LIZARDREAMING's SparkPeople Blog LIZARDREAMING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 This is it! It is June 16th, have been barely keeping a balance between eating and exercise for the first 15 days of this month. If I want to be even near my goal of 199.5 by my birthday in 3 weeks it has got to be honest eating and hard work every single day! <BR> <BR> EVERY SINGLE DAY - there is no room for wiggle, I've wiggled enough this month <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>326</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:26:10 EST BREAD Ever since I've been gluten free, probably the only thing GF that has not been satisfactory is BREAD. There are a lot of alternatives or variations of most things that I enjoy, except BREAD! <BR> <BR> and periodically I just lust for - jones for - gotta gotta have - BREAD. <BR> <BR> So today found several new recipes and tried the one for which I had the ingredients on hand. <BR> <BR> AND IT WAS GOOD! surprisingly so! <BR> <BR> and I ate BREAD. and BUTTER and PEANUT BUTTER and CH... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:25:45 EST catch up post Lost my "log on streak" yesterday because I DID NOT SPIN THE WHEEL. Posted my exercise, posted my food, but because the streak depends on spinning the wheel, lost that streak! HEY, Spark People, sometimes we have other things to do!!! <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Last week has been too much food, and/or not enough exercise. Have at least kept my calories used to be MORE THAN the calories eaten, so weight is still 207.5. If I'm to meet my goal and I WILL, have to cut back on the food st... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:48:41 EST stress STRESS <BR> <BR> EAT <BR> <BR> STRESS <BR> <BR> EAT <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:29:09 EST garden instead of exercises this morning, spent the morning in the garden, moving heavy stuff, cleaning up, arranging, planting. no cardio, but lots of sunshine and fresh air Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:56:36 EST still losing Am NOT on track to meet my goal of under 200 lbs by my birthday next month (199.5 will do), BUT it is not out of the running yet. It all depends on how hard I work this month. Weighed in at 207.5 which is only 2.5lbs down. yes, I know where I went wrong - there were 5 days of heavy forest fire smoke in which I did not exercise, there were TOO MANY days where I ate more than my maximum "allowance" <BR> <BR> Despite there still be smoke in the air, its much less than it was and hit the street... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:49:21 EST how long Is a TV show? <BR> <BR> Though Eureka is off the air, picked up several episodes on DVD at our local thrift ($1.99/double disc DVD) and have been watching them as I do my AM cardio. Each episode has a little "what happened previously", opening credits and then the show with only blank moments for when there had been commercials. From the first, to the closing credits, they run 42.5 minutes! Since Eureka has been off the air already for a while, can only imagine that shows are getting shor... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:29:33 EST smoke gets in your lungs smoke is even worse today. For us, who live near a forested area, this is doubly scary; not just a reminder of what could be in our neighborhood, but an inability to know if there is a fire closer. we'd never be able to tell one lot of smoke from another!! <BR> <BR> Of course, it does make it difficult to do any cardio. Even with the A/C on (and thankfully, we can indeed turn it on thanks to our trusty A/C guy from down the street) there is still a lot of smoke in the air. at least inside ... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:48:36 EST smoke gets in your eyes Wind has shifted again and smoke and ash fill the valley once more. Know it sounds petty while so much destruction rages, but it is, as it is. <BR> <BR> So its back to WATP <BR> <BR> Do consider myself blessed that I'm able to just buckle down and exercise on my own everyday. Talking to my neighbor yesterday and she says she belongs to a gym where its one on one work - that she'd never go if it wasn't for knowing someone is waiting for her. I'd rather use the driving about time for worki... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:40:36 EST heat is on smoke has lifted from the valley - fire rages on but as it moves north west and the wind shifts, it blows in another direction <BR> <BR> four days without any exercise that would necessitate deep breathing. visitors have left and this morning heading out to the garden and weed clean up <BR> <BR> summer is now hear with highs going into the 90's. <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:25:01 EST strangeness of this journey Thursday, Friday, and again today, our skies have been filled with smoke from the "slide fire". Though well to our north, the natural cycle of heating and cooling from mountain side to valley brings the smoke down in the night. So no exercise of note. <BR> <BR> and while Thursday was pretty much a no-hold bars day on the eating, friday was tempered and journaled. <BR> <BR> And is the way of these things, from 209 on Thursday morning - as it was the week before and the week before that - ... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:13:23 EST plateau as far as I'm concerned, its too early in the weight loss cycle for this to be happening BUT despite regular workouts, careful food tracking, am logging a calorie deficiet of about 600 calories a day - that should be giving me more than one pound a week, instead have reduced only A SINGLE POUND in the last three weeks. <BR> <BR> KNOW that there will be a sudden WOOSH of weight flush, but am dealing with the right now <BR> <BR> So today am taking a full day off from formal exercise. Will ... Thu, 22 May 2014 11:39:58 EST more journaling! Every year our city has a 5k to marathon event. The first couple of years did the 5k as a walk (first year came in fourth in my age group). Then I got Bell's Palsy and it totally upset my balance AND composure. Its been 8 years since the last time I did the event, and while I'm not always on balance, a lot better than I was. <BR> <BR> Have decided to go for the 2015 5K, and depending on how on track I keep myself, the 10k instead! Right now, I'm pretty beat on 2 miles, but its months a... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:29:06 EST walkin' a neighbor has asked me to feed her cats for a couple of days. its not far, even taking the long way around, but that has become my daily walk - twice a day. <BR> <BR> am looking forward to getting back to straight fitness walking; building up miles and pace. for the couple of days that I did that, noticed I was getting very fatigued after about 20 minutes. may have to find a way to eat something before I head out. will have to experiment as so far I've not found anything that sits well ... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:51:31 EST am I the only one? to notice that "log in streaks" are based on spinning the spark point wheel? You can log in your food, your exercise, you can blog and post. But if you don't spin that wheel, you're "Log in streak" is broken! Twice in the last three months at least I've missed that wheel and seen my log in streak reduced; currently its 6 days! Yet I've been logging food and exercise every single day continously! My trophy shelf is groaning under the weight of the trophies SP awards, yet that log in stre... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:09:16 EST takin' it to the streets While my exercises do get my heart rate up and do make me sweat, they are pretty much all done inside. Have long known there is a huge difference between inside and outside workouts. Last night, after the dogs last walk, went back out to visit with a neighbor and walked home, up a slight incline, at a much brisker pace than I do with the dog. and I was huffing .. . . <BR> <BR> So this morning, picked up my Mp3 player and hit the street. <BR> <BR> Yes, it was worth it. What a differenc... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:55:14 EST yesterday/today Yesterday DH wanted Pizza. I only eat the toppings, no crust. As it turned out it was a high calorie day ( lots of fats in that pizza) and a low carb day. <BR> <BR> Back to basics this morning. kickboxing and some watp and some yoga and my less than 300 calorie breakfast. <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:11:56 EST