the pages load fast and clean. which is GREAT!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> That being sai... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:38:48 EST today Well, getting those snacks out of sight made a HUGE difference. Yes, I logged all that stuff I nibbled on, but that doesn't make the calories go away! Did nibble on pistachios yesterday, throughout the day, but it was a measured amount FOR THE DAY! Stopped and shelled a couple then, and did the same later again. When I felt like nibbling (you know, that MOUTH hunger, not the tummy or brain hunger), it was a couple of pistachios. <BR> <BR> And just like that, my calorie count for the da... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:50:06 EST update been dragging the last couple of days, mostly, not enough sleep <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> Did get the hubby's snacks and such put OFF the counter where they are out of my view. Of course, then he pulls stuff out to snack and leaves it there. Yesterday it was cheese and nacho chips <BR> <BR> So my exercise levels haven't been what I'd like, though did get some time on my stepper. AND <BR> speaking of steppers <BR> <BR> found a new STEP from GAIAM that I've ordered. Its round and its infl... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:25:15 EST moving forwards The first of each month is my official weight and measures day. <BR> <BR> 213lbs!! That's a big WOO HOO, though a little off my short and long term goals, its still moving in the right direction <BR> <BR> My measures were not as good overall as I'd hoped. <BR> <BR> Biceps stayed the same as expected, the muscle obviously is building back up, so to stay the same, means the flab stuff had to go somewhere <BR> <BR> Same with my calves. <BR> <BR> Thighs went down a little, a case of muscles... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 11:24:34 EST home again Last night, just walked up and down the hotel floors, using what ever stairs I could find where ever they might be. It was the big buffet dinner with the theme of Barbecue around the world. And I did indeed sample. Big salad, some tasty green beans and several different meats. No simple carbs; no rolls, no potatoes, no pasta. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> did go for some ice cream for desert. Just accepted I was there, it was okay for enjoy the dinner and the evening. <BR> <BR> and then wa... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:39:41 EST pool! Hotel has no fitness center but does have two pools. <BR> <BR> By sheer happenstance, my room is right next to one of those pools! Its been years since I've been swimming, so took it easy cause there are other things I need to do this weekend, BUT have managed about 15 minutes of laps and/or some resistance walking when it got crowded. Feels so good! Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:38:52 EST on the road No exercise room at this hotel. Did some WATP in the room, had a big breakfast as we were getting a late start, figure it will take me through to dinner Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:48:47 EST THANK YOU So many wonderful replies, and comments, to my latest blogs. Thank you all. Admit, I'm not always out there, but am so grateful that there are those of you who are!! <BR> <BR> Just spent two hours in the garden and came back in to realize didn't have my fitbit on. All those lovely calories never recorded for posterity. Oh well, it will keep me tighter on my eating habits today. <BR> <BR> Anyway, its lovely knowing you all are out there, fighting the good fight along with me. Strength i... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:07:20 EST pushing into reality I'm 67 years old, weigh 214.5 lbs and am 5'9". my daily goal is 10,000 steps, and usually exercise for at least 1/2 hour each day first thing, plus dog walks, gardening, work, household, etc. <BR> <BR> This makes me FEEL pretty good. Good enough, and strong enough, that I forget I'm fat! Actually, by the tables, am OBESE! Yes, Obese!!!! <BR> <BR> And I have to keep that in mind if I want to move forward. <BR> <BR> Have also realized that just cruising to my 10,000 steps a day isn't d... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:08:36 EST 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