LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fitbit HR By now I'm sure a lot of you have seen the news story about the guy who had a medical emergency and by tracking his heart rate with the fitbit HR, they were able to save his life. <BR> <BR> So now I have a reason to argue why I need to wear my fitbit at all times <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> why I love mine has to do with the HR part. With just the pedometer, it could only measure your steps and time. So if you took a 1000 steps in 15 minutes it rated it one way, and if you took that 1000 ste... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:25:06 EST back at it Good intentions are obviously not enough. And amazing how easy it is to break certain habits, while so hard to break others. <BR> <BR> Despite weeks of not exercising and eating my little self into a stupor, am only up one pound, but feel like about 4 inches up on my waist! <BR> <BR> So up early for exercise this am and hopefully back to tracking today too. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:51:55 EST crazies allergies still happening, although can function now. But not getting back to my exercise routine yet. Doing a lot of work in the garden, busy at work, and its just all crazy now. <BR> <BR> Hopefully will be back to track by next week Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:54:31 EST allergies easing Before the allergies slammed me down, someone told me they were using Nettle tincture to keep theirs under control. Just went in one ear and out the other because allergies were not my problem, until about 2 days later. Took another few days before Nettle trickled back into my consciousness and began starting every day with two cups of herb tea, that was primarily NETTLE. combined with some local raw honey and within 24 hours, noticed an easing of my symptoms. Last night was able to sleep... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:44:54 EST allergies - still SP needs a special way of tracking for us when we are sick or miserable (like allergies) and can't exercise or eat well. For what ever reason, this year I'm getting slammed with my allergies and am now coughing up phlegm like I have bronchitis. Nothing has really helped; some afrin to clear the nasal passages so I can get some sleep, along with a couple of Benadryl to knock me out enough to sleep! Otherwise I'm just sitting up honking and coughing. <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2016 23:34:23 EST Allergies does anything else need to be said?! Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:45:21 EST whole grains Inspired by a restaurant's offering of "ancient grains granola", which was pretty hideous, mixed together my own whole grains hot breakfast cereal: <BR> <BR> 6C water <BR> 1tsp salt <BR> 2Tbs coconut oil (if you have room in your diet and like the stuff, make it 3TBS) <BR> 1/2C steel cut oats <BR> 1/4C each, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, amaranth <BR> if you prefer, make it 1/4C of the oats and add 1/4C quinoa. For me, quinoa has a weird metallic aftertaste which is why its not in my mi... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:19:51 EST and the ticker moves DOWN! Did not record last week's weight on my ticker cause it was off a weekend of travel, dehydration and poor eating. But today, YES!! 2.5lbs off from the beginning of the month. <BR> <BR> and, BTW, my size 20 jeans, which I just started wearing this month, are pulled off and on without unbuttoning! Oh yeah. on my way!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:16:02 EST new breakfast While staying at a posh hotel (expensively posh, but not quality posh unfortunately), one of the breakfast's they served was Ancient Grains Granola with applesauce, greek yogurt and maple syrup. <BR> <BR> As it turned out, it was a cooked mix of oatmeal, jobs tears, sorghum, millet and quinoa. <BR> <BR> When it came it was served with some blueberry jam, regular yogurt and imitation maple syrup. and it wasn't particularly good. <BR> <BR> Using grains have in the house, last night put 4 cu... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 11:03:40 EST Monday Have been on the road for business for 4 days. regular eating out the window! Opportunities to exercise limited to a few minutes for yoga each day. Lots of driving. Weight today says down 3 lbs from last Thursday, but that's probably mostly water and will come back as we catch up with regular meals and water consumption. <BR> <BR> So no disappointment when the scale is back up tomorrow!! <BR> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:20:08 EST weights and measures Even though I weigh nearly every day, the accumulation sometimes catches me unaware. <BR> <BR> On the first of the month, do weights and measures. Note the weight of the day, not yesterdays, or the day before, even if it is lower. In this case, have had two days of 220 over the last 4, but this morning, the scale read 222, so that's what went on the chart. <BR> <BR> Even so, that is SEVEN, that's right SEVEN lbs less than it was on February 1. So despite feeling like the scale isn't movi... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:22:51 EST clothes dilemma Tomorrow is New Month Weigh In. But am always looking towards other standards to judge success; other standards than weight. <BR> <BR> Going away this weekend for business and had to put together a wardrobe. <BR> <BR> The size 22 jeans I've been wearing are literally falling off me. Had a pair of size 18's out that were just a bit of a struggle to do up, which meant they would not be comfortable to wear for an 8 hour drive, much less all the bending and lifting involved with the work. <B... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:49:19 EST Another Win Have arthritis in my toes, with lots of inflammation. Notice that started to come down when I went Gluten Free 7 years ago. Doctor diagnosed me as Gluten Intolerant; it was my choice to go GF, or keep with the inflammation and hair loss, etc. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday found a cool pair of fashion cowboy boots at the thrift. NEW! not even a scuff mark on the soles!!. Its been years since I could wear such a shoe/boot because of the inflammation in the feet. <BR> <BR> They went on SOOOO... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:14:33 EST other ways to measure SQUATS <BR> <BR> have bad knees, so squats are something I've always done half way with no enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> Not that I can do 40 or 50 of them, but can now do at least 10 good deep squats at a time and as long as there is a bit of a pause and some other movement between, can reach that 50 in an exercise session. <BR> <BR> ALSO <BR> <BR> Notice my "love handles" are becoming more pronounced, which means that everything above and below them is tightening up nicely. <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:11:22 EST halleluia! The scale has finally begun to move again!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:46:25 EST WOW For lunch today made a cheeseburger, baked potato and salad. The salad was really a veggie slaw with a seasoned mayo dressing, the burger was just a few ounces of ground beef with a slice of cheese on it. the baked potato was plain, used the salad on the potato. Sounds like a fairly reasonable lunch, right? Nothing outrageous, a little high on the fats with the mayo and cheese, but kept the butter out of the potato. 900 calories!! <BR> <BR> What a surprise! Here I am, thinking this is a... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:55:00 EST goal one One of my goals was to be in size 18 jeans by the beginning of March - started this particular part of the journey in size 22's; baggy, but still 22's. <BR> <BR> Have a pair of 18's that were my benchmark. <BR> <BR> yesterday, while at my favorite store, found a pair of size 18 tall SKINNY jeans. Now, how anyone can call a size 18 SKINNY is beyond me (unless you are a 22+ of course), but that's how these pants are marketed. Styled like jeans, they are actually a lighter weight cotton/poly... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:19:05 EST fit bit upgrade Just switched to the fitbit HR. Have worked with a heart rate monitor before, but that was in the day of needing to have something strapped around your chest. It does help to know what your heart rate is. Despite all the comments about "perceived" exertion, there are times when we don't really know how hard we are pushing as we're struggling and gasping for air. But we're not really getting our heart rates up!! <BR> <BR> Sometimes its about better exercising, using our body more efficien... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:01:27 EST little bummed Just got my weekly FitBit report. I'm good about recording my food, do it right after eating so there's not forgetting. Make sure to report nibbles and snacks. Try to keep to quality foods, few processed or pre-prepared foods. Make my own pizza, which might have every other week, but also means an accurate report. About once a month, get take out Chinese. The rest is all made at home from fresh ingredients. <BR> <BR> The fit bit interacts with SP so they know how much I've taken in, and ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:49:16 EST changes Despite the scale not moving, did notice this morning some changes in how my stomach fat hangs. My ab muscles are all hidden under many layers of fat (more on that below), but could see some definition in the upper ab area, as muscles are getting stronger!! <BR> <BR> Watching the biggest loser last night and as they're on week 9 and some of the changes between their start and current were becoming obvious: the women were thinning in their upper bodies, with big butts and bellies out of pro... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:41:53 EST bob harper says See in an interview with Oprah, Bob Harper is now saying that its at least 80% about nutrition in losing weight. What we eat, how we eat, the quality of our food is the BIGGEST portion of our weight loss program. <BR> <BR> So for those of us, like me, who are eating lowish calories (compared to what I'm burning), the fact that I'm still not losing weight is not about my exercise, or quality there of, its about the quality and items I'm eating. Calorie counts are not all. <BR> <BR> Gue... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:37:22 EST realized After seeing another morning with the scale not budging, then doing 40 minutes of Zumba followed by a short session on my stepper and then attempting 10 half (on my knees) push ups, realized why I like to watch the Biggest Loser. <BR> <BR> Here I am, bitching about weight loss that's not happening while running an average 700 calories a day deficit in my diet. And there they are, living on 1200 calories a day while working out 5 hours a day under the eyes of a trainer making sure they max ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:09:20 EST whats a person to do? This comes up a lot when I exercise. Since I wear a fit bit, it counts my steps, and even the intensity of those steps; it can tell when I do a lot of them quickly or slowly and uses that to figure out how many calories I'm using. <BR> <BR> But what it can't tell is what else is going on while those steps are being taken. Am I carrying weights, wearing a weighted vest, running in place or running a track or cross country, doing WATP or kickboxing. <BR> <BR> And how do you regard in your ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:45:04 EST woo hoo! Into a size 18 skirt this morning. not the same as size 18 jeans, but close enough for a little celebration! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Schedule been all screwed up so no scale the last two days, but a skirt that's been hanging and waiting makes me think of forward progress!! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:13:39 EST FINALLY! Scale number this morning was the number I should have been seeing 3 weeks ago, but I'll take it!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday worked out hard in the morning. fairly active day, very light dinner, and though I did snack later, it was planned, counted, and over a couple of hours before I went to bed. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:03:16 EST This is crazy I know the whole psychological idea of weighing daily is to get one into the mindset that the numbers have little relevance. At least those couple of pounds plus or minus. If over all, say two weeks or a month, its going up and up, you get that chance to nip that weight gain right now! But if its going up and down and the down numbers are lower and lower, then you are on the other side. <BR> <BR> So back down a pound from yesterday, which is down a pound from the day before. <BR> <BR> Kn... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:29:24 EST Big Surprise Got on the scale this morning (I'm part of the weigh everyday school - at least it keeps me weighing at the same time every day, not just at odd moments) and the scale was up 2 lbs over yesterday. <BR> <BR> TWO POUNDS!!!! <BR> <BR> Then I did my WATP, some Yoga and as I was getting dressed, for the hell of it, got back up on the scale and found I'd miraculously DROPPED those two pounds while I exercised and drank 2 glasses of water!! <BR> <BR> WTF!!!!!! This scale crazies beyond crazy!! <... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:46:40 EST February Fools! Weights and measures day. Officially, one pound OVER what I started January with. Not a pound a week down as per my goal, but a pound UP, despite negative calorie counts all month AND exercise <BR> <BR> BUT and this is a big BUT <BR> <BR> Measures were DOWN DOWN DOWN. Arms and thighs a bit, waist through the but and hips, down noticeably. <BR> <BR> So as much as I'd like that scale to be showing this, will accept that I might still make my size 18's in another month even if my scale i... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:56:51 EST 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